Halloqueen bop

October 26th, 2010

I’m in two minds about cross-dressing.

Grit

October 4th, 2010

Standing up is gathering momentum to fall harder.

Traducción de ‘Invictus’ al español

August 27th, 2010

A raíz de una desgracia reciente en la que se vio involucrado un amigo, se me ocurrió escribir mi propia traducción del poema ‘Invictus’ al español.

Más allá de la noche que me cubre,
Negra como el abismo entre los polos,
Doy gracias a los dioses que pueda haber
Por mi alma inexpugnable.

En las despiadadas garras de las circunstancias
Ni una mueca ni un grito de dolor.
Bajo los mazazos del sino
Mi cabeza sangra, pero no se humilla.

Más allá de este mundo de ira y lágrimas
Se avecina el Horror de la sombra,
Y aun así la amenaza de los años
Me halla y hallará impertérrito.

No importa cuán estrecha sea la puerta,
Cuán repleto de condenas el manuscrito,
Soy el dueño de mi destino:
Soy el capitán de mi alma.

El poema original:

Out of the night that covers me,
Black as the pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be
For my unconquerable soul.

In the fell clutch of circumstance
I have not winced nor cried aloud.
Under the bludgeonings of chance
My head is bloody, but unbowed.

Beyond this place of wrath and tears
Looms but the Horror of the shade,
And yet the menace of the years
Finds and shall find me unafraid.

It matters not how strait the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate:
I am the captain of my soul.

To save a life

July 20th, 2010

A life cannot be saved. All we can try is to delay a death.

Up (2009)

July 17th, 2010

Young Ellie: [to a young Carl] You don’t talk much.

[pause]

Young Ellie: I like you!

IMDb: Up (2009)

(500) Days of Summer (2009)

July 15th, 2010

(Author’s Note: The following is a work of fiction. Any resemblance to persons living or dead is purely coincidental. Especially you Jenny Beckman. Bitch.)

McKenzie: Hey, maybe you should write a book.

Tom: What?

McKenzie: Well, you know, Henry Miller said the best way to get over a woman is to turn her into literature.

IMDb: (500) Days of Summer

Vicky Cristina Barcelona (2008)

July 13th, 2010

Cristina: What’s in Oviedo?

Juan Antonio: I go to see a sculpture, that is very inspiring to me. A very beautiful sculpture. You will love it.

Vicky: Oh, right. you’re asking us to fly to Oviedo and back.

Juan Antonio: Mmmm. No, we’ll spend the weekend. I mean, I’ll show you around the city, and we’ll eat well. We’ll drink good wine. We’ll make love.

Vicky: Yeah, who exactly is going to make love?

Juan Antonio: Hopefully, the three of us.

IMDb: "Vicky Cristina Barcelona"

Whatever works (2009)

July 10th, 2010

Whatever works” (2009) is a comedy by Woody Allen with comedian Larry David in the leading role.

Boris Yellnikoff: That’s why I can’t say enough times, whatever love you can get and give, whatever happiness you can filch or provide, every temporary measure of grace, whatever works.

http://andthismakesaheartbeat.files.wordpress.com/2009/08/whatever_works.jpg

First interpolating approximation problem

July 6th, 2010

D. Levin, Professor of Applied Mathematics at Tel-Aviv University argued in his 2003 paper “Mesh-Independent Surface Interpolation

The earliest reference to this problem [, approximating the projection of a set of data points onto a manifold,] is in the book of Genesis: “Let there be a firmament between the water to divide waters from waters”, that is the manifold. “Let there be lights in the firmament”, these are the points. Then, “God set them in heaven’s firmament”, i.e., a projection procedure has been used.

End of her political career

July 1st, 2010

About.com’s article on the “Victorian Period – A Time of Change” points out

The Victorian Period revolves around the political career of Queen Victoria. She was crowned in 1837 and died in 1901 (which put a definite end to her political career).

So basically, death is nature’s way to vote an incumbent monarch out.