Saturday, November 20, 2010

Snuff and creation

¿What is more disgraceful: selling a deodorant by promising sex to the buyer or selling cigarettes by promising artistic inspiration1? Many things changed from 1948 to here.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Metropolis, a Peronist film

     I was forced by school reasons to see Metropolis, by Fritz Lang and Thea von Harbou. Forgive my prejudice, but I still can't believe a film so old is so great. The technical achievements are innumerable, and the plot unfolds at an excellent pace. ¡The dance and death scene, Mother of God, is so good! And Brigitte Helm is also very good, maybe too good1: it was not necessary to touch herself so much while preaching peace.
     I saw Eva Perón and the trailers of Bombita Rodríguez movies and I can state unequivocally that I had never seen a more Peronist film than Metropolis. More than anything because of the conciliatory moral, the demonization of the bourgeois oppressors, the hope in the young bourgeoisie and the demonization of the violent and easy to manipulate workers. Hardly anyone outside Argentina can understand how loving, sadistic, legendary and comical looks Perón from my eyes. Even more with the infamous fame the phrase Third Position has in the world. Oh, and Thea von Harbou was Nazi.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Keys to the easy life

     It seems appropriate that I, having a very useful and practical information, should share it with the world. They're a couple of very simple to abide basic rules that guarantee an easy life. I tried them myself, kind of, and attest that they work. I list them below in no particular order:
1. Complacency: Where your dreams and ideals come into conflict with the moral standards of common sense or the people around you, ignore the dreams and the ideals. Do not follow the desired course and under no circumstance confronte with authority.
2. Indecision: Relegate important decisions on others and do not object them. Learn their correctness and incorrectness criteria for later and automatic use in small daily decisions that can not be consulted.
3. Sublimation: Practice one or more activities that function as depositories of the anger and depression arising from the easy lifestyle, to stay sane and not disturbing peace.
4. Discrimination: Point at the people who do not respect these rules and make fun of them, to convince them to obey or to convince the obedient ones not to disobey.
Warning: Easy life is guaranteed, happiness may not happen.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Bicós ai biliv ai can

     I'm sleepy. Thirty-nine hours awake by now. If I start talking nonsense let me know: I don't drink, so drowsiness is the only opportunity I have to say nonsenses. Well, to say nonsenses deliberately, because I always talk nonsense, but usually because before saying it I feel it is pure genius.
     ¿You know what I thought? I should make a parallel version of my Notepad, all in English. I guess that would expand a little the readership. But it would also feel like betraying Spanish, which is the most beautiful language in the world, mostly because the best thing of all time was created with it.
     Well, anyway, if you don't like the idea you better start complaining because the thing is already done and is called A sort of notepad (and you are actually reading it right now). Come on, it'll be me, a crapy translator and my desire to test my language skills. Basically I won't expand any content, I'll translate the entries done from now on (leaving untranslated the opening question and exclamation marks, because I'm a rebel), and perhaps some older entries as well. But I doubt it. The only thing I might add will be some translation notes at the untranslatable puns and other situations that require specific clarification. And here I stop, before I fall asleep in the middle of a sentence.