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El Diario de Yrigoyen del Yo

Me cues­ta en­ten­der qué me pa­sa en mi ca­be­za. Mi sub­je­ti­vi­dad se pa­ra en el me­dio, y su­fro un com­ple­to efec­to ob­ser­va­dor que im­pi­de el sim­ple re­por­te y anu­la mi com­pren­sió­n.

Por eso es ra­ro que ten­ga un mo­men­to en que me sien­to de una ma­ne­ra u otra cla­ra­men­te. Un "¿­Có­mo an­dá­s?" me con­fun­de. Du­do diez se­gun­dos mien­tras bus­co en los ca­jo­nes la res­pues­ta stan­dar­d, co­mo ter­mi­na­tor es­cro­lean­do en ár­bo­les de res­pues­ta. Nor­mal­men­te mi sta­tus es que me sien­to exac­ta­men­te así, co­mo es­to­y, no lo ten­go en pa­la­bra­s, es­ca­las y com­pa­ra­cio­nes mu­cho me­nos en una pa­la­bra.

La mi­tad del tiem­po me es más fá­cil sa­ber co­mo se sien­ten los otro­s. Mi­ro a mi mu­jer y . Mi­ro a mi pi­be y te pue­do de­cir si le gus­tó el al­muer­zo y el re­sul­ta­do de su úl­ti­mo par­ti­do de pie­dra pa­pel o ti­je­ra.

Lo pue­do ha­cer por­que los veo, les veo la ca­ra y sé lo que hay ahí aden­tro, có­mo cam­bian, có­mo reac­cio­nan, sé que Juan ha­ce esa co­sa con el la­bio cuan­do se frus­tra, sé que Ro­sa­rio se po­ne el pu­llo­ver al re­vés si es­tá dis­traí­da.

Mi sta­tus lo ten­go que sa­car in­di­rec­ta­men­te. Me des­per­té tem­prano y con pi­la­s. Ten­go ga­nas de em­pe­zar el la­bu­ro, o de ha­cer al­go el fin de se­ma­na, ata­qué una ta­rea con in­ten­si­da­d, es­qui­vo un en­cuen­tro, me ol­vi­do de po­ner mú­si­ca, aban­do­né un pro­yec­to, bus­co ha­blar con gen­te, no se me ocu­rren idea­s, me­to ex­cu­sas, me salió bien un chis­te.

Me pre­gun­to a ve­ces de adon­de sa­le to­do eso. Qué yo es­tá ha­cien­do to­das esas co­sas que yo mi­ro pa­ra sa­ber co­mo me sien­to yo. Mi ca­be­za es un pue­bli­to y yo es­toy sen­ta­do en la ve­re­da, es­cu­cho a los que pa­san, y me ha­go idea del sen­ti­mien­to.

A ve­ce­s, só­lo a ve­ce­s, qui­sie­ra ser más sim­ple, más di­rec­to. Qui­sie­ra po­der ha­cer co­sas sin pen­sar tan­to. Qui­sie­ra po­der reac­cio­nar nor­mal­men­te sin ser in­ter­me­dia­rio de mí mis­mo.

Ca­paz que le pa­sa a to­do el mun­do. Ca­paz que a to­dos les pa­sa al­go pa­re­ci­do, pe­ro dis­tin­to, o al­go com­ple­ta­men­te dis­tin­to, lo que nos ha­ría a to­dos igual de ra­ro­s. Si to­do el mun­do es ra­ro, so­mos to­dos nor­ma­le­s.

To­do bien, vo­s?

Nature Hates You.

The next ti­me so­meo­ne su­gges­ts you take a die­ta­ry su­pple­men­t, or a plant or herb ex­trac­t, or te­lls you to ea­t, dri­nk, apply on your ski­n, inha­le, or do an­y­thing wi­th the ar­gu­ment that it's na­tu­ra­l, re­mem­ber this:


Al­most eve­r­y­thing that co­mes from na­tu­re wi­ll ki­ll you. All ani­mals would pre­fer that you die, all plan­ts are to­xi­c, and it's on­ly th­rou­gh a long evo­lu­tio­na­ry pro­ce­ss that you are ba­re­ly ca­pa­ble of di­ges­ting any ve­ge­ta­ble­s.

The­re is a rea­son why we take as­pi­rin ins­tead of chewing ba­rk, and why we cook meat be­fo­re we eat it. Freaking po­ta­tos are to­xic if ea­ten raw.

Gi­ve parsley to a pa­rro­t, gi­ve cho­co­la­te to a do­g, gi­ve ce­le­ry to a ca­t, gi­ve he­m­lo­ck to you: DEA­D. Be­cau­se all around you is tr­ying to ki­ll you. All the ti­me.

Na­tu­re is not a mo­the­r, na­tu­re is ac­ti­ve­ly hos­ti­le to you and wi­ll be ha­ppy to make your li­fe as har­d, brief and pain­ful as po­s­si­ble. Man has chan­ged tha­t. Sa­ying "oh, but this is na­tu­ra­l" is an in­dic­t­men­t, a war­ning sig­n.

