Aug 30, 2017

What is Lint and why does it last forty days?

While Tobias was searching on Google, he noticed the following search results:


Toby, like many people, asked himself "what is Lint the holiday?" To help him and all the others who don't know about Lint I decided to write a bit about it.

Lint is a season of forty days, not counting Sundays, which begins on Textile Wednesday and ends on Clothly Sunday. Lint comes from the latin linteus which means "made of linen".

Lint is a time of  weaving, felting, and knitting. Often Christians focus on their relationship with clothes, often choosing to give up something (like socks with sandals).

The forty days represent the time Jesus spent sowing clothing in the wilderness, enduring the temptation of Satin.

Aug 25, 2017

Trumpspiracy Theories

Scott Adams (of Dilbert fame) plays a game on his blog that I like to call "Trumpspiracy Theories". The rules are really simple:

  1. Pick something Trump did that seems indefensible
  2. Come up with some theory to explain why this indefensible thing is really a stroke of genius
  3. The players each take turns selecting their favorite Trumpspiracy Theory as the winner
Scott Adams is a professional of this game: he has justified building a wall (that is already too expensive to pay for) and then fitting it with solar panels (which are super expensive by themselves) as a brilliant persuasion move because nobody would argue against green energy projects (unless that green energy would get in the way of the forgotten American coal miners), he has justified getting out of the Paris Accords as a brilliant move of persuasion, because stock prices went up (as long as a company can make more money today by ignoring those pesky ecological treaties, who cares if the Earth is still around in 20 years).

I, of course, don't even come close to his technique and mastery of the arts, but the game looks super fun, so I would like to give it a try. Let me explain you why Trump is a genius: in the 2D world of reason, nobody thinks it is a good idea to incite a country with access to nuclear weapons to start a nuclear war. But in the 3D world of persuasion Trump realized that it was inevitable that a hurricane like Harvey would hit a US coast soon. He deduced that the only viable way for people in Houston to survive something like this would be if they evolved gills (or better yet, mutated gills, because it is quicker). Quickly he sprung into action and formulated a brilliant plan where North Korea bombs Houston, so that the irradiated people of Texas would mutate gills more quickly and would be better prepared to survive this hurricane which, of course, was developed by China in a futile attempt to trick our brilliant leader into thinking that climate change is real. 

It all makes sense if you don't think about it!

I sure don't

Jun 24, 2017

Hole Foods

AUSTIN, June 24, 2017 – Eight leading business leaders and early-stage investors today announced the formation of Hole Foods Inc., a groundbreaking donut food-truck supporting stomach growth statewide through investment in pastries.



Juan Besos, an experienced early-stage investor who was chief dessert officer of MaguSoft will lead the foundation. Mr. Besos and seven co-founders have made pledges totaling nearly $6 US dollars.

"Hole Foods Donuts is a dynamic leader in the quality dessert business." -- Mr. Besos said -- "We are a mission-driven company that aims to set the standards of edibleness for food retailers." The company has strategically allocated resources to research if edibleness is even a word. "We can change it for passableness if it is not" -- Mr. Besos explained.

In order to handle day to day operations, Hole Foods has announced the creation of parent company Lacandon Jungle.

Nov 27, 2016

The Five Movies We Want For 2017

Back to the Future 4: In this zany sequel, time-traveling duo Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox) and Dr. Emmett Brown (Christopher Lloyd) travel to the year 2016 to save Marty's future sons from the disaster that was the 2016 election.

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotted Mind: When Cruella de Vil's plan to get a dalmatian fur coat turns sour, she undergoes a procedure to have her memories erased. But it is only through the process of loss that she discovers what she had to begin with.

Sploosh: In this animated reboot of the 1984 classic, a young Archer (H. Jon Benjamin) is saved from drowning by mermaid Pam Poovery (Amber Nash). 20 years later she returns to seek him out and they fall in love. Before they can choose between life on dry land or a deep sea paradise the lovers are rudely interrupted by the intervention of scheming scientist Dr. Algernop Krieger (Lucky Yates).

