gimme more stuff
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by madwasabi
Sunday, May 30, 2004
gimme more TV products!

No, not for me, uh-uh, no thanks. Just leave me here in front of the monitor.

My wife wants this: the Bun and Thigh Roller. This would be our first home exercise machine. We actually saw the thing this weekend in an As Seen on TV store in a mall, along with other fancy excersice steady bycicles and a lot of more useless crap.

Only once I've actually purchased a product from this infomercials. Actually it was me and my dad. We were watching TV and suddenly we got caught in the middle of a great infomercial: The Penalli Pen!. I convinced him that we *needed* those awesome pens that could actually go through a soda can. Although why on earth would one want to stab a soda can with a pen I will never know. But even so, we called, we bought, we got them a few days later. It was an awesome set of CRAP pens. The ink ran off in less than a month, and I couldn't even stick it into a soda can, even though I tried.

So anyway, we might get this thing. I don't know if it'll work. If only I could cut up cans and pipes with it, maybe it'll be worth it.

Posted by Wasabi @ 8:39 PM

Friday, May 28, 2004
Gimme more food

For the enjoyment of everybody, I added a food links section. Currently it features my four favorite foods:

Food in general

If you're into chocolate, check out It features a rating of fine chocolates from around the world. Turns out a venezuelan brand is rated as extraordinary (top quality), I recently bought a bar of this one after I read the review and it was unbelievable, one of the greatest white chocolates I've tasted. Their review is specifically for El Rey ivory Icoa chocolate. If you can get your hands on one of this, go for it, you won't regret it (they have an online store that apparently ships worldwide).

Posted by Wasabi @ 11:23 AM


It's too quiet at work today. Mostly because a lot of my workmates are away on business trips. But I've only received six emails today, and it's almost noon. Good thing today I can get out at three, cause nothing exciting has happened.
I so want to go home.

Now playing: Depeche Mode - Everything Counts

Posted by Wasabi @ 10:28 AM

Thursday, May 27, 2004
The workplace in detail

Well, I was so bored at work today that I decided to use the office camera to take a couple of pics and post the junk I deal with everyday.

The left side

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1. Some kind of divine God souvenir bought in Dominican Republic. It's made of wood and looks cool, but it's a useless lump.
2. My Movie Maniacs' Edward Scissorhands figure. One of my favorites.
3. Board for posting notes, photos, and other than that... junk.
4. Kleenex.
5. My glass that is usually filled with water.
6. My best bud from my university days and still a powerful tool: my HP 48G calculator! (/geek)
7. Stereo.
8. Laptop. The only one responsible of so many emails, work, but also worth and internet at work.
9. Telephone. I still can't work the conference call options right.
10. Samples of air fresheners in aerosol.
11. My devil punching puppet. He's cool.
12. Antistress rubber dice.
13. Dilbert desk calendar.

The middle

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1. Mousepad with the map of the London Underground.
2. A postcard from the premiere of Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers in Chile.
3. My wife and I in London.
4. More photos of my wife and I.
5. Samples of more air fresheners, different fragrances.
6. A sticker that says "Everyone is entitles to my opinion." People generally don't like it when they read it, they think it's cocky. So be it ;)
7. My I-don't-know-what's-called but I use it to carry everything from keys, wallet, car stereo, checkbook and more junk.
8. My notebook with important and unimportant notes. And doodles too.
9. Award for highest growth in sales. I don't even have a wall to hang it properly, I don't even know why they bother making me a plaque.

The right side

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1. Award for highest growth in market share.
2. Award for highest growth in profitability.
3. More samples of air fresheners. My cubicle smells like a circus of fragrances sometimes.
4. Hole puncher. It's a good hole puncher, but it tends to jam a little.
5. Stapler. It's empty, so I always use someone else's.

The bottom

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All the junk that doesn't fit above.

Well, I hope you enjoyed the tour. Thanks to dolly I discovered, so I might be posting more show and tell type posts.

Now playing: Audioplacid - Tokyo Dawn (Teol Sunset Mix) (Chill Out internet radio station)

Posted by Wasabi @ 9:36 PM

The Wasabi workplace

This is where I pla-- err, work.

