Wednesday, November 11, 2009

I Could

I COULD start posting again. There's quite a few things I could be talking about.

I got an Amazon Kindle, which means my reading has boasted through the roof. Amazing little gadget, it is. But I'm no literary critic, nor I intend to be, so let's rule that out.

I've seen a couple of movies from that IMDB list that I had here. Rear Window's one of them. But who has seen those movies, it'd be like talking to the wall. Nah.

I guess I'll just procrastinate some more.

Meanwhile, I'll leave you with Ducks.



Ponch

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Best Buy on drag

I have been requested to not abandon my blog. And I'm all about what the public wants (ha!), so here I am.

However, I've gotten quite used to microblogging, so I will keep it short. I think that's best for the sake of actually updating this thing.

Today's subject is another request. I found this god awful thing in an ad of Mexico's biggest newspaper (big as in famous, the actual newspaper is regular-sized).



I'm a huge fan of Bestbuy. It's one of those stores that we didn't have here and I always enjoyed going to when in the US. So you can imagine my excitement when I heard Bestbuy was opening a store in Mexico. Of course, I pictured a store full of cold electronics and gadgets, like the one I knew and loved, but some GENIOUS decided to turn Bestbuy into some kind of... 'chic' blender store?! FOR WOMEN?! Have you actually seen a woman at Bestbuy?! Seriously!! (hmm, ok, that was an exageration. They do sell those little keychain frames from the TV ads, so I guess women buy it and cry).

I quote the newspaper ad:

Let's face it, home is a space governed by us. Yes, we agree, men can throw in some ideas and an opinion, but the ones who set the rules (it actually says: 'grab the pan by the handle'), generally use a skirt and high heels.

Nature is wise and it created us this way. We are practical, fun, dreamy, hard-working, mothers... we do many activities in one day and do them right. That's why we need solutions that make our lives easier, more comfortable.

Create a new lifestyle with the products you love! At Bestbuy we have everything you need to reinvent your home!

Is that the most backwards paragraph you've seen in your life or what. The worst thing is that the idiot who wrote this actually thinks he/she's a genious right now 'cuz they're 'appealing to women'. I'm not even gonna comment any further on this. I wanna hear your thoughts.

C'mon Bestbuy, just stick to what you know. I'm not gonna go to your store to buy a blender. A new webcam or a videogame, on the other hand...

Served @ocelopan and @EvavonTrier.

Are you following me on twitter yet?

Ponch, the best buyer.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Ota

My grandma passed away this Sunday. My grandparents are pretty much the whole reason I speak English, and so many more things so...

Para tí, Otita. Te voy a extrañar.

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Happy Holidays!

There's a lot to tell, but I haven't had time to write anything. If you think about it it's actually a good thing. I'm busy and I'm happy. Things are starting to look better for old Ponch :)

Just wanted to wish all my non-existent readers a Merry Christmas. Enjoy your dinner, don't get bummed if it's not as big as last year, things will get better in 2009 (I've always hated years that end with an even number, odd years rule).

Have fun, get hammered and say hi to your family for me.

P

Friday, November 21, 2008

El 8

I know I haven't posted in a while. I've been busy. Yeah, you heard correctly. I'M BUSY NOW!! I'll tell you all about it when I'm not SO busy.

Just wanted to post a quick link to a blog opened just recently. The blog of one of my all time heroes: El "Maestro" Carlos Reinoso. Arguably, Club America's best player ever.

He usually gives his opinions on the Mexican Soccer League and the Mexican National Team. In this post, he tells us what he thinks is wrong with it.

El Rincon del 8: Mexico contra Honduras

Have a look and don't hesitate to comment. He'll surely read it and hopefully answer soon.

Talk to you later.

Ponch. (Who uses number 8 in soccer because of Reinoso)

PS. While you're at it, join HazzSports.com would you? It's my new job :D

Tuesday, September 30, 2008

The Unbearable Lightness of Being - Part I

So, taking a little break from the movie reviewing thingie, I've started reading The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera. I know it's a great book, but I also hear it's fairly complicated...

Anyone read it?? Do you recommend it?? Anything I should know before reading it??

Thanks!

Tuesday, September 02, 2008

12 Angry Men

Something great happened to me today: I didn't have to go to work. Some idiot didn't renew my access permit, so if I can't enter the premises I can't work. Right?

Since I don't like what I do, I'm the complete opposite of a workaholic. I just LOVE my leisure time. My mind's wallpaper is like a huge beach with a movie theatre on the side, hehe.

So, I just finished watching 12 Angry Men.

WOW.

You know how some people say that movies and TV destroy our imaginations?? Well, they haven't seen this one.

It's about a jury in a murder case. But don't think for a second that you'll see a detailed recreation of the murder scene. Hell, you won't even see the accused. When the jury starts to deliberate, you know absolute zero, but they're 100% sure that he's guilty...

Except for one man.

All of the movie takes place in a very small room with no air conditioning (not sure those existed back then) in a very hot day. That's where they have to decide if they send the alleged murderer to the chair. And that armed only with their recollections of the trial, the defense of a very sucky lawyer, a very determined but pacient Henry Fonda, and a WHOLE lot of prejudices...

This leads to a movie that lets you take a stand. A movie that lets you imagine the murder scene, the murderer, the victim, the witnesses, and even the trial. All of this results in one of the most intense experiences I've ever had while watching a movie.

Needless to say, it's totally recommended.

