[sticky entry] Importante: Semi-Friends-Only

2004-Jan-01, Thursday 12:18 am
hiyokonojinsei: (SaintSeiyaBronzeSaint (madebyme))










~* ESPAÑOL *~


Este journal se ha convertido en "semi-friends only". Esto significa que la gran mayoría de los contenidos serán sólo para amigos, pero habrá algunas cosas que serán accesibles para cualquier persona que me visite. :) Entre éstos, se encuentran algunos fanfics y relatos, entradas sobre concursos y loterías de libros, noticias o entradas relacionadas con causas que me interesen, entre otras cosas.

Las entradas que seguirán siendo "sólo para amigos" serán, principalmente, las relacionadas con mi vida privada o mis sentimientos. Esto porque es lógico que esas cosas más personales prefiera compartirlas sólo con personas de confianza.

Si deseas que te agregue, deja un comentario en esta entrada contándome por qué te interesa ser mi amig@. En general, no tengo problema en agregar nuevas amistades, siempre y cuando tengamos cosas en común y no tengan problemas con que escriba en español, inglés o japonés cuando lo desee. :)

Desde ya, muchas gracias por tu interés.




★☆★☆★



~* ENGLISH *~


This journal has become "semi-friends only". This means that most of the contents will be accesible only for friends, but there'll be some stuff accessible to anyone who visits me. :) Among these, you'll find some fanfics and short stories, posts regarding book contents and giveaways, news or posts regarding causes I'm interested in, among other things.

Mainly, the entries that will remain "friends-only" are related to my private life or feelings. This, because it's logical that I share the more personal stuff only with people I trust.

If you want me to add you, leave a comment in this entry, telling me why do you want to be my friend. Generally, I don't mind adding new frienda, as long as we have some stuff in common and they don't have a problem with me writing in Spanish, English or Japanese whenever I want. :)

Thank you, in advance, for your interest.




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~* 日本語 *~


このブログは『半「友達のみ」』になりました。
それは記事の大部分は友達として承認している人だけにアクセスが出来るけど、
ある記事は訪れてきてくれたみんなさんがアクセスも出来るということです。:)
そのうちには、ファン・フィクションや短編小説、
本のコンテストや景品についての記事、
興味があるニュースやキャンペーンについて記事、
等々。

「友達のみ」のまま残っている記事は
主に私生活や感情に関している記事です。
だって、そういうことを信頼している人たげに分かち合いたいってことは当然だからね。

友達になりたがってる方はこの記事で友達になりたい理由をコメントで教えてください。
大体、人は私の興味や趣味とある程度でも合わせたら、
そして、私はそうする気がある時、
スペイン語や英語や日本語で、どっちでも書くことが良かったら、
新しい友達を承認することが嬉しいですよ。:)

予め、興味を持ってくれてありがとうございます。

 

hiyokonojinsei: Atobe Keigo and Oshitari Yuushi from Tenisu no Oujisama. <3 Foto re-sized by me. ^^ (Atobe&Oshitari (madebyme))

Aunque me parece que sólo ayer dejé de tener que prender el PC obligatoriamente para mandar mi twit y mi status de Facebook diario (xD), ¡Xulieta de Nevera de Libros ya nos trae un nuevo concurso!

Así que, héme aquí anunciándolo al mundo para participar, otra vez, a ver si hay suerte. Aunque todavía ni siquiera sé si la suerte me sonrió esta vez, pues los resultados del sorteo de marzo todavía no se anuncian. xD

En fin. Como siempre, si quieren saber más, visiten esta entrada en el blog de esta generosa chica o hagan click en el banner a continuación:

 
Sorteo Bookdepository #15


¡Y crucen los dedos! Que nunca faltan libros que quiero comprar y 20 euros alcanzan para un buen poco, con buena voluntad~ ;D


¡Nos leemos!





 
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¡Sí! ^O^ ¡Me acabo de enterar! La grandiosa Xulieta del blog Nevera de Libros ha decidido regresar con una nueva versión de su bakanísimo sorteo de 20 euros para comprarse lo que uno quiera en Bookdepository. ^o^ ¡YUPI!

Así que, como ya es habitual, acá está mi post promocional para participar en el sorteo. ¡Quiero ganarme esos 20 eurooooos! *o*

¡Si quieren saber más detalles, diríjanse ahora mismo a esta entrada en el blog de Xulieta y lean todo sobre este sorteo allí!

 
Sorteo Bookdepository #14


¡Muchas gracias, Xulieta, por este concurso! Y eso. ¡Dios quiera que haya suerte! ;D


Adieu!







 

hiyokonojinsei: (ShanonKasuul (madebyme))

Week 3 of this course is over and here I am to share some of my humble thoughts on it.

This week was, mostly, about how humans are changing the carbon cycle (about which we learned in the previous week) and how there are some records on how the Earth's climate has changed through the time.

I found the subject in general very interesting, but some of the resources given to read and discuss were a bit confusing for me. I had trouble finding the answer to a question in the link they gave, and/or drawing conclusions from graphics and charts or maps that I really don't know how to read. This is probably my fault, since I don't have any science background at all and many times I don't even know what are the abbreviations they are using. :P But, still, that was a bit frustrating, although it did not prevent me from grasping the most essential parts of this weeks' topics, I think. At least, I managed to get 15/15 points in the test at the end of the week's activities, even though I felt like I hadn't really "learned" all that much because most of the week's activities were discuss this and that based on this link or the other... And I didn't discuss much at all. ^^U I read some of the comments, but I ended up not making many of my own.

I liked the videos, but I still find them short and too few. I'd much rather hear the professors' explanations on topics, than reading a technical article regarding charts and measurements and numbers that I quickly forget or that only confuse me. ^^U But I guess that's the style of this course and I just haven't gotten used to it yet. The few videos they provided us with, I enjoyed thoroughly, specially the ones made by professor Tim Lenton (whose voice, accent and pronunciation I love! *o*) and his team as a "reflection" on each week's topics. Those are very interesting! :)

Reading the professor's blog was also very instructive and I like it that he takes the time to explain things in more detail both in those end-of-the-week videos and in his blog, in spite of having a lot of things to do. :) That shows he cares for how much we learn, and I appreciate that a lot, specially because he explains things in a way even I, a Humanities person, can understand. ^^

So... It was a good week and I'm feeling accomplished that, even though I felt like I hadn't learned a thing (because many of the suggested readings were way too dry for my taste and the professors' videos were few and short), I managed to get 15 pts. which was something I hadn't been able to do so far. :)

I hope week 4 will continue to be this interesting and that I'll continue to learn much more, even in spite of my own faults. ^^








 
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Hoy (casi "ayer", en Japón), es el cumpleaños de uno de mis mejores, más antiguos y más queridos amigos de todo este mundo. Se trata de 759, un maravilloso japonés a quien conocí hace años, cuando apenas balbuceaba "konnichiwa" en romaji y que tiene la particularidad de no sólo ser un excelente amigo, sino también hablar español casi mejor que muchos hispanohablantes nativos. ^^

Hoy, es su cumpleaños y, aunque él no sea asiduo lector de mi pobre blog y tampoco esto sea la gran cosa, no podía dejar de ponerle un saludito por acá, ya que no puedo estar ahí, al lado de él, para darle un tremendo abrazo, hacerle una torta y cantarle el Cumpleaños Feliz.

Querido 759 (que, por supuesto, no es su nombre real; pero es el nick que ocupa para escribir en su blog, Meu Quaderno, y no sé si le gustaría divulgar su nombre y, como esta entrada debe ser pública para que la pueda leer, porque me parece que no tiene una cuenta de DW, mejor lo llamo así):

Eres uno de los más grandes amigos que Dios me ha regalado y, desde que te conozco, sólo me has entregado alegría, paciencia, conocimientos, cariño y amistad en todos los sentidos imaginables. Eres una persona admirable por tu constancia, perseverancia, entereza, valentía y sabiduría y me considero privilegiada de poder llamarte mi "amigo".

Gracias por tanto cariño y amistad, por tu buena onda y toda la ayuda que me has dado a lo largo de los años, sin pedirme nada a cambio. Ojalá que, ahora que empiezas un nuevo año "personal", la pases muy bien y empieces una nueva etapa con cambios para mejor, alegrías, paz y realización y todo lo bueno que pueda haber en el mundo. ¡Te mereces eso y más!

 
Feliz cumpleaos, 759!
(Click en la imagen para verla grande)



Y, como ya te he dicho, que cumplas muchos más. ¡Gracias por dejarme celebrar un año más junto a ti, aunque sea a la distancia!


TQM~

Andrea. :D







 



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Another week has come to an end and, in spite of many things to do, I managed to keep up both with the Climate Change course @ FutureLearn.com and with the Astrobiology course @ Coursera.org. The Paleobiology one is the one that I've neglected the most, but since they are kind enough not to do graded evaluations, I can do so without any problems. :D I love that style!

Anyways, back to the Climate Change course, week 2 has ended and, again, we're invited to write our reflections on this week's learning. :o

I gotta admit this was a very interesting week, content-wise, because they talked about past climate change and we learn some pretty amazing things regarding it. I had absolutely no idea, for instance, that Earth had been a complete snowball at some point and that it took so many brilliant people to figure out that this happened and how did it get fixed so we're not now living in a huge ice world of Hoth. :o That was, I think, one of the most impressive things I learned and I truly enjoyed watching the BBC documentary I embedded in my previous entry regarding this subject. It was incredible! And it even made me cry. :_)

This week made me feel a bit more the difference in style between the Coursera.org classes I've taken so far and this, my first MOOC in FutureLearn.com. I must say I don't particularly enjoy the latter's style so much. Even though I'm very interested in the subject of the course and I happily watch every lecture and documentary and even read the suggested readings (although, this time, I didn't have enough time to read ALL of the suggested readings before taking the test... And I got another silly 14/15 because they asked something that was on some of that extra material that I didn't read u_uU), I don't enjoy having to share my thoughts and opinions in the comments, having to rephrase the same contents to explain it in my own words to the world or the focus they give to social aspects of the course. This week's contents, for instance, were made up of two video lectures by professors, one documentary by BBC, a whole lot of extra reading that I didn't get a chance to read completely and three "discussion" points, where we had to answer questions in the comments or, in one case, "make a diagram"... Which I didn't do, for reasons I explained in the post I devoted to that issue. ^^U

Maybe I'm a misanthropist or whatever you wanna call me, but I don't enjoy all those "forced" interactions with the rest of the world. First, because I don't see much point in, for instance, repeating the snowball Earth theory for the umptenth time in a comment along with everyone else or having to comment on a particular question, when my answer won't get any feedback from the actual professors and, most likely, won't even contribute to the whole discussion since most people won't even read it. I know I only skim-read half of the comments on the first page and then post my own and be done with it. :P I usually don't have the energy or time to read all of those comments and, sometimes, I don't even find them all that interesting. I'm sure other people think the same about mine! xD

That's what I've found more difficult, so far. The diagram thing killed me and I ended up just dodging it and writing my answer, after a few unsuccessful attempts at a diagram that sucked royally. I wouldn't have been able to do the online white-board thingie they suggested, because I'm determined to diminish my presence on the web and close up as many accounts of stuff I can, so I wouldn't sign up for a new account on a new thing that I'll probably use once, if ever, and that I'll have to learn how to use from scratch. My attempts at a diagram were on good old plain Paint and they sucked, so... I went back to my realm: words. :P

Oh well. Besides this little bit of change in style that I don't find so suitable to my tastes, the contents of the class itself is quite interesting and it keeps me passionate about it. I love learning about how the Earth processes work, how things were in the past, how some things are similar to stuff that happened thousands of years ago, and, also, how scientists manage to study all these things without a time machine. I found it fascinating that they can use tree rings to determine climate conditions of many years ago, even though it's kinda sad that they have to perforate a tree and take a bit of it's core to find its rings out. :(  How many hurt trees are there that have lost a bit of their cores in name of this science! Snif...

