Sunday, August 31, 2008

Sobre el Diseño Gráfico en Puerto Rico

En días pasados una muchacha me comento que estaba haciendo la maestría en diseño gráfico Rico. Ella me pregunto si conocía de alguna pagina local donde hubiese información al respecto. Le dije que no. Hice una busqueda en google y no hay gran cosa. Esto es una lastima y una pena. Así pasa con muchas otras cosas a nivel local no hay información o la poca que hay no abarca suficiente. Ya es hora que haya al menos en la internet información sobre la historia del diseño gráfico a nivel local. Hay muchos diseñadores gráficos pero poca información de estos y sus trayectorias.

Me pregunto ¿Como así pretenden que la gente se interese en el campo y puedan saber que se hace a nivel local si no esta expuesto para el conocimiento de los demás? Aquí en Puerto Rico todo el mundo trabaja por su cuenta. El mercado es demasiado competitivo pero aun así creo que ya es hora de que se vayan organizando y uniéndose por el mismo bien del diseño gráfico local. Es bueno colaborar unos con otros por el bien de la profesión. Muchos de los diseñadores gráficos tienen que emigrar a otros países [no solo E.U. si no Europa, Sur América y hasta Asia de ser posible] porque en ellos encuentran mas oportunidades y mas unión entre ellos mismos. ¿Acaso en Puerto Rico esto es imposible?

En ocasiones ves a las personas buscando y admirando personas de otros países ya que su propio país no promueve esta información. No esta mal conocer y admirar otras culturas al contrario eso es excelente y muy importante para expandir el estilo y los conocimientos. Pero es triste que no se sepa nada , ni se promueva lo que se hace en Puerto Rico en cuanto a esta profesión. Lamentablemente no hay revistas ni impresa ni en Internet a nivel local [si hay favor de informarme al respecto para añadirla, gracias]. Puerto Rico no tiene una estilo definido que sea reconocido a nivel mundial el cual los demás vean y puedan decir eso es de "x" persona o esta inspirado en el trabajo de tal y cual.

Así en mi búsqueda finalmente me tope con un blog sobre diseño gráfico. Este es totalmente nuevo lo iniciaron hace unos dias Diseño Gráfico en Puerto Rico. Su misión "pretendemos que se publiquen artículos, se intercambien enlaces de interes colectivo, se aporte al mejoramiento profesional de toda persona que entre al Blog". Este blog es el primer paso y espero que no sea el ultimo. Encontré también el  articulo Una cultura de diseño en Puerto Rico escrito por Alfonso Gómez Arzola donde el toca unos temas muy importantes sobre el diseño gráfico a nivel local.
Considerando que ya hay algunas escuelas (nuevas y viejas) de diseño industrial, de moda y gráfico que se unen a las escuelas de arquitectura y arquitectura paisajista ya establecidas en la Isla, me parece razonable que empecemos a hablar de hacer un evento en Puerto Rico que apele al grueso de profesiones de diseño en nuestro país. No tiene que empezar masivo, así como no tiene por qué costar un montón. Sólo debe ser genuina mente productivo y de naturaleza participacional.

Creo que un evento de esta naturaleza sería un buen paso hacia crear mayor consciencia del diseño en nuestra cultura, y la importancia del mismo en nuestra sociedad. Vivimos en un desfalque severo de diseño en nuestro país, y no es que no lo haya, es que no se atiende, que es peor. No hay una cultura de diseño como la vemos en Argentina, Colombia, Estados Unidos, el Reino Unido, España, etc. Y es lamentable, en particular porque el diseño sí ha tenido un rol importante en el desarrollo de nuestra cultura. Pero actualmente no parece ser parte de nuestra idiosincracia (fuera de ser un vehículo de venta o de status quo, and we don’t always see a very good use of it at that), y creo que hace falta generar presencia para reintroducir el diseño (como solución, como facilitador, como herramienta útil para el mejoramiento de nuestras vidas, y no como un lujo meramente estético o una herramienta de publicidad) a la conciencia colectiva.
Creo que con esto es mas que suficiente para entender la necesidad real que hay en el diseño gráfico a nivel local. Es tiempo que cedan su individualismo y su interés egocéntrico en solo existir como ente aparte. El diseño gráfico no es solo un arte que simbolice lujos y un estatus social de apariencia. Se supone que una y resuelva necesidades ya sea de una companhia o de un individuo. La colectividad en este caso es necesaria para poder sobrevivir ante la competencia que viene del exterior. Es tiempo que el diseño gráfico local ocupe y se ocupe de su representación a nivel internacional. Crear un legado con el cual la gente pueda identificarse y estar orgulloso.


¡A celebrar el Blog Day!

Blog Day 2008El BlogDay es el día de los blogueros, ha sido creado para que los blogueros conozcan otros blogueros, de otros países y de otros centros de interés. El 31 de agosto es el día en el que los blogueros dan a conocer otros autores.

Se que son 5 blogs pero voy a postear mas.
Ahora los que estan relacionados al arte:

Saturday, August 30, 2008

Blog Day 2008

Blog Day 2008 Aunque es un poco tarde como dicen por ahi Nunca es tarde si la dicha es buena. Manhana 31 de Agosto es el dia oficial del BlogDay a nivel mundial. Ya yo estoy buscando mis 5 blogs a recomendar. Busca los tuyos y compatelos. Todos los dias se aprende algo.


¿Qué es el BlogDay?

El BlogDay es el día de los blogueros, ha sido creado para que los blogueros conozcan otros blogueros, de otros países y de otros centros de interés. El 31 de agosto es el día en el que los blogueros dan a conocer otros autores. Así de sencillo.!

¿Qué ocurrirá durante el BlogDay?

