Tuesday, January 05, 2010

The US Postal Service Honors Poet Julia De Burgos with 2010 Stamps

With this 26th stamp in the Literary Arts series, the U.S Postal Service honors Julia de Burgos, one of Puerto Rico’s most celebrated poets.

The stamp goes on sale in September. A revolutionary writer, thinker, and activist, de Burgos wrote more than 200 poems that probe issues of love, feminism, and political and personal freedom.

Her groundbreaking works combine the intimate with the universal. They speak powerfully to women, minorities, the poor, and the dispossessed, urging them to defy constricting social conventions and find their own true selves. The stamp features a portrait of de Burgos created by artist Jody Hewgill.

The www.washingtonpost.com put together a great slideshow of the stamps but neglected to add in Julia de Burgos' - shame on you, WP.

Julia de Burgos (February 17, 1914 – July 6, 1953) is considered by many as the greatest poet to have been born in Puerto Rico and along with Gabriela Mistral, is considered as one of the greatest poets of Latin America. She was also an advocate for the independence of Puerto Rico and an ardent civil rights activist for women and African/Afro-Caribbean writers. She died in Spanish Harlem.

Monday, January 04, 2010

In Case You Still Ponder the Power of the Web:

After posting a short sci-fi film “Ataque de Panico” he made on a $300 budget, Uruguayan filmmaker Fede Alvarez was offered a $30 million contract sponsored by director Sam Raimi to make a sci-fi film in Argentina and Uruguay. The short film has had more than 4.5 million views on YouTube.

Saturday, January 02, 2010

Web Whatabouts 2010 Y Mas

It's 2010! Guepa!

2010: the books to look out for

I saw a commercial for The Rock's new movie "Tooth Fairy" and I'm just embarrassed for him, for us, for everyone involved. What happened Duane?

From Spotify to Bookify: how playlists could revolutionize the books market

Remember last year when there was a lot of focus on what exactly "Hispanic" was? Well here's an article about what defines "whiteness": The Dark Side of White — latimes.com

Pretty ironic: The Bible among most shoplifted books in the US

I'm considering taking a Spanish Economy course or joining a Spanish book club to brush up on my skills, churn those mental gears and meet new cool folks. Both are free, how cool is that?

Forecasts: Latinos and Social Media in 2010 and Latinos come to a political and social crossroads in 2010

January through March are the months I struggle with the most. I get cabin fever. I start resenting the effort the layering of clothes takes. I dislike the cold & snow, it's hard for me to get and go but eentually it's worth the reawakening that comes out when Spring springs. Yay Spring!

Participate in the THREE-KINGS DAY ONLINE TOY DRIVE & FUNDRAISER: Make a toy donation by sending new, unwrapped toys to: The Children's Aid Society -105 East 22nd St. Please use codename: LATISMTOYDRIVE. Toy donations will be accepted until January 4th, 2010.

Learn about Isabel Gonzalez: Gonzales v. Williams, 192 U.S. 1 (1904)

Thursday, December 31, 2009

Things I Learned In 2009

- Small things, things that may be completely irrelevant to some, can have a profound effect on someone's life. A white lie, words left unspoken, ignoring that doubt/anxiety in the pit of your stomach, failing to accept the falsity of someone's smile -- sometimes things such as these...well, they are all you need to know to clarify the bigger picture and put it all in context.

- Sometimes you walk with your head in the clouds because denial is easier that confronting abysmal fears but the only way to conquer what you fear is to grit your teeth and face them head on, holding no hands and shedding no tears.

- Terrible times teach you a lot about yourself, your capabilities and who your friends really are.

- Leaving home, transience and moving leave you feeling rootless but the lessons reaped are endless when it comes to what really matters most. Talk about new perspectives and seeing things in a different light...

- There are people you run across every now and then in life who are complete strangers but after a few hours of speaking together you genuinely feel like you've known this person your whole life. Cherish these "new" friends because chemistry and connections like that are priceless, cannot be replicated, or bought/sold in a box and don't happen on a daily basis.

- Happiness is a choice, it's contagious, and infectious. Of course, the same applies to despair. Choose what you will sow and channel.

Happy new year!

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

The Year of 2009 in Tech

Monday, December 28, 2009

Waiting on a Revolution?

I caught this Vanguard piece on Cuba the other day and had some really mixed feelings about it. It was both dishearteing, enlightening and interesting so I wanted to share it with you:
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