Monday, January 30, 2012


Saturday, January 14, 2012

ZÉLIO, the mad scientist of colors and shapes

I made this video in honor of my dad, the mad scientist
of colors and shapes.
Here's a little visit to his laboratory.

Ana Cissa

Friday, January 13, 2012

 So often times it happens that 
we live our lives in chains
And we never even know 
we have the key.
Lyrics from Already Gone, peformed by the Eagles for their 1974 On the Border album

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Charlie Brooker calls on women to rule the world

 Women - why aren't you running the world yet? Frankly I'm disappointed in you. Men are still far too dominant for their own good, and consequently we've made a testosterone-sodden pig's ear of just about everything: politics, the economy, religion, the environment ... you name it, it's in a gigantic man-wrought mess. The world's been one big dick-swinging contest, and we've caught our collective glans in a nearby desk fan. By rights we should be squealing for your help, but we're not, because we're too damn stupid and too damn proud. We swagger convincingly, and that's about it. And swaggering's fine for scraping by in primitive times, but the world we've built is altogether more complex now. We've got stock exchanges and nuclear warheads. It's too easy to swagger your way into big trouble without even realising. Well, we've had our turn. It's time for the Rise of the Ladies.
We don't need a few women in conspicuous positions of power scattered here and there - we need a 10-year prohibition on all forms of male power. Seriously: a decade in which men don't get to control anything, from the remote control upwards. Imagine the consequences. For one thing, there would be an instant and massive reduction in armed conflict around the globe. Sure, nations would routinely bitch about each other in secret (and with a new, hair-curling viciousness), but there'd be fewer intercontinental punch-ups and a far smaller bodycount.
The economy should clearly be run by women. City boys are dicks, plain and simple. Look at them. Listen to them. Consider the carnage of the past 10 years. What the hell were these idiots thinking? Even now they're still at it. In any sane world they'd all be herded into a shed and blasted with hoses until they promised to stop. Everything they say, think, do, watch, read and fill up their iPods with is awful. Even their girlfriends are awful. Straight women, reading this: if your partner is a city boy, leave him. Leave him now. Dump him with a text message, right this very second. It'll hurt for about six days, then your life will improve beyond measure. Sod that little number-swapping dick who dares call himself a man. Lob him in the shed with the other squeaking fakes and train the cold jets on the bastards. Shut the door and let them shiver.
Men love machines, because machines remind them of themselves. As a result, men quickly became very very good at building machines and then driving them round rather too quickly, shouting "Toot toot! Look at me in my brilliant car!" This was cute for a while, but the novelty's worn off now that the planet's teetering on the brink of becoming an inhospitable cinder. Please, women, for all our sakes: just lock us in a room with some Lego or something. I'm sorry, but we're just too bloody stupid to save the planet. Looks like you'll have to clean up our mess once again. Mankind's depending on you.
"This is all very well, but none too realistic," thinks the female reader. "Men aren't just going to hand over the reins that easily. I know what men are like. They're self-righteous and stubborn - just like women, but worse."
Oh, you. Pretty, silly you. We've got you brainwashed. See, that's what our incessant, ruinous swaggering was all about: pretending to be more complex and dangerous than we actually are. In truth your suspicions are correct: we're very, very simple. We're lazy and we like blowjobs. That's all there is to us. Literally: that's it. From Sir John Betjeman to Barack Obama, from Copernicus to Liam Gallagher. The core software we run on could fit in the memory of a digital watch circa 1985 without even scraping the sides.
And you know this, you women. You know this of course, but it's so dazzlingly obvious you actually doubt it's true. Most of my friends are women. I often find myself counselling them as they agonise for hours, trying to fathom what men are thinking, what men want. Yet no matter who they're talking about, or what the circumstance, from my perspective the answer always seems so glaringly basic it could be scratched on the back of a button. This one wants a shag. That one wants a biscuit. Every time: the butler did it.
The only mistake women make is crediting men with far more mystery than they're capable of. We're impulsive yet thuddingly predictable, and you'd better learn to love us for it because that's just about all we can muster. That's why we bollocksed the planet up. We didn't mean to. We're men, that's all.
And now, surely now, it's time for you to shunt us off the podium and take charge for a decade. If only as an experiment to see what happens. I for one welcome our titted overlords. Give us our toys and our daily bread and permit us to lie on the sofa for 10 whole years, like snoozy, spluttering pigs. We get to loll around contentedly, you get to save the world. Sound good? Do we have a deal? Well do we, you wonderful bitches?
This week Charlie got halfway through McMafia by Misha Glenny: "A sobering look at globalised organised crime with an unfortunately gaudy cover that makes it look like a feature from Loaded circa 1998, which it absolutely isn't."

