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Moving to Shanghai.

Journal Entry: Mon Dec 7, 2009, 7:14 PM
Hello everyone!

I hope you're doing great! It's been a while since I updated my journal. My time is really limited and I barely have the chance to make freebies like I used to make before. Hang in there! :D I have a big christmas gift for you all though.

Anyway... This is just a quick update to let you know that I'm gonna move to Shanghai in 2 weeks and spend some kick-ass time over there working for a huge worldwide company doing mostly Art Direction and some UI/UX Design.

I'm really proud of myself and this upcoming experience is gonna be a huge challenge for me, since I haven't live all by myself in several years, due to the complete failure the last time I've tried. LOL.

What else should I add? I'm in love with a super-awesome girl, my work is going great, my musical project is 90% complete and I hate Twilight.

Love,
-M


Hello there!

You might be wondering where the hell I've been.

You also might be wondering who the hell I am. If that's the case, stop reading now. :D

Most of my free time is now spent on a personal project I have, which means I'm not too active lately. I haven't posted anything new or sparkly in ages here, but I'll manage to find some spare time to share a few unreleased material.

So, WASUP. Tell me something new about you guys. I've been an ass for being AFK for such a long time. I kno, I kno.

Love,
-M

PS.
ZOMG wheres the "COMMENTS" link?
Hack me and find it :P


My friend etheris is a well known photographer of WRS events. He recently was close to die (for 56th time) while shoting this: www.youtube.com/watch?v=z-DgK1… (he is behind the camera that shot that video :fear:)



:#1: Damn awesome haha. GO HUMP HIM for me. :hump:

Wanna see more photos of that event? Here: www.worldrallysport.com/conten…

I wanted to share that awesome vid! :woohoo:

-M

Gaia09 released

Journal Entry: Tue Aug 4, 2009, 2:50 AM
Best one wins.

GO.

Help me to give my dad a big surprise!

Journal Entry: Thu Jun 18, 2009, 7:35 PM



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Hello my fancy watchers!
I'll make this short. Father's day is coming soon, as right now my father is in Cicero, IL (USA). I'd love to give him a big print or present and I need a deviant to help me on the delivery. If you're around Chicago or Cicero, IL, let me know! :P Many goodies for the one that helps me.

What's the idea?
I wanna give my dad a big surprise! And I'm stuck here in Ecuador. I really need to reach him somehow with a present or something. I know this sounds crazy, but who knows... Maybe someone reading this is up for it! :D

If any of you is reading this and you're willing to give me a hand, please send me a note and I'll let you know the details. You might have to spend just a couple of hours to help moi. I know I might not reach my dad this weekend, but next week is fine aswell! :D I just wanna give him a OMGSHIT surprise.


Thanks for reading! I appreciate your support, and any help on this! :thumbsup:
-M


PS. TheRyanFord owes me a ball.


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My PC is 70% dead.

Journal Entry: Thu Jun 11, 2009, 12:25 AM
:iconmauricioestrella:


I have a decent budget so far, and I'm seriously thinking to get a 24" iMac.


MY 2ND OPTION IS TO WASTE THE MONEY IN SEX.


Should I go for the 1st or 2nd option? I'd say 2nd.


-m

My review of dA's Artist Bag

Journal Entry: Wed May 27, 2009, 2:44 PM

    

My Review of dA's Artist Bag prints.deviantart.com/darelate…
Considering I'm an addict to dA related stuff, I'm a proud owner of lots of things from the shop including devWEAR, Prints, Mugs, Buttons, etc. I never had the chance to buy the Laptop Messenger Bag, so I finally decided to get myself the artist bag prints.deviantart.com/darelate… .

I wasn't sure of buying it with all the extras I saw available, but somehow, TheRyanFord convinced me that it was a really cool bag and I should get it. After getting my order, this is my experience from the Shopping, Shipping and Unboxing of my new bag (with several extras). This is a small review that I hope you enjoy. It doesn't intend to advertise or anything, but just give a proper opinion about what I received.


The Shopping/Shipping experience

While shopping here on dA can be easy and very intuitive, there were minor issues once I paid for my order. There was a delay of around 1 week before my order got shipped from dA facilities. This wasn't a problem at all, and as long as I've been told, it was a normal timing considering the ammount of orders they receive.



