Monday, December 08, 2008

Guardia Svizzera @ Uniforms Magazine

Guardia Svizzera
Originally uploaded by brefe
Uniforms Magazine editor asked me to use this photo on an article.
To be honest, I don't know if was used, because I never found this magazine....

Monday, November 03, 2008

Massa won, but Hamilton is the Formula-1 2008 Champion

In a spectacular race last Sunday, Massa celebrated his victory for a few seconds, but then Hamilton arrive in the fifth place and clinched the title!

He is the youngest ever champion and the first British to win since Damon Hill in 1996 and the first McLaren champion since Finn Mika Hakkinen in 1999. He is Britain's ninth champion.

He had some help from Ferrari - we just had to remember Singapore grand-prix in October, where they really took the title from Massa, by failing badly at the pit stop, but we had to say that Hamilton showed great talent and deserves the title.

Now, lets wait for 2009.

Saturday, November 01, 2008

Lewis Hamilton Portrait

This is really amazing. Artist Ian Cook painted Lewis Hamilton portrait using remote controled cars!

Monday, October 27, 2008

21st century crime - Jail time for a virtual murder

Impressive...  She will need a real lawyer.

A 43-year-old Japanese piano teacher, player in a virtual game world called "Maple Story" , became so angry about the sudden divorce from her online husband that she logged on with his
password and killed his digital character.

She  said to the police "I was suddenly divorced, without a word of warning. That made me so angry"

Players in "Maple Story"  create and manipulate "avatars" that represent themselves, while engaging in relationships, social activities and fighting monsters and other obstacles.

The woman used log-in information she got from the 33-year-old office worker when their characters were happily married, in order to kill the character. The man complained to police when he discovered his online avatar was dead.
The woman was arrested Wednesday and taken 1,000 km from her home in Miyazaki to be detained in Sapporo, where the man lives, the official said. She did no plot any "real world" revenge.
She has not yet been formally charged. If convicted, she could face up to five years in prison or a fine up to ¥500,000.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

BookMooch - an update

I posted about BookMooch back in June. BookMooch is a book exchange site.

At the time I mentioned that I would give a try.

Well, I added 78 books and magazines I want to give away and my wishlist had 56 books that I would like to read. So far I received 3 books and sent 7, what is a good ratio.

I am happy and will continue to exchange books!

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Blog de Mónica Colaço

Conheci um excelente blog sobre livros, o Leituras e Devaneios escrito por Mónica Colaço.

Vale a pena dar uma espiada!

Sunday, September 21, 2008

US$200 Bill!


NC Wanted - in HALIFAX COUNTY, North Carolina a guy successfully passed a $200 bill with George W. Bush's portrait and a drawing of the White House with lawn signs reading "We like ice cream" and "USA deserves a tax cut."  He even got $50 change on the $150 purchase...

Makes you wonder the kind of cashier the shops are hiring nowadays....

Saturday, August 16, 2008

Toyota's new Winglet

They device will directly compete with the Segaway (maybe....)

If they market outside Japan, it may catch....

Monday, July 21, 2008

Testing lets me post to several places from one site... interesting at least.

Sunday, July 06, 2008

Mic and Mac

Mic and Mac
Video sent by helolo

Very nice video on PC and Mac love!

Saturday, June 14, 2008

Never imagined this existed,,,,

Check on the blog "Um Rebordão no Japão" the incredible Masturbate-a-thon.

No one could describe it so well as Antonio!

This is entry from Wikipedia:

Masturbate-a-thon is an event where participants masturbate in order to raise money for charity and to increase awareness of, and dispel the shame and taboos that persist around, this form of sexual activity.[1] During the past six years, the Masturbate-a-thon has raised over $25,000 for women’s health initiatives and HIV prevention, education and treatment organizations, and has contributed to debates about safer sex and alternative safe methods of sexual expression.

Sunday, June 08, 2008

BookMooch - a community for exchanging used books

Found BookMooch site today in Japanzine magazine !

BookMooch lets us give away books we no longer need in exchange for books we want.

Every time you give someone a book, you earn a point and can get any book you want from anyone else at BookMooch. Once you've read a book, you can keep it forever or put it back into BookMooch for someone else, as you wish.

The only cost is mailing the books to others.
We receive a tenth-of-a-point for every book entered into the system, and one point each time we give a book away. In order to keep receiving books, you need to give away at least one book for every three we receive.

