Rockmeadow, CT

Rockmeadow, CT

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2014, The New Year, And The Dreaded Resolutions: Part II

With life back in the states—now in New York—taking shape and slowly becoming a stable thing, I reflect on the last year and the year to come, and like every other forward-thinking human being, setting goals, I mean, why not, right?

charlotte-new-years-eve-2015Going through 2014, I wanted to break down my favorite things about the year. “My Favorites in 2014” includes things that I cared the most about in 2014, while “The Best from 2014” will talk about actual things from 2014 that were my favorites. Pretty simple, just going back through the year and reminiscing on what was cool and what was memorable.

My Favorites in 2014

Album: Broken Bells (self titled) – A buddy showed me this album right before I left the states and I wasn’t able to stop listening to it all year. I was about four years behind on this one, but I guess it’s better late than never?

“Remember what they say,
There’s no shortcut to a dream.
It’s all blood and sweat,
And life is what you manage in between”

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2014, The New Year, And The Dreaded Resolutions: Part I

With life back in the states—now in New York—taking shape and slowly becoming a stable thing, I reflect on the last year and the year to come, and like every other forward-thinking human being, setting goals, I mean, why not, right?

New Year 2015 formed from sparking digits over black backgroundAfter a month away from Nahui-Day (hated being away, but it was needed), I’m finally coming back to writing daily. I’ve made my return from the motherland in December, and since then I have been searching far-and-wide for work and apartments. Now that the dust is settling and some time can be spared, it’s time to get back to this and have some fun.

“Res·o·lu·tion – noun \ˌre-zə-ˈlü-shən\ : the act of finding an answer or solution to a conflict, problem, etc. : the act of resolving something.” 

My problem which needs a solution, you ask? I have way too many hours in the day and I want to fill them up with more work, more writing, more improving, more upgrading, and all-around more betterment. Read More

All Good Writing Is…

Slight Break from Nahui-Day

Took last week off, need few more weeks to catch up with life.

exhausted-dog_zps3e1cf97aWith my recent move to NYC and my constant search for apartments and work, I have been inundated with day-to-day tasks, interview follow-ups, and meetings. Add my birthday into the mix last week, and we got a perfect recipe for a tired and overworked Nahui. I’m keeping up with my writing, but posting right now is out of the question.

Coming up: Tons of reviews (including Einstein’s Dreams, The Little Prince, and uncountable comics), a handful of essays and op-eds about the Argentinean school system and my problems with it, my thoughts on CM Punk’s addition to the UFC roster, and on top of all that, some fun flash fiction I want to share.

My best to you,

Nahuel F.A.

“I Told Them They Didn’t Understand Life”

RIP John Lennon (9 October 1940 – 8 December 1980)

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Random Blog Post #10 – Writing Tips from the Masters

We can always learn from the masters, today we have tips from George Orwell.

An English novelist, essayist, and journalist, George Orwell is responsible for two of my favorite books, Nineteen Eighty-Four and Animal Farm, along with many other great pieces focusing on social injustice. He has great form and finesse with his writing, and in his essay Politics and the English Language, Orwell gives us his six questions and six rules to writing a well constructed sentence.

George Orwell’s 6 Questions and 6 Rules

George-Orwell-001A scrupulous writer, in every sentence that he writes, will ask himself at least four questions, thus:

1. What am I trying to say?

2. What words will express it?

3. What image or idiom will make it clearer? Read More

Write Without Pay…

New (Temporary) Front Door

New (Temporary) Front Door

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My Favorite Things: Tattoo Instagrams

Here are my favorite tattoo specific Instagram accounts.

I’m a big fan of tattoos. I follow about 20 tattoo Instas. Some of these share their outstanding tattoos, some are flat-out amazing artists with their own style, and then some share an array of artists and styles to show me new things. I have a few tattoos myself, and I plan on getting a few more (shh, don’t tell my family), so seeing these in my Instagram feed open my eyes to new art daily.

Favorite Artists

Dave Tevenal – Great style and great art. His sketches are true art, and his tattoo skills are top-notch. It also doesn’t hurt that he’s a huge Marvel fan.

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Renko Dees – Tattoo apprentice from Netherlands. Does great animal tattoos, very detailed, and amazing coloring. I especially like this rhino head he did, and this one.

Cally Jo Art – Based in New York City’s Grit ‘n Glory, her tattoos are spot on and her drawing are beyond amazing. I wouldn’t mind getting tattooed by a beautiful artist, so hey, now that I’m in New York, I’ll have to pay her a visit.

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The Long Halloween & Dark Victory – Quick Reviews

Journeying through the Dark Knight’s early crime fighting days.

