17 oct. 2011

All the Single Ladies - The End of Men

(...)Recent years have seen an explosion of male joblessness and a steep decline in men’s life prospects that have disrupted the “romantic market” in ways that narrow a marriage-minded woman’s options: increasingly, her choice is between deadbeats (whose numbers are rising) and playboys (whose power is growing). But this strange state of affairs also presents an opportunity: as the economy evolves, it’s time to embrace new ideas about romance and family—and to acknowledge the end of “traditional” marriage as society’s highest ideal.

(...)Earlier this year, women became the majority of the workforce for the first time in U.S. history. Most managers are now women too. And for every two men who get a college degree this year, three women will do the same. For years, women’s progress has been cast as a struggle for equality. But what if equality isn’t the end point? What if modern, postindustrial society is simply better suited to women? A report on the unprecedented role reversal now under way— and its vast cultural consequences.

15 oct. 2011


Presentada la Conferencia Internacional para promover la resolución del conflicto en el País Vasco.Lokarri.


Kofi Annan Nazio Batuen Erakundeko idazkari nagusi ohia, Bertie Ahern Irlandako lehen ministro ohia eta Gerry Adams Sinn Fein Irlandako alderdiko presidentea asteleheneko Donostiako Nazioarteko Konferentzian izango dira, antolatzaileek arratsaldeko seietan jakinarazi dutenez. Tony Blair Erresuma Batuko lehen ministro ohia ere etortzekoa zen, baina Ekialde Hurbilean beste konpromiso batzuk dituela esan du, eta bere ordez Jonathan Powell bere kabineteko burua izandakoa etorriko da.

El ex secretario general de la ONU y Nobel de la paz en 2001, Kofi Annan, y el líder del Sinn Fein, Gerry Adams, participarán en la conferencia sobre el final del terrorismo que se celebrará este lunes en San Sebastián, según han anunciado los promotores de la reunión en rueda de prensa.

Quien no acudirá finalmente será el ex primer ministro británico Tony Blair quien ha excusado su asistencia por sus compromisos en Oriente Medio, pero envía a quien fuera jefe de su gabinete y principal negociador del gobierno británico durante diez años con el con el IRA dentro del proceso de paz en Irlanda del Norte, Jonathan Powell.

El coordinador de Lokarri, Paul Ríos, y Silvia Casale, miembro del Grupo Internacional de Contacto, en representación de las seis entidades organizadoras de la reunión, han dado a conocer los nombres de las personalidades que se desplazarán a San Sebastián, entre las que se encuentra también el ex primer ministro irlandés Bertie Ahern, el ex ministro de Interior francés Pierre Joxe y el ex primer ministro noruego Gro Harlem Brundtland.

Mi paz es mejor que la tuya
Astelehenean "sorpresa" gehiago.

13 oct. 2011

Neutrinos: Einstein seguramente tiene razón

Conferencia del catedrático de Física Teórica de la Universidad de Barcelona, José Ignacio Latorre, sobre el experimento OPERA del CERN, donde parecen haberse observado neutrinos viajando a mayor velocidad que la luz, lo que contradice las predicciones de la teoría de la relatividad especial de Einstein.

5 oct. 2011

Tweet Science

Twitter is building a machine to convert 140 characters on Barack Obama, Ashton Kutcher, narcissism, the struggle for human freedom, and Starbucks into cash—and quick, before its moment passes. Is this asking too much of even the world’s best technologists?

(..)That compares to 5,530 TPS for the Japanese earthquake and tsunami. Or 6,436 TPS for the 2011 BET Awards, and 5,531 for the NBA Finals. In August, the new Twitter record was set: 8,868 TPS for Beyoncé’s performance at the MTV Video Music Awards.

“People describe Twitter as a global consciousness,” says Ryan Sarver, a fast-talking engineer who comes out of his third-floor sanctum to meet me in a conference room. Sarver, who is responsible for managing this chaotic flow, the so-called fire hose of tweets, says Twitter has only begun to take shape. “We’re in the early life cycle of what the platform is,” he says. “This is version one.”

2 oct. 2011

Marilyn Monroe

Marilyn Monroe: The Metamorphosis

In My Week with Marilyn, Michelle Williams captures Marilyn Monroe’s struggle to reconcile her two identities: Norma Jean, the apple-cheeked girl next door, and Marilyn Monroe, the droopy-eyed Aphrodite. Norma Jean didn’t stand a chance. Marilyn: Intimate Exposures, by Susan Bernard, is a stunning collection of images that track Norma Jean’s transformation into Marilyn. In early, rarely seen glamour photographs by Bruno Bernard, known as Bernard of Hollywood, you see a 20-year-old Norma Jean with an eager smile and wide eyes, doing pinup poses with a very un-pinup expression. It’s hard to believe it’s the same woman who seduced a nation just by whispering through a verse of “Happy Birthday.” Bernard’s photos were used as the covers of the pre-teen pulp series “Teen-age Diary Secrets” (in one, Marilyn wears a snug orange sweater, with the photo caption “I played Kiss and Run”) and Laff magazine (a mix between Mad and Playboy), as well as in print advertisements for pharmaceutical companies. Later he photographed her on movie sets, snapping the immortal subway-grate photo from The Seven Year Itch. In addition to hoping to show “the metamorphosis from Norma Jean in 1946 to the famous flying skirt, Marilyn Monroe the star,” book author and Bernard’s daughter Susan told Vanity Fair she wanted to “take the reader on a journey through the osmosis between photographer and his subject.”