52 y media cosas que aprendí este año 2019, parte 2

Parte 2 de las 52 1/2 cosas que aprendí este año 2019

Hoy es viernes 18 de Enero, cierra la tercera semana del año.

Creo que las primeras notas de esta serie -hast

Tal vez uno de los primeros blogs que empecé a leer es el Jason Kotke, quien tiene  una habilidad para ver y comentar lo que a los demás se nos salta. En el link me dice algo muy importante: prestar atención con los ojos de un niño y la mente de un principiante.

Atención y tiempo es lo único que en realidad tenemos. A que y cómo se lo dedicamos define lo que somos.

Llego tarde a la semana del vienes 25 de Enero. mejor que nunca, no? Austin Kleon cita a Thoreau, “Ideas,-are they the fishes of thought?”. Ciertamente, algunas son como sardinas, abundantes pero pequeñas mientras otras son como un tiburón, grandes, peligrosas, difíciles de atrapar. Pesca de profundidad, de alta mar, de cultivo. Como cuida uno el océano donde nadan las ideas que son como peces?

Tic-tac. Pasa otra semana y llegamos a Febrero, febrerillo el loco, como le decía aquel gran periodista venezolano, Cuto Lamache. De todos los sitios insospechados -y este es particularmente inhóspito- me encuentro un agradable artículo en Linkedin. Va y viene por los caminos de la innovación ( se estudia, pero como los forenses. Después de suceder. No se predice ni se receta) y en algún momento me deja una reflexión larga pero interesante

Allocation choices can make your life turn out to be very different from what you intended. Sometimes that’s good: Opportunities that you never planned for emerge. But if you make poor choices about how to invest your resources, the outcome can be bad. When people who have a high need for achievement have an extra half hour of time or an extra ounce of energy, they often unconsciously allocate it to activities that yield the most tangible accomplishments. And our careers provide the most concrete evidence that we’re moving forward. You ship a product, finish a design, complete a presentation, close a sale, get paid or promoted. In contrast, investing time and energy in your relationship with your friends and family typically doesn’t offer that same immediate sense of achievement. Kids, for instance, misbehave every day, and it’s not until 20 odd years later that you can say, “I raised a good kid.” You can neglect your relationship with your spouse, and on a day-to-day basis, it doesn’t seem as if things are deteriorating. People who are driven to excel have this unconscious propensity to underinvest in their families and overinvest in their careers — even though intimate and loving relationships with their families are the most powerful and enduring source of happiness.

Que difícil es poner esfuerzos en algo que no da frutos de inmediato!

Y llegamos al Viernes 8 de Febrero. Estoy en las Bahamas, visitando a mi hijo mayor. Que delicia!. Este señor directo desde ese cadaver insepulto que es Davos y haciendo uso de una extraordinaria historia de vida, me dice algo importantísimo

It surprises me that money and capital moves around the world in second, but it takes a refugee decades, or in the case of my mother, she never had the chance to get out, waiting for 25 years for a place to go, a place to call home.

We talk about ethical and sustainable development. We talk about how we can be ethical with robots and machines. We want to solve death. And there’s so much human suffering. We haven’t figured out life yet.

Empiezo a creer que el mundo se divide en los que logran mal que bien emigrar (me incluyo), los poquísimos que no necesitan emigrar y una gran mayoría, ciertamente oprimida. Los que quieren y no pueden.

end of the road

Today, for no particular reason I purged the remains of my PhD work from this site and everywhere else. One of the few things that I didn’t finish. Suffice to say that I discovered earlier that it was not for me. I insisted for one more year and in the end, I parted ways


What did I learn there?

Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.
Benjamin Franklin

In no priority but in short sentences, this is what I  learned from been part of the UIW community.

Upon entering any organization, there is a contract. Mine with UIW includes social justice and community service.

No one grows without the fertile ground of good friends. I am here because of you, for you and by you.

This is my moment: I want to learn without prejudice or bias. I want to seek understanding in reason.

There are good, not so good and bad courses. The outcome depends on me.

It is imperfect and at times confusing, but only ethics will keep you going.

One theme flows from one course to the other: we must, concern ourselves with the others, those that are at time invisibles and only part of a number: the poor, the less favored, the just arrived immigrant.

It is not the only, it’s not perfect  but it’s the answer: education. 

It is imperative to me: re-organize my learning, deepen my interests and improve my written expression.

Sense-making is really difficult. Only by continuos reflection I can make sense from my experiences.

It is not (only) the vanity of adding those 3 letters (PhD) to your name. What is important is the social responsibility that I will acquire once I graduate

Things learned and questions begging and answer

This election cycle is over. In a few weeks, we’ll have a new President.
Did you like the campaign? If not: please give a few minutes to this:

  • We have a racism problem. Maybe we can’t or won’t see it, but it is there.
  • Do you really think that Citizens United is a good idea?
  • At our own peril, we leave politics to politicians. A disengaged population is weak.
  • Render unto Cesar… Religion and Politics don’t mix well. Is the “evangelical right” a valid proposition?
  • Now we have a sizable part of the country unable to hold a decent discussion while consuming conspiracy theories for breakfast and defamatory “news” for lunch. Our educational system is falling.

Would you help me to figure this out?

the day after

In the end, we exercised our right and privilege to vote.

We decided to elect the weakest president in memory. Compared to Trump, Bush the lesser is a statesman.

We will pay a steep price for putting an unqualified clown in the highest office of the land.

Yet, we will recover.

I hope the Republicans put competent people to serve with President Trump and he does well.