We saw Batman begin his journey into crime fighting, and having a rough time at it, on Batman: Year One. A lot has changed since then, we have some new bad guys terrorizing Gotham City and we also have some new friends, if you could even call some of them that. The difference with these next two installments is that we are beyond meeting Batman, he has made his mark and he has placed his fear upon the villains, but of course, in a city overtaken by criminals, some of them don’t want to comply with the Dark Knight. In other words, we are done with the origin story and into the crime thrillers. Let’s see how Batman does with these felons.

Batman: Long Halloween

Long Halloween CoverThe classic Batman detective stories define the Dark Knight, and Long Halloween is regarded by many of the biggest Batman fans as one of the best among the many. Jeph Loeb and Tim Sales team up for this 13-issue comic book thriller to create a perfect world of words and color, from the tones that shape Batman’s baddest antagonists to the shades that hide Batman himself in the darkness of Gotham City. What most people take away from this (and the following series by the same team) is how creative and thought-out the crime thriller actually is. Batman is wrapped up with trying to find the mysterious Holiday, who kills only on holidays, all the while working with Captain James Gordon and District Attorney Harvey Dent to calm the war between Gotham crime families Maroni and Falcone. Not to mention the Calendar Man, who almost works as a Hannibal Lecter type prisoner here, giving away hints but not the identity of Holiday, for sake of staying relevant himself (since Holiday and Calendar Man kill almost in the same fashion). Read More

Random Blog Post #9 – Do Cry For Me Argentina!!!

Arbitrary List of Things I’ll Miss About Argentina

IMG_8047Since January I have been living with my grandpa in Tucumán, Argentina. I was born and lived in Argentina until 9-years-old, then moved to the states, Maryland to be exact, and from then on I would visit once a year, for no longer than two weeks at a time. Well, my year living in Argentina is coming to an end, on Monday afternoon I begin my trek back to the states, New York to be exact, where I will settle and start looking for work. Culture has been an important part of my life, mixing my two homes’ cultures has been interesting to say the least, lives led in Argentina and the U.S. are literally and metaphorically miles apart. There are many things I will miss about the life I had here in 2014, but here are a few:

1. Familia

IMG_9252Since moving to the U.S. I’ve had a limited family, and since my dad passed away ten years ago, it shrunk even more. Although my two beautiful aunts in the U.S. are all the family I could ever need, it’s been nice being around my large family for the first time. Making up for nine years of lost bickering with my passionate brother, tormenting my teenage sister with my endless love she’s too cool for, being spoiled by my beautiful mom unconditionally, and most impertinently, having lunch every day with my grandpa and learning more about my family’s past than I thought possible. Of course things change as so many years going by, so substitute the kids table for a big boy chair, substitute video games and sleepovers with primo Lucho for late nights drinking and passing out, but at the end of the day, throw in a Sunday asado Argentino with the Arguijo family, all the aunts, uncles, and growing cousins, and I’ve got myself a perfect year of making up for lost time. I will miss them terribly.

2. Fútbol

IMG_0709Ah, the national pastime that never left my heart and soul. Sunday Night Football and World Series are part of my American side that I never fully took in, it was too hard to let go of my love for fútbol. Pick-up games with the friends, watching Boca Jrs. alongside with my brother, and the greatest tournament in the history of sports: the FIFA World Cup. This sport can truly bring a whole nation together, it can bring families together, through thick and thin, all for the passion of winning, all to show the world what we can do with a ball and our will to be the best. I’ve always said that my love for football is the only thing I’ve never been able to truly put in words. It’s a sensation that I just can’t fully express, I can only feel it through my body, in my heart. On TV you can always find football on, in the street you can always chat about football, on the street corners you will always find a kid with a ball at his feet. I will miss this. Read More

Craft Exercise #1

Pick ten people you know and write a one-sentence description for each of them. Focus on what makes each person unique and noteworthy.

N.D. – His limbs and his length resemble an age-battered tie, wrinkled and slouched on a plastic hanger, draping his arms around you as he hugs a hello; ironically, an accessory he probably never once wore in his life.

N.F. – With his broad shoulders stretching shirts thin, thunderous thighs and calves to match, it’s surprising once he opens up with such a small and skinny smile, on such a childlike, emerging face.

K.F. – The conviction in his walk and the confidence in his stance makes believers of anyone who oversees the delicacy of his frame, of his oxford-clad structure. Read More

A Man’s Natural Talent…

Fervor de Buenos Aires

Fervor de Buenos Aires

Fervor de Buenos Aires

– taken at Palermo Soho, in Buenos Aires, Argentina

A collection of shots around Buenos Aires, including my sister’s wedding in Rouch, the famous Cementerio de la Recoleta, and random images from around the city.

