April 5, 2011

Gerações

Posted in Uncategorized at 8:53 pm by sagito

Ao contrário das restantes entradas deste blog, sinto que esta história deva ser contada em português…

Hoje na rua tive a oportunidade de ouvir uma conversa entre dois senhores, certamente com não muito mais de 55 anos, que falavam sobre política. “É certo que estamos na crise mais grave de sempre”, dizia um… “A culpa é desta juventude ignorante, estúpida e irresponsável que só quer discotecas e copos, só pensa em comprar coisas e depois deixa as coisas neste estado! Não sabem poupar estes jovens bestas de agora.”, respondeu o outro.

Serve este post para relembrar todos os que pensam assim, que os da minha geração e os mais jovens que eu, a chamada “juventude”, acabam de entrar para o mundo de trabalho. Mundo esse no qual muitos de nós não têm oportunidade de receber pelo esforço que dedicam e pelo trabalho que fazem. No qual muitos de nós passaram anos e anos a estudar, para ter um curso superior, para poderem ir para as caixas dos supermercados. No qual muitos veem-se obrigados a sair do país onde nasceram para encontrar trabalho e estabilidade em outros países onde haja bom senso. No qual toda a gente lhes tira a esperança e diz: “Isto só vai piorar”. A todos vocês que pensam como o senhor que hoje falava na rua, quero-vos lembrar: A culpa é toda vossa!

Porque a minha geração só agora está a contactar com o mundo de trabalho. Aquele mundo que vocês destruiram. Os da vossa geração, não os da minha. Somos nós, e não vocês, que vamos levar com as consequências do vosso comportamento depravado e inconsequente. Porque somos nós que neste momento estamos a tentar remendar os erros cometidos pela geração dos nossos pais. E porque é que temos que ser nós a corrigir os vossos erros, resultantes dos vossos delírios de grandeza, quando devia ser o contrário? Não deviam ser os pais a corrigir e educar os filhos? Porquê fazer esta situação mais grave e difícil do que já é? Porque é que temos que ser nós, a geração “rasca e besta, que só vive do consumismo, que não sabe poupar” a resolver não só o problema que vocês criaram mas também a lutar por um futuro que vocês destruiram?

E atenção… Não pretendo falar das poucas pessoas da geração dos nossos pais que ainda mantêm o bom senso. Considero que tive uma educação muito boa e agradeço por nunca me ter faltado nada. Conheço muita gente dessa faixa etária que merece todo o meu respeito e que sei que se solidarizam com a situação actual em que estamos. Mais ainda, que pretendem ajudar-nos a resolve-la. Falo apenas aqui dos imbecis que trabalharam durante meia dúzia de anos em empresas públicas ou pseudo-públicas, que tiraram a reforma antecipada muito antes de todos os outros que têm que trabalhar uma vida inteira para conseguirem pôr comida na mesa para os filhos, que recebem pensões altissímas (a roçar o escandaloso) do estado… E que ainda assim, passam o dia todo sentados a dizer que o governo não presta, a criar powerpoints e encher o nosso email de spam revolucionário, a dizer que a geração dos jovens de hoje não vale nada, que não têm pena nenhuma de nós e que não temos solução.

A todos vocês volto a relembrar: A culpa é toda vossa! Só vossa e de mais ninguém. Vocês são os culpados pela fome dos vossos filhos e mesmo assim viram a cara e dizem: “Não quero saber, a culpa é tua!”. Nunca será possível mudar nada até que vocês abram os olhos e vejam o poço para onde nos atiraram. Assumam as culpas! Falam de responsabilidade, mas não a têm, não a querem usar. Atiram-nos com medo à cara, tiram-nos a esperança… Será que são vocês que têm medo de abrir os olhos e ver que destruíram o futuro dos que se seguiam?

E agora esperam o quê? Que vos agradeça? Obrigado então… Obrigado por nos terem mostrado que afinal a vida é ainda mais complicada do que parecia. Obrigado por nos fazerem ter que crescer tão rápido. Mas sobretudo, obrigado por nos voltarem a dar a sensação de que somos capazes e de que se queremos lutar um futuro, não poderemos contar convosco, mas apenas connosco. Obrigado sobretudo por nos fazerem sentir que fomos traídos e que vamos saber responder a isso. Obrigado por nos fazerem sentir que somos capazes de vos ensinar o que é trabalhar a sério, governar, ter sonhos e querer ter uma vida. Obrigado então, se é isso que esperavam ouvir.

Sem mais de momento, e a todos vocês que pensam isto, tais como os senhores na rua e que nos puseram aqui, deixo-vos o meu mais profundo nojo…

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September 11, 2009

Walters & Shieff show!

