29 de julio de 2007

no leer el 40% de este blog

La determinación del banquero.

26 de julio de 2007

22 de julio de 2007

¿qué es el techo?

venegas broders dixit

21 de julio de 2007

bilaterales

 decía álvaro hace cuatro dias: "pensando en una distribución de habilidades en forma de campana de gauss, pareciera que la filosofía actual es premiar desproporcionadamente a quienes están en el extremo derecho de la susodicha."

—— " Claro, no puedo estar más de acuerdo. me temo, además, que la habilidad de percibir esta situación esté distribuida de la misma manera."

18 de julio de 2007

"you can Barack me tonight"

He defendido un argumento de Ronald Dworkin: prohibir toda la publicidad política privada en la televisión, y pasar a un sistema en el que se asigne tiempo televisivo a los partidos políticos, con las siguientes condiciones: los 'spots' deben durar un mínimo de 3 minutos, y en estos debe hablar, de frente, un representante el partido político en al menos dos de esos tres minutos. La idea ayuda a poner en evidencia a los políticos que se escudan tras estrategias publicitarias, y, sobretodo, amejorar el nivel de la discusión y razonamiento público. Creo que es una excelente política para mejorar la política.

-¿Te imaginás tragase tres minutos de Ottón o Arias hablando? ¿Cuántos -me espetaron- sobrevirían a semejante embate , a semejante tripalium?

Pero qué importa. Aquí , la chica obaaammaa calienta la siempre aburrida política gringa y les(nos) pone las reglas en juego.

15 de julio de 2007

practical jokes

INTERVIEWER

Could you put the theory into a few words?

VONNEGUT

It was stated by Paul Engle—the founder of the Writers' Workshop at Iowa. He told me that, if the workshop ever got a building of its own, these words should be inscribed over the entrance: Don't take it all so seriously.

INTERVIEWER

And how would that be helpful?

VONNEGUT

It would remind the students that they were learning to play practical jokes.

INTERVIEWER

Practical jokes?

VONNEGUT

If you make people laugh or cry about little black marks on sheets of white paper, what is that but a practical joke? All the great story lines are great practical jokes that people fall for over and over again.

INTERVIEWER

Can you give an example?

VONNEGUT

The Gothic novel. Dozens of the things are published every year, and they all sell. My friend Borden Deal recently wrote a Gothic novel for the fun of it, and I asked him what the plot was, and he said, A young woman takes a job in an old house and gets the pants scared off her.

INTERVIEWER

Some more examples?

VONNEGUT

The others aren't that much fun to describe: somebody gets into trouble, and then gets out again; somebody loses something and gets it back; somebody is wronged and gets revenge; Cinderella; somebody hits the skids and just goes down, down, down; people fall in love with each other, and a lot of other people get in the way; a virtuous person is falsely accused of sin; a sinful person is believed to be virtuous; a person faces a challenge bravely, and succeeds or fails; a person lies, a person steals, a person kills, a person commits fornication.

INTERVIEWER

If you will pardon my saying so, these are very old-fashioned plots.

VONNEGUT

I guarantee you that no modern story scheme, even plotlessness, will give a reader genuine satisfaction, unless one of those old-fashioned plots is smuggled in somewhere. I don't praise plots as accurate representations of life, but as ways to keep readers reading. When I used to teach creative writing, I would tell the students to make their characters want something right away—even if it's only a glass of water. Characters paralyzed by the meaninglessness of modern life still have to drink water from time to time. One of my students wrote a story about a nun who got a piece of dental floss stuck between her lower left molars, and who couldn't get it out all day long. I thought that was wonderful. The story dealt with issues a lot more important than dental floss, but what kept readers going was anxiety about when the dental floss would finally be removed. Nobody could read that story without fishing around in his mouth with a finger. Now there's an admirable practical joke for you. When you exclude plot, when you exclude anyone's wanting anything, you exclude the reader, which is a mean-spirited thing to do. You can also exclude the reader by not telling him immediately where the story is taking place, and who the people are—

INTERVIEWER

And what they want.

VONNEGUT

Yes. And you can put him to sleep by never having characters confront each other. Students like to say that they stage no confrontations because people avoid confrontations in modern life. Modern life is so lonely, they say. This is laziness. It's the writer's job to stage confrontations, so the characters will say surprising and revealing things, and educate and entertain us all. If a writer can't or won't do that, he should withdraw from the trade.

INTERVIEWER

Trade?

VONNEGUT

Trade. Carpenters build houses. Storytellers use a reader's leisure time in such a way that the reader will not feel that his time has been wasted. Mechanics fix automobiles.

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7 de julio de 2007

bai bai Taiwan

Guía para hacer negocios en China

3 de julio de 2007

Conistorsis el onubense y Sampedro

Le decía yo a Conistorsis el onubense que "no hay mejor estrategia en la vida que nacer en el lugar adecuado, aunque también ayuda elegir a los padres correctos". Responde Conistorsis: "Si pudiera elegir padres, me quedaría con los que tengo, gracias. Si pudiera elegir genes, sería un cruce entre Brad Pitt, Einstein, Woody Allen, Rafa Nadal y Nacho Vidal. Y si pudiera elegir ciudad, me iría a aquella que tuviera mejores restaurantes, bibliotecas, cines y teatros; que amara más la ciencia y la verdad, y menos el fanatismo religioso o nacionalista; que fuera más hospitalaria y cosmopolita; y que tuviera menos delincuencia: Nueva York".