"They´re just moments. They´re not life…" 2014#12

O melhor de Dezembro?
A visita a Londres no início do mês. 
O Natal em Paris.

O pior de Dezembro? 
A reacção do meu corpo às grandes amplitudes térmicas. 

Dados da foto:
Autor: eu
Data: 06 de Dezembro de 2014
Local: St Pancras International Station, London, England

#100happydays : 100/100


2014 Reading Challenge

2014 Reading Challenge
P. has completed her goal of reading 50 books in 2014!

P.'s read-2014 book montage

Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry Into Values
The Hypnotist's Love Story
Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock
Girl Reading
Pretérito Perfeito
Let's Explore Diabetes with Owls
Record Collecting for Girls: Unleashing Your Inner Music Nerd, One Album at a Time
O Mundo de Enid Blyton
Depois da Música
O Filho
A Arte de Dormir Sozinha
The Luminaries
Automate This: How Algorithms Came to Rule Our World
How to Live on 24 Hours a Day
Go the Fuck to Sleep
Eat and Run: My Unlikely Journey to Ultramarathon Greatness
100 Simple Secrets Why Dogs Make Us Happy: The Science Behind What Dog Lovers Already Know
Me Before You

P.'s favorite books »

Filme: I Origins (2014)

"I ORIGINS follows a molecular biologist whose study of the human eye points to evidence with far reaching implications about our scientific and spiritual beliefs. " (retirado do site oficial do filme)

Sofi: How many senses do worms have? 
Ian: They have two. Smell and touch. Why? 
Sofi: So... they live without any ability to see or even know about light, right? The notion of light to them is unimaginable. 
Ian: Yeah. 
Sofi: But we humans... we know that light exists. All around them... right on top of them... they cannot sense it. But with a little mutation, they do. Right? 
Ian: Correct. 
Sofi: So... Doctor Eye... perhaps some humans, rare humans... have mutated to have another sense. A spirit sense. And can perceive a world that is right on top of us... everywhere. Just like the light on these worms.

#100happydays : 99/100

#100happydays : 98/100

Filme: The Normal Heart (2014)


"Directed by Emmy® winner Ryan Murphy and written by Academy Award® nominee Larry Kramer, adapting his groundbreaking Tony Award-winning play of the same name, the drama tells the story of the onset of the HIV-AIDS crisis in New York City in the early 1980s, taking an unflinching look at the nation’s sexual politics as gay activists and their allies in the medical community fight to expose the truth about the burgeoning epidemic to a city and nation in denial. 
Ruffalo portrays Ned Weeks, who witnesses first-hand a mysterious disease that has begun to claim the lives of many in his gay community and starts to seek answers.
Matt Bomer plays Felix Turner, a reporter who becomes Ned’s lover.
Taylor Kitsch plays Bruce Niles, a closeted investment banker who becomes a prominent AIDS activist.
Jim Parsons plays gay activist Tommy Boatwright, reprising his role from the 2011 Broadway revival.
Roberts plays physician Dr. Emma Brookner, a survivor of childhood polio who treats several of the earliest victims of HIV-AIDS." (retirado de hbo.com)

Dr. Emma Brookner: Another idiot. And, by the way, a closeted homosexual doing everything in his power to sweep this under the rug. And I vowed I'd never say anything like that in public... How does it always happen that all of the idiots are always on your team? How can you refuse to fund my research? Or not invite me to participate in yours? Your National Institutes of Health received my first request for money two years ago. It took you one year just to print up application forms! It's taking you three years from my first reported case just to show up here for a look. And the paltry amount of money you are forcing us to beg for, out of the FOUR BILLION DOLLARS you now receive each and every year to protect the health of the American people, won't come to anyone before only God knows when. A promising virus has been discovered in France. Why do you refuse to cooperate with the French? Why are we told not to cooperate with the French? Just so you can steal a Nobel Prize? While something is being passed around that causes death! Women have been discovered to have it in Africa, where it is clearly transmitted HETERO-SEXUALLY. It is only a question of time! We could ALL be dead before you do anything! You want my data? You want my ideas? You want my patients? TAKE THEM! JUST DO SOMETHING WITH THEM! You're fucking right! I am imprecise and unfocused and you are all idiots!

