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Instead of wasting everybody’s time with awkward Mexican standoffs, I believe all love triangles should be disputed and resolved with electro-tango showdowns. A couple of songs is all we need, and just like that we’re done. Also, this is by far the sexier way of doing it.

Molasses by The Hush Sound

You are made of sugar, milk and molasses,
So, little darlin’, you attract all the bees.
You are the gazer, you are the attraction;
It takes a little vanity to know what it means.

I know it ‘cause you wrote it down a hundred times,
But you say that you’re doin’ just fine.

Say there’s something better,
But today there is a cold moon rising.
You wanted something better,
But tonight? Tonight you’re giving up.

I asked a question, give me an answer.
You’ll say the word, and I will disappear.
You’re running fast, but you can run faster.
Your wheels to the dirt, gonna make it clear.

I know it ‘cause you wrote it down a hundred times,
But you say that you’re doin’ just fine.

Say there’s something better,
But today there is a cold moon rising.
You wanted something better,
But tonight you know you’ll never find it.

Say there’s something better,
But today there is a cold moon rising.
You wanted something better,
But tonight? Tonight you’re giving…

Darkness.
And you can’t hear me.
I will try to draw you near me,
But in the morning you will wake up alone.
When your body breaks,
Even the hummingbirds will feel the earthquake.
You’ll sing a song of your heart’s complaints.

Sing it loud,
Sing it clear!
Oh, sing so I can hear you,
Then sing it soft in my ear.
Take it up,
Or take out,
Put me down,
In the grand,
I’ll go anywhere with you.

Say there’s something better,
You don’t see it, you won’t find it.
Say there’s something better,
You’re behind it, but you won’t get it.
La da da, la da da.
La da da, la da da.
Say there’s something better,
But today there is a cold moon rising.
You wanted something better,
But tonight, you know you’ll never find it.
La da da, la da da.
La da da, la da da.
Say there’s something better,
You don’t see it, you won’t find it.
Say there’s something better,
You’re behind it, but you won’t get it.

La música toca en el fondo de un pequeño restaurante italiano en un rincón desconocido de la ciudad.
Don’t want a lot for Christmas; there’s just one thing I need.
¿Te puedo preguntar algo?
Don’t care about those presents underneath the Christmas tree.
¿Qué estás buscando en este momento?
I just want you for my own,
More than you could ever know.
¿A qué te refieres?
You know that all I want for Christmas is you.
Me refiero a una relación.
Won’t ask for much this Christmas; I won’t even wish for snow.
No, I’m just gonna keep on waiting underneath the mistletoe.
Uhmm, I…
There’s no sense in hanging stockings, there upon the fireplace,
'cause Santa, he won't make me happy with a toy on Christmas Day.
Guess I just want someone who is crazy in love with me…
I just want you here tonight,
Holding on to me so tight.
And with whom I’m crazy in love too.
Girl, what can I do?
You know that all I want for Christmas is you.

And all the lights are shining so brightly everywhere.
And the sound of children’s laughter fills the air.
And everyone is singing, I can hear those sleigh bells ringing.
Ya veo.
Santa won’t you bring me the one I really love?
Won’t you please bring my baby to me?
Bueno, me parece que al menos por ahora ya has conseguido la mitad de eso.
I don’t want a lot for Christmas; this is all I’m asking for.
No, I just wanna see my baby standing right outside my door.
Supongo que no es exactamente lo que buscas…
I just want you for my own,
More that you could ever know.
…no digas eso.
Make my wish come true.
You know that all I want for Christmas is you.
…pero tal vez con un poco de esfuerzo eso pueda arreglarse.
Is you.

Here’s a short video depicting a chain reaction of human kindness, where small individual acts ripple endlessly to amount for big changes. I really liked it; I thought you might like it too.

The video is actually a compilation of several video clips filmed through the years, stuck together in perfect order to create a heartwarming sequence that is capable of lubricating your eyes with tears. The compilation was apparently inspired by the beautiful song that plays through it: Give a Little Love by Noah and the Whale.

Well, if you are; What you love,
And you do; What you love,
I will always be the sun and moon to you,
And if you share; With your heart,
Yeah, you give; With your heart,
What you share with the world is what it keeps of you.

Human kindness is complex. Even though, it is often defined as an attribute associated with single individuals, in reality it works more like a system. Actually, what would we discover if we mathematized human kindness? Is it possible for us to model it as a dynamical system relatively sensitive to initial conditions, and then go ahead and apply chaos theory to it?

Unexpected, spontaneous, powerful, stochastic, entropic, individualistic, systematic; human kindness is quite complex.

Pastel Lights by Ishi

We all fall into the faded past.
Through it all, we will have made it last.

We all fall into the photograph.
Through it all, we choose the pastel lights.

I will be waiting in the shapes of time,
realigning the matter between your heart and mind.
I will be waiting in the patterns of time,
reuniting the colors between your soul and mine.

When will you come down to save…

We all fall into the photograph.
Through it all, we choose the pastel lights.

I will be waiting in the shapes of time,
realigning the matter between your heart and mind.
I will be waiting in the patterns of time,
reuniting the colors between your soul and mine.

When will you come down to save… tomorrow?