With my invoice from dA, the FedEx tracking number told me where my order was each day, which was awesome. After a few days and with minor delays (blame FedEx), I received my bag without any issues. :D




The Unboxing/Assembling

I was surprised by the size of the bag, since it looked bigger on the pics at the shop, but once I filled it with the extras I bought (like the wacom sleeve, shoulder strap, etc) it really looked big. Once I added one of the flaps I bought (I got 2 of them), the bag looked awesome an giant.



I put my wacom, wires, phone, camera, pencils, markers, 3 books, 17" Laptop + charger and my deviantART green cap there without any problems. Everything fits tight and very protected. The soft areas on the bag are awesome and they will keep my stuff safe, I hope :D



The bags are manufacturated by Brenthaven www.brenthaven.com/ and customized by deviantART. The bags comes with a lifetime warranty and the quality is above any bags I've had (and I have a really good one, that costed me around $150. This one beats it Fo' sho).


The veredict

Carrying it is an orgasmic experience and the big size it has doesn't make you look nerdy, but artsy. lol.

The interchangeable flaps are great and really easy to "install", and gives you the chance to have different looks depending of your mood. I'm impressed by the system and this is a really great addon on the whole experience.



I really recommend you to save some money and get one for you. It's really awesome and I'm thankful to TheRyanFord for giving me that little push to get mine. If you're ever around the shop and decide to buy this thing, you won't regret it at all. I give it 9/10. Why not 10? Because the size seemed bigger on the shop pictures, but it was smaller than I expected. Other than that, everything stated was completely accurate.

Go get one! :D Or if you already have it, let me know your thoughts.

Thanks for reading!

-Mauricio


Long boring journal about LOST. zomg.

Journal Entry: Thu May 14, 2009, 11:42 PM



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Considering my lack of time...
And all the amount of work I have to get done, I'm affraid I haven't had the chance to watch the season finale yet. I totally missed it last wed, and now I gotta... umm... get it on the net. lulz.

DO NOT POST ANY SPOILERS. KTHNX. :rage:

So... this journal is just a short break I took from a project I'm doing for miss Katie & Mr. Keith. This is indented just to share a personal opinion, and not to start any discussion or a ZOMG SPOILER forum. lol.

If you're willing to comment here, awesome! Just don't ruin the season finale if you have watched it already.

Why I love LOST so much?
Starting from the fact that the TV Show is based on a bunch of survivors of a plane crash on an island, that tagline already tempts me to know more about the story, since the Humans are always curious about what other people would do in really dangerous or dramatical situations. The vouyerism on other people's experiences and suffering when "is not happening to you" is something ackward that is always present on most people's minds, and that was one of the reasons I started to watch LOST a few years ago.

Since it started... I always felt a big ammount of mistery on the show. I'm an open mind person, and I always expect weird things to happen without explanation, and this show fits me perfectly. lolz.

I really loved the characters at the very first episode of it, and it's awesome to see how each one of them (the one that survived) has evolved to what they are right now. If I would have known at the beggining how complicated the storyline were gonna be and how frustrating it was going to be, I'd probably haven't watched it at all, but I was curious, and I watched the pilot years ago. Now I just can't stop watching it, and considering I have to wait till 2010 to see what happens next simply makes me tear. lol.

It's amazing to see how the storyline gets so confusing but "logical" at the same time, since the writters and producers manages to tell the story in blocks and let you know the secret information months later, right when you had a lot of theories that gets bashed by the true story behind them.

The classical romance scenes are common aswell, but the main storyline is always on top of any other things among the scripts, which makes the show to focus on what they meant to. The island! :evillaugh:

Comparing it to other series, I really have to admire a TV show like this one, and I'm sure there won't be a similar production in the future, considering the costs and timing it involves. It will be a really sad experience for millions of people around the planet when this show gets to the end in the next year. I'm already missing it! :cries:

Anyway... This last season, the fifth one, was surely my top favourite. It had a lot of sci-fi and confusing elements that made it a really "smart" show. Every detail had something to communicate, every single object on scene had a meaning and I had to carefully watch each episode to understand several things that were floating in the air since the 1st season.

All those loose ends on the storyline were tied a lot on this season, although there are sitll a ton of misterious things liying around. I just hope some of the biggest misteries on the show gets resolved, since they make my head hurt each time I think of what the fuck they are or what the hell they do. lol.

