Dec 25, 2011

#2 Famous movie quotes: It's Wonderful Life

"What is it you want, Mary? What do you want? You want the moon? Just say the word and I'll throw a lasso around it and pull it down. Hey. That's a pretty good idea. I'll give you the moon, Mary." George Bailey (James Stewart)

Dec 10, 2011

#1 Famous movie quotes: Taxi Driver

"You talkin' to me? You talkin' to me? You talkin' to me? Then who the hell else are you talkin' to? You talkin' to me? Well, I'm the only one here. Who the f**k do you think you're talking to? Oh, yeah? Okay! [whips out gun] Huh?"  -Travis Bickle (Robert de Niro)

Dec 7, 2011

Exercises from 'The Cronicle of Coca Cola''

5. Was the selling of Coca Cola very successful in its first year?

The text mentions that Coca Cola wasn't very successful in its first year. For example, in Jacob's Pharmacy only nine porcions of drink were sold through a day and benefit a total of $50 for year. However, the cost of production was higher than its sale ($70). So, the early years weren't very happily.

6. Which is your favorite soft drink and in which occasions do you usually have it?

From my point of view Pepsi is better than Coca Cola because the second soft drink is sweeter than the first, consequently my favorite soft drink is Pepsi. However, I like other drinks such as Seven Up, Fanta or Nestea too. I usually take these drinks on holidays of summer and any other day that I want.

Exercises from 'The pencil is 150 years old'

5. What are the main differences between graphite and lead?

The text mentions some differences between graphite and lead. For example, graphite writes not only darker than lead but also softer and more breakable than lead. Moreover, lead is a material heavier than graphite therefore is more difficult to use.

6. Which do you think are the reasons for the popularity of pencils as writing instruments?

From my point of view pencils have changed our way of writing, hence is one of the most popular and materials used. In addition to help us in our day by day to take notes and write things to rebember in another time. I think that pencil is one of the best discovery of all time.

'School holidays should be much longer ' Discuss

Most people think that holidays should be longer, School lasts eight months. But on the other hand, school holidays last only two months, is this proper? in order that students could relax and begin school with energy. But some people think the opposite.

People, who think that school holidays should be longer, say that students can discover their interests and do activities which aren’t allowed to do at school. Moreover, during this period of time students can enjoy their free time and practise their favourite activities, like playing sports, listening to music or watching films.

On the other hand, there are people who admit that one of the most important things in student’s life is learning, for this reason we can understand that having less school holidays is better. However, they need time to relax and learn things without rules.

On balance, holiday is not a time for doing nothing, but it’s a time to think about us and do activities without the pressure of school obligations.

'There should be financial rewards for students who get good school grades' Discuss

Most people agree that money arranges everything. For example, when a tennis player wins a competition, the player gets money reward for the victory. This is only a piece of paper, people have been giving a value not only material but also as a means of satisfaction. Consequently, the money has become a fundamental part of society today as Internet. Some people think that should be financial rewards for students who get good school grades. However, there also disagree this measure.

Many students are really brilliant in the study and they get excellent marks, thus it's fair to receive a reward. Money can also motivate students to get better marks and it make easy the development of knowledge. These students may get more easily, with the help of money, get into a great university or a good job in the future.

On the contrary, other students who get marks more below might be both disappointed and hopeless. In addiction to this measure could foment inequalities and arguments too. This also incite students to be more materialistic and don't value what they have. So, the students might leavy aside the studies in favor of money, which isn't important.

On balance, I think that money could be used in not only improve but also reform our education system therefore I think that is absurd to reward a few students can do the entire group. Ergo, it's better than built new schools, buy books, school equipment modernization and advance new technologies with this money. It's true, money is necessary but knowing use.