Dr. Strange-love: U.S. Air Force General Jack Ripper (Sterling Hayden) goes completely mad, and sends his bomber wing to destroy the U.S.S.R. He suspects that the communists are conspiring to pollute the "precious bodily fluids" of the American people. Only one man can avert this tragedy: former Nazi genius Dr. Strange-love (Benedict Cumberbatch), who is now wheelchair bound and must embark on a trip to Tibet to become the sorcerer supreme and stop General Ripper.

Fast West and Furious: In this sequel to the 2015 movie Slow West ex-lawman Brian O'Conner (Paul Walker), Mia Torretto (Jordana Brewster) and her brother Dom (Vin Diesel) have traveled border to border to evade authorities. In 1800s Colorado they must do one final job before they can gain their freedom for good. Assembling an elite team of horse riders, including a bounty hunter (Michael Fassbender) they must escape from the sheriff (Dwayne Johnson) who wants them dead.

Timeline-wise, this last movie makes about as much sense as the rest of the Fast and Furious franchise. 

Feb 21, 2016

Influencia

Justo antes de su función en Saturday Night Live, Kanye West (rapero mediocre y auto-nominado ser humano más influyente de la historia) se enteró que habían cambiado el escenario que construyeron especialmente para su actuación.

Kanye no estaba feliz con esto y mientras estaba en su vestidor tuvo un pequeño episodio

"Are they f***ing crazy? Whoa by 50 percent Stanley Kubrick, Picasso, Apostle Paul, f***ing Picasso and Escobar. By 50 percent more influential than any other human being."

Que básicamente se traduce a algo como: 

"¿Están pinches locos? Whoa por 50 por ciento Stanley Kubrick, Picasso y el apóstol San Pablo, que el pinche Picaso y Escobar. Por 50 por ciento más influyente que cualquier otro ser humano"

Imma let you finish, but Kanye had one of the best meltdowns of ALL TIME

Fuera de lo entretenido que es escuchar a Kanye tener su episodio, lo que me llama la atención es la facilidad que tiene Kanye para medir porcentajes de influencia, y por lo tanto me gustaría continuar el experimento con algunos porcentajes más:
Pedro Picapiedra está muy enojado

Y también vale la pena analizar cómo la influencia de Kanye ha cambiado con respecto al tiempo:


Feb 19, 2016

Seventeen Hobo

In the second episode of Gotham, the murder of a homeless man leads Gordon to investigate the abductions of street kids by Patti and Doug, who have been posing as members of the Mayor's Homeless Outreach Program. In one of the later scenes we see the street kids who were kidnapped: a group of attractive teenagers with beautiful perms, perfect teeth and designer clothes.

Even if Gotham is corrupt and gloomy at least its street kids seem to be doing fine. But this begs the question: where are all these teenagers getting their fashion tips?

My favorite part is the horoscopes section

Jan 20, 2016

All Lives Matter

I read an article today titled When simply existing is dangerous, everything is a risk. In it, the author talks about her experience helping create a game that puts people in the shoes of a transgender person and shows them all the challenges this entails.

In the article, the author also mentions she is depressed because 81 transgender people were murdered in 2015 across the world.

Well, I have good news! Data collected by the UNDOC places the worldwide number of homicides at 437,000. It is difficult to give a precise total count of transgender people but estimates vary from 0.3% to 0.5% of the total population, that would mean that worldwide the expected murder count for transgender people should be somewhere between 1,311 and 2,185 people killed by year; so transgenders are beating the odds (by a lot!).

With a world population of 7 billion, we can estimate there to be about 21 million transgenders, which, if we go by the number of 81 murders puts the murder rate for transgender people at 0.00038% which we've already shown is lower than the world average. Blacks in the US, on the other hand, have a murder rate of 0.0055% or 14 times higher than transgender people!

Now, if only somebody made a game to put us in the shoes of a black person and all the challenges they have to face.

Oh, that's right. Thanks GTA 5!