Toda la jornada del 31 de agosto, los blogueros en el mundo entero postearán un artículo recomendando 5 nuevos blogs, preferentemente blogs diferentes a su propia cultura, punto de vista y posición. Así, ese día, el 31 de agosto, los lectores descubrirán otros autores alejados de su entorno habitual. Es un día para descubrir nuevos blogueros y nuevas experiencias.

Las instrucciones del BlogDay:

  1. Encontrar 5 nuevos blogs que consideras interesantes.
  2. Informar o advertir a los autores seleccionados tu recomendación para el BlogDay.
  3. Escribir una descripción corta de cada blog y enlazarlos.
  4. Publicar una entrada el 31 de agosto, el BlogDay, mencionando los 5 blogs que recomiendas
  5. Agregar el tag BlogDay de Technorati: http://technorati.com/tag/blogday2008 y un enlace al sitio BlogDay: http://www.blogday.org 

Friday, August 29, 2008

All about the colours.

Colors are an importan part of our life. They define our moods and reflect them too. Many people have problems when they try to mix or match colors. They are not sure of which colors matches which. You can also explore but how to do that. How, if you are not sure if violet goes with aqua blue?

For interior designers, artists, graphic artists, painters,  and many art related careers working with color is IMPORTANT. Almost a life or death situation. For the same reason that if color can define your mood it can also define an emotion an object of a company and it becomes almost the company. Therefore you have to be sure of your color judgment.

I love colors and I think I manage pretty well around them. Sometimes I get stuck and don't see a possible color combination. Now thanks to friend of mine [hi Tony] who shared this great site with me colourlovers.com I don't have to be all preoccupied. On this site you can create your own colors, own pallete and own patterns with the many styles they provide on the page. Each area haves a feed that you can subscribe to, which is very convenient. Don't forget to visit their blog with great interviews, articles, news and trends all of them color related.

In order to be able to do all this you only have to register and you are ready to go. You will recieve comments/love from other users and you can also use their colors, pallete and patterns to create yours [they call it inspiration]. When people go to your profile they can see your creations and get inspired with them. It is a pretty united community. You will learn how to mix, match and make new colors that you and others can later on enjoy. It is all about the colors and the people that make them cool and usefull.

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Back to Work!

I started working again today after this long vacation. I knew things would look a bit different at el sotano [that is what I call it] but I never expected to be almost empty. I am happy that they got rid of all the un-useful printing machines that were outdated. If they told me that there were still things to do I would have spent this past few weeks cleaning this up making it more like a real work area.

My desk is full fo this antsand that I dont like. I had to move to another table they didnt let me work. Insane walking all aroun the desk. They even go after the water and they are all around so I need some and flea to kill them all. Also need to make some spaces more habitable, more comforting. People always asked how I could work here with all this mess and I always said well this mess isn't mine. I can't do shit about it. Now that the big mess is gone I can improve my sotano and so I will.

First the ants, then move my "lunch area" near me so that I've everything in one room. Organize the boxes and archives that are all around the place. This is hard work to move the rest. To top things I am working alone all this time since schools/university started and my co-workers are attending them. I have to work 8 hours alone on this drepressing place. it might sound like fun but it is not. Reason why I always carry my laptop with me to work. That is why I am online most of the time. I almost fell asleep there with the aA/C turned on all day and alone. Come on! it is hard to keep focus. Ha! Ha!

Still I love my job its been like this for some years but now things are changing for the best. Many have come and work with me but they can't stand the this work even when it is so easy. I know it is boring and repetitive. They are afraid of the zipcodes and the stupid process of the mail.

Anyways. I just wished they told me this place was still in need of some cleaning so I could fix it for the time when I really needed to do my work. Therefore I wouldnt wrote ¿Cuando llega? the other day. Now I am wondering when I will have time to do all this cleanup by myself. Shall make some arrangements with the co-workers. Well back to work after posting.

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Elsa & Fred

Hoy vi la pelicula llamada Elsa & Fred. Esta pelicula cuenta la historia de un senhor mayor llamado Alfredo "Fred" que enviudo y esta tratando de sobrellevar ese evento en su vida. Extranhando a su esposa se encierra en su nuevo apartamento acompanhado de su perro Bonaparte. El lugar donde se muda vive esta senhora llamada Elsa quien pasa a ser su vecina.

Desde el principio vez las diferencias entre los personajes Fred es traquilo, sumiso, introvertido, silencioso habitual. Elsa una loca, desquiciada, viva, extrovertida y nada silenciosa. Ambos personajes viven sus propias angustias a su manera y ahi es donde la pelicula se hace interesante cuando estos dos personajes tan diferentes se unen en una historia de amor como ninguna.

La pelicula esta muy buena. Me encanta el crecimiento y el cambio que tienen los personajes al dejar ir sus miedos cuando los enfrentan con la ayuda de cada uno. Ellos tratando de ignorar a sus hijos controladores dedican a hacer sus vidas mejores. Tratando de vivir al maximo lo que no han vivido en sus vidas. Se las recomiendo no se van a arrepentir. Es una comedia familiar, muy familiar. El hecho de que sean personas mayores los personajes principales la hace muy especial y sensible.

Es una produccion argentina/espanhola con los veteranos actores Manuel Alexandre [Fred] y China Zorrilla [Elsa]. Dirigida por Marcos Carnevale quien tambien la escribio junto con Marcela Guerty. Fue estrenada en 2005 y dura 108 minutos. La musica acargo de Joan Manuel Serrat con la cancion "Hoy puede ser un gran día" es magnifica y muy significativa.

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Adrian Daniel Roman... el "Viajero"

Found another Puerto Rican artist while searching on youtube for art made by puerto ricans.

His name is Adrian Daniel Roman aka “Viajero” is a Puerto Rican artist born and raised in New York City. Viajero means “Traveler” in Spanish. Viajero believes we are all travelers on a journey through life, a voyage of infinite possibilities. Through our travels we stop briefly to meet, love and share encounters with one another; but however precious, these moments are transient.

