Song of the day: Fallaste corazón – Pedro Infante

The mexican culture has still some bits of “Machismo” in it, but is actually double faced. The Machos are people unable to be in contact with their feelings and try to set a screen, so when they are faced with their feelings, they react in very bad ways.

In the mexican society, the Machos are allowed to cry for 2 things only: family and women. And the way to do so is always singing and drinking. You can see it in almost every classic film of Mexico’s Golden Era, where a broken-hearted man sings to his beloved woman in sadness.

I found it always funny, and instead of making me sad or something, always made me smile. Beginning the year I felt a bit homesick and started to sing lots of Mexican songs, being Chavela Vargas, Vicente Fernandez, Antonio Aguilar, and many others a constant reminder of my culture.

Cuco Sánchez composed “Fallaste Corazón” (You failed, heart) many years ago, and several artists have made great covers of this song. Personally I think Chavela Vargas gave the best performance with her amazing voice and feeling. Damn! You can even feel her pain while she sings! Moving!

Anyways, we Mexicans have some weird ways to overcome tragedies, but it actually works 🙂 “Fallaste corazón” is dedicated to the heart of a Macho, yeah, the heart. And the Macho is mocking at his own heart. Yeah, bit weird, right? But this is one of the thousands of expressions you can find in Mexican songs.

Here you have one of the most entertaining performances from Pedro Infante “The idol of Mexico”. He sings the song as it should, with sadness, taunt, anger and passion. Subtitles are included in the video:

Ay ay ay!

Everything about Finance and Investment

For some weeks now, I’ve been learning about Finance and Market, it is a very challenging field for me and, as usual, has given me a lot of new knowledge.

This time, through the great group “Big Think“, Bill Ackman, CEO of Pershing Square Capital Management, explains fast but on detail everything you need to know about Finance and Investment.

Taking us by the hand and with really simple examples, his very graphical explanation gets rid of any common mistake we could have.

Highly recommended to learn a bit more. Less than an hour but a lot to catch.

Understanding mexicans: Día de los Muertos

“El día de los muertos” or “The day of the Dead” is a national holiday in Mexico and it is full of tradition, a mix of faiths and a deep feeling of nostalgy and redemption, along a very special relationship between men and Death. Hereby I present what I think we Mexicans feel regards Death.

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The song of the day: Danzón No. 2 – Arturo Márquez

More than a song, it is actually an amazing instrumental composition. If not familiar with Latin American music, let me tell you that there is a wide range of music styles in our beloved continent. Not everything is Salsa, my friend.

Danzón was born in Cuba in the late years of the XIX century and the early XX century. Because of its neighborhood with Mexico, precisely at the Atlantic coast, the Mexican nation adopted the dance with joy and became very loved as it is a romantic and flirting approach for the dancers, full of lust, enchanting moves and passion.

The danzón (which literally would mean in Spanish something like “Big dance”) became popular in the region along the Gulf of Mexico, being Veracruz the most representative place of it (tho Tabasco and Campeche have good representatives too). However, the melody today is “Danzón No. 2” from the Maestro Arturo Márquez, the talented composer born in Sonora. Nowadays is this melody almost a symbol of Danzones and thus of Latin American music in general. No, it is not THE symbol, but it is for sure now a classic.

Many may not like Dudamel‘s version, as he uses to be very “fogozo” in his conduction. He gives another interpretation. Wagner would shit inward for sure if he hears Dudamel directing with his style, but we must not forget that this is a Danzón, a Latin American song and I personally think that Dudamel has taken it beyond and it is a real pleasure to listen to it.

Well, too much chit-chat. Following is my favorite version of Danzón No.2. Enjoy!

Against the Blob

I’ve just seen this video while exploring through videos and meaningless shit and I found it hilarious, not only because of the obvious difference between the fighters, but also because of the total crap that the narrators are saying. The ending is the most “dramatic” and funny unbelievable outcome.

Kick dat ass, biatch!

Song of the day: Kumbala – Maldita Vecindad

In the last stressful days I’ve been hearing a lot of mexican songs and remembering my youth and first steps into the national rock. Well, this time I wanna share something totally diferent… ??? It all began many years ago when “La maldita vecindad y los hijos del quinto patio”, best known as “Maldita Vecindad” came with their original and very rhythmical pieces mixing ska, mexican sounds, arab melodies and powerful rock. The result? Classics!!

I saw them once when I was a kid and even had the chance to be backstage with them, such a fucking great people!! Nowadays the guys from “la Maldita” are not very active and there are no concerts scheduled, but if they come to Europe I’ll be there for sure and no matter what!

Ok ok, the song. This time the song is an unusual sound from rock, but a very fucking classic from the band. Is a cuban “danzón” with a passionate rhythm that carries sadness because of the Love that has been lost. The lyrics just recreate the scene in the “Kumbala” bar, where the couples go to heal their broken hearts, describes the passionate slow motion of the bodies crying through their hands and feet, dancing with the sound of a melancholic trumpet. Questions the presence of the almighty Sun, trying to be the protagonist of the Passion in Kumbala, where the love will always belong to the night.

Slow but sexy, painful but delightful, close and warm… Welcome to Kumbala.

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A sincere smile

Yes, today there was one of those moments that make my day in the end. Huuuuuh chulada! After being around 11 hours in the University and doing most of the time the god damned exercises of Machine Learning I decided to go downtown and walk a little.

