Archive | February, 2015

Interesting Sports – Wife Carrying

25 Feb

Pamela_Gnutzmann

by Pamela

After months researching, I’ve finally chosen the next sport to present you: Wife Carrying.

There are many versions of how the sport was created and all of them include men stealing women from villages in the 19th century. But it was only in 1999 that was founded the ‘North American Wife Carrying Championship’, which is held annually in mid-October at Sunday River Resort in Maine.

I bet you are imagining something dumb, like some men running with their wives on their shoulders… And that is exactly what it is!

Of course there are rules about the competitors:

  • They don’t have to be legally married
  • Helmets are required for the carried by the World Championship rules – but not for North American rules
  • The carries may use a belt – this is the only special equipment allowed
  • World Championship’s rules set a weight limit of 49 kilograms / 108 pounds, and weight belts are used to make up any difference in weight. North American rules don’t limit the weight.

There are also some simple rules about the competition:

  • All the teams – carrier and carried – run the course two at a time. The two fastest qualify for a final heat, which defines the winner of the event.
  • If a competitor drops his teammate, they will be penalized with 5 seconds added to their time.
  • Team may not advance on the course without their wives being carries, otherwise they are disqualified
  • The man can carry the woman as he wish. The most popular way is the Estonian Carry, but the Piggyback and Fireman’s Carry are also commonly used.

wife

The course length is 254 meters / 278 yards. North American courses are usually run on an uneven ground with some level of elevation change, but the World Championships are run on a flat track. Courses usually include a couple of dry obstacles and one water obstacle.

Whoever had already carried someone like that for a few steps can imagine how uncomfortable it must be to run and cross obstacles with someone hanging from your neck.

Well, it’s like we say around here “There’s always a looney for everything in this world”.

That’s all Folks! Hope you enjoyed.

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World of RPG

24 Feb

Thiago Thomaz

by Thiago

Hello people, I’m Thiago. I used to be a Bamamaha before that ship sinked and this is my first post here =)
I’m here to talk to you about RPGs and this may or may not be part of an ongoing series so lets get this started then.

So, what is an RPG?

nerds

RPG stands for Role Playing Game, it can be an electronic game, or a tabletop one. In this series I’ll mostly talk about tabletops since that’s where the magic is.
A RPG is much like a game of pretend we played as little kids, but with some rules to guide us trough the challenges and balance the characters. You also have a dungeon master that is someone who guides the game, it’s plot, and what characters will meet.

dragon

Now you might think this is silly and it’s a children’s game. But then, good sir/madam, I would have to say that you are wrong.
RPGs are a great way to develop critical thinking, resource management, social skills, and also escape reality for a while.

And if you don’t believe me, well.. I’m living proof that this works. I used to be way more closed and introspective before I started sacrificing souls to Satan while playing RPG, and they helped me build lots of amazing friendships in the process.

And yeah… I think I’ll just leave it at that for now. I promise I’ll post more about RPG in the future. Starting from the following image, what exactly are these?

dices

Bye =)

Movie Review – Clue

20 Feb

laura

by Laura

Hi folks!!

Today’s movie is old but gold! Lol… Just kidding…

Today I’m going to talk about Clue! Yes, Clue! And you didn’t read it wrong, this post will be about the movie and not about the board game.

I don’t know if you were aware of it, but for me it was a surprise. I did not know about this movie, which is based on the Clue game. So when I was surfing on the internet, looking for an interesting movie to watch, I have found Clue!

clue

Clue  is a mystery comedy movie from 1985 based on the board game of the same name.

The story here is about six guests who are invited to a party in a strange mansion. All the six guests have something in common, but they don’t know what those are yet.

So during dinner, the link between them is revealed: they are all being blackmailed by the same person: Mr. Body.

clue_dinner

After dinner, they all went to the library, to figure out a way to avoid each one’s blackmail. The light goes out, a gun is triggered and Mr. Body shows up dead. And so they started to distrust one another.

As the guests keep discussing about their problems and who is Mr. Body’s killer, a lot of strange things happen in the mansion and other people end up dead just like him. The interesting thing to notice is that every one of them has some kind of motive to kill all of the victims.

At the end, and after the police arrived, the mystery is solved!