His work is a representation of our journeys through life and its purpose is to carry the consciousness of timeless being in the midst of a time-bound experience. Family, culture, history, and Life are the inspirations of Viajero’s work. These are the ingredients of his identity.

Many of his pieces are in private collections in the United States and Puerto Rico and have been viewed in various galleries and art shows throughout the nation. You can find more information about his illustrations, exibitions and other works on his website viajeroart.com. After visiting his site I found his techinique very amazing. His work called Pasando is great. Love what he does on wood. His illustrations are vivid and photographic. Do pass by his site and enjoy all his creativity. You will end up loving and watching his works as much as I do.

Monday, August 25, 2008

Madre de Alquiler

Ahora que Ricky Martin tiene hijos gemelos que fueron por encargo la gente se ha vuelto loca con toda esta informacion. Entiendo que la gente estan exagerando las cosas. No se han sentado a buscar informacion sobre esto y opinan sobre lo que no saben.

Originalmente esto se dio a conocer como una opcion  a matrimonios que no pueden tener hijos debido a enfermedades que perjudican sus organos reproductivos o su vida. Actualmente personas solteras tanto hombres como mujeres que desean tener hijos consideran esto como una opcion tambien por varias razones: Ya sea por no querer entrar en el proceso de adopcion ya que el mismo puede durar anhos en las cuestiones legales, porque no pueden concebir un hijo por si solos debido a razones de salud, simplemente quieren ser padres/madres solteros sin problemas de segundo o terceros personas envueltas asi de esta manera nadie le reclama ni le exige.

Entiendo que esto sera la norma del dia segun vayan pasando los anhos. Entiendo que es una buena opcion siempre y cuando puedas asegurar el bienestar mental, emocional, fisico y economico de todas las partes. Espero que este tema se expanda a un nivel mas profecional y me gustaria saber si en Puerto Rico esto es legal o ilegal.

Hice una busqueda en internet sobre el tema encontre varios links importantes relacionados al tema. La mayoria son in ingles ya que tristemente no hay tanta informacion en espanhol sobre este tema. Aun asi no tienen excusa porque hay muchas paginas para educarse:
  • Embarazos por Encargo a Madres de Alquiler: El hecho de recurrir a una madre de alquiler para que lleve en su vientre a su bebé hasta el momento de su nacimiento, ha demostrado ser una elección que ha dado muy buenos resultados para poder ayudar a las parejas infértiles a tener bebés.

  • Fecundación in vitro y transferencia tubárica de embriones (FIVYTE): La indicación más frecuente desde el punto de vista médico para el uso de la Fivyte es  cuando las trompas de Falopio están lesionadas u obstruidas, cuando los ovarios no pueden ovular por sí mismos, cuando la oligospermia (poca cantidad de espermatozoides) del varón no tiene respuesta al tratamiento, cuando hay esterilidad idiopática prolongada (es decir de causa desconocida), cuando hay incompatibilidad entre el espermatozoide y el moco del cuello uterino o los anticuerpos femeninos, cuando hay impotencia coeundi del varón. Se calcula que hay un 10% de parejas que son infértiles, pero no todas por las causas antes mencionadas, de ahí que estas técnicas puedan solucionar sólo parte de las causas de infertilidad.

  • Carole, Ocho hijos de encargo: Tiene 36 años y está embarazada por octava vez, aunque su objetivo es llegar a diez. Esta británica posee el récord mundial como madre de alquiler. Siempre habla de críos, bebés, niños..., pero jamás de hijos. Es una profesional de la gestación.

  • Womb For Rent: The Growing Trend of Outsourcing Pregnancy: Currently more than 50 women in India are pregnant with babies conceived through in-vitro fertilization. Parents have come from all over the world in search of a family. The surrogates are paid, the baby is delivered.
     
  • Pugna judicial por la tutela de un bebé gestado por una 'madre de alquiler': El primer juicio que se celebra en Estados Unidos para decidir a quién corresponde la tutela de un bebé traído al mundo por una madre de alquiler [Hackensack - 07/01/1987]
     
  • Surrogacy: Surrogacy is a method of reproduction whereby a woman agrees to become pregnant for the purpose of gestating and giving birth to a child she will not raise but hand over to a contracted party. She may be the child's genetic mother (the more traditional form of surrogacy), or she may be, as a gestational carrier, carry the pregnancy to delivery after having been implanted with an embryo. In some cases surrogacy is the only available option for parents who wish to have a child that is biologically related to them. 
  • Womb for rent: The 4-1-1 on surrogates: Information on wombs for rent.  

  • Information applicable to United States law only: Surrogate Motherhood

  • Surrogate Motherhood Center:  The medical constituent of the surrogacy ( surrogate motherhood ) Program has been intensely developing for all these years and now it is being realized at the highest technological level. The legal constituent of the surrogacy motherhood Program remains so far insufficiently settled in many countries. [some kind of agency from Ukraine with lots of information on the actual matter]

Sunday, August 24, 2008

¿Cuando llega?

Mi "trabajo" es un poco extranho. La cosa es que no es regular por lo que siempre digo que es un hobbie. Me fui de viaje casi por un mes regreso [ya hace dos semanas] y todavia no hay trabajo. Llamo me dicen hay trabajo el viernes que viene si no pues el lunes [manhana] comezamos. Yo contenta pues me alegre porque la verdad es que necesito trabajar para abonar a la tarjeta y otras cosas.

Llamo hoy a ver que onda hay con lo del trabajo para saber a que hora llegar si voy a ir o no. Me cuentan que todavia no hay trabajo pero que me aumentaron el sueldo. Digo a que cool que me aumente pero hasta que no trabaje no vere los frutos del aumento. Ya en casa me tiraron la de que fuera buscar ni que en McD cosa que no pasara. Pero mi trabajo esta ahi. Solo queda esperar.

