“An interesting perspective from 1968: “I worry about the private automobile. It is a dirty, noisy, wasteful, and lonely means of travel. It pollutes the air, ruins the safety and sociability of the street, and exercises upon the individual a discipline which takes away far more freedom than it gives him. It causes an enormous amount of land to be unnecessarily abstracted from nature and from plant life and to become devoid of any natural function. It explodes cities, grievously impairs the whole institution of neighborliness, fragmentizes and destroys communities. It has already spelled the end of our cities as real cultural and social communities, and has made impossible the construction of any others in their place. Together with the airplane, it has crowded out other, more civilized and more convenient means of transport, leaving older people, infirm people, poor people and children in a worse situation than they were a hundred years ago.”—George F. Kennan, Democracy and the Student Left, 1968
“A large state is not synonymous with strength, but, in most cases, the opposite. These immense entities that in our countries drain the productive energies of the society to feed their own sterile existence are, in truth, giants with clay feet.”—1986. Mario Vargas Llosa, Introduction to “The Other Path (XXVII). Giants with clay feet - genius. I wonder, what would he say to the giant bureaucracies of Western Europe that do so well economically? Perhaps this conversation is best kept to South America? What interests me is what he said about economic liberalism - that due to Pinochet and Martínez de Hoz most South Americans associate(d?) economic liberalism with dictatorships.
“Un estado grande no es sinónimo de fuerte, sino, en la mayoría de los casos, de lo opuesto. Esos inmensos entes que en nuestros países drenan las energías productivas de la sociedad para alimentar su estéril existencia, son, en verdad, colosos con pies de arcilla.”—1986. Mario Vargas Llosa, Introducción del Otro Sendero (XXVII). Colosos con pies de arcilla - que genio. Me pregunto, ¿que dice Llosa en cuanto a los países Europeos que a su vez son grandes entes y cabezas de países muy fuertes economicamente? ¿Quizás mejor tratar el tema hablando solamente de Sud America? Lo que me interesa es lo que dijo en cuanto al liberalismo económico - que gracias a Pinochet y Martínez de Hoz, la mayoría de sudamericanos asocian/aron el liberalismo económico con dictaduras.
“Como no había trabajo, lo inventaron, aprendiendo sobre la marcha lo mucho que no sabían, y, haciendo del defecto virtud, administraron con sabiduría su ignorancia.”—Hernando de Soto en “El otro sendero”
A university choir in Puerto Rico, called Corium. I got to hear them because Jesús works for the director (not to mention he also works with his dad’s fire protection company and a travel agency, I have no idea how this is possible along with taking 19 credits as a senior in mechanical engineering…)
I’ve got two daughters who will have to make their way in this skinny-obsessed world, and it worries me, because I don’t want them to be empty-headed, self-obsessed, emaciated clones; I’d rather they were independent, interesting, idealistic, kind, opinionated, original, funny – a thousand things, before ‘thin’. And frankly, I’d rather they didn’t give a gust of stinking chihuahua flatulence whether the woman standing next to them has fleshier knees than they do. Let my girls be Hermiones, rather than Pansy Parkinsons.
This is what J.K. Rowling said when she was responding to the following experience:
I went to the British Book Awards that evening. After the award ceremony I bumped into a woman I hadn’t seen for nearly three years. The first thing she said to me? ‘You’ve lost a lot of weight since the last time I saw you!’
‘Well,’ I said, slightly nonplussed, ‘the last time you saw me I’d just had a baby.’
What I felt like saying was, ‘I’ve produced my third child and my sixth novel since I last saw you. Aren’t either of those things more important, more interesting, than my size?’ But no – my waist looked smaller! Forget the kid and the book: finally, something to celebrate!
“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”—attributed to the mother of H. Jackson Brown Jr.
The Puzzle: NGOs and other mission-driven organizations are faced with an onslaught of decisions on how to best collect, analyze and visualize the data that will help them make the world a better place.
“Cada día me miro en el espejo y me pregunto: ‘Si hoy fuese el último día de mi vida, ¿querría hacer lo que voy a hacer hoy?’. Si la respuesta es ‘No’ durante demasiados días seguidos, sé que necesito cambiar algo.”—Steve Jobs
“Any piece of knowledge I acquire today has a value at this moment exactly proportional to my skill to deal with it. Tomorrow, when I know more, I recall that piece of knowledge and use it better.”—Mark Van Doren, Forbes Thought of the Day
A book about our music video, Life 3.0. Made a LONG time ago [corny? maybe.] for a class with Madeline, Trevor, Clint, and Eric. I am trying to consolidate my web presence and thus I would like to have it nicely linked here on Tumblr. :)
For my internship with the law firm Surillo Pumarada and Dahdah Ramírez, I have not only been doing archiving but also working on a website for them! I made it in WordPress so that when I am gone, they can still edit the content, nice and easy. Here is the link. I would love to get your suggestions!