Personal opinion: Well, I’m really addicted to thriller movies and Clue is not the best movie I ever seen. It has a light thriller in it and a lot of comedy stuff, which makes the movie more comic than tragic, I guess.

However, for those who like the game, as I do, it was very catching because I was anxious to see how it would finish. How will they keep the game’s spirit? And the grand finale was a real surprise! They presented 3 different possible endings!! How’s that? Just like the game, right? So cool…

“Unlike the game, Clue doesn’t take murder seriously. Writer-director Jonathan Lynn has made a campy non-thriller rather than laying down the mystery and then having fun with it; the comedy kills the plot.” – San Francisco Chronicle

Fun fact

In keeping with the nature of the board game, the movie’s theatrical release displayed one of three possible endings, with different theaters receiving each ending. In the film’s home video release, all three endings were included.

It’s just not cricket!

19 Feb

garcia

by Danilo Garcia

 

Hello Folks!

It’s been a while since I posted anything on this blog so here I am with some interesting info that you could use to get you to the top!…nope, not really… but that’s ok. You’ll get there eventually anyway. 🙂

Right, today I’m presenting some phrases and idioms commonly used by our fellow friends from Sheffield.
British people love cricket! No surprise there, they invented the damn sport. Because cricket plays a huge part in their culture, some phrases used on the pitch have become part of their daily spoken language. Let’s get started:

“He’s on the back foot” when someone is put on the defensive or outmaneuvered. In cricket it literally means that the batsman has moved their center of gravity onto their back foot – usually a defensive batting technique.

“She’s playing on a sticky wicket” – someone who is likely to get themselves into trouble for one reason or another. Usually as a result of a difficult or embarrassing situation, to mix my metaphors, it is along the lines of “skating on thin ice”. In cricket this describes a pitch with a difficult playing surface (usually wet) causing the ball to behave unpredictably.

“I was stumped” means to have no idea, facing a problem you didn’t see or don’t have a solution for. The stumps are the three upright sticks at the end of the wicket on which two bails (horizontal) sticks sit. In Brazil we call this the “little house”, the bowler or fielder tries to knock the bails off with the ball, in which case the batsman is stumped and out.

“I was hit for six” means to be shocked or surprised and not in a good way. In cricket a “six” is the highest score a batsman can make off a ball (without physically running). Six runs are awarded when the ball is hit past the boundary without hitting or bouncing in the infield.

“She had a good innings” Often used to describe someone who has lived a long life. In cricket a ‘good innings’ is all about perspective, if you are the bowler then it is getting the opposing players out whilst scoring the least number of runs. If you are the batsman then it means the opposite!

“He was bowled over” to be left speechless (in a good way) or pleasantly surprised. The opposite of “hit for six”. In cricket this is where the bowler hits the stumps without the batsman touching the ball with their bat.

“I was caught out” outwitted or outsmarted by another. In cricket it is what it says, when the batsman hits the ball and it is in turn caught by the opposing team.

“It’s just not cricket” You may hear this cry if someone perceives that the rules have been broken. It describes something that is unacceptable, unsportsmanlike behavior.

Hope you enjoyed that…and now show the world what you just learned because if you keep it to yourself, that’s just not cricket.

See you around.

Mountain Bikes and Racers

19 Feb

wirth

by Wirth

Hi there, today I’m going to talk about some types of bike. The most used kinds are the mountain bike and the racer. 

Nowadays the mountain bikes are the most common. Their biggest advantage is that they can be used in a wide range of ways, for example in a park, on a highway or on a trail.

mountainbike

Racers are speed bikes for specific people. With slim wheels, they only go well on good streets. They are used in competitions, not by people who want only to ride for fun.

speedbike

Let’s ride! 🙂

Japanese does not eat only sushi!

17 Feb

André Sato

by André Sato

When you think about japanese food, what comes to your mind? I bet it is something related with raw fish, right? Nigiri sushi, makisushi (sushi roll), temaki, or any other western invention roll like hot roll are examples of what most non japanese people think about japanese cousine. But how about japanese people? Is that what they eat in their every day life? Sushi 3 times per day? I will try to show what an average person in Japan eats in every meal.