Doce surpresa (“Sweet surprise” in portuguese) is a one-minute short produced by SQMA Film Delivery for Nokia. Interestingly enough, even though the purpose of the video is to serve as a marketing tool for the Nokia Lumia series, not a single phone is shown at all. This short takes the ”Amazing Everyday” theme and follows a style similar to that of “The Little Amazing Show” ads I’ve shown you before. As such, the video highlights the bonds between people and how the simplest of things can make your day.

I particularly like the song that plays on this video. Unfortunately, it was specifically composed for it, so we don’t get anything else than those sixty seconds. By the way, I’d deeply appreciate it if anyone could help me figuring out the lyrics. I tried to do it myself, but my French is a little bit rusty, so I’m not even sure if what I think I have is actually correct.

Même si on ne comprends pas
la vie * à la fois.
Même si la porte est fermée,
moi, je suis a tes côtés.

Et si tu voudras cacher
la tristesse qui t’a trouvé,
j’inventerai n’importe quoi
pour te voir sourire d’autres fois.

Nos coeurs séparés *

Henry, an old man who’s been living in a nursing home for approximately ten years, is described as being depressed and unresponsive. One day, he’s given an iPod with music from his era. As soon as his caretaker puts the headphones on him, his eyes immediately brighten up with happiness. He starts singing and rocking his body and can’t stop smiling and is being animated. “… he’s restored to himself, he’s remembered who he is.”

Now, that’s music and technology for you. Indeed, there are few things out there as magical as music and the technology that seamlessly delivers it to us. Seriously, watch the video; it’s the sort of thing one must see.

You know? I’ve always felt this kind of personal obligation to do something (i.e. anything) to make people’s lives a little bit better. In fact, even though I’m significantly art-oriented, I became an engineer because I believe that technology is the key for me to deliver the biggest contributions I can to mankind. Sure, I probably won’t stop world hunger or erradicate diseases. Still, I truly hope that one day I do something, for small as it may be, that makes someone smile like this.

To be honest, I actually wonder if some of the stories I blog about in here bright up someone’s day from time to time. I hope they do.

Sweet Tangerine by The Hush Sound

Rain falls, quickly wetting my hair and clothes,
my cries fall upon her deaf ears, more tears.
Let me in, please it’s cold I’m freezing out here, I miss you, my dear.
You’re all his and I’m all yours, like it or not, I’m all you’ve got.

Everyone will make mistakes.
Without the sour, the sweet wouldn’t taste and…

Sweet Tangerine, will you please come back to me?
'cause I don't think that these feelings are gonna leave.

Light cuts through the clouds and haunts me, like bad dreams.
Outside lookin’ in, I’m feeling lost and cold as sin.
A shred of hope, a little bit of sweetness—anything please, except for defeat.
If I could, I’d lock you up and toss out the key;
It’s just you and me.

Everyone will make mistakes (and I know I have).
Without the sour, the sweet wouldn’t taste and…

Sweet Tangerine, will you please come back to me?
'cause I don't think that these feelings are gonna leave.
Sweet melody, you’ll be singing in your sleep,
but this time you’re not listening to a word I say.

Crept through the curtains, as quick as the cold wind,
slowly exploring the room where you sleep,
the stare of your portrait, the passing of your scent,
left me no choice but to stay.

I will dissolve into the dark beneath your bed.
My hands will wait for a taste of your skin.

Sweet Tangerine, will you please come back to me?
'cause I don't think that these feelings are gonna leave.
Sweet melody, you’ll be singing in your sleep,
but this time you’re not listening to a word I say.
A word I say.

"The Wilderness Downtown" is an artistic project which completely redefines the concept of a music video. Self-described as "an interactive HTML5 short created with data and images related to your own childhood", it’s something that’s tailored just for you.

What does that mean, you ask? Well, basically you enter the address of a place that’s emotionally important to you, say, for example, the house where you used to live when you were younger. Then, you just play the film, sit back and leave the mouse untouched. Set to Arcade Fire’s song “We used to wait”, the experience takes place through choreographed browser windows and utilizes many modern browser features to create a music video featuring the place you chose.

You know? I might not see it clearly right now, but I think this is the kind of stuff that will make me shed a couple of tears as I grow older. It’s beautiful and genius, but don’t take my word for granted, so be sure to check it out by clicking on the source link above. Oh, and yes, you need Google Chrome for it to work appropriately, but don’t let my employer know about this. 

I’ve always wanted to do a Daft Punk helmet since the very first day I became an electrical and computer engineer. I can’t say I’m a big Daft Punk fan, but I certainly enjoy their music and admire their superb style. Contrary to, say, Lady Gaga, Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo (the names behind Daft Punk) have a great taste for fashion, so they always look as badass and cool as it can get. Inspired by projects like the one depicted in the video, I actually made a mask for Halloween night on the fall of 2009, but it consisted merely of the LED display (you know, the nerdy part I’m nerdy enough to handle). Unfortunately, there’s nothing like the full helmet, gloves and clothes to spell g-e-n-i-u-s correctly.

For the music-lovers out there, the song that plays in this video is “Pop culture” by Madeon and can be found right here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lTx3G6h2xyA

From the video description:
"This video documents about 4 months of work in creating a replica of Thomas Bangalter’s helmet from Daft Punk. The piece has over 350 LEDs, can run over 4 hours on a single charge, and the matrix is capable of being updated on-the-fly with a custom programmed iOS app."