Anton Ego – Por qué se convirtió en mi villano favorito de Pixar

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Diez años después de mi primera experiencia con esta joya de Pixar, decidí que era un buen momento para revisitarla con la excusa de que mis hijos de seis (6) y cuatro (4) años disfrutaran con ella. Como la película de animación no podía volver a sorprenderme, decidí disfrutarla desde otra perspectiva, una que curiosamente se ajusta a la perfección a uno de los temas centrales de la historia: la del criticismo.

En su día no supe admirar que la falta de acción directa (que se limita a la colonia de ratas escapando de una señora mayor con un rifle y a una persecución) se compensa con un ritmo demoledor a lo largo todo el metraje. La elección del avaricioso chef Skinner como figura antagonista de la primera parte de la película funciona desde un punto de vista humorístico, e incluso proporciona uno de esos pocos momentos de acción directa cuando persigue a Remy por las calles de París y las aguas del Sena. Sin embargo, es cuando Anton Ego entra en escena que la película adquiere un auténtico reto para los protagonistas. Armado con elocuencia y una pluma que esgrime para martirio del joven Linguini ante cada mínimo detalle de su experiencia en el restaurante, Ego se yergue como uno de los villanos más aterradores del estudio de animación.

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My experience with LASIK Surgery

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I have recently undergone the LASIK “bladeless” eye surgery to correct myopia in a pretty good clinic in Prague, an operation I was keen to take when my gradation became stable. I found out that the worst parts of this operation are the details that I didn’t know in advance. Therefore, I would like to share my experience with whoever wants to read it, as it may help those who want to take the surgery to be ready for all the aspects of it (or scare the shit out of them, it depends). It is rather long, by the way. Just three statements to summarize the experience: it does not hurt, it is very stressful, and the result is fantastic. Ready? Here we go.

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My eyes after LASIK. Yes, that lighter circle in the iris is due to the operation

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My second PC Build in 10 years!

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The last time I made a PC build it lasted for the best part of 10 years, and it was already time for me to refresh my desktop PC. I hope this time I accomplished with the same long-lasting but on-budget creature. So here are the specs:

  • MOBO: MSI H97 PC Mate – 2,226 CZK
  • CPU: Intel Core i5-4590 – 5,828 CZK
  • GPU: GIGABYTE GTX 960 MINI 2GB GDDR5 – 5,490 CZK
  • RAM: Kingston HyperX Savage 8GB 1600MHz DDR3 CL9 – 1,272 CZK
  • SSD: 128GB ADATA Premier Pro SP900 – 1,649 CZK
  • HDD: 1TB SATA 3 5400 rpm – (taken from external drive, no longer used as such)

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That is in total 16,465 CZK (about 600€), and the GPU included a next-gen game (the unreleased Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, already waiting in my Steam account). I already had the PSU (550W ATX, nothing special) and the tower (a Eurocase metal crap, the worst of all), which I will upgrade some day at a later stage. Most of the workload will be video editing and gaming, as well as backup for my media server. Perhaps I will finally start using Lightroom at full-scale too, if I get the time to play with it. Features like warp stabilizer and encoding for my GoPro videos are incomparably faster than my old PC or my working laptop. The tests with few games (Bioshock Infinite, The Witcher 2 and Assetto Corsa) are brilliant even with ultra settings, but the real challenge will be in two weeks, when MGS V: The Phantom Pain is released.

For those interested, it replaces my old AMD X2 64, with NVIDIA GeForce 8800 GTS 512MB, 3GB of DDR memory and a total of 380GB of IDE drives (slow, really slow).

Mexico 2014

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I can’t believe it’s been already more than a year since we came back from Mexico, just to find out we had an extra passenger all this time… Anyway, I guess it’s never too late to post our 5 minutes video, a summary of what we experienced during our holidays in the south of Mexico (Yucatan peninsula and part of Chiapas). I am so much missing diving…