Friday, February 02, 2007

Political Compass

I found this from Ceronne's blog, and just had to take the questionnaire. What about you?

Sobre la droga y el estado de Sinaloa

Buscando otras cosas, me encontré un artículo en El País (de España) que ofrece una muy buena descripción de la situación del narco en Sinaloa, a propósito del operativo del ejército mexicano en el "Triángulo Dorado".

The top ten international stories you missed in 2006

The interesting list from Foreign Policy magazine here.

I, for one, didn't know that for example Russia is selling arms to Latin America.

Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Mexican league 2nd Matchday: Santos Laguna 2-3 Chivas

In the first game against his former team, goalkeeper Oswaldo Sánchez couldn't stop Santos from losing at home against Chivas, even though he had some very good saves.

Alberto Medina confirmed his great form by scoring two goals while Omar Bravo also found the back of the net. At the end of the game, Chivas fell back and Santos's "Hachita" Ludueña scored two. Santos is still prime candidate for the relegation zone.

The last Chivas goal below, the other two here and here.

Playing football

During a my childhood and most of my teenage years I had a love-hate relationship with football. On one hand, I really liked the sport, and I followed the Chivas de Guadalajara with the kind of passion that having most of your family following the same club can give you. On the other hand, I have always been a terrible player, to the extent that during most of my childhood I didn't know how to kick the ball in such a way that it would reach the intended player, let alone score a goal.

Later on, I became relatively tall and developed good reflexes from playing basketball, which made me a better than average goalkeeper in the school (and street) playground, so teams would select me, but I still would be lacking technique. I stopped playing football as I was part of the junior high and high school basketball teams.

Then I moved to Finland. Since football is not the national sport there, kids usually don't play it to such a high standard, and there are teams for all skill levels, so I found one according mine. I played there and enjoyed it immensely, as it was absolutely non-competitive and we could just have fun. Since I had been watching football for so long, I understood many things in the field that I didn't know when I was a kid, and finally got over my love-hate relationship with the sport.

Now there's only love left (mostly).

Monday, January 29, 2007

Demonstrator in the World Economic Forum Second Life room

As demonstrators can't go to Davos, one decided to express his opinions in the Second Life Reuters interview room.

Vader has some existencial problems

Funniest mash-up I've ever seen. They took some dialogue from other movies by James-Earl Jones, and put it together with Star Wars footage. Amazing result.

I don't watch much TV anymore

I just realised that it's true, I don't watch that much TV anymore. My media consumption is quite diversified these days: blogs, podcasts, a couple of newspapers, books, music, movies, but not that much TV (even though I still watch football matches, CSI Miami and Lost from time to time). If I'm representative of a trend, then there's no surprise the old media moguls are getting in the bandwagon.

Meme: video(s) of my place(s) of origin

Checking Ceronne's blog, I found this meme, the idea being of posting a video or videos representative of your place of origin. Given that some were already used, I decided to go for Ingrata, by Café Tacuba (which has the added bonus that the group and part of the shooting are very close to the places where I grew up).

In the case of Helsinki, even though it's not my place of origin, I was there quite a few years, so I guess it qualifies. Below "Sinä lähdit pois" (even though I was searching for a song about the airport called "Helsinki-Vantaa" that would bring me better memories but I guess it's not in YouTube just yet).

Molotov quiere Ver Golazos

El celebérrimo video censurado de Molotov para Televisa Deportes abajo.

La historia aquí y aquí.
Lo más cómico del asunto es que en el portal de Televisa ya le tenían sitio guardado, pero no sé por qué no lo pusieron, ja.

Yo sólo me pregunto, si ya saben cómo son los de Molotov, y la relación previa que han tenido con Televisa (sólo basta recordar "Que no te haga bobo Jacobo" o "El Carnal de las Estrellas"), ¿cómo se les ocurre pedirles una canción?

Sunday, January 28, 2007

20 years of the Challenger disaster

Today is the 20th anniversary of the Challenger space shuttle disaster. I remember watching the TV news, wondering what that all meant. I still believe in space exploration, but wonder if we will ever get to solve or manage our problems in Earth first or whether it will be used as an escape valve.

A mis maestros

A todos los que me enseñaron algo, ya sea en la escuela o fuera de ella, gracias.