Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Twenty First Century-Older Than 26-Europeans

We are twenty first century-older than 26-Europeans: we have relationships without saying I like you, I love you and we have sex without saying you are beautiful.

Monday, February 26, 2007

Cultural Shock

Abhärtung Fortalecimento Strengthening

Kann der Kulturschock Pode o choque cultural Can the cultural shock
bei Begegnung através do encontro through the encounter
mit fremden de culturas of foreign
Kulturen estrangeiras cultures

den Schock verringern reduzir o choque reduce the shock
den mir que that
meine eigene a minha própria my own one
bringt? me traz? brings me?

by Erich Fried

Fragen und Antworten

Wo sie wohnt?
Im Haus neben der Verzweiflung.

Mit wem sie verwandt ist?
Mit dem Tod und der Angst.

Wohin sie gehen wird
wenn sie geht?
Niemand weiß das.

Von wo sie gekommen ist?
Von ganz nahe oder ganz weit.

Wie lange sie bleiben wird?
Wenn du Glück hast
solange du lebst.

Was sie von dir verlangt?
Nichts oder alles.

Was soll das heißen?
Daß das ein und dasselbe ist.

Was gibt sie dir
- oder auch mir - dafür?
Genau soviel wie sie nimmt.
Sie behält nichts zurück.

Hält sie dich
- oder mich - gefangen
oder gibt sie uns frei?
Es kann uns geschehen
daß sie uns die Freiheit schenkt.

Frei sein von ihr
ist das gut oder schlecht?
Es ist das Ärgste
was uns zustoßen kann.

Was ist sie eigentlich
und wie kann man sie definieren?
Es heißt daß Gott gesagt hat
daß er sie ist.

by Erich Fried

Thursday, February 22, 2007

Of Instinct and Suggestion

The biological clock is the strongest force among humans. It determines everything: each individual's life and each collective's culture.

The first tones, the first words: beautiful. Listen to it more: beautiful. Who is José González? http://www.last.fm/music/Jos%C3%A9+Gonz%C3%A1lez/Veneer?autostart

Tuesday, February 20, 2007

The Weekend Seen Through a Mobile Phone

A foyer of the Teatro Circo of Braga
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Mondego river in Coimbra
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Coimbra’s sterotype
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Restaurant in Tentúgal (the Statue of Liberty in New York was created after this)
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A fire (in Abrunheira)
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Nighty night (in Verride)
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Friday, February 16, 2007

Interesting City, Interesting People in the North

Ricemagic goes to Braga.

Thursday, February 15, 2007

Esta Noite Sinto-me (Mesmo) Assim (iv)

This night I (really) feel like this.

When you're quiet, but your eyes
Are saying everything I need to know
I want to burrow like a sparrow
Dodging alley cats and whiskers
Why do we talk in whispers?
Is it painful hearing voices ring
So early in the morning?

I've been waiting for the day
Where I can throw away these numbers
That line my dresser drawers and cupboards
Start me over
Life seems so much slower
With your toothbrush by the mirror
Can I make it any clearer?

And I just might say it tonight
And I just might say it tonight
And I just might tell you tonight that I love you
And you should stay all my life

They'll tell you that you'll maybe make it
If you just cut your clothes and change your hair
But I won't fuss and moan
‘bout what you wear
I feel so much better
When I read your dirty letters
Just wear your sweaters in the winter
’Cause I wouldn't want you to get cold
I hope that we're together when we’re old
I would have sold all my possessions
Never took piano lessons
But baby you are grand
And I would learn to play the good notes
And tune you up the best I can

And I just might say it tonight
And I just might say it tonight
And I just might tell you tonight that I love you
And you should stay all my life

And I just might say it tonight
And I just might say it tonight
And I just might tell you tonight that I love you
And you should stay all my life

Might Tell You Tonight in Tah-Dah (2006) by Scissor Sisters.

Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Hoje É o Dia dos Namorados/Heute ist Valentines Tag

Today it is Valentine's day.

Image Hosted by ImageShack.us A garden view from Centro Cultural de Belém at 8:34 a.m..

Thursday, February 08, 2007

What About Yellow?

Here at Ricemagic we sure are capitalists, rightwingers and proglobalization. Still, we are getting bored with this sticky drink that sticks to everything and everywhere. Give us back our yellow now!

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Largo da Madalena

Wednesday, February 07, 2007

German Tandempartners, German Erasmus or Simply... Germans in Lissabon

They hate McDonald’s, hate shopping centers and only enjoy natural food and vegetarianism. In accordance to this, all of them were junkies or had alcoholic problems in the past.

One hundred percent of them complain that (i) there are too many cars in Lisbon and (ii) there are too few bikes in Lisbon.

They have always an elective affinity back in Germany, who visits them every other weekend.

