- Pude tomar un vaso de agua por mi mismo. La importancia de ser independiente.
- Durante cinco horas hubo un amigo haciéndome compañía -- alguien que se comunicó muchas veces durante todos los días que me sentía mal hasta que en el momento adecuado acepté su ayuda. La importancia de tener personas en quién apoyarte.
Friday, November 28, 2008
Sunday, November 23, 2008
Vibrant cinema = Slumdog Millionaire! Based on the novel "Q & A" by Vikas Swarup, Slumdog Millionaire is a fast-paced, artistic, electrifying, and poignant film. This is the premise: Jamal Malik is an orphan kid from the slums of Mumbai who is one question away from winning 20 million rupees on the Indian version of "Who wants to be a Millionaire?" When the show breaks for the night, Jamal is arrested and tortured by the police to find out how he could come so close to winning (is he cheating?). Jamal then starts telling the amazing story of his 18 years of life that will reveal the key to the answers of the show.
The movie transitions so smoothly from focusing on "How does he know the answers?" to "What is Jamal's story?" that very early in the film you start seeing and feeling the story through Jamal's eyes. The original narrative and the detailed story are not the only compelling factors in this art flick – the film is also a richly creative visual experience. Mainly shot in Mumbai, it shows the real and tough parts of the city; instead of the palatial, waterfall-washed sets usually employed in Bollywood films.
India is a world of contradictions and extremes. At the same time, it is literally a jumping, overflowing center of human energy. This film captures all this energy visually, but above all, it is represented through the development of its outstanding characters. In an interview for NPR, Danny Boyle, the director of the film, described that as an outsider in India, he tried to be careful not to film only the obvious but to capture what matters to the characters – who they love, who they hate, what their ambitions are, and what their aims are.
In a nutshell, Slumdog Millionaire is one of the best films of the year!
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
Monday, November 17, 2008
"Boy moved down those porch steps like a bobcat, and like a bobcat, he had no idea how he moved, and that made me want him even worse. [..] All these years later, I can still smell that good no-cologne scent of him. Soap and boy."Pancake, Ann. "Strange As This Weather Has Been", p11"I could smell the sun in Jimmy Make's skin, his back, his shoulders, cinnamon brown and freckles both. I'd lie on my side, I'd reach out my tongue. In Jimmy Make's shoulder, I'd taste the sun."Pancake, Ann. "Strange As This Weather Has Been", p142
"Dane is the listener. So he listens, wondering when he'll finally get so full he'll bust have to bust, and day after day he stains, braces, he prays, just to keep from busting. Flood inside."Pancake, Ann. "Strange As This Weather Has Been", p47"His grandma tendered him, did't mind his soft. Didn't hate his softness like Corey does, didn't deny it like Jimmy Make does, didn't ignore it like Lace and Bant do."Pancake, Ann. "Strange As This Weather Has Been", p112
"Nothing on TV, nothing in books, nothing in magazines looked much like our place or much like us, and it's interesting, how you can believe what's on TV is realer than what you feel under your feet."Pancake, Ann. "Strange As This Weather Has Been", p3"That evening Mom made fried chicken and good thick lumpy gravy, my favorite, and rice and green beans, birthday food, and mine wasn't until March"Pancake, Ann. "Strange As This Weather Has Been", p5
"Now I know people not from here probably don't understand our feeling for these hills. Our love for land not spectacular. Our mountains are not like Western ones, those jagged awesome ones, your eyes always pulled to their tops. But that is the difference, I decided. In the West, the mountains are mostly horizon. We live in ourmountains. It's not just the tops, but the sides that hold us."Pancake, Ann. "Strange As This Weather Has Been", p173
"It was like everybody walked around with a door in front of their faces, no, two doors, this thick screen door, and behind that, a heavy storm one. And occasionally they'd open the storm door and speak through the screen. But then they'd close the storm door behind them again."Pancake, Ann. "Strange As This Weather Has Been", p193
Tuesday, November 04, 2008
El más fuerte.
El más inteligente.
Saturday, November 01, 2008
La paradoja de Simpson (o efecto Yule-Simpson) describe la desaparición de una asociación o comparación significativa de dos variables cuando los datos son desagregados por grupos. También referida como el cambio en el sentido de una asociación entre dos variables (cuantitativas o cualitativas) cuando se controla el efecto de una tercera variable o variable de confusión.