THIS IS A BILINGUAL BLOG..........................................ESTE ES UN BLOG BILINGÜE

*************************** ESPAÑOL - INGLES


What I have to say about music...

.I'm into Indie, Indie Rock, Indie Pop, Baroque Harmonic Pop, grunge, Pop Punk, alternative metal, progressive rock (...)
as well as all of the musical expressions BEFORE rap and hip-hop (... yes, before all of that new tragedy they call music in mainstream radio stations).
I loved the '80s, and I miss them, I admit my sin... the '80s gave us his Majesty Thom Yorke; and I also loved the '90s ...they brought to us the incomparable Eddie Vedder and the absolute God of the abyss: Maynard.

Old friends, don't panic!!! I will always be a devoted fan of Jazz, Maria Callas, Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday and all expressions of good music...but never Rap!!!
Help me keep my life "hip-hop-free"
I'm a child of the '70s so, go figure about the rest of the bands, singers and styles I like!!!

U2 The Greatest Band Ever / U2 Los Más Grandes Del Mundo
The tour features a 360-degree configuration, with the stage being placed closer to the  center of the stadium's field than usual. The stage design features a large four-legged steel structure that holds the speaker system and cylindrical video screen and hovers above the performance area. The stage is surrounded by a circular ramp, which connects to the stage by means of rotating bridges. The stage has no defined front or back and is surrounded on all sides by the audience. Flat fields and baseball stadiums are not possible venues. Willie Williams, who has worked on every U2 tour since 1982, is again a designer for this tour;Mark Fisher serves as the architect.

El escenario de esta gira es una estructura establecida en el centro del campo con movimiento en 360º, razón del nombre del tour, conocida como "The Claw".
Este es el escenario más grande que se ha creado, con una altura de 50 metros, superando así al mayor escenario hasta el momento, el del A Bigger Bang Tour de The Rolling Stones, el cual medía 30 metros, estas condiciones hacen que en cada ciudad en la que se toque se lo debe hacer en un estadio y que para transportar todo el contenido se precisen 30 camiones. De verdad, algo nunca antes visto.

El escenario posee una pantalla giratoria de 360º, un sistema de luces que cubre toda la estuctura, dándole colores extravagantes mientras se interpreta un tema, y un sistema de audio completo para cada sección del escenario, permitiendo una amplificación total del audio hacia el estadio, además de 72 subwoofers separados.

DEPECHE MODE...forever and ever...

Depeche Mode belongs to a select premiere league of super groups who have survived from the early 1980s with their ideals, creative vision and core members intact. Formed in 1981, Depeche Mode - Martin Gore, Dave Gahan and Andy 'Fletch' Fletcher - continue to win critical and commercial acclaim across the world both in the studio and on the road. All of the band’s 11 studio albums have reached the Top Ten in not only the UK and USA but 20 plus countries around the world including Canada, Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Sweden, Denmark, Switzerland, and Belgium. Since their inception, Depeche Mode’s live shows continue to be a must-see attraction, with the group playing to 2.8 million people across 31 countries on their last tour alone.

It's A Sin... Watch Them All Fall Down!!!

Neil Tennant (55), and Chris Lowe (49) took me for a ride of 28 years of unique English-Electronic-Synthpop music in unmatchable gothlike attire. 10:30 pm, and the steps of the Constitution Hall, crowded with these 40+ worshipers of the anti-rock British duo made me think: Did I just wake up in Berlin? Yes, I had just experienced the most visually enticing concert of the Summer... my all time favorite "Pet Shop Boys".
El concierto de Pet Shop Boys ( al cual fui, una vez mas, invitado dos horas antes de que comenzara...sorpresa total) ha sido una experiencia visual , cúbica, casi sublime. Bailamos, cantamos, brincamos y quedamos afónicos de tanto aclamar a este dúo británico excepcional, que ha sido uno de mis favoritos desde que salieron a principio de los '80s. Lo cantaron todo...casi dos horas de éxitos: unos mezclados, otros en remix, y los mán importantes fueron interpretados con fidelidad.
A ratos me sentía en 1989, a ratos me sentía en Londres...The West End.
I get out of bed at half past ten
Phone up a friend, who's a party animal
Turn on the news and drink some tea
Maybe if you're with me we'll do some shopping

One day I'll read, or learn to drive a car
If you pass the test, you can beat the rest
But I don't like to compete, or talk street, street, street
I can pick up the best from the party animal

