Archives for the month of: December, 2012


Another year is about to end, and we are already excited about the new one that is about to begin. New beginings, new goals, new opportunities. You probably have already imagined yourself healthier, thiner, running marathons, having more success at work, earning more money, enjoying life more. That’s all perfect, for if you are to accomplish anything you have to imagine it first.
But know that most people are good at begining new projects, but only few are good at following through, and even less at finishing. Try to see if your new goals look a lot like your old goals, from the year that ends, or even for the previous ones. If they do, then you have a low chance of accomplishing any of them next year.
So, before you start making castles in the air, you should star by doing a real down to earth assesment of this year. Grab pencil and paper, and do this:
  • Take a sheet of paper and divide it in half making two vertical columns. In the left column write all you accomplished this year, even the smallest achievements. It could be things you are proud of, or simple tasks that got you to where you are. In the right column write all things you should have accomplished but didn’t. Which list is lengthier?
  • Grab another piece of paper and divide it in half. In the left columns write your 10 biggest and most important strengths, the ones that will help you succeed in the future. In the left column write your 5 biggest weaknesses, the ones that will be a threat to your new plans. Now, turn the paper and on the back write everything you have to do to minimize your weaknesses.
  • Take a third piece of paper and divide it in 6 parts, and name each one as follows:
  1. Health,
  2. Work,
  3. Finances,
  4. Family/Friends,
  5. Personal Growth/Learning,
  6. Life.
  • Write down one or two things you would like to accomplish in each area next year, or in the following ones. Don’t worry if you let one category blank, you can even rename the categories, after all it is your life. Look them over, study them, and then, choose only two, three at the most.
  • Now take all three pieces of paper and lay the in front of you. Crossreference your successes and failures with your strengths and weaknesses, and proyect your thoughts toward your most important goals.
  • Now you are ready. Take a new sheet of paper and start your planning your future success from scratch. Don’t try to accomplish many things at once, it is better to finish one small taks than leaving many halfway. The excitment that comes from accomplishment will give you the energy you need to continue succeeding.

“When you have a dream you’ve got to grab it and never let go.”  – Carol Burnett

I wish you a happy and very successful 2013.

365 oportunidades


– What will the new year bring?

– 365 opportunities.


Click on the image to see Feliz Navidad – North Point Music

Oldie but current, and special for the holiday season, and, it would make Steve Jobs proud, wherever he is.

North Point Music is a group that plays contemporary christian music. Click here to learn more about North Poin Music.


calendario maya

The Mayans made a calendar some hundreds of years ago, one that ends on December 21, 2012. For many years people have dedicated a great amount of time trying to figure out just what they meant by this. Some say that the Mayans predicted the world would end on this day, and even have imagined visions of tragic natural catastrophes and alien invasions. Others say that the Mayans did not predict the end of the world, they simply couldn’t fit more days in their circular calendar. Some others think they meant it as a joke, imagining how we would obsess about it (and they were kind of right). I guess we will soon find out.

As for me, I really hope the world ends today, nothing would make me happier. I mean, after thousands of years of human existence and we are still killing each other over dirt and stones and oil. Nations go to war in the name of the same God that has different names. There’s never been a time when there is so much difference between rich and poor, and we keep trying to destroy the balance of nature as if our lives did not depended on it. I mean, how long can we keep on going like this, how long should we.

Now, the really exciting thing for me is thinking about the new world we can start on December 22. If the old world is dead, then we can be free to imagine exactly how we want the new one to be. It could be one where we are all equal, regardless of your race or how much money you have, one where the poor could have some dignity and the rich don’t have to lose theirs in order to get richer, one where everyone eats every day, one where we are actually grateful for our differences, one where we respect women and children and nature, one where we understand we leave this world with nothing but our experiences, one where we realize we are meant to be happy and that we can only be happy by giving love.

Yes. I hope the world ends today, and if it doesn’t, then we should definitely end it. And then we can start over tomorrow, but this time let’s make it right, the way it should have been from the beginning. We can do it if we all do our part, don’t underestimate the effect we can achieve with small acts of kindness. Our seemingly little efforts will add up.

In the meantime, tonight I’m having an End of the World Party.

Happy New World!!

cant fail

It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not lived at all. In which case, you’ve failed by default.

mike evans smoking images

Two questions:

Have you made your New Year Resolutions?

Do you smoke?

If you answered YES to both questions, you have found a great goal. Here is some information that will help you.

Smokers say that smoking sooths them, relaxes them, reduces stress, helps them focus, opens their mind. All this is true, but only for the wrong reasons. Let me explain.

One of cigarret’s ingredientes is nicotine. Nicotine is highly adictive. Nicotine is absorved by the lungs into the bloodstream, and reaches the brain only in a few seconds causing a temporary high, a sense of pleasure. With time, this sense of pleasure becomes the norm, and now the moments that you are not smoking cause a temporary down, a sense of sadness and stress. So, the next cigarret relieves you from your stress, not from your daily strees, but from the stress caused by not smoking. When you started, smoking cuased happiness, now smoking is the new norm and not smoking causes sadness and stress.

The relaxation and mental clarity come not only from the nicotine, but also from oxigenation. When you inhale, you not only inhale tobacco, but also inhale air and oxigen, which makes you feel good and alert. You could have most of the effect you get from smoking by breathing deeply and filling your body with oxigen. The sense of happiness that nicotine causes in the brain is very similar to the one caused by hormones that are naturally produce by your body, specially when you excercise, and you could get the same results just by walking 30 minutes each day. Yoga is a good excercise that focuses on breathing, and can produce better results than smoking.

