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Beats (2019)


Beats, based on Kieran Hurley’s play; of the same name, and Co-written and directed by Brian Welsh (Black Mirror: The Entire History of You) tells the story of two teenagers living in the mid ’90s in a poor suburb of Scotland. On the surface the plot is reminencent of 2007’s Superbad: ackward teenagers attempting to make it to a party while facing lot of logisticla and humours obstacles. However, just few minutes in, the film unfolds to a graceful coming-of-age story that has lot of fun scenes that mix with the sad realization that these friends are growing apart by the circumstances surrouding them.

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Writing

El amor en los tiempos del machismo

Las malas costumbres de la sociedad que hasta hoy en día siguen siendo injusta con las mujeres perpetua una idea errónea de ellas al representarlas únicamente como estereotípicas madres, solteras, viudas, sentimentales, etc. Incluso el simple echo de ver a las mujeres como personas ‘difíciles de entender’ es dañino ya que repercute en la mente de toda una población. Yo que me considero una persona progresiva pensé que bien sabía de estas obvias, y no tan obvias, maneras en las que la sociedad siempre a puesto a las mujeres en desventaja. Pero, para mi desconcierto, y después de conocer y conversar con mujeres feministas, empecé a entender que yo y toda mis ideas (que me hacías sentir progresivo) no llegaban a ser más que un pobre vistazo a un problema aún más grande. Una de esas mujeres es Rachel, una lectora voraz y de una inteligencia enciclopédica, algo que se hace evidente cuando conversas con ella por esa sencillez sin pretensiones con la que dice las cosas. En los mejores momentos de nuestras conversaciones me da la impresión de que todo lo a medido antes de decirlo, desde nuestras primeras charlas me asombro esa sencillez con la que se expresa. Yo que complicó hasta las cosas más simples veía en su forma de hablar una destreza admirable. Después de muchas conversaciones con ella descubrí que no me había dado cuenta hasta qué punto yo mismo, a pesar de todas mis buenas intenciones, también soy un buen ejemplo de esta sociedad que es injusta con las mujeres. Lo digo porque por momentos yo continuo acarreando, por puro hábito, las actitudes sexistas de esta sociedad. 

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Puerto Rico

My visit to Puerto Rico, was motivated mostly because it was my anniversary and for the love that my girlfriend and I share for the music that comes out of this island; but at the end this trip was memorable because of the sheer beauty of the place. Also how can I not mentioned Reggaeton. Being home to Reggaeton, a genre I saw taking off before my eyes and then becoming this sound that reached the whole world, that music that was the soundtrack of my teenager days was the first genre I felt I could identify with, so; yes, Reggaeton was a another big reason I felt allured by this place.

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School project

Reflexion acerca de El otoño del patriarca

Para Gabriel Garcia Marqués sus cuentos eran un tipo de ejercicio literario, es por esto que la impresión que nos deja el leer una novela y un cuento de este escritor es distinta.  A diferencia de sus cuentos, en las novelas la narración se expande y se expresa en total plenitud. En ellas hay una clara historia que se abre y cierra, y esto es evidente en los finales de las novelas de este autor, en sus fianales no hay ambigüedad o espacios para dudas; lo que no siempre sucede en alguno de sus cuentos. Las novelas de Garcia Marquez terminan con mucho mas intención y es esta precisión lo que se puede esperar en El otoño del patriarca. En muchas maneras esta novela es tambien una interpretacion de la historia, ya que la historia es uno de sus aspectos mas importantes. Pero todo no termina ahi, esta novela esta llena de excesos: el primero es la manera en que se escribe esta novela; de una manera muy pero muy densa y casi sin ningun punto o coma, luego la conocida exageracion del autor llega a sus limites, el personaje pricipal no solo esta aquejado por un monton de plagas pero tambien tiene rasgos de animales y tiene un poder que mas alla de politico se asemeja al de un dios.

Desde un comienzo a la historia (la de aspecto académico) se la vuelve a interpretar y a mi parecer se le hace justicia. La historia que esta novela nos muestra es mas convincente que la contada oficialmente. Lo es por que es la versión vivida por el protagonista: el pueblo y el dictador. Por ejemplo en la novela uno ve a la patria de este dictador; Patricio Aragonés, en ruinas y luego vemos como se la vende a los extranjeros. Vemos como el ejercicio del poder no solo llena de gloria pero también confunde y condena al dictador. La llegada al poder de los dictadores y su asentamiento en el poder, que parese eterno, es una historia universal que pasa y sigue pasando hasta hoy en dia en America Latina y en todos lados. Las persona que toman mando, son personas que  ante la población, se convierten en mas espectáculo que en progreso.