But, yeah, it's absolutely amazing all the things you learn. And they are explained in a way that allows even a 100% Humanities person like myself to understand them.

Even still, when asked what could be the reasons behind the difference in climate between now and the Pliocene period, I couldn't find the right words to explain all the scientific stuff without having to rely heavily on quotes, which seemed quite pointless. I ended up posting a really subjective comment on the issue, without anyhard fact, because... I don't think I know any yet. I've listened and read and watched, but I don't think I'm qualified to provide detailed explanations on things like that, at least for now. And that kinda reminded me that I'm, after all, a 100% Humanities person and, no matter how much I find these subjects entertaining and love learning about them, my brain doesn't seem to be wired to process deep scientific (or, God forbid, mathematic!) information. Even if I wanted to study more in depth some subjects or improve my knowledge of chemistry, biology or physics, or even the dreaded maths, I don't think I could. I'd end up getting either desperate with my incapacity or fed up with the subjects my silly brain won't learn, and it would be kinda sad. :P

Still, this week's questions kinda reminded me of my lack of knowledge in these areas, reminded me that I may be fooling myself by taking these courses and learning about areas I find interesting but that I've never studied deeply enough to devote myself fully to them... And made me feel very ill prepared and kinda silly. When I realized my inability to reply with hard fact and a well-worded explanation to that question I mentioned before, I felt sad and terribly inadequate and that reminded me who I am and made me wonder what am I doing. Although I admit I didn't devoted much time to the depressing thoughts and tried to move on, it's kind of food for thought. Who knows how am I going to keep doing in these courses! And who knows if I'll be able to be up to the tasks ahead without feeling terribly stupid and useless! :S

Anyways, I remain very interested and curious about the main subject of climate change and look forward to learning more stuff, even if my silly brain won't process them all as well as it should or if there'll be more questions that will make me feel inadequate again. ^^U 何となく頑張らなくちゃ!ね? :P

See ya next week (hopefully)! ^^





Snowball Earth. :o

2014-Jan-25, Saturday 07:08 pm
hiyokonojinsei: (DanielJackson(bySazandra))

Today, I was catching up with week 2 of the Climate Change course I'm taking at FutureLearn.com, like I mentioned in a previous post. One of the assignments, includes the production of my "own version of the feedback mechanisms that result in snowball earth". It's suggested that it can be done collaboratively with other students, but, since I don't know anyone over there yet and I'm not a big team player (and hated having to be one when I was in college), I decided I'd do it alone.

Sadly, I suck at making diagrams and summaries and short, concise explanations for things in general. That's a skill I've never developed and I may never get it, since I dislike it very much so I don't even try to acquire it. xD


But, well. As far as I understood, the idea of the "snowball Earth" goes something like this:

- Continents develop and they start to suffer something called "chemical weathering", which means that carbon dioxide (CO2) and rain form an acid called "carbonic acid" that, in turn, goes dissolving rocks.

- Those dissolved rocks get to the oceans and those elements are used by organisms to form their shells, which end up at the bottom of the ocean once they are dead and, in turn, end up becoming part of the rock again.

- Those rocks continue to be dissolved and the cycle continues, regulating the climate and the temperature.

- However, as the temperature drops, the ice sheets get bigger, reflecting a higher portion of the sun's heat back to space, which end up cooling the Earth, producing even more ice.

- That ice continues to form and keeps advancing towards the warmer regions of the planet, where theoretically should stop. But, since more ice reflects more and more heat, the Earth grows colder and, eventually, it all reaches a point where there's no return. The ice continues to form and the temperatures can't thaw it, so, eventually, everything would freeze, including the tropics and the Ecuator.

- That would be a "snowball Earth", an Earth covered in ice.

The theory was thought to be ridiculous until several scientists managed to find evidence of how these things could have actually happened. One of those evidences was the fact that, according to the working theory at the moment, if the Earth had ever frozen entirely, it would still be frozen because it would never have been able to become warm enough to thaw the ice.

But, the inner parts of the Earth wouldn't be affected by the sheet of ice covering the surface, so magma would still be floating around and being expelled by volcanoes. When that happens, the volcanoes also produce gases, among which is the infamous carbon dioxide, which is one of the greenhouse gases and helps warm the Earth. Since everything would be frozen, there would be no rain, so the carbon dioxide would continue to build up in the atmosphere until the temperature of the Earth would become significantly greater, managing to finally begin thawin the ice in the hotter regions. That, in turn, would help restore the balance because there would be more water and more rain and more ice melted and so on and on until, eventually, things would go back to normal.

That's what I understood regarding the "snowball Earth" theory, which is something that supposedly happened more or less 600 million years ago. :O

Amazing, isn't it? Even though this is basically explainined with my poor words and no pretty drawings. LOL. ^^

Here's an amazing documentary regarding this subject, by the way, in case any of you -people who are not taking the course- are interested in watching it.

 





That would be all for now!


Adieu! :)



 

hiyokonojinsei: (ShanonKasuul (madebyme))

It may not come as a surprise to some of you, but I've enrolled in a new online free course. This time, is not from Coursera, the website I used for all the courses I took last year (it still feels so weird to say "last year" about 2013... ^^U), but from another website called FutureLearn, which offers a different variety and from different Universities.

The first course I signed up there is called Climate Change: Challenges and Solutions and it's created by the University of Exeter. I chose it because it seemed to be a bit more "Humanities-only people friendly", so to speak. There was one related to climate change and stuff like that on Coursera, but the requirements involved "high school level maths and sciences" and, even though I graduated from high school, the level of education on sciences and maths that I have is very deficient, because my small town public school wasn't all that good and because I always took all the Humanities courses and never really bothered with sciences, since I've known since 3rd grade that I suck at maths. xD

Anyway, this course has the peculiarity of inviting its students to share their thoughts and reflections on the course's topics by writing a blog. And, while I've been trying to stop myself from spending so much time online sharing my life with strangers via this blog, I thought it wouldn't hurt to resurrect it a little for something else, other than book reviews and the occasional charity-related petition. LOL. ^^

So, here I am, sharing my first week with the world! ^_^

I must admit, first of all, that, for me, the first "week" has meant only the "first two days", because I completely forgot this course started this week and that I had to go and check what was new. I received an e-mail letting me know the course was live and I went to check it out and found only the welcome message from he lead professor. That was the day when I had to go to Santiago the next morning, for my mom's yearly cancer check-up, so I said to myself I'd come back later and, in the end, that "later" never came, because the next day I travelled, came back, and when out again. The next day, I was feeling sick and didn't even turn the computer on. The next day, I was going to the movies to see Riddick (*o*) and I had lots of stuff to do before that. And the next day, I was going out again to go watch Ender's Game at last, and I also had lots of things to do before that... So much so, that we had to run to get to the movie on time. xD Even so, I watched/read some of the materials of the first week in the night, after we came back from the movies, but it got late and I couldn't finish it all in one sitting.

That was last night. Then, today, I had to do some stuff with my plants, then I had to make yoghurt and I had to take off all the Christmas decorations that were still there, even though we're nearing the end of January. That took almost all of my afternoon and evening, so I could only come to the compute now, at around 2 AM, to read/watch what I had left and take the test. @_@

Even though, I must say I've liked what I've studied so far. The videos are quite short and concise, compared to the ones from all of the other MOOCs I've taken, so that is new. Also new to me is the fact that the week's material considers articles and discussions, besides the video lectures, not only as a suggested material to further your knowledge, but as an integral part of the week's lesson. In the other MOOCs I've taken, you could watch all the videos and then take the tests and the suggested articles and readings were optional, only if you wanted to know more. Which suited me fine, since I never had too much time to read them all, LOL. This, of course, applies only to science-related courses, because literature ones always have readings as a must, for obvious reasons.

I was happy to see that I didn't have any trouble at all watching the videos, reading the material and understanding what was being said. Accents and pronunciation of words is always a bit of a risk, when you're taking a course in a language that's not your native one, but I was glad to see that, even though most people speak with British accent, I understand it all quite clearly and I don't even need the subtitles to help me. ^_^ That's a joy for me, since I'm always afraid that my language skills will become a bit rusty since I don't use them that much any more. :P

The topics of this first week's material were interesting and included a general idea of what is climate change and what are the factors that influence it, how does the plant work and how does climate regulate itself, and even what's the difference between weather and climate, which is something most of us may have a hard time telling. I found myself wanting to know more about almost everything they mentioned, particularly the fact that some things you wouldn't even think of (like water vapour) are also part of the "greenhouse effect" and the potential climate change of the Earth. Even though most of the videos/reading material seemed to be introductory, it was enticing and I can't wait to hear more about most of the things they plan to talk about. ^o^

I honestly was planning on digging a bit more deep in the topics discussed and all, following the guidelines for the "reflective" part of the learning process this week, but I don't think I will because I'm very, very tired and I don't feel all that original and/or inspired to start writing longer. Plus, I doubt I'll have anything to say that will make anybody's experience better or richer, so... I'm gonna save my hands some pain and reserve my writing energies for the next time I feel like sharing my humble reflections with the world. :)

I will say, though, that I'm quite interested and motivated and I'm definitely gonna do my best to keep up with the pace and not fall behind in spite of other obligations and activities. ^^ And, hopefully, I will do better in the next test. I could have gotten a perfect 15 pts. score, if it weren't for the first question, where I missed one of the multiple choices. ¬_¬ GAH!