Dec 6, 2011

The best speech of the History

We separated more than 70 years since the genius of Chaplin to record one of the most memorable scenes in film history and the strangest thing of all is that, in essence, nothing or almost nothing has changed. Like a time travel is involved,Chaplin signed a heartfelt utterances and brutal ever recorded in 1940 although it could be 2011. A tribute to life and a critique and satire of the greed of man, the power dictator of man. An essential film that has led to the construction of this brilliant and inspiring visual piece.
The Great Dictator premiered in 1940. Directed, written and performed by Chaplin, the film was the first talkie of genius. A satire of fascismharshly criticizing the figure of Hitler and National Socialism. The Chaplin film meantfor U.S. exile pursued by the Un-American Activities Committee because of the ideas displayed. Years later, Chaplin himself would say that to know the horror of the camps had not made the movie.

Nov 26, 2011

A comic about Human Rights

Article 1.

  • All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights.They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.

Article 2.

  • Everyone is entitled to all the rights and freedoms set forth in this Declaration, without distinction of any kind, such as race, colour, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status. Furthermore, no distinction shall be made on the basis of the political, jurisdictional or international status of the country or territory to which a person belongs, whether it be independent, trust, non-self-governing or under any other limitation of sovereignty.

Nov 22, 2011

Remembering 80's


#Back to the Future

#Police Academy

"Now when this thing gets up to 88 miles per hour, you are going to see some serious sheesh!"

Nov 16, 2011

Marx Brothers: Contract Scene

Fiorello: Hey, wait, wait. What does this say here, this thing here?
Driftwood: Oh, that? Oh, that's the usual clause that's in every contract. That just says, uh, it says, uh,
if any of the parties participating in this contract are shown not to be in their right mind,
the entire agreement is automatically nullified.
Fiorello: Well, I don't know...
Driftwood: It's all right. That's, that's in every contract. That's, that's what they call a sanity clause.
Fiorello: Ha-ha-ha-ha-ha! You can't fool me. There ain't no Sanity Clause!

Nov 5, 2011

He's having the day of his life... over and over again

A weather man is reluctantly sent to cover a story about a weather forecasting. This is his fourth year on the story, and he makes no effort to hide his frustration. On awaking the 'following' day he discovers that it's Groundhog Day again, and again, and again. First he uses this to his advantage, then comes the realisation that he is doomed to spend the rest of eternity in the same place, seeing the same people do the same thing EVERY day.

"Phil: Do you know what today is? 
Rita: No, what? 
Phil: Today is tomorrow. It happened."

Oct 30, 2011

What makes a song 'catchy'?

Music psychologists at Goldsmiths University of London & University of York have worked out what makes a tune 'catchy' by asking thousands of volunteers to sing along with various songs. The researchers then identified the scientific properties that give certain melodies the 'sing-along' factor.

- Longer and detailed musical phrases. The breath a vocalist takes as they sing a line is crucial to creating a sing-along-able tune. The longer a vocal in one breath, the more likely we are to sing along.
- A greater number of pitches in the chorus hook. The more sounds there are, the more infectious a song becomes. Combining longer musical phrases and a hook over three different pitches was found to be key to sing-along success.
- Male vocalists. Singing along to a song may be a subconscious war cry, tapping into an inherent tribal part of our consciousness. Psychologically we look to men to lead us into battle, so it could be in our intuitive nature to follow male-fronted songs.
- Higher male voices with noticeable vocal effort. This indicates high energy and purpose, particularly when combined with a smaller vocal range.

Queen classic 'We are the Champions' topped the list followed by party anthem 'YMCA' by the Village People.
Here is the rest of the list in numbered sequences:

Oct 25, 2011

Monty Python's The Meaning of Life

"M-hmm. Well, it's nothing very special. Uh, try and be nice to people, avoid eating fat, read a good book every now and then, get some walking in, and try and live together in peace and harmony with people of all creeds and nations. And, finally, here are some completely gratuitous pictures of penises to annoy the censors and to hopefully spark some sort of controversy, which, it seems, is the only way, these days, to get the jaded, video-sated public off their fucking arses and back in the sodding cinema."