To all the people that read this and know what I'm talking about... I'm just gonna say: WHY FARADAY HAD TO LEAVE. Lol. That was one of my fav characters after Michael Emerson's role. Go Mr. Linus. You're still on the top!

I'm tired now and I'll go to bed. Hopefully I'll be able to show you guys all the cool stuff I'm currently doing for Katie in the next days.

You love me. :horns:

-M



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10 Tenors + Busy + Wet

Journal Entry: Wed May 6, 2009, 5:36 PM



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Sitting in a chair...
I have a few minutes of free time to take a break from work and write a few lines.

CHECK. CHECK. 1. 2. 3. BRSSRSRSSSSS.


The Ten Tenors.
I recently bought a dvd of this Aussie band of singers called "The Ten Tenors". The DVD "Here's to the Heroes" is a live performance at Germany. As a musician, I always enjoy different kind of styles, voices, rythms, genres in overall. :sing:

I must say I'm impressed by them, and I really like theyr style. Originally, I thought it could be a cheap copy of Il Divo, but after watching the whole DVD a few times (yes, actually, around 5 times the whole show) I realize they have a lot more of diversity in terms of arrangements and style.

Go check them out! :D Google them or check some YouTube vids. :)


A busy `manicho sucks
I haven't posted anything in a while... I knowwww!!! Sorry :D But somehow I'll manage my time to get some time next week to upload some goodies I have around on my HDD. Stay tuned! And please, if you have suggestions of any kind for upcoming releases, drop me a line on this journal or note me. Be wild! :rage:


I'm all wet
I've spent a considerable amount of cash on my latest Shopping Cart here on deviantART. I bought lots of things and hopefully, FedEx won't screw up the package this time lol :lol:

Among some articles I bought, TheRyanFord is gonna send me some sexual toys in the Collector Series Pack box. :evillaugh:

You love me. :horns:

-M



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I feel stupid + Ecuador's President

Journal Entry: Mon Apr 27, 2009, 11:42 PM



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Once upon a time...
I saw a UFO. Then I posted a journal and even a poll. Then BAAM. I feel stupid. lolz.

Wait. What?

UFO stuff. lol.
2 days after the "incident", a local University located in one of the Valleys of my city said "their students were developing a wheater monitoring device", and that "balloon" was launched right before my eyes. Silly me and other lots of people that thought it was a UFO.

LOL. What an ass. I feel like... dumb?

:iconiseewhatyoudidthere: BUT MAYBEH THE UFO WAS *I N S I D E* THE BALOON


This week's poem:
00110100 00100000 00111000 00100000 00110001 00110101 00100000 00110001 00110110 00100000 00110010 00110011 00100000 00110100 00110010


Ecuador's Latest News
Ecuadorian president Rafel Correa was elected again the last sunday. Guess what. Among all the other candidates, he won in the first "round" of the elections, with more than 51% of the total votes. Yay him! I'm not a big fan of the methods he uses to handle our poor country, but he is doing way better than the previous 10 presidents we had.

He is like our Obama.

:horns:

-M



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My experience with an UFO today. Creepy.

Journal Entry: Sat Apr 25, 2009, 12:03 AM



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Once upon a time...
God created humans. Then another God created aliens. Then another God created mudkipz.

Wait. What?

I saw an UFO. For real.
Although I always believed in these things, I never had the chance to see an UFO by myself, until today! :fear: Seems like people tend to think the ufo sightings has something related to wheater measurement devices, experimental aircraft, drugs, etc. Believe me when I say I wasn't on drugs at all (I've been clean for the last 26 years of my life. And I'm 26. lol).

Here the short version:

- :boogie: lalalalaa
- :ufo:
- :| wtf
- :ufo:
- :faint:


Long version follows as:
I was going out from the University I'm a teacher at, so I get into my car and start driving back home. Since there is a lot of traffic here at 5pm, I decided to take another way that goes down to a river and then connects to a big freeway so I could "flank" the main city and get home faster. It usually takes me 15 minutes to get home from there.

It started to rain suddenly, a lot (it's common here in Ecuador), and at some point of the road, there was so many rain fallin that I had to slow down to keep the car steady on those deadly turns.

