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Off Topic: Bald Faisca or Hirsute Faisca?
May 20, 2008, 7:35 pm
Filed under: Faisca, Off Topic

Yeah, this post really doesn’t have anything at all to do with capoeira. But this is my blog, and I can do stuff like this every now and then! 🙂

The title of this post gets straight to the question:

Should I…

Shave the head? (Excuse my roommate’s huge mug, this is one of the only bald pics I could find)

baldfaisca

Or keep the hair?

I’m going to be very open with you here.

The reason I ask, and the problem I have in general, is because I’m going bald.

Yep, I’m 23 years old, and the top of my head is thinning like I’m 40. It’s not very fun. 20 years from now I’m definitely gonna have the full around the sides, bald on top, monk-hair.

You can definitely tell from the front that my temples and hairline are thinning (or maybe only I can). And, when my hair is short (like buzzed, or even just trimmed short) you can see the thinning line in the back of my head, which really sucks. Right now, I keep the top kinda long so it covers up the thinning (it’s not like a comb over, I’m not that bad yet), and I try to keep the “bangs” trimmed somewhat manageable (I don’t really like the “parted in the middle” or “parted on the side” look I’ve been getting lately with the long front).

I’m at the point, where I’m thinking that if I shave my head, it’s gonna stay that way for a long time. Because I don’t enjoy knowing the back of my head looks like this as it grows out:

Now, a lot of people are like “Faisca, who cares if you’re thinning, you’re the only one who notices, you’re the only one who cares” etc. It’s all true, but anyone who knows me personally knows that I’ve always been a big fan of my hair. And any guys out there will probably agree; going bald can be kinda traumatic. Especially when we’re inundated with images in the media of celebrities and models with full heads of awesome hair who are supposed to be the pinnacle of male attractiveness. (Note to women: guys feel the pressure of media stereotypes just as much as gals do.)

So, I ask you my dear readers and friends. Do you think I should shave my head and accept my baldness like a younger Bruce Willis? Or do you think I should keep the hair, cut it a bit shorter, and just suck up the thinness?

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Faisca To Promote VirtualCapoeira.com and LearnCapoeira.com
May 14, 2008, 8:56 pm
Filed under: Faisca, News

VirtualCapoeira.com

In the interest of full disclosure, I want to let you all know about about a project that I’ve taken on recently.

I was approached by the founders of VirtualCapoeira.com and LearnCapoeira.com a little over a month ago, and they asked if I could help them spread the word about their products and services. I gladly agreed because it’s a great professional opportunity and experience for me. And it doesn’t hurt that I’ve ordered all of my capoeira gear from VirtualCapoeira pretty much since they started, so I jumped at the opportunity to work with a great company and a great group of people dedicated to spreading their love for capoeira around the world.

Basically, I signed on to give them a “web presence” on social networking sites in order to promote interest in their products.

What does this mean for The Capoeira Blog? Aside from this post and an ad in the sidebar, practically nothing.

The Capoeira Blog is not entering into a partnership with VirtualCapoeira; Faisca is entering into a partnership with VirtualCapoeira.

You don’t have to worry that The Capoeira Blog will become a non-stop promotional tool for VirtualCapoeira and LearnCapoeira, because that’s just not going to happen.

Though, I said practically nothing, because you may be able to reap a few benefits from my partnership, but you’ll just have to stay tuned for the next couple of weeks to find out what I mean 😉 (Aren’t I just a cruel sonofagun?).

With all that said, I’m going to give you a bit of an update on what I’ve been doing for them so far.

Here’s a list of the social networking sites with VC and LC profiles. If you’re a member of any of these sites, do yourself (and me) a favor and add them as a friend!

Capoeira Espaco:
LearnCapoeira on Capoeira Espaco
VirtualCapoeira on Capoeira Espaco

Facebook:
LearnCapoeira on Facebook
VirtualCapoeira on Facebook

MySpace:
LearnCapoeira on MySpace
VirtualCapoeira on MySpace

Squidoo:
LearnCapoeira on Squidoo
VirtualCapoeira on Squidoo

YouTube:
LearnCapoeira on YouTube

And here is a free training video from LearnCapoeira; just a sample of the high quality material you’ll find on their site:

So, there you have it. The VirtualCapoeira team have put together some great products and services, and I’m proud to be working with them. If you ever decide to buy some gear from VirtualCapoeira, be sure to use the promo code faisca2 and tell them Faisca sent you!



