Friday, September 27, 2013

Al partir

Ciudad de La Habana (o lo que queda...)

Al partir

Gertrudis Gómez de Avellaneda

¡Perla del mar! ¡Estrella de occidente!
¡Hermosa Cuba! Tu brillante cielo
la noche cubre con su opaco velo,
como cubre el dolor mi triste frente.

¡Voy a partir!... La chusma diligente,
para arrancarme del nativo suelo
las velas iza, y pronta a su desvelo
la brisa acude de tu zona ardiente.

¡Adiós, patria feliz, edén querido!
¡Doquier que el hado en su furor me impela,
tu dulce nombre halagará mi oído!

¡Adiós!... Ya cruje la turgente vela...
el ancla se alza... el buque, estremecido,
las olas corta y silencioso vuela.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

¿Arte o pornografía?

 Entre el desnudo artístico y la pornografía existe una profunda brecha. Entre la belleza y la ridiculez también, aunque para algunos es imposible darse cuenta de eso y cada vez es más difícil de definir, en un mundo donde la vulgaridad, la fama, la violencia, la ostentación, el desenfreno son sinónimos de valor, inteligencia y éxito. 

 Las pasiones, las necesidades, los deseos no se pueden ocultar, no es sano reprimirlos si son justos y no lastiman a nadie. Aquí unos cuantos ejemplos de arte antiguo de diferentes lugares del mundo donde se refleja el sexo (y no precisamente el más convencional) de una manera artísticamente cruda.

Relieve indio

Fresco romano

Relieve escultórico tailandés

Arte etrusco

Japón medieval
Leda y el Cisne, Europa Siglo XIX

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Los nombres de la Torre Eiffel

 En los pretiles del primer balcón, justo encima del primer arco de la Torre Eiffel, hay inscritos 72 nombres de notables científicos franceses.

Este es el lado noreste de la torre, donde se puede apreciar entre otros el nombre de Daguerre, inventor del daguerrotipo

Monday, September 16, 2013

Memorables Responses (email original)


Secretary of State, Dean Rusk, was in France in the early 60's when
DeGaulle decided to pull out of NATO. DeGaulle said he wanted all US
Military out of France as soon as possible.

Rusk responded, "Does that include those who are buried here?"

Did not respond.

You could have heard a pin drop.

When in England, at a fairly large conference, Colin Powell was asked by the
Archbishop of Canterbury if our plans for Iraq were just an example of
'empire building' by George Bush.

He answered by saying, "Over the years, the United States has sent many of
its fine young men and women into great peril to fight for freedom
beyond our borders. The only amount of land we have ever asked for
in return is enough to bury those that did not return."

Could have heard a pin drop.

There was a conference in France where a number of international engineers
were taking part, including French and American. During a break,
one of the French engineers came back into the room saying, "Have you
heard the latest dumb stunt Bush has done? He has sent an aircraft
carrier to Indonesia to help the tsunami victims. What does he
intend to do, bomb them?"

A Boeing engineer stood up and replied quietly: "Our carriers have three
hospitals on board that can treat several hundred people; they are
nuclear powered and can supply emergency electrical power to
shore facilities; they have three cafeterias with the capacity to
feed 3,000 people three meals a day, they can produce several thousand
gallons of fresh water from sea water each day, and they carry half a
dozen helicopters for use in transporting victims and injured to and
from their flight deck. We have eleven such ships; how many does France have?"

You could have heard a pin drop.

A U.S. Navy Admiral was attending a naval conference that included
Admirals from the U.S., English, Canadian, Australian and French
Navies at a cocktail reception, he found himself standing with a large
group of officers that included personnel from most of those countries.
Everyone was chatting away in English as they sipped their drinks but a
French admiral suddenly complained that, whereas Europeans learn many
Languages, Americans learn only English. He then asked, "Why is it that
we always have to speak English in these conferences rather than speaking French?"

Without hesitating, the American Admiral replied, "Maybe it's because the
Brit's, Canadians, Aussie's and Americans arranged it so you wouldn't
have to speak German."

You could have heard a pin drop.



Robert Whiting, an elderly gentleman of 83, arrived in Paris by plane.
At French Customs, he took a few minutes to locate his passport in his carry on.

"You have been to France before, monsieur?" the customs officer asked

Mr. Whiting admitted that he had been to France previously.

"Then you should know enough to have your passport ready."

The American said, "The last time I was here, I didn't have to show it."

"Impossible. Americans always have to show their passports on arrival in France !"

The American senior gave the Frenchman a long hard look. Then he
quietly explained, ''Well, when I came ashore at Omaha Beach on D-Day in
1944 to help liberate this country, I couldn't find a single Frenchmen
to show a passport to."

You could have heard a pin drop.

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