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Hoy 24 de enero es el “peor día del año”, según una fórmula matemática

Hasta los perros estarían tristes hoy / (cc) rawnsr1

 

Hace un tiempo les comentábamos un estudio según el cual el miércoles es el peor día de la semana… Si eres de los que creen en la numerología, o de los que confían en las leyes y fórmulas matemáticas aplicadas a la vida diaria, este dato que te traemos ahora también puede interesarte: Hoy, 24 de enero, será el día más triste de todo el 2011.

Así lo asegura un científico británico que ha desarrollado una fórmula matemática para explicarnos su afirmación. Se trata del doctor Cliff Arnalls, profesor de la Universidad de Cardiff, quién explica que hoy será un día para sentirnos tristes, según esta fórmula matemática:

1/8C+(D-d) 3/8xTI MxNA

Dicha fórmula, creada por Arnalls en 2005, da origen a lo que los estadounidenses han denominado “Lunes más Triste” o “Blue Monday” y que casi siempre ha sido el último lunes de enero: 24 de enero en 2005, 23 de enero en 2006, 22 de enero en 2007, 21 de enero en 2008, 19 de enero en 2009 y 18 de enero en 2010…

Este año ha reinado la confusión sobre la fecha, por lo que algunos aseguraron que el día más triste fue el lunes pasado, el 17 de enero, mientras otros (como la web BlueMonday.org) sostienen que ese día será hoy.

Lo que mide la fórmula

Independientemente de si te sentiste triste el lunes pasado, o estás más triste que de costumbre hoy, bien vale que hagamos un repaso a los elementos que componen esta fórmula matemática de este científico británico a ver si te convence y entristece.

Así, tenemos que la ”C”, que se refiere al factor climático, ya que en enero los días suelen ser grises y fríos (En el Reino Unido, de donde es el científico y en buena parte de Europa, sobretodo).

En segundo lugar, el británico ha incorporado la “D”, que se refiere a las deudas adquiridas durante el periodo navideño que, a estas alturas del mes de enero, afectan nuestros bolsillos. Por su parte, la “d” es el dinero que se cobra en enero y la “T” es el tiempo transcurrido desde la Navidad.

La “I” representa el período desde que nos propusimos a mejorar un aspecto en este 2011 y aún no lo hemos logrado: No hemos recuperado la figura tras los excesos de la comida navideña ni los fumadores han abandonado su vicio… Así que según el creador de la fórmula, ya es tiempo suficiente para que te hayas dado cuenta de que este año tampoco cumplirás con esa promesa, ¡y eso también te deprimirá justo hoy!

La letra “M” se refiere a las motivaciones con las que has emprendido este nuevo año, mientras que “NA” se refiere a la necesidad de actuar para cambiar tu forma de vida. Y se supone que al aplicar la fórmula el resultado demuestra que hoy, 24 de enero, es un día patético, triste, deprimente…

Particularmente creo que este señor vive una racha de días tristes y con tan pocas cosas útiles que hacer, que ha dedicado parte de su tiempo a sentarse y hacer esta fórmula para tratar de explicar la “desdicha del mundo”… Y eso sí que me parece muy triste.

Pero si tu eres de lo que quedaron convencidos con la explicación de este matemático lo más probable es que ya estés sintiendo una profunda tristeza que se apodera de todo tu ser, ¿no?

La invitación, entonces, es a que te desahogues y compartas tu pesar en los comentarios… Según vaya la cosa abriríamos un blog de autoayuda en Betazeta, así que no te cortes.

Link: I don’t like Monday 24 January‘ (BBC)


4 segundos de significativo silencio.

 