Take Me To Your Leader / Venimos En Paz

20 minutes into "District 9", just when I was ready to leave the movie theater, so disappointed in the mediocre -almost vulgar and criminal- approach to Sci-Fi, I realized that this movie is neither about aliens nor about Sci-Fi: It's about South Africa during the Apartheid. Then it all made sense. Brilliant!!! "District 9" is in fact what "District Six" was in Cape Town during the Apartheid. This rather costly "satire" is full of references to those macabre 46 years of the gruesome legal racial segregation in South Africa. If you're expecting to see (like me) a good old-fashion Sci-Fi movie...go spend your 10 bucks elsewhere. Part of me is really disappointed 'cause I've been dying to see a good and smart Sci-Fi movie...and this is everything but that.

Qué desperdicio de dinero fue el ir a ver este bodrio de película. Me sentí insultado durante cada minuto que pasé sentado en mi butaca abrumado por todos los errores cienmatográficos en los que ésta incurre. Qué asco de película. Hasta que hice la asociación: Bingo... la película es acerca de otra es ciencia ficció la historia de Suráfrica durante el Apartheid. Entonces pensé: "Brillante!!!"
Esto es lo que pasaría si el equipo de producción de SNL (Saturday Night Live) obtuviera un presupuesto de $30 millones para realizar una sátira sobre el Apartheid. Algo así sería lo que harían. De todas maneras, sigo fastidiado porque nadie ha hecho una película de Ciencia Ficción que valga la pena en años... desde "Contacto".
Yo que tenía tantas expectativas acerca de esta película...qué triste!!!

In The Midst of Ignominy / El Reino de La Ignominia

Reinaldo Di Polo, outstanding Venezuelan scientist and researcher, awarded in the year 2000 with the "National Prize in Science", and in 1983 with the "Lorenzo Mendoza Fleuri" Award - also author of more than 20 published papers - has been separated from the IVIC (Instituto Venezolano de Investigaciones Cientificas) for publicly "not sympathizing" with the communist agenda of dictator Hugo Chavez.

One of the most prominent personas in the Latin-American scientific community has been kicked out of the IVIC due to his refusal to side with the insane agenda of the dictator. Chavez, as all dictators have done in the course of history, pretends to silence the minds of those who may post a threat to his reign of ignominy.

I think he can be charged with high treason for the unspeakable: spending years in The US... (no, no, no, hold your breath, it gets worse)... being part of the faculty in Johns Hopkins and Harvard... departments of Biophysics, Chemistry and Medicine. How dare he?

I know everybody's talking about Miss Universe (my respects to her) but FOCUS people!!!

See it from three different cameras / Míralo desde tres cámaras distintas

A video of almost 200 people taking over Antwerpen's Centraal Station in Belgium and doing a carefully choreographed dance to the Do Re Mi song (aka Maria's Dance aka Maria's Song) from "Sound of Music" has garnered almost a million views on YouTube, and continues to grow, sprouting a new round of google trends today.

People like viral videos, they like flash mobs, and they like weird junk on the Internet, but this video has struck an especially emotional chord with those who've watched it. The folks at Shallow Nation called it a "sheer joy to watch"; Dancer Universe blog chirped, "How could you not smile for hours? I'm smiling now just typing this!"; and's Table Talk offered this to the discussion:

"The dancers are presenting the purest form of art imaginable: art simply and truly for the sake of art...They managed to punch right through my cynicism and show me that good things are still out there and there are good people in the world...In a small way, I have a deeper understanding of what it is to be human because of the actions of 200 fellow humans in a train station in Belgium."

¿Habrá Llegado La Hora? Are We There Yet? Sommes-nous Presque Arrivés?
34 private radio stations
in Venezuela were closed indefinitely and 206 more to be shut down, by the dictatorship of Hugo Chavez. Major loser, Diosdado Cabello, minister of Public Works and Housing said that a "Special Bill Against Media Crimes" was introduced before the National Assembly this week, and “this bill will pass”.
Egomaniac Chavez and his sidekicks have labeled as "terrorists" any papers, radio and TV stations who dare to criticize the government. Those who write, say or express in any form their disagreement with the dictatorship will face incarceration for a minimum of 4 years, according to this new law.

