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How I'm Feeling Now - Charli XCX

Hasta el año pasado Charli XCX tardó seis años en sacar su tercer disco. Su cuarta producción la lanzó esta cuarentena. Entre un álbum y otro pasaron unos cuantos meses. 

Link: Charli XCX Captures the Weird Intimacy of Quarantine

Jack Kerouac, inédito

Esta es una serie fotográfica poco conocida del escritor Jack Kerouac. El fotógrafo a cargo fue Burt Goldblatt, diseñador de varias portadas de álbumes muy influyentes en el jazz como Billie Holiday, Charles Mingus, y otros. Circa 1959. Rarely seen color photographs of Jack Kerouac, by Burt Goldblatt, designer of many influential jazz album covers by Billie Holiday, Charles Mingus, and others. Circa 1959.— Steve Silberman (@stevesilberman) May 21, 2020

El grito de Munch se diluye

Algo que Edvard Munch no consideró para su famosa pintura de El Grito fue conseguir pigmentos de mayor calidad. Un siglo después el público ha ido diluyendo la pintura con su propia respiración. 
“It turned out that rather than use pure cadmium sulphide as he should have done, apparently he also used a dirty version, a not very clean version that contained chlorides,” Koen Janssens, a professor at the University of Antwerp who worked on the study, told the Guardian. “I don’t think it was an intentional use–I think he just bought a not very high level of paint. This is 1910 and at that point the chemical industry producing the chemical pigments is there but it doesn’t mean they have the quality control of today.”

Link: Munch’s ‘Scream’ Is Fading Because of Viewers’ Breath, New Study Finds

La diferencia que hace un millón de N95

En una pandemia, la cifra debe ronda el billón de piezas. 
On April 2, the New England Patriots’ team plane left China with mundane but suddenly precious cargo: 1.2 million N95 respirators, a critical type of mask that protects health-care workers treating patients who have infectious diseases.
Was that a big stash?
In normal, pre-covid-19 times, the answer would be yes. Most hospitals buy just a few thousand N95s per year, according to a company that negotiates purchasing contracts.
In the frenzied weeks of March and April, when the trickle of covid-19 patients suddenly grew into a deluge, the answer was a hard no. Health and Human Services Assistant Secretary Robert Kadlec had testified in February that the United States would need 3.5 billion N95s in a serious pandemic.
By March, hospitals in areas with large outbreaks reported burning through the one-time-use masks at up to 10 times their normal rates.
Now in mid-May, as emergency supply lines have begun to kick in and reuse of hospital…

El telescopio Hubble y sus imágenes

Hay un nuevo libro por la editorial Taschen sobre el telescopio Hubble, que este 2020 cumple 30 años en funcionamiento. 
Launched in April 1990, the telescope sits above the Earth’s rainclouds and polluted skies, which allows it to capture an unobstructed view of distant stars, galaxies, and planets that make up the rich tapestry of our solar system. Alongside the arresting images, the book features texts that unravel some of the most compelling questions of space and time, including words by photography critic Owen Edwards, Hubble astronauts Charles F. Bolden, Jr., John Mace Grunsfeld, and Zoltan Levay.
La publicación, titulada Expanding Universe: The Hubble Space Telescope, cuenta con 30 imágenes inéditas.

Link: Explore 30 Years of Arresting Images Captured by the Hubble Space Telescope in a New Book

Creatividad en la edad de la cuarentena

Empecé leyendo esto como una pieza suelta de la actriz Julia Fox pero terminé toda la serie. 
One night, “I saw a bunch of guys trying to break into an ATM,” she says. “I was like, ‘Wow, this is really fucking anarchy. No one gives a fuck.’ So every time I go out, I bring my mace with me.”
Link: Creativity in the Time of Quarantine

La explosión del Monte Saint Helens, 40 años después

En Twitter hay un breve hilo sobre la explosión del monte Santa Helena, ocurrida hace 40 años. 
Este monte se encuentra ubicado en el estado de Washington, en el Pacífico Noroeste de Estados Unidos.
40 years ago, May 18th 1980. Mt. Saint Helens erupted, and NOAA's GOES-3 visible captured it.— BJ Marraccini (@bjmarra) May 18, 2020

Olas en acuario virtual de Seúl

Designed by District, the elevated tank is actually a massive anamorphic illusion. The digital media company created the public project utilizing the world’s largest advertising screen that spans 80.1 x 20.1 meters. As shown in the video, the deceptive aquarium looms over the outdoor area and splashes repeatedly into the side.