I will give a try. Added 14 books today.

6,000 dollar watermelon

Reuters News:

A top quality watermelon grown in Northern Japan is said to have broken the world record for the highest selling price, 6,100 U.S. dollars.

Saturday, May 31, 2008

Suphala - Underwater City

Record release party July 10th, 2007 in NYC at Canal Room.

Artists performing with Suphala include David Gotay (cello), Eddie Venegas (violin), D.I. Noizepunk (laptop, keys)

“This Indian-American beauty plays those two small drums like Bruce Lee in a fistfight - with fast hands and a furious beauty.” – St. Petersburg Times

Suphala is a protégé of the great tabla masters Ustad Allarakha and Ustad Zakir Hussain, who are a constant source of inspiration to her.

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

My friend TKarlos sent a link to to comp-83 mailing list.

I did the test and got a score of 50 (he got 53).

I am nerdier than 50% of all people. Are you a nerd? Click here to find out!

49% scored higher (more nerdy),
1% scored the same, and
50% scored lower (less nerdy).

Saturday, May 03, 2008

Herbie Hancock - Jazz Fusion Cantelope Island

The master "Herbie" in one of his great performances. Enjoy the live version of Cantelope Island!

Saturday, April 19, 2008

Suphala - Unwind You

Suphala - Unwind You

Tabla Artist, Composer, and Producer, Suphala:

In Feb. 2005, Suphala made history when she became the first musician to play in public in Kabul since the fall of the Taliban. According to the New York Times, "Kabul's badly depleted music scene received a welcome injection of excitement last week with the arrival of Suphala, the New York-based tabla player and composer… Suphala certainly brought brightness… her touch and rhythm are sure." It caused a sensation in the war-torn country. "I have not played with a woman before," one Afghan tabla master said. "Our grandfathers do not even know of it."

Suphala assets, video. Record Release performance -- July 10th, 2007 at Canal Room in NYC: track from Suphala's album "Blueprint", song and all parts written by Suphala, performers include Suphala (tabla), D.I. Noizepunk (laptop, keys), Edie Venegas (violin), David Gotay (cello). 

Saturday, April 05, 2008


Heard this music as theme song for Leo Laporte's video from the Adobe Lightroom Adventure 2.0: Tasmania!  

Berimbau is a is a single-string percussion instrument from Brazil, used in Capoeira.

The music is from Inverted Silence/Jim Kang and can be listen from ccMixter site.

Actually, there is great music in ccMixter....

Sunday, March 23, 2008

PT - dengue no governo dos outros é ...

Antes a culpa era do Serra... E agora? E mesmo assim a popularidade do Lula aumenta. Vai entender.

Estava Folha Online em 20 de setembro de 2002: 

Lula visita a Mangueira e critica atuação de Serra contra a dengue
Por Fábio Zanini e Fábio Portela:
O candidato do PT à Presidência da República, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva (PT), criticou duramente a administração de José serra no Ministério da Saúde durante discurso na quadra da escola de samba Mangueira, no Rio de Janeiro.
Sem citar Serra nominalmente, Lula atacou a política de combate à dengue adotada pelo governo federal nos últimos anos e disse que o uso de medicamentos genéricos no país ainda é muito pequeno.
Lula fez as declarações ao lançar seu programa de governo para a área da Saúde. "Sabem por que estamos lançando esse programa aqui no Rio? Aqui foi o exemplo do desleixo maior do governo federal no combate à dengue", disse o candidato.

Agora? Agora o descaso do governo Lula desmatela hospitais federais....

Saiu no G1 no dia 17:
“No mês em que completa 30 anos, o Hospital Universitário Clementino Fraga Filho, da Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ), enfrenta uma série de problemas. Nesta segunda-feira (17), 88 residentes da área de cirurgia e anestesia da unidade entraram em greve por melhoria como a manutenção de ar condicionados – dois dos três que existem têm a idade do hospital – e materiais básicos como gazes, drenos e luvas cirúrgicas. Segundo a diretoria, no entanto, as cirurgias estão acontecendo normalmente, realizadas pelos médicos. ‘Falta manutenção nos aparelhos e insumos básicos. A gente vem convivendo com isso e só medidas emergenciais foram tomadas, nenhuma solução. Já houve paciente que não foi operada por não tinha gaze no centro cirúrgico’, conta o residente do 3º ano e ex-aluno do curso de Medicina da UFRJ, André Loja.”

