Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Just turned 30 and still kicking it / 30 recién cumplidos y todavía disfrutando

I have been blessed to be able to celebrate my 30th birthday today, surrounded by family and with lots of messages from friends all over the world.
In reality I cannot complaint too much, I just turned 30, I have a beautiful wife and daughter, I have hundreds (if not thousands) of friends all over the world, I have traveled to places I could not imagine, I have lived in 6 countries (and soon that will change to 7), I have seen some magnificent things and tasted many flavours and aromas that still remind me of those places visited.
My first 30 years have come and gone very fast, but I can say that I have enjoyed the passing of those years to its maximum.

30 are gone, but there are many more to come with their own flavors, challenges and successes, so let them come, I can say that now I feel ready for them!!

He recibido hoy la bendición de poder celebrar mi cumpleaños número 30 rodeado de familia y con muchísimos mensajes de mis amigos de todas partes del mundo.
En realidad no me puedo quejar mucho, acabo de cumplir 30, tengo una bella esposa e hija, tengo cientos (si no miles) de amigos esparcidos por todo el mundo, he viajado a lugares que no podía imaginar, he vivido en 6 países (lo cual cambiará dentro de poco a 7), he visto algunas cosas maravillosas y he probado muchísimos sabores y aromas que todavía avivan los recuerdos de esos lugares visitados.
Mis primeros 30 años pasaron muy rápido, pero puedo decir que disfruté su pasada al máximo.

30 se fueron ya, pero todavía faltan muchísimos más por venir, los cuales estarán llenos de sus propios sabores, retos y logros; así que déjenlos venir que ahora me siento preparado para ellos.

Friday, September 05, 2008

The Olympics came and passed

The 2008 China Olympics have passed already (some time ago but I had not blogged on it) and with it a new image has been given to the world about China and their capabilities to organize such an outstanding event and as we say in Spanish "Botar la casa por la ventana" which literally means to throw the house through the window or to do it with splendor.

US lead in total number of medals with 110 medals in total, while China finished on top with 51 Gold medals and 100 medals in total. That's an outstanding result when compared with 1 Bronze medal that my beloved Venezuela got, but hey one is better than nothing, right?

I wanted to share some great links about the Olympics, specially pictures from the Olympic games which I have found on the web:
  • You have got to check this page at The New York Times which has an interactive map showing graphically the quantity of medals won by each country in all the Olympic games since Athens 1896!
  • The big picture blog has the best set of pictures I have seen of the opening ceremony
  • Sports Illustrated has an underwater slideshow of the 100m butterfly final where Michael Phelps won by .01 seconds, you have to see how close it was!!
  • The Daily Mail has a story of how photographs helped overturn a result in taekwondo, giving Britain the chance to win the Bronze and taking china out
  • Stern from Germany has very unusual and sometime humorous set of 150 pictures from the Olympics, you should not miss.
  • Sports Illustrated has a great photo archive of their coverage of the Olympics
  • If you are into photography (as I am) you should check this 360 degree high resolution panorama, shot by Kari Kuukka from a photographer's corral before the men's 100m final.
  • London has now a big challenge to host the Olympics in 2012 after this amazing show put up by china, so preparing for that The big Picture posted a great looking set of pictures of London shot from above and at night.

I hope you enjoyed the Olympics and that you enjoy these links too

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

TVes marcando pautas en "Periodismo veraz"

¡¡No se pierdan este video que está increible!! Y pensar que RCTV fue cambiada para que los Venezolanos disfrutaran de esto

Este es Willy Oviedo, comentarista deportivo de TVes y quién tuvo una pequeña confusión al cubrir la noticia sobre Michael Phelps al ganar su octava medalla de oro. Según el Michael Phelps nadó en 1972, cuando los juegos Olímpicos fueron en la Alemania Nazi y Hitler no le quizo dar sus medallas de oro ¡No te lo pierdas!

Encontrado via franengotas.com

Thursday, August 14, 2008

White Americans to represent 46% of US population by 2050

According to the Census Bureau Thursday released projections, by 2050 whites will make up 46% of the US population (down from 66% today), blacks will make up 15% (a relatively small increase from today), Asians will raise to 9% (from 5% currently); while "Hispanics" will account for 30% (up from about 15% now).