They claim and complain that there is a lot of poverty in Lisbon when they have very low social science skills, and they complain that there is too much sophistication, modernization, mechanization, automation otherwise. In coherence with this, they all love techno music and adore Lux, the most sophisticated night club in town.

They claim they can’t find good vegetarian and one hundred percent natural food stores, restaurants and canteens while they state with no supporting argument that they don’t enjoy eating at the universitarian canteens in Lisbon, most of which by the way offer every lunch and dinner time one meat meal, one fish meal and one macrobiotic meal, each of them for less than 2 euros (soup, bread, juice and fruit or yogurt or candy included).

Germans end up having and enjoying a over roasted steak because they cannot stand looking at the all natural “squid with ink” in their dish because it seems it is still alive (which is almost true, as the restaurant is located just in front of the clean sea from which the squid was caught, which is really cooked in a one hundred percent natural and healthy way...).

They end up claiming that the all natural squid is “too natural” for them.

They say they love Portuguese music and so they buy the kind of Portuguese music that either (i) Portuguese people do not buy, listen to and like or (ii) is solely made to be bought by tourists that have the shallowest knowledge about Portuguese music. By the way: only the first three cds of Madredeus are worthwhile, the rest of their catalogue is just a boring repetition of their own work for the tourist and Japanese markets; Lisboners don’t listen to Fado, they listen to rock, Robbie Williams and Shakira.

Most of the Germans in Lisbon fell for the city when they saw Wim WendersLisbon Story. Incidentally, this picture, with bad actors and extremely boring and empty plot, portrays a partial and anachronic view of the city. Two things worth to be noted: it is true that Lisboners speak a better English than, say Berliners; not a single one of those beautiful little houses in Alfama has central heating and many of their bedrooms don’t even have a window.

The only thing one can do with Fernando Pessoa is to read him (or read… them). And Fernando Pessoa will not be found in the little streets of Lisbon, nor in Baixa, not in the cafés, not certainly in the new boulevards, never in Bairro Alto (even though one can often see a graffito portraying him in some dirty wall there). The only place where Fernando Pessoa can REALLY be found is… (be surprised…) ... in books and the internet.

Ricemagic informs the beloved readers that Lisboa is most certainly in the European capital cities top of: number of McDonald’s restaurants, number of very big shopping centers within the city area, cars parked on the sidewalks, few bikes used as an utility object, number of extremely slopped streets, number of free beds and shelters for homeless people, number of prepaid things one can buy, number of selling services without a human seller, number of nice vegetarian or macrobiotic or “oriental” restaurants per capita (and this even without counting the Chinese restaurants!), number of canteens offering meat and fish and macrobiotic main courses every lunch and dinner times.

Post scriptum: all German boys like the bottoms of Portuguese girls because they are bigger and all German girls dress like boys from the 80s.

Tuesday, February 06, 2007

Peace and War, Love and Hate, Happiness and Sadness in the Cinemateca

At the same time Cinemateca's February program is absolutely excelent, with the complete oeuvre of Rossellini, with British humour in the movies, with the "Cinema, Lies and Video" movie cycle and even with much more - the corporation running the 39 Steps restaurant/bar will change and the heavenly nice, devilishly beautiful Brazillian and Chinese female waiters will be substituted by no one knows who!Image Hosted by ImageShack.usAfter the calm there always comes the thunderstorm, after a Kennedy there always comes a Nixon, there aren't enough clichés to express the ocean of sadness that has submerged Ricemagic's heart tonight...

Friday, February 02, 2007

Esta Noite Sinto-me Assim (iii)

Hoje eu não vou sair de casa
Hoje eu não vou pisar na rua
Hoje eu não vou trocar de roupa
Não vou sair de casa
Hoje eu não quero ver a rua
Hoje eu não quero confusão
Hoje eu não quero ver pessoas
Não vou sair de casa

Acho um pouco bom
Acho um pouco bom
Acho um pouco bom
Acho um pouco bom

Hoje eu vou ficar ouvindo música
Hoje eu vou ficar aqui dançando
Hoje eu vou ficar aqui na minha
Eu vou ficar sozinh@
Hoje eu vou ficar aqui dançando
Hoje eu vou ficar aqui dançando
Hoje eu vou ficar aqui dançando

Ah tá!

Acho um pouco bom
Acho um pouco bom
Acho um pouco bom
Acho um pouco bom

Ah não vou atender
Não vou atender
Eu não quero atender!

Acho Um Pouco Bom in Cansei de Ser Sexy (2005) by Cansei de Ser Sexy.

A Fact

Ricemagic continues to provide our beloved readers with the most exact and determinant findings from all fields of science.

Fact: ten thousand condoms a day and night for Lisbon are not enough.Image Hosted by ImageShack.us