Saturday, July 24, 2010

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Just because I miss being home...Posted from Biloxi MS.

Notas de mi Despacho - Cambios

Como dijera en mi ultima nota mis labores profesionales demandaron (quizas demasiado) mi tiempo. Ahora, aprovecho una demobilizacion forzada cortesia de Bonnie para actualizar este blog. Como estoy limitado a lo que puedo decir de mis tareas describire, alcantarillescamente, lo que encontrado curioso de esta comunidad de Biloxi MS.

Su poblacion, de esperarse, es mayormente negra. Los blancos hablan sure/no al estilo tejano. 'now prudy doncha wanit ol. you ok i reckon? hi yall.' Los negros hablan como en la caba/na del Tio Tom. Pero lo mas que me sorprendio fue la cantidad de latinos y vietnamitas de esta comunidad. Ademas, el monton de estructuras abandonadas. Parece que todavia esta latente los efectos de Katrina.

Decidi investigar, y tropece con esta joyita:

In the Factory
Just everybody had to work to make a living because then you got paid very little for what you done. And the first job I had was in the shell mills, grinding up shells and that was $.04 an hour.--Clarence Disilvey

While shrimping and oystering were exclusively male tasks, the factory work was predominantly the female domain. Some men did work in the factories and most children, including boys, began their career in the factories where they cut their teeth on the skills and work ethic necessary to make it in the industry. Documentary photographer Lewis Hine photographed young factory workers in Biloxi in the 1880s and exposed the harsh conditions under which they worked. As the boys grew older most took jobs on the boats while the women stayed in the factories.
Since the factories lacked nurseries, women brought their small children to work with them. They constructed play pens or put the children on the floor next to them where they learned how to do their mothers' work. 17 Although people often tend to glorify the "good ole' days," when Biloxians speak of the early days in the seafood industry, they temper remarks on the abundance of the supply with memories of long hours, little pay, and child labor. Mary Kuljis, who spent over fifty of her eighty-six years in the seafood factories, recalled her work:

The first job I had was in the factory, in the cannery where they had oysters and shrimp...They had so many shrimp and so many oysters they couldn't take care of them. Sometime they had to throw them away because there wasn't enough workers to do the job. So they brought children, twelve, thirteen years old to work. 18

Children age fourteen could receive a work card which allowed them to work legally in the factory, but most had a factory job at an even younger age. When inspectors came to check work cards, the underage children would hide lest they get caught and removed from the factory. They balanced their work with their education. Before attending school each morning, the children went to work in the factories. They returned once classes ended and put in two or three more hours at the picking tables or oyster carts earning $.50 or $1.00 a day.
Sea Coast, Kaluz's, Gulf Central, Dunbar and Dukate, and other factories lined the Point and Back Bay. Closeby lived the women who kept the factories running. They usually worked at one factory, season after season. The factory owners wanted the fastest pickers and shuckers so they took care of their employees, and employees in turn felt loyalty to the factory. However, if the management mistreated them, they could go down the street to another cannery. An experienced factory employee could always find a job. One former employee said that the women chose the factory according to which boats brought in the catch. They knew which boats brought in the biggest oysters, which made their job of shucking easier, then went to the factory where those boats offloaded.
The work day in the canneries began early. Each factory had a whistle with its own distinctive sound, which signalled the arrival of the catch and summoned people to work. Andrew Melancon recalls going to the factory at two o'clock in the morning to insure he had a place to work. The blow of the whistle signalled an end to rest and the start of another busy day, as Melancon recalls:

I was still working when I met my wife. I would go with her till about twelve or one o'clock, then go home. I'd keep one eye open at a time as I walked home cause I didn't have a car or a bike. I'd have to walk from uptown to the Point. I'd sleep one eye at a time while going home, and when I go home I'd hurry up and get to bed. And listen and hope to heck that my whistle wouldn't blow...If it blowed I'd jump up and get down there and get started. It was one heck of a life. 19