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I'll post a more detailed look tomorrow.

Posted by Wasabi @ 2:00 PM

Stupid muse

I want to photoshop, I want to draw, paint, write. If only I had inspiration.
Stupid muse, who told you you could leave? Come back, dammit!

Posted by Wasabi @ 9:38 AM

Wednesday, May 26, 2004

I'm trying to decide on a color scheme for this thing.

But I don't think this baby shit brown is nice.

Tough luck, I'm sticking with it until I have better colorific inspiration. Now I'm getting me some dinner.

Posted by Wasabi @ 7:56 PM

Yay for email!

How I manage to receive an average of 120 emails per day at work is beyond my comprehension. And not only I receive an average of 120 each day, I also send out about 100 to 120 every day too.

And it makes me wonder how companies managed their businesses before the email existed. I've heard stories of 'internal memos', which I think was very much something like an email from today. But other than that, I just picture office communication in the old times as a loud mass of people talking over phones and passing around post it notes.

I think throughout my entire life I've read more words on emails than on paper. And my handwriting? At this pace I may end up holding a pen the way I hold a fork. As my typing skills grow each year and I need to look down to the keyboard less and less, at the same time my handwriting gets worse. Scary stuff, I think I'm turning into a robot.

And in other news, I had my first interview for the new (probable) job. It was the first at the company in question, but the third in the whole process. I'm keeping my fingers crossed, it looks cool and there are other candidates in the process... so anything can happen. In the mean time, I have some email checking to do.

Posted by Wasabi @ 3:17 PM

Tuesday, May 25, 2004
The amusing ironies of progress

I don't usually like the term third world country. There is a more diplomatic term called countries in development, or developing countries. Either way, Latin America is a bunch of countries in development. For political reasons, socioeconomic reasons, and who knows what else. Culture, mostly, I think. But in every country in development there are little outbursts of progress.

Cellphones that take photos and send them over the internet. Yeah, I can get one of those here.

Elevators that talk and tell you when you arrive to the floor you've chosen. Yeah, there are some of those around.

The largest mall in South America. Yeah, that one is here in Caracas.

Cable and broadband internet connections. Yeah, those too.

Lots of food chains like McDonald's, Wendy's Burger King, KFC, Tony Roma's, Chili's. There are also some that have conquered the world that are still missing though, such as Starbucks and Taco Bell...

Cool car brands like Mercedes, Audi, Renault, Ford and Toyota, among others.

But for every leap of progress there seems to be a piece of underdevelopment that hangs on to it with its mediocrity.

Like this past weekend. We went to the newest mall in the city, where there is also a brand new multiplex movie theater. We had dinner, we saw Big Fish, and overall we had a great time. Then comes getting the car out of the parking lot.

There was a time when all parking lots had a guy inside a booth on the way out that collected your ticket and your payment, he pushed a button, the bar was lifted and you got out. Well, newer parking lots have an intelligent system that allows you to pay in a central booth inside the mall, they mark down your ticket, you go get your car and you introduce it inside a machine that automatically lifts the bar and you're out. So theoretically the line to get out flows much faster because there is no need to pay on the way out.

So here we are, stuck on level four of the parking lot, in a huge line that we are assuming goes all the way up to the exit. Why is this line so long and slow? There can't be a line this long if we already paid for our parking ticket and each person sticks their ticket inside the machine to exit the lot. Fifteen minutes later we finally reach the awesome machine from the future, only to see that there is a guy that takes the ticket from each person's hand so he can introduce it in the machine. So now we have a super modern system combined with the inefficiency of human nature.

It's amusing, in a strange sort of way...

Posted by Wasabi @ 10:19 AM

Monday, May 24, 2004
Wasabi's movie review of the week:
Big Fish

So I finally got to see Big Fish. Both my wife and I are huge Tim Burton fans, and certainly we weren't disappointed with this one.

Magical, beautiful and emotional, I think Big Fish is among Burton's best pictures yet. It reminded me a lot of Edward Scissorhands in terms of style and aesthetics, and also of Forrest Gump. Edward Bloom was some sort of smart Forrest Gump.