Ahora cuando regrese me dare el puesto de la vida por que no voy a tener la misma cantidad de perosna trabajando conmigo y porque las personas que si estaran [como siempre] no estaran tanto tiempo conmigo. Asi que la mayoria del trabajo me tocara sola. Lo que quiere decir que lo que hacia en una semana me tomara dos. Son tres envios de momento asi que tendre trabajo para buen tiempo. Espero que no me ajoren por sus irresponsabilidades. Asi que a mal tiempo buena cara. Pero es que de verdad ya no quiero estar en mi casa.

Otros Temas:
  • Me van a mudar a mi inmate favorito para otro estado asi que veremos que pasa con el ninho. Solo espero que cuando llegue alla pueda estudiar [tiempo tendra] es lo unico que me interesa. Me alegre mucho al recibir su llamada ya me hacia falta saber de el. Estas cosas me hacen los dias buenos.
  • Ayer estaba en una boda de unos amigos mios. Muy linda y por lo menos el novio se crio conmigo . Auun que a ambos los vi crecer y ahora se casaron. Fue emocinante y pues se que son de esos matrimonios que duraran. De esos matrimonios dificiles de fundar en estos dias. Luego de eso hicimos un grupito y nos fuimos para Drums en Isla Verde llegue a las 4am y estoy muerta del suenho pero no me quiero acostar.
  • Diciembre es mi cumpleanhos y quiero celebrarlo porque seria el ultimo cumple por ahora hasta nuevo aviso. Todavia la idea sigue en pie y creo que encontre dos lugares donde puedo celebrarlo. Yeah! De lograr organizar todo se enteraran. ;)

Friday, August 22, 2008

Vexille

Vexille [2007] is an animation movie that deasl with sci-fi all the way from Japan. Directed by Fumihiko Sori. Written by: Haruka Handa and Fumihiko Sori. They are the creators of Appleseed [for what I read on other pages.]

Vexille synopsis is divided in two parts: Isolation: Japan in 2067 closes to herself for the world in the face of unilateral international policy setting strict limits on the use of robotic technology. The island nation exist only behind a veil os seclusion. No one gets in no one goes out of it. Revelation: Then in 2077 ten years after a group of agents from the SWORD company that operates on their own but with the blessings of US and its ally. Their mission is to infiltrate Japan and confirm if they are developing banned robotic bio-techonology forbidden due to its threat with human kind.

I watched this movie yesterday with my dad in our house. I have to say that the graphics are pretty good. It haves a lot of action a little bit of romance but LOTS of actions and science reference. It is more of the same stories of someone trying to rule over everything so you wont be surprise of the story. Still it is develope very well. I loved the jags, suites and the characters overall. Check the video it haves a 10min preview of the movie.



Thursday, August 21, 2008

Superman y Yo somos iguales.

Acabo de ver Superman [2006]. No la habia visto nunca me llamo la atencion. Ademas de que las criticas nunca fueron excelentes asi que no me motive a verla. Ahora que la vi en HBO puedo decir que es una de las mejores historias de amor. Si un poco cursi pero esta buena. Descubri que aunque Superman tiene poder es sobrenaturales y es un super heroe es igual que yo. Se enamora y sufre como yo. Asi que el es uno mas con unas extras.

Lois Lane mija entiendo que el ninho se fue de viaje no dijo adios y eso molesta mucho pero sabes que lo amas como no amas a tu maridito que esta precioso by the way. Tuvistes un hijo con Superman. Superman y Clark Kent te aman y te amaran por toda la vida mija. Lo sabes. El te escojio a ti. Tu estas sufriendo y por despecho siempre lo amaras sin importar cuanto tiempo pase.

Yo entiendo tan bien a Superman. El esta detras de esta mujer toda su vida y ella solo esta enamorada de el pero no de Clark. Pobre Clark tan humilde y tan dado a todos los caprichos de la Lane. El le aguanta a ella lo que no le aguanta a Lex. Asi es esto de estar entregado a alguien. Ahora la parte que mas me gusta es cuando el se la lleva a pasear volando por ahi. Perfecto!

El ego siempre metiendose en el medio de los corazones. Tan triste todo. Lane deja de utilizar a Kent y Kent deja de ser utilizado por Lane. Mejor quedense juntos. Porque al fin ella pelea con su ego para despues estar desvelada en la noche pensando en Superman. Superman hay muchas Lois Lane en el mundo. In case you dont know... you have a fan club. Un amor imposible. Superman y yo somos iguales frente al amor. Ya yo tube esta conversacion tambien y conteste lo mismo.
Lois Lane: [Lois is standing in the front yard thinking about Superman, she is then startled when she hears Jason, she sees Jason waving out to the sky, she then looks at the sky and sees Superman floating right above her] I... Will we see you... around?
Superman: I'm always around. Good night, Lois.

Noticias Resumidas

En estos dias hay par de noticias que encuentro de algun tipo de importancia o influencia en los anhos a seguir. Son parte de la historia no se si para bien o para mal algunas de ellas.

Como si fuera poco al gobernador Anibal Acevedo Vila lo acusaron con 5 cargos mas al que el se niega de nuevo a que no hizo nada. Ya me tiene casa estas mierdas politicas y quiero que sea 2009. El mes de vacaciones me hicieron bien pq no me entere de nada y no me frustre. Honestamente no entiendo nada de esta sangana si lo van a arrestar haganlo ya si no lo van a arrestar pues cool pero no fastidien mas y sigan alargando esto para seguir con el show politico de todos lados. mano uno tiene cosas que hacer y cosas en que pensar. No le quieran meter a uno por ojo, boca y nariz todo este revolu sobre todo en anho de elecciones. Hay cosas mas importantes por las cuales peliar o discutir con el mismo fervor que se discute para acusarlo o liberarlo. So do something about it.