Filme: St. Vincent (2014)

Maggie e o seu filho Oliver, de 12 anos, mudam-se para a casa ao lado de Vincent, um intratável veterano de guerra. Quando um dia Oliver fica preso fora de casa no regresso da escola, Vincent permite-lhe ficar em sua casa até a mãe chegar. Vincent está falido, tem contas até ao teto e desesperado por dinheiro. Vê esta situação como uma oportunidade e oferece-se a Maggie para tomar conta de Oliver todos os dias depois da escola. Mas como Vincent não é um vizinho qualquer, introduz Oliver ao seu estilo de vida, que inclui o jogo, a bebida e o seu relacionamento com uma prostituta russa.
(retirado de cinema.sapo.pt)

Recomendo ver

#100happydays : 97/100

Filme: Divergent (2014)

"Beatrice Prior, uma adolescente com uma mente especial, descobre que sua vida está ameaçada quando um líder autoritário pretende exterminar a sua espécie e controlar uma sociedade dividida." (retirado de cinema.sapo.pt)

Beatrice 'Tris' Prior: Can I ask you something?
Four: Sure. 
Beatrice 'Tris' Prior: What's your tattoo?
Four: You want to see it?
Beatrice 'Tris' Prior: [nods and Four takes off his shirt] Its amazing. The factions. Why do you have all of them?
Four: I don't want to be just one thing. I can't be. I want to be brave, and I want to be selfless, intelligent, and honest and kind. Well, I'm still working on kind.

Interessante, mas dispensável.

#100happydays : 86/100

Como ser o melhor agente da CIA (Homeland)?

Passando por ser o tenente detestável de Pride and Prejudice. :) 

Pride and Prejudice (2005)

Young Victoria (2009)

Homeland (2012-?)

#100happydays : 85/100

Audiobook: Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

At once wildly original and stuffed with irresistible nostalgia, READY PLAYER ONE is a spectacularly genre-busting, ambitious, and charming debut—part quest novel, part love story, and part virtual space opera set in a universe where spell-slinging mages battle giant Japanese robots, entire planets are inspired by Blade Runner, and flying DeLoreans achieve light speed.

It's the year 2044, and the real world is an ugly place. 
Like most of humanity, Wade Watts escapes his grim surroundings by spending his waking hours jacked into the OASIS, a sprawling virtual utopia that lets you be anything you want to be, a place where you can live and play and fall in love on any of ten thousand planets. 
And like most of humanity, Wade dreams of being the one to discover the ultimate lottery ticket that lies concealed within this virtual world. For somewhere inside this giant networked playground, OASIS creator James Halliday has hidden a series of fiendish puzzles that will yield massive fortune—and remarkable power—to whoever can unlock them. 
For years, millions have struggled fruitlessly to attain this prize, knowing only that Halliday's riddles are based in the pop culture he loved—that of the late twentieth century. And for years, millions have found in this quest another means of escape, retreating into happy, obsessive study of Halliday's icons. Like many of his contemporaries, Wade is as comfortable debating the finer points of John Hughes's oeuvre, playing Pac-Man, or reciting Devo lyrics as he is scrounging power to run his OASIS rig. 
And then Wade stumbles upon the first puzzle. 
Suddenly the whole world is watching, and thousands of competitors join the hunt—among them certain powerful players who are willing to commit very real murder to beat Wade to this prize. Now the only way for Wade to survive and preserve everything he knows is to win. But to do so, he may have to leave behind his oh-so-perfect virtual existence and face up to life—and love—in the real world he's always been so desperate to escape. 
A world at stake. 
A quest for the ultimate prize. 
Are you ready?

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

#100happydays : 80/100

Audiobook: Landline by Rainbow Rowell

From the New York Times bestselling author of Eleanor & Park and Fangirl, comes a hilarious, heart-wrenching take on love, marriage, and magic phones.
Georgie McCool knows her marriage is in trouble. That it’s been in trouble for a long time. She still loves her husband, Neal, and Neal still loves her, deeply—but that almost seems beside the point now. Maybe that was always beside the point.
Two days before they’re supposed to visit Neal’s family in Omaha for Christmas, Georgie tells Neal that she can’t go. She’s a TV writer, and something’s come up on her show; she has to stay in Los Angeles. She knows that Neal will be upset with her—Neal is always a little upset with Georgie—but she doesn’t expect to him to pack up the kids and go without her.
When her husband and the kids leave for the airport, Georgie wonders if she’s finally done it. If she’s ruined everything. That night, Georgie discovers a way to communicate with Neal in the past. It’s not time travel, not exactly, but she feels like she’s been given an opportunity to fix her marriage before it starts. . . 