As you can see I am not an expert movie reviewer, so you'll just have to settle with me saying it's a great film. But I bet everybody reading this already knew that because they saw it already, I'm the only one who has to wait months until movies start playing here.

Posted by Wasabi @ 5:31 AM

Friday, May 21, 2004
And we're back

Yes, finally the PC is working again.

We installed Windows XP and so far it's working great. Internet connection is back up, I already installed the basic software: PS, ACDSee, winamp and emule.

I am in a hunt for the complete discography of Depeche Mode. And I need to start working on my next illustration entry for w1k. And I also need to finish my thesis... looks like it is going to be a busy weekend.

Posted by Wasabi @ 9:28 PM

Thursday, May 20, 2004
I love job interviews

Well, by now a decent update was required, so here I am.

I had an interview with the headhunting agency last Monday, and yesterday I did a skills and personality test. The questions in this sort of thing are so funny sometimes. The idea was to pick, among four options, which was my most frequent behavior and which one was my least frequent. One of the questions was something like this:

I am the type of person that...

A.- Enjoys going to art exhibits
B.- Leads a group of people
C.- Entertains people with funny stories
D.- Feel comfortable with tables, numbers and charts

So here I was, looking at this question, trying to decide what to mark down as my answers. I like art exhibits, and sometimes I do entertain people with funny stories. But I doubt those are the types of answers these guys are looking for. So between leading a group and feeling comfortable with numbers, let's see: who's the boss, the number cruncher or the guy who leads the number crunchers? Hmm... I think I'm going with B as my most frequent behavior. Now all I have to do is pick one as least frequent behavior. It's got to be either the art exhibit or entertaining people with funny stories. Once again, time to analyze: entertaining people with funny stories shows social skills, but going to art exhibits show a certain level of culture... Screw that, I'm going with funny stories. So my least frequent behavior is going to art exhibits.

I guess I should have kept in mind that I was instructed to pick my options according to how I feel I am, picking those who describe me best, not picking the ones I think the company is looking for. Yeah, right! What are these people looking for, a brand manager or a funny guy that goes to art exhibits?

I'm supposed to be hearing from them again today, so then they set up an interview with the company that is hiring them for the search.

We may get our internet connection back this weekend, depending on how well the tech support works tonight.

Posted by Wasabi @ 12:51 PM

Sunday, May 16, 2004
About the weekend (unoriginal title)

Our computer messed up last night. We have no access to the internet, we had to reinstall Windows, it messed up worse than before, now we're backing up all our data so we can wipe the whole thing up and start over.

So after burning twenty six CD's of mp3's, psd's, jgp's and zip's I hope it will work. Otherwise I can just picture myself throwing the computer out the window.

I read about Kingdom of Loathing in Cyn's blog. I went, I saw, I read, I didn't understand much, so I joined. Now I know I'm earning moxie points, chutzpah, some meat, and I still don't understand. But its oddly addictive. I don't know why, cause I still don't know what I'm doing.

So here we are at my parents' home, my wife typing up a test for her school, and me reading everybody's blogs and finding meat all over the place.

And tomorrow I have the first interview of the new job opportunity, yay!

Posted by Wasabi @ 7:12 PM

Friday, May 14, 2004
Minimalism is not my thing

I cleaned up my desk at work. This is a task I usually perform every two or three months, depending on the gravity of the mess.
This time, just to make it interesting, I made a list of everything I found, and I classified it in two groups: useful, not so useful but worth keeping and junk.

The useful:

1 laptop
1 phone
1 stereo
1 calculator
1 business card holder
1 in/out tray that is filled with random papers that I may or may have not read
1 pencil holder
1 board for putting up photos and important (or unimportant) notes
1 hole puncher for filing papers
1 mouse
1 mousepad
1 Dilbert desk calendar

The not so useful but worth keeping:

54 samples of miscellaneous products
2 Star Wars figures (need to have some toys around)
1 Edward Scissorhands figure (see above)
1 devil punching puppet (again, see above above)
1 empty roll of tape
13 video tapes with TV commercials (most of them just have two commercials copied, they are not full)
26 CDs with artwors and photos of products
About 10 pounds of papers, sheets, folders and envelopes
Too many paper clips, pins, rubber bands and staples


About 10 more pounds of papers, sheets, folders and enveloped that for some reason just kind of piled up around
2 empty cans of Coca-Cola. Well, actually one of them was half empty. I didn't drink what was left
Random post it notes with the glue worn off
An empty box of Kleenex

Now it's cleaned up. Most of it, at least. One final cleanup in june and that's it, I'm out of this half cubicle.