As someone close to me put it brilliantly today, our task is to redouble our advocacy efforts to educate people.

Good luck, Mr President

and we voted

This election cycle is almost over.

In a few weeks, we’ll have a new president.
Did you like the campaign? If not, please give a few minutes to this:

  1. We have a racism problem. Maybe we can’t or won’t see it, but it is there.
  2. Do you really think that Citizens United is a good idea?
  3. At our own peril, we leave politics to politicians. A disengaged population is weak
  4. Render unto Cesar… Religion and Politics don’t mix well. Is the “evangelical right” a valid proposition?
  5. We have a sizable part of the country unable to hold a decent discussion while consuming conspiracy theories for breakfast and defamatory “news” for lunch. Our educational system is falling
 and yep, I’m with Her, and voted for

I have a Dream

Martin Luther King’s speech, in its greatness.

Let us not wallow in the valley of despair

I am happy to join with you today in what will go down in history as the greatest demonstration for freedom in the history of our nation.

Five score years ago, a great American, in whose symbolic shadow we stand today, signed the Emancipation Proclamation. This momentous decree came as a great beacon light of hope to millions of Negro slaves who had been seared in the flames of withering injustice. It came as a joyous daybreak to end the long night of their captivity.

But one hundred years later, the Negro still is not free. One hundred years later, the life of the Negro is still sadly crippled by the manacles of segregation and the chains of discrimination. One hundred years later, the Negro lives on a lonely island of poverty in the midst of a vast ocean of material prosperity. One hundred years later, the Negro is still languished in the corners of American society and finds himself an exile in his own land. And so we’ve come here today to dramatize a shameful condition.Continue reading “I have a Dream”

Bueno, bye Sully

Last day for The Dish….

Francisco Toro says it better than me

So Long and Thanks for all the Dish

The money quote from his last post:

I tried, above all, to be honest. And you helped me. Being honest means writing things that will make you look foolish tomorrow; it means revealing yourself in ways that are not always flattering; it means occasionally saying things that prompt mass acclamation but in retrospect look like grandstanding.

Yep. so long!


Caramba, se nos fue Zapata… A destiempo y cuando mas falta hace. El Zapata del Sadico Ilustrado, el profeta del desastre, caricaturista, artista. Por allí me queda mi copia de Las Celestailes con sus primeras caricaturas. La satisfacción de haber disfrutado por años sus caricaturas a primera hora de la mañana… Aun recuerdo aquella fulminante del Cochitigre.

Siempre he pensado que en lugar de tanto curso pendejo, debería poner como credencial el haber estudiado en la Cátedra de Humor Libre con Zapata… Lástima que no daban diploma!

Habría que imitar a Laureano aquella noche del mitin en el Aula Magna ( no meta la pata, vote por Zapata!) y decir con acento de Papa polaco

Zapata, amigo… TODOS estamos contigo

Te llora Coromotico, y te lloramos todos

My tips for presenting

I went this weekend to a research Symposium. I saw good things and not so good ones, so I started today by putting together a list of

10 tips for a better presentation:

​It’s no you, it’s me: Tell yourself and tell it to the slide-deck: The “power-point”is there to support your narrative and enhance your storytelling. Once, I spent a weekend in a seminar and the person in charge didn’t use the computer. Not once. Try to put less slides, not more
Big, brother (and sister)!: Remember that you are presenting in a 100-120 inch screen, poorly lighted. Chances are the projector’s screaming for a new and decent bulb. Use big type size and by all means, look for higher-resolution photos. Pick your your colors carefully. They translate somehow capriciously. No Yellows!…believe me, they are treacherous!. Thinks look quite different in our high resolution displays than in the wall
Mind the type: At risk of being arrested by the APA police (I suspect that there is one), do not use the ugly times new roman. Of course you know that Comic Sans is a joke. There is a reason many websites pick Helvetica Neue or similar: Legibility on a screen.
Be like Spielberg, use the special effects: I can only point to the very first presentation of the Symposium. Kudos!… good effects to bring attention to key points. Not too much, not too little. Elegant and useful
Some rather than all: Do not fill the slide with all the words in this world. Again, the slide is there to support your narrative. Use fewer words and mix with images. Bold words, stunning images. Almost every single slide would benefit from slashing half the words in there.
It’s the (stupid) software: If you are like me, maybe you start your presentation in Keynote, then check it in Powerpoint (but for MAC)…and then you get to the room where an older and cranky version of powerpoint is waiting to kill your presentation: It changes sizes, types, spaces, effects. By all means, make a live run of your work in the actual computer you are going to use
We (more or less) know how to read: Please don’t read the slide to us. We are there to hear and learn from YOU…. I can read the slides in my bed in a rainy Saturday morning!
Break a leg!: You, Jimmy Fallon, Johnny Carson, Abraham Lincoln…. and everyone back to Aristotle and beyond are nervous when speaking in front of an audience. Embrace it and be yourself. No one knows this better than you. Make it humane and sincere.
The more is not the merrier: When presenting with a group, think of a sitcom… do they “go to black”at any moment?.No! Rehearse and make a conscious decision on when to switch the presenter. Equal presentation time is not the best approach
The big NO-NOs: ​ Don’t… put the hand in your pocket, give your back to the audience, read directly from the screen, be tied down to the lectern or say a lots of uh…ah… eh…. touch your face or pull your hair. Stand tall and proud for no one know this better than you!

This list compiled by a guy that make some or all of this errors frequently. Did your boss sent you TWICE to one of those “How to make presentations”training sessions?. Mine did!