Raw foodis­ts, pa­leo diet ad­vo­ca­tes, her­ba­l-­su­pple­men­t-­chu­gger­s: you are all the be­ne­fi­cia­ries of a long his­to­ry of kno­wing what is se­mi-s­afe to eat be­cau­se eve­r­y­thing el­se wi­ll ki­ll you.

I wi­ll not eat an­y­thing na­tu­re gi­ves me un­til it has been ca­re­fu­lly tes­ted by men and scien­ce. Be­cau­se scien­ce is good and na­tu­re is evi­l.

Much Fall of Blood (Heirs of Alexandria, #3)

Cover for Much Fall of Blood (Heirs of Alexandria, #3)


I had read the first cou­ple of Heirs of Alexan­dria books years ago, and saw this one for free at Baen.S­ince I had rather fond mem­o­ries of those first, I gave this one a chance.

The sto­ry is in­ter­est­ing enough, but ... the di­a­log. The di­a­log is try­ing so hard. Just so hard. It tries to be smart, fun­ny and clev­er, but it all comes out as weird, self­-­con­scious, and stilt­ed.

It's like read­ing the in­ner voice of a shy teenage boy who deep in­side knows he's bet­ter and smarter and more hon­or­able than the rest, be­cause oth­er­wise why would he be so lone­ly and sad?

I hat­ed the di­a­log.

Al­so, the way ev­ery "good" char­ac­ter is bet­ter in ev­ery pos­si­ble way than ev­ery "bad" char­ac­ter is grat­ing.

I am now re­con­sid­er­ing if the fond mem­o­ries of the ear­li­er books are just se­lec­tive mem­o­ry, or the des­per­ate grat­i­tude of a fan­ta­sy read­er in Ar­genti­na, where there just was­n't all that much to read at the time.

How You Could Not Replace Cable, If Only This Were Legal

Su­ppo­se you wanted to ha­ve free TV. Su­ppo­se by that you mean se­rie­s, not mo­vies or news (bo­th of whi­ch you can get in other wa­ys).

Al­so, su­ppo­se you want to ha­ve it on your ac­tual TV. Al­so, that you do­n't mind breaking IP laws. We­ll, this is how I would do it, if that was the ca­se.

Firs­t: get har­dwa­re.

You need a ge­ne­ral com­pu­ta­tio­nal de­vi­ce wi­th TV con­nec­tors and lo­ts of sto­ra­ge. Like, sa­y, a Me­le A1000 or A2000 run­ning an­droi­d, and a SATA disk. This wi­ll cost you around $150 or so.

The Me­le has HD­MI, VGA and com­po­si­te, so it can con­nect to pre­tty mu­ch an­y­thing that can dis­play ima­ges. You could even use a 64­GB SD card ins­tead of a SATA dri­ve if you want to go chea­pe­r.

Se­con­d: choose so­me se­rie­s.

You could go to Sho­wR­SS crea­te an ac­count and just choose se­ries you like. Sho­wR­SS would then pro­vi­de you wi­th a ni­ce RSS feed up­dated as your sho­ws are uploade­d.

You could even choose be­tween SD and HD ver­sion­s.

Thir­d: get the epi­so­des.

You would need a Bi­tTo­rrent client that su­ppor­ts this:

  1. An­­droi­­d.

  2. Choosing the des­­ti­­na­­tion fo­l­­der (u­­To­­­rrent for an­­droid does­n'­­t)

  3. RSS Fee­­ds wi­­th au­­to­­­do­­wn­­load

For exam­ple: aDo­wn­loader

If you are using the Me­le and the SATA dri­ve, the­re is a bug in aDo­wn­loader whe­re it can't wri­te to the SATA disk. You can fix it if you ha­ve root and so­me pa­tien­ce.

Four­th: get a good vi­deo pla­ye­r.

You want one tha­t:

  1. Has HW de­­co­­­ding

  2. Has SW au­­dio de­­co­­­ding (a me­­le-s­­pe­­ci­­fic is­­sue)

  3. Su­­ppo­r­­ts many vi­­deo fo­r­­ma­­ts

  4. Su­­ppo­r­­ts su­b­­ti­­tle­s, if you need them

For exam­ple: MX Pla­yer

Fi­fth: get sub­ti­tle­s.

If you ever wa­tch so­me­thing that is not in your na­ti­ve lan­gua­ge, you al­so want so­me­thing that au­to­ma­ti­ca­lly ge­ts sub­ti­tles for your vi­deo­s. For exam­ple Su­bloader

How we­ll would this wo­rk? We­ll, it would take rou­gh­ly 5 mi­nu­tes to do­wn­load a show in SD or 15 mi­nu­tes to do­wn­load it in HD on a 10M­bps in­ter­net li­nk.

It would let you play them in your own ti­me.

It would let you see sho­ws be­fo­re they air in your coun­tr­y, and even if they wi­ll ne­ver air the­re.

It is al­so ille­gal as all he­ll, so do­n't do it.

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