The U.S. population is projected to grow from about 305 million people today to 400 million by 1039 and 439 million by 2050. While it's over 85 population is projected to more than triple to 19 million by 2050.

US is still far behind China or India on population, but that's a significant increase in population and in retired population, which as in many other developed countries will put big pressure on retirement funds. And the quantity of "Hispanics" is expected to increase from 49.7 million in 2010 to 132.7 millions by 2050, that's about a 267% increase!!

Read more in Yahoo or if you want to look into the data itself check the Census Bureau directly

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Part of the Olympics Fireworks were faked for TV

A global television audience of more than three billion people watched in amazement as a series "video footage from a helicopter" of giant footprints outlined in fireworks proceeded through the night sky from Tiananmen Square to the Bird's Nest stadium - except they were watching a computer animation 3D graphics sequence that took almost a year to produce.

While the dramatic display actually happened as portrayed on television, members of the Beijing Olympic Committee said it was necessary to replace live video with computer-generated imagery because the city’s hazy, smoggy skies made it too difficult to see, according to The Beijing Times, which first reported the story.

"Seeing how it worked out, it was still a bit too bright compared to the actual fireworks," "But most of the audience thought it was filmed live - so that was mission accomplished."Gao Xiaolong (the man responsible for the animation) told the China's Beijing Times.

Now honestly, how many of you thought there was something fishy about those almost perfect fireworks? This definitely raises the bar for the next computer animated films and interaction of CGI with real world news, footage, video, etc.

More information on PhotoshopNews.com, news.sky.com, Bloomber.com and NBC.com

Thursday, August 07, 2008

Dutch town tests new air purifying Concrete

The small Dutch town of Hengelo in the eastern Dutch province of Overijssel is testing a new "air-purifying concrete", which could lead to a breakthrough in the fight against pollution.

Experts from the University of Twente developed and tested the concrete paving stones which contain a titanium dioxide-based additive. Under the influence of sunlight they bind the nitrogen oxide particles emitted by cars and turn them into harmless nitrates; which can then be washed clean with rain.

One half of a road under reconstruction is being paved with the new green bricks, and the other half with the ordinary variety. "By measuring the air quality in both areas, we will be able to show the efficacy of the bricks," said the statement.

The road is expected to be finish by the end of the year, with the first air measurements being taken early next year, and first results by next summer. So keep your eyes open for this!

Via PhysOrg.com

Monday, June 09, 2008

Latest Daniela Shots / Fotos Actuales de Daniela

Things have been hectic and I haven't had the time to post anything, and as 1 image says more than 1,000 words here are the latest pictures from my little Daughter Daniela. Some taken at home, some taken in our friend's Meralcy's wedding in Paris. Enjoy!

He estado muy ocupado últimamente y no he colocado nada nuevo en el blog, y como una imagen dice más que 1.000 palabras, aquí tienen unas fotos actualizadas de mi pequeña hija Daniela. Algunas tomadas en la casa y otras en la boda de nuestra amiga Meralcy en Paris. Disfrútenlas
Daniela Cooking in Sepia
Daniela at the computer laughingDaniela at the computer
Daniela at Meralcy's weddingDaniela at Meralcy's wedding

Saturday, May 10, 2008

Words and their power

A long time ago a friend of mine told me about the "anthology of the language" and how much information we give away just by the set of words that choose in a precise moment. I have been thinking about this a lot lately as more and more people talk about the power of words and how much words are translated from ideas, and how ideas define where your energy is invested.
So it becomes each time more critical to select a proper set of words before sending out unwanted messages and getting what I call the "invisible machinery" working on providing the wrong things to you, or as Paulo Coelho puts it "when you truly want something, the whole universe conspires in helping you to achieve it", but we should be careful what message we sent out to the world to work on, right?
This is by no chance a new idea and it is even in the Bible, it states something like "words will go out, do what they are supposed to and return to you with their fruits". So just be careful on what you say and how you do it!

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Change is the only constant

Blogging from Algiers as I am here for a 3 days working trip, I can only remember that so important phrase "Change is the only constant".
Within the last month too many changes have happened, but today while reviewing the installation in Algiers and the challenges that lie in the near future with it, I can only think of it.
Just when you think that things are working fine, ZAS!! it hits you. It's time to do damage control and get things working right. My project was badly impacted by missinformed people that gave the wrong information from the beginning, and did not have the guts to say "that is incorrect" or "this is missing", once more badly impacted by a third party in which trust was put as the "Specialist" in the field.
Well as I learned in Russia "That's life", not much to do but to correct things and move on. As I was told lately "If things were always right you would not have a job, therefore be happy for those bumps in the way" ha, ha, ha.

