Reflections Thanks to an Antique Fair

 

Hello everyone! Hope you had a very nice weekend.

So, yesterday I went to a antique fair in the city were I’m on holidays. It’s a cool fair, it has many things that we don’t usually see and it sort of brings out a desire to know more about old things in me. I saw stamps being sold very cheaply, but then I saw others that were far too expensive for my very limited knowledge (I should probably say that for a long time I’ve told myself that I should start an stamp collection, but since I haven’t bought a folder were to put them nicely… better not).

With my family we have been many times there. If any Chilean reads this, its the one in Valparaiso, next to the Congress building. If you are not Chilean and you happen to read this, now you know that there is an antique fair that settles next to the Congress building in a city called Valparaiso. (Not to seem like a tourist guide, but if you ever go there, the fair is on Saturdays and Sundays .. and it’s a beautiful city filled with colour and inspires the imagination with it’s many little roads that go up and down the mountains. It’s a city for an adventurer)

Anyway, today I saw a very old cauldron made of copper and my imagination flew. I saw myself in 1850 New Zeeland  as the owner of a wool farm preparing a mean soup there, by the fire, with all the boys that helped me move our sheep from the mountains to our fields, so we can start the wool cutting and collecting process. Or maybe in southern Chile, same time, in a cottage somewhere deep in the countryside with a storm raging outside and a good onion soup on the making, just like my mother does it, a soup to bring the heat back to your veins.

I didn’t buy it, of course, I have no place to put in in my house, but it got me thinking about all the stories that ancient things have. Say the saddle a Spanish conqueror used when America was first discovered… how many things must have seen and heard? Not only wars and blood, but the longing of the men, their hopes and dreams of new life filled with riches and all. I find it extremely interesting to think about their state of mind… would they lie about who they had been? Brag about adventures and ladies they never had? Boys would be boys after all.

But then, maybe I don’t have to go as far as to mention a 400 year old saddle. Maybe there are things all over our own houses that hold many tales, of sorrow and joy, that we may never know.

I have an old family heirloom in my room, given to me by my grandmother. It is a very old little wooden chest with a little drawing at the top. It was my great grandmother’s and funny thing is that the chest has little burn marks in it. I never knew what they were about until my mother explained to me that my great-grandmother loved candle light, and she usually had candles all over the house. More that once she had fought with her husband about it, since he said that those candles were going to burn the house down at some point. It never happened, but now my chest has little burn marks made by those candles and it is a story that I would never forget.

Of course, in an attempt of figuring out their source I imagined the chest being stolen or surviving a great fire. I even made up a very amazing tale of two lovers who couldn’t be together so they used that box as a hiding place for their love letters that only they could find, and when one of them betrayed their love and got married, the other tired to burn the box but changed his mind. It never happened, luckily, but it could have made a very cool story.

So, that all for my reflections for the moment.

Take care everyone!!

Kika

 

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Cracked

www.cracked.com

Weekly Project n°2

 Hi all! How are you? I have to say I’m a little ashamed for not having posted anything in such a long time, but then again I figured it wasn’t such a good idea to promise frequent posts when I knew I was going to go on holiday to a place where I have no internet. How was I to post then? Bad timing on my part.

So, continuing with my weekly project I bring to you today a very cool site, were I have spent many hours learning cool, but really not useful stuff, which I love.

This site is called Cracked. What they do is basically have lists with exciting titles and explanations of why that certain things are in that list. Now, I now it sounds dull, but it isn’t. Not when the lists are something like: “The 6 Most Bizarre Things Ever Discovered in Space” or “6 Terrible Ideas That Science Says Will Save the Planet”, which they wont help you at all with your homework, but they are so much fun to read! I love the fact that they are written with humour and sometimes sarcasm, rather than in a formal fashion.

 

Seriously, I’ve read many lists in this site and they are always very refreshing. They have them on plenty of subjects too, from history to science-fiction to literature, so you just have to take your pick (3 Reasons Why Houdini was Way More Badass Than you Think). And do not get me started on government conspiration and freaky things that someone predicted at one point and it became true. The art of trolling, that has been present in our culture since people discovered that teasing other people was fun, is also recorded in this amazing site (The 6 Greatest Acts of Trolling in the History of Science)

So, for an afternoon of learning deep and useful information, pick a book and read instead of going into this site, that although it has sometimes deep reflection, you wont learn anything for school, but you will know everything about “The 11 Most Retarded Fictional Weapons”.

That’s it for today, I guess.

Take care everyone!

Kika

9gag

9gag

Weekly Project n°1

HI! So, first edition of my weekly project! I explained it in a page of the same name, but I guess there is no harm in saying it again. Once a week, I’ll post one of my favourite pages or some interesting ones I’ll find along the way.

Since I had the idea yesterday I haven’t had much time to think on what would be my very first entry, so I decided to make it about the site I go to daily: 9gag.

9gag is basically a site were people post funny or cool pictures and videos. You can vote for the best ones and comment on what you thought about it (and it’s great, because, like in the entire internet, people fight or make really amusing comments and the sort). Sometimes when I don’t understand the joke I use the comments page- normally I’m not the only one who didn’t get it.

I should warn you though, that although 9gag is really amazing when you are taking a break from thinking (or in my case, studying) it can be addictive, because all of the pictures are posted in the same page, all at once, so all you have to do is scroll down and laugh. So, if you can’t really afford to waste time, put a timer for yourself and stick to it.

There are people who are annoyed that the page doesn’t post that many funny things and that no one really cares about cat pictures (that happens to be a fashion in the internet nowadays), but I think that 9gag has evolved from just a page for humor and became for entertainment. They still post memes, comics, and such, but also cool places in Earth, videos of remarkable people and their skills or a heroic thing they had done and, of course, things of the 90’s that this generation will never understand (poor them).

So that’s all for now folks, may you have a great time!

Kika