Although different from boat work, the work in the factories was equally as rigorous and demanding. Factory conditions did not make for easy work. The factories were always cold, especially in the winter during oyster season. Women wore heavy stockings and wrapped their legs in newspaper to keep warm. Their hands grew cold after working with the icy shrimp, hour after hour. One woman recalled how her mother would bring bowls of hot water from home for her children to warm their hands. Tables lined the factory floors during shrimp season, and women stood on either side of the tables to "headless" and pick the shrimp. They dropped the hulls to the floor and swept up later. Although it might appear as though they worked as a team around a picking table or oyster cart, each worker was paid according to the amount of shrimp she picked and thus rewarded for her individual speed. The work was demanding and the hours were long, as several Biloxians attest. Andrew Melancon remembers:
When I was part of the processing crew, I'd go in at 2:00 A.M. Might be six in the evening before I got off. I was making $.35 an hour. Top pay. I was making more than my uncle who was head teller at a bank. But he was putting in forty hours, and I was putting in a hundred and forty hours. That's the difference. But we needed the money, and I didn't mind. 20
From the picking shed, the shrimp went to the packing room for the cooking and canning process. Once sealed, the cans were pressure cooked in a large iron drum to kill any remaining bacteria. Employees removed any "swell heads" (cans of bad shrimp that caused the can to swell) at this stage. From there, the women took the cans, labeled them by hand before boxing them and shipping them to the warehouse. Today the labeling, canning, and, to some degree, picking are mechanized processes.
During the oyster season, the work environment was much the same. Oyster shucking was piece work also. Women equipped with an oyster knife, a glove, and finger stars (small pieces of cloth to cover the thumb and forefinger of the hand holding the knife) stood eight to a cart, four on each side, shucking oysters and placing them in a cup. An oyster cup attached to the side of the cart and held about a gallon of oysters. A series of railroad tracks ran from the loading docks inside and throughout the factory. The men unloaded the oysters into the carts. Four or five carts at a time rolled into the steamboxes to steam open the oysters. From the steamroom, a line of about nine carts travelled on one of the tracks running to the shucking room. The eight women that worked at a cart usually worked together all the time. In a sense then, they were a team. They tended to be friends or relatives, sometimes all Slavonians or all Cajun's.
Factory work was similar to the apprenticeship period on the boats. Young girls learned by watching and imitating the more experienced women. Eventually it became second nature. To pass the time the women conversed or sang as they worked. If they were all Slavonian or Cajun they might speak in their native tongue. A sense of community existed both in and outside of the workplace. They combined socializing with their work, not that they took their jobs any less seriously than the men, but the work environment allowed for more social insertion.
During the first half of the 20th century the Biloxi seafood industry and seafood community were steadily evolving. Development in technology and changes in the ethnic milieu created a dynamic industrial and cultural community that continues today. Biloxi schooners gave way to luggers only to be rediscovered in later year and re-instituted as community cultural symbols and tourist attractions. Slavonians and Cajun's created ethnic organizations to maintain their identity. In the 1970s Vietnamese refugees became the latest ethnic group involved in the Gulf Coast seafood industry, and they, too, would form a their own community and maintain group identity through family, religious, and cultural traditions. This diversity and development that marked the Biloxi seafood industry in the late 1800s would continue, then, and take on new manifestations in the latter part of the 1900s.

OK, eso explica los vietnamitas y la poblacion obrera. Pero, y la desolacion, los negocios cerrados? mmm Wikipedia:,_Mississippi

Hurricane Katrina
On August 29, 2005, Hurricane Katrina hit the Mississippi Gulf Coast with high winds, heavy rains and a 27-foot (8.2 m) storm surge, causing massive damage to the area. Katrina came ashore during the high tide of 6:56AM, +2.3 feet more.[13] Commenting on the power of the storm and the damage, Mayor A.J. Holloway said, "This is our tsunami."[14] Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour was quoted as saying the destruction of the Mississippi coastline by Hurricane Katrina looked like an American Hiroshima.
On the morning of August 31, 2005, in an interview on MSNBC, Governor Barbour stated that 90% of the buildings along the coast in Biloxi and neighboring Gulfport had been destroyed by the hurricane. Several of the "floating" casinos were torn off their supports and thrown inland, contributing to the damage. All coastal churches were destroyed or severely damaged.
Many churches were damaged, including St. Michael's Catholic Church (see photo at right), which was gutted by the storm surge, breaking the entry doors and stained-glass windows along the first floor; however, the interior was later removed, and the structure was still solid enough to allow repairing the church.