Shot Around Buenos Aires

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God Loves, Man Kills – A Review

The X-Men take on racism, segregation, bigotry, and discrimination; it’s brilliant!

10883925When anyone argues with me about the legitimacy of comics, I quickly point them towards a couple of my favorites: Maus, Watchmen, and X-Men: God Loves, Man Kills. Taking on the topic of racism is no easy task, such a sensitive subject can be hit-or-miss with the public. Well, the graphic novel God Loves, Man Kills takes on an age-old topic, with a mutant twist, and teaches us a lot about ourselves as human beings and how we treat each other. Read More

Random Blog Post #8 – Writing Tips from the Masters

We can always learn from the masters, today we have tips from Margaret Atwood.

Margaret Atwood is a Canadian poet, novelist, literary critic, and essayist. She is widely recognized for her award-winning book, The Handmaid’s Tale. Some of her ideas for writers were originally published in an article for The Guardian, where Atwood offers inspiring writers some practical ideas.

Margaret Atwood’s 10 Ideas For Writers

atwood1. Take a pencil to write with on aeroplanes. Pens leak. But if the pencil breaks, you can’t sharpen it on the plane, because you can’t take knives with you. Therefore: take two pencils.

2. If both pencils break, you can do a rough sharpening job with a nail file of the metal or glass type.

3. Take something to write on. Paper is good. In a pinch, pieces of wood or your arm will do. Read More

A Man Without A Country – A Review

Kurt Vonnegut chats with us about life, art, politics, and more.

AManWithoutACountryI think it’s safe to say that anyone that has ever read Kurt Vonnegut has hoped to one day be able to sit down and chat with him, about everything from life and sex, to technology and politics. Well, with the 2005 collection of essays, A Man Without A Country, it’s the closest we can come to this wish. Vonnegut’s limitless wit will have you hooked and chuckling throughout every page.

To go along with his humorous introspective, Vonnegut supports his essays with playfully quaint illustrations. So not only can you sit and have a conversation with one of the greatest authors of our generation with this little collection, but you can also watch as he creates high-spirited drawings that will bring you to a weird junction of absurdity and gravity that you couldn’t think possible. It’s like reading A Man Without A Country shows us what it would be like to sit in a coffee shop with Vonnegut, as dribbles sketches on a napkin, and rambles about politics these days, and how he feels our country is holding up. It’s what I would imagine a perfect afternoon to be like.  Read More

Craft Exercise #3

Write a 300-word description of your bedroom. Think about the items you have or the other elements of your room that give the best clues about who you are or who you want others to think you are.

“What I was really hanging around for, I was trying to feel some kind of a good-by. I mean I’ve left schools and places I didn’t even know I was leaving them. I hate that. I don’t care if it’s a sad good-by or a bad good-by, but when I leave a place I like to know I’m leaving it. If you don’t, you feel even worse.”

~ J.D. Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye, Chapter 1


IMG_0895The desk drawers are bare and the closet is nearly empty, save for a few button-downs I want to keep wrinkle free and a jacket that is way too puffy to fit in any of the bags… whatever will I do with that jacket? When I first unloaded my few belongings in this room, exactly ten months ago, the foam green walls gave me headaches and that jacket was not yet mine, it hung at some sports store in a mall, waiting for the June winter to arrive so the jacket could find me. Those days have come-and-gone, today it’s a beaming 92 degrees outside, but my next move is to a city already sprinkled in light snow and tormented by biting winds — the jacket is a nuisance today, come next week it will be a blessing.  Read More

Random Blog Post #7 – My Daily Routine

My daily routine: from the first cup of coffee in the morning, to the last gulp of water at night.

RBP 7A daily routine can be helpful when working on several projects at a time. The structure helps to keep tasks in check, keep your mind working right day-by-day, and even help finish work faster. I can’t say I’ve kept this routine every day since I’ve been here in Argentina, adventures arise often and most times it’s hard to say no to some fun in the sun, but I treated most days like a normal work day, keeping to scheduled breaks and deadlines to keep myself as productive as possible. Taking a year off to write in Argentina is not the most sensible things to do at my age, with the societal and economic pressures back in the states, but since I used my days to their full potential, keeping to a (somewhat) strict schedule, a “year off” can become a successful endeavor.

To check out the daily routines of famous writers, check out this great write-up from Brain Pickings, it’s where I got the idea for this post.

MORNING (8:00-12:30) — Run, Read, Teach, Coffee.