Trente-quatre médias audiovisuels sacrifiés par caprice gouvernemental
Reporters sans frontières proteste avec vigueur contre la fermeture massive de médias audiovisuels privés, officiellement pour "raisons administratives". Treize stations de radio, sur un total de trente-quatre médias dont la fermeture a été décidée par le gouvernement, ont d’ores et déjà dû suspendre leurs émissions le 1er août 2009.
"Dans n’importe quel Etat de droit, un média soupçonné d’utiliser irrégulièrement une fréquence aurait été averti au préalable de la procédure engagée contre lui. Ses représentants auraient eu la possibilité de plaider leur cause ou de former un recours. Est-il encore permis d’émettre publiquement la moindre critique envers le gouvernement bolivarien ? Cette fermeture massive de médias réputés d’opposition, dangereuse pour l’avenir du débat démocratique, n’obéit qu’à la volonté gouvernementale de faire taire les voix discordantes, et ne fera qu’aggraver les divisions au sein de la société vénézuélienne", a déclaré Reporters sans frontières.
Le 1er août, le gouvernement a retiré leur concession de fréquence à trente-quatre stations de radio et chaînes de télévision et a fait savoir que 200 autres étaient menacées de subir le même sort. Selon le ministre de tutelle de la Commission nationale des Télécommunications (Conatel), Diosdado Cabello, cette mesure s’explique par des raisons technico-administratives, les propriétaires des médias concernés n’ayant pas pu prouver qu’ils étaient bien les titulaires des licences de diffusion. Cette mesure a entraîné des mouvements de protestation. "Nous assistons au plus important dispositif de restrictions à la liberté d’expression jamais mis en place au Venezuela, sans précédent en période de démocratie", a déclaré Carlos Correa, directeur de l’organisation de défense de la liberté d’expression Espacio Publico.
La fermeture de ces médias intervient au moment où le gouvernement d’Hugo Chavez a annoncé vouloir "démocratiser" le secteur des médias. Le 30 juillet, le procureur général de la République, Luisa Ortega Diaz, a présenté devant l’Assemblée nationale un projet de loi prévoyant de punir sévèrement les auteurs de "délits médiatiques". "Il est nécessaire que l’Etat vénézuélien régule la liberté d’expression, a-t-elle déclaré. Je réclame qu’une limite soit posée à ce droit". Le projet de loi prévoit désormais des peines de prison pour des délits que la Loi de responsabilité sociale en radio et télévision (Loi Resorte) de 2004 sanctionnait déjà d’amendes et de suspensions d’antenne. Elle en instaure également de nouveaux. Ainsi, la divulgation d’une information jugée "fausse", "manipulée" ou "déformée", tout comme les informations qui portent un "préjudice aux intérêts de l’Etat" ou constituent une atteinte à la "morale publique" et la "santé mentale", seront considérées comme un délit médiatique pouvant entraîner une peine maximale de quatreans de prison ferme.Le projet de loi prévoit également de sanctionner "le refus de révéler une information" et le fait "d’omettre volontairement de diffuser une information", remettant ainsi en cause le droit à la protection des sources journalistiques. Ces deux délits sont passibles de six mois à quatre ans de prison.

Les médias touchés par la mesure de fermeture sont : A Caracas : CNB 102.3 FM. A Amazonas : 1130 AM, propriété de Erasmo Núñez, et 107.5 FM Órbita, de Abel Cermeño. A Anzoátegui : la 970 AM, de Barcelona, appartenant à José Bringa. A Bolívar (Upata) : Canal 7 TV, de José David Natera. A Ciudad Bolívar : 96.9 FM, propriété de Ramón Rafael Castro Mata. A Carabobo, Valencia : 100.1 FM, Nelson Belfort Yivirin. A Puerto Cabello : 98.3 FM, de Pedro Ezequiel Listuit. Delta Amacuro-Tucupita : 1270 AM, de Sócrates Hernández. A Falcón Punto Fijo : CNB 100.1 de Nelson Belfort Yivirin, et 96.1 FM, de Ramón Jesús Méndez. A Guárico : 99.1 FM, de Bernando José Donaire. A Mérida : 106.3 FM de Rubén Antonio Chirinos. A Miranda : 1520 AM, de Guillermo Obel Mejías ; Emisora FM, de Guillermo Obel Mejías ; la 1550 AM, de monseñor Bernardo Heredia ; 97.1 FM, monseñor Bernardo Heredia ; 92.1 FM, Gabriel Robinson, Charallave ; 1230 AM, Radio Barlovento (Caucagua) ; 96.9 FM, de Carlos Herci, basée à El Hatillo. A Nueva Esparta (Porlamar) : la 99.1 FM, de Arturo Gil Escala ; 92.9 FM, Ramón Borra Gómez, et 1140 AM, appartenant à la famille de Pedro Sosa Guzmán. A Portuguesa (Acarigua) : 1170 AM, appartenant à Ramón Ramírez Meléndez. A Sucre : 103.3 FM et 600 AM, ambas de Luis Salazar Núñez. A Táchira : la 730 AM, de Modesto Marchena et la 94.5 FM, de Arturo Álvarez Leal. Vargas Canal 26 UHF de Catia La Mar et 106.9 FM, appartenant à Alcides Delgado. Dans l’Etat de Zulia : 105.1 FM, de Guido Briceño ; 102.1 FM, de Luis Guillermo Gouvea ; 1430 AM, appartenant à Ciro Ávila Moreno (Ciudad Ojeda) ; 1300 AM, propriété de Moisés Portillo (Santa Cruz de Mar).
Photo : AFP/Yuri Cortez