Oct 19, 2011

Me, myself and my cat

Hi, My name is Jose. I'm 17 years old. I live in Cartagena (Murcia) and I love cinema especially comedy films and silent movies . Well, some more than others but all are interesting. My favorite movies are Hermanos Marx's films but Chaplin's, Billy Wilder's, Woody Allen's and Tarantino's too.

I've got a sister who is twenty or twenty-one years old, I don't remember. She's a little silly. She also loves cinema but prefers the romantic and horror films. I eat cereals while watching a movie or popcorn too.

On the other hand, I like reading books. My favorite genre is thriller but I like also historical novel. My favorite music is the pop-rock of 70's and 80's and singers like Frank Sinatra, Freddy Mercury and Bob Dylan, I love singing Like a rolling stone.

In conclusion, I'm a normal guy, I do normal things and, sometimes, I say normal things. I've also a cat white with black patches but this I will tell you in another essay.

Mar 8, 2011

A Dream Within A Dream - Poe

Take this kiss upon the brow!
And, in parting from you now,
Thus much let me avow –
You are not wrong, who deem
That my days have been a dream;
Yet if hope has flown away
In a night, or in a day,
In a vision, or in none,
Is it therefore the less gone?
All that we see or seem
Is but a dream within a dream.

I stand amid the roar
Of a surf-tormented shore,
And I hold within my hand
Grains of the golden sand –
How few! yet how they creep
Through my fingers to the deep,
While I weep – while I weep!
O God! can I not grasp
Them with a tighter clasp?
O God! can I not save
One from the pitiless wave?
Is all that we see or seem
But a dream within a dream?


Feb 25, 2011

Russell's teapot

"If I were to suggest that between the Earth and Mars there is a china teapot revolving about the sun in an elliptical orbit, nobody would be able to disprove my assertion provided I were careful to add that the teapot is too small to be revealed even by our most powerful telescopes. But if I were to go on to say that, since my assertion cannot be disproved, it is an intolerable presumption on the part of human reason to doubt it, I should rightly be thought to be talking nonsense. If, however, the existence of such a teapot were affirmed in ancient books, taught as the sacred truth every Sunday, and instilled into the minds of children at school, hesitation to believe in its existence would become a mark of eccentricity and entitle the doubter to the attentions of the psychiatrist in an enlightened age or of the Inquisitor in an earlier time" -  Bertrand Russell, Is There a God?

Jan 25, 2011

When I was reading Frankenstein...

"We are as clouds that veil the midnight moon;
How restlessly they speed, and gleam, and quiver,
Streaking the darkness radiantly! -yet soon
Night closes round, and they are lost for ever:

Or like forgotten lyres, whose dissonant strings
Give various response to each varying blast,
To whose frail frame no second motion brings
One mood or modulation like the last.

We rest. -A dream has power to poison sleep;
We rise. -One wandering thought pollutes the day;
We feel, conceive or reason, laugh or weep;
Embrace fond woe, or cast our cares away:

It is the same! -For, be it joy or sorrow,
The path of its departure still is free:
Man's yesterday may ne'er be like his morrow;
Nought may endure but Mutablilty."

by P.B. Shelley, Husband's Mary Shelley

Jan 8, 2011

Little Miss Sunshine

The Hoover family treks from Albuquerque to the Little Miss Sunshine pageant in Redondo Beach, California, to fulfill the deepest wish of 7-year-old Olive, an ordinary little girl with big dreams. Along the way the family must deal with crushed dreams, heartbreaks, and a broken-down VW bus, leading up to the surreal Little Miss Sunshine competition itself. On their travels through this bizarre landscape, the Hoovers learn to trust and support each other along the path of life, no matter what the challenge.

"Grandpa: Again with the fucking chicken.
Richard: Dad.
Grandpa: It's always with the goddamn fucking chicken"