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Creative life

The Autumn of the Patriarch

El otoño del patriarca by Gabriel Garcí­a Márquez  My rating: 5 of 5 stars

In this novel, as in most of Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s work, history is at the center of the story,  The Autumn of the Patriarch takes us trough the history of a whole continent through one character. Very different from any of his other work, this book is unlike anything he has written because if his collections of short stories feel as if they were literary exercises, his novels express themselves with narratives full intention, in them there is a clear story that opens and closes itself. So, after finishing one of his novels there is no traces of ambiguity or spaces for doubt, something that doesn’t always happen in the short stories.

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Creative life News

Making Few Stops In Bolivia

These past holidays I had planned to go to Machu Picchu, I thought since I am going to be in Santa Cruz, Bolivia, why not take a bus to La Paz; and then another one to Puno, Peru, and so on. Omitting my own land I felt a bit guilty. But, suddenly my travel time had to be cut in half, and thanks to this change of plan; and itinerary, I saw the opportunity to stay in the road and visit other places in Bolivia. When this chance showed up, I thought of places I grew up seeing in books, and places I had always heard of.


It turned out to be the most gratifying experiences I had during this trip. One thing is to travel and wonder about the costumes in a new country, the new landscapes, the new faces and all those things that put you out of your element, and yet make you feel like you need to do that very thing more often. To travel. But it’s a completely new feeling to visit the familiar and find yourself just as intrigued by it. This ought to be something close to being home sick, but I never had been to any of these places. The only way I can explain it is that before, I only ‘liked’ the idea of some time visiting the ruins in Tiwanaku or walking in the salt flat, but I ‘only’ liked those ideas because I was born in Bolivia and these places were always close by. They never felt so alluring as seeing some foreign land that is far away. Today, living in another country I get to feel like an outsider and I see Bolivia with the same allure. While in Bolivia, landing in the airports and arriving in those buses terminals did not make me feel like a tourist, instead, I felt welcomed and happy to blend in. I felt home.

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Creative life News

Summer Gigs

This summer the idea of start looking for a job  was sort of uncomfortable. It was not too excited about looking for a new job because despite of the gratitude I have towards my first graphic design job; which was just this past summer. The experience was not what I expected, and yes; it was a rewarding experience, rewarding in the sense that it helped me grow, thought me how to be more marketable, and I gained a lot organization skills. However, It was not creatively fulfilling. That is one thing, but another factor was that the abundant of work that school gave me, had left me with no time to actually start applying for jobs, I did not wanted to just apply anywhere. So I really wanted to research the places I was going to apply for. In my head I had planned to search for studios with a culture around their work.


Este verano la idea de buscar un nuevo trabajo era algo incomoda. No estaba tan alegre de tener que buscar un nuevo trabajo, apesar de la gratitud que le tengo a mi primer trabajo como diseñador, el cual no fue ase mucho tiempo; apenas este verano pasado. La experience de mi primer trabajo no fue la que esperaba, y si, fue agradable y constructiva porque me enseño como presentar mi trabajo de una mejor manera, aprendi a ser mas organizado, y demas. Sin embargo, no fue creativamente gratificante. Por una parte,  y la otra razón fue el montón trabajo que me dieron las clases, este semestre que paso, me dejaron sin energía o tiempo para empezar a buscar trabajos. No quería aplicar para empleos en cualquier lugar, entonces, quería realmente investigar y aprender mas de los lugares en los que quisiera buscar trabajo. En mi mente tenia planeado buscar agencias y estudios que tenga una cultura alrededor de su forma de trabajo.

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Creative life Illustration News

Thank you card

The day before graduation I spent all day finishing an idea that I had come up with a long ago. I wanted to make a thank you card for my class. Unfortunately, I had not put too much time on the card until that day. Months before I had written the thank you note, made some sketches, and finished some of the illustration in the computer.

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News School project

Finals and graduation week

All these awesome people, they are the best part of my school experience. The photos turned out great! I love them all. The black and white setting in my camera was something I wanted to try but I had not gotten a chance to really capture something important, and graduation was the best opportunity I have had so far. Black and white photography just adds this layer of communication that enhances the subtle signs, a layer that color photography does not always have. Either this is because, the elegance of the monotone or the way in which the excessive color-punches seem to be iron out of the image. A black and white photo just highlights the moment’s atmosphere.

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Creative life News School project

Print & Digital Publication

My thesis project is finally coming to an end. I only have one more week of classes and the printed version of my thesis is done, now I had turned the publication into a DPS, this is an acronym for the adobe products pack named: digital publication suite. This is the last assignment I have to do for school and I could not help but to think of that while I was completing it. Who has not thought of that time when your last-last assignment is complete. when all the assignments are over and is time to say I am done with school.


I know I did couple times, but this does not mean I disliked my assignments, I might have disliked something here and there, but thanks to them I put long days of work and also fun days of work. I enjoyed most of them because they gave me reasons to come to school and ask for feedback, troubleshoot problems, and spend time with my friends all at the same time. How can I not think about it, the fact that I am graduating  it did not happened just by chance. All these past years I saw myself, and my friends, putting hours and hours of work into school projects like this, so that I see this last assignment with a bitter-sweet feeling.