Humanities

Cantares (dedicado a Antonio Machado) - Joan Manuel Serrat

Oct 3rd, 2012 | By Editor | Category: Poetry

Everything passes and everything stays,
But our fate is to pass,
to pass making a path,
a path upon the sea.
I never chased after glory,
nor sought to leave my song
in the memory of men;
I love the weightless, gentle
and subtle worlds -
worlds like soap bubbles.
I like to see them get painted over
by sun and grain, to fly
under the blue skies, to [...]



Poets’ corner: Almafuerte

Sep 6th, 2009 | By Editor | Category: Poetry

Don’t embrace defeat, even defeated,
don’t feel yourself a slave even enslaved
trembling in terror, think you fearless,
and charge with fury, even wounded, even hurt.
Have the tenacity of the rusted nail,
though old and ruined, a nail as ever.
Not the cowardly folly of the turkey
that folds its plumage at first tremor.
Go forth like God, who never cries,
or like [...]



Pompeii Graffitti

Jun 15th, 2009 | By Editor | Category: Anthropology, History

These examples of graffitty in Pompeii give us an insight into what the Romans were like. Not unlike us, seems to me:

Figulus loves Idaia
Vibius Restitutus slept here alone and missed his darling Urbana
Samius to Cornelius: go hang yourself!
We have wet the bed, host. I confess we have done wrong. If you want to [...]



11-yr old boy amazing past life recall

Jun 15th, 2009 | By Editor | Category: Philosophy, Religious studies, What's YOUR take on this?

11-year old James Leininger can remember when his WWII plane was shot down by the Japanese. He recognized his WWII war buddies and spotted, unaided, the place where his plane went into the water.
Makes a compelling case for believing in past lives.
What’s your take?



Crazy about the lights - Calle Sueca, Spain

Mar 18th, 2009 | By Editor | Category: Art

I found this video from a retweet from Valencia Comment, who blogs from Spain. Freemont Street, Las Vegas has nothing on Calle Sueca, Fallas.



Best Superbowl commercials

Feb 2nd, 2009 | By Editor | Category: Humanities, Marketing, Pop culture

And here they are! The best commercials of the Superbowl (at least the ones at CBS)



Dumb laws and odd customs

Jan 31st, 2009 | By Editor | Category: Geology, Humor, Math, Politics, Religious studies, The way we live, Uncategorized

On the subject of morals, customs, mores, and the relative nature of right and wrong: It is often the case that what is “right” in one culture, one time, is totally “wrong” in another culture, or at another time.
Nothing proves this better than dumb laws: laws that surely must’ve made some sense to someone somewhere, [...]



The crappier the movie, the bigger the Box Office

Jan 31st, 2009 | By Editor | Category: Anthropology, Movies, The way we live, What's YOUR take on this?

Looking at the list of recently released movies, I see a really ironic trend. It seems that the higher the rating a movie gets on the tomatometer, the lower-grossing that movie will be at the Box Office. The obvious conclusion: Aim for crap! Eskew quality! Run from art!
Makes you think of The Producers, doesn’t it? [...]



Thoughts on Bill Gates’ Harvard speech

Jan 30th, 2009 | By Editor | Category: Anthropology, Celebrities, Featured article, Human Rights, Leadership, Making things better, Philosophy, What's YOUR take on this?

Today I’m reading Bill Gates’ Harvard Commencement speech.
What drew me to this was his seemingly new passion for activism. However, reading his speech I realized that it was not a new passion, but a natural progression (with perhaps the catalytic effect of some recently gained insights.)
One of the most striking points of Gates’ speech is [...]