Let’s start with breakfast. In general, there are two types: the traditional one, which is popular among the eldest, and the western type, popular with the younger generations. There are variations, but the main items are: gohan (white rice), misoshiru (miso soup), yakizakana (grilled fish), tsukemono (kind of pickles), nato (fermented soy bean) and sometimes raw or half boiled eggs (nama tamago and onsen tamago). For the western type, usually they have a slice of shokupan (sliced bread) with eggs or jam together with milk or coffee.

Traditional Breakfast

For the next meal: lunch. Again, there are two main options. One is bringing or buying an obento (lunch box) and eat it at the office cafeteria or outside in some nearby square. Newly married men, or married men who the spouse cook for them, usually bring the lunch box filled with white rice with 2 or 3 types of small dishes like fried meat balls, sausage or omeletes, simple and common things most of the time.
Comercial Bento

Comercial Obento

Fancy Bento

Fancy Obento

The other option is eating out in a restaurant or in some fast food chain. A very popular fast food is the gyudon, served in restaurant chains like Matsuya, Sukiya or Yoshinoya. It is very cheap (less than $4) and it consists in just a bow of rice with very thin slices of beef with onions on top.
The plain gyudon

The plain gyudon

There are night bars which serve cheap lunch also, in average the price for a lunch would be around $10.
For dinner, at home, you can have again white rice with miso soup, with more variety of side and main dishes, such as kare (japanese curry), nikujaga (a kind of stew with potatoes), hamburguer patty, nabe (hot pot) in the winter, beef stew, tenpura (deep fried vegetables), shougayaki (chopped pork with onions and ginger), and many others.
Nikujaga, the flavor of homemade dish

Nikujaga, the flavor of homemade dish

After work, people in general go to have drinks in many different types of izakaya (japanese bars). Those izakayas can be specialized in yakitori (grilled chicken in sticks), yakiniku (grilled meat in genghiskan), okonomiyaki, oden, sushi (finally!), gyoza (dumpling), just to list a few of so many options.
Yakitori

Yakitori

They have also a large variety of restaurants, from many countries but this can be a topic for another post!

Tattoos Part 1 – What are the materials used

12 Feb

natacha

by Natacha

We all have seen a tattoo before during our lives, some of us here at Bravi even have a couple of them to show. There are also a lot of different opinions about tattoos: you should get one, you should not get one, you should get several, it will prevent you from getting a job, it will look bad when you’re older, etc… But this post is not meant to talk about that, we’ll save those discussions for later! 😉

Our first post will be to talk about the materials used for tattooing, do you know what they are? We have tattooing machines, needles, different inks and also medicine used to increase the healing process.

First off, have you even seen a tattooing machine? It looks like the image below. I know it would seem a bit like a torture device (some people might even state that IT IS a torture device), but in reality it is an electric tool that moves the needles in and out of your skin at a really high speed! There are several types of machines used for different kinds or work: the outlining of your draw, the painting, the shadowing… Your tattoo artist can pick his/hers favorite type from several different models, and might either use one machine during your entire session, or switch between two or three for each kind of work.

Technical-tattoo-machine-MTD1C-3

This machine automates a manual process that started in the Ancient times, but became really famous in Polynesia. The process consisted of poking the skin with a needle containing ink, dot by dot, until your tattoo was formed. You can see an example of a typical Polynesian tattoo here as well, and we can talk more about the history of tattoos at later posts.polynesian tattoo example

Ok, what about the needles, have you ever seen them? The needles are like the paint brushes that the tattoo artist will use: they may vary on their sizes and shapes and each one will have a different artistic outcome on the skin. We basically have two types: the needles used for the outlining of your drawing (the liners – on the right side of the image) and the ones used for shading (the shaders – on the left side of the image). The liners are several needles grouped together in a round configuration and tightened together so that the points are very close, it resembles a pen shape. The shaders can also be configured in a round manner, but we usually see them side by side, fanned out into what we call Magnums, looking more like a painting brush.tattoo needles

We also have the hand grips, which connect the needle to the tattooing machine. This is what the tattoo artist holds when drawing in your skin.

hand grips and needles

At last, we get to the inks. Even if you chose to do a black and grey tattoo, the artist will still need to make several different tones to apply on your skin. I say “make” because they essentially mix two or more colors to get to the chosen tone. They also might use more black or more white when mixing up the ink to get different tones of gray. The use little trays to mix up the ink and to dip the needles in them.

tattoo inksink trays