Oh well... ^_^UUU

Good night!







 
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今日は最も大切な親友の一人、
まゆみさんのお誕生日でした。

チリではまだ1月8日だけど、
日本では日付も変わってしまったので、
私のお祝いは全部もう遅くなってしまいました。

でも、my dear Mayumiさん
遅れてしまっても、
気持ちは変わりません。

何度も言うけど、
私にとって、まゆみさんは
世界一重要な親友の一人ですよ。
だから、少しずつでも、
まゆみさんの為にもっと良い友になりたいです!

そして、勿論、まゆみさんのご幸福をお祈り致します。

今年、まゆみさんは30歳になりましたよね。
なんか、大切な年だと思われていますね。
私にとって、30歳になっても、何も変わりませんでしたが、
まゆみさんはこれからもっと素晴らしい人生が生きられますように、
それもお祈り致します。

いつも遅くなってしまってる私を許して下さいね。
そして、これからも宜しくお願い致します!

素敵な親友でいてくれてありがとう!


 
お誕生日おめでとう、まゆみさん!





愛と友情を込めて、
アンドレア~。

 

Libros Leídos 2014

2014-Jan-01, Wednesday 11:08 pm
hiyokonojinsei: (ShanonKasuul (madebyme))

  • Última actualización: 18 de julio de 2014


¡Nuevo año y nueva página de libros leídos que, espero, serán muchos más que en los años anteriores, porque tengo mucho libro pendiente!

La simbología sigue siendo la misma de los años anteriores:
 
  • {1} Leído por primera vez
  • {R} Relectura
  • {Jap} Leído en japonés
  • {Eng} Leído en inglés
  • {Sp} Leído en español
  • {Print} Versión impresa
  • {Dig} Versión digital


Y los libros leídos se encuentran a continuación. :)




ENERO 2014
  1. El juego de Ender (Ender's Game - Orson Scott Card) {R} {Sp} {Print} 2014.01.06 ~ 2014.01.07
  2. Guerra de regalos (A war of gifts - Orson Scott Card) {R!} {Sp} {Print} 2014.01.08 ~ 2014.01.09
  3. Preludio a la Fundación (Prelude to Foundation - Isaac Asimov) {1} {Sp} {Print} 2014.01.10 ~ 2014.01.14
  4. Hacia la Fundación (Forward the Foundation - Isaac Asimov) {1} {Sp} {Print} 2014.01.15 ~ 2014.01.20
  5. Fundación (Foundation - Isaac Asimov) {1} {Sp} {Print} 2014.01.21 ~ 2014.01.23
  6. Fundación e Imperio (Foundation and Empire - Isaac Asimov) {1} {Sp} {Print} 2014.01.24 ~ 2013.01.27
  7. Segunda Fundación (Second Foundation - Isaac Asimov) {1} {Sp} {Print} 2014.01.28 ~ 2014.01.30
  8. Los Límites de la Fundación (Foundation's Edge - Isaac Asimov) {1} {Sp} {Print} 2014.01.31 ~ 2014.02.03


FEBRERO 2014
  1. Fundación y Tierra (Foundation and Earth - Isaac Asimov) {1} {Sp} {Print} 2014.02.04 ~ 2014.02.05
  2. Cuentos Completos I (The Complete Stories. Volume I - Isaac Asimov) {1} {Sp} {Print} 2014.02.06 ~ 2014.02.11
  3. Cuentos Completos II (The Complete Stories. Volume II - Isaac Asimov) {1} {Sp} {Print} 2014.02.12 ~ 2014.02.18
  4. El Hombre Ilustrado (The Illustrated Man - Ray Bradbury) {1} {Sp} {Print} 2014.02.19 ~ 2014.02.19
  5. Fahrenheit 451 (Fahrenheit 451 - Ray Bradbury) {R} {Sp} {Print} 2014.02.20 ~ 2014.02.20
  6. El vino del estío (Dandelion wine - Ray Bradbury) {R} {Sp} {Print} 2014.02.21 ~ 2014.02.21
  7. Crónicas Marcianas (The Martian Chronicles - Ray Bradbury) {R} {Sp} {Print} 2014.02.22 ~ 2014.02.25
  8. ¿Sueñan los androides con ovejas eléctricas? Blade Runner (Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? - Philip K. Dick) {1} {Sp} {Print} 2014.02.26 ~ 2014.02.27
  9. Evolution (Stephen Baxter) {1} {Eng} {Print} 2014.02.28 ~ 2014.03.06


MARZO 2014
  1. Inundación (Flood - Stephen Baxter) {R} {Sp} {Print} 2014.03.07 ~ 2014.03.10
  2. El arca (Ark - Stephen Baxter) {1} {Sp} {Print} 2014.03.11 ~ 2014.03.14
  3. Los Cantos de Hyperion I: Hyperion (Hyperion Cantos I: Hyperion - Dan Simmons) {1} {Sp} {Print} 2014.03.15 ~ 2014.03.17
  4. Los Cantos de Hyperion II: La caída de Hyperion (Hyperion Cantos II: The Fall of Hyperion - Dan Simmons) {1} {Sp} {Print} 2014.03.18 ~ 2014.03.20
  5. Los Cantos de Hyperion III: Endymion (Hyperion Cantos III: Endymion - Dan Simmons) {1} {Sp} {Print} 2014.03.21 ~ 2014.03.24
  6. Los Cantos de Hyperion IV: El ascenso de Endymion (Hyperion Cantos IV: The Rise of Endymion - Dan Simmons) {1} {Sp} {Print} 2014.03.25 ~ 2014.04.05


ABRIL 2014
  1. Xeelee, an omnibus: Timelike Infinity (Stephen Baxter) {1} {Eng} {Print} 2014.04.06 ~ 2014.04.08
  2. Xeelee, an omnibus: Ring (Stephen Baxter) {1} {Eng} {Print} 2014.04.09 ~ 2014.04.16
  3. Xeelee, an omnibus: Raft (Stephen Baxter) {1} {Eng} {Print} 2014.04.17 ~ 2014.04.21
  4. Xeelee, an omnibus: Flux (Stephen Baxter) {1} {Eng} {Print} 2014.04.22 ~ 2014.04.27
  5. Across the Universe #1: Across the Universe (Beth Revis) {1} {Eng} {Print} 2014.04.28 ~ 2014.04.30


MAYO 2014
  1. Across the Universe #2: A Million Suns (Beth Revis) {1} {Eng} {Print} 2014.05.01 ~ 2014.05.05
  2. Across the Universe #3: Shades of Earth (Beth Revis) {1} {Eng} {Print} 2014.05.06 ~ 2014.05.08
  3. Divergent #1: Divergent (Veronica Roth) {1} {Eng} {Print} 2014.05.09 ~ 2014.05.12
  4. Divergent #2: Insurgent (Veronica Roth) {1} {Eng} {Print} 2014.05.13 ~ 2014.05.17
  5. Divergent #3: Allegiant (Veronica Roth) {1} {Eng} {Print} 2014.05.18 ~ 2014.05.21
  6. Uglies #1: Uglies (Scott Westerfeld) {1} {Eng} {Print} 2014.05.22 ~ 2014.05.24
  7. Uglies #2: Pretties (Scott Westerfeld) {1} {Eng} {Print} 2014.05.25 ~ 2014.05.31


JUNIO 2014
  1. Uglies #3: Specials (Scott Westerfeld) {1} {Eng} {Print} 2014.06.01 ~ 2014.06.04
  2. Uglies #4: Extras (Scott Westerfeld) {1} {Eng} {Print} 2014.06.05 ~ 2014.06.10
  3. Bajo la misma estrella (The Fault In Our Stars - John Green) {1} {Eng} {Print} 2014.06.11 ~ 2014.06.12
  4. Primavera Helada (『어디선가 나를 찾는 전화벨이 울리고』 o Eodiseonga na-reul chat-neun jeonhwabel-i ulli-go - Kyung-Sook Shin) {1} {Sp} {Print} 2014.06.13 ~ 2014.06.16
  5. En la ciudad de oro y plata (Dans la ville d'or et d'argent - Kenizé Mourad) {1} {Sp} {Print} 2014.06.17 ~ 2014.06.25
  6. Pasión India (Javier Moro) {1} {Sp} {Print} 2014.06.26 ~ 2014.06.30


JULIO 2014
  1. El sari rojo (Javier Moro) {R} {Sp} {Print} 2014.07.01 ~ 2014.07.06
  2. Yasunari Kawabata y Yukio Mishima: Correspondencia (1945 - 1970) (『川端康成・三島由紀夫往復書簡』 - Kawabata Yasunari y Mishima Yukio (川端康成・三島由紀夫)) {1} {Sp} {Print} 2014.07.07 ~ 2014.07.08
  3. Conversando con Sebastián Piñera (Mauricio Rojas) {1} {Sp} {Print} 2014.07.09 ~ 2014.07.10
  4. J.R.R. Tolkien, Señor de la Tierra Media (Tolkien: A Celebration - Joseph Pearce) {1} {Sp} {Print} 2014.07.11 ~ 2014.07.13
  5. El perdón y otros ensayos cristianos (Fern-seed and Elephants and other essays on Christianity - C. S. Lewis) {1} {Sp} {Print} 2014.07.14 ~ 2014.07.15
  6. Jesús. Los orígenes históricos del cristianismo: desde el año 28 al 48 d.C. (Samuel Fernández Eyzaguirre) {1} {Sp} {Print} 2014.07.16 ~ 2014.07.18
  7. Jesús de Nazaret (Jesus von Nazareth: Von der Taufe im Jordan bis zur Verklärung - Joseph Ratzinger, Papa Benedicto XVI) {1} {Sp} {Print} 2014.07.19 ~ 2014.07.??
  8. ...


AGOSTO 2014
  1. ...


SEPTIEMBRE 2014
  1. ...


OCTUBRE 2014
  1. ...


NOVIEMBRE 2014
  1. ...


DICIEMBRE 2014
  1. ...






TOTAL: 47 libros leídos.


