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Locals chatting (Corniglia, Cinque Terre)

13 Locals chatting (Corniglia, Cinque Terra)

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Newtown

I was going to write about something else, but the massacre at Newtown (a place that is less than an hour away from where I live) is way too disturbing to be blogging about anything else

It is hard not to think about those destinies cut short. Children that were just embarking on this complicated and fascinating adventure called life – future physicians, poets, dreamers, architects, travelers, parents…

Part of me finds it desolating to understand that life can be this unfair and meaningless.

Yet another part of me wants to believe that the number of compassionate people that make the World move forward far outnumber the monsters that make it go backwards.

I hope those families that have been hit by this tragedy can get the all the emotional support they deserve and will need for the rest of their lives.

How to become APONR star!

So WordPress has a page where you can see what search terms people have used to access your site. Sometimes it is interesting, for instance many people go to the post of “Pandora’s Box” by Magritte, which makes me feel sort of bad since I did  not write anything about the painting, I just posted the picture. Today I found out that someone visited this blog twice (!) by searching this sentence on Google (I am copying it exactly as it was written):

how to join aponr to becam aponr star

how to be

Well, it is not easy to be a star here at aponr (I am sure that is what you were looking for), so maybe I should write a manual on how to achieve that. Here are a few tips to start your career as an aponr star:

1. You believe there is nothing more powerful, beautiful and cool in the history of humanity than the gray-eyed goddess Pallas Athena

2. You love Blake, Scott Fitzgerald, Kafka, Nabokov, Borges, Katherine Mansfield and Wilde (to mention just a few)

3. You believe art is more important than anything else

4. You dance (or at least you try to)

5. You are not a snob when it comes to music (though you still believe that Bach, Beethoven and Mozart created this World)

6. You are obsessed with life. You want to experience everything at once.

Following those steps you are close to being a famous aponr star.

On the other hand I shall confess that you don’t join a point of no return, it is aponr that gets you.

The Princess and the psychoactive Frog

The Frog Prince by Paul Meyerheim, image taken from Wikipedia

First a disclaimer: I am sure this has occurred to someone else, so I did not even bothered googling it. In any case; this is the perfect explanation for the Princess and the frog tale: She did not kiss the frog, she actually licked it; then any slimebag standing close to her looked like Prince Charming.

The frog in question: Bufo alvarius:

People can lick the venom of this toad (right off the toad) to get high or, once the venom is dry, smoke it (the actual psychoactive substance is 5-methoxy-N,N-dimethyl- tryptamine ,or 5-MeO-DMT. This compound can be found in plants as well, such as the trees Anadenanthera peregrine and Virola (a tree related to the nutmeg).

On a side note, the venom of Bufo alvarius has plenty of toxic compounds that can lead to cardiac arrest. Therefore you are better off not doing it. Dance to Modeselektor instead.

Salmon

Salmon has to be one of my favorite foods, and this was my dinner for tonight:

Dressing:
sesame oil (couple of tablespoons)
1/4 cup vinegar
lemon juice
1/4 cup soy sauce
1 tablespoon thyme
1 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon brown sugar
1 teaspoon black pepper
green onions (chopped)
1/2 cup peanut oil
Celery leaves

Salmon was cooked in the oven (400° F), and the rice was simply cooked adding it to boiling water. Added corn kernels, and that was it. Next time I should leave the salmon to marinate for some hours.
Random songs that played while I was eating:

And

H

To my College friend H, who died yesterday in a traffic accident while driving his bike, leaving behind his wife and two small kids. Just one more example of how retarded this life is.

And Death Shall Have No Dominion (by Dylan Thomas)

And death shall have no dominion.
Dead men naked they shall be one
With the man in the wind and the west moon;
When their bones are picked clean and the clean bones gone,
They shall have stars at elbow and foot;
Though they go mad they shall be sane,
Though they sink through the sea they shall rise again;
Though lovers be lost love shall not;
And death shall have no dominion.

And death shall have no dominion.
Under the windings of the sea
They lying long shall not die windily;
Twisting on racks when sinews give way,
Strapped to a wheel, yet they shall not break;
Faith in their hands shall snap in two,
And the unicorn evils run them through;
Split all ends up they shan’t crack;
And death shall have no dominion.

And death shall have no dominion.
No more may gulls cry at their ears
Or waves break loud on the seashores;
Where blew a flower may a flower no more
Lift its head to the blows of the rain;
Though they be mad and dead as nails,
Heads of the characters hammer through daisies;
Break in the sun till the sun breaks down,
And death shall have no dominion.