Thursday, March 27, 2008

Adobe Photoshop Express

Adobe has launched today their new, free, online version of Photoshop: Adobe Photoshop Express. This new application is aimed at the casual snapshot who wants to quickly edit his pictures before sharing them online at sites like Photobucket, Facebook and Flickr.

With this new and free application, you can edit your pictures online with an easier and simpler interface than its Photoshop brothers, store them in the new and free 2 GB Gallery, and share them with the world; by using other photo-sharing websites. Adobe has plans to enable you to push and pull photos from Facebook, Photobucket and Picasa, and Flickr (not yet available in the beta version).

All edits done to your pictures are Non-Destructive and therefore can be reversed at any stage by a simply clicking on the effects and edits. You can: Adjust exposure, color, sharpness, saturation, fix red-eye and blemishes, crop, resize, and also add some creative filters as Distort, Sketch, Cartoon Colors or turn int Black & White pictures, and more.

There's a good review from Webware of the application, where Lori Grunin not only talks more about the application itself, but also cautions photographers as the current Terms of Use mention a "perpetual, irrevocable, and fully sublicensable license to use, distribute, derive revenue or other remuneration from, reproduce, modify, adapt, publish, translate, publicly perform and publicly display such Content", so take it with a sip of water.

The beta release has some drawbacks as: Imported images are limited to dimensions under 4000 pixels, you can't print, you can't import email addresses, no keywording or filtering is available, and you can't upload directories only files. But I guess, those items will be improved with the users feedback, and before rolling out their planned paid premium services and making it a platform to integrate with desktop products like Lightroom and Elements .

More information on Adobe's Press Release, Wired, Adobe Photoshop Express Home Page. And you can also go and have a look at some examples of edits in this interesting website by Adobe.

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Are you the best photographer in Europe?

Do you want a chance to win one of the 7 possible prizes worth about 2,100 to 2,200 Euros each? And also get to the finals in Vienna, and possible go shoot an assignment with Canon?

If you answer yes to any of the questions, then you should go right now and check Canon's The Assignment for this unique opportunity!!

There are 4 categories that you can submit a picture for: Portrait, Landscape, Macro or Sport.

The catch? You can't be a professional photographer, there's no fee to enter your picture, but "Each User may submit only one Entry for one of the Categories and only in the country of his/her residence". Which is very good to my standards.

Registration stage has started and will end on 01/05/2008 at 00:01 CET, then a voting stage will start from 05/05 to 19/05/2008. Top 10 photographs per Category and Country with highest numbers of votes will qualify for the Jury's selection period.

Jury selection period is from 19/05/ to 25/05/2008 and those selected will have a paid ticket to Amsterdam and then to Vienna where the finals take place from 22/06 to 27/06/2008. They will also get tickets to a qualifying match in the UEFA EURO 2008 and photography coaching from a professional photographer.

Each category winner will be taken on a photographic assignment with a leading photographer during the 2nd half of 2008. All details are in the terms and conditions.


Well even if you don't plan to participate there is a good deal of information and tutorials on each one of the categories, which I recommend you check out.

In the last 8 hours the gallery went from 1 photo to 32, so don't wait any longer and go Register to take advantage of this chance.

Wednesday, January 09, 2008

Happy New Year / Feliz Año Nuevo

Tarjeta Navidad 2007
I know this post is a bit belated, but still it's never too late to wish you all had some nice Christmas and New Year's holidays, together with your family and friends. And that 2008 (even if we are almost 2 weeks into it already) brings you all a lot of challenges, achievements, health, wealth, joy and love.

Se que esto viene un poco tarde, ahora que las fiestas ya terminaron, sin embargo nunca es tarde para desear que todos hayan tenido unas excelentes navidades y un año nuevo increíble, con sus amigos y familia. Y que este 2008 (a pesar de que ya hayamos usado casi 2 semanas) les traiga muchos retos, logros, salud, abundancia, alegría y Amor.