:D




 


hiyokonojinsei: (Atobe&Oshitari(madebyme))

~* VERSIÓN EN ESPAÑOL *~


Como todos ustedes ya saben, probablemente, hace pocos días un enorme tifón llamado Haiyan (Yolanda) pasó por Filipinas, dejando kilómetros de destrucción y muerte en ese país, para, luego, moverse a otros lados de la misma zona (Vietnam y China, entre otros). Si bien la capital, Manila, no sufrió daños tan terriblemente graves, otras partes del país están casi completamente derrumbadas y el número de muertos, hasta ahora, va en alrededor de 3400, confirmados, y lo más probable es que aumente a medida que las autoridades comienzan a llegar a las zonas más arrasadas, empiezan a sacar los escombros y qué sé yo. :S

Yo tengo una amiga que vive en ese país ([livejournal.com profile] yejinzai), que, gracias a Dios, está bien porque vive en la capital, aunque la última vez que conversamos me dijo que tenía algunos parientes en la zona afectada y que estaban esperando saber qué era de ellos. Por eso y porque esta es una tragedia terrible que no deja de recordarme a lo que pasó acá en Chile con el terremoto del 27 de febrero del 2010, me puse a buscar alguna forma de ayudar. Obviamente, no puedo ir a Filipinas de voluntaria ni ayudar a reconstruir o llevarle comida y agua a la pobre gente que quedó sin nada. Pero, descubrí que la Cruz Roja Chilena ha lanzado una campaña nacional de recaudación de fondos para ir en ayuda de las víctimas, canalizando la ayuda monetaria que pueda darse por estos lados hacia la Cruz Roja Filipina.


�Ayudemos a Filipinas!


En su página, tienen información sobre la tragedia y una sección dedicada a las donaciones, donde uno puede depositar directo a través de WebPay, con tarjeta de crédito o RedCompra, y en donde también están los datos para hacer transferencias bancarias desde Chile, en pesos, o en dólares, desde el extranjero.

Si les da lata ir a su web, he aquí los datos para transferencias bancarias, sacados desde la página antes mencionada. Como imagen:

Informaci�n para donaciones en beneficio de Filipinas



Y como texto, por si la imagen muere en el futuro o por si quieren copiar los datos directamente desde este post:


Transferencia desde Chile:
  • Banco: Banco del Estado
  • Titular: Cruz Roja Chilena
  • R.U.T.: 70512100-1
  • Cuenta corriente: N° 292 222
  • Correo electrónico: finanzas@cruzroja.cl

Aportes desde el extranjero en dólares americanos (USD):
  • Datos beneficiario / Beneficiary Information
    • Beneficiary Name: Cruz Roja Chilena
    • R.U.T. / ID.: 70.512.100-1
    • Cuenta / Beneficiary Account: 5-166-11995-09
  • Banco beneficiario / Beneficiary Bank
    • Banco / Bank: Banco Chile – Santiago de Chile
    • Sucursal / Branch: Seminario # 151 - Providencia
    • Codigo Swift / Swift Code: BCHICLRM
  • BANCO CORRESPONSAL / Intermediary Bank
    • Nombre / Name: Citibank N.A. New York.
    • Cuenta / Intermediary Account: 10922666
    • ABA / Routing: 021 000 089
    • Dirección / Address: 111 Wall Street NY-10043

Nota importante:
Favor indicar número de cuenta bancaria y dirección del ordenante en swift de transferencia.

Important note:

Please indicate the applicant account number and address in wire transfer swift.



Y, bueno. Ojalá que, si pueden, donen lo que les sea posible. Mi mami me autorizó a depositar 10.000 pesos, esta noche, que no es mucho, considerando los millones que harán falta para reconstruir y ayudar a los miles de personas damnificadas. Pero, es un granito de arena y, con mucho más, seguro que algo podrá hacerse.

Así que, por favor, si leen esto, vayan a la web de la Cruz Roja Chilena o la de su país y donen lo que puedan para que, entre todos, ayudemos a Filipinas a ponerse de pie. :)

Para terminar, les dejo el mensaje que la embajadora de Filipinas en Chile hizo para apelar a la generosidad de todos los chilenos:






¡A ayudar con todo lo posible! Y que Dios bendiga a Filipinas y a todos los que están sufriendo por culpa de este tifón. :_)


¡Nos leemos!






~* ENGLISH VERSION *~


As you all probably already know, a few days ago a huge typhoon called Haiyan (Yolanda) stroke the Philippines, leaving behind miles of destruction and death in that country, only to move on to other places around the area (Vietman and China, among others). Even though the capital city, Manila, wasn't that severely hit, other areas of the country are almost entirely destroyed and the death toll is around 3,400 confirmed dead, and the most likely scenario is that the number will increase as the authorities begin to reach the most destroyed areas, begin to remove rubble and whatnot.


I have a friend who lives there ([livejournal.com profile] yejinzai ) who, thank God, is OK because she lives in the capital city, although the last time we talked she said she had some relatives in the more affected areas and that she and her family were waiting to hear from them. Because of that and because this terrible tragedy can't help but remind me of what happened here in Chile with the February 27th, 2010, earthquake, I began to look for some way to help out. Obviously, I can't go to the Philippines as a volunteer to help rebuild or bring food and water to the poor people who was left with nothing. But, I discovered that the Chilean Red Cross has launched a national campaign to raise funds to help the victims, channelling whatever monetary aid we can get around here towards the Red Cross in the Philippines.



�Ayudemos a Filipinas!


In their website, they have information about the tragedy and a section devoted to donations, where you can deposit directly through WebPay, with credit card or RedCompra, and where there is also information to make electronic money transfers from Chile, in pesos, or in dollars, from abroad.

If you're too lazy to go to the website, here is the info to make electronic transfers, taken from the aforementioned website. As image:

Informaci�n para donaciones en beneficio de Filipinas



And as text, in case the image dies in the future or if anyone wants to copy and past the info directly from this post.


Electronic transfer from Chile:
  • Bank: Banco del Estado
  • Name: Cruz Roja Chilena
  • R.U.T.: 70512100-1
  • Account: N° 292 222
  • E-mail: finanzas@cruzroja.cl

Help from abroad in US  Dollars (USD):
  • Beneficiary Information
    • Beneficiary Name: Cruz Roja Chilena
    • ID.: 70.512.100-1
    • Beneficiary Account: 5-166-11995-09
  • Beneficiary Bank
    • Bank: Banco Chile – Santiago de Chile
    • Branch: Seminario # 151 - Providencia
    • Swift Code: BCHICLRM
  • Intermediary Bank
    • Name: Citibank N.A. New York.
    • Intermediary Account: 10922666
    • ABA / Routing: 021 000 089
    • Address: 111 Wall Street NY-10043
Important note:
Please indicate the applicant account number and address in wire transfer swift.




And, well. I hope that, if you can, you'll donate as much as possible. My mom authorized me to deposit 10,000 Chilean pesos (around 20 USD), which isn't much, considering the millions they'll need to rebuild and help the thousands of victims. But, it's out little 2 cents and, with a lot others, I'm sure something can be done.

So, please, if you read this, go to the Chilean Red Cross website or to the website of your country's Red Cross, and donate whatever you can so, together, we help the Philippines to get back on their feet. :)

Finally, here's the message that the Philippines ambassadress in Chile made to ask for the generosity of all of the Chilean people:

Para terminar, les dejo el mensaje que la embajadora de Filipinas en Chile hizo para apelar a la generosidad de todos los chilenos (it's in Spanish, but...):








Let us help with all we can! And may God bless the Philippines and all those who are suffering because of this typhoon. :_)

Read you soon!







 

R.I.P. Tom Clancy. :(

2013-Oct-02, Wednesday 05:51 pm
hiyokonojinsei: (JohnReese(PersonOfInterest))

Hoy es un triste día para el mundo de la literatura y para mí, porque hoy, a la edad de 66 años, Tom Clancy, el magnífico autor de la saga de Jack Ryan y de varias otras que no he tenido el gusto de leer (todavía...), falleció en un hospital de Baltimore, la ciudad en la que nació y en donde, al parecer, vivía junto a su segunda esposa, Alexandra Marie Llewellyn.

No se hicieron públicas las causas de su muerte, al menos, por ahora. Tampoco se informó de cuándo serán sus funerales o dónde. Lo único que se dijo, por lo visto, es que falleció en el hospital, que tenía 66 años y... Bueno. Todos los medios han hecho mini-reseñas de su vida, resaltado sus logros, mostrado entrevistas y recordado todo lo mucho que aportó al mundo de la ficción política y militar con el tremendo montón de enormes (y entretenidas y bakanísimas) novelas que escribió. :_)

No estoy 100% segura de si la fecha de muerte oficial es el 1° o el 2 de octubre. En algunas partes, dice que es el 1°, pero casi todas las noticias que leí están fechadas el 2 de octubre y hablan de «hoy» cuando se refieren a la fecha de fallecimiento. :/ Como sea, fue entre ayer y hoy y seguro que más adelante se consolidará la información y se clarificará.

Yo no tenía idea de nada, en todo caso. Me vine a enterar recién, apenas prendí el computador y me metí al correo, porque una amable amiga, Yoake (del blog Uno de libros), tuvo la ternura de escribirme por Twitter un mensaje de «pésame literario»:
 
Psame literario de Yoake




Yo quedé plop cuando leí eso, porque no tenía idea de que nada hubiera pasado con Tom Clancy. Mi primer pensamiento fue que se había cancelado el lanzamiento de la nueva novela - como ya pasó, hace unos años, con otra novela que iba a escribir antes de Against all enemies -, pero no pensé que ella estuviera enterada de que yo acababa de encargar esa nueva novela ayer o que eso ameritara un pésame. Pensaba en todo esto mientras abría Google y escribía «Tom Clancy» para ver qué me salía en la parte de «noticias»... Y me encontré con esto:

 
Google search screenshot



Entonces comprendí que el pésame literario de mi amiga era literal, que el gran Tom Clancy había fallecido... Y que Command Authority, el libro que ayer mismo pre-compré en Amazon.com, será su última novela, al menos, por lo que se sabe hasta ahora. Con estos grandes autores, uno nunca sabe y después empiezan a encontrar otras cosas de ellos, producen más libros que estaban «en progreso» o qué sé yo... Y, como este caballero, además, estaba co-escribiendo muchas de sus novelas (esta misma nueva es co-escrita con Mark Greaney), quizás después encuentren alguna otra que alguno de sus co-autores terminará o algo así. Pero, por el momento, Command Authority será la última novela oficial de este gran autor y de la saga Jack Ryan. ¡Es increíble! T_T Y es tan triste... T_____T


A continuación, a modo de recuerdo, copio y pego varias noticias y fotos que encontré en la red, respecto de la muerte de este aclamado autor. :( Por supuesto, todos los derechos corresponden a sus respectivos dueños. Yo sólo las reproduzco acá para dejar un recuerdo en mi blog del fallecimiento de este gran autor y recordar su rostro. T_T




 
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«Muere el escritor de novelas Tom Clancy
Autor de icónicos thrillers de espionaje y policiales sobre la Guerra Fría falleció a los 66 años
Por Mariángel Calderón
Fuente: http://www.24horas.cl/tendencias/cultura/muere-el-escritor-de-novelas-tom-clancy-869365

Según reportó el diario The New York Times, este miércoles falleció, a los 66 años, el escritor estadounidense de novelas de espionaje militar Tom Clancy.