Posted by Wasabi @ 8:47 AM

Thursday, May 13, 2004
all your base are belong to me

About two years ago I found the odd yet appealing all your base are belong to us. Strange little animation, so bad and so good at the same time.

A couple of weeks ago I stumbled across (link to the left) and found an entire collection of all your base spoofs and parodies, and even the story of the original all your base.

What caught my attention was not the wide variety of different weird animations, but the link to the actual band that made the song in the animation. It's called Laziest Men on Mars, and the song is called Invasion of the Gabber Robots. I downloaded the song (shh, don't tell anyone, I've heard that's not entirely legal) and I can't stop playing it. It's like watching all your base are belong to us in my head.

Now playing: Laziest Men on Mars - Invasion of the Gabber Robots

Posted by Wasabi @ 8:03 PM

Wednesday, May 12, 2004
They want my head

Ok, so not literally.

Today I got a call from a headhunter. These are the people whose job is to find candidates for job openings in other companies. I'm used to getting a call once in a while, not too much. And usually I go to the interviews and I end up realizing that I am in a pretty good position at my current job, and I have no real reason to leave.

For me, considering these job opportunities is not always about the money. I know I could probably be making more money in another company, but I'm overall pretty happy with where I work, both money wise and career wise. I have been given opportunities and so far, four and a half years later, my only complaints have been the usual annoying boss or too much work kind of stuff. Nothing out of the ordinary. So really, I have no real reason to leave.

But today was different.

This call was better than all the other ones I've received in the past. The head hunting company has interviewed me before and they have my resume and my profile. They even have a photo of me. Because they already 'know me', they told me there was no need to interview me, but that they were already recommending me for interviewing at this company that is in the search of a Brand Manager.

The company name shall remain unknown cause the world is too small and I won't take any chances, but I can tell it's in the food business, it's multinational, and the position and the salary are to die for. Sixty percent more than what I am making now, and a position higher than the one I currently have. Plus they're located near my current office and it's close to my wife's workplace.

I'm getting ready to start my sales assignment of one year, to come back to marketing in july'05. With this I could be reaching the position I'm scheduled for in 2005 right now, plus the huge salary increase.

They're setting up an interview for next week. And I'm taking this one seriously, although I'll keep pondering for the next few days.

Wish me luck, I'll keep you guys posted.

Now playing: Emilie Simon - Flowers

Posted by Wasabi @ 9:00 PM

Tuesday, May 11, 2004
About me and my so called art

Yesterday I was doodling while being at a presentation, and the person that was sitting next to me saw my drawings. I was drawing ducks, which I don't know why exactly, because I always let my doodles take a life of their own faster than I think about them.

So she tells me today that I really have talent and that I draw very good. I have a reputation for being somewhat arrogant, so I said - "of course I do, you should see some of my other drawings."

Today I showed her three of my drawings for worth1000. She went like crazy and couldn't believe that those were made by me. She saw the signature at the bottom and finally believed me.

So then people started asking me why am I not in the designer field, or painting, or creating art, instead of working here. Well, my answer was - "because then this wouldn't impress you in any way. You'd expect for me to do things like those."

In my line of work, drawing and creating visually stunning presentations is a big strenght. If I did it for a living, it wouldn't be relevant. If I was a designer, I wouldn't have any additional talents...

And it was today that I finally understood why I didn't choose to study graphic design. I've always preferred to keep my talent to myself, and use it in impressive ways that people don't expect. It makes a big difference.

In case you haven't noticed, I feel very self-centered today.