-source: the guardian

Friday, January 6, 2012

COSTA BRAVA - Rio de Janeiro / Summer 2012



all photos by ana cissa pinto ©all rights reserved

8 Reasons to Practice Headstand (Salamba Shirshasana)

1. Increases Stamina and Strength and Promotes Good Posture
Headstand builds strength in the neck and shoulders as well as the abdominals and upper spine.
2. Improves Cardiovascular Functioning
Inversions reduce strain on the heart which normally works against gravity. While in headstand de-oxygenated blood is able to flow more easily from the extremities to the heart.
3. Strengthens and Massages the Lungs
Due to gravity, the lower parts of the lungs receive more fluids which cause the tissue in the lower lungs to be more condensed. As a result, when we inhale air moves more freely to the upper part of the lungs. When we invert, blood moves to the upper part of the lungs facilitating a more efficient oxygen-blood exchange. Also, the weight of the internal organs massages the lungs increasing vital capacity as the lungs learn to breathe against the added weight.
4. Stimulates the Digestive System
Headstand increases digestive fire boosting energy and increasing body heat. Internal organs, particularly the intestines, are cleansed by reversing the pull of gravity and releasing congested blood in the colon.
5. Improves Concentration and Balance
In headstand, fresh oxygenated blood flows more freely from the heart to the brain. The brain receives a greater amount of blood than normal for a fixed period of time.  This helps rejuvenate the neurons and guard against atrophy. People often report a sense of clarity after doing headstand.
6. Stimulates the Endocrine System
Practicing headstand stimulates the pineal and pituitary glands which are important in regulating cell metabolism.
7. Calming Effect — Helps Cultivate Emotional Stability
A couple of years ago when I was going through a particularly tough time, I would often have the urge to go into headstand. Much to the amusement of my children, this was usually in my mom’s apartment. I always felt better afterwards. Admittedly, it was kind of funny looking and I’m sure the laughter was part of the medicine. However, Yogis have long believed that headstand has a calming effect and helps to stabilize moods and I have found this to be true for me.
8. Strengthens the Immune System
Headstand helps improve the circulation and drainage of lymphatic fluid. The lymphatic system is composed of one-way valves that keep the lymph fluid moving towards the heart. Turning upside down helps to stimulate the entire system and facilitate the movement of lymphatic fluid from the lower extremities.
For safety reasons, I would strongly recommend learning headstand from an experienced teacher who can help and guide you. In the meantime, you will get many of the same benefits by practicing Standing Wide-Legged Forward Bend (Prasarita Padottanasana).

by Charlotte Bradley - Thank You

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Each one's house - Walcyr Carrasco

(Texto em ingles e portugues - Text in english and portuguese)

My mom sent me this text and because I think it is a good reading for this time of the year I decided to share it with you. I translated it from portuguese to english so we could all enjoy it.

Each one's house by Walcyr Carrasco

At this time of the year, I like to deal with life. I give clothes that I do not use anymore,books I do not want to read again. I ship boxes to libraries.I may even drop a volume in a mall or cafe, with a message: "Read and pass it on."I try to evaluate my actions through a larger perspective. I think of the story of the Three Little Pigs. Each built his house. Two of them, the wolf easily knocked down. But the third survived because it was solid. In my opinion, children's stories have great wisdom, beyond the story itself.I like this one especially. I imagine that the life of each one is like a home. Weak or strong, depending on how it is constructed. 
Many people have approached me saying: I have a dream, I will make it a reality! - I shudder.Often the dream is pretty much like a house well painted. But without a foundation. The walls crack, the house suddenly collapses, and the person is left only with rubble. It is a shame 
..In my professional field, that's very common.
Every day I am approached by someone who dreams of being an actor or actress without ever having studied or done any theater. How is it possible to play all the chips in a profession that one does not even know? Some people drop everything for a passion. A friend left a wife and a newborn son. The new passion lasted until the night in which, in a 10th floor apartment, the lover said she could fly. Stop playing around, he said.I know how to fly, I do! She countered. She opened her arms, ready to jump from the window. He tried to stop her. He screamed for help. They almost plummeted. He is now living alone with a cat, reminiscing about the good times of his past domestic life, missing his son and life's harmony! 