The updated list:




1.9.1
The Shawshank Redemption (1994)369,399
2.9.1
The Godfather (1972)315,551
3.9.0
The Dark Knight (2008)258,393
4.9.0
The Godfather: Part II (1974)178,804
5.8.9
Buono, il brutto, il cattivo., Il (1966)105,210
6.8.9
Pulp Fiction (1994)309,197
7.8.8
Schindler's List (1993)204,814
8.8.8
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975)155,660
9.8.8
Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980)215,898
10.8.8
12 Angry Men (1957)75,615
11.8.8
Casablanca (1942)131,288
12.8.8
Shichinin no samurai (1954)74,178
13.8.8
Star Wars (1977)256,542
14.8.8
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003)274,322
15.8.7
Goodfellas (1990)168,753
16.8.7
Rear Window (1954)88,345
17.8.7
Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)192,834
18.8.7
Cidade de Deus (2002)110,845
19.8.7
C'era una volta il West (1968)51,017
20.8.7
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)303,980

I'm really enjoying all these movies, hehe. I wish I could watch them all with you guys. Please discuss!

1 Angry Ponch

Sunday, August 31, 2008

Have you seen these?

Hey everyone (?).

As I've already told you, movies are what keep me going lately. Since the summer season is over and most of the movies at the theatre right now pretty much suck (except Tropic Thunder, go watch that one), I've decided to start watching movies from IMDb's Top 250 rank.

The thing about old movies is that it's hard to START watching them. Most of us have gotten used to seeing explosions and shit in the opening scene of a movie. These movies usually start slow, veeeeeery slow. But once you pass the 20 minute mark, get ready to have your mind blown. Forget about special effects, what you get is amazing actors and a plot that will leave you staring at the wall for hours. I just love it.

Here's the Top 20.




1.9.1
The Shawshank Redemption (1994)369,399
2.9.1
The Godfather (1972)315,551
3.9.0
The Dark Knight (2008)258,393
4.9.0
The Godfather: Part II (1974)178,804
5.8.9
Buono, il brutto, il cattivo., Il (1966)105,210
6.8.9
Pulp Fiction (1994)309,197
7.8.8
Schindler's List (1993)204,814
8.8.8
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975)155,660
9.8.8
Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980)215,898
10.8.8
12 Angry Men (1957)75,615
11.8.8
Casablanca (1942)131,288
12.8.8
Shichinin no samurai (1954)74,178
13.8.8
Star Wars (1977)256,542
14.8.8
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003)274,322
15.8.7
Goodfellas (1990)168,753
16.8.7
Rear Window (1954)88,345
17.8.7
Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)192,834
18.8.7
Cidade de Deus (2002)110,845
19.8.7
C'era una volta il West (1968)51,017
20.8.7
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)303,980


Marked in green are the ones that I've already seen. The list will be updated very soon, I hope.

Have you seen any of these??? PLEASE COMMENT!!

PMDb

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Testing iphone ping.fm

Nice huh?!

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Iphone Blog test

Just checkin if this works. I'm throwin in a beautiful picture too.

You iphone users (if any) can use this as al wallpaper. A shot of the great Estadio Azteca, mostly empty in a Socio Águila game.

Enjoy!!



PS. Yeah, I took it.

Sunday, July 13, 2008

Movies keep me going

You guessed it. I haven't been posting since my life is boring, uninteresting and dull. I know, those are synonyms, but it makes the line longer and, hopefully, gives it more impact... Yep.

The only fun and rewarding thing that I have been doing lately, is going to the movies. Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk, Kung Fu Panda, Get Smart, and (above all) Wall-E. This last movie gave me a nervous breakdown at the end. It made me remember that I chose to study Computer Systems because I dreamed of working at Pixar. Instead of that, I'm working at a fucking bank, one that treats people as recyclable objects or "resources". Pixar is still doing magic. And it's doing it without my help.

I simply don't know what to do. My job is boring, but the worst thing is that I'm learning absolutely nothing. It's more than obvious that I just don't enjoy being a Software Engineer, but here I'm getting worse at it every day.

Should I leave? Should I look for another job in Software? (risking to do the exact same thing but a two hour drive away). Should I look for projects on my own? Should I keep trying to get a job in production, earning nothing/almost nothing?

I'll probably stay in the bank till I rot...

There, I posted something. You asked for it!

Wednesday, May 07, 2008

Apologies

Sorry, I haven't had much time to write lately. Since I don't have Internet access at work (and, because work is a monotonous dull activity) it has been hard for me to write anything. I promise to try to get back to it as soon as I can.

Meanwhile, why don't you tell me what have YOU been up to. HA! Didn't see that one coming did ya'!

Ponch, the busy dull one.

PS. One relevant thing: America passed to the quarter finals of Copa Libertadores!! AWESOMEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!

Friday, April 04, 2008

No Fun

Well, first surprise about working for a big company that handles money: they're completely paranoid.

I cannot enter the building with USBs, CDs, DVDs, iPod, Palm, nothing... Which means no music, which means no "whistle while you work" or "spoonful of sugar" or anything like that... If they try to take my Blackberry I'll quit on the spot... I think.

To make it worse, I think some guy of my team screwed up at some point and now we don't have the password for the proxy, which means NO INTERNET!!! Soooo I better start learning the Java API by heart, that should be easy... Btw, I know, no Internet also means no instant messaging...

Will I get used to this total lack of contact to the outside world?? Make your bets!!!

PS. I'll try to post a lot more from that cool phone publishing feature I discovered a while ago. Feedback will be necessary in order to avoid insanity.

Tuesday, April 01, 2008

Ok, I give up

Couldn't stand it anymore.

The unbearable lack of activity (and money) forced me to take desperate measures and take a job as a Java Web Developer/Analyst. The job is not that bad, it will allow me to learn a lot in areas that I know I suck at, and probably will allow me to get the knowledge needed to start a company in the future. Who knows, I might even get to like it...

For now, that's all I'm asking for: to learn a lot. I'll have to put my dreams on hold...
 
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