Eric Lemaître: 1958-2012

We met in 1975, in boarding school.

For some reason, the director had decided that there was to be a band of students playing at the end-of-year celebrations and had gotten in touch with Eric to make it happen.

Since he was in the same class as my older brother (a budding keyboard player, back then), it was only a matter of time before the both of them informed me that I was to be the drummer in the new (unnamed) band. Not that I was known anywhere for my drumming, mind you. I had a vague idea that I could do it and my brother, in his infinite wisdom, had decided that my “career” needed a push. I never remembered to tell him that playing with him was fine, but that I was scared witless of having to play with Eric, whom I regarded as a “real” guitar player. At age 14, unsurprisingly, I had never played with any other musicians before.
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2011 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2011 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about 7,700 times in 2011. If it were a NYC subway train, it would take about 6 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

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Exploring Emotions: Ask It Forward

A beautifully simple concept, by Eduardo Bragança. The first installment is Lisbon, music by my older brother, Pedro.

12 Cities, 12 Months, 12 Questions. An art project that wishes to eternalize people as part of their own creations, allowing spontaneous thoughts or a spiritual thinking to be as much inspiring process as a work of art.

Ending on a painting exhibition in 2013, this 12 documentary series explores people emotions and the questioning. Making people as the own art piece of this creation.
Eduardo Bragança

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For language nerds

But do they ever let the tripping of the tips of their tongues against the tops of their teeth transport them to giddy euphoric bliss?

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Make WordPress.com content shareable on Diaspora

Following the seemingly very popular post on how to share your blog’s posts on Tumblr, here are the instructions to do the same on Diaspora.

Start by visiting your dashboard, and go to Settings > Sharing. That page will let you add a custom service:

Clicking on “Add a new service” will show you a window where all you need to do is specify the following values:

Service Name:

Diaspora

Sharing URL: 

http://iliketoast.net/dshare.html?url=%post_url%&title=%post_title%&notes=%post_excerpt%

Icon URL:

http://joindiaspora.com/favicon.png

Voilà! Instant Diaspora sharing on WordPress.com.

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…it has become impossible for most citizens in these corporate states to find out what is happening in the centers of power. Television news celebrities dutifully present two opposing sides to every issue, although each side is usually lying. The viewer can believe whatever he or she wants to believe. Nothing is actually elucidated or explained. The sound bites by Republicans or Democrats, the Liberals or the Conservatives, are accepted at face value. And once the television lights are turned off, the politicians go back to the business of serving business.

Chris Hedges – Why the revolution must start in America

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Happiness. Slowly.

…but my life circumstance and neurochemistry nonetheless got on the same page and decided to throw me a little party (unaided by pharmacology, I want to stress). A strange euphoria came over me and stayed for a while. I don’t have any other label for the feeling except happiness. I didn’t ask for it and surely wasn’t expecting it, but was appreciative as Hell.

In “Happiness Doesn’t Hit“, by The Great Automatic Grammatizator

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Make WordPress.com content shareable on Tumblr

It looks like Tumblr finally launched a share button, which allows you to add a button to let your visitors share your content on their Tumblr sites, by just pasting the javascript tag into your source code. Good news, but due to WordPress.com’s restrictions on pasting Javascript on your blog, that code will end up being stripped and won’t work.

Not a problem, since the Sharing feature of WordPress.com lets you add custom buttons to the ones already offered. Without further ado, here are the instructions to add a “Share on Tumblr” button to your WordPress.com blog

Start by visiting your dashboard, and go to Settings > Sharing. That page will let you add a custom service:

Clicking on “Add a new service” will show you a window where all you need to do is specify the following values:

Service Name:

Tumblr

Sharing URL: 

http://www.tumblr.com/share/link?url=%post_full_url%&name=%post_title%&description=%post_excerpt%

Icon URL:

http://platform.tumblr.com/v1/share_4.png

Voilà! Instant Tumblr sharing on WordPress.com.

Update: If you want instructions on to how to add even more services to the Sharing feature, make sure to read Ryan’s excellent tutorials. He has the seventh card, and that’s an understatement.

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I don’t believe there’s such a thing as…

I don’t believe there’s such a thing as TV. I mean – they just keep showing you the same pictures over and over. And when they talk they just make sounds that more or less synch up with their lips.

Laurie Anderson – Language is a virus

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I notice now that you are under pressure…

…I notice now that you are under pressure to accept a bailout but your politicians are claiming to be determined not to take it. It will, they say, be over their dead bodies. In my experience that means you’ll be getting a bailout soon, probably on a Sunday.

Independent .ie – Bit of friendly advice, Portugal

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