Watch The World Burn #1

Note: The blog’s been really quiet lately because life was crazy this past month: wedding, volunteering, end of Summer, and a bunch of other things. But we’re back!

Two good friends of mine recommended that I’d watch the documentary “Samsara” (check it out), which I did, not long ago. It’s a stunningly beautiful non-verbal documentary, excellent cinematography showing several sequences of different aspects of humanity. Being non-verbal, the message is quite open for interpretation, and it surely left me with some thoughts.

There was this sequence about food (here!) that really turned my guts around, but it affected mostly my mind. You see, I love being a carnivore, and I don’t plan on ever becoming a full on vegetarian, but knowing that what was shown in that video is more or less our global reality made me consider it. Still, don’t worry, this is not another pro-vegan post in the internet. I will talk about food, but the issue I want to address is deeper. It’s about entitlement, ignorance, some recipes and a bit of history. Continue reading Watch The World Burn #1

Scars and New Beginnings

I work testing video games. The difference between movies and games is that in games you are in control, which is awesome. They’re also endlessly forgiving, even the hardest ones: when you make a mistake, there’s always the option of trying again. With save datas or by literally starting the game again, if you keep going you reach the goal and beat all challenges. In the end you’re the hero that never lost, because every time you did lose, you simply went back in time and tried again.

What’s attractive about it is that our actual lives are not like that. In real life, the mistakes we committed yesterday, the ways in which we are hurt or we hurt others, the words we say and decisions we make, have no “return to checkpoint” option. There is only consequence. Healing is painful and it leaves scars.

Then there is death, game over. Continue reading Scars and New Beginnings