Friday, July 22, 2011

What if I had not been an engineer?

As human beings we are always wondering what if… whatever, what if we had took that other path or talked to the other woman? I always ask this to myself. Maybe because I’m a frustrated story teller or writer I like to think about different futures and now I’m asking myself what if I had not been an engineer.

I like to find patterns and solve mysteries. Since I was a child I loved to watch programs which main idea was to resolve enigmas. That was just a hobby, to try to resolve puzzles. The years came by and I decided to study engineering. But now, mostly when I’m trying to find myself inside engineering :P, sometimes I think about myself being a detective, solving mysteries. Finding patterns in order to get useful information and save people’s life. Maybe in other life…

Or probably I would have been a Psychologist, I love to hear people talking about themselves, about their lives and problems. I gave them advice and hope that tomorrow will be another day to start again. Maybe I would have been a good Psychologist.

But today I was watching “El secreto de sus ojos”, an Argentinian awarded movie, where the main character, a former detective, writes a novel based on his life and tries to change the end. He lost his beloved woman and 25 years after wants to change his life trying to write a novel of it with a different end. One day someone says to him: if you keep thinking about the past “You are going to have 1000 past and no future”. I’ve to start saying the same thing to myself.

Lately I was wondering about all the past that I would have, but no thought about my future crossed my mind. Now I’ve to think more about my future. And revive my passions, now I’m working on that. I’ve bought a new guitar, an electroacoustic one and I’m learning again how to play it :). And with this I’m realizing that the only way to find your future is to follow your passions. An talking about passions let me finish with the best description of a passion:


Tuesday, July 19, 2011

About movie finals

An excellent story has to have three parts: an introduction that gets you inside the idea, a development that takes you deeper and deeper inside the argument and a final that reveals everything and makes you take a position about the argument. Each one of this steps might be impressive in order to achieve perfection. And for me the last step should be amazing, not obvious and might leave you something.

Today I watched the last chapter of Harry Potter and the final was as expected, obvious. The good guy kills the bad guy and everybody lived happily ever after. It was like the end of the Lord of the Rings. I’ve to admit that I enjoyed some of the Harry Potter movies and the last year movie was quite impressive and left me sensation of wanting more. Afterwards I realized that probably the end will be predictable and that I had to lower my expectations. Indeed it was like I thought. But well now it is over and I can tell that I’ve seen the largest series of movies ever.

After I went out of the theatre I began to think about what make a movie perfect, not only great but outstanding. Despite of all the special effects, music, lights and action (and even beautiful women :P)  for me what makes a movie perfect is the position that you take after you watch it. Let me give you an example. Which was your thought after watching Matrix, Terminator 2 or Inception? Was that maybe there can be something out there or in our future that will guide our lives? or which was after Forrest Gump, Schindler's List, Das Leben der Anderen or Wall E? Mine was that everybody is special, smart and has a place in the world (if you save on life you save the world) These movies, just to mention a few, have given something to me, not only pure and banal entertainment. And Harry Potter was that, just entertainment, amazing of course.

For those who might think that Harry Potter was the best movie ever I highly recommend The Shawshank Redemption, it is one of the best movies ever for me (and for all the community in the most important movie web site, It has all the elements to be great and at the end probably a tear will fall from your head :) Meanwhile I will drink the last shot of Dominican rum and listen to Bossa Nova here in my lovely Bogotá while reading a nice book about education and innovation.

Monday, July 18, 2011

Radio Love

I’m a person who loves radio. I like it because you can hear and use your imagination to see the sounds. Most of the time I’m listening to it and now I have remembered that there is a lot of online radio stations with all the sounds I always wanted but never looked for. And today, after working and studying I wanted to change what I listen. So suddenly I remembered that iTunes has access to thousands of online radio stations.

Now I am astonished with the thousands of choices I have, now I’m hearing to some Celtic music and after that will be some Jazz. This music gives peace to my soul and maybe the kick I need to achieve the things that I’ve to do during this year. Hope you can find those radio station with which you can let your imagination fly :).