Para sorpresa de muchos los Jamaiquinos se han quedado con el track and field en estas olimpiadas. EU que estaba TAN seguro de ganar pues se ha quedado corto en las medallas de oro y estan saving/conformandose con las de plata y bronce. Ya Usain Bolt quien rompio el record y se quedo con todo la gente esta diciendo que le hagan pruebas porque es demasiado rapido. Creo que eso se llama disiplina y querer ganar es suficiente motivacion para el. Demostrar que el puede y quiere dejar en verguenza a otros. [US aprende dont be so cocky] China se ha quedado con las medallas de oro. No es para menos estan en su casa quieren lucir bien y a fin de cuentas ellos siempre sacan buenas medallas.  Vamos a ver que le queda a US despues de gimnasia, natacion y basketball.

Ricky Martin ahora sale con que tiene gemelos. Que rento una barriga donde se fecundaran, se desarrollaran y nacieran sus hijos. No es la primera ni la ultima vez. El tiene el dinero para hacerlo. Lo que si es que se puede volver una modalidad en las personas asi que hay que estar pendiente a esto. Ya mismo veremos otras personas hacerlo. Es normal que una mujer que no puede tener hijos por razones de salud etc lo haga. Pero un hombre rentar una barriga para esto. Hmmm. Siempre he dicho que el necesita ayuda pisquiatrica esto de Menudo lo dejo bien marcado. Aun me pregunto que realmente paso ahi. En fin felicidades con los nenes. Prensa dejelo vivir ninguno de ustedes se los va a mantener asi que delen pichon a la cosa y vayan a stalk a otra gente.

El muchacho que lo velaron de pie. Ya me dijeron que salio hasta en Primer Impacto. Este muchacho de tan solo 24 anhos hace 6 anhos le habia comentado a su madre sus ultimos deseso de que lo velaran de pie cuando partiera del mundo. La madre complaciente hizo lo propio. Ahora me pregunto cuantas cosas hizo esa madre para complacer a su hijo. Le metieron 11 balazos [if Im not mistaken]. Asi que el ninho era uno con carreras alternas y bien sociable. Solo hay que ver la foto del velorio para notarlo. Un total ejemplo. Creo que mas fueron a ver como era que velaban a una persona de pie que en si por darle el ultimo pesame. Porque el puertorro es tan presentao, claro y por los entremeses. A donde vamos a llegar a donde gente.

Georgia vs Russia. en ningun lado veo a US en esto pero ellos se hicieron duenhos del kiosko y mandaron a Mrs. Condalicia a hacer las paces ella es la peacemaker o sea el bobo entre ambos. US en vez de terminar las guerras, dar mas fondos a la educacion, ciencias, salud y bregar honestamente con las leyes de inmigrantes se mete en donde no lo llaman solo por tener el "poder" de hacer lo que quiere. Para los que no saben Georgia es un pais vecino de Russia el cual Russia quiere invadir pero como ya dije madre patria del mundo US intervino.

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Francisco Mulero

Francisco Mulero is a puertorican born painter. He was raised in NYC  by his mother along with his brother.  All his art career was build there with the help of art books his mother bought him.

His style is very unique. His use of faces, bodies, fatlines and women are almost in all his paintins/drawings. When you are watching his art you can quickly see Picasso and Dali on them but in his own surrealistic perception. Most of his works deal with family, overcoming personal troubles and things that touches deeply our way of living.

The drawings look like engraving, sometimes colorful engravings. Sadly I didn't found too much information on him. Which is weird cause judging by his art and "fame" he should be running his own web page to expose his great work. Even when there is not too much information about him on the web. I believe he will be around for quite some time. He is hitting new York big time now but I know he have the potential of going further places.


Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Social Security Number.

Yesterday while I was doing my 666 research [not that big I know] I came across the Social Security History. I found it quite interesting. We all have one [US and its territory, etc] but I guess that we don't really know or care where that freaking number came from or why we have it or use it. Now days it is very valuable as identity theft is everywhere this number have become our only or primary ID in the financial world.

I remember that when I was a child people gave their social security every were. Used it like it was just a normal number and no one said a thing. Now days to share your social security number is like a big No! No!  cause you can loose your identity and some one can pretend to be you, etc. Still we read a lot of the benefits, in work, school, banks they ask you for it and we have no clue of all the history of it. I wonder if it is because of pure ignorance or just because the government doesn't inform us well [but I rather go for the ignorance].

Social Security number
main purpose was to track individuals' accounts within the Social Security program. It has since come to be used as an identifier for individuals within the United States, although rare errors occur where duplicates do exist. Employee records, patient records, student records, and credit records are sometimes indexed by Social Security number. The U.S. military has used the Social Security number as an identification number for the Army and Air Force since July 1, 1969, the Navy and Marine Corps since January 1, 1972, and the Coast Guard since October 1, 1974.

The first SSNs were issued by the Social Security Administration in November 1936 as part of the New Deal Social Security program. Within three months, 25 million numbers were issued. Before 1986, people often did not have a Social Security number until the age of about 14, since they were used for income tracking purposes, and those under that age seldom had substantial income. In 1986, American taxation law was altered so that individuals over 5 years old without Social Security numbers could not be successfully claimed as dependents on tax returns; by 1990 the threshold was lowered to 1 year old, and was later abolished altogether. Since then, parents have often applied for Social Security numbers for their children soon after birth; today, it can be done on the application for a birth certificate.