Some people are concerned only with the foundation. Totally engaged in the material life. When it gets windy, they do not have walls to protect themselves. Others do not put doors. Anyone can enter their lives. 
 I have a friend who can not say NO (the word is not as magical as an armored door). He lends his money and never receives it back. He only dates problematic women . He lives surrounded by people who suck his energy just as authentic emotional vampires. The other day I asked him: Why do you surround yourself with so many bad people? He ensures me that next year it will be different.
Nothing will change until he repairs the house of his life. There are ordinary people who do not think of the roof. They live as if days of the storm will never came. When it rains, the house floods.Unlike people that only care about foundations, they do not worry about tomorrow. 

Once a friend was able to sell a valuable piece of land that she had received as an inheritance. I told her: "Now you can buy an apartment to live." She preferred to rent a villa. She furnished it. For months she lived like a queen. Almost a year later, she had no money to put food on the table! 
I take the end of the year holidays to examine the house that I've built. Did a wall crack because I took a stand against my principles? Did I leave a broken tile? Is there is a pending issue bothering me like a leak? Does my door have a key to be securely locked when necessary, but also to be open when people come with love? It is a good time to decide what to fix. To change something and make the home more enjoyable. I'm surrounded by a very special feeling. Over the years, each person builds his own house. The good thing is that you can always remodel, re-arrange, re-decorate!In the eternal opportunity to restart, lives the beauty of being the architect of your own life. 

CASA DE CADA UM(texto de Walcyr Carrasco)

Nesta época, gosto de tratar da vida.
Dou a roupa que não uso mais.
Livros que não pretendo reler. Envio caixas para bibliotecas.
Ou abandono um volume em um shopping ou café, com uma mensagem: "Leia e passe para frente!".

Tento avaliar meus atos através de uma perspectiva maior.
Penso na história dos Três Porquinhos. Cada um construiu sua casa. Duas, o Lobo derrubou facilmente.
Mas a terceira resistiu porque era sólida. Em minha opinião, contos infantis possuem grande sabedoria, além da história propriamente dita.
Gosto desse especialmente.
Imagino que a vida de cada um seja semelhante a uma casa. Frágil ou sólida, depende de como é construída.
Muita gente se aproxima de mim e diz: Eu tenho um sonho, quero torná-lo realidade! Estremeço.
Freqüentemente, o sonho é bonito, tanto como uma casa bem pintada. Mas sem alicerces.
As paredes racham, a casa cai repentinamente, e a pessoa fica só com entulho. Lamenta-se..
Na minha área profissional, isso é muito comum.

Diariamente sou procurado por alguém que sonha em ser ator ou atriz sem nunca ter estudado ou feito teatro.
Como é possível jogar todas as fichas em uma profissão que nem se conhece?
Há quem largue tudo por uma paixão. Um amigo abandonou mulher e filho recém-nascido.
A nova paixão durou até a noite na qual, no apartamento do 10º andar, a moça afirmou que podia voar.
Deixa de brincadeira , ele respondeu.
Eu sei voar, sim! rebateu ela.
Abriu os braços, pronta para saltar da janela. Ele a segurou. Gritou por socorro. Quase despencaram.
Foi viver sozinho com um gato, lembrando-se dos bons tempos da vida doméstica, do filho, da harmonia perdida!

Algumas pessoas se preocupam só com os alicerces. Dedicam-se à vida material.
Quando venta, não têm paredes para se proteger.
Outras não colocam portas. Qualquer um entra na vida delas. 
Tenho um amigo que não sabe dizer não (a palavra não é tão mágica quanto uma porta blindada).
Empresta seu dinheiro e nunca recebe. Namora mulheres problemáticas.
Vive cercado de pessoas que sugam suas energias como autênticos vampiros emocionais.
Outro dia lhe perguntei: Por que deixa tanta gente ruim se aproximar de você?
Garante que no próximo ano será diferente. Nada mudará enquanto não consertar a casa de sua vida.

São comuns as pessoas que não pensam no telhado. Vivem como se os dias de tempestade jamais chegassem.
Quando chove, a casa delas se alaga.
Ao contrário das que só cuidam dos alicerces, não se preocupam com o dia de amanhã.

Certa vez uma amiga conseguiu vender um terreno valioso recebido em herança.
Agora você pode comprar um apartamento para morar.
Preferiu alugar uma mansão. Mobiliou. Durante meses morou como uma rainha.
Quase um ano depois, já não tinha dinheiro para botar um bife na mesa!