Tan sólo cuatro (4) segundos de silencio durante una conversación son suficientes para evocar los miedos primarios, que activarán esas sensaciones tan angustiosas de incompatibilidad y exclusión. Esta es, al menos, una de las conclusiones a las que ha llegado el equipo de investigación encabezado por Namkje Koudenburg, de la Universidad de Groninga (Países Bajos), y que publica en el Journal of Experimental Social Psychology.
El que una conversación sea fluida se asocia con emociones positivas, favorece un sentimiento de pertenencia, de autoestima, de validación social y de consenso. Sin embargo, la interrupción de esa fluidez con un silencio breve produce sentimientos de rechazo y emociones negativas.
Para el estudio, los investigadores realizaron dos experimentos en los que analizaron la respuesta de los participantes a silencios incómodos. En el primero, 102 universitarios leyeron una de dos historias. La primera versión describía a alguien que hacía un comentario desconsiderado (“Creo que las personas obesas debería pagar por dos asientos en el autobús”) que iba seguido por un silencio. En la historia alternativa la conversación seguía como si nada tras el comentario. A los estudiantes se les pedía que se imaginasen en la situación de la persona que había hecho ese comentario. No es sorprendente que dijeran sentirse más ansiosos, rechazados y menos seguros en la situación con el silencio que en la alternativa.
En el segundo experimento 60 estudiantes visionaron vídeos de dos situaciones alternativos en los que el comentario inapropiado se hacía en una conversación sobre relaciones personales y se refería al sexo entre profesores y alumnos. En un caso, la afirmación era seguida por un silencio de cuatro segundos; en la otra versión  la conversación continuaba como si nada. Si bien los vídeos no contenían referencias al silencio y los sujetos ni siquiera fueron conscientes de la pausa, los estudiantes que vieron la versión que contenía la rotura de la conversación volvieron a valorar sus sentimientos de rechazo como mayores y su autoestima más baja.
La hipótesis es que la sensibilidad frente a los signos de rechazo y exclusión surgió durante la historia evolutiva de la especie, en la que hubo momentos en los que verse excluido de un grupo o la división de éste podía significar, literalmente, la diferencia entre la vida y la muerte. Estos días, afortunadamente, las consecuencias del rechazo social son bastante menos duras, aunque no siempre se sienta así.
Referencia:

Koudenburg, N., Postmes, T., & Gordijn, E. (2010). Disrupting the flow: How brief silences in group conversations affect social needs Journal of Experimental Social Psychology DOI: 10.1016/j.jesp.2010.12.006


Francotirador:)

¿Por qué hay un USB empotrado en la pared?

Los proyectos de arte son de lo más variado. Por ejemplo, en un tiempo en donde cada vez es más rápido el acceso a Internet ya no es necesario intercambiarse información con disquetes (ni con su “evolución tecnológica”, los pendrives). Sin embargo, han ideado un proyecto de arte pensando que sería curioso poder compartir cualquier cosa por la calle. Sin embargo, dejar pendrives sueltos no tendría éxito, ya que la gente los cogería para usarlos personalmente. Ahora bien, si se empotran en una pared de tal forma que nadie se los pueda llevar, pero sí acceder a ellos, la cosa puede resultar interesante. Te damos más detalles de este asunto después del salto.

Así, la idea es que cualquiera pueda dejar cualquier contenido en el pendrive y también leer lo que hay dentro, para saciar su curiosidad. Además, al margen de lo que cada usuario quiera meter, todos los pendrives incluyen un fichero de texto explicando en qué consiste la idea. De momento, el proyecto de momento se limita a 5 USB empotrados en la ciudad de Nueva York (Estados Unidos de América). No obstante, como en cualquier lugar público, hay que extremar las precauciones y en este caso en particular, si se pretende usar dichos pendrives, lo mejor es tener un buen antivirus actualizado. Al margen de esto, es un poco incómodo estar con el portátil en la mano, por lo que es posible que algunos de sus usuarios vayan preparados con una silla plegable. Eso, y un alargador de USB para no rozar el portátil con la pared, claro. [Dead Drops via MAKE]  — Fco. José Cañizares.


Movie:)

The Image (1975) – Radley Metzger

Jean discovers that Anne cannot get enough of being humiliated by her mistress, Claire. Gentleman that he is, he decides to partake in the activities. Ultimately, Claire surrenders to him as well.

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If you want a very erotic movie then this one is great. There are some scenes that are a little annoying, like screaming for five or so minutes, but overall it is great. I would not buy it if you are looking for a porno, but there are several scenes that you would see in a porno.

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Coltrane John free factory

John Coltrane – At Temple University 1966 (2010) {FreeFactory}

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Jazz / Avant-Garde Jazz / Saxophone

 

Digitally remastered live archive release from the Jazz great containing one of Coltrane’s last preserved live performances ever. Taped in Philadelphia with excellent sound quality, this set presents Coltrane playing probably the freest version of ‘Naima’, along with readings of two more of his compositions: ‘Crescent’ and a powerful version of ‘Leo’. Coltrane died shortly after this performance at the age of 40 on July 17, 1967.

BlizzCon & Halloween

BlizzCon 2010 Roundup

from MACLIFE Magazine Apple by Chris Barylick

Paul and Yolanda Miller hauled themselves and two friends out of bed at 3 a.m., the four patiently waiting at 3:30 to be the first in line to buy tickets. Having flown in from Georgetown, Ohio, the day before, this was their vacation, the four eagerly shouting, “For the Horde!!!” to other line attendees while waiting for the BlizzCon convention to open.

It didn’t begin subtly.