Hurricane Katrina damaged over 40 Mississippi libraries, flooding several feet in the Biloxi Public Library and breaking windows, beyond repair, requiring a total rebuild.[15]
Hurricane-force winds persisted for 17 hours and tore the branches off many coastal oak trees, but the tree trunks survived the 30-foot (9.1 m) flood and many have since regrown smaller branches. Some reconstructed homes still have the antebellum appearance, and miles inland, with less flooding, shopping centers have re-opened.
Harrison County Coroner Gary T. Hargrove told the mayor and City Council that Hurricane Katrina had claimed 53 victims in Biloxi, as of January 30, 2006. Of the 53 confirmed fatalities in Biloxi, a figure that includes one unidentified male, Hargrove said the average age was 58, with the youngest being 22 and the oldest 90; 14 were female and 39 were male.
Biloxi is also the site of a well-known memorial to the Katrina victims, built by the crew and volunteers of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.[16]
Many casinos were damaged or destroyed by Hurricane Katrina. Of the casinos that were located in Biloxi, eight have reopened since Katrina. They are: the Grand Biloxi Casino Hotel Spa(formerly known as Grand Casino Biloxi), the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, the Isle of Capri Casino and Resort, the Palace Casino Resort, the IP Casino Resort Spa (formerly known as Imperial Palace), Treasure Bay Casino, Boomtown Casino, and the Beau Rivage, which re-opened on the first anniversary of Hurricane Katrina.[17]
Multiple plans have been laid out to rebuild the waterfront areas of Biloxi, and the federal government has recently announced that it is considering giving up to 17,000 Mississippi coast homeowners the option to sell their properties so that a vast hurricane-protection zone can be implemented.[18] Meanwhile, the city of Biloxi is rapidly implementing plans to allow the redevelopment of commercial properties south of highway 90.[19]

Mas documentales aqui:

Estos dos documentales son de ahi:

Ah claro, comi en un restaurante vietnamita (Long Kim) ayer. Sopa de Fideos de Arroz con Brisquet de Res. Puro sabor thai vietnamita. todo fresco...

No se vietnamita. Pero deja ver si encuentro descripcion aqui. Si, wikipedia de nuevo. Pho:

la receta:

Me estoy curando en salud con comida sure/na. Ayer encontre una bodega mexicana (llamada apropiadamente LA BAMBA) donde estaban viento todos la novela de Telemundo. Tenian un chorro de CDs de rancheras, regueton, Norte/na y Rock en Espa/nol. Me lleve un compendio de exitos de Cafe Tacuba, la que toco en el carro en ruta al trabajo. Entre rock, country y evangelicos gritones y talk shows del tea party hablando sandeces republicanas apago el radio. Quizas tolero The Rock, porque es Rock Clasico (Hendrix, Bowie, Pat Benatar, Queen, etc) no las mismas 5 canciones que toca Alfa Rock 106. Pero ya estoy divagando, debe ser los refrescos mejicanos importados y los cacahuates japoneses.

Dije que el tema del dia no era Biloxi, sino cambios. Para comenzar mi oficina se muda a la milla de oro, asi que la semana antes del viaje se me fue en empacar proyectos...Por si no vieron la humareda del Pizza Hut guarde esta linda foto vespertina desde el piso 6 del parking del edificio:

Estabamos todos encari/nados del edificio, pero son los cambios que vienen.

