30 October, 2008

Magix Video Contest

As you may know, I am a member of Magix Movie Edit Pro Group. This group of folks use a film editing sofware produced by Magix.  I am no film editor, but I am learning how to use this sofware to make home movies. The guys at the users group are running a contest.  I decided to enter to promote one of the language forums I use. 

Here are the rules:
Make a fake commercial for anything you want! 
• Entry must be 15 seconds, 30 seconds or 60 seconds in length, no more than 60 seconds.
• Entry must be edited with Magix™ Movie Edit Pro!
• Deadline is October 31, 2008
• Prizes: A collection of stock footage (All sets currently available by deadline).

• All entries must be uploaded to this group (Mep users) by 12:00 midnight October 31, 2008 central time USA.
• Entries will be judged on originality & presentation. It can be serious or comedy. Far out or believable. Make us laugh or make a point, it doesn't matter.
• You must be a member of mepusers.ning.com to enter.

I decided that there is nothing to loose, so I put my thinking cap on and spent some time collecting images and editing.  I wanted to share with y'all my contest entry.  

What do you think?

29 October, 2008


Let's walk down memory lane:

The Right to Vote

The right of citizens of the United 
States to vote shall  not be denied or 
abridged by the United States 
or by any state on account of race,
 color, or  previous condition of servitude.
— Fifteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution (1870)
The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or 
abridged by the United States or by any state on account of sex.
— Nineteenth Amendment (1920)
The right of citizens of the United States to vote in any primary or other election . . . shall not be denied or abridged . . . by reason of failure to pay any 
poll tax or other tax.
— Twenty-fourth Amendment (1964)
The right of citizens of the United States, who are eighteen years 
of age or older, to vote, shall not be denied or abridged by 
the United States or by any state on account of age.
— Twenty-sixth Amendment (1971)

In many countries, the president is elected by direct popular vote.  In the U. S. the president is indirectly elected by the Electoral College. "Each state is allocated a number of Electoral College electors equal to the number of its Senators and Representatives in the U.S. Congress." (more here)

It is your right, use it.  Do not complain about politics or politicians if you did not vote. Let the Electoral College know what your position is. I, personally, do not care if you are Republican or Democrat, what is important is for you to vote. Let the Electoral College know what your position is.     

Regardless of who wins, the president will have a fine mess to deal with: an economic decline (we were told by Bush it is not a recession), the
downfall of the banking system and financial markets, the war in Iraq, immigration, Bin Laden, and many other issues.

Do not forget to go vote on Tuesday November 4th. As a U. S. citizen it is your right.

21 October, 2008

Funny Video

This video came as an e-mail attachment. It's about the recession.  Could not resist posting it...  

20 October, 2008

Visiting Library

Today's New York Times has a very interesting article on a Colombian guy who lives in a small town who runs a  mobile library service.  He takes his books and shares them with others in surounding villages by loading his two donkies. 

Luis Soriano with his teammates Alfa and Beto.

Read the article in the NYT or below:
October 20, 2008
Acclaimed Colombian Institution Has 4,800 Books and 10 Legs

There is also now a documentary on the subjet.  It was presented in the Bogota Film Festival earlier in October. (source)

08 October, 2008

¡Aguas, aguas!

Aguas, aguas  is a phrase commonly used in Mexico to mean:  be careful or watch out!  It is more frequently used than “cuidado” (careful), it  is especially used when one is  immediate danger or about to hurt oneself.

I have been fortunate to run across many Spanish Speakers from different countries, and I have learned that this is a truly Mexican expression.  

One does not think about, one just blurs out:  Aguas, aguas. For instance when we see that someone is not paying attention and is about to touch a pot on the stove that we know it is hot but the other person does not, one may say:  aguas, aguas con la olla.  (watch out with the pot, don’t burn your self).  However, when you yell out aguas, aguas and other Spanish speakers look at you like you have lost your mind and they have no idea why you are talking about water. Plus they get mat at you for not warning them and they begin to believe you are a crazy Mexican.

I remember that one time I called my Salvadorian friend Pancho and left him a message on the answering machine:  Aguas, aguas, "Party Girl" is here!!! I thought I was doing my friendly duty to warn him.  Unfortunately my message was not understood. I got a phone call later from Pancho who was not amused to see "Party Girl" at his doorstep [she had rolled into town in the middle of the week and wanted to go out and party]. Plus he wanted me to explain this business about the ocean or the river or whatever I’d said.  To this day we laugh about the cryptic message.

 Why “aguas, aguas” you may wonder?  I’ve always been told that in Mexico, long ago, before people had inside plumbing at home, people would throw out to the street the “gray water” of the chamber pots. So they would go to the window and warn passersby of what they were about to do by yelling “aguas, aguas”.  Who knows if it’s really true, that is how my grandma explained it to me long ago -- I am sticking to her story.

 Till next one...

La Mexicana