...Y en cuanto a lo que sucedió hoy, 3 de Agosto, en exactamente lo mismo que sucedió en Irán, cuando Mahmoud Ahmadinejad comenzó a gobernar. Ahora todos los periodistas están presos y son torturados por haber contradecido su gobierno. Venezuela se parece cada vez más a Irán (recuerden que "el maldito" y Ahmadinejad son aliados), lean acerca de Irán y podrán ver -inequívocamente- paso a paso, lo que va a suceder en Venezuela (...) si no se hace lo que se tiene que hacer ya.
p.s. No coloco la foto de la puta Lina Ron lanzando la bomba a la sede de Globovisión, porque me da demasiado asco su imagen....más asco que la cara de "el maldito" .
Venezuela, irruzione nella sede di Globovision,
il canale anti-Chavez

I dirigenti dell'emittente accusano il presidente: un gruppodi sinistra ha minacciato con armi la sicurezza
CARACAS (3 agosto) - Irruzione nella sede della Globovision di Caracas, canale televisivo contrario al presidente Hugo Chavez. L'azione avviene a pochi giorni dalla decisione del governo di chiudere 34 radio in tutto il Paese, mentre crescono le proteste per la controversa legge in discussione in Parlamento contro le notizie che danneggiano «gli interessi dello Stato».
Secondo i dirigenti del canale un gruppo avrebbe lanciato gas lacrimogeni «vicino agli studios» dell'emittente. Il direttore, Alberto Ravell, ha immediatamente puntato il dito contro Chavez. Gli aggressori erano «agli ordini» di Lina Ron, una dirigente della sinistra di Caracas che appoggia il governo.
Il gruppo è entrato nella sede minacciando con armi da fuoco gli agenti di sicurezza e lanciando poi alcuni candelotti lacrimogeni all' interno dell'edificio. Da tempo Globovision denuncia di essere oggetto di azioni ostili da parte del governo di Chavez. L'aggressione è stata condannata dal ministro degli interni e la giustizia, Tareck El Aissami, preannunciando un'indagine da parte della giustizia

..♫ It's nine o'clock on a Saturday, The regular crowd shuffles in ♫...

Billy and Elton exhausted almost all their hits last night. They played "I'm Still Standing", "Benny and the Jets," "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road" , "Rocket Man," "Candle in the Wind," "Tiny Dancer," "Daniel," "Your Song," "I Guess that's Why they Call it the Blues," " "We didn't start the fire", "Angry Young Man" ," "Uptown Girl," "It's Still Rock and Roll to Me," and so many more. The ending of this magnificent night was, of course, "Piano Man", and for a moment I thought: "Am I dreaming of this?" I can do nothing more than uploading a clip for all of you guys.
Four hours of flashbacks and great music,
this might qualify as one of the best concerts I've attended in my lifetime. I've never seen the Nationals Ball Park so packed and crowded... let's see what Bono can do -in a couple of months- with the Fedex Field.

Aquí estoy debatiéndome porque no sé si este concierto ha superado a la primera vez que vi a U2.
Primero, el estadium de baseball de los Nationals estaba a punto de estallar...Dios, cuánta gente!!! Y segundo, la calidad musical del concierto ( ya que no había bailarinas, ni elefantes, ni nada de ese circo que necesitan los "artistas" menos aventajados) fue insuperable. No me queda más que mostrarles un video que grabé con mi cámara.