La noticia habría sido confirmada por el publicista del autor, quien no reveló mayores detalles respecto a su muerte.

Tom Clancy era reconocido por su contribución al mundo de la literatura basada en los tiempos de la Guerra Fría, y muchas de sus obras fueron llevadas con gran éxito a la gran pantalla.

Entre sus obras más destacadas están "La caza del Octubre Rojo" y la serie protagonizada por el analista de la CIA Jack Ryan, como "Juego de patriotas" y "Peligro Inminente".»









«Muere Tom Clancy, el narrador de las intrigas militares de EU
Miércoles, 02 de octubre de 2013 a las 10:34
Fuente: http://mexico.cnn.com/entretenimiento/2013/10/02/muere-tom-clancy-el-narrador-de-las-intrigas-militares-de-eu

(CNN) El escritor Tom Clancy, cuya novela La caza del octubre rojo lo lanzó a la fama y lo posicionó como el narrador favorito del Ejército estadounidense, falleció a los 66 años, según fuentes cercanas a su familia y a su publicista.

La causa de la muerte no fue inmediatamente revelada.

El autor nacido en Baltimore era conocido por sus meticulosas historias con intrigas sobre política, tácticas militares y tecnología.

Durante su carrera, que desempeñó luego de ser agente de seguros, publicó 28 libros, incluida una novela que aún no se publica.

Algunas de sus historias se convirtieron en éxitos taquilleros de Hollywood: La caza del octubre rojo, Juego de patriotas y La suma de todos los miedos.

Unas 17 de sus novelas aparecieron en la lista de éxitos en ventas del The New York Times, según su sitio de internet. Muchos de ellos alcanzaron el primer lugar.

La obra de Clancy también sirvió como inspiración para las series de videojuegos Rainbow Six, Ghost Recon y Splinter Cell.

Su prosa le ganó una audiencia fiel entre las fuerzas armadas de Estados Unidos y en el extranjero, lo que le dio un acceso que frecuentemente reflejaba en las tramas de sus libros. Pero en una entrevista en 2003, Clancy aseguró que siempre fue cuidadoso de no revelar información clasificada o detalles sensibles de cómo operaban las tropas de élite de las que a menudo escribía.

“Nunca decido por razones comerciales poner algo que ponga en peligro la seguridad nacional. Simplemente no puedo hacerlo”, dijo a CNN.

“Hay algo que discutía con un amigo en la Marina Real. Le conté una historia que conocía y dijo ‘bien Tom, nunca repitas eso mientras vivas’, y no lo he hecho”.

Su nueva novela,
Command Authority, está programada para su publicación en diciembre próximo.»

 
Tom Clancy - 02




«Murió Tom Clancy, el autor de La caza del Octubre Rojo
El escritor estadounidense tenía 66 años; su nombre estará por siempre asociado al género de espionaje; este año se publicará una novela póstuma.
Por Milagros Amondaray
Fuente: http://www.lanacion.com.ar/1625245-murio-el-escritor-estadounidense-tom-clancy


El escritor estadounidense Tom Clancy falleció a los 66 años en un hospital de Baltimore. Su nombre estará por siempre asociado al género de espionaje, en el cual supo cómo moverse, respetando sus reglas y, al mismo tiempo, logrando algo inaudito: que sus novelas se mantengan novedosas incluso estando dentro de un conjunto similar de normas.

Clancy será recordado por obras como La caza del Octubre Rojo (esa gran película con Sean Connery interpretando al capitán de un submarino nuclear soviético que pone la paz mundial en peligro), Juego de patriotas, Peligro inminente (ambas protagonizadas por Harrison Ford) y Operación Rainbow , solo algunas de las novelas de la saga de Jack Ryan, el analista de la CIA que fue el protagonista excluyente de gran parte de sus escritos. Por otro lado, Clancy también co-escribió novelas como Tormenta roja y Contra todo enemigo .

Sus críticas a Hollywood

Sin embargo, a pesar de la debilidad de Hollywood por sus historias, el sentimiento nunca fue recíproco. En una inolvidable entrevista que le realizó The Guardian, Clancy, sin pelos en la lengua, dejó asentada su opinión sobre la industria: "Hollywood hace que el Congreso de los Estados Unidos parezca un semillero de ética. Entregar un libro a Hollywood es como confiarle una hija a un proxeneta. La próxima vez no ocurrirá eso".

Por otro lado, el escritor aludía de manera constante al valor que le daba al excesivo detalle, a la observación microscópica que contiene su obra: "no hay mucha gente que entienda cómo ocurren las cosas y yo quiero intentar explicarlo para comprenderlo yo mismo. No se puede explicar el funcionamiento del Congreso porque no funciona, pero sí se puede contar qué tramites se siguen y cómo las políticas de Seguridad Social no son siempre beneficiosas". En este aspecto, se pone de relieve el leit motiv de la obra del escritor oriundo de Baltimore: la crítica velada a las maniobras políticas y de inteligencia en medio de relatos de incesante ritmo.

En diciembre de este año se publicará Command Authority , novela póstuma de Clancy co-escrita con Mark Greaney, también centrada en el llamado "ryanerse" (es decir, el universo de Jack Ryan), esta vez con Jack Ryan Jr. como protagonista. Seguramente esta obra, como tantas de las que escribió, cumpla con el principal cometido del escritor: "Hay dos clases de personas: quienes necesitan que le digan todo y quienes disfrutan averiguarlo por sus propios medios".

Con la intriga como bandera, Clancy apelaba al segundo modelo de lector, lector que hoy, indudablemente, recordará a ese hombre que renegaba de su status de escritor: "prefiero considerarme un narrador de historias" había expresado. Y así se lo pensará.»








«米人気作家のトム・クランシー氏死去
[2013年10月3日0時2分]
Fuente: http://www.nikkansports.com/general/news/f-gn-tp1-20131003-1198689.html

 「レッド・オクトーバーを追え」などの小説で知られる米ベストセラー作家トム・クランシーさんが、米東部メリーランド州ボルティモアで死去したことが2日、分かった。66歳。

 米紙ニューヨーク・タイムズ(電子版)などが伝えた。

 1947年生まれ。「日米開戦」「合衆国崩壊」などの作品もあり、多くは日本語にも翻訳されている。(共同)»






 
Tom Clancy - 03




«Obituary: Tom Clancy
2 October 2013 Last updated at 17:15 GMT
Fuente: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-24362892

Tom Clancy, who has died aged 66, was one of the world's best-selling - and wealthiest - thriller writers.

His books - which included The Hunt for Red October and Patriot Games - inspired both blockbuster films and best-selling video games.

The American author's other bestsellers included Red Storm Rising, Clear and Present Danger, The Sum of All Fears and Without Remorse.

Clancy once said his dream had been to publish a book so he could be "immortal" in the Library of Congress catalogue.

Born in Baltimore on 12 April 1947, Clancy studied physics at college but switched to English, saying later that he wasn't clever enough for the challenges of science.

His novels, however, were rich with authoritative scientific and technical detail, something Clancy put down to his enthusiasm for reading military journals.

Clancy joined the US Army Reserve at university, but poor eyesight thwarted his ambition to serve in the Vietnam war. After graduation in 1969, he married and joined his wife's family's insurance business.

Writing in his spare time as an insurance salesman, Clancy had an immediate success in 1984 with his first novel The Hunt for Red October. He sold the manuscript to the Naval Institute Press, which had never ventured into original fiction.

President Ronald Reagan, who received the book as a Christmas present, said it was his favourite thriller, an endorsement that Clancy said helped put him on the New York Times best-seller list.

Red October told the Cold War story of a Soviet navy captain who decides to defect to the United States with his nuclear submarine.

It was made into an Oscar-winning film in 1990, starring Alec Baldwin as Jack Ryan - a recurring hero of Clancy's - and Sir Sean Connery as Soviet submarine captain Marko Ramius.

Clancy followed it up with Red Storm Rising and Patriot Games, which told of a fictional IRA splinter group that plots to kidnap the Prince and Princess of Wales.

The latter title became the second Jack Ryan novel to be filmed, this time with Harrison Ford as the CIA analyst who, in Clancy's later works, was eventually elevated to President of the United States.

Clancy's thrillers - he usually turned out one a year - made him one of the wealthiest writers in the world, with annual earnings of about $30m (£19m) in the mid-1990s.

In a 2007
interview with US TV network AMC, Clancy attributed his success to dogged persistence and deep research.

"You learn to write the same way you learn to play golf," he said. "You do it, and keep doing it until you get it right.

"A lot of people think something mystical happens to you, that maybe the muse kisses you on the ear. But writing isn't divinely inspired - it's hard work."

"I don't write about super-heroes," he told
Verbosity magazine. "I want my protagonists to be recognisably human, with real human concerns.

"Some of my characters are based on real people. One's even based on me."

Clancy also ventured into the world of video gaming, spawning best-selling titles that included the Ghost Recon and Splinter Cell series.

"What happened to me was pure dumb luck," Clancy told
AMC TV. "I'm not the new [Ernest] Hemingway.

"Of course, fortune does favour the brave. In battle, you forgive a man anything except an unwillingness to take risks. Sometimes you have to put it on the line.

"What I did was take time away from how I earned my living. My wife gave me hell - 'Why are you doing this?' - but she doesn't complain anymore.

"I wanted to see my name on the cover of a book. If your name is in the Library of Congress, you're immortal."

Despite several of his books making it to the big screen, Clancy admitted to having a sometimes rocky relationship with Hollywood.

"Books and movies are different art forms with different rules. And because of that, they never translate exactly," he said in an interview on CNN.

"Their view of my books frequently takes different paths from the way I think about it. But that's to be expected.

"They pay me money and buy the book. When they buy the book, they buy rights to play with the plot.

"The only person who has artistic control is the director, and 'director' is how you spell God in Hollywood."»










«Tom Clancy, bestselling novelist, dies at 66
Author of Jack Ryan tales including The Hunt for Red October and co-owner of MLB's Baltimore Orioles
CBC News Posted: Oct 02, 2013 10:48 AM ET Last Updated: Oct 02, 2013 4:37 PM ET
Fuente: http://www.cbc.ca/news/arts/tom-clancy-bestselling-novelist-dies-at-66-1.1875996

Bestselling novelist Tom Clancy, best known for his intricate, compelling and plausible thrillers such as The Hunt for Red October and Patriot Games as well as for blockbuster video game franchises including Rainbow Six and Splinter Cell, has died at the age of 66.