Posted by Wasabi @ 12:12 PM

Monday, May 10, 2004

Jaemee's Grab A Book game:


1. Grab the nearest book.
2. Open the book to page 23.
3. Find the fifth sentence.
4. Post the text of the sentence in your journal along with these instructions.

"The Boy with Nails in His Eyes
put up his aluminum tree.
It looked pretty strange
because he couldn't really see."

Posted by Wasabi @ 9:28 PM


Is this a cool new design or what?
Ok, back to work now...

Posted by Wasabi @ 12:23 PM

Monday, Monday, so mean to me

It's monday, what am I doing here? The phone, the computer, the enormous amount of junk over my desk... must be work. I should be sleeping!

Posted by Wasabi @ 7:33 AM

Saturday, May 08, 2004

I spent the whole day understanding the coding of my blog.
And finally I managed to fix the three or four minor glitches that were bugging me.

Thank you internet, good night!

Posted by Wasabi @ 9:36 PM

Friday, May 07, 2004

Starting in july, I'll be leaving my usual marketing field to go on a one-year sales assignment. This is part of a career development plan and I'm quite happy with the change, because I've kind of grown tired of my current job, which is managing the Glade brand for Venezuela and Andean countries.

Today they told me who my new boss will be. I know him, he's cool, we get along fine.

I sent him an email with a simple "Alright, now we're working together, it's gonna be great -- " bla bla bla...

Now, to make this story funnier, you need to know that combination in spanish is combinacion.

His reply was "Sure it'll be great, we'll form a great convination of marketing and sales!"

That is going to be my next boss. Now I have lost pretty much all the respect I had for him, and I haven't even started the assignment. Sigh... the people I have to deal with...

Now playing: The Vines - Ride

Posted by Wasabi @ 5:51 PM

Friends is over, everywhere but here

So the final episode of Friends was last night.

Yes, I do watch Friends. I always liked the show since the first season, and ever since the end of Seinfeld it became my favorite sitcom. I think the series had good writing all throughout the ten seasons, probably the last two or three were the weakest, but there was always at least one episode that made up for it and made it worth keep watching and look forward to the next season.

What did I think of the final episode? I don't know, I haven't seen it. The last episode I saw was this season's Thanksgiving episode, and that was last tuesday. We get Friends through a cable channel called Sony Entertainment Television, which is owned by Sony and broadcasts for Latin America (although I don't know if they broadcast to other regions). The good thing is that we get it with subtitles, and the original dialogs and sounds are preserved instead of having to listen to weird voices and accents. But the bad thing is that it makes me feel like I live one month in the past. But I've gotten used to it, at least it's better than nothing. Cable is good that way.

But on with Friends. I told myself that I wouldn't read any spoilers so I could enjoy the experience of the final episode, just like I did with Seinfeld (which given the hype around the show, was broadcasted live by Sony). But it's not like the ending would have been a total surprise, it was totally predictable what was going to happen.

But who would have thought that this was going to be in today's news like it was some sort of real life people thing? Damn, I made my best effort of not looking for spoilers and it's Yahoo News the one that spoils it for me.

The internet has definitely taken over everything. If I want information, I go online, I search, I find. And if I don't want information, the internet just laughs at me and gives it to me anyway.

And now, knowing what happens in the final episode I feel like I can predict the future. So yes, I'm kind of trapped in time, in some way.

Now playing: Missy Elliot - Work It

Posted by Wasabi @ 12:38 PM

Thursday, May 06, 2004

Title of post

I decided to title all my posts starting with this one. But I couldn't come up with a good title for tonight's post, so that'll have to do for now. I promise I'll think of more clever stuff the next time.

I just added a few more links to the side column of my blog.

There is a very good one called readprint, which is an online library with lots of good classic books such as Dracula, Animal Farm and Peter Pan. Books I've always wanted to read, but I probably won't ever read them anyway. So why do I link the site? Maybe it will force me to read them, looking at the stupid link every day. But why anybody would read an entire book on a computer screen is beyond my comprehension. My corneas would melt if I attempted to do that. So maybe I'll print them out, just to stack them somewhere and never read them... At least I won't spend the money on the actual books.

