Monthly Archives: September 2006

Hangovers?

Degas: Absinthe

I wrote an earlier post on how movies create unreasonable expectations of men. Now something else of late has begun to unnerve me. In recent weeks I have watched the first three seasons of Coupling (a British sitcom) and the second season of The Wire. I am even starting to notice the same type of disturbing behaviour in other TV shows and movies elsewhere. This is what bothers me: Everyone is always drinking alcohol and yet you NEVER (or almost never) see anyone with hangovers or debilitating hangovers, at least not anywhere near to the extent that I would suffer them were to I engage in similar activities. It appears that everyone and everywhere in the TV universe (where obviously I do not reside) can drink beer after beer, copa after copa, and guzzle down bottles of wine each evening afer work, and the next day they are back to business. Am I the only one disturbed? Worst of all I live in Spain where such practices are obligatory.

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Pim Pam Poom: Jornadas de Fútbol en FON

Black Power

Comenzaron las Jornadas de Fútbol en FON donde se enfrentan los de la Tercera Planta (Marketing, Jurídico, y Finanzas) contra la Planta Zero (Técnicos). En la foto parecen más vivos los Huevos Fritos y los Negros que en la pista. De todos modos, los Negros de la Tercera Planta partían de ventaja: 3 gallegos y 3 güiris. Y a pesar de ceder a Alvaro a los Huevos Fritos, los Negros tiraron de Cobra quien sustituyó sus tres Ps habitulaes (ignorando el pari pé de los paparazzi de Customer Care) por otros tres: el Pim Pam Poom.

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Math, a wonderful subject

Math

When I was a kid, I absolutely hated math (with the exception of long division). Because I despised it so much, I found much more fascinating ways of solving mathematical problems. Instead of actually “doing the math”, I always thought about the person behind the exam or problem and not the problem itself. Thus, I would ask myself, what answer would the examiner probably choose? I also started to notice certain tendencies in certain fields of mathematics. For example, I noticed that in Alegra, X was almost always 3, and was almost never an even number. When it was time to take the SATs, I would only read the possible multiple choice answers and never the questions. Then I would ask, what number would the SAT developers most likely choose to be the correct number? Let me tell you, if there was a 3 or even a -3, that was most likely the correct choice (or at least the one that I put). As a matter of fact, I recall my SAT tutor (yes, I had a tutor) was amazed at how quickly I was able to solve the math problems and yet I could never explain to her how I had solved them.

In any event, today math students are much more clever than I ever was. Click the photo above to see some interesting solutions to math questions.

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