Friday, January 30, 2015

A Traição do Falcão - The Falcon and the Snowman (This is not America)

Quem viu o filme lembra-se da música e da lista telefónica na cabeça do Sean Penn. Eu também. E lembro-me sempre desse filme quando vejo portugueses a falar como se isto fosse a América ou a insultar o presidente da República como se isto fosse a França. Não é.

O Conselho Europeu, seja lá isso o que for, neste assunto porta-se bem:
The European Court has repeatedly stated that exposure to increased criticism of public officials is an inevitable consequence of a career in politics, and freedom of political debate is integral to the contemporary concept of a democratic society
Mas não é necessário exagerar nos elogios pois é o que qualquer aldeão pensa sem se cansar muito.

Sunday, January 18, 2015


 Give about two hours every day to exercise; for health must not be sacrificed to learning. A strong body makes the mind strong. As to the species of exercise, I advise the gun. While this gives a moderate exercise to the body, it gives boldness, enterprize, and independance to the mind. Games played with the ball and others of that nature, are too violent for the body and stamp no character on the mind. Let your gun therefore be the constant companion of your walks. Never think of taking a book with you. The object of walking is to relax the mind. You should therefore not permit yourself even to think while you walk. But divert your attention by the objects surrounding you. Walking is the best possible exercise. Habituate yourself to walk very far. The Europeans value themselves on having subdued the horse to the uses of man. But I doubt whether we have not lost more than we have gained by the use of this animal. No one has occasioned so much the degeneracy of the human body. An Indian goes on foot nearly as far in a day, for a long journey, as an enfeebled white does on his horse, and he will tire the best horses. There is no habit you will value so much as that of walking far without fatigue. I would advise you to take your exercise in the afternoon. Not because it is the best time for exercise for certainly it is not: but because it is the best time to spare from your studies; and habit will soon reconcile it to health, and render it nearly as useful as if you gave to that the more precious hours of the day. A little walk of half an hour in the morning when you first rise is adviseable also. It shakes off sleep, and produces other good effects in the animal economy.
Thomas Jefferson; carta ao sobrinho Peter Carr, em 19 de agosto de 1785.


Não posso obrigar a que me respeitem, mas tenho o direito de evitar que me humilhem.


O mais impressionante é que nunca tinha reparado.
Fiz um poster comemorativo.

"That's one small step for a man; one giant leap for mankind." Unfortunately, however, Armstrong flubbed his line in the excitement of the moment, omitting one small word ("a") and delivering the line as "That's one small step for man; one giant leap for mankind." The missing article made a world of difference in literal meaning, though — instead of a statement linking the small action of one man with a monumental achievement for (and by) all of humanity, Armstrong instead uttered a somewhat contradictory phrase that equated a small step by the human race with a momentous achievement by humankind ("man" and "mankind" having the same approximate meaning in English).

Saturday, January 10, 2015


Aldina Duarte, no facebook: Votar por amizade é como casar por dinheiro.

E eu não respondi:

Mas é possível ser amigo de alguém em quem não se conseguisse votar? Votar por amizade é provavelmente a maneira mais leve de resolver a responsabilidade do voto. ||||| (a ouvir - e a imaginar uma versão acústica com o Neto e o Proença! - alma e sangue.) (Y)

Alma e sangue é uma música viciante que ela canta perfeitamente com Pedro e os lobos, que tocam pouquinho.