The terrified boy was clutching the altar with one hand and a fragment of the True Cross with the other. One of the agents, John Strouthos 'the Sparrow’, “wrenching the fragment from Tiberius’s [the boy] grasp, he reverently laid it upon the altar. Next he untied a box of other saintly relics from the Prince’s neck and transferred it to his own. Only then did he drag his small prisoner to the porch of a neighboring church..." Read More
I found surfboards, bodyboards, diving equipment, empty and abandoned fish tanks, an ancient color TV... but no Ron Allen. It had somehow, sometime, escaped. Read More
"The strangest, saddest city thou can’st see"
I listened and couldn't help but feel that the vessel that I had abandoned 16 years ago had not changed course. Poverty, ignorance, globalization, zombie institutions, and a succession of corrupt bureaucrats had eroded the moral compass of the nation. The friends and family members that I would see during my journey all seem to respond to a set of values that is dislocated from any idea of nation or collective direction. Read More
Sing to me of the man, Muse, the man of twists and turns Read More
driven time and again off course, once he had plundered
the hallowed heights of Troy.
We are living in times in which religion is not only prescindible and obsolete, but also harmful. An ethical life can be and is lived without religion. As Hitchens puts it rather eloquently "Our belief is not a belief. Our principles are not a faith. We do not rely solely upon science and reason, because these are necessary rather than sufficient factors, but we distrust anything that contradicts science or outrages reason. We may differ on many things, but what we respect is free inquiry, openmindedness, and the pursuit of ideas for their own sake." Read More
So I read its 495 pages. It has given me the much sought sense of timeline and context and, of course, as with any good book, it has opened leads to pursue and continue my education in the realms of biology, ethics, and policy.
The book provides a historical sequence of events and discoveries in the world of genetics, starting with metaphysic postulates of Pythagoras and Aristotle, moving next to actual experimentation conducted by Gregor Mendel, all the way to the latest technologies of the present day, such as CRISPR/Cas9 and embryonic stem cell research, and their potential to cure grievous illnesses. The Gene does a great job in helping us understand not only where we are today and where we come from, but also where the arrow of the future of life sciences seems to be pointing to.
I took some notes. Here they are. Read More
“I remember once, in a concert, that we began playing Presente and, on the second stanza, people stood up and started clapping. We had never seen anything like that, we didn’t really understand, and we were paralyzed. We were shocked, we had trouble keeping on playing. We were distracted because the audience took part in what they saw, and it wasn’t because they’d heard it on the radio, because they had never heard it before.”
A tip of the hat Ricardo, so many memories, teary eyes, gratitude, love. A song that came to our hearts and stays there forever. Read More
When we leave the room, my boss comes to me and says: “listen to me, yes, we agreed that floating rate is always better for the company, but for your house you should always go fixed."
Thirty minutes before, I had persuaded the big boys in the room to enter into several billion-dollar swap contracts that effectively transformed the company’s fixed rate debt into floating rate instruments, similar to ARMs.
So why then my boss and everyone else in that room had expressed the opposite view in their personal finances? Why the cognitive dissonance? Read More
How was it different than running solo? There were so many people, each running at a different pace. It was disorienting. If it weren’t for my Garmin watch, it would’ve been impossible to know (to feel) whether I was running at a sustainable rhythm. Read More
Check gears before restarting the ride… or run the risk of capsizing in front of a crowd of Harley riders. At least 20 of them, everyone enjoying the view and beverages at The Rock Store. I stopped to take a picture, unclipped, then tried to restart, clip, and make a U-turn at the same time. FAIL. LAUGHTER. Read More