Friday, July 31, 2009

The Dream

NPR's Audience Picks: 100 Best Beach Books Ever

NPR ’s asked their audience to name their favorite beach reads. Almost 16,000 people particpated and entered 136,000 votes. From the votes, NPR picked the top 100.

Here's a selection of the top 100:

#27. Like Water for Chocolate, by Laura Esquivel

#35. One Hundred Years of Solitude, by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

#56. Love in the Time of Cholera, by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Thursday, July 30, 2009

The No.1 demographic of HS drop-outs are Latino women

Sometimes the ugly truth needs to be said outloud:


America Ferrara called on fellow Latina women to combat their high school drop-out rate. The Ugly Betty star, 25, made the call during a commencement speech she gave at Kaplan University in Chicago.

"The No.1 demographic of high school drop-outs are Latino women. I know there are economic factors why young Latinos are so under-educated, but it also starts with what we place importance on as a culture." She continued, "We have to empower the next generation to accept education as a way up, and I believe you have to start with the women so they can pass it on to their kids," she added.

Ferrara applauded some 2,500 Kaplan graduates on their achievement. "I can relate to how hard it is to continue to make education an important part of my life while balancing my career," said Ferrara. Ferrara is working toward a bachelor's degree at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, a private college.


Via www.limelife.com

Tonight! Latinos in Social Media #LATISM Twitter Party

Mi gente, represent! Here's the invite:

Dear Friends,

Our 2nd #LatISM party will take place this Thursday, July 30th, from 9:00 to 10:00 pm EST.

The point of #LatISM is to help its members promote their businesses, blogs and Social Media campaigns. Also to provide a common platform that will place the member's profile in front of large and small companies as well as non-profit organizations that target the Latino market.

All leading up to the first ever Latinos in Social Media Heritage Tour; more info here: www.latism.org

We will connect, network, promote, make noise, win more prizes and the most important: HAVE FUN! the only way Latino(a)s know how to party.

This week's prizes are:

1) a $50 Gift Card from www.BabysRus.com
2) an iPod Shuffle from www.Walmart.com
3) a Sterling Silver Emerald Bracelet from Diamond International www.shopdi.com
4) a JetFlash USB Flash Drive - 16 GB from www.CompUSA.com

Remember to follow the organizers:
nancyperez
urbanjibaro
louispagan
anarc
juantornoe

To make it easier to find you, please tweet:“I’m going to the #LatISM party on Thursday at 9:00 pm EST. Come join the Latinos in Social Media

This way, we can all look for the hashtag #LatISM and follow all the participants while we also promote the Party and help get trending.

If this is your first Twitter Party, a great way to follow will be using a TwitterChat application like: tweetchat.com/room/latism

Finally, remember to invite all your friends in Twitter. Every one's welcome.

Puerto Rico, circa 1941

Esmeralda Santiago's facebook status recently reminded me of the great treasure of photographs accessible online at Library of Congress, taken by documented photographer, Jack Delano for the Farm Security Administration, Washington D.C. and Office of War Information.

What is rather heart wrenching to me is that this is the Puerto Rico my mother knew and lived. She was born in 1942 and Puerto Rico, like any other place has changed. She has changed. Unfortunately, many of mother's photographs were lost before she ever came to the mainland. I'm not sure if she lost her suitcase or it was stolen but it carried all of her precious pictures.


Take a trip back in time and place with me...

Aibonito, Puerto Rico. Children at school (Jan. 1942)



Slum area in Ponce, Puerto Rico - Dec. 1941 (my mother's hometown, although she lived on a farm, a year before she was born)



Ponce, Puerto Rico. Family living in the slum area (Dec. 1942)



The pictures while a little bit disturbing (why were the subjects documented by someone from the office of war information?) to me, the value to someone whose only memories of that time come from images like this is priceless.

If you would like to peruse for yourself, check them out at www.loc.gov

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Now that's an eReader! or at Least a Vision

Editis French publishing group, produced this short film about a future possible or probable ... the book. This is not to show the vision of the group on the future market of publishing, but rather to initiate a discussion on the different business models and possible future features of playback devices that are currently on the market. The uses that we imagine are numerous and are well within reach.


What a vision it is - you don't have to understand French to capture the gist of the film (I only caught rudimentary phrases) but the ereader is quite magnifique! The video is a tad long but very cool.



Now here's the sad part, it's 2 and 1/2 years old. Where's this version now?
 
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