Clancy died in a Baltimore hospital on Tuesday evening, according to his publisher. A cause of death has not been disclosed.

"He was a consummate author, creating the modern-day thriller, and was one of the most visionary storytellers of our time. I will miss him dearly and he will be missed by tens of millions of readers worldwide. I’m deeply saddened by Tom’s passing," said Penguin Group executive David Shanks, who was involved in the publication of each of Clancy’s books.

The Maryland author was best known for writing compelling, intricate and plausible spy and military-themed thrillers set during and after the Cold War.

"If you were a Clancy fan, if you picked up one of those books, you knew you were getting a lot of material," Canadian writer Linwood Barclay, known for his bestselling mystery thrillers, told CBC News today

"You were getting a great thriller. You were getting all this tremendous detail, this kind of insight into CIA operations and the military.… You weren't just getting a thrill ride, you were getting immersed in all this technical information, the kind of stuff you weren't going to find out from a great many authors.

"When [Clancy] made reference to submarine details, people in the military said, 'How did you get clearance for that? How did you know that?' He just knew a lot of stuff about everything, from weaponry to battleships to whatever it was. He was famous for taking that kind of detail and putting it in his novels … nobody just pulled a gun on somebody [in his books] — it was a five-page description of the gun. He loved that kind of detail."

Clancy, who was also a co-owner of Major League Baseball's Baltimore Orioles, said he thought of himself as "a storyteller" first and foremost.

"I think about the characters I've created, and then I sit down and start typing and see what they will do. There's a lot of subconscious thought that goes on. It amazes me to find out, a few chapters later, why I put someone in a certain place when I did. It's spooky," he once told an interviewer.

Born Thomas Leo Clancy Jr. in Baltimore in 1947, the lifelong military enthusiast initially worked in the insurance industry, but long hankered to write novels based on the armed forces. He never served in the military (save for some ROTC classes in college) due to his near-sightedness, which kept him from active duty.

Clancy's debut, The Hunt for Red October, emerged in 1984 after Clancy sold his manuscript to the Naval Institute Press for about $5,000 US. It marked the publisher's first foray into original fiction.

Based on a real-life 1975 incident in which a Soviet missile frigate attempted to defect, The Hunt for Red October introduced the world to Jack Ryan (though the ship didn't make it in real life, the attempt is successful in Clancy's book). The fictional hero would eventually star in many of Clancy's novels, including Patriot Games, The Sum of All Fears, and Clear and Present Danger.

Airman Tony Strader of the 621st Air Mobility Squadron at McGuire Air Force Base, N.J., is seen reading a Tom Clancy thriller between aircraft arrivals at Rinas Airport in 1999. (Reuters)

Even former U.S. president Ronald Reagan was a fan, praising The Hunt for Red October during the mid-1980s and telling reporters that it was "a really good yarn." That endorsement helped vault the book to the top of the New York Times bestseller list.

Many of Clancy's more than two dozen books inspired film and television adaptations, with Alec Baldwin, Harrison Ford and Ben Affleck among those to portray Clancy's iconic Jack Ryan character.

The latest Jack Ryan movie is slated to open on Dec. 25, with Chris Pine, Keira Knightley and Kevin Costner starring in the Kenneth Branagh-directed Jack Ryan. Meanwhile, Clancy had been set to publish the new novel Command Authority (co-written with Mark Greaney) in early December. It will mark his final book, after a career of international sales his publisher estimates at more than 100 million copies.

A regular name atop bestseller lists, Clancy also wrote military history, biographies and other non-fiction books — genres that helped make him a favourite of U.S. military and intelligence staffers.

He extended his appeal into a new generation with his work crafting stories for video games, including blockbuster franchises like Splinter Cell, Rainbow Six and Ghost Recon.

In the mid-1990s, he helped found Red Storm Entertainment, which released games — some based on his books, others on original ideas. Red Storm was later purchased by gaming giant Ubisoft, which continues to create games under the Clancy moniker.

"We are saddened to learn of Tom Clancy's passing and our condolences go out to his family. Tom Clancy was an extraordinary author with a gift for creating detailed, engrossing fictional stories that captivated audiences around the world," Ubisoft said in a statement.

"The teams at Ubisoft, especially at the Red Storm studio, are incredibly grateful to have collaborated with and learned from him."

Clancy is survived by his second wife, Alexandra Marie Llewellyn, and five children, according to his publisher. No details were forthcoming about funeral arrangements.
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Author Tom Clancy's attention to technical detail helped win over readers and earned him the respect of the intelligence and military community. ( Brendan Smialowski/Getty Images)

(With files from The Associated Press.)»



 
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«Author Tom Clancy, master of the modern-day thriller, dead at 66
By Alan Duke
October 2, 2013 -- Updated 1935 GMT (0335 HKT)
Fuente: http://edition.cnn.com/2013/10/02/us/tom-clancy-obit/index.html

(CNN) -- Spy thriller writer Tom Clancy, whose best-selling books "The Hunt for Red October" and "Patriot Games" became blockbuster films, has died, his publisher said Wednesday. He was 66.

Clancy's publisher, the Penguin Group, said the author died in Baltimore on Tuesday. The written statement did not indicate the cause of death.

Clancy's 1984 novel "The Hunt for Red October" propelled him to fame, fortune and status as a favorite storyteller of the American military. Sean Connery and Alec Baldwin brought the Cold War drama to life in the big screen in 1990.

"Spending time with Tom prior to shooting was the best part of that whole experience for me," Baldwin said Wednesday. "Tom was smart, a great story teller and a real gentleman."
1991: Clancy's fame didn't change him

Harrison Ford took the big screen role of CIA analyst Jack Ryan in "Patriot Games and "Clear and Present Danger." Ben Affleck was cast as Ryan for "The Sum of All Fears."

"I'm deeply saddened by Tom's passing," said Penguin executive David Shanks, who worked with Clancy on each of his novels, quoted in the company's statement. "He was a consummate author, creating the modern-day thriller, and was one of the most visionary storytellers of our time. I will miss him dearly and he will be missed by tens of millions of readers worldwide."

"Command Authority," his last book, is due to be published by G.P. Putnam's Sons in December, the company said. Putnam is an imprint of the Penguin Group.

"It was an honor to know Tom Clancy and to work on his fantastic books," said Ivan Held, president and publisher of G.P. Putnam's Sons. "He was ahead of the news curve and sometimes frighteningly prescient. To publish a Tom Clancy book was a thrill every time. He will be missed by everyone at Putnam and Berkley, and by his fans all over the world."

A Baltimore-born former insurance agent, Clancy was known for writing meticulous thrillers focusing on political intrigue and military tactics and technology.

Seventeen of his 28 books appeared on the New York Times best-sellers list, according to his website. Many of them reached the No. 1 spot.

His writings also provided the inspiration for the "Rainbow Six," "Ghost Recon" and "Splinter Cell," video game series.

His writing gained him a loyal following within the armed forces in the United States and abroad, giving him inside access that frequently informed the plots of his books. But in a 2003 CNN interview, Clancy said he was always careful not to reveal classified information or sensitive details of how the elite troops he often wrote about operated.

"I'll never decide for commercial reasons to put something in that endangers our national security. You just can't do that," he said in a 2003 CNN interview. "There was one thing, I discussed with a friend of mine in the Royal Navy. I told him a story I knew, and he said, 'Well, Tom, you may never repeat that, as long as you live.' And I haven't."»



 
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«October 2, 2013
Tom Clancy, Best-Selling Novelist of Military Thrillers, Dies at 66
By JULIE BOSMAN
Fuente: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/10/03/books/tom-clancy-best-selling-novelist-of-military-thrillers-dies-at-66.html

Tom Clancy, whose complex, adrenaline-fueled military novels spawned a new genre of thrillers and made him one of the world’s best-selling and best-known authors, died on Tuesday in a hospital in Baltimore. He was 66.

Ivan Held, the president of G. P. Putnam’s Sons, his publisher, did not provide a cause of death.

Mr. Clancy’s books were successfully transformed into blockbuster Hollywood films, including “Patriot Games,” “The Hunt for Red October“ and “Clear and Present Danger.”

His next book, “Command Authority,” is planned for publication on Dec. 3.

Seventeen of his novels were No. 1 New York Times best sellers, including his most recent, “Threat Vector,” which was released in December 2012. More than 100 million copies of his books are in print.

Sales of his books made him a millionaire. His family moved into a five-bedroom house in Calvert County, Md., and acquired an 80-acre farm on the Chesapeake Bay. He became a part owner of the Baltimore Orioles. He even bought a tank.

Mr. Clancy was an insurance salesman when he sold his first novel, “The Hunt for Red October,” to the Naval Institute Press for only $5,000.

That publisher had never released a novel before, but the editors were taken with Mr. Clancy’s manuscript. They were concerned, however, that there were too many technical descriptions, so they asked him to make cuts. Mr. Clancy made revisions and cut at least 100 pages.

The book took off when President Ronald Reagan, who had received a copy, called it “my kind of yarn” and said that he couldn’t put it down.

After the book’s publication in 1985, Mr. Clancy was praised for his mastery of technical details about Soviet submarines and weaponry. Even high-ranking members of the military took notice of the book’s apparent inside knowledge.

In an interview in 1986, Mr. Clancy said, “When I met Navy Secretary John Lehman last year, the first thing he asked me about the book was, ‘Who the hell cleared it?’ “

David Shanks, a Penguin executive who worked with Mr. Clancy for decades, called him “a consummate author, creating the modern-day thriller, and one of the most visionary storytellers of our time.”

Born to a middle-class family in Baltimore on April 12, 1947, Mr. Clancy skipped over the usual children’s literature and became obsessed by naval history from a young age, reading journals and books whose intended audience was career military officers and engineering experts.

He absorbed details of submarine warfare, espionage, missile systems and covert plots between superpowers.

He attended Loyola College in Baltimore, where he majored in English, and graduated in 1969. While Mr. Clancy harbored ambitions to join the military, even joining the Army R.O.T.C., he was told that he was too nearsighted to qualify.

Mr. Clancy began working at a small insurance agency in rural Maryland that was founded by his wife’s grandfather.

After “The Hunt for Red October” was published, Mr. Clancy’s fame was fairly instant. Frequently posing for photographs in darkened aviator sunglasses, jeans and holding a cigarette, Mr. Clancy spoke of the laserlike focus required to succeed.