Honduras: El Unico País Con Esperanza en Latinoamérica / Honduras: The Only Country in Latin America with a Chance.

Hoy en Tegucigalpa. Miles de hondureños se apostaron en la Plaza Libertad, frente a Casa Presidencial para manifestar su respaldo al nuevo Gobierno y el rechazo al retorno del ex presidente Manuel Zelaya al país.
La Casa presidencial fue suficiente para albergar a la multitud que tuvo que ubicarse en las calles de alrededor donde se cantaba y bailaba al ritmo de punta diversas canciones hondureñas, entre ellas "Adelante Selección" y "Es mi país".
La manifestación empezó eso de la 10:00 de la mañana, con la partcipación de miembros de la Sociedad Civil, líderes religiosos, representantes de la Alianza por la Paz y la Democracia, Frente Generación Por el cambio, empresarios, miembros del Gobierno estudiantes y hasta niños quienes pedían a gritos el no retorno al país del ex presidente Zelaya y la no intromisión de organizaciones extranjeras.

El senador de los Estados Unidos, Jim DeMint defendió el derrocamiento del ex presidente Manuel Zelaya y manifestó que con lo sucedido está vigente el Estado de Derecho en el país.
Asimismo, calificó a Zelaya como un "dictador al estilo de Chávez", en referencia al presidente venezolano Hugo Chávez.
De esta manera, el senador señaló en un comunicado de prensa que Zelaya se burló de la autoridad constitucional del Congreso Nacional y de la Corte Suprema de Justicia (CSJ).
Además, añadió que la exhortación del presidente Barack Obama para restituir en el puesto a Zelaya representa "una bofetada al pueblo de Honduras".

El principal asesor jurídico del Ejército hondureño admite que trasgredieron la ley al sacar al presidente Zelaya en un avión hacia Costa Rica, y que esa decisión la tomó la cúpula mlitar "para evitar un derramamiento de sangre".
El coronel Bayardo Inestroza dice que el presidente venezolano, Hugo Chávez, hace bien en temer de un francotirador en Honduras, y que el ejército de este país no podría convivir con un gobierno de izquierda. Si Zelaya vuelve, dice, sería el final del estado de derecho en Honduras.

The people of Honduras need our help.
Their democracy and the lives of innocent people are in the balance
To get a good perspective on what's going on, read the following letter from an American who has served as a humanitarian for 30+ years in Honduras:

Dear Friends,
Our warmest greetings to you from Honduras. Many of you are well aware of what is happening in Honduras although a lot of the information being transmitted is being twisted by some of the news networks. CNN has only covered the situation from the standpoint of the ex President Zelaya. Unfortunately this has been the focus of most of the news services until now. But the real information that is beginning to come out is different from what the world has been fed until now.
What has happened is a new paradigm for the world as an army has disposed a constitutionally elected president in order to restore a democratic system of government but not to break a democratic system which was characteristic of military actions in the past.
This case cannot be catalogued as a "coup de etat" as it does not represent two important elements of such an action: one is the taking of power by the military and the other is the breaking a democratic form of government. The action taken by the Armed Forces was based on a judicial order given to them to follow and the purpose was to reestablish the Rule of Law, which was being consistently violated by the President of the country who did not respect the decisions and orders of the two other powers in the government- the Supreme Court and the Congress. (the checks and balances)

