Saturday, May 21, 2011

Nuevo Escudo de México / New Mexican coat of arms

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We received this email and I couldn’t help but posting it, as it represents the current feeling of security (or lack of it) that people in Mexico are facing:

Y la nueva oración para los Mexicanos:

Santa Pascuala, que no me alcance una bala.
Santa Antonieta, que no me quiten mi camioneta.
Santo Angel Adolfo, líbrame del Cártel del golfo.
San Macario, que no me persiga un sicario.

San Andrés, líbrame de un secuestro express.
San Abulón, líbrame de un levantón.

Santa Enriqueta, líbrame de los “zetas”.
San Timoteo, que no me toque un tiroteo
San Federico que no me rompan el hocico y
Santa Librada, que no me caiga una granada y me cargue la chi...#"@.

¡Amén!

 

Pero parece que a pesar de los problemas todavía es mucha la gente interesada en entrar a méxico, o seguir para USA, ya que encontraron 513 inmigrantes que iban de camino para USA en un par de camiones, al utilizar una máquina de Rayos X para revisar el cargamento. Según reportan en Yahoo news

Me puedo imaginar la cara de los policias que los encontrarton en las afueras de Tuxtla Gutierrez en Chiapas.

Lo más interesante (para mi) de la noticia es las nacionalidades de las personas detenidas: 410 Guatemaltecos, 47 de El Salvador, 32 de Ecuador, 12 de India, 6 de Nepal, 3 de China y una persona de Japón, República Dominicana y Honduras. ¿Qué hacia ese Japones por ahí?

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Videos

A beautiful video made with a pictures taken with a Nikon D90 by Luke Shepard a student at the American University of Paris. Via John Nack

Le Flâneur (music by The XX) from Luke Shepard on Vimeo.

This is an incredible animated movie by Tim Minchin's. It’s very well written and it has got great pace, so if you can I would definitely recommend investing 9 minutes in checking it out. Via John Nack

Here’s a beautifully video made by made made by Solidarités International to mark World Water Day. Because Today, it is estimated that 3.6 million people, including 1.5 million children under the age of 5, die every year of diseases borne by undrinkable water, making it the world’s leading cause of death.

Solidarités International et BDDP Unlimited veulent faire couler de l'encre from BDDP Unlimited on Vimeo.

How would a model airport that took 7 years and $4.8 million to build look like? Well it would look incredibly cool as you can see in the below video.

It features 40 planes and 90 vehicles that autonomously move, around 40,000 lights, 15,000 figurines, 500 cars, 10,000 trees, 50 trains, 1,000 wagons, 100 signals, 200 switches and 300 buildings

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Interesting photography items

After Pearl Harbour’s attack it was deemed necessary to hide and protect several airplane factories in plain sight, but how do you do that? Well they used camouflage to make them look like a normal suburb. Check out the pictures in Yahoo

 

About a month ago we had a really strong sand storm in Dubai (it actually started in Kuwait and went through the gulf) and therefore we had a thunderstorm (a really strange sight here), so I told my wife “it would be good to go an take pictures of the Burj Khalifa with lighting. Well there Alisdair Miller had the same idea and here is the picture that amazed me the most. Via The Next Web

You should check out his set of pictures from the top of Burj Khalifa, they are quite impressive. And again below is the one I liked personally the most.

With Osama Bin Laden’s death on the news everywhere (and I am not getting into the argument on what I think about it) almost everyone has seen the picture of the US national security team watching the attack on Bin Laden’s compound, but look closely at the picture in the newspaper. Anything interesting? … no? … where did Hillary go?

 

This was reported by The Washing Post, and the editors of Der Tzitung have apologized to the White House for altering the photo saying ““In accord with our religious beliefs, we do not publish photos of women, which in no way relegates them to a lower status... Because of laws of modesty, we are not allowed to publish pictures of women, and we regret if this gives an impression of disparaging to women, which is certainly never our intention. We apologize if this was seen as offensive.”

AFP is using a new forensic software to detect manipulation of digital images produced by Amateur witnesses and third-party sources. The software tries to identify "tell-tale discrepancies in pixels and analyse harmonisation of light and colour”. I just hope it does not have issues like what was discovered lately with Nikon’s . Via Rob Galbraith.

If you have not seen What the Duck (WTD), I recommend that you check it out, it’s a hilarious comic strip about a duck and it’s photography. Here’s below the latest instalment:

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Random News from the internet

Engadget reported earlier Microsoft is rumoured to be buying Skype for more than $7 billion, and now there are reports from The Wall Street Journal that it will be for $8.5 billion in cash. I don’t know about you but I would surely hope to see this meaning integration into Windows 7 for mobiles, but I wonder whether this will mean Skype being taken out of the Android and iOS environments, or whether it will be finally available in the UAE.

Mr Ballmer said “We're buying a company with Ebitda over $250 million" and "We see an opportunity to accelerate its revenue and profit base”. Let’s see how much they manage to truly “accelerate” it.

YouTube adds around 3,000 new movie titles for rental in the US, further information about this can be found in the YouTube Blog or the new movies on YouTube site. The rest of the world will have to wait to see about pricing and streaming, but its interesting to see how much the rental business has changed in the last few years. I still remember the time when blockbuster was at its prime.

About two-thirds of the world's economic growth will be generated by emerging markets in the next five years, according to a recent report released by the Economist Intelligence Unit (seen through gulfnews). Some highlights from the information:

  • Emerging markets will drive global growth in the years ahead. Around two-thirds of the world’s economic growth will be generated by emerging markets in the next five years, according to Economist Intelligence Unit forecasts. By 2015, emerging markets are projected to account for 41% of global GDP, compared to an estimated 31% in 2011.
  • Asia will be the most important emerging-market region for the GCC. This is partly due to rising Asian demand for oil, but goes beyond energy.
  • China is expected to be the GCC’s most important economic partner by 2020. India, which has historical and cultural links with the GCC, will also be a significant trading and investment partner

I am really amazed to see that the Mexican finance minister says that Mexico economy is unharmed by the violence. Violence is having a real tangible impact on the Mexican people, and we sense it by talking to leaving the country. I feel the number of people now looking for opportunities and security elsewhere just keeps growing. But Mr Cordero said that Mexico was set to continue its strong economic performance, with growth this year set for 4% to 5%. Which doesn’t seem to bad, specially taking into account that Mexico’s economy grew 5.5% last year, its fastest annual rate in 10 years, according to official figures published in February.

Figures from the International Monetary Fund show that Mexico's GDP per capita is $14,300 (£8,700), while Brazil's is $11,300. But I think this is not reflecting yet into real change on the ground, although I might be wrong of course.

Thursday, May 05, 2011

Some Interesting videos from around the net

This is something that really captured my attention while browsing, it is a very creative way of using gravity to your advantage and create music. Definitely a must see to believe it. Via John Nack

Giant wooden xylophone

A great video of the Milky Way made of pictures “El Teide” in Spain, while a Sand Storm hit the area being backlit by the Grand Canary Island, making them look like golden clouds. You have got to see it to believe it.

The Mountain from Terje Sorgjerd on Vimeo.

I enjoy playing table tennis and even for 1 semester trained with my University team, but it takes years of practice to hit something as amazing as the shot shown below

A very cleverly made idea to remember people not to let anyone drive while drunk, even if that is themselves. via Tesne

I really like ads and this one below caught my attention, although some might think it’s a bit awful/nasty and definitely not kids friendly, you have to agree that it’s clever.