All posts tagged: longform

On possibly being an ambivert, and popcorn.

If you were to ask me whether I’m an introvert or an extrovert, I don’t think I could actually tell you. I’ve read recently there’s a third type of people, ambiverts. Am I one? I have always considered myself shy, since being a kid. Maybe not a really small kid, because I’m told that I used to be very chatty and expressing myself with my hands and stuff like that. I think it all might have started when I joined my second school, the one where I stayed until I was 18. I don’t have many memories of my previous school, to be honest. Mainly, that I used to do gymnastics (not sure how long, but not too long, because I wasn’t good at it, and the instructor was a… not very nice lady), and that I had a bunch of friends. I remember some of them, more or less clearly. I also remember some teachers (there was a scandal about one of them, it seems, not really sure if it was true or not). …

Book Club #4 – Ancillary Justice

This month we read Ancillary Justice, by Ann Leckie, a space opera about Breq, the last survivor of Justice of Toren, a starship serving the Radch. The book is the story of how Breq was betrayed and her starship destroyed in an act of treachery, and of her search for revenge. Ancillary Justice is the fourth book in our book club. Spoilers ahead. The story begins by introducing us to Breq. We don’t know anything about this person, only that it’s just Breq, alone. From how other characters address her (a bit disrespectfully, actually) at some point at the beginning of the book, we may understand she’s a woman (although I’m not entirely sure). She bumps into Seirvaden, who is unconscious on the snow. It seems they both know each other, but we still don’t know how or why. Breq decides to help Seirvaden, who we know is a man. An interesting point of this book is the fact that the main civilization to which Breq belongs, the Radch, doesn’t make any distinction between genders. …

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My relationship with the Internet is a bit strange, I would say, a bit love-hate. Lately, I’ve been quite annoyed by it, despite all the great things it can offer. On the bright side, of course, is the fact that I can communicate with my family and friends, no matter where they are, without having to pay crazy phone rates. It’s also quick, as opposed to writing a letter, and we can share photos, videos, or whatever. In terms of reading the news, I must admit the Internet works much better than the plain old newspapers. To me, it seems like a waste to use paper for the news, something that is important today, but forgotten tomorrow. The Internet is updated every second, and we can always find the latest news and cross-reference sources in the blink of an eye. Information at your fingertips, millions of facts that we would never get to know otherwise, unless we spent our entire days in libraries, travelling the world and studying every single thing we came across. The …

Charities on ice

Once again, it seems as if the WordPress gods have spoken and all the planets and stars have aligned for me to write about a specific topic. For a while now, I’ve been thinking about writing about charities and what I do to help, but I haven’t done a proper post about it because anything I could say would simply sound as bragging and seeking attention. Sure, I’ve mentioned what I do in different posts, but normally not as the main focus. Yesterday, I was just sent this link to a Buzzfeed article about the ice bucket challenge by a colleague. I found the videos very funny, but mostly thought that they represent us, humans and our relation to YouTube and the Internet perfectly. Don’t get me wrong, I’m always up for a good laugh, but sometimes it’s a bit sad when you see that the crazy stuff, the falls, the easy laugh, are the ones being shared the most. Whenever there’s a truly inspirational video or article being shared, when they attempt to create …