Link: A Massive Wave Crashes in a Seoul Aquarium as Part of the World’s Largest Anamorphic Illusion

New blog post

"Of Apathy & Absence"
Like the summer of 1977, the election was our Star Wars, Obama was our New Hope. Practically all my friends and neighbors could talk about was  CHANGE - that was our drop into hyperspace.  The optimism had faded into something less exuberant, more realistic, by 2012, and honestly I don’t remember anything about that vote, although again, I know I voted - I know because I was afraid Mittens would win. And by afraid, I mean worried. 2016 was the first election in my life in which I was physically afraid.

Link: Of Apathy & Absence

La vida que florece sin el Sol

La fotosíntesis es extremadamente sencilla y eficiente. No obstante, también existe la vida dependiente de la radiolisis.
That is, it’s possible that life might have gotten its start on the surface of the Earth, where it found creative ways to survive and spread, including to deeper environments. But it’s also possible that life began underground, at some fortuitous juncture between rock and water — eventually also making its way to the surface and figuring out how to harness the sun’s energy. (On that note, photosynthesis-dependent surface life and radiolysis-dependent subsurface life have so far been found to have an ancient, shared ancestry — but some researchers are intrigued by the possibility that life could have evolved more than once on Earth, in a “second genesis.”)

Link: Inside Deep Undersea Rocks, Life Thrives Without the Sun


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Guía para comer sano

Cada uno de los siguientes puntos tiene una explicación más amplia en el artículo:
• No hay una dieta perfecta. • Come más frutas y vegetales • Ingiere suficiente proteína • Menos azúcar y alimentos procesados • Simplifica el proceso de comer sano • Solo cuenta las calorías si realmente quieres o necesitas hacerlo • No cambies todo a la vez

Link: How to Eat Healthy

Historias de sexo en cuarentena

Dos cosas que he sacado de esta cuarentena ha sido que obtuve mi cuenta verificada en Tinder; lo otro, es una situación muy sexosa.
En Jezebel recopilan una serie de relatos de lo que han arriesgado algunos por sexo durante esta cuarentena. 
He was extremely nervous, but not about Covid. He talked a lot about his ex girlfriend, who apparently moved out/left him after 3 years while he was out of town one weekend. Like, she just left him a note saying “we’re over and you’ll never see me again.”
I felt sorry for him, but also wondered why she felt she had to do it that way; was he fucked up or abusive or something? We had sex a couple times, and it was fine. I didn’t get off. He kept saying “fucking goddamn you, [name]” while he was fucking me, which I didn’t really understand. I got my period immediately after our second session, and I didn’t have a tampon, so he drove me home. The next day, I asked him if he was down to hang out again later in the week, and he responded by saying he was f…

Nuevos newsletters

you have to understand that i am going to just write absolutely random shit that doesn’t mean anything in a spirit of total self-amusement.
Link: Newsletter de Paul Ford


“I would rather be with the people of this town than with the finest people in the world.”

Fred Willard, RIP.
Link: Twitter

Los rusos son mexicanos

Esto podría ser México.
Russians are running out of money after six weeks of lockdown and minimal government support, adding to pressure that pushed President Vladimir Putin to start reopening the economy even as total infections surged to the second-highest in the world. Almost half of Russians have either no savings or just enough to cover them for four weeks, according to a new survey.