Is that what she’s supposed to do?
Or would Georgie and Neal be better off if their marriage never happened? 

Landline by Rainbow Rowell
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

#100happydays : 73/100

Normal People vs Matt Berninger:

Normal people: I love you
Matt Berninger: you know you have a permanent piece of my medium-sized American heart

Normal people: I'm feeling good
Matt Berninger: I'm a birthday candle in a circle of black girls

Normal people: growing up sucks
Matt Berninger: another uninnocent, elegant fall into the unmagnificent lives of adults

Normal people: do you miss me?
Matt Berninger: am I the one you think about when you're sitting in your fainting chair drinking pink rabbits?

Normal people: I look good
Matt Berninger: I'm a perfect piece of ass

Normal people: my life is falling apart
Matt Berninger: this isn't working, you, my middlebrow fuck-up

Normal people: I'm drunk
Matt Berninger: I'm on a bloodbuzz

Normal people: I'm afraid I'll end up hurting you
Matt Berninger: I was afraid I'd eat your brains 'cause I'm evil 

Normal people: you're my dream girl
Matt Berninger: you know I dreamed about you for 29 years before I saw you

Normal people: I was busy
Matt Berninger: I'm sorry I missed you, I had a secret meeting in the basement of my brain

Normal people: I'm not very interesting
Matt Berninger: when I walk into a room I do not light it up... fuck

(Roubado daqui)

#100happydays : 71/100

Audiobook: Scrum: The Art of Doing Twice the Work in Half the Time by Jeff Sutherland

"We live in a world that is broken. For those who believe that there must be a more efficient way for people to get things done, here from Scrum pioneer Jeff Sutherland is a brilliantly discursive, thought-provoking book about the management process that is changing the way we live. 
In the future, historians may look back on human progress and draw a sharp line designating “before Scrum” and “after Scrum.” Scrum is that ground-breaking. It already drives most of the world’s top technology companies. And now it’s starting to spread to every domain where people wrestle with complex projects. 
If you’ve ever been startled by how fast the world is changing, Scrum is one of the reasons why. Productivity gains of as much as 1200% have been recorded, and there’s no more lucid – or compelling – explainer of Scrum and its bright promise than Jeff Sutherland, the man who put together the first Scrum team more than twenty years ago. 
The thorny problem Jeff began tackling back then boils down to this: people are spectacularly bad at doing things quickly and efficiently. Best laid plans go up in smoke. Teams often work at cross purposes to each other. And when the pressure rises, unhappiness soars. Drawing on his experience as a West Point-educated fighter pilot, biometrics expert, early innovator of ATM technology, and V.P. of engineering or CTO at eleven different technology companies, Jeff began challenging those dysfunctional realities, looking for solutions that would have global impact. 
In this book you’ll journey to Scrum’s front lines where Jeff’s system of deep accountability, team interaction, and constant iterative improvement is, among other feats, bringing the FBI into the 21st century, perfecting the design of an affordable 140 mile per hour/100 mile per gallon car, helping NPR report fast-moving action in the Middle East, changing the way pharmacists interact with patients, reducing poverty in the Third World, and even helping people plan their weddings and accomplish weekend chores."

Scrum: The Art of Doing Twice the Work in Half the Time by Jeff Sutherland

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Music is Love in Search of a Word #86

Monsters Build Mean Robots - A Reverie For The Riots (site)

#100happydays : 70/100

"They´re just moments. They´re not life…" 2014#11

O melhor de Novembro?
A Família, mesmo que seja por 48 horas, ir à ilha faz sempre bem.
Os concertos do Vodafone MexeFest.

O pior de Novembro? 
A data que os outros comemoram, o dia que marcou-me para sempre. Não existe um dia em que não me lembre desse 2 de Novembro de 2012.