After the intervention of the Armed forces in removing ex President Zelaya , the Constitutional Order was followed as the succession to power has been fully respected as described in the Constitution with the naming of a new Constitutional President who has been sworn in and confirmed. This action from a political science point of view, Honduras has set a precedent , which will be studied by universities, diplomats and politicians around the world.
For the first time in Latin America , a country has rebelled , and without shedding any blood and without violence, against a constitutional and democratically elected President who has violated the constitution and legal orders from the Supreme Court, the Congress and the Attorney General of the country.
The international press had not understood this nor have they taken the time to study what has been happening in Honduras over the past year . They have simply taken a position saying that this has been a military overthrow of the government of Honduras - as something coming out of the cold war of twenty - thirty years ago.
However the lesson coming out of this is that a President who has been democratically elected by the people of this country, does not have the right to disobey the constitution and the laws of this country. The message of Honduras is simple, if a president has received the popular vote of the country, this does not give him or her the license to break the laws, as all the effort going into governing a country for the common good should be done within the framework of the law.
The general public of democratic countries will be seeing these actions and will see that they no longer need to tolerate the abuses of power by constitutionally elected presidents who many times consider themselves untouchable because they were elected by the people. Big mistake... ask Mel Zelaya!
The current situation in the country is the following:
Honduras is being isolated and the borders are being blocked by neighboring countries stopping all economic transport between countries.Venezuela is stopping all shipments of refined gasoline and diesel to Honduras which will starve the country until other sources are found.Power is being shut off periodically in certain sectors of the country and a curfew is in place from 6 pm to 6 am.
Nicaragua and Venezuela have troops at the Nicaragua - Honduran border.
Communication channels (TV and radio) are being restricted.
Over a thousand Cuban and Venezuelan "civilians" who have been trained in subversion have crossed the borders and have entered Honduras with Honduran passports.
The Honduran general public is very supportive of the change in the country and the new government, especially the Catholic and the Evangelical church members who have joined in massive concentrations to show support for the government since the change happened this past Sunday.
Honduras is a small country, very poor and with thirty years of a democratically elected government after years of a military dictatorships.
Honduras has been the US government's strongest ally in the cold war that existed for ten years here in Central America. Knowing that the cards are stacked against this country , the members of the government, the congress and Supreme court and the newly named President are facing incredible challenges right now to survive and critical international support is needed to respect the Government of Honduras's self determination.
Honduras is the only country that has the guts to stand up to the socialist/communist threat posed by Chavez , Ortega and the cronies of the ALBA group in South America.
Chavez cannot allow his coalition of leftist leaning countries to begin to fall apart and is fighting desperately to keep this demonstration down as it can begin to happen in his country and others who may follow this same example.
Prayer is needed for this country and letters and emails of support for Honduras need to be sent to our State Department (Hillary Clinton, President Obama and members of Congress.)
- Chet ThomasProyecto Aldea Global(Project Global Village)Tegucigalpa, Honduras

Honduras' Interim President Roberto Micheletti prepares to speak to a crowd against ousted President Manuel Zelaya outside the presidential residence in Tegucigalpa, Friday, July 3, 2009.

A Weekend in New York

What a great weekend I spent in NY City
It was a little chilly, yet nice, and 
Click above to see the web page.

Fue un fin de semana estupendo, y creo que lo mejor de esa escapada a New York fue visitar la exposicion de Fotografia de Richard Avedon que se encuentra en el International Center of Photography.
Haz click ARRIBA para ir a la pagina Web.

Avedon's own interest was always in the people, never in the fashions. In fact, the models tended to add a layer of complication to what he fundamentally believed was the
 relationship between photographer and sitter. As he said: "A photographic portrait is a picture of someone who knows he (sic) is being photographed, and what he does with this knowledge is as much a part of the photograph as what he's wearing or how he looks."

In this famous photo taken at the Cirque d'hiverParis, in August 1955 
you  can see the glamorous Dovima wearing the first evening dress designed for Christian Dior by his new assistant, Yves Saint-Laurent.

After Dovima's death, in 1990 (age 62) Richard Avedon said, "She was the last of the great elegant, aristocratic beauties... the most remarkable and unconventional beauty of her time."

Fleet Foxes

...a five-piece Seattle-based band signed to Sub Pop and Bella Union.
The band came to prominence in 2008 with the release of their second EP, Sun Giant, and their debut full length albumFleet Foxes....
Both Sun Giant and their eponymous debut album received much critical praise and reviewers often noted their use of refined lyrics and vocal harmonies. The quintet describe their music as "baroque harmonic pop jams"

El Interpretador: Me encanta esta revista. (Spanish Only)

Revisen Esta Página!

Geometría del Vuelo, Sachenka Oropeza

Geometría del vuelo

“Lo original se presenta como un descubrimiento que es, al mismo tiempo, un reconocimiento. Reconocimiento que procede del fondo de un orden inmemorial. Descubrimiento de la actualidad de un fenómeno como algo que representa el orden olvidado de la Revelación.”
Walter Benjamín

“El cabello es la parte vegetal del hombre”
José Lezama Lima

El Teatro Guaparo, my very own "Cinema Paradiso"