These are tough for me. I never enjoyed waking up before 10am, but that had to change if I wanted to get all my projects done and still keep myself healthy — body and mind type of healthy. I made myself wake up no later than 8:00 am every day, which was essential for me to have my afternoons and nights to my work. Also, mornings were different every day, here are the few variants I went with daily: Read More

Standing In The Rain…

Marvel Now! Teen Heroes Pack – Quick Reviews

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Earlier this year, Marvel release a cool little pack including teenage heroes from the Marvel Now! series. Including their first run at a Muslim superhero, a new team of heroes fighting for the right to be the world’s defenders, an old hero with a new origin, and a classic tale of the past meeting the present. I gotta say, these were fun. Check out the quick reviews below. Enjoy!

Ms Marvel (2014) #1 – MAYBE

IMG_0648Classic tale: the unpopular, unattractive, un-superhero teen gets their wish of becoming a super important, super awesome, superhero. Yup. Little Kamala is fed up with following her family’s Pakistani customs and constantly being teased, she is tired of missing out on the cool kid’s parties, and while a suspicious cloud blankets Jersey City she wishes upon a fog and is suddenly given extraordinary gifts. The writer, G. Willow Wilson, is herself a Muslim from New Jersey, so this is like a cool way for her to make herself a comic book hero. I’m intrigued by this story, and the art is exactly what I enjoy, I might not pick it up right away, but it’ll stay on my pull list for the future.

New Warriors (2014) #1 – NO

Well, there’s a lot going on here… actually, too much going on. We have a bunch of heroes scattered around, some we know, some we’re just now meeting, and they want to be like the Avengers. The problem is that I was barely just told that, and never really shown the group’s potential. There is no team set, no plan in motion, just a bunch of isolated accidents that I can only assume lead to the creation of the New Warriors. This first issue doesn’t really tell me much more than how some Evolutionaties wreaking havoc, and a couple of teens can stand up for themselves. I probably won’t keep reading, not very interested in these heroes (all shown below), except for Vance Astrovik.  Read More

Random Blog Post #6 – Writing Tips from the Masters

We can always learn from the masters, today we have tips from Kurt Vonnegut.

The American writer, Kurt Vonnegut blends satire, humor, and science fiction in a way that will leave you questioning what genre you just read. Classics by Vonnegut include Cat’s CradleSlaughterhouse-Five, and one of my all-time favorites, The Sirens of Titan. And aside from these novels and more, Vonnegut has also written notable essays as A Man Without A Country, and short story collections, like from where these creative writing basics come from, Bagombo Snuff Box.

Kurt Vonnegut’s 8 Basics of What He Calls Creative Writing 101

la-et-jc-kurt-vonneguts-literary-afterlife-201-0011. Use the time of a total stranger in such a way that he or she will not feel the time was wasted.

2. Give the reader at least one character he or she can root for.

3. Every character should want something, even if it is only a glass of water.

4. Every sentence must do one of two things—reveal character or advance the action. Read More

Are PRIDE FC Fighters Finally Outdated?

Did PRIDE FC legends ever make waves in modern MMA? Or are they just a cheap commodity for bloody entertainment?

98afee6daeca4428b8b1a19c9c9596b1In the Ultimate Fighting Championship, the proverbial torch has been in the process of passing for a few years now, ever since the influx of lighter weights, athletic heavyweights, and scientific weight cuts. The Lightweight division is taken over by the WEC with technicians like Anthony Pettis and Benson Henderson putting UFC standouts to shame, young athletes like Jon Jones train to become the best and in the process embarrass the best Light Heavyweights ever inside the Octagon, and last we have Cain Velasquez, who we all saw as a small Heavyweight, but with amazing wrestling and powerful combos can take out the rest of the big guys who are weighed down by too many pounds.

So, in lieu of all this change, all this new meat, new athletes showcasing the new age of the sport, where do the PRIDE FC guys stand? Have the best fighters from the classic Japanese promotion been able to make their way into the modern era and make an impact on the MMA world? Following this weekend’s UFC Fight Night: Shogun vs. St. Preux, it’s easy to say no, the PRIDE guys are outdated. Young, athletic, powerful — and somewhat unknown — fighters like St. Preux can take out a legend in just 34 seconds, what does that mean for where MMA is going?

Let’s take a look at some of the best PRIDE fighters who are still in the fight game or are recently retired:

THE GOOD

Winning records, titles with defenses, and improved techniques.

quentinjacksonkoQuinton “Rampage” Jackson: During his PRIDE days, Rampage amassed a 12-5 record, which is one of the worst compared to the rest of the fighters on this list, but he was able to make the most impact on MMA post-Japan, actually walking away from the UFC with a winning record of 7-5. While in the UFC, Rampage had an interesting rivalry with Rashad Evans, some issues with weight and his celebrity status, but what is most important is that he was the only one of this list to gain a UFC belt and actually defend it. Since he has made a move to Bellator, he has gone 3-0, but we all know he isn’t fighting anyone close to his caliber, so it’s not much to add while talking about his legacy. Read More

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