Posted in Parkour tagged , , , , , , , at 1:57 pm by sagito

For those of you who don’t know, I’m now a proud (and quite beaten) student of Kung-Fu! In one of the previous classes, our Kung-Fu master spoke about an awesome performer called Damien Walters. So, I went to youtube and found some amazing videos of this god-like martial arts, gymnastics and parkourer.

Warning, the following video contains some epic fails along with some awesome epic manouvers!

September 5, 2009

The alchemyst

Posted in Books tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , at 11:50 am by sagito

I took to my vacations some books to read in the (few) moments where I wasn’t doing anything (like when we couldn’t go to the beach at 13:00). 😛 I read several books, nut this time I will be speaking about the first volume of the “The secrets of the immortal Nicholas Flamel” saga, called “The alchemyst”, from Michael Scott.

This book tells the story of two apparently normal twin brothers, Sophie and Josh Newman which are introduced to a magic and mythological world through the hard way when the book store of Nick Flemming and his wife, where Josh worked, is attacked by a magician called John Dee. Nick and Perry Flemming (his wife) defend the store with magic arts and lose the battle, allowing John Dee to steal the a very old book called the Codex (or Book of Abraham) from them and kidnapping Perry. This book contains ancient spells, amongst with the secret potion that kept Nick and Perry alive for hundreds of years. With the aid of the twins, Nick Flemming, which is an alias for Nicholas Flamel, starts an epic battle to recover the book and his wife, Perry (who is actually Perenelle Flamel), while they find out that the twins are actually two important pieces of an ancient prophecy, having powers that even they cannot imagine.

The story is incredible and very well written, with some amazing and unexpected twists. When the reader thinks that something is quite predictable, the story takes our mind in a 180º spin and everything is once again impossible to predict. However, some people may find the writing style oriented to children. In my opinion, it is not, it just gives a false sense of simplicity that allows the reader to understand the whole story, but makes us think at the same time.

The only problem I found with this book is that it assumes that the reader knows a whole bunch of things about both mythology and  technology. It was not a problem for me because I actually love both of these topics, but I don’t think that everyone knows what is a Golem, or who are Hekate, Scathach and Morrigan, or even the story of Yggdrasil (the tree of the world, whose roots cross the nine underworlds and keep a legendary monster (Nidhogg) in closure in the dark underworld of Nilfheim). However, the book provides some footer tips that can be quite helpful to understand it, if you have the basic knowledge about mythology.

I really liked this book and its sequel (The magician). I keep waiting for the third volume, called “The Sorceress”. I classify it as a must-read! 😛

September 4, 2009

State of the art…

Posted in Music tagged , , , , , , , , , , , at 1:46 pm by sagito

Hi everyone! I’m officially back from some great vacations, unfortunately… But these holidays have been filled with some great days of beach, sun, party and a lot of new friends! 😀

However, in both portuguese and spanish radios, there was a music that kept going on the air, called “The boy does nothing” by Alesha Dixon. Well, it became quite popular due to its jive-like rhythm. But lets pay a little bit of attention to the lyrics, shall we?

Well, it starts off with:

“I got a man with two left feet
And when he dances down to the beat
I really think that he should know
That his rhythms go go go”

Ok, so far not too bad, so she has a guy that cannot dance and she seems to be quite upset about it. At this point, I’m thinking that she just had one too many shots when she wrote this and she just couldn’t tell the difference between a man and an umbrella. Nevertheless, she repeats these wonderful artistic verses and goes directly to the chorus:

“Does he wash up? Never wash up
Does he clean up? No, he never cleans up
Does he brush up? Never brushed up
He does nothing the boy does nothing”

Girl, let me tell you something… If you are with a man that doesn’t know what water is, then you can’t be very clean yourself either! Besides, what in the world does that have to do with dancing? If the smell bothers you, then try closing your mouth, or don’t even breathe… 😛 At this point, my opinion about whoever wrote these lyrics are way beyond the excess of alcohol! xD

The song ends with these beautifully crafted pointless verses: “And if the man can’t dance he gets no second chance”. Maybe if you wash, and clean and brush (and possibly learn how to sing…) sometimes, maybe then you can ever get a second chance in the music world. 😛

Here is the song if you have never heard:

August 15, 2009

Holidays!

Posted in Uncategorized tagged , , , , , , , at 11:17 am by sagito

Hi everyone… This post is to inform that the blog will not be receiving updates during the next 15 days because… I’m going on holidays! 😀 My destinations include Algarve, Africa and Barcelona!