Otro cambio es que estoy aqui en Biloxi bregando Health and Safety. Tipicamente si viajo es para dise/no y conceptos de Agua Potable y Aguas Usadas. Chequeense esta imagen, parece propaganda del Yellow Party:

Los cambios vienen nos gusten o no...Adaptamos o morimos.

Ahora escucho los primeros truenos asociados a Bonnie. A ver que tanto llueve.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Forced Break in Effect

My line of worked has forced me to take a break from updating this blog. I'll be excommunicated for the next few weeks. On the meantime check some of my older articles or check some of the blogs I follow.

If you want a specific subject discussed just include a comment at this post. We will try to include some discussion here.

Check out some of his other political cartoons. A little too left for my taste but they are still awesome... I was just wondering the other day what would happen if Fortu/no was in reality a Top Leeague Bad Ass and not the manipulative wuss he portrays on TV...This guy did the same thing, but with Bizarrobama.

Pending subjects included all this carbon credit stories, water resources management and the ocassional discussion of the interesting and esoteric things of the web...

By the way, I drew this ecoterrorist attack at the Guaynabo Dam back at around 1995. That EQB was very efficient then (that is because I worked there). Just do me a favor, don't use the images for an actual arrangement of a hot, warm and cool zone or for any HAZWOPER operation please....

And Kofla...remember the Emissary Story? A comic with that Carmen Belen Richardson African Soap Opera feeling? Well, I did that back in 1998. This is a later page:

You gotta love those santero stereotypes...

Until then. Goodbye.

Still busy at the office. FIFA Soccer 2010 is over, but I liked these commercials, pity I can't embed them...

Adidas - Japan - Korea - Anime Style....

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Nikolai Tesla y el Mundo Moderno

Hoy quiero discutir algo de ciencia y quise hacerlo presentando la vida y obra del gran Nikolai Tesla. Su cumplea/nos fue ayer, 10 de julio. Un poco de su historia aqui ( Gracias a sus invenciones el mundo correcto es energizado usando redes electricas de corriente alterna. En su historia fue un rival directo de Tomas Alva Edison en cuanto al tema de corriente directa (DC) la preferencia de Edison y la corriente alterna (AC) la preferencia de Tesla. Tesla hacia espectaculos con sus Tesla Coils (en cualquier pelicula de ciencia ficcion de los 50 y 60 salen) mientras que Edison electrocutaba vacas y pollos demostrando los peligros de la electricidad alterna. Sin embargo la red electrica mundial, incluyendo nuestro grid Aguirre, Costa Sur, San Juan, Palo Seco, AES y Ecoelectrica (y otras turbinas en la red) utiliza sus principios cientificos. Sus turbinas y motores tambien son conocidos por su bajo consumo electrico.

En varios posts atras inclui un video de David Bowie con Klaus Nomi. David Bowie hizo el papel de Tesla en la pelicula de The Prestige. Si no la han visto, es altamente recomendada. Sobre todo si te gusta esta onda del Steampunk, Magos peleando, esoterismo de feria, etc. Aqui les presento una escena, con un gigantesco Tesla Coil:

Una escena literalmente parapelos.

Debajo: Una lista de sus grandes inventos:

Una excelente presentacion de sus invenciones aqui (en ppt)

Una fuente Tesla operando:

El principio de operacion y esquematicos en 3D presentados aqui en este paper:

Un articulo de inventos ficticios de Tesla:

Nunca dije el interes. Estos dias tras varios largas sesiones de entrenamiento y proyectos extra atrasados decidi coger un break, y si, un poco de escapismo, asi que me puse a ver el Season 3 de Venture Brothers. Me compraron con tan solo poner a The Prodigy y Art of Noise en el grupo del sotano del complejo Venture. Y por supuesto con el capitulo The Orb.
The cylinder is a recording made by the bodyguard of the late Colonel Lloyd Venture, Eugen Sandow, who recounts a battle between Nikola Tesla and his allies, and a mysterious Guild of historical figures (among them Oscar Wilde, Aleister Crowley, and Mark Twain), all protecting a mysterious Orb. The Guild, at this time made up of writers, poets, scientists, wizards, and sinister costumed men, laments the fighting. The two key members of the society appear to be Venture and Fantômas (apparently one of Phantom Limb's ancestors who may or may not be the fictional literary character). Their world is being torn asunder, which leads various members of the Guild (in particular, Fantômas) to suggest activating the Orb, even though its function is ambiguous. The more sensible Guild members (primarily Colonel Venture and Wilde) rebuke Fantômas' impetuousness, stating that "the Orb is a source of untold power. We must take our time and learn how to harness that power for the good of mankind." Wilde scoffs at Fantômas, who believes the Guild alone should decide what is best for mankind; the writer states that the Guild was designed to "protect and serve man at his best," not to be a "Guild of Calamitous Intent." Even Wilde, however, cannot resist suggesting that the Orb be tested. This causes even more dissension within the Guild.

Claro que Tesla siempre es motivo de broma en ciertos circulos...
'ladies ladies i'm not interested in your romantic advances but in SCIENCE. control yourselves!'
claro, la guerra Edison y Marconi...

Ahora, el hombre era un visionario, ya veia problemas con el uso de combustibles fosiles:

At the height of his popularity as the key inventor who pioneered commercial electricity, Tesla cautioned the world of the inefficiencies of burning substances to generate energy, especially coal, the predominate fuel source of the day.
Not only did the burning process waste most the potential energy of coal, Nikola Tesla argued, but it was a nonrenewable resource that we would eventually run out of. The same arguments could easily be made about oil.
“Whatever our resources of primary energy may be in the future,” Tesla wrote in Century Magazine in 1900, “we must, to be rational, obtain it without consumption of any material.”
Tesla reminded us that a windmill is one of the most efficient energy devices ever devised, and suspected we’d eventually be able to harness the sun’s rays in an efficient way. He also advocated utilizing the heat “in the earth, the water, or the air.”
He proposed, essentially, geothermal energy plants, one capturing the heat of the earth, the other floating on the ocean, using the temperature differential between the surface water temperature and the deeper water temperatures to drive turbines to generate electricity.
One of Tesla’s designs for a floating geothermal plant was published in the pages of the New York Times, complete with pictures and diagrams, in the 1930s. But by the 1930s, oil was being found all over the world in such quantities and with such relatively little output of energy that no one cared much about producing power in other ways.
It wasn’t until the oil shortage in the 1970s that people started taking a serious look at alternative ways of producing energy on a large scale.
Referencias adiconales

Recordemos siempre a este incomprendido genio de la humanidad...

Sunday, July 4, 2010

La Crisis Economica Mundial Vista desde el Marxismo

Simplemente porque es una gran explicacion, y esta excelentemente presentada en el video. La solucion no esta en un metodo solamente. Solo un sistema democratico socialista nos ayudara a salir del hoyo. Desde Boing Boing:

Marxist sociologist David Harvey gave a great presentation analyzing the econopocalypse in Marxist terms at London's Royal Society for the Arts. The talk is animated with high-speed whiteboard doodles from Cognitive Media, a treatment that is really a top notch of augmenting complex lectures (I was so impressed with it, in fact, that I just stumped up for another year's membership at the RSA).

El Sueno de Ferre pero Simplificado

Luis Ferre nunca cumplio su sue/no de ver a Puerto Rico como el estado 51 de la nacion. Entre otras cosas debe ser sumamente dificil figurar como meter la estrella 51 en el espacio de la bandera. Bueno, eso ya no es una preocupacion. Acaban de generar una aplicacion de desarrollar la bandera con 'n' estrellas. O sea que la bandera de 51 estrellas seria como se ve abajo.

Ahora es solo cuestion de lograr el consenso, que nos acepten alla hablando espa/nol, nos dejen con la franquicia de miss universe y sin pagar taxes federales. Todo un mamey.

Sufre Javier Omar!!! Te madrugue esa.