Dados da foto:
Autor: eu
Data: 02 de Novembrode 2014

Local: Aeroporto Internacional da Madeira, Ilha da Madeira, portugal

#100happydays : 64/100

Music is Love in Search of a Word #85

Paramore (site) - Hate To See Your Heart Break ft. Joy Williams (Civil Wars)

#100happydays : 63/100

Filme: What If (2013)

"Enquanto todos à sua volta parecem ter encontrado o par ideal, como o seu amigo Allan, Wallace decide colocar a vida amorosa em ”stand- by". Mas é nessa altura que conhece Chantry, uma animadora que vive com Ben, o namorado de longa data. Wallace e Chantry sentem uma imediata atracção, que os leva a uma estreita amizade. É impossível negar a química entre eles, que os leva a colocar uma questão: e se o amor da tua vida for, na verdade, o teu melhor amigo?" (retirado de cinema.sapo.pt)

Este filme tem, teve, vários nomes. O original tem o nome de "The F word", depois foi alterado para "What if" e em Português deram-lhe o nome de "O Amor é Estúpido" e o filme de estúpido ou o amor neste caso é tudo menos estúpido e quem traduziu o nome do filme nem viu o mesmo, porque é  a melhor comédia romântica que já vi nos últimos dois anos.
Não bate 500 days of summer ou It's Kind of a Funny Story, mas anda lá perto. 

Muito bom. 

Wallace: I remember the night Allan and Nicole met. And that instant conection. If you're lucky it happens once in a lifetime and if you're unlucky, then you have to come to weddings and listen to people like me talking about it. And assume we're all hopeless romantics... It's very easy to be cynical about love, but this, tonight, this is hard.

Filme: Eyjafjallajökull (2013)

"Para os viajantes de todo o mundo, a erupção do vulcão islandês Eyjafjallajökull foi uma fatalidade. Mas para Alain e Valérie foi uma “dupla Catástrofe”. Para chegarem a tempo à pequena cidade da Grécia onde se vai realizar o casamento da sua filha, este casal de divorciados, que se odeiam mutuamente, é obrigado pela força da ocasião a fazer a viagem juntos."
(retirado de cinema.sapo.pt)

Seca de filme.
Nunca pensei ver um filme de Dany Boon mau. :( 

#100happydays : 59/100

Livro: My Drunk Kitchen: A Guide to Eating, Drinking, and Going with Your Gut by Hannah Hart

One day, sad cubicle dweller and otherwise bored New York transplant Hannah Hart decided, as a joke, to make a fake cooking show for her friend back in California. She turned on the camera, pulled out some bread and cheese, and then, as one does, started drinking. (Doesn't everyone cook with a spoon in one hand and a bottle of wine in the other?) The video went viral and an online sensation was born. My Drunk Kitchen includes recipes, stories, full color photos, and drawings to inspire your own culinary adventures in tipsy cooking. It is also a showcase for Hannah Hart's great comedic voice. Hannah offers key drink recommendations, cooking tips (like, remember to turn the oven off when you go to bed) and shares never-before-seen recipes such as:
  • The Hartwich (Knowledge is ingenuity! Learn from the past!)
  • Can Bake (Inventing things is hard! You don't have to start from scratch!)
  • Latke Shotkas (Plan ahead to avoid a night of dread!)
  • Tiny Sandwiches (Size doesn't matter! Aim to satisfy.)
  • Saltine Nachos (It's not about resources! It's about being resourceful.)
This is a book for anyone who believes they have what it takes to make a soufflé for the holiday party and show up the person who apparently has nothing better to do than bake things from scratch. It also recommends the drink you'll need to accompany any endeavor of this magnitude. In the end, My Drunk Kitchen may not be your go-to guide for your next dinner party . . . but it will make you laugh and drink . . . I mean think . . . about life. (retirado de amazon.com)

My Drunk Kitchen: A Guide to Eating, Drinking, and Going with Your Gut by Hannah Hart
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

#100happydays : 57/100

Filme: A Perfect Plan (2012)

"Para contornar a maldição da família que acaba com todos os primeiros casamentos, Isabelle tem uma estratégia para se casar com o homem que ama: encontrar primeiro um idiota, seduzi-lo, casar-se e por fim divorciar-se. Seria um plano perfeito se o alvo não fosse o infernal Jean-Yves Berthier, editor de um guia turístico, que ela irá acompanhar desde o Kilimanjaro a Moscovo, numa viagem de núpcias para o melhor e, especialmente, para pior." (retirado de cinema.sapo.pt)

Comédia francesa, um pouco longe do seu melhor.