Structure
Information from (from http://www.socialsecurity.gov/history/ssn/geocard.html)

The Social Security number is a nine-digit number in the format "AAA-GG-SSSS". The number is divided into three parts.
  • The Area Number, the first three digits, is assigned by the geographical region. Prior to 1973, cards were issued in local Social Security offices around the country and the Area Number represented the office code in which the card was issued. This did not necessarily have to be in the area where the applicant lived, since a person could apply for their card in any Social Security office. Since 1973, when SSA began assigning SSNs and issuing cards centrally from Baltimore, the area number assigned has been based on the ZIP code in the mailing address provided on the application for the original Social Security card. The applicant's mailing address does not have to be the same as their place of residence. Thus, the Area Number does not necessarily represent the State of residence of the applicant, neither prior to 1973, nor since.
Generally, numbers were assigned beginning in the northeast and moving westward, so that people on the east coast had the lowest numbers and those on the west coast had the highest numbers. As the areas assigned to a locality are exhausted, new areas from the pool are assigned, so some states have noncontiguous groups of numbers.
Complete list of area number groups from the Social Security Administration
  • The middle two digits are the group number. They have no special geographic or data significance but merely serve to break the number into conveniently sized blocks for orderly issuance.
  • There is a theory that the two middle digits can be used to identify a person's ethnic background. This is debunked as an urban legend on snopes.com as well as on the Social Security Administration's website.
The group numbers range from 01 to 99. However, they are not assigned in consecutive order. For administrative reasons, group numbers are issued in the following order:
  1. ODD numbers from 01 through 09
  2. EVEN numbers from 10 through 98
  3. EVEN numbers from 02 through 08
  4. ODD numbers from 11 through 99
As an example, group number 98 will be issued before 11.
  • The last four digits are serial numbers. They represent a straight numerical sequence of digits from 0001-9999 within the group.
Currently, a valid SSN cannot have an area number above 772, the highest area number which the Social Security Administration has allocated.
There are also special numbers which will never be allocated:
  • Numbers with all zeros in any digit group (000-xx-####, ###-00-####, ###-xx-0000).
  • Numbers of the form 666-xx-####, probably due to the potential controversy (see Number of the Beast).
  • Numbers from 987-65-4320 to 987-65-4329 are reserved for use in advertisements.
The Administration publishes the last group number used for each area number. Since group numbers are allocated in a regular (if unusual) pattern, it is possible to identify an unissued SSN that contains an invalid group number. Despite these measures, many fraudulent SSNs cannot easily be detected using only publicly available information.

Types of Social Security cards

Three different types of Social Security cards are issued. The most common type contains the cardholder's name and number. Such cards are issued to U.S. citizens and U.S. permanent residents. There are also two restricted types of Social Security cards:
  • One reads "NOT VALID FOR EMPLOYMENT." Such cards cannot be used as proof of work authorization, and are not acceptable as a List C document on the I-9 form.
  • The other reads "VALID FOR WORK ONLY WITH DHS AUTHORIZATION." These cards are issued to people who have temporary work authorization in the U.S. They can satisfy the I-9 requirement, if they are accompanied by a work authorization card.
In 2004 Congress passed The Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act; parts of which mandated that the Social Security Administration redesign the Social Security Number (SSN) Card to prevent forgery. From April 2006 through August, 2007, Social Security Administration (SSA) and Government Printing Office(GPO) employees were assigned to redesign the Social Security Number Card to the specifications of the Interagency Task Force created by the Commissioner of Social Security in consultation with the secretary of Homeland Security. The new SSN card design utilizes both covert and overt cutting edge security features created by the SSA and GPO design teams.

This card haves a very long history full of good and important things that we just don't know or care about. Even when it seems that this service will disappear with the dinosaur era since the government is doing lots of incredible miss use of the funds. Still they say that wont happen.

The Social Security Act was drafted by President Roosevelt's committee on economic security, under Edwin Witte, and passed by Congress as part of the New Deal. The act was an attempt to limit what were seen as dangers in the modern American life, including old age poverty, unemployment, and the burdens of widows and fatherless children. By passing this act, President Roosevelt became the first president to advocate the protection of the elderly. President Roosevelt signed  the Social Security Act, at approximately 3:30 pm EST on 14 August 1935.

Other Facts Related to the Card:
  • The first SS-5 applications of a social security number were distributed to citizens (based on information from their employers) on Tuesday, November 24, 1936, after which 1,074 of the nation's 45,000 post offices were designated "typing centers" to type up social security cards which were then sent to Washington, D.C.
  • On December 1, as part of the publicity campaign for the new program, Joseph L. Fay of the Social Security Administration selected a record from the top of the first stack of 1,000 records and announced that the first social security number in history was assigned to John David Sweeney, Jr., of New Rochelle, New York. Like many people whose number ended with "-0001", Sweeney had been the first person to have his information processed by a typing center in his area. He died in 1974 at the age of 61.
  •  The "lowest" social security number (001-01-0001) was the one issued to Grace D. Owen of Concord, New Hampshire (which had the 001 prefix), after two others declined to receive an "honorary" number.[19] Miss Owen, later Mrs. Grace Muzzey, died in December 1975 at the age of 73.
  • The most misused SSN of all time was (078-05-1120). In 1938, wallet manufacturer the E. H. Ferree company in Lockport, New York decided to promote its product by showing how a Social Security card would fit into its wallets that later were distributed by Woolworth [reason why it is known as theWoolworth Card]. A sample card, used for display purposes, was inserted in each wallet. Company Vice President and Treasurer Douglas Patterson thought it would be a clever idea to use the actual SSN of his secretary, Mrs. Hilda Schrader Whitcher.
  • Decode Social Security Numbers
If you want to know more about the social security program, history or benefits you can go to Social Security Online the actual page of the program hosted by the government.