At approximately 10 a.m. on Friday, October 22, the Millers and more than 35,000 die-hard Blizzard fans walked, jogged, or outright charged through the doors of the Anaheim Convention Center for the keynote, security personnel yelling for them to slow down. Blizzard’s annual show was underway.

But could anything match the massive announcements at last year’s BlizzCon–namely, the World of Warcraft: Cataclysm expansion pack, two new races for the game and the complete destruction/overhaul of a game world the millions-strong player base had intimately known for the past several years?

Still, Blizzard came out swinging, the lights dropping to begin a cinematic of an armored female character stalking through a woodland setting, dual crossbows in hand. This is the Demon Hunter, the fifth and final playable class of Blizzard’s upcoming Diablo III character–and quite possibly the single greatest badass female character since Sigourney Weaver in the Aliens movies.

Blizzard also announced a new player-versus-player mode for the upcoming Diablo III, asking, “Who will stand victorious? And who will lose their ear?”

“You’ll be able to show up, pick a class and beat the brains out of each other,” quipped Blizzard VP of Creative Development, Chris Metzen.

Other announcements came in the form of additional content for Blizzard’s real-time strategy StarCraft II. Although a final release date hasn’t been revealed for the much-anticipated Heart of the Swarm and Legacy of the Void expansion packs, Blizzard announced the forthcoming release of four new custom multiplayer games to be released over the coming months:

» Starjeweled: (akin to the classic Bejeweled, players match sets of three jewels on a grid to release additional forces against each other in classic a StarCraft multiplayer match)

» Aiur Chef: Players go head to head and must gather ingredients as well as kill specific enemies to complete recipes in order to defeat each other in multiplayer gameplay.

» Left 2 Die: Players must cooperatively fend off a new strain of Zerg as well as purge the infestation from the planet’s surface.

» Blizzard DOTA: Player must use an all-star team of heroic characters (such as the Dark Templar, the Abomination, etc.) to defeat wave after wave of approaching enemies. Units can be leveled up and given upgrades throughout the game.

Beyond the hype of the keynote, the interesting things tend to surface in the midst of panels and interview sessions. Follow the jump to find out what else we learned about Diablo III, StarCraft II, and WOW: Cataclysm, and see some of our favorite awesome costumes.

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Diablo III

 

Rounding out the available player classes (Monk, Wizard, Witch Doctor and Barbarian), the Demon Hunter will be more of a gadget-driven character, her background detailing her as a nomadic character solely fixated on studying demons, incorporating their technologies into her arsenal and making them as afraid of her as she’s been of them. The detail that demon hunters are “not born, they’re made” highlighted the idea that while the other classes were formally trained in their professions, Demon Hunters typically find someone who’s been tormented by demons in the past, recruit them and begin training them from that point on.

Diablo III will feature a new, more accessible skill tree as well as a new tab system that makes customization easier to work with.


Concept drawing of the new Demon Hunter class.

New attacks and techniques include a Raging Spear attack for the Barbarian, a Meteor attack for the Wizard, and a Spirit Walk technique for the Witch Doctor that allows players to walk around and through enemies, his body teleporting to the place his spirit traveled to.

A new Talisman system within the game serves as a dedicated inventory for your collected charms.


She’s badass, all right…

In Diablo III, collected charms are more focused on revising the player’s core attributes for your characters. Under Diablo II, this was more of a wild card system and there was no telling what abilities a charm would augment.

Players can now collect Skill Runes, which modify your character’s abilities. This has been intensely varied and per the last count, over 96 billion combinations were possible, some interesting variations occurring with the Witch Doctor’s spells, certain runes now allowing them to summon a rain of flaming toads as well as call forth a single giant toad, which will happily eat your opponents but leave the loot behind…


The Skeleton King has come for your soul.

Diablo III’s newly announced Battle Arenas will both act as a dedicated place for one-on-one duels as well as focused on team-based play.

With Battle Arenas, players will be able to take their main character (which they’ve no doubt leveled and upgraded a bit) into battle, the Battle.net system supporting matchmaking, custom games and progression-based rankings.


The Barbarian attacks with fire bats!

Developers stated that they’re aiming for a similar gameplay time as found in Diablo II while vying for a much more replayable experience.

Randomization is going to be key, and developers are currently designing an engine to add random events, random monster encounter and random level exits into the game.

Next up: StarCraft II and World: Cataclysm »


StarCraft II

 

The StarCraft II expansions will take longer than expected, developers citing the year between WarCraft 3 and its Frozen Throne expansion pack and commenting that this might take longer, as the team is adding in new art, mechanics and a detailed story line…


Currency earned from battle can be used to purchase upgrades in Blizzard DOTA.