Documentário: Twenty Feet from Stardom (2013)

"Neste novo filme do documentarista Morgan Neville, revela as histórias das vozes que se escondem nos coros de ídolos tão célebres como Bruce Springsteen, Stevie Wonder ou Ray Charles. Para além de revelar as caras que se escondem por trás destas extraordinárias vozes, o filme recorre aos depoimentos de músicos tão célebres como Mick Jagger, Sheryl Crow ou David Bowie, por exemplo. " (retirado de cinema.sapo)

Dos melhores documentários musiciais que já vi. Imperdível

Filme: The Angriest Man in Brooklyn (2014)

"Há pessoas que têm dias maus. Henry Altmann tem um, todos os dias. Sempre infeliz e zangado com o mundo – incluindo toda a gente que lá habita -, Henry espera impacientemente a sua vez num consultório médico até que é visto finalmente pela Dra. Sharon Gill. Sharon, que por sua vez também está a ter um mau dia, revela de forma brusca que Henry tem um aneurisma cerebral e apenas 90 minutos para viver. Chocado e atordoado com a novidade, Henry sai do hospital determinado a corrigir todos os erros e a pedir desculpa a todos aqueles que magoou ao longo da sua vida." (retirado de cinema.sapo.pt)

Obrigatório ver este filme

#100happydays : 56/100

Filme: Words and Pictures (2013)

O professor de Inglês Jack Marcus (Clive Owen) lamenta a obsessão dos seus alunos com as redes sociais e as boas notas - em oposição a um forte envolvimento com a linguagem. 

Dina Delsanto (Juliette Binoche) é uma pintora abstrata que por motivos de doença vai dar aulas na escola de Jack.
Ambos enfrentam os seus demónios e sem querer lançam uma verdadeira guerra na escola entre imagens e palavras. 

Uma comédia romântica cheia de significado, com excelentes interpretações. 
Um filme para ver e rever.

Filme: The Spectacular Now (2013)

"Sutter Keely é um jovem finalista de liceu e autoproclamado "a vida da festa" que se apaixona inesperadamente pela "boa rapariga" Aimee Fineky.
Enquanto Aimee sonha com o futuro, Sutter vive no agora, e no entanto, ficam atraídos um pelo outro…
" (retirado de cinema.sapo)

Li o livro o ano passado, obriguei-me a ver o filme e gostei. Muito bem adaptado. 

Filme: Philomena (2013)

"Uma rapariga Irlandesa, que engravida na adolescência, é rejeitada pela família e enviada para o convento de Roscrea, onde recebe ajuda das freiras. Em compensação, é obrigada a trabalhar na lavandaria do convento e não está autorizada a ver o seu filho mais do que uma hora por dia. Com apenas três anos de idade, a criança é adotada por uma família americana e a mãe, inconformada, passa cerca de cinquenta anos a procurá-la. Quando um jornalista sedento de protagonismo decide ajudá-la, partem ambos para os Estados Unidos numa inesperada e emocionante viagem em busca da verdade. Inspirado numa história verídica, "Filomena" é um filme divertido e comovente assinado pelo aclamado realizador Stephen Frears (nomeado para 2 Óscares da Academia) e protagonizado por Steve Coogan e Judi Dench (vencedora de 1 Óscar da Academia e 6 vezes nomeada para o galardão)." (retirado de cinema.sapo)

Baseado em factos verídicos, este é um filme que é obrigatório ver. 

Filme: Magic in the Moonlight (2014)

Para mim é dos piores filmes do Woody Allen. 


#100happydays : 55/100

Filme: A Long Way Down (2014)

Baseado num livro de Nick Hornby, este é um filme sobre o que leva alguém a tomar a decisão de morrer e mais tarde em realizar um pacto com desconhecidos para sobreviver. 

Interessante e excelente para uma noite fria no sofá com muito chá. 

#100happydays : 54/100

Livro: Longbourn de Jo Baker

Para todos os que admiram a obra de Jane Austen, esta é uma oportunidade única de revisitar o seu universo, mais concretamente o de Orgulho e Preconceito, mas numa perspetiva completamente nova. Jo Baker conseguiu a proeza de pegar num clássico e reimaginá-lo, com brilhantismo, a partir do ponto de vista dos criados. Enquanto no andar de cima tudo gira em torno das perspetivas de casamento das meninas Bennet, no andar de baixo os criados vivem os seus próprios dramas pessoais, as suas paixões e angústias. À semelhança da obra que a inspirou, também Longbourn é uma história de amor apaixonante e uma comédia social inteligente, que nos dá a conhecer o quotidiano daqueles que serviam nas mansões rurais inglesas do século XIX. Uma obra admirável, que capta na perfeição a atmosfera da Inglaterra de Jane Austen.   
Longbourn by Jo Baker

My rating: 3 of 5 stars