“I tell them you learn to write the same way you learn to play golf,” he said. “You do it, and keep doing it until you get it right. A lot of people think something mystical happens to you, that maybe the muse kisses you on the ear. But writing isn’t divinely inspired — it’s hard work.”

He followed “The Hunt for Red October” with “Red Storm Rising“ in 1986, “Patriot Games” in 1987, “The Cardinal of the Kremlin“ in 1988 and “Clear and Present Danger” in 1989.

The critical reception to his novels was gushing from the start. Reviewing “Red Storm Rising” in The New York Times in 1986, Christopher Lehmann-Haupt wrote that the book “far surpassed” Mr. Clancy’s debut novel.

“Red Storm Rising” is a “superpower thriller,” he wrote, “the verbal equivalent of a high-tech video game.” (Mr. Clancy would eventually venture into video games, which were easily adapted from his novels.)

Other critics questioned the unwaveringly virtuous nature of many of Mr. Clancy’s heroes, particularly his protagonist Jack Ryan.

“All the Americans are paragons of courage, endurance and devotion to service and country,” Robert Lekachman wrote in The Times in 1986. “Their officers are uniformly competent and occasionally inspired. Men of all ranks are faithful husbands and devoted fathers.”

Mr. Clancy is survived by his wife, Alexandra; their daughter, Alexis; and four children from a previous marriage to Wanda King: Michelle Bandy, Christine Blocksidge, Kathleen Clancy and Thomas Clancy III.

Deborah Grosvenor, the editor who acquired Mr. Clancy’s first novel, said she initially had a hard time persuading her boss at the Naval Institute Press, to read it, since Mr. Clancy was an unknown and the publisher had no experience with fiction.

“I said, ‘I think we have a potential best seller here, and if we don’t grab this thing, somebody else would,’ ” Ms. Grosvenor, who is now a literary agent, said in an interview. “But he had this innate storytelling ability, and his characters had this very witty dialogue. The gift of the Irish or whatever it was, the man could tell a story.”

Mr. Clancy was frequently accused of using classified information in his novels, a claim that amused him. While he spent time on military bases, visited the Pentagon and dined with high-level military officials, he insisted that he didn’t want to know any classified information.

“I hang my hat on getting as many things right as I can,” Mr. Clancy once said in an interview. “I’ve made up stuff that’s turned out to be real — that’s the spooky part.”»








«2 October 2013 Last updated at 17:12 GMT
Spy novelist Tom Clancy dies aged 66
Fuente: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-24372224

Best-selling US author Tom Clancy has died at the age of 66, his publisher Penguin has confirmed.

Clancy wrote a string of best-selling spy and military thrillers. His 17th novel, Command Authority, is due out in December.

Several of his books featuring CIA analyst Jack Ryan have been adapted into successful Hollywood films.

The former insurance broker died in a Baltimore hospital near his Maryland home, according to reports.

Clancy, who died on Tuesday, was remembered as "a master of his craft" by Tom Weldon, chief executive of Penguin Random House UK.

"Tom Clancy changed readers' expectations of what a thriller could do," he said. "He will be greatly missed by millions of fans in the UK and around the world."
'Real gentleman'

Written in his spare time, The Hunt for Red October (1984) was Clancy's first published novel and sold more than five million copies.

President Ronald Reagan helped to fuel the success of the book when he called it a "perfect yarn".

The novel was made into a film in 1990, starring Alec Baldwin as Ryan and Sir Sean Connery as Soviet submarine captain Marko Ramius.

Baldwin paid tribute to "the great writer Tom Clancy" on Twitter, remembering him as "a real gentleman of the old school".

Harrison Ford went on to play Ryan in film versions of Patriot Games and Clear and Present Danger, while Ben Affleck played him in 2002 release The Sum of All Fears.

Jack Ryan: Shadow One, a new film to feature the character directed by Sir Kenneth Branagh, is set for release this December.

Clancy usually wrote a book a year, making him one of the wealthiest authors in the world.

In 2002 he was ranked at 10 in Forbes magazine's Celebrity 100 list with estimated earnings of $47.8m (£33m).

As well as a successful writer, Clancy also became closely associated with the world of video gaming.

In the 1990s he founded Red Storm Entertainment, later bought by Ubisoft, which developed games based on Clancy's ideas.

Blockbuster video game titles bearing his name included Splinter Cell, Ghost Recon and Rainbow Six.

"Tom Clancy was an extraordinary author with a gift for creating detailed, engrossing fictional stories that captivated audiences around the world," said Ubisoft on its Facebook page.

"We are humbled by the opportunity to carry on part of his legacy through our properties that bear his name."

British author Barbara Taylor-Bradford also paid tribute to Clancy on her website.

"I'm stunned to learn of the sudden passing of [a] legendary novelist," she wrote. "A remarkable talent whose books and movie adaptations held me captive for many enjoyable hours."

Clancy was known for his technically detailed espionage and military science storylines. One, written in 1994, told of a crazed Japan Airlines pilot who flies into the Capitol building in Washington.

In a 2003 interview, CNN presenter Wolf Blitzer suggested his precise accounts of the US military techniques were giving away secrets to terrorists.

"I never got any fan mail from Osama bin Laden, and I don't really know how many books I sold in Afghanistan," the author replied.

"You have to talk to the marketing people about that. But I'm not really concerned about it."

"He was ahead of the news curve and sometimes frighteningly prescient," said Ivan Held, president of Penguin imprint G P Putnam's Sons.

"To publish a Tom Clancy book was a thrill every time."»


 
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Me entristece y da «cosa» pensar que el autor de todos esos libros que ocuparon mis horas durante meses y meses de gran parte de este año y finales del anterior, ahora ya no esté. Que el libro que encargué ayer, que era su última «novedad», ahora será su primer «libro póstumo» y, quizás, el último que leamos de él. Que justo partió a un lugar mejor en este año, que tan presente ha estado en mi vida... T_T ¡Es increíble! Así es como nos cambia la vida de un día para otro y por eso que es tan terrible cuando esos cambios afectan a nuestro círculo más cercano. ¡Si siquiera la muerte de un caballero al que jamás conocí en persona me pone tan triste! Aunque, en cierta forma y como comentaba hoy con mi mami, los escritores consiguen hacerse parte de nuestras vidas gracias a sus obras, incluso a pesar de que uno no las conozca todas, como es mi caso (de hecho, sólo he leído su saga de Jack Ryan y dos libros sueltos, nada más). :_)

En fin...


 
¡Que descanses en paz, grandioso Tom Clancy! T_T
Tus obras vivirán para recordarnos todas las cosas que quisiste enseñar y entregar. Y mi admiración seguirá aquí, aunque tú ya no estés con nosotros. :(
¡GRACIAS!



May you rest in peace, great Tom Clancy! T_T
Your work will live on to remind us of all the things you wanted to teach us and give us. And my admiration will remain here, even though you are not with us anymore. :(

THANK YOU!



 
R.I.P.







 
hiyokonojinsei: (MapleStory(madebyme))

Me hice el ánimo, a pesar de que me duele la cabeza y ando atravesada, de escribir algo en mi blogcito sobre MapleStory, para no tenerlo tan abandonado. :)








Por si alguien quiere leerlo y, además, para dejar registro de que allá está lo que he ido haciendo (o no) en el juego. :)

Adieu!





 



hiyokonojinsei: Icon featuring Jun Matsumoto, from Arashi. Made by me. (JunMatsumoto(madebyme))
8月30日は私が大好きな嵐のメンバーの
松本潤さんという人のお誕生日です。

去年まで、それが分かっていなかった私は、
このブログで挨拶なんか一度もしったことがありません。

でも、去年から、松本さんに対する私の気持ちはだんだん強くなってきたから、
今年、小さくても挨拶のメッセージを書いてみようと決めました。^^
松本さんは自分の目でこの記事を見る可能性がとても低いと思いますが、
ひょっとしたらね・・・
ひょっとしたら、彼自身がこれを読んでくれるかもしれません。
運が良かったら!



だから、ここでは、南米チリではまだ8月29日が続いているなのに、
日本にいる松本さんへのご挨拶を始めてこのブログに載せてみます。



松本潤様へ、

松本さんは私のことが全然知っていません。
私は他の嵐のファンの皆さんに比べたら、
やっぱりそんなにすごくないと思います。
私はここ数年の間だけで、松本さんのことが大好きになってきたから、
嵐と松本さん自身のことについて分からない・見ていない・聞いていないことが一杯あります。
それにしても、私は松本さんのことが大好きです!
松本さんのことについて知れば知るほど、
私の気持ちが強くなっていきます。
感心という気持ちはね。
松本さんはただの「良い歌手」とか「良いダンサー」とか「良い俳優」など、
そういうことだけではありません。
松本さんはそれと共に、素晴らしい人だと思っています。

だから、この小さくて遠い国から、
愛と感心と友情を込めて、
このささやかなプレゼントを送ってみます。

素敵な人でいてくれて、
そして、すごいアーティストでいてくれて、
心からありがとうございます!


 
お誕生日おめでとうございます、松本潤さん~ ❤


素晴らしい一年になりますようにお祈り致します。


それでは、


アンドレア。
(Andrea)
(南米チリ、ヴィニャ・デル・マル)



 

La pura verdad...

2013-Jul-29, Monday 11:43 pm
hiyokonojinsei: Icon featuring my beloved Miki Shinichirou. Made by me. (MikiShinichirou(madebyme))

Hace un tiempo, me encontré con este post sobre cómo muchas madres modernas se pierden los mejores momentos con sus hijos, cuando los llevan a jugar a la plaza o algo, por estar pegadas a su teléfono celular, chateando o twitteando o viendo Facebook o Pinterest o algo. Lo encontré muy bueno y muy cierto y no me sorprendió que haya causado tanto revuelo que la autora tuvo que escribir un segundo post en el que explicaba cómo su crítica no iba de forma prejuiciosa contra una mamá X que ella haya visto en el parque, sino para todas las mamás, incluyéndose a sí misma, pues ella no tenía iPhone, pero sí computador y tenía que luchar constantemente con la necesidad de pasar siempre frente a él escribiendo, respondiendo comentarios, viendo redes sociales o lo que fuera, para dedicarle tiempo de calidad a sus hijos.

Ahora que me puse a buscar los links para ponerlos acá, me encontré con que la misma mujer escribió otro post en el que habla de algunas «reglas» o consejos que propone para que nuestras familias (y, especialmente, los niños chicos) aprendan a usar los teléfonos celulares de buena forma y no se conviertan en idiotas adictos a ellos que no son capaces de mantener una conversación sin mirar su teléfono para ver si algo cambió en los 5 segundos que llevaban sin mirarlo. :P

Esto se vincula directamente con lo que venía a postear yo, en un principio. Y es que, el otro día, vi la siguiente foto, en Pinterest, que me llamó mucho la atención.