An Update on Where I’ve Been and Where We’re Going
March 24, 2008, 2:08 pm
Filed under: Blog, Faisca

So, it’s no secret that I haven’t been posting much at all lately.  There is a reason for that, it’s not because I’m shutting down the Capoeira Blog or I’m getting bored of posting or anything else, don’t worry.

It’s because I recently started a new job, and I just got a new apartment, so big changes are afoot in the life of this 23 year old blogger/capoeirista. 

Because I have this real life stuff to deal with, blogging really hasn’t been on the top of my list of priorities.  Getting a new place, packing, moving, etc, all while dealing with the stresses of a new job, is making my life pretty nutty right now.  Not to mention the toll that it’s taking on my capoeira time (I haven’t been going to class much at all lately).

So, this has clearly had a tangible impact here at The Capoeira Blog.  I have a bunch of half-written posts in draft state sitting around, but I just don’t have the time (or the mental capacity at this point) to get them ready to be viewed by you fine readers.  I want to deliver quality posts, not constant fluffy filler.

I’ve also been thinking about totally overhauling The Capoeira Blog. 

I really want to start self-hosting, because there is so much more that I could do with it if there were no free WordPress.com restrictions. 

However, this will require me to purchase my own domain name and server space, set up a blog by myself and import all of the posts and comments (that’s a scary thought; I don’t want to lose anything!), and I’ll end up losing all of my site statistics (hits, Google page rank, etc) and probably some of my readers.  It’s a pretty big, daunting undertaking.

On the awesome side though, it will allow me far greater customization of the site’s design and layout (the free templates are OK, but I want to be able to customize it to the way I really want it) , and I’ll be able to do a lot more with plug-ins and other blog tools (I might look into getting a forum, for example).

So, clearly this is a big deal, and it hasn’t been weighing lightly on my shoulders.  I’m worried about losing readers and links when I make the switch, etc. 

So, that’s what has been up, and what is coming up. I hope you all understand.  And like I said, I don’t plan on going anywhere.  I just wanted to let you know why I’ve been posting so sporadically. 

I promise that we will return to our regularly scheduled programming when my life returns normal.

P.S. I just noticed that my last 4 posts have all been a week from each other.  Kinda interesting, but it’s not ideal, which illustrates why I’m letting you know what’s up.



Eight Random (Non-Capoeira) Things About Faisca
March 3, 2008, 1:23 pm
Filed under: Blog, Faisca
This internet meme has been circulating around the “blogosphere” for a while.  I was tagged a few months ago on my personal blog, and I just rediscovered it while looking through my archives.  So I thought, “well Faisca, what better place to repost this and spread it around, than on your new capoeira blog!?” 
And thus, Eight random (non-capoeira) things about Faisca:
  1. My top right incisor is chipped.  Well, more like broken; I look like Jim Carrey (think Dumb and Dumber) if the bonding isn’t there. It broke when my brother threw a bag of quarters at my face in 6th grade.
  2. When I was a wee lad I wanted to be a herpetologist or a paleontologist. Funny how things change (I’m now a technical writer).
  3. I was the first male cheerleader at my high school. Surprisingly, I never ended up in a fight because of the insults (came close a few times, not gonna lie).
  4. The thing that annoys me most in the world is listening to other people chew. I can’t even imagine it without getting all weirded out.
  5. One of my favorite snacks is a bowl of cucumbers with vinegar, salt, and dill. Not pickling them mind you (though pickles are yummy), but just like some kind of weird cucumber soup. Mmmm.
  6. The place I want to visit most in the world (besides Brazil, this is “non-capoeira”) is Australia. G’day mate!
  7. I own a silver 1998 Acura Integra with 145,000 miles on it and aftermarket taillights. She still drives purrty.
  8. If I could have the powers of any comic book character, I would want Wolverine’s (not just the healing/enhanced senses/strength, but the adamantium skeleton and claws as well). Snikt!  Spiderman is a close runner up (and he would be #1 if I lived in NYC or some other city with skyscrapers).