Friday, March 14, 2008

Bush "Envious" Of Soldiers Serving "Romantic" Mission In Afghanistan

From Reuters:

Talking to Soldiers in Afganistan, Bush says:

"I must say, I'm a little envious," Bush said. "If I were slightly younger and not employed here, I think it would be a fantastic experience to be on the front lines of helping this young democracy succeed."

"It must be exciting for you ... in some ways romantic, in some ways, you know, confronting danger. You're really making history, and thanks," Bush said.

Sunday, March 09, 2008

The Seat Guru

A great site to see when booking your flight - lots of information aboit airplane seating, in-flight amenities and airline information. It is not

It's not complete, but has quite a few airlines already

Sunday, February 24, 2008

Stone elephant

Stone elephant
Originally uploaded by brefe
I remembered some pictures I took a few years ago with special Konica film. Its a kind of color film, that has to be developed with standard C41 process, but the prints come "sepia toned".

I scanned some of the negatives and they look quite nice - like very old pictures....

Uploaded to Flickr and this one is a favorite...

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

New Indiana Jones Trailer is up!

Check the trailer for the long waited Indiana Jones IV movie!

Saturday, February 16, 2008

Clean is happy -Toto washlets

It's no news in Japan, but really nice use of Flash / animation

First time I saw this was in Amber Mac's blog.

Friday, February 15, 2008

Sunday, February 03, 2008

Matisyahu - forget what you know about Hasidic Jews

Forget what you know about Hasidic Jews.

Matisyahu (born Matthew Paul Miller, June 30, 1979) is an American reggae musician.

He wears the traditional clothing of Hasidic Jews and does not perform on Sabbath, but his reggae is great!

This piece, King Without a Crown is fun, dancing and has a message. Enjoy.

Thursday, January 31, 2008

SQPN iphone commercial spoof

Paul Camarata and his son Chris put together a spoof of Apple’s iPhone commercial. Paul is the host of the Saintcast, a podcast devoted to all things Saint (their lives, their devotions...). Saintcast is part of SQPN, The Best in Catholic Podcasting.

Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Impressive 3D device

This guy created a simple and brilliant 3D software/hardware device!

Contagem de tempo para efeito de aposentadoria a invasores de terra!

Impressionante! Segunda a Veja (edição 2045) , um parecer da consultoria jurídica do Ministério da Previdência, aprovado pelo ministro Luiz Marinho, garante a contagem de tempo para efeito de aposentadoria a invasores de terra!

Sou obrigado a concordar com o Roberto Jefferson, presidente do PTB: "A proposta é, no mínimo, estapafúrdia. Fazendo uma analogia, pode-se dizer então que um ladrão de bancos poderia considerar o tempo que levou planejando seu assalto para efeitos previdenciários. E que traficantes poderão se aposentar com menos anos de labuta, já que sua atividade é de alto risco."

Sunday, January 27, 2008


Found this old photo in my hard disk. It was taken with an APS camera - does anyone still use this? It had a lot of noise, I believe film was 800 ISO, so I have increased even more the noise on Photoshop and it actually looks nice.

It was taken in Xian on 2002. Xian is that place where they found the terracotta soldiers. China changed a lot in 6 years....

Saturday, January 05, 2008

A xenofobia do albanez!

A Comissão de Constituição e Justiça e de Cidadania da Câmara dos Deputados aprovou por unanimidade o projeto do deputado federal Aldo Rebelo, do Partido Comunista do Brasil, que pretende banir o uso de palavras estrangeiras em anúncios publicitários, meios de comunicação, documentos oficiais, letreiros de lojas e restaurantes.

Será interessante ver as pessoas comprando um ordenador com disco duro e rato...

O projeto se baseia na grande idéia de a lingua portuguesa estaria ameaçada pela invasão de termos em inglês, principalmente aqueles trazidos pelas novidades tecnológicas.

Como dia a Veja em seu artigo na edição 2040, 'a tentativa de proteger idiomas das influências estrangeiras é característica de governos autoritários'  - exemplos, fascismo de Mussolini, nazismo de Hitler e mais recentemente o governo do Irã que substituiu pizza por massa elástica e "mobile phone" por comunicador companheiro...

Aldo Rebelo deve entender bem de autoritarismo... o seu PCdoB defendia até recentemente o comunismo  albanês, aquele mesmo que produziu o país mais atrasado da Europa.