Feliz 4 de julio a todos, yo sigo con mis trainings en linea...

Gracias a Slate y a futurity por la info:

Historia de las banderas de Estados Unidos:

Sattadae Nite David Bowie Boys Keep Swinging Live 1979

Tropece con esto tras terminar unas sesiones de training en linea. Si tan solo aparecieran las otras 3 canciones que cantaron en este SNL...

Consegui la de The Man Who Sold the World
Gran dueto entre Klaus Nomi y David Bowie


TVC-15 y Boys Keep Swinging


Espero que no los borren del sistema...

Maldita censura de Youtube y NBC...

Thursday, July 1, 2010

COSTCO y la Falacia del Ahorro al Comprar en Volumen

Voy breve porque estoy ocupado estos dias. Sin muchos detalles les dejo notas de aspectos psicologicos asociados a las compras en volumen. O como gastar mas ahorrando. Personalmente me gusta comprar en COSTCO pero cosas fijas, en un budget sin desviar mucho. Mis ultimas compras han trabajado de maravilla con esa idea.

Ahora, si tan solo pudiese hacer algo similar con Borders...

Resumo: Hay que ser cautelosos en como gastamos nuestro efectivo en esta era de vacas flacas.

Comprar envases extra grandes de alimentos solo estimula a desperdiciar al tener envases mas grandes, en que la mercancia se da/ne porque excede el tiempo de almacenaje o sencillamente porque se da/na por su tama/no. Esto no es Ecologicamente Sustentable.
Por si acaso, la imagen no tiene que ver nada con el articulo, solo un deseo de tiempo de ocio en tanto ajoro.

Snippet: La sicologia es la mejor manera de hacernos gastar mas, como bien indica el articulo.

I think there's been some really interesting work on what's happening inside our head when we shop. Consider a recent study led by Brian Knutson of Stanford, Drazen Prelec of MIT and George Loewenstein at Carnegie Mellon. Not surprisingly, the fMRI experiment revealed that when subjects were shown pictures of an object they wanted - people were allowed to purchase things like a George Foreman grill, or a Napoleon Dynamite DVD - brain areas associated with anticipated rewards, such as the nucleus accumbens, exhibited a spike in activity.

And this is where all those details of the Costco shopping experience make us more likely to spend money. The bare bones warehouse aesthetic, the discounted house brand, the constant reassurance that we're paying "wholesale" prices - it's all an effective means of convincing us to not worry so much about the price tag. As a result, we're able to focus entirely on our anticipated pleasures, which is why I walk out of the store with all this stuff I don't need.

Snippet: Flash from the Obvious

Web Extra: More Costco Secrets
Costco places all the fresh food in the back of the store (because that way shoppers have to go through the whole store first in order to get to the most popular items).
The brand names at Costco constantly change because Costco buys from whichever namebrand company overproduced that month.
Everything at Costco is constantly being reviewed for efficiency. The company recently changed the shape of their milk cartons to get rid of the empty space at the top. They can fill skinnier jugs all the way to the top, so they can get more gallons onto the same amount of space on a freight truck.
Costco's signature line is called Kirkland, and they have house brands of everything from wine to socks, candy and milk.

Snippet: Flash de lo Obvio

How Retailers Trick You in to Buying Stuff You Don’t Need (and How to Fight Back)

En resumen el autor ilustra los siguientes puntos, que son extra obvios:

[1] Los Carritos Grandes para que pongas mas cosas

[2] Localizacion de Muchos Espejos en Tiendas de Ropa

[3] La falacia de comprar en paquetes grandes es un modo de ahorrar

[4] Poner todo en pilas altas en pasillos llenos para atrasar el paso

[5] Esconder los articulos basicos al final de la tienda

[6] Baratillos por 'Cierres de Tienda' y 'Liquidacion de Inventario'

[7] Muestras gratuitas

[8] Credito Facil

[9] Chatarra, Dulces y Revistas en la caja

Articulos Previos del Tema:

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