In front of me there was another 3 cars on different lanes of the freeway and since the road is on a cliff side, you can see the valleys from the car while you drive. Awesometastic.

So anyway... as soon as we get a big turn to the right, just at the exact moment where the main valley appears on the eyesight, a big UFO :ufo: was leaving through the damn woods. It was so freaky for all of us (the drivers) that the cars in front of me started to freak out and lose some control on the wet road. I couldn't slow down or brake since the turn was a bit tricky and I wasn't going as "slow" as I should.

Right after I passed the spot where the ufo was flying up, I looked on the wing mirrors and the rear-mirror to see if I could still look at it. It was still there going up slowly. I tried to slow down but some damn cars were behind me so I couldn't.

It's been around 9 hours since that event happened and I'm still freaked. It was on the local news aswell. Damn you UFOs.

:fear:

-M



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Critique feature: Let's bash manicho

Journal Entry: Mon Apr 13, 2009, 11:48 AM



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Once upon a time...
There were a lot of people that wanted to bash me. For several years I've been hiding from them, but now I'm ready for it :rage:

Wait. What?

Critique Feature - Enabled on all my deviations :fear:
The new critique option seems really interesting, and I bet there are a lot of people with positive and constructive feedback different than a standard comment. Yep, that's it! I'd love to receive crits on the deviations you think that needs it. Go wild! :D

For those that want to bash me right now, here are 3 pieces I'd really appreciate if you can crit. You can browse my gallery and check anything else tho :#1:




Thanks for the love/hate feedback :ahoy:

Cheerios,
-M


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About 1M, Orgasm, X-Men, Digsby, etc.

Journal Entry: Fri Apr 10, 2009, 11:28 PM



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Once upon a time...
There was a leecher on deviantART that used to download Winamp Skins like an idiot. Several years after opening his dA account, the idiot just had an orgasm.

Why?

YAY! 1 million pageviews! - Thanks a lot! :thanks:

:faint: zomg... that's a lot of pageviews! In fact, right now they are 999.910, but I'm off to bed now and I won't be here when the big number appears. :D  Thanks so much to everyone for your incredible support. It's really a great feeling to know I'm still kicking after several years on this community. As you know, I stopped doing so many freebies like I used to do since now I gotta focus on my new studio at banicc.com / banicci. It's been a long road, and so far the results are very promising.

Aside from all that mess... Somehow I managed to spend some time on pending collabs I had around, and here is one of them!



I hope you like it and please support my friend etheris. He is a really good artist and he needs some pimpin. Go visit that dude!


X-Men Origins Leaked - Arrrrr pirates :ahoy:
I'm just gonna say: Stupid dudes. I don't know whos more dumb... the ppl that posted the leaked version of the movie, or the asses that leaked it even more spoiling all the movie story. Come on humans... be humans lol. Poor Wolverine.

And before you ask... NO, I haven't seen that leaked version.
And NO, I don't wanna know what happens. (Thats for you mrrste & MidnightExigent lol)


Digsby - IM + Social app supporting MSN, Yahoo, Gtalk, Skype, Facebook, Twitter, etc.

Have you seen this? www.digsby.com/ Go get it NOW. It pwns all the IM apps I've seen so far. It's cross platform and works like a charm, AND ITS DAMN SKINNABLE. Best IM app ever. Now I can twit like a twat.


ETC - Ppl requesting PSDs, TUTs, SEXs, ETCs. :jackdirt:
Lorem Ipsum lalala. It's really hard to find spare time to do these, but I have 2 or 3 tuts that I still have to edit and make them shorter. One is about 3D shapes in Photoshop, other about basic Logo Design and another one about The Power of Actions in PS.


Once again, thanks for all your support. I appreciate it! I'm still around, but a bit busy. Next monday: A cool collab with hypoxic :boogie:

-M


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My new students said: NO WAY.

Journal Entry: Sat Mar 28, 2009, 12:22 PM



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Once upon a time...

I was a teacher. Then I wasn't. Now I am again.

Yay me! :D I'm teaching several subjects at the Metropolitan Institute of Design, here in Ecuador. It is the most traditional art college here, and the 70% of the professional designers on my country studied there. It's been a great experience so far in the last 2 weeks, and there are cool things ahead.