Monday, August 18, 2008

Post 666


Hoy hago el post numero 666 en el blog. Ya que llegue a ese numero quiero hacer el post sobre ese numero ya que siempre ha sido misterioso y causa de controversia a lo largo de miles de anhos. Me tome un rato para buscar informacion sobre el numero en la internet. Esto fue lo que encontre y espero aprendan algo sobre este numero ademas de lo que ya saben. [toda la Info fue extraida de wikipedia]

En matemáticas:

  • El 666 es un número abundante. Es la suma de los 36 primeros números naturales (1 + 2 + 3 + ... + 34 + 35 + 36 = 666) y, por tanto, un número triangular. Puesto que el 36 es al mismo tiempo cuadrado y triangular, el 666 es el sexto número de la forma n2(n2 + 1) / 2 y el octavo número de la forma n(n + 1)(n2 + n + 2) / 8.
  • El 666 es la suma de los cuadrados de los siete primeros números primos (22 + 32 + 52 + 72 + 112 + 132 + 172 = 666).
  • La media armónica de los dígitos decimales de 666 es un número entero: 3/(1/6 + 1/6 + 1/6) = 6, siendo así el 666 el 54º número con esta propiedad (que comparten todos los números naturales repdigit).
  • En base 10, el 666 es un número capicúa, un repdigit (un número cuyas cifras son todas iguales) y un número de Smith. Un cuadrado mágico primo recíproco basado en 1/149 en base 10 tiene un total mágico de 666.
  • El número romano que representa al número 666 (DCLXVI) usa una vez cada una de las cifras romanas cuyo valor es menor que 1.000, en orden descendente respecto a su valor (D = 500, C = 100, L = 50, X = 10, V = 5, I = 1).
  • El 666 forma parte de los índices de la secuencia de Padovan de números primos, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 14, 19, 30, 37, 84, 128, 469, 666, 1262, 1573, 2003, 2210, ...

La Marca de la Bestia [Artículo principal: Marca de la Bestia]

En la Biblia, el Libro del Apocalipsis declara, de forma críptica, que el 666 "corresponde a un ser humano", relacionado con la Bestia, una criatura antagónica que hace una breve aparición en el último tercio de la visión apocalíptica. El autor reta al lector a descifrar el simbolismo de este número, un reto que ha inspirado desde entonces a toda clase de místicos y supuestos profetas. La lista de personas de las que se ha afirmado que son el hombre cuyo número es el 666 es larga, y sigue creciendo; por lo general, no hace falta mucho ingenio para encontrar varias formas de conectar a un rival político o religioso con el número 666, ya que la Biblia no pone limite alguno respecto a "cómo" debe establecerse una conexión entre el hombre y el número.

En la cultura popular moderna, el número 666 se ha convertido en uno de los símbolos de Satanás o el Diablo. Las referencias más serias al número 666 se dan tanto en sectas cristianas apocalípticas como en subculturas explícitamente anticristianas, como las que rodean a los grupos de heavy metal. Son comunes referencias humorísticas al simbolismo del 666, como en el nivel del videojuego Lemmings en el que pueden verse tres gigantescos seises hechos de la roca de lava propia de los niveles "infernales" del juego. La aparición del 666 en el arte o la literatura occidentales contemporáneos es muy probablemente una referencia intencionada al simbolismo de esta Marca de la Bestia. Tales referencias populares son demasiado numerosas como para relacionarlas aquí.

Es bastante habitual que el papel simbólico del "entero" 666 se transfiera a la "secuencia de dígitos" 6-6-6. Algunas personas se toman las asociaciones satánicas del 666 tan en serio que evitan activamente todo lo que esté relacionado con el 666 o los dígitos 6-6-6. De forma más o menos jocosa, este rechazo se conoce como Hexakosioihexekontahexafobia

En otros campos:
  • 666 es el número de talentos de oro que el rey Salomón recaudaba en un solo año.
  • 666 es el número de descendientes de Adonicán que regresaron a Jerusalén y Judea del exilio babilonio.
  • La suma de todos los números de una ruleta es 666.
  • La suma de los primeros 144 dígitos de π es 666.
  • El número 666 es un elemento visual recurrente en los tatuajes de la Hermandad Aria, una banda de presidiarios estadounidense.
  • El número de puerto TCP y UDP usado por el juego Doom al jugar contra otro jugador por medio de TCP es el 666.
  • 666 era el nombre original del virus informático para Macintosh SevenDust [[1]], que se descubrió en 1998.
  • La Fuente del Ángel Caído, en el parque del Retiro en Madrid, ÚNICA estatua en el mundo conmemorada a Lucifer, está situado a exactamente 666 metros sobre el nivel del mar
  • Si sacas tres 6 seguidos en el parchís, tienes que volver con esa ficha a casa.
  • El precio del primer lanzamiento de Apple, el Apple I, era de $666.66
  • US Highway 666 conocida como "Devil's Highway "en EU pasa a ser la 491 . En 1997 la  carretera fue nombrada una de las 20 mas peligrosas en todos los EU.
 

Sunday, August 17, 2008

Featured in Custom Quarter

Custom Quarter is a street art based blog but also include all valid forms of art like: stencils, graffiti, photography illustration, apparel+kicks, toys, paintings and digital pieces. I was invited back in July by Rendan86 from to send a submission to this blog after he saw some of my works in deviantart.com. You can find my submission in the Holy Smokes! post. Thanks for including me on your lists of artists.

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Saturday, August 16, 2008

Fotos desde el aire

Estas son unas fotitos que tenia en el celular. Se me olvido que las habia tomado el dia que llegue a PR desde el avion cuando estaba aterrizando. No se lo lugares que tome solo pude decifrar el natatorium de San Juan y un cementerio no se cual. Anyways aqui estan las fotos. Enjoy!!