Well there you have it folks, a little look into the non-capoeira life of yours truly.

In the spirit of passing on internet memes, I’m going to tag some of my fellow internet capoeiristas so they can join in on the fun.  Repost this in your blogs, y’all!

And for those who I didn’t mention by name (if you have a blog, or even a Capoeira Espaco page), consider yourself tagged as well.  Post it on a forum, on Capoeira Espaco, on Facebook, or wherever.

Be sure to come back here and leave a link so we learn more about you!

And in other non-capoeira related news:

  • The Capoeira Blog has passed 30,000 page hits!  I was going to do a separate post for this news, but I think I’m gonna wait until 50,000 (if we get there!).  Still cool nonetheless.
  • I’m posting this entry from my first day at my new job!  I’m now a Jr. Technical Writer/Course Developer for a company that develops talent management software.  Not sure what their policies are on using the internet for personal stuff, so I’m not sure how much I’ll be posting during the day.  But don’t worry, I’m not going to drop off the face of the planet.  Unless, of course, I literally do drop off the face of the planet, which will be some feat of phsyics.  Newton will be impressed.
  • I’m going to be moving soon.  Will be getting my first place after college (I’ve been living at home for a while, saving money, etc, but it’s about time I get my own apartment).  Gonna be living with my best friend/roommate from college, so it’ll be awesome.


Don’t Do Capoeira In The House!
January 3, 2008, 12:13 pm
Filed under: Faisca, Videos

I was just checking out Capoeira Connection (they have a new and improved look to the site, I really like it, and there is some great information there if you haven’t checked it out before) and I came across an article called Best Capoeira on YouTube.

I honestly thought it would be the best capoeira, but after you watch a few of the clips you’ll notice that it’s truly the worst capoeira they could find.

How surprised was I, then, to find that I was among these “best of the worst” clips!?

That’s right folks, here in all of my awkward capoeira beginner hilarious glory, is yours truly.

And yes, that is a berimbau that I managed to knock off the wall so it could hit me in the face.  Notice the surprised look and expletive before I started to laugh my butt off at the end.

Am I embarrassed by the video?  Not really, because I decided to post it on YouTube.  I did it in part because I wanted it to take off and be one of those funny internet memes, but I knew it would never really get that big.

And I also posted it because I’m not afraid to show people how goofy I was when I first started capoeira (this is from like.. 2000 or so).

But let it be a lesson to you all, don’t try to do aus on your elbows in a small room in your house.



Merry Christmas From The Capoeira Blog!
December 21, 2007, 2:09 pm
Filed under: Faisca

christmas
Photo by scottfeldstein (Flickr)

Well the holiday season is upon us.  Are you excited?

Are you doing anything capoeira related during the holidays?  Or just spending time with friends and family?

I think I’m going to take a bit of a break from blogging. I’m going to try to come up with some good stuff for after the new year, but between now and then don’t expect to see too many new posts.  I’ll be back soon enough, don’t worry.

So for now I’ll say Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Happy Festivus, or whatever it may be that you celebrate. And also, Happy New Year!



Capoeira: A Poem by Faisca
November 26, 2007, 11:17 am
Filed under: Creativity, Faisca

My mom was cleaning out a closet over the weekend and she found my “senior project” from high school. I’d been looking for this project for a while, and I’m so glad she found it.

We had to do the senior project in my English class; it’s basically a binder that reflects on our high school lives. It’s great to read what I wrote 5 years ago (even though some of it makes me cringe).

Apparently I wrote a poem about capoeira. It’s no Shakespeare, but I’d like to share it with you.

Gravity defying flips and tricks,
White pants and “cords.”
This game is played by
Martial artists in accord.
The master and his students
Kicking and spinning.
Roots in slavery,
An art form ever changing.
So much Brazilian culture
Spread around the Earth.
In the hearts of many,
Ever since its birth.
My nickname “Faisca,”
“Paranue, paranue, parana.”

This makes Capoeira.

I wrote this 5 years ago, in the early stages of my capoeira journey. I don’t think it’ll be winning any creative writing contests, but it’s fun to “go back” and see how much of an impact capoeira had on my life back then.

Has capoeira inspired any of your creative endeavors? Writing, art, etc? If it has, please share it with us!