Link: Russians Struggling to Survive Add Pressure to End Lockdown

Bad Bunny en Rolling Stone

Esta entrevista me pone en conflicto al pensar que Bad Bunny estar genderfucking al reggeatón. 
It’s no coincidence that Bad Bunny’s Latin-pop revolution has dovetailed with a time of upheaval across Latin America — where women rally against rampant femicide; where LGBTQ people combat hate by upping their visibility in pop culture and the streets; and where people of all stripes challenge emboldened, authoritarian politicians and their cronies. As Latinos, Latinas, and those in between fight for a much freer society, Bad Bunny is writing songs to light their path. And if being cooped up during a pandemic has any benefit, it’s that he finally has the time to process all of it.

También esta intranquilidad me viene luego de ver el argumento del reggeatón dentro del feminismo en la película de Ema (2009).
Link: How does a Latin-pop superstar spend lockdown? Hanging out with his girlfriend, watching 'Toy Story' and surprising the world


Clima mediterráneo en la Sierra de Chihuahua.

Link: JetStream Max: Addition Köppen-Geiger Climate Subdivisions

Entrevista Robert Pattison

Esta entrevista a Robert Pattison es como ver un choque de trenes. En un momento, Pattison está a punto de incendiar su cocina. 
También aborda su transición de películas como Twilight, pasando por aquellas con Juliette Binoche, a la esperadísima Tenet (2020) y Batman (2021), esperadísima por mí.
Link: Robert Pattinson: A Dispatch From Isolation

Propagan políticas migratorias de Trump virus por Centroamérica

En una conversación sin fines periodísticos, un funcionario estatal me comentó de este escenario para México, y en específico para Ciudad Juárez.
In mid-April, the authorities said that seventy-four cases had originated from just two deportation flights. U.S. officials considered this an exaggeration, and sent scientists from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to conduct tests. Those results confirmed the Guatemalan government’s analysis: when twelve deportees were selected at random, they all tested positive. By the end of the month, roughly twenty per cent of the nearly seven hundred confirmed cases of covid-19 in Guatemala were people who had been deported from the U.S. “We must not stigmatize,” Monroy said. “But I have to speak clearly. The arrival of deportees who have tested positive has really increased the number of cases.” The United States, he added, had become “the Wuhan of the Americas.”

Link: The Trump Administration’s Deportation Policy Is Spreading the Coronav…

Gana batalla a coronavirus tras internamiento de 64 días

El sistema inmune de Gregg Garfield se lo estaba comiendo vivo.
Gregg Garfield was in the hospital due to coronavirus for 64 days. For 31 of those days, he was on a ventilator.
Garfield, 54, was "patient zero" at Providence St. Joseph Medical Center in Burbank, California, about 10 miles north of Los Angeles. He had a 1% chance of survival. And he beat the odds, leaving the hospital on Friday.
He became ill and was hospitalized after a February trip to northern Italy — an early source of coronavirus infections — with a dozen of his friends.
"The disease kicked off, and my immune system just ate me alive,” Garfield told KCAL-TV in Los Angeles.

Link: California man with 1% chance of survival released from hospital after two-month COVID-19 battle

Este es el último Blockbuster en pie, sobreviviendo pandemias

Mi primer trabajo fue en un video, a finales de los noventas. 
The store hasn't just outlasted its contemporaries, survived the threats of streaming services and an ongoing international pandemic, it's also recently stretched its lifespan past that of its local DVD distributor. Now, when Blockbuster's longtime general manager Sandi Harding wants to add new releases to the store's shelves, she has to go out and buy them herself.

Link: The World's Last Blockbuster Remains Open, Pandemic and Netflix Be Damned

Refinan arsenal de tratamientos vs Covid-19

En ocasiones, los pacientes infectados por el coronavirus llegan a estar internados hasta por seis semanas.
Now, for the first time since a wave of patients flooded their emergency rooms in March, Pascual and others on the front lines are expressing a feeling they say they haven’t felt in a long time — glimmers of hope. They say they have devised a toolbox, albeit a limited and imperfect one, of drugs and therapies many believe give today’s patients a better shot at survival than those who came only a few weeks before.
To be clear, these are not therapies proved to kill or stop the virus. They range from protocols to diagnose and treat dangerous, but sometimes invisible, breathing problems that can be an early warning of covid-19 in some people, to efforts to reduce the illness’s severity or length. At this stage, they are still experimental approaches by doctors desperate to find ways to help gravely ill people and throwing everything they can think of at the problem.
One challenge…