Developers mentioned they were discussing a possible custom map store in the StarCraft II expansions.


Starjeweled mixes a Bejeweled-type battle into StarCraft II.

Final release dates were unavailable for Blizzard’s DotA, Aiur Chef, Left 2 Die, and Starjeweled custom games.

 

World of WarCraft: Cataclysm

 

Where the Cataclysm expansion pack is concerned, the changes caused by Cataclysm will be universal and seen across the board to the entire player base. Additional perks such as creating a Goblin or Worgen character, advancing to level 85 and being able to fly across the entirety of the game world will be limited to players with the expansion pack.

When the Cataclysm changeover (aka “the Shattering”) actually occurs, players’ characters will be placed in safe holding locations on the map. The developers are trying to shift this over as smoothly as possible over a couple of weeks.


Worgin vs. Goblin, the struggle of our time.

The starting zones have been redone across the board, players being able to take on new initial missions and experiences as they enter the game and begin building their characters.

Mounts will now be available at level 20.

Certain classes will be able to receive movement speed bonuses at level 12. Blizzard representatives also cited a focus in having quests require less travel and more convenient to complete (certain quests can now be turned in remotely from the field).


The Abyysal Seahorse mount in Vashj’ir.

Players will see a noticeable bump in Cataclysm’s graphics and audio. In one case, developers worked on a new water shader, allowing water to reflect everything as well as feature ripples and splashes. Polygon counts for models have also increased, boosting detail where they felt it was needed.

A new guild leveling system allows guilds to progress up to level 25, each level returning a perk. Bonuses are also awarded for speed, unlocking achievements as a guild (such as completing quests, killing bosses, winning Battlegrounds, etc.) An XP cap will also be installed limiting how much a guild can advance in a day, thereby ensuring that a larger guild doesn’t overpower a smaller guild.

Next up: BlizzCon 2010 Cosplay Gallery!
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Cosplay

 

Between the paid models and the enthusiastic fans, BlizzCon is a cavalcade of awesome costumes. Here are a few of our favorites:


En casa viendo como llueve en Miami Beach

Son las 17:20 de la tarde y esta lloviendo copiosamente sobre esta bendita ciudad:) y ahora me despido de mi querido blog creado con WordPress 2.0 maravillosa aplicacion desde cualquier dispositivo se puede correr desde month BB Curve, Android, Mackbookpro hasta mas tarde cuidense y usen preservativos;)))))

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Fresh Air

Visitors (2009) – Hong Sang-soo, Naomi Kawase, Lav Diaz

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Visitors (Jeonju Digital Project 2009)

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Director: Hong Sang-soo, Naomi Kawase, Lav Diaz
Writers: Hong Sang-soo, Naomi Kawase, Lav Diaz
Country: South Korea
Year: 2009
Runtime: 108 min.
Genre: Drama

Cast:Jung Yu-mi, Moon Sung-Kuen, Kazuki Kitamura, Yuko Nakamura, Kim Jinkyoung, Eun Heekyung, Dante Perez, Kristine Kintana,

SYNOPSIS
There are so many film festivals in Korea that it’s difficult to stand out. But the Jeonju International Film Festival has weathered the competition in the past decade, thanks to its unwavering focus on promising filmmakers and their digital projects.
In 2000, the festival introduced its first Digital Project as a core event, focusing on the future of digital movies. Since then, 27 filmmakers from around the world have joined the project, producing digital short films. What’s notable is the organizers’ attempt to broaden horizons, featuring European and African filmmakers in 2007 and 2008.
This year, however, the Jeonju Digital Project (“Visitors”) has returned to Asian filmmakers to celebrate its 10th anniversary.

Jeonju Digital Project 2009:
“Lost in the Mountains” is directed by Hong Sang-soo, “Koma” by Naomi Kawase and “Butterflies Have No Memories” by Lav Diaz

In the film “Koma”, Kawase explores the relationship between fragile and often tense history between Korea and Japan through the relationship that develops between a third generation Korean-Japanese man, who unexpectedly visits the small and quiet village of Koma, and a Japanese woman, a somewhat mysterious inhabitant of the village.
Korean director Hong’s “Lost in the Mountains” tells the story of a woman’s love-hate relationship with the people closest to her, including a friend, a teacher with whom she had an affair and her ex-boyfriend. It starts when she makes an impromptu visit to see her friend, who lives in Jeonju.
“Butterflies Have No Memories”, the film by the director Diaz, depicts the lives of the inhabitants of a remote island far from the Philippines who suffer economic difficulties after a gold mining company withdraws from the town. One day, a sudden visit by a Canadian woman born and raised on the island makes their already troubled lives even more complicated.

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