Another ingredient of tobacco is tar. Tar, among other things, cuases cancer and respiratory problems, which in turn makes excercising difficult. I think that the possibility of getting cancer and respiratory problems is itself a cuase of stress, the same stress that you are trying to get rid of by smoking.

So, if you smoke, all these things may be a good reason to make quiting your goal for 2013.

You don’t smoke? How about making helping a loved one quit? Even if they don’t ask for your help, even if they don’t want your help, even if they temporarily hate you for helping them live a better life.

I found this video from Dr. Mike Evans (click here to watch it), this time talking about the effects of smoking and the mechanics of quiting. His videos are very educative and interesting (if you want to see the one I posted about excercising click here). I hope you enjoy it.



(Don’t give up, nothing is impossible)

So many of our dreams at first seem impossible, then they seem improbable, and then, when we summon the will, they soon become inevitable.


Click on the image to watch Everybody and Peace on Earth

Raúl Midón (born March 14, 1966) is a singer-songwriter and guitarist from New Mexico, based in New York City. He combines his distinct voice, strumming, beats, and vocal mouth trumpet sounds to create a one-man performance. His unique style shows influence of virtually every musical genre which came before him, including jazz, blues, R&B, and folk. Midón is blind from infancy.

Midón was born prematurely in a rural hospital in Embudo, New Mexico, to parents of Argentine and African American descent. His father was a folkloric dancer from Argentina. Midón and his twin brother Marco (now a NASA engineer) were blinded as infants after spending time in an incubator without adequate eye protection. The sounds of music became integral to Midón’s life around age 4, when his father introduced him to the drum. Midón became an avid music lover and learned how to play the guitar while performing in rigorous educational programs, first at a school for the blind and then at an elite Santa Fe academy while completing his last two years of high school. Midón then attended the University of Miami, which he selected for its prestigious jazz curriculum. He graduated from the University of Miami in 1990. In 2008 he purchased a home in Maryland and currently resides there.

Click here to learn more about Raúl Midón

amos winter champion-for-the-disabled

Click on the image to see the TED Talk of the Month – Amos Winter

Amazing and inspiring!

Amos Winter is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at MIT. He is the Director of the Global Engineering and Research (GEAR) Lab, which focuses on the marriage of mechanical design theory and user-centered product design to create simple, elegant technological solutions for use in highly constrained environments. His research interests include design for emerging markets and developing countries, biomimetic design, fluid/solid/granular mechanics, biomechanics, and the design of ocean systems. Prof. Winter is the principal inventor of the Leveraged Freedom Chair (LFC), an all-terrain wheelchair designed for developing countries that was a winner of a 2010 R&D 100 award and was named one of the Wall Street Journal’s top innovations in 2011. His Ph.D. work focused on adapting the burrowing mechanisms of razor clams to create compact, low power, and reversible burrowing systems for subsea applications such as anchoring, oil recovery, and cable installation. Prof. Winter is a founder of Global Research Innovation and Technology (GRIT). He was the recipient of the 2010 Tufts University Young Alumni Distinguished Achievement Award, the 2010 MIT School of Engineering Graduate Student Extraordinary Teaching and Mentoring Award, and the 2012 ASME/Pi Tau Sigma Gold Medal.

Click here to visit Amos’ website at

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Click on the image to see Tamacun – Rodrigro y Gabriela

Rodrigo y Gabriela (Rodrigo and Gabriela), also known as “Rod y Gab”, are a Mexican musical duo who specialize in playing fast, rhythmic acoustic guitars.

The musicians gained a reputation by playing on the streets of Dublin, Ireland, and despite their unusual style, gained a cult following. Reviewing one of their gigs, The Independent notes that “Rodrigo y Gabriela’s secret is maybe quite simple. They are resourceful musicians, and are open-hearted, happy entertainers. That, very often, is what people want.”[1] Both live a vegan lifestyle and support animal rights.[2] They regularly dismiss being classified in a particular genre of music, preferring to say they play a fusion of many influences.

Rodrigo y Gabriela have sold in excess of 1.2 million albums, earlier this year[specify] they collaborated with Hans Zimmer on ‘Pirates Of The Caribbean: On Stranger Tides’ while also contributing to the soundtrack for ‘Shrek’ sequel ‘Puss in Boots’.

Both Rodrigo and Gabriela play Yamaha NX series electro nylon string guitars exclusively. Rodrigo plays the slimmer neck NTX1200 and Gabriela plays the more traditional sized NCX2000 and NCX1200.

The duo met in Mexico City while playing in a thrash metal band called “Tierra Ácida.” Growing frustrated with the limited scope of the domestic music scene, they moved to Europe, where they were well received.

They took up residence in Dublin, Ireland, after hearing it was particularly welcoming to travelling musicians. Playing live gigs in various pubs and busking on Grafton Street allowed them to practice their sound. They received their break by opening for artists like Damien Rice and David Gray. In 2002 they released a demo called re-Foc and started touring extensively in festivals around the United Kingdom and beyond.

The self-titled album, Rodrigo y Gabriela, entered the Irish Albums Chart at #1 beating Arctic Monkeys and Johnny Cash to the top spot.[3] It was released internationally on March 13, 2006, having been given an earlier Irish release. Rodrigo y Gabriela, which was produced by John Leckie, includes covers of Led Zeppelin‘s “Stairway to Heaven” and Metallica‘s “Orion”. The duo lists Metallica as being among their key influence, alongside other heavy metal bands such as Megadeth, Slayer, Testament and Overkill. The other tracks are original works inspired by the places they have been and the people they have met.

The duo had their national American TV debut on Late Show with David Letterman on December 18 2006, performing Diablo Rojo.

Click here to read more about Rodrigo y Gabriela

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