Deja coronavirus secuelas graves en salud: reporte

Funcionarios de Salud en el Reino Unido califican al covid-19 como el "polio de esta generación".
More than one million people around the world have been deemed recovered from the coronavirus, but beating the initial sickness may be just the first of many battles for those who have survived.
Some recovered patients report breathlessness, fatigue and body pain months after first becoming infected. Small-scale studies conducted in Hong Kong and Wuhan, China show that survivors grapple with poorer functioning in their lungs, heart and liver. And that may be the tip of the iceberg.
The coronavirus is now known to attack many parts of the body beyond the respiratory system, causing damage from the eyeballs to the toes, the gut to the kidneys. Patients’ immune systems can go into overdrive to fight off the infection, compounding the damage done.
The prospect led Nicholas Hart, the British physician who treated Prime Minister Boris Johnson, to call the virus “this generation’s pol…

Watching: Ema (2019)

‘La ronda de noche’ de Rembrandt en alta resolución

El Museo Nacional de Ámsterdam dio a conocer la fotografía más grande y detallada de "La ronda de noche", pintura del maestro holandés Rembrandt, en la página web de la institución, imagen que permitirá ampliarse para descubrir pinceladas individuales e incluso partículas de pigmento en la pintura de la obra.
The Rijksmuseum’s imaging team led by datascientist Robert Erdmann made this photograph of The Night Watch from a total of 528 exposures. The 24 rows of 22 pictures were stitched together digitally with the aid of neural networks. The final image is made up of 44.8 gigapixels (44,804,687,500 pixels), and the distance between each pixel is 20 micrometres (0.02 mm). This enables the scientists to study the painting in detail remotely. The image will also be used to accurately track any future ageing processes taking place in the painting.

Link: ‘La ronda de noche’ de Rembrandt(vía Kottke)

Laboratorio veterinario, el mejor punto para procesar pruebas de Covid-19

Inside the brick lab, Jerry Ritchey, a veterinary pathologist who was interim director at the time, was thinking about numbers. The tests would be run in the molecular diagnostics section headed by Ramachandran, which already had FDA-approved machines capable of running up to 2,000 coronavirus tests a day.
“Previously it was used for animals, and now it’s being used for a different kind of animal,” Ritchey said. “A coronavirus at the end of a nasal swab, it doesn’t really matter if it came from a cow, a pig or a person — it’s going to be tested the exact same way.”

Link: This veterinary lab is the linchpin in one state’s coronavirus testing approach

It Was Good Until It Wasn’t - Kehlani

El disco de Kehlani It Was Good Until It Wasn’t fue el que más disfruté de los nuevos lanzamientos surgidos durante el fin de semana.
The singer grew up in the social media age. She’s incredibly aware of how all her actions — what she says, does, likes, wears, whom she dates, befriends, and tweets — will be either applauded and celebrated, or judged and mocked.
“That’s why when people do that whole, ‘These new girls, they need to be like Beyoncé and Aaliyah. Aaliyah would never be on Instagram, commenting back.’ It's like, ‘Bro, Aaliyah didn’t have an Instagram! It didn’t exist. Beyoncé was a whole grown adult before Instagram came out.’ You can’t compare us. We grew up getting dissected.”

Link: Kehlani Gets Real About Social Media and Celebrity Culture

Petals for Amor - Hayley Williams

Escuché el disco de Hayley Williams "Petals for Armor" durante el fin de semana pero ahora entiendo que no soy su público meta.
The album is a release in multiple senses of the word for Williams. It’s her first record without the band that made her famous when she was still a teenager (though her bandmates, Taylor York and Joey Howard, worked with her on the writing and recording of the album, this project stands apart from their work as a unit). Emotionally and lyrically explicit, Petals for Armor touches on raw nerve after raw nerve: the breakdown of her marriage, her grandmother’s declining health, and the inherited trauma that has been passed down through the women in her family. “Every woman in my family on my mom’s side... they’ve all been abused in almost every sense of the word,” she told The New York Times. She began writing the album after entering intensive therapy for the first time, and being diagnosed with depression and PTSD. Trauma echoes through the lyrics, w…


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Watching: Ash is the Purest White (2018)

Por medio de la siguiente secuencia puedo explicar el argumento de la película china "Ash is the Purest White" (2018).