El calor, la sed, el sueño, la humedad que se te mete en los huesos, que te sofoca... o sea, estoy en Valencia, sudando como loco.
Estaba sentado dentro del carro de Tibisay, en el estacionamiento del Central Madeirense, cuando inadvertidamente en un giro de mi cabeza me asaltó esta imagen. No pude contenerme y tuve que correr a buscar mi cámara.
Esta imagen es, sin duda alguna, la más fiel representación de lo que pienso acerca de Venezuela.
Creo que la primera película censura "B" que vi en mi vida, la vi aquí (Saturday Night Fever).
Era el teatro más moderno, con el mejor sonido, las mejores butacas; era símbolo de prosperidad, alegría y modernidad.
Esta imagen es la analogía perfecta para ilustrar lo que pasó con ese país donde muchos de nosotros nacimos. Gracias a Dios no tengo una foto de cómo lucía este teatro en los 70s ó en los 80s...sería muy cruel mostrarla...cuando éramos ricos y no lo sabíamos!!!

My Nephew: Fabian Alejandro

El Bautizo de Fabian Alejandro fue una de las sorpresas inesperadas de este viaje. A penas hoy, tres días despues de haber regresado de Venezuela, es que reacciono y me pregunto si todo fue un sueño!!!!

Deja Vu vs. Premonicion: Paradoja Temporal.

La de hoy fue clara, corta y muy precisa (comparada con las mas recientes). Me hizo sonreir y disfrutar de un segundo de tranquilidad. Estas imagenes llegan de cuando en cuando. No hay un patron identificable aun. En periodos de cierta actividad extrasensorial inusual o de mayor actividad, para ser mas preciso, se presentan como una imagen reconocible y ubicable solo en el futuro. Se reconoce como futura por la certeza de que aun no se ha vivido. Estas sensaciones no se pueden inducir, llegan sin aviso.
El trabajo ha sido reconocerlas como tales, y tratar de colocarlas en un contexto de causalidad y paradoja. Pero la paradoja es la negacion misma del hecho ya que si se puede prevenir, entonces nunca pasara; y como se puede recordar algo que no va a suceder, o que nunca sucedio?
Se han presentado en momentos de grandes cambios, y en momentos insignificantes tambien: una palabra, una frase, una idea, una imagen. Un aroma? No hay punto medio, pero con los anos se hacen mas frecuentes y mas cercanas. Veinticuatro horas, aproximadamente.
Quizas cuarenta y ocho.
Si el dejavu es un salto en el proceso de traslado de la informacion entre los dos lobulos del cerebro, como en un disco que repite la ultima frase de la cancion, entonces, la cuarta dimension a la cual puedes echar un vistazo al descuido, tiene que regirse por parametros de tiempo que por definicion, no la rigen, ya que en el pasado, el presente y el futuro armonizan en perfecto caos.
Inquieto por el asunto, decidi leer al respecto y aprendi que quienes han estudiado el fenomeno usando algun tipo de metodologia cientifica, como por ejemplo, el ingeniero eronautico irlandes J.W. Dunne (1875-1949), han descubierto que entre un setenta y un ochenta por ciento de las personas que han reportado estas experiencias sensoriales temporales, lo han hecho acerca de eventos que ocurrieron en un lapso de veinticuatro horas. Dunne me ha hecho sentir acompanado.

La Familia en Caricaturas

Music and Poetry

Rap: Neither Music, Nor Poetry.

My friend "J" was struggling to make his point about Rap, trying to convince me that Rap is a very poetic way of expressing true feelings through music(...) This could have been true twenty years ago, but what we have right now on the table is neither poetry, nor music? Unfortunately, rap seems to be here to stay. I'm so glad it was not there when I was growing up.

Listen to the lyrics of any Rap song playing on the radio today; any song in the "top 40" these days (if you can understand their words through the annoying constant yelling of profanity). They're just a gooey, pathetic and cheap glorification of assaulting, beating up, humiliating, violating and even shooting other people. These songs will make you consider that "doin' time" in jail is a requirement in the life of any young man nowadays; these songs dictate the tackiest fad ever: wearing pants off of your butt; these songs want you to believe that being a school drop-out and looking sloppy is cool.
Poetry? Yeah, right. First you have to learn to speak, then to write...(sighs). Sorry, guys.

Well, in a society where academic standards have reached the lowest levels, and instant gratification is the main course, I understand that my friend "J" (who happens to be another high school drop-out), thinks Rap is poetry. And Rap may be poetry for him, don't get me wrong,I know that one can't miss what one has never had or known.
I might be wrong, but I highly doubt it. This "soundtrack of the gang life" will never be my cup of Tea.

The Close Up Years 2001-2004