Promise that I’ll be posting some news as soon as I get back here… 😉

August 13, 2009

The new face of a conspiracy

Posted in Computer Graphics tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , at 6:48 pm by sagito

Hi everyone! It was a long time since I posted something new here, because my network keeps going down… But this time, I’m bringing you news about the Conspiracy engine. Missed him? Me too… 😛 Well, it has a brand new face since many new features have been added that make him stand much higher then before.

To start, a small problem with the vertices was corrected. Somehow the vertex data was getting scrambled all the way through the CMOL (Conspiracy Mesh Optimization Pipeline), and I ended up removing some of the optimization routines that could be handled in another way by DirectX himself. And by doing so, the GenerateAdjacency problem was also solved! This way, the meshes are more perfect and faster than ever! 😀

Also, I’ve implemented a XML parser system from scratch. With that, I created implicit support for something else: Scene graphs! And this is a very important part of the engine, as some objects might now be loaded directly through a simple configuration file. This is great for scenarios, lights, etc., but also for the future creation of a visual editor for the engine!

With so many new features, something logical occurred! A game is being developed on top of it and I can guarantee that it is already in a very advanced state! Stand by for more news! 😉

August 10, 2009

The piano…

Posted in Computer Graphics tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , at 6:38 pm by sagito

Hello again! 🙂 This time I’m bringing you an amazing short story, created in CG by Aidan Gibbons, from Aniboom. The film is about a grandfather who is telling his story to his grandchildren through the piano music. Although very simple, I found it really great. Hope you like it:

August 9, 2009

Hollow People

Posted in Books tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , at 11:46 am by sagito

Some time ago, a very special person gave me a book from an author that I previously didn’t know anything about named Brian Keaney. The book was named “Hollow People” and it seemed to tell a very darkish story. However, there was something in the book that caught my eye. It had been commented by Philip Pullman (the author of “His Dark Materials” which is one of the best trilogy I’ve ever read)! After knowing this, I was quite thrilled about this unknown book.

The book tells the story about a boy, Dante Cazabon and a girl Beatrice Argenti, who live in a world in which people cannot dream. Dante is a poor orphan, who works as a kitchen boy in the asylum at the island of Tarnagar. Bea is the daughter of two rich doctors who work in the asylum. Their country is ruled by Dr. Sigmundus who banned crime and violence from its land by giving people a special drug called Ichor. Every adult must take its dose of Ichor which makes them obey to the rulers order, work blindly for the good of society and become unable to dream. The story starts when Bea is about to perform her maturity ritual where she will take Ichor for the first time, against her will. A short time before, she meets Dante, the poor kitchen boy, and their lives change after that moment, as they meet a strange patient and discover a strange form of power that can bend time and space.

The story is wonderful and belongs to a trilogy named “The promises of Dr. Sigmundus”. It is very well written and presents the reader with some amazing surprises every moment. In a world where nothing is what it seems, and based on some real-world scientific facts, the story is a challenge for our minds as it presents us the twisted story of the country of Gehenna. The second volume of this trilogy was already published, by the name of Gallowglass (or the Broken Mirror) and I’m already reading it too. So far it keeps the same level of ambience and atmosphere as “Hollow People”. These books take me back to the “His Dark Materials” trilogy as they represent a wonderful world, troubled by the actions of some dark force that if we think about it… Its not so different from our own!

If you like fantasy stories and romances, this book is the way to go… One of the best books I’ve read so far!

August 7, 2009

Hacking a Mac…

Posted in Security tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , at 11:12 pm by sagito

Hi everyone… 😛 This time I’m posting to bring you some useful information… If you have one of those 49$ external keyboards (not the laptop ones), then congratulations… Your computer is able to suffer the dullest hack ever!

Wait, what…? Apparently the external Mac keyboards micro-controller have some kind of firmware that leave room for the installation of rootkits and keyloggers by some hacker. Well, the operative systems are usually able to detect rootkits by several methods if they are examining the filesystem or a virtual machine. But how do you find a rootkit that is located somewhere else? Answer is: you don’t! These words are from “K. Chen”, the person who found this incredible failure in a computer security.

But does this only affect Mac’s? Well, as Mac loves to build software that is portable it works in every single operating system. The reason is simple… It is running over an external processor, that exists in the keyboard, with its own operating system that only sends characters to the other tip of the USB cable. So, all the computer can see is some bunch of data coming in and he puts it on the screen! I leave you with the video of “K. Chen” explaining and showing the actual hack. Also, you can find the original article here.

Bim!

Posted in Music tagged , , , , , , , , , , at 10:27 am by sagito

Yesterday, I found by chance a new music band in Youtube called Bim! It is a quite small band yet, but I found it so very talented that I thought immediately about putting a little bit of their work here.

With you, “Stay in my memory” by Bim!

Also check out this other music called “The Magic of us”, also by Bim!

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