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Monocromatico, the Original One

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I speak softly but I carry a big stick [Aug. 24th, 2010|07:32 pm]
Monocromatico, the Original One
[mood |contentcontent]

Except when I find something really silly to share, I've been posting here every time something I find important happens, since LJ is pretty much dead, except for a few of you. Now, I want to say that I find it amusing and bizarre that I'm having fun with public speeches. Being a life long timid person that gets in panic when I have to talk to strangers and may freak out in a crowd, becoming a regular conferencist is something I had never imagined I could do, much less that I could have fun with it.

At college I lectured a few times, which gave me experience and made me more secure about myself on that super exposed position, in front of the class and my teachers, who could pull me down with criticisms if they wanted. This was terrifying at the beginning, I always got nervous, the voice failed and I never knew what to say, but you get used to it, specially in the situations where you are the only specialist on the subject you are speaking about, and know about it more than anyone else there, like when I exposed my Master thesis. I don't know if this is natural, or if I'm just finding out I'm a good actor that can switch my real self in and out whenever I need it. It would be interesting to investigate.

I've been lately making lectures on games, always something around origins, structure and functions of games, including board games, puzzles, video games, etc. The public ranges from university students to kids in school ages, to each one I wheigh my focus on this or that aspect of the general subject and language. Today I spoke to a crowd of 50 or 60 high school kids about the goods and bads on video games, and they seemed very interested. I spoke for 20 minutes, and they showered me with questions for nearly half hour. Next week I'm going to another school to present the same lecture.
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ROTFL [Aug. 23rd, 2010|12:14 am]
Monocromatico, the Original One
[mood |amusedamused]

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Writer's Block: Work, work, work [Jul. 10th, 2010|12:10 am]
Monocromatico, the Original One
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Would you rather work at a job that you enjoy but pays little or work at a miserable job that pays a lot?

The first has been my life since I can remember :^P
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The day I became a bibliographic reference [Jul. 7th, 2010|09:45 pm]
Monocromatico, the Original One
[mood |accomplishedaccomplished]

So, I am currently working with the type collection of our herbarium (the "type" specimens are plants that were used to describe a new species, so they are the most valuable items in an herbarium collection) and came across a certain plant whose specific name was totally unknown - it was absent from all major data banks and herbaria catalogs available, which could mean this secies was given a name, but was never formally described. The supposed author of that name was a swedish botanist from the Stockholm Museum of Natural History, so I e-mailed them asking for more in depth information about his works, hoping I could find any reference to that species.

A certain Dr. Anderberg answered me and gave me new directions to my research. I found the name familiar, so I seached on google for his name. He does work in my area of interest, and I thought I might have used one of his papers in my Masters thesis, but since I hadn't a copy in my hands to check my bibliography, I googled my thesis' title hoping the university would host it online. To much of my surprise, I found an article published last April, about Paleontology, that cites my thesis several times! I described a certain kind of hard leaf cells (sclerocytes) in my work, and they were sugesting they could use fossilized sclerocytes to locate and identify families and genera of plants in fossil environments, confirming their identification according to my descriptions, even comparing their specimens with my microphotographs.

May sound nerdy and boring, but to a scientist, there is no greated glory than having your work positively recognized by the scientific community. Gives you the feeling that all your hard work was worth it after all.
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CIENCE [Apr. 25th, 2010|09:36 pm]
Monocromatico, the Original One
[mood |busybusy]

I'm being scheduled for 3 conferences about videogames for high school kids in August. Most curious.
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Internet people [Apr. 9th, 2010|02:47 am]
Monocromatico, the Original One
[mood |annoyedannoyed]

One thing that will never change over the internerdz is the interderdz drama. Do you remember back in 2000, 2001, when we were a little more than grown up kids, jumping into pointless fights over things that were not important at all in video game forums and shit? Well, that generation (ours) has grown old, but still, now that some of us are married with kids and proper jobs, I still see people like that getting into fucked up arguments on the web over nothing. Why do people care so much about their web personas, to the point of waging war against communities (bringing it to other unrelated communities as well), harrassing people's personal pages, and blocking any possibility of civilized conversation outside the forum where the conflict was brought up. I'm not talking about post-adolescents pricks with no lives (like some of us were back in those times where internet forums were the shit, much like ICQ and custom .zzn e-mails), but bearded and bald men, with families and jobs to worry about!

What is born in a forum dies in a forum, that's my golden rule. Why can't it be like this for everyone? What do these people expect from an internet community that's sooo important to them to take everything personally?
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ART [Mar. 16th, 2010|05:56 pm]
Monocromatico, the Original One
[mood |impressedimpressed]

This is fucking amazing: http://ibigdan.livejournal.com/6244450.html
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This is just too good to not be posted [Mar. 9th, 2010|11:21 pm]
Monocromatico, the Original One
[mood |amusedamused]
[music |Trololo]



In sovietic Russia, music sings you.

(the funniest part is that I was watching a friend of mine on TV, talking serious about Charles Darwin in a show, and the next minute I see him posting this on his fecesbook)
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(no subject) [Dec. 20th, 2009|04:51 pm]
Monocromatico, the Original One
Dear Santa...

Dear Santa,

This year I've been busy!

Last Saturday I bought porn for skye16 (-10 points). In February I punched livelycomet in the arm (-10 points). In April I set angryghostslave's puppy on fire (-66 points). In July on a flight to Pakistan, I stole the emergency flight information card (-40 points). In January I committed genocide... Sorry about that, mikeripplinger (-5000 points).

Overall, I've been naughty (-5126 points). For Christmas I deserve a lump of coal!

Sincerely,
preto_no_branco

Write your letter to Santa! Enter your LJ username:
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This is SO 2002 [Dec. 17th, 2009|11:53 pm]
Monocromatico, the Original One
[mood |cheerfulcheerful]

Allah, shouting from the mountain tops!

I did this page in one boring morning at work in 2002, I think. I can't believe it still exist. And I can't believe I'm not dead yet :^P
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