 
"The day that Albert Einstein feared may have finally arrived."




Una versión traducida por mí sería la siguiente:

 
Traduccin de la imagen.



Y, por desgracia, me temo que es la pura verdad. En la actualidad, es casi imposible estar en alguna parte o con alguien sin que esté mirando cada 2 segundos su desgraciado celular; sin que interrumpa la comida o lo que estés haciendo para contestar un mensaje como si, por demorarse un poco en responder, fuera a acabarse el mundo; sin que estén mirando redes sociales o leseras mientras, en teoría, conversan contigo o escuchan lo que les estás diciendo. La gente, en general, pasa pegada a sus teléfonos y a la red, a las redes sociales, mirando puras leseras, pendiente de las fotos de los amigos, de sus estados, de sus últimas ocurrencias, de la última foto graciosa o meme popular, del último video ridículo que todo el mundo ha visto. Y esto lo veo, en mayor o menor grado, incluso en mi familia y entre mis amistades, por pocas que estas sean.

No puedo saber, a ciencia cierta, si esta es una generación de idiotas o no (aunque hay pistas que podrían arrojarnos en una dirección... ^^U). Lo que sí sé es que es impresionante cómo más y más gente se hace adicta a sus teléfonos, se siente rara si pasa dos minutos entablando una conversación en vivo y en directo sin pasar por Twitter/Facebook/Pinterest/Loquesea a ver qué se ha actualizado, necesita de sus dosis diarias de «conectividad» (o autismo tecnológico) para sentirse normales y como que «pertenecen» al mundo moderno. Incluso personas que no nacieron y crecieron en esta época tan prostituida por la tecnología, han caído presas de ella y pasan más tiempo en Twitter o Facebook que conversando con sus familias o interrumpen los - ya escasos - momentos familiares para responder a ese mensaje de LINE o Whatsapp o chat o SMS porque, si esperan hasta terminar de comer o de ver lo que ven o de hablar lo que hablaban, puede que el mundo reviente o deje de girar. :P

Personalmente, trato de alejarme de eso. Si bien paso hartas horas en el computador (más que todo en el MapleStory, últimamente; no tanto en las redes sociales y, dentro de estas, la que más uso es Twitter), he tomado conciencia de esto, sé que estoy perdiendo mi tiempo y he tratado de auto-limitarme para no caer en esta adicción tan común. Hay días en los que, si no fuera porque hay X evento en el juego, no prendería el computador. Hay días en los que, aunque prenda el computador, no abro ni Twitter ni Facebook.

Hace tiempo que me auto-impuse el no ir a Tumblr, porque era mi perdición. Si tenía la mala idea de entrar a esa red social, terminaba pasándome toda la noche bajando fotos de mis admirados, baboseando por ellas y desesperándome viendo cuántas cosas hay que yo no tengo o que no puedo ver más que en fotos, mientras que esas personas poseían los DVDs o archivos con los videos de los cuales obtenían las fotos. Terminaba perdiendo todo mi tiempo en bajar fotos y deprimirme, para irme a acostar molesta tanto por todas las cosas que no tenía como por haber perdido horas y horas en eso para nada. Así que ya no voy a Tumblr y, aunque tengo una cuenta allí, prácticamente no la uso.

Facebook nunca me ha gustado mucho y nunca me ha enganchado, así que con eso no tengo problemas. De hecho, hasta desinstalé la aplicación que mi celular traía para accederlo, porque no la necesitaba y ocupaba espacio. xD Pero, Twitter sí me gusta y me doy cuenta de que me he acostumbrado a «hablar conmigo misma» en Twitter, durante mis muchas horas de soledad. Por ejemplo, durante las noches, mientras mi mamá y hermana duermen, no tengo a nadie con quién hablar y, si se me ocurre algo o me pasa alguna cosa o algo, en vez de puro pensarla, termino escribiéndola en Twitter. No sirve de nada, porque no es como que nadie me responda. De hecho, dudo que alguien lea, siquiera, los twits que escribo (a pesar de que tengo más de 450 seguidores, LOL). Por eso digo que me he acostumbrado a hablar conmigo misma. Porque no tendría para qué escribir un twit con X pensamiento o sensación o idea o deseo, porque es probable que no obtendrá respuesta y que nadie lo leerá, igual que si no lo escribiera. Pero, lo hago de todas formas y mi cuenta de Twitter ya va para los 17.500 twits, a pesar de todo. :P

Por eso, ahora, estoy tratando de concentrarme en no ir a Twitter cada vez que estoy sola y quiero hablar con alguien o expresar algún pensamiento o sensación. Es una tontería, una forma más del culto al ego que inunda nuestra sociedad y me gustaría dejarlo del todo, igual que todas las demás redes sociales. Incluso los blogs son parte de ese culto y, aunque yo ya no escriba tanto, mantengo este lugar donde puedo escribir lo que yo quiera, comentar lo que desee y en donde puedo hacerlo públicamente o sólo para mí. Aunque, ¿a quién le importa lo que yo tenga que decir? ¿Quién se molesta en leer lo que escribo, aparte de mi mamá, que siempre se da el tiempo de pasar por acá? Nadie o casi nadie. Ciertamente, nadie que se anime a comentar o a establecer algún tipo de interacción conmigo, más allá de leer lo que escribo. Ni siquiera mis amistades - por muy adictas que sean, en mayor o menor medida, a otras redes sociales - se toman la molestia de agregarme de amiga por el interés de leer lo que escribo. Por ende, mis posts carecen de mayor sentido, igual que mis twits y, en el fondo, no sirven para nada más que para expresar públicamente las cosas que siento o pienso, aunque no haga una diferencia que sean públicas - en contraposición a si las escribiera en un cuaderno o me las guardara para mí -, porque no generan nada más que perpetuarlas en la red, hasta que Twitter se caiga o el blog se borre o pase cualquier cosa de esas que suelen ocurrir con la tecnología y ese falso sentido de «inmortalidad», por llamarlo de alguna forma, desaparezca.

Hace mucho que me cuestiono todo esto y lo cierto es que, en más de una ocasión, he estado a punto de borrar mi Facebook, mi Twitter, mis blogs y todas mis cuentas en redes sociales. Sería lo lógico, lo consecuente, dado que me opongo a lo que provocan, me niego a caer en la adicción que generan en miles de millones de personas y quisiera apegarme al modelo antiguo, a las cosas como solían ser (diarios de vida en papel, escritura a mano, cartas, conversaciones sin interrupciones, pensamientos plasmados de formas artísticas o más interesantes y cautivadoras de lo que 140 caracteres permiten...). ¡Pero es complicado! Aunque no tanto como para convertirnos en adictos, en una «generación de idiotas», como decía Einstein. Porque, aunque no sea muy productivo twittear un pensamiento o idea X y me den ganas de hacerlo, puedo vivir sin eso perfectamente bien. Puedo vivir sin mi celular, sin que esté todo el día mandándome notificaciones de cosas o informándome de cómo, en los segundos que pasé sin mirarlo, cambió mi timeline. Incluso puedo vivir sin acceder al correo electrónico por varios días y, muchas veces, ni siquiera me dan ganas de responder mails para amistades que, casi siempre, tampoco tienen tiempo o ganas de escribirme a mí. :P

Yo no soy todo lo desapegada y alejada de la tecnología que quisiera ser. Pero, al menos, soy capaz de pasar horas leyendo sin tener que estar mirando mi celular o el computador cada dos minutos. Soy capaz de dejar que las redes sociales y mi celular cambien o pasen o hagan lo que quieran, mientras yo veo tele con mi mamá o me acurruco con ella. Soy capaz de pasar días sin prender el computador y no me muero ni empiezo a sentir síndrome de abstinencia por ello. Al contrario. Muchas veces, me he sentido mejor, más libre y tranquila, que cuando tengo que prender el computador por algo. Lo que más me amarra, en estos momentos, es el Maple, pero creo que he conseguido equilibrarlo un poco (de hecho, ya no paso las 24 horas del día jugando; más que nada, juego los fines de semana y el resto del tiempo sólo entro por lo de los eventos, para que nuestros monitos no estén tan pasados de moda o débiles cuando volvamos a jugar con mi hermana, pero no mucho más e, incluso, cuando no hay eventos tan prohibitivos como este de los anillos evolucionados, a veces ni entro al juego en la semana), he conseguido seguir privilegiando el resto de cosas - leer, pasar tiempo con mi mamá, hacer pan y yogurt, etc. - a pesar de estar activa en el juego y no es como antes, mi vida entera no gira en torno a si estoy en PQ o no o si puedo dejar el juego con tranquilidad unos minutos para ir al baño o no.

Me queda mucho por mejorar y lo sé. Pero, también veo cómo hay quienes están mucho peor que yo y me da pena pensar que esto es en lo que se está transformando el mundo. Que somos una generación de idiotas adictos a la tecnología y que ya no podemos interactuar ni siquiera con nuestras propias familias sin que medie un celular, un programa de mensajería o una red social. -_- Es algo que debería hacernos reflexionar a todos, para que cada uno pueda ver sus propios errores, como yo he estado tomando conciencia de los míos, y pueda luchar contra sus propias tendencias para alejarse de esta adicción que puede ser tan perjudicial como cualquier otra. :/

Dios quiera darme fuerzas, al menos a mí, que me interesa cambiar esta parte de mí y me interesa dejar de caer en este barril sin fondo que es la tecnología y las redes sociales, para salir de esto y no contribuir a formar parte de la generación de idiotas, sino a algo diferente, rescatando las muchas cosas buenas que habían en el pasado y que, cada día que pasa, se pierden más y más. Y Dios quiera que todos aquellos que se convierten en padres, hoy en día, no le inculquen a sus hijos sus propias adicciones y estupidez. :P Aunque me temo que, en muchos casos, ya es bastante tarde y ya son, padres e hijos, parte de esto mismo. u_uU


 
hiyokonojinsei: (Chile)

No alcanzaron a salir los resultados del sorteo n° 12 (yo no gané, buuu) y Xulieta ya nos estaba ofreciendo la versión n° 13 de su genial sorteo que, además, ahora incluye la opción de comprar ebooks para Kindle en Amazon y no sólo libros en Bookdepository. :)

Así que, como siempre, esta es mi entrada para anunciarle al mundo este concurso y para cumplir uno de los requisitos de participar, que es anunciarlo en el blog propio, jejeje. :)

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