After going to the bank and buying some train tickets I just was in the mood to walk. And thank God I did it! Right there in the exit of the U-Bahn station I started to hear some nice piano music. When I was already out, a guy was playing a big fucking piano in the streets. Yes, a grand piano! The guy was a long haired young man but he was playing really good and a bunch of people were around him. He was playing Chopin, I think.

I had to remove my earphones in order to enjoy it. The guy was really inspired and the people were there listening in this good moment right outside Galleria Kaufhaus in Marienplatz. After he finished a couple of songs I left in the direction of Stachus.

But in the way, even with my earphones back and with DLD at full blast, I could notice another great sound: Jazz. Fuck yeah! A jazz band was playing outside C&A and it sounded really good. The jazz was not so quiet and relaxing, it was more like a Cecil Taylor style, with the pianist hitting the keyboard with energy and creating crazy sounds through the wide scale of octaves. Continue reading

Die Schwierigkeit der Fremdsprachen in Mexiko

Como en mi clase de Alemán está de moda estar escribiendo demasiado, comenzaré a compartir uno que otro escrito y exposición (como en este caso) para que alguien también pueda accesar a ellos de forma sencilla. Tal vez vaya aumentando la complejidad de los textos. Por el momento creo que es algo fácil de entender pues mi vocabulario no es muy extenso. Agradezco personalmente a la profesora Constanze por la ayuda en sus correcciones y sugerencias. Aquí va:

Guten Tag, sehr geehrte Kolleginnen und Kollegen. Heute möchte ich euch ein wichtiges Thema vorstellen, das „Die Schwierigkeit der Fremdsprache in Mexiko“ heißt.

Heutzutage ist Mexiko ein großes Land mit mehr als 100 Mio. Einwohnern, die überwiegend (98.8%) Spanisch sprechen, davon sind 6 Mio. Menschen (älter als 15 Jahre) Analphabeten.

Mexiko hat keine geeignetes Bildungsystem, um die Bevölkerung zu bilden, deshalb kannn die Mehrheit der Mexikaner keine Fremdsprache. Der Einfluss der USA macht Englisch zu einer starken Sprache in ganz Mexiko und die Kulturen beider Länder werden verbunden. Das macht Englisch eigentlich zu der wichtigsten Fremdsprache Mexikos, deswegen kann man konstatieren, dass eine gute Hälfte der Studenten eine Fremdsprache sprechen kann, aber leider können weniger als ein Fünftel der Mexikaner studieren.

Es gibt auch ausländische Firmen, die in Mexiko Niederlassungen eröffnet haben. In diesen Firmen spricht man nicht nur Englisch, sondern auch hauptsächlich Deutsch, Französisch und Japanisch.

Die Fremdsprachen sind zurzeit ein Werkzeug der Industrien und Forschungen. Die Mexikaner haben viele Informationsquellen, um Englisch zu lernen, z.B. amerikanische Fernsehprogramme, amerikanische Musik auf Englisch, Kunst von Englisch sprechenden Ländern (Filme, Bücher, Nachrichten, Sportarten, usw.).

Daraus kann man schlussfolgern, dass in Mexiko eine große investition für Bildung fehlt. Heute können die mexikanischen Einwohner eine gute Annäherung an das Englische und, in weniger Prozent, auch an Deutsch und Französisch haben, aber nicht genug um eine deutliche Kommunkation zwischen den Ländern zu halten. Es wäre möglich vielleicht in 60 Jahren, wenn es in Mexiko keine Analphabeten mehr gibt.

Herzlichen Dank für eure Amerksamkeit, meine Damen und Herren, und „Que tengan un buen día“.

Los 5 científicos mexicanos más influyentes de la historia

Encontrar en México una comunidad científica respetable ha sido, prácticamente, un objetivo inalcanzable. Sin embargo, eso no quiere decir que los científicos de México no tengan el nivel adecuado para desarrollarse en el mundo de la competencia tecnológica. Al contrario, han sabido sobresalir con recursos mucho menores y un carente apoyo, llegando a muy altos niveles de innovación y originalidad.

La ciencia y tecnología mexicana es algo que se ha quedado oculto en nuestro país pero, a nivel internacional, los mexicanos son reconocidos por ser de los mejores científicos en el mundo. Lamentablemente ese reconocimiento se da gracias al apoyo que reciben en el extranjero. La influencia de los mismos es tal que llega a los rincones más escondidos del planeta, al grado de preguntarnos ¿es esto en realidad un “Hecho en México”? La respuesta a veces es tan sorprendente como cierta. México es un nido de genios que han puesto a la nación como un fuerte competidor científico.

Por ello, a continuación presento los que, a mi parecer, han sido los científicos mexicanos más influyentes en la historia mundial. Cabe aclarar que son los más influyentes, que no es lo mismo a que sean los más reconocidos o brillantes. Así, la siguiente lista muestra a los científicos que más han impactado en las decisiones científicas a escala internacional. Continue reading

Fly me to the Moon

No sé, no sé. Ya son los últimos días del año y me puse de un humor… rico. Alegre. No estoy con mi familia o mis amigos (están al otro lado del mundo) pero creo que no hay nada malo en estar por acá. Me siento a gusto y hasta con ganas de cantar. Lo raro aquí es que cada vez que quiero cantar, últimamente me dan ganas de hacerlo con una canción: Fly me to the Moon.

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