5/31/2005 10:50:00 PM|W|P|BRAFury|W|P|My moving to LA starts to become more concrete as I enter the month of June. In exactly two months I'll be leaving Columbus permanently (at least for two years) and start a new chapter of my life. So today, I decided to get some ideas and set up some objectives. I spoke with my mom and we spoke about the many many important dates that are coming up: when she's coming to the States, to Columbus, to Los Angeles with me and when we are all coming back together to Orlando, sometime after I'm all moved in and ready to go. In the midst of all these flights, I have decided that it is best to postpone my visit to Brazil until December for the sake of simplicity. Plus, I have to say I am a little aprehensive about leaving the country while having a lawsuit opened against me in court. For more that I'd like to visit my country, my priorities right now are to stay here, move to LA and start my MBA in about 3 months as smoothly as I can. Therefore, all the planning we've done today and my decision to call Columbus home for an extra 60 days.|W|P|111760565150481188|W|P|Another planning day|W|P|5/30/2005 08:27:00 PM|W|P|BRAFury|W|P|
JP, Chico, Stacia, Daniel and Cindy Originally uploaded by brafury.
How to decide when to stop maximizing your own interests and start thinking beyond yourself, for example about a friend's concern? When is the time to give up some of your personal gains for another individual who in the past has showed to act just as I would? My problem in this case is more with the person's request than with the concern... I do undestand where the concern comes from and I respect it. After all, the stakes are much higher for the other party. But to make such request is to say the least a little ridiculous . So why should I alter the natural order of things to defend ass kissing and reward laziness and bad work (if that proves to be the case, it has not so far) so everyone but me can benefit from my "goodwill" (and yet I WILL be the one held accountable for the same people's failure in case I decide to stick to my principles and feelings). Anyone else sees this as a little unjust? I do. And I feel my interests and more importantly my personality are being underestimated.|W|P|111751002375042620|W|P|When to look beyond your own bellybutton... and when not to|W|P|5/30/2005 09:33:00 AM|W|P|BRAFury|W|P|
What the Klu-Klux-Klan have in common with real estate agents? How did abortion affected crime rates in the 90s? What are the consequences of naming a child? Those are among the questions that the Steven Levitt addresses along with author Stephen Dubner in one of the most surprising books I've ever picked up to read at an airport bookstore. I believe what first caught my attention was the cover: the colors and the image of a fruit that is not what it seems. The cover sets the tone: certain questions and concepts might just not have concrete, conventional explanations. The author as the subtitle says, forces one to explore the hidden side of everything, drawing conclusions that might leave you with your jaw dropped (trust me, it's not easy finding out McDonald's and a Chicago based street gang follow the same political structure).|W|P|112524801458789521|W|P|Freakonomics|W|P|5/28/2005 02:19:00 PM|W|P|BRAFury|W|P|
Cameras Originally uploaded by brafury.
I have to inform anybody possibly trying to purchase any of the Casio digital cameras to be somewhat skeptical. I owned three Exilim cameras, all of them for a short period of time before each single one of the LCD displays cracked and made the cameras unusable. Trying to fix it is not a plausible option since it costs about 75% of the price of a new one besides not being covered under warranty. The result is a stylish camera that unless you plan to be ultra careful with it, is extremely fragile and overpriced. A great alternative is my brand new camera: the super stylish and far superior Nikon S1 which features a huge screen (made of a different material than the Casio's). The LCD also doesn't stick out like the Exilims's. The camera also features Nikon lenses (Casio uses Pentaxes, but the aperture is far smaller) and a superior interface and friendly operation. I certainly recommend anyone to give this camera a try: great value...|W|P|112524793951241485|W|P|Casio LCD is not worth the risk. Check out Nikon S1|W|P|5/28/2005 10:29:00 AM|W|P|BRAFury|W|P|

Brazilian Boys
Originally uploaded by brafury.
OK, the last picture did not make total justice to the Brazilian Boys. This one contains almost all of them, with the exception of Tiago and Christian, who missed on the action. Either way, here we are, all the Brazilian boys, together, celebrating Daniel Maciel's Birthday in a cold Columbus evening!
|W|P|111730139049541651|W|P|Brazilian Boys II (and we are still missing a couple!) |W|P|5/26/2005 03:53:00 PM|W|P|BRAFury|W|P|
Celso, White, Chico Originally uploaded by brafury.
Tonight the Brazilian Boys as we are already known in Columbus, OH celebrate the departure of one of our most fun and controversial members. Joao Flavio, AKA "White Mouse" will leave the Buckeye state and start a new life with his girl in the nation's capital. The Brazilian Boys and all of its friends wish you a great farewell and the memories of a night you danced on the AC #404 countertop. Finally, I just wanted to say that once a Brazilian Boy, always a Brazilian Boy so, make sure you come visit and party with us. Good luck bro... Celso|W|P|111714802024466399|W|P|Brazilian Boys|W|P|5/26/2005 03:39:00 PM|W|P|BRAFury|W|P|This is a test post from flickr, a fancy photo sharing thing.|W|P|111714714555769199|W|P|Flickr|W|P|5/25/2005 11:25:00 PM|W|P|BRAFury|W|P|Let's see... since the last time I wrote, there were a few things that happened to me... Let's start with a good one which happen to come conveniently in chronological order: I somehow managed to get accepted to Pepperdine and decided to attend it. That means I AM leaving everyone to go to Los Angeles and start a new life... Last month though, I got into a bit of trouble and managed to get pulled over by a state trooper on my way back from a bar. Needless to say, I got incarcerated, charged and now, I wait for a judgment that will determine if I'll have to become a citizen with no rights for a few days. Finally, I dated this girl since my birthday until last weekend. Last Saturday, before going to LA, I told her things were going to fast, that I needed some time off... Then I took off to California and she started dating someone I know. Finally, over these two months I have had the chance to know many, many people, like I never have before... TODAY A good day - Woke up, spinning class (Christine looked great, the only motivation for one of the toughest spinning classes so far), errands, a great soccer game - although Sao Paulo played mediocre soccer, they won 2-0 against Palmeiras - and finally a decent night at Lodge Bar, even though I came home alone and now I get ready to go to bed. Out|W|P|111709020298493678|W|P|Two months in 20 lines|W|P|