Archive for the 'Soft' Category

Argentina, Arty, Political, Soft

Vos Sos Bienvenido, El Graffiti

Tuesday, June 7th, 2011

Another puzzling ad from the conservative mayor of Buenos Aires (other ad here). One would expect the administration responsible for such tight control over the use of city plazas and the presence of homeless people, to be less welcoming to graffiti.

Argentina, Soft

Dulce de Leche vs. Dulce de Leche

Thursday, September 9th, 2010

In Argentina, dulce de leche is so common, you can buy it in any store, and usually have a choice of so many brands and styles, that can leave the indecisive shopper dizzy. Besides the common brands, there are gourmet brands, artisan brands, and homemade. I would like to try making it sometime (I hear […]


A better swimsuit policy

Saturday, July 25th, 2009

Finally the international swimming board has come to its senses. It is banning the use of those high tech all-body suits we came to know in the Olympic Games last year. There are obvious competitive reasons, but more important is how this policy improves things for the spectators. Competitively speaking, as long as regulations are […]

Political, Soft

If Bush were still president

Tuesday, June 23rd, 2009

The recent events in the streets of Iran due to the contested election, has possibly done more in one week to inspire “regime change,” than George W. Bush could have ever done. (Regime change in the Middle East had been a stated goal of Bush.) This is a popular movement, and seems very spontaneous. The […]

Argentina, Soft

A quick take

Saturday, May 16th, 2009

Various pebbles always find their way to me, as well as other meaningful objects. Algunas cositas y piedritas que me llegan.

Political, Soft

Gripe Porcina, Swine Flu

Tuesday, April 28th, 2009

En la prevención de la Gripe Porcina, el barbijo debe estar colocado por la fuente del gripe, directamente a la porcina, no la persona. To protect against Swine Flu, the mask should be applied to the source of the flu, directly to the swine, not to the person.

Mixed Bag, Soft

Facebook Kills Privacy (but that’s ok)

Thursday, February 26th, 2009

The other day, without realizing it, my own father changed the way we communicate forever. Actually I was an accomplice in this, as I accepted his friend request on Facebook. I love Facebook now, but didn’t start out that way. I was hesitant at first to join in after spending plenty of time with Friendster, […]

Argentina, Mixed Bag, Soft

The Fight for Change

Saturday, January 31st, 2009

In Argentina, the change you have in your pocket is sacred. That’s because there just aren’t enough coins. Anytime you make a purchase, the merchant will infallibly try their best to wrest that last 50 centavos or one-peso coin remaining in your pocket. Waiters will forgo getting a tip in order to avoid giving you […]

Argentina, Soft

Still Alive

Monday, December 29th, 2008

Back when I was a teenager, I was mesmerized by the book Alive!. You may know the true story about the crash of a plane of 45 rugby players and students, stranding the survivors high up in the Andes for 72 days of winter. The conditions were impossible to survive but several did. A bit […]

Political, Soft

Sarah Palin is Pro-Choice

Saturday, September 6th, 2008

Many so called “pro-lifers” mistakenly equate abortion rights with favoring abortion. That is far from the truth. The right to abortion is about putting the decision in the hands of the pregnant woman (and her god, if she believes in one) rather than the government imposing its values on her. Mario Cuomo, the former New […]