I also linked kitten's and scarlette's blogs. Yes, this blog thing is definitely the new cool thing. I'm so glad I have my own, now I'm even cooler.

Tomorrow is friday, woohoooo!!

Now playing: Timo Maas feat. Kelis - Help Me

Posted by Wasabi @ 7:23 PM

Wednesday, May 05, 2004

I need to make my blog more interesting. I need to write about stuff. Any ideas? :(

Posted by Wasabi @ 8:35 AM

Tuesday, May 04, 2004

So here I am. It's finally over, one of the best birthdays I've had. This was my first birthday since I got married, and it was better than the ones when I was single. Being the home loving person that I am, it was a great feeling waking up with my wife and receive lots of attention and presents.

Work was ok, it's nice to be the center of attention and have everybody say happy birthday and good wishes and all that stuff. Even if they don't mean it, I don't care ;)

By the end of the day when I got home my whole family was here and we had junk food, drinks and cake.

Final present count:
A new Swatch watch, a t-shirt, peanut butter (yes it's hard to find here, so it is a big deal), the Guinnes Book of World Records, Chicago on DVD and a shirt.

Ok, so this wasn't exactly a detailed summary of events, but you get the idea.
I love being at home. I love my wife. I love home life. I'm not hot on going out for drinks, dance or partying. To me this is life. Surrounding myself with the people I care about and care about me. Enjoying their attention and knowing that you guys out there are my friends too, even if we never get to meet in real life.

Life is good to me. I must be doing something right, although I'm not exactly sure of what it is.

Posted by Wasabi @ 8:36 PM

I need to give my blog a new direction. I used to write a lot a couple of years (or more) ago.
Mabe I can write about vegetables.
Suggestions welcome.

Posted by Wasabi @ 3:32 PM

I'm in a great mood today.

Summary of events will be published at the end of the day :)

Posted by Wasabi @ 7:39 AM

Monday, May 03, 2004

I love being at home. I love my wife, and the feeling of being here. Life is good.
The change from office to home is amazing. I love it here...

Plus I'm happy and relaxed, cause tomorrow is my birthday.

Posted by Wasabi @ 8:54 PM

And now for something completely different: 'I want to go home' :D

Posted by Wasabi @ 2:45 PM

I'm seeing my boss struggling to get out of a giant meat grinder that just caught her left foot. There's no escape now, bitch!

The mind is a powerful thing :)

Posted by Wasabi @ 12:35 PM

I know I have temper issues. But the image of my boss being run over by a truck is nice. Yes, I like happy thoughts.

Posted by Wasabi @ 8:23 AM

I really, really, really HATE my boss. I don't need people reminding me things fifty thousand times!

Posted by Wasabi @ 7:27 AM

Sunday, May 02, 2004

I ate like a maniac today.

My entire family went to a japanese/thai restaurant today, celebrating my birthday in advance because I won't be able to go out with them on the actual birthday date (which is next tuesday).

My meal went like this:

First, a seafood and tamarindo spicy soup, called aphrodisiac seafood soup. Yeah baby!
Second, a sushi roll of crispy rice topped with unagi and rolled in fresh salmon. Duuuude!
Third, fried rice noodles with shrimp, pork and chicken. Yaaaaarrr!
Fourth, Hagen Daasz Bailey's and coffee ice cream. Mmmm...

And here I am.

Posted by Wasabi @ 10:26 PM

Saturday, May 01, 2004

Today is labor day here.

It's a pity may 1st was saturday this year, I could have used a day off from work instead of having to go to that dreadful party.

But it was a good day today, I got up at 10:30 am and my wife had ready a killer breakfast of fried eggs and bacon. Then we went out for a while to a new department store and found out the venezuelan football (soccer) team was in the store signing autographs. Turns out "the team" were only three players. If you want to know more about the venezuelan team click on the link called la vinotinto to your right. There may be a chance Venezuela goes to the world cup in 2006, it would be the first time we go. Yay for us!

We got home, we ate, we slept, we woke up again, we ate again. I watched Rock Star again on DVD and now I'm here, writing.

It was a good day today, full of good old fashioned home nothingness with my lovely babe.

Posted by Wasabi @ 9:42 PM

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