Great Puerto Ricans Painters

I finally found something about Puerto Rican art on youtube.com. Thanks to Kilikimakos we are able to go through the art made by the great Puerto Rican artists like Francisco Oller, Jose Campeche y Carlos Irrizary and many more.
Great Puerto Rican Painters is compossed by four videos.
Each video cover a time line that goes from 1751 to 1970.
Note from Kilikimakos
The painters are shown in chronological order according to the year of their birth. Puerto Rico has a rich art history, it is just a shame that the knowledge of this history is not more widespread. Well, this series on Puerto Rican painting is our way of trying to remedy that problem.
Part One: shows the paintings of artists from Jose Campeche(1751-1809) to Augusto Marin (1921- ). 
Part Two: shows the paintings of artists from Manuel Hernandez Acevedo (1921-1988) to Carlos Irizarry (1938- ).
Part Three: shows the paintings of artists from Fernando Diaz McKenna (1873-?) to Cecilio Colon Guzman
(1959- ).
Part Four: shows the paintings of artists from Eluard Dobal (1948- ) to Jaime Rosa (late 1960's or early 1970's?- ). 


Thursday, August 14, 2008

US vs China over Phelps popularity.

I was checking my stats and I found out a post about Michel Phelps and his popularity in China. Thing is that  this post Chinese Blog Removes Michael Phelps Post: 'Why Write About Him? China Is Doing Well' talks about this other entry As he swims into history, Phelps gets little attention in China. In this International Herald Tribune the writer Jeré Longman states that:
Late last year, or early this year, Brownell said, her colleague, Yi Jiandong, wrote a blog on a popular Web site about how many medals Phelps might win, which brought a vehement response.

"It incited a lot of attacks on him from ultranationalists, who thought that by simply describing Phelps's quest, he was saying the U.S. was better than China," Brownell said, adding that the blog was eventually removed from the site, QZone.

"My guess," Brownell said, "is that with China doing so well, winning so many gold medals, leading the count, it may be an editorial policy that if you give too much attention to Michael Phelps, there could be a danger of inciting ultranationalism: 'Why are you writing about him when China is doing so well?' They are sensitive to ultranationalism. They know the world is watching. They don't want any ugliness."
This means that China indirectly doesnt want people posting more about other athletes when their athlethes are going so well. cuase it could ruin their image etc. That is some internal/editorial whatever policy. I understand that. That is the goverment issue and way to work there. sO we have to at some point respect that. 
The author of the blog Chinese Blog Removes Michael Phelps Post... commented on this manner:
It's only natural that the Chinese care more about the sports they dominate, just as Americans care more about the sports we dominate. But to remove a blog post simply because it focuses on Phelps is ridiculous.
After that I went to read the comments just to see what people was capable of commenting about this issue. What I found? What you think? The total ignorance of some people insulting China becuase of this. To make matters more interesting must of them were ignorant people that still think that USA is the biggest thing ever and that the rest of the world should do as US pleases.
Example of the comments:
If the United States made it mandatory for the best genes to be taken away from their families at the age of three and pushed in all aspects of athletic training their entire young life with "Pride of America" ridding on their shoulders focused in their growing minds, And we allowed all of our true professionals to compete in these "Amateur" games I think we would win 90% of the medals, I am sick of hearing about the Chinese sensitivity!!! who cares about who they think they are.....would you want to live in their smoggy hell hole? no! Fake freedom every you look.....Give me a break the only thing that puts China on the big boy playing field is the fact that they have 1 fifth of the worlds population, other that that and the secrets they stole to make nukes, take that away and their just a bunch of rice farmers......
Screw hurting their poor sensitivity.....
Congrats to Phelps, and the rest of the Olympians from all Free countries that work hard and do well.

Sick of China already....and oh yea.....We need to buy all of our debt back from them....We should allow them nothing to hold over our heads, they take China pride to a stratus level that is ridiculous
Now that made me think and I went nuts writing, but I contained myself and just posted what it says there on #17 [you should check the links they are good] still this is what I wrote originally:
What happens in China and with their people that is their problem and way of living. If they dont want it, they just dont want it there. It is not ridiculous. That is what they have been taught since forever and are used to. You don't mess in their home politic/domestic/international/rights problems that is for them to fix and deal with.

Still that doesn't give anybody the right to talk like many have talked about them.

Why be so proud about your perfection when many of the  things you have on the USA are Made by Chinese hands? Who is in debt with China? Hmmm? Are they still rice farmers when they make your fabulous trendy expensive clothing [becuase it is cheaper than in the states cause no one wants their hands dirty or work 14 hrs. cause most would rather look like rock stars even when they can't afford it], when they made paper, gun powder [that US loves to use in their "justified" wars] and your country is in debt with them, etc. I dont think so.

This events are for uniting countries not to divide them. China history goes for 5,000 years and is very very rich. Read some history do some research. In many parts we [the modern world/free countries as well] have to be thankful for all the things they develop. People should show some respect.

To end this I just have to say that after reading all the comments and ignorance in other pages related to the US debt to China people are really stupid and waste their time in school if they even go. I mean how can you call this people rice farmers when they have [like I said before] achieved so much for the world. With a history so big and rich: "China has one of the world's oldest people and continuous civilizations, consisting of states and cultures dating back more than six millenniums."

Some still believe that US owns the world. Well reality check is that US [kind of] belongs to China and Japan. That makes me wonder who are the rice farmers now? Gosh their ignorance is HUGE. Europe is getting all the attention and US is borrowing money to keep up the "wars" they have. They care more of wars than of the people. The government just brain wash you saying US is #1 but the facts say other things. Just read the news paper use the internet for other things rather than porn, gossip, celebrity shit and stupidity.

I enjoy the games. I enjoy Phelps and his achievements but come on people get real. Stop your stupid over powered egocentricity. Maybe that is the reason why many countries don't get along with your ideas. Still they welcome you to their country. China have been trough lots of things Dynasties, Communism and now they are "trying" to make some changes and US wont stop them like it or not. I don't think that US will be strong like it used to be even if they pay all those debts they have. So watch out with what you say now cause you never know. Learn from President Bush [this is one of the things you can actually learn from him] and stick your tongue in your rear end. Smile, bow and wave. Just enjoy the games.
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