The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck

Books, Review

This title-provoking book tries to tell a very important lesson: not everything is worthy of your attention and worries. In fact, most of things that makes us worried and down could be easily avoided if we maintain a strict rule of not

It’s kinda a Buddhism in modern blogger language. Like the book, Buddha tells that wanting leads to suffering. So you must clear your mind of all desires, not giving a f*ck about stuff. Specially material stuff.

The first third of the book is pretty nice. Is a bit thought provoking, giving you a sense of perspective of your life. I liked this part very much. I believe that it’s worth of a reread time to time. The second and third parts directs the same philosophy towards more practical aspects of life, like relationships, love and work. There the advises becomes a bit too narrow and full of must do and must not do kinda lists.

Overall, I liked the book. It’s that kind of self helping book that shakes a bit the status quo and makes as reevaluate our lives.

My Grade: 7.5

Goodreads: 4.00/5

Guinevere Massa – The new Family Member

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I love dogs. Since kid, I always wanted to have dogs around. I’ve had two when I was a kid. The two died in a bit tragic situation, but I kept loving them.

This year I decided to give it another try. This time, I would be alone. No mother or brothers to help me out feeding, nursing and taking out for a walk. This time, it would be like I’m a single dad.

I had my preferences of breed, of course. I live in an apartment, so it would be advisable to get a smaller specimen. In Rio, a furry one would suffer without mercy. A smart, training-lover that would get beer at the fridge would also be a great plus.

But I did not want to buy. I would rather adopt one. But to find one that fills all the check boxes is hard. But I waited. Eventually, a friend of mine told me such story:

She already had a dog, called Lancelot, but she felt that the dog was too alone. Without a friend, Lance was developing a non-social behavior. She decided to adopt one. She got a small 1.5 month-old cub and named her Guinevere. Lancelot and Guinevere were supposed to live happily ever after.

But Lance got annoyed. All that grumpyness from a adult dog was not getting along with the chaotic way of life of a cub. Lance was spending most of the day up in the bed, a place he could jump over but the poor Guinevere could not reach. From there, Lancelot kept his god deserved peace.

My friend told them she was planning to give Guinevere back. I immediately seized the opportunity to ask the little lady for myself. It was my chance right there. She agreed.

I was going to pass by her place a couple days later to get the new daughter. I was super anxious. I could not wait for it. Eventually, I went there to meet for the first time my little Guiné. Guiné is a reference to the African country, Guinea. It is a perfect match. Guinevere was super duper black. Despite a single pawn and her belly, Guiné is pitch black.

I loved her. Her super energetic behavior. Her looks. Her tongue, that did not stop to lick me for a moment. Since then, I am a dad. I try to give it her deserved love without over do it. She is a dog.

Palmeiras Campeão!

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Gosto muito de futebol. Mas não sou nenhum fanático. Eu torço, vibro e vou umas 3 a 5 vezes ao ano ver pessoalmente nos estádios. Não sou de ofender os jogadores e técnicos pela TV porque sei que eles não estão escutando nada.

Em 25 de Novembro, uma feliz coincidência de fatores permitiria que eu pudesse ver meu time, caso ganhasse, ser campeão nacional. Pessoalmente. Ao vivo! Não poderia perder esta chance.

O jogo seria no estádio do Vasco. A sorte é que a torcida do Vasco é considerada torcida irmã da torcida do porco. Então seria bem improvável ter qualquer tumulto. Os ingressos do time visitante estavam completamente esgotados. Decidi, juntamente com um amigo palmeirense, que iríamos na torcida do Vasco mesmo. Não houve falta de avisos que os arredores de São Januário eram perigosos. Nem faltaram avisos que ir na torcida do adversário era perigoso. Tampouco faltou conselhos que o time poderia perder e tudo seria inútil.

Fomos. Torcemos. E ganhamos! Baita emoção. Foi incrível ver o time comemorar a vitória definitiva depois de 37 jogos. Com uma rodada de antecedência, não poderia ser mais alcançado.

Palmeiras, campeão brasileiro de 2018. Eu estava lá.

    

Little Nightmares

Game, Review

In the same vain of critically acclaimed Limbo and Inside (review pending :P), from Playdead Games, Little Nightmares, from Tarsier Studios offers a great action puzzle adventure, full of mysteries.

The game, unlike the mentioned ones, are played in a 2.5 world. It’s mostly 2D, but there are some things that require the Z axis. To be quite frank, it is partially one of the problems with the game. More of that later.

The story is a bit clearer than the Playdead games, but it still is a clueless journey. All these games offer a minimalist approach for storytelling. One can argue that it is a valid and logical choice in a situation where you are alone and running away from danger. However, the lack of exposure let the players in the darkness most of the time. You might eventually discover whada heck is going on, but chances are you will play throughout the game without know much.

In a scale, Inside is mostly undecipherable, Limbo is a understandable (due the simple boy runs premise) and Little Nightmares might have the most clear story.

The giant grotesque figures are super creepy, but after some deaths, they do not offer the terror that would might except. They fall mostly in the range of strange than from pure evil that want you dead.

The controls caused me several problems. I was expecting to use the game pad, but the analog joystick was too unprecise, specially during running. I was often falling into the void because I was running towards the camera instead sideways. I had to change to mouse+keyboard scheme, which was weird for such a game. Ironically, the 2.5 feature of the game was not that important. It mostly could be replaced to a tracked walk towards the Z axis, making the game essentially a 2D.

The visuals are amazing. It totally delivers the premise of uncanny familiarity and strangeness. The awkward felling that you know something is not right is present here. You character is relatable. It’s fragile nature makes the whole adventure more epic.

Because it have a chapter-like story. One could try to replay its best parts to manage to get achievements or contemplate better the scenarios.

Note: I like the game so much that I was compelled to try it’s 3 expansions. Nice.

My Grade: 7

Metacritc: 8.4

Trip to Amazon

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Great trip to Brazilian Amazon. Manaus, Alter de Chão, Belém, Ilha de Marajó, São Luis and Lençóis Maranhenses. So many friends.

Final Station

Game, Review

This small game is a 2D action-horror game.

It all happens in a middle of a alien-ish invasion. They transform every human into a zombie like creature. The whole country (maybe the whole world?) is trying to survive. The train system is basically the only transportation system available.

You control a train conductor. You have to guide your train to station after station, performing some missions to save humanity.

It has simple controls, effective story, nice mechanics. You might even run a second time (because it is a quite short adventure) in order to do every possible achievement.

My Grade: 7.5

Metacritic: 7.6

Zoe’s Tale

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The forth installment of the Old Man’s War series focus on the same events of the third book, The Last Colony. This time it uses the perspective of the little girl Zoe, the adopted daughter of John Perry and Jane Sagan.

She is quite brilliant and clever. As a teenager, she is experimenting love, fear and adventures for the first time.

And you might find that several important events from the previous book.

My Grade: 7

Metacritic: 3,74/5

Last Colony

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From the same universe of books of Old Man’s War, John Scalzi tells a story of a human colony in another planet. It’s a new colony, so mostly tells the hard conditions and situations that they have to face.

They are far from home. And contact with the former homes are prohibited. Most do not know why. Just focus on creating the initial conditions for a bigger and definitive immigration waves. Wild animals, inhospitable weather and lack of resources and technologies makes everything a very dire situation.

You follow the story of John Perry, the same protagonist from the original novel. This story takes place many years after the events of the second book in the series, The Ghost Brigade. Perry and his wife Sagan are now trying to have a normal civilian life with their new daughter Zoe.

My Grade: 7

Goodreads: 4.05/5