A funny thing that happened was... Picture this lol:

I was walking "manly", trying to hide my nervous mood because of the big experience of being a teacher there... so there I was, walking in the classroom where 23 students were waiting for me.

I walk in.

Everyone shuts up... Uncomfy silence :| Then one of the students goes "No way!" I tell him "No way what." and he replies "YOU ARE MANICHO!"

Around the 50% of the class goes like " :eager: " while the other half is like " :unimpressed: ". One of the unimpressed guys says "What? Who?" and then the first eagered dude says:

-"The wallpaper guy".






The whole class went crazy and I felt like a pornstart :jackdirt:

o/ yay me.

-M


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Banicci Studio Launches!

Journal Entry: Wed Mar 25, 2009, 12:23 PM

    

Banicci™ Studio Launches!
After several weeks of planing and recruiting, our design studio finally launches! This collective effort between great artists from all across the globe, features an impactant strategic plan to achieve a sucessfull growing.

Through the process of developing ideas & designing outstanding elements, we can help your business to grow and provide you inmediate results through visual communication. Our vast experience on many fields guarantees successful results and acomplished goals for your needings.



With a backbone support of creative minds, we're proud to have an awarded trajectory through the years, achieved through uncountable hours of dedication and passion for our work.

We hope you join us in celebration, and spread the word! Finally, there is one team to do it all.

Meet the crew

Mauricio Estrella
CEO & Founder

Facundo Talepp
Creative Director

Roberto Abril
Senior Designer

Leonid Ershov
Web Designer
Aiman Abd-ElSlam
Illustrator & Coder

Paúl Carrión
Designer & Photographer






Visit our team members on dA:

:iconmauricioestrella: :iconadrenn: :iconzygat3r: :iconosox: :iconbobbyperux: :iconaimanstudio:

Or +watch our studio to suscribe to news articles, tutorials, freebies and job offers.

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If you just got up and you're reading this... then go away. you missed all the drama. Catch up with the comments if you want, but stay behind the line, just in case lol. There has been touchy conversations around.

Anyway... Let's just say things are more clear and I'm satisfied since I made my point: I don't steal art.

After a quick msn chat to make her catch up all the fun... My friend Jingna aka zemotion awesomely put everything I needed to clear up in just 1 comment: comments.deviantart.com/5/2350… (thanks Jin :hug:)

I love you people. It's nice to have your support when shit happens to me.

Until that, I'll go back to "blur" my artwork. lol.

:horns:

-Mauricio

p.S. I'll upload the walls again soon, without that "1" wall that gave me problems. And also, blame mrrste for showing me his naked pictures that made me go evil.

Working from home. 50% good, 50% fail.

Journal Entry: Fri Feb 20, 2009, 1:47 AM



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Working as your own boss
can be awesome. You can manage your own schedule, your own time, your own clients, your own everything!

It took me long time working here and there, jumping from a small studio to a giant corporation, going through a channel station and even a news radio :P

BUT... Everything has pros and cons.

So what am I writing this? Because I know many people would like to freelance 24/7 and get money from their chairs at home, working on what they love and being paid for stuff they really like to do!

As an advice, I'll tell you about my own drama in the last months lol.

The goods: Your own time and good $$$

Since I've worked online for a big advertising company in Kuwait, another in US and another in Spain, most of my day I was sitting working and designing and designing and... designing.

I loved it! It was like a dream lol :D I had to quit my job as university teacher and part-time consultor on a local agency.

I was at home, with my family and my girl, and she handled all my accounts and balance pretty good.

BUT. BUT. BUTT. The bads.

Most of the projects were small enough to give me the chance to handle everything with responsability, accurate timing and great quality. The bad thing about it (and I didn't consider that part) was the fact my brain wasn't doing a good job after some months with that workflow.

My ideas got stuck, my designs started to feel recursive and out of shape, and I started to spend more and more time on the same things I used to rush in only a few minutes. How can it be possible? Because you need to take a break sometimes.

Talking about art can be subjetive, since many conceptual ideas can't be expressed accurately if you don't have a clear idea of how to handle the technique and the communication concepts through your designs. Imagine your brain is working at less speed and spreadage... RIGHT! you suck. LOL :lol:

So... On a normal day my schedule was: I get up in the morning to work. I take breakfast. I get back to work. I have lunch. I get back to work. I go to university. I get back home and do homeworks and assignments. I get back to work. I go to bed and sleep.