Aproveito as festas de fim de ano para examinar a casa que construí.
Alguma parede rachou porque tomei uma atitude contra meus princípios?
Deixei alguma telha quebrada?
Há um assunto pendente me incomodando como uma goteira?
Minha porta tem uma chave para ser bem fechada quando preciso, mas também para ser aberta quando vierem as pessoas que amo?

É um bom momento para decidir o que consertar. Para mudar alguma coisa e tornar a casa mais agradável.
Sou envolvido por um sentimento muito especial.
Ao longo dos anos, cada pessoa constrói sua casa.
O bom é que sempre se pode reformar, arrumar, decorar!
E na eterna oportunidade de recomeçar reside a grande beleza de ser o arquiteto da própria vida.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Watching the sunset

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Pedro Schlepper watching the sunset from Costa Brava Club - São Conrado, Rio de Janeiro
photo by ana cissa pinto ©all rights reserved

First Day of Sun in 2012

Photos taken at Arpoador on January 3rd 2012

all photos by ana cissa pinto ©all rights reserved
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Monday, January 2, 2012

30 Things to Stop Doing to Yourself

  When you stop chasing the wrong things you give
the right things a chance to catch you.

As Maria Robinson once said, “Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending.”  Nothing could be closer to the truth.  But before you can begin this process of transformation you have to stop doing the things that have been holding you back.
Here are some ideas to get you started:
  1. Stop spending time with the wrong people. – Life is too short to spend time with people who suck the happiness out of you.  If someone wants you in their life, they’ll make room for you.  You shouldn’t have to fight for a spot.  Never, ever insist yourself to someone who continuously overlooks your worth.  And remember, it’s not the people that stand by your side when you’re at your best, but the ones who stand beside you when you’re at your worst that are your true friends.
  2. Stop running from your problems. – Face them head on.  No, it won’t be easy.  There is no person in the world capable of flawlessly handling every punch thrown at them.  We aren’t supposed to be able to instantly solve problems.  That’s not how we’re made.  In fact, we’re made to get upset, sad, hurt, stumble and fall.  Because that’s the whole purpose of living – to face problems, learn, adapt, and solve them over the course of time.  This is what ultimately molds us into the person we become.
  3. Stop lying to yourself. – You can lie to anyone else in the world, but you can’t lie to yourself.  Our lives improve only when we take chances, and the first and most difficult chance we can take is to be honest with ourselves.
  4. Stop putting your own needs on the back burner. – The most painful thing is losing yourself in the process of loving someone too much, and forgetting that you are special too.  Yes, help others; but help yourself too.  If there was ever a moment to follow your passion and do something that matters to you, that moment is now.
  5. Stop trying to be someone you’re not. – One of the greatest challenges in life is being yourself in a world that’s trying to make you like everyone else.  Someone will always be prettier, someone will always be smarter, someone will always be younger, but they will never be you.  Don’t change so people will like you.  Be yourself and the right people will love the real you.
  6. Stop trying to hold onto the past. – You can’t start the next chapter of your life if you keep re-reading your last one.
  7. Stop being scared to make a mistake. – Doing something and getting it wrong is at least ten times more productive than doing nothing.  Every success has a trail of failures behind it, and every failure is leading towards success.  You end up regretting the things you did NOT do far more than the things you did.
  8. Stop berating yourself for old mistakes. – We may love the wrong person and cry about the wrong things, but no matter how things go wrong, one thing is for sure, mistakes help us find the person and things that are right for us.  We all make mistakes, have struggles, and even regret things in our past.  But you are not your mistakes, you are not your struggles, and you are here NOW with the power to shape your day and your future.  Every single thing that has ever happened in your life is preparing you for a moment that is yet to come.
  9. Stop trying to buy happiness. – Many of the things we desire are expensive.  But the truth is, the things that really satisfy us are totally free – love, laughter and working on our passions.
  10. Stop exclusively looking to others for happiness. – If you’re not happy with who you are on the inside, you won’t be happy in a long-term relationship with anyone else either.  You have to create stability in your own life first before you can share it with someone else.
  11. Stop being idle. – Don’t think too much or you’ll create a problem that wasn’t even there in the first place.  Evaluate situations and take decisive action.  You cannot change what you refuse to confront.  Making progress involves risk.  Period!  You can’t make it to second base with your foot on first.