Una (posible) cura para el Covid-19 es un medicamento para gatos, que se encuentra prohibido para su comercialización

Un fármaco similar a los efectos benéficos que proporciona el remdesivir es empleado para tratar un coronavirus felinos. 
¿Yay? Olvidaba decir que el antiviral está prohibido para su uso. Sólo se consigue en el mercado negro de proveedores chinos.
[A] remarkable thing is that GS-441524 is almost identical to a much buzzed-about human drug: remdesivir, the antiviral currently our best hope for treating COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus. Although early data suggest that the drug shortens recovery time at best, Anthony Fauci has touted remdesivir from the White House. The Food and Drug Administration has authorized it for emergency use. And Gilead Sciences, the company that makes remdesivir, is donating 1.5 million doses of the drug amidst the pandemic.
Gilead invented and patented GS-441524, too. Its scientists co-authored the UC Davis studies showing effectiveness against FIP. But the company has refused to license GS-441524 for animal use, out of fear that its similar…

La fortuna de Jeff Bezos a escala

Después de terminar de leer la información de este gráfico, pensé que ante todo era un ensayo.

Versa sobre la inequidad en Estados Unidos, la cual se puede extrapolar con el resto del mundo.

Un pixel representa mil dólares. Un modesto cuadro, un millón. El bloque de un billón (o lo que conocemos en español como mil millones) es un poco más impresionante pero manejable.

Luego viene la fortuna de Jeff Bezos. 139 billones de dólares. La monotonía del espacio es propicia para un ensayo.

Luego viene la riqueza de los 400 ultramillonarios de Estados Unidos. Los trillones son un mar de monotonía e indignación

Link: Wealth shown to scale. Inequality in the United States is out of control. Here we visualize the issue in a unique way

¿Qué es el tiempo? Una historia vertical de su física, biología, artefactos y cultura

El ser humano ha buscado, de una forma u otra, herramientas que le sirvan para describir el tiempo. 
Este es un timeline sobre el entendimiento de esta naturaleza a través de la cultura, la biología, la física y sus artefactos mecánicos para registrarlo.

Link: Arrows of Time

Un copy & paste de entorno real a Photoshop

El software se llama AR Cut & Paste y se puede descargar de GitHub.
Say goodbye to the tedious process of taking a photo, importing it, and placing it in its final position. The Paris-based designer and artist Cyril Diagne recently launched a new image editing program that circumvents the traditional method using a single app.

Link: Cut and Paste Your Surroundings into Photoshop with Amazing New AR Prototype

El boom del porno casero por las complicaciones económicas de la cuarentena

“If you’re getting into adult entertainment right now, make sure that you’re not going to talk shit about it in two months. If it paid your rent for these times, at least have some level of respect for it and yourself,” said Romi Rain, during a webinar organized by the Free Speech Coalition.

Link: Everyone Is Making Porn At Home Now. Will The Porn Industry Survive?

TikTok goes Hollywood

El camino natural de las estrellas virales en TikTok es Hollywood.
Fame comes fast and furious on TikTok, which uses a powerful algorithm to excavate someone from anonymity and turn them into an overnight sensation. A year ago, D'Amelio had yet to post her first TikTok video. Now, she has the potential to earn millions and a team of agents, managers and lawyers working tirelessly behind the scenes. Though the nature of internet virality is that it can disappear as quickly as it arrives, there's evidence to suggest — and a growing faction in Hollywood who are mobilizing to ensure — that TikTok stars like D'Amelio won't be fleeting. "There's something happening here," says D'Amelio's agent, Ali Berman, who as co-head of digital talent at UTA has spent the better part of the past decade molding the careers of the internet famous. "This is definitely a place to discover new talent."

Link: TikTok Boom! How the Exploding Social Media App Is Goin…