Next day the same. 5 days a week. 4 weeks a month. Around 11 months per year.

Yes! Money can be really good (more than you can even expect, sometimes). But then I felt like I was working too much and I felt really tired. Not physically, but more in a spiritual and mind-state context.

Since I didn't handle my own schedule in a proper way (because everything came to me too quick and I was a complete newbie) I got really sick and depressive, etc.

A few months ago I decided to stop freelancing like a whore :lol: and now I'm focusing on other things while I keep designing to earn a decent budget to mantain my family and pay my unviersity. My savings will do ther rest :P

My honest advice for the new freelancers!

Freelancing is good! It can be great! But always step on the ground with 2 feet and give enough time to your family, your girl, your man, your dogs, your car, your parties, your orgies, etc. Everything needs attention, and once you can handle it all, you won't ever feel the pressure and stress because of your daily rythm.

What's coming up next?

I have a partnership already with PixelFuze and IconBlock, and I'll release soon many exclusive goodies through them.

Also, I'll open my own online studio in a couple of weeks and I'll recruit some good people that will converge in a strong and sexy design team that you will love :love:. Stay tuned for more information in the next weeks!

So... that's it. Sorry for the long read and thanks for the time you take for this guy called manicho. :wave:

Cheers,
Moi.

p.S. Guess which company called CoolIris wants me. Yep! that one! :D



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LOST season 5

Journal Entry: Mon Feb 2, 2009, 2:04 PM



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Today I'm gonna talk about LOST.
If you don't know what I'm talking about, please leave a comment with much love for me anyway :P

I remember those days where the first season of LOST started to broadcast on my country. It was catchy, misterious and it even had a touch of "Survivor", an ancient reality show that was big hit on TV. After several weeks and many episodes, I started to fall in love with the way the Writters/Producers handled the series. Enigmatic "random" events weren't that random, and each of those moments had a big influence on other things that kept happening on the Island (and "outside"). :confused:

As the 1st season advanced, the action scenes were starting to get more and more evident, which was a signal of something bigger coming ahead. But then, it didn't happen anything bigger, but GIGANTIC. Once again, the writters/producers slapped me in the face with mindblowing scripts that fucked up all my theories about "what the hell is goin on" or the famous question "Guys... where are we?" :fear:

The 2nd and 3rd season revealed so much info about the place and all of their characters that I thought the end was near, since the Series didn't have any path to keep goin'.

I was wrong. :cries:

The 4th season came back loaded with more confusing stuff. It even made millions of people in the world to dump the series and start watching other stuff lol (because of the OH-SHIT-CONFUSING stories). :lol: The 4th season was my favourite, because of the way the series were being told.

The bad bad bad bad writters decided to stop working for some legal and financial stuff, so many series (LOST included), only had a few episodes last year. Aside from that, the cropped story told on the 4th season was even more confusing, while it kept closing other misteries on the Island that weren't that important at that stage.

And now... :evillaugh:

LOST season 5 started. After 5 years, the producers still know how to trick our minds, how to make us drop our jaws and how to keep a perfect balance between "confusion" and "wtf-ism", which is important. It really is. Ask my mum.

Well :P Why the hell did I write this? Because I want to know how people think about LOST.

:boogie::boogie::boogie::boogie::boogie:

If you're a fan, drop me a line with your thougts :D It's damn impressive to see how many people is so involved with this show. Heck. Even I am.

If you're not a fan, hump me.

If you didn't read this journal and you're now reading this lonely line, then... um... hump me anyway.

:ahoy:
-Mauricio


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Daily Deviation + What the fuck.

Journal Entry: Fri Jan 23, 2009, 3:48 PM



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Once upon a time...


God created Bees with his hands and needles.
Then, Bees created honey with their asses.
After that, honey created Cake, which was as lie.
Since Cake was a lie, god killed Bees.
In the six day everything was drama about it.
In the 7th day, God used mauricioestrella to create the Bee-Bot.

And it got awarded with a DD :#1:
yayme!

Thanks archanN and to everyone that support my art! :hug:

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What the fuck
I just read about KariAnnLax
She got fired.
So. WTF.

She was doing an awesome job for a long time.
I wonder what's goin on.

Peace,
-Mauricio :horns:


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