  12. Stop thinking you’re not ready. – Nobody ever feels 100% ready when an opportunity arises.  Because most great opportunities in life force us to grow beyond our comfort zones, which means we won’t feel totally comfortable at first.
  13. Stop getting involved in relationships for the wrong reasons. – Relationships must be chosen wisely.  It’s better to be alone than to be in bad company.  There’s no need to rush.  If something is meant to be, it will happen – in the right time, with the right person, and for the best reason. Fall in love when you’re ready, not when you’re lonely.
  14. Stop rejecting new relationships just because old ones didn’t work. – In life you’ll realize that there is a purpose for everyone you meet.  Some will test you, some will use you and some will teach you.  But most importantly, some will bring out the best in you.
  15. Stop trying to compete against everyone else. – Don’t worry about what others doing better than you.  Concentrate on beating your own records every day.  Success is a battle between YOU and YOURSELF only.
  16. Stop being jealous of others. – Jealousy is the art of counting someone else’s blessings instead of your own.  Ask yourself this:  “What’s something I have that everyone wants?”
  17. Stop complaining and feeling sorry for yourself. – Life’s curveballs are thrown for a reason – to shift your path in a direction that is meant for you.  You may not see or understand everything the moment it happens, and it may be tough.  But reflect back on those negative curveballs thrown at you in the past.  You’ll often see that eventually they led you to a better place, person, state of mind, or situation.  So smile!  Let everyone know that today you are a lot stronger than you were yesterday, and you will be.
  18. Stop holding grudges. – Don’t live your life with hate in your heart.  You will end up hurting yourself more than the people you hate.  Forgiveness is not saying, “What you did to me is okay.”  It is saying, “I’m not going to let what you did to me ruin my happiness forever.”  Forgiveness is the answer… let go, find peace, liberate yourself!  And remember, forgiveness is not just for other people, it’s for you too.  If you must, forgive yourself, move on and try to do better next time.
  19. Stop letting others bring you down to their level. – Refuse to lower your standards to accommodate those who refuse to raise theirs.
  20. Stop wasting time explaining yourself to others. – Your friends don’t need it and your enemies won’t believe it anyway.  Just do what you know in your heart is right.
  21. Stop doing the same things over and over without taking a break. – The time to take a deep breath is when you don’t have time for it.  If you keep doing what you’re doing, you’ll keep getting what you’re getting.  Sometimes you need to distance yourself to see things clearly.
  22. Stop overlooking the beauty of small moments. – Enjoy the little things, because one day you may look back and discover they were the big things.  The best portion of your life will be the small, nameless moments you spend smiling with someone who matters to you.
  23. Stop trying to make things perfect. – The real world doesn’t reward perfectionists, it rewards people who get things done. 
  24. Stop following the path of least resistance. – Life is not easy, especially when you plan on achieving something worthwhile.  Don’t take the easy way out.  Do something extraordinary.
  25. Stop acting like everything is fine if it isn’t. – It’s okay to fall apart for a little while.  You don’t always have to pretend to be strong, and there is no need to constantly prove that everything is going well.  You shouldn’t be concerned with what other people are thinking either – cry if you need to – it’s healthy to shed your tears.  The sooner you do, the sooner you will be able to smile again.
  26. Stop blaming others for your troubles. – The extent to which you can achieve your dreams depends on the extent to which you take responsibility for your life.  When you blame others for what you’re going through, you deny responsibility – you give others power over that part of your life.
  27. Stop trying to be everything to everyone. – Doing so is impossible, and trying will only burn you out.  But making one person smile CAN change the world.  Maybe not the whole world, but their world.  So narrow your focus.
  28. Stop worrying so much. – Worry will not strip tomorrow of its burdens, it will strip today of its joy.  One way to check if something is worth mulling over is to ask yourself this question: “Will this matter in one year’s time?  Three years?  Five years?”  If not, then it’s not worth worrying about.
  29. Stop focusing on what you don’t want to happen. – Focus on what you do want to happen.  Positive thinking is at the forefront of every great success story.  If you awake every morning with the thought that something wonderful will happen in your life today, and you pay close attention, you’ll often find that you’re right.
  30. Stop being ungrateful. – No matter how good or bad you have it, wake up each day thankful for your life.  Someone somewhere else is desperately fighting for theirs.  Instead of thinking about what you’re missing, try thinking about what you have that everyone else is missing.

source: thank you
Photo by: Rob Brucker