miércoles, 30 de noviembre de 2011
Transcript of the Podcast #1
Robert: Hello, Welcome to another episode of “Curiosities with Robert Medina”, brought to you on November 22 of 2011. Today our guest is Rachel Castillo, a mechanical engineer from the Zulia University. Rachel it’s a pleasure to have you here with us, Welcome.
Rachel: Thanks Robert the pleasure is mine.
Robert: Today we will discuss an interesting fact about science. Rachel you may speak.
Rachel: Thank you. Robert, did you know that the female voice exhausts the male brain?
Robert: I had no idea! How so?
Rachel: A recent study found that a man's inability to maintain attention to what a woman says has scientific basis. The study shows that the tone of the female voice has more complex sounds than male voice, so it takes the entire listening area of the male brain, while the male's voice occupies only subthalamic area. Hence in many cases, women complain that men do not listen to them. So next time you girls feel ignored, remember that this "disconnection" it’s caused by a purely physiological or biological reason, not because they don’t want listen to us.
Robert: How interesting, Rachel tell us, who conducted this study?
Rachel: This study was conducted by Professor Michael Hunter, in the University of Sheffield (Great Britain).
Robert: I bet that many of our listeners will be surprised to hear this. Well folk’s unfortunately that’s all for today. See you another episode of "Curiosities with Robert Medina". Bye.
Transcript of the Podcast #2
Robert: Hello, Welcome to another episode of "Curiosities with Robert Medina" brought to you on November 29 of 2011. Today our guest is Janice Paredes, she has a medical degree from the Zulia University. Janice it’s a pleasure to have you here with us, welcome.
Janice: Thanks Robert, it's an honor to be here and to share with the listeners of this show.
Robert: Our topic today is related to medicine in which we will discuss if it is true that too much laugh can kill you. Go ahead Janice.
Janice: Yes Robert, laughing too much can cause you death by several factors, among these, heart failure or asphyxiation. The most recent case was documented in 2003 in which a Thai ice cream salesman died of laughter in his sleep at the age of 52 years. His wife tried to wake him up but it was unsuccessful, and finally after two minutes of continuous laughter he died. It is believed that he died of a heart attack or suffocation.
Robert: What a tragic way to die! Isn’t it?
Janice: I partially agree with you because, indeed, it must be painful but only at the end, in other words, it should be painful in the last moments when you're short of breath or suffering from heart failure, but, on the other hand you are having fun in the whole process.
Robert: I guess you’re right looking it from that point of view. Well dear listeners that's all for today in "Curiosities with Robert Medina". Bye
Publicado por Robert Medina en 0:50
viernes, 11 de noviembre de 2011
jueves, 10 de noviembre de 2011
My Favorite Movie
The Secret in Their Eyes, ("El Secreto de sus Ojos" in Spanish) is a Argentine crime thriller film based on Eduardo Sacheri's novel "The Question in Their Eyes" ("La Pregunta de sus Ojos" in Spanish), directed by Juan José Campanella and an Academy Award Winner For Best Foreign Language Film.
Benjamin Esposito has spent his entire working life as a criminal court employee. Recently retired and with time on his hands, he decides to write a novel. He does not decide to make up a story. There is no need to. He can draw on his own past as a civil servant for a true, moving and tragic story in which he was once very directly involved. In 1974, his court was assigned an investigation into the rape and murder of a beautiful young woman.
At the scene of the crime, Esposito sees the result of the young woman's rape and murder first hand. He meets Ricardo Morales, who had married the girl a short time before and worshipped her body and soul. Moved by Ricardo's grief, Esposito tries to help him find the culprit despite having to contend with the apathy and ineptitude of the police and legal system. He knows that for help he can count on Sandoval, an underling at the office yet a close friend, who occasionally seeks release from the routine of his existence by drinking himself unconscious. He can also turn to Irene, his immediate superior and secretary of the court, with whom he is secretly deeply in love, although there is no hope that she will ever love him.
The search for the murderer is anything but simple. No clues remain at the scene of the crime and Esposito must rely on guesswork and his own instincts to make any progress. Furthermore, Argentina in 1974 is not a peaceful place. It is a perfect backdrop for the violence, hate, revenge and death that rule people's lives and fates.
To this ever more hostile and dark setting, Esposito's investigation takes him deep into a world of terrible violence. No longer an observer, he becomes an unwilling central character in a drama in which he is exposed to ever-greater danger.
But it is not only the young Esposito of 1974 who is swept along by the storm of events, for that storm also envelops the present-day Esposito, the old would-be writer, and sets him adrift. By deciding to revive and relive his memories, he has set in motion the wheels of the terrible mechanism of memory. And those memories are neither innocent, neutral nor aseptic. Esposito writes, and as he does so, relives a past that rises up before his eyes and awakens all his demons: particularly those involving his past decisions, uncertainties and irreparable mistakes.
As he moves forward, Esposito begins to see that it is now too late to stop. Telling a story from the past is no longer just a pastime to fill his empty hours. It becomes a narrow, winding path he must take if he is to understand and find justification for his own life, if he is to give any meaning to the years remaining to him, and if once and for all he is to face up to the woman who, thirty years on, he is still in love with.
4 Stars, HIGHEST RATING
-Roger Ebert, CHICAGO SUN-TIMES
"4 Stars for THE SECRET IN THEIR EYES" HIGHEST RATING
-Michael Phillips, CHICAGO TRIBUNE
"The unsolved murder of a young woman is the root of this haunting, beautifully calibrated Oscar winner from Argentina"
-Betsy Sharkey, THE LOS ANGELES TIMES
"This spellbinder will sneak up and floor you. It's that good. A supremely intelligent and deeply touching thriller. Thunderously exciting!"
-Peter Travers, ROLLING STONE
"Powerfully and richly imagines: A genre-busting movie. A finely wrought, labyrinthine entertainment whose corners and passageways will be discussed by moviegoers for hours afterward."
-David Denby, THE NEW YORKER
"A soulful, twisty thriller that delivers an astonishing jolt. So compelling it leaves you hungry for more."
-Karen Durbin, ELLE
"A murder, an investigator, the gorgeous judge he loves: A lush thriller."
-Caryn James, MARIE CLAIRE
It is an excellent movie, at the beginning you may think that the story isn't going to go to anywhere but at the end you get to understand everything.
I also loved the soundtrack, it’s just amazing!
Publicado por Robert Medina en 14:00
martes, 8 de noviembre de 2011
Hello, today I am writing to share a very interesting video of Jean Sébastien Monzani which it's the following:
This video encourages us to think of something that isn't a thing we could buy or something trendy, but something that's personal, cheerful, and that only makes sense to you. The video also tells you to do this anywhere and anytime.
Personally I liked a lot this video and it teaches us to relax a little by changing or diverting our thoughts to little things that make us feel good, (e.g. How good a movie made you feel or How exited were you when you drove a car by yourself).
Publicado por Robert Medina en 20:00