Exploring the Netherlands: Naturalis, Leiden

I hope to go ther soon ūüôā

Sari's Corner

My BF is over for a week again and as it is Easter we thought it would be nice to explore this nice country a bit more. So on Thursday afternoon we traveled down to Den Haag (The Hauge) and met up with some friends there (I didn’t take any pictures there as it was mostly for pleasure). On Friday we then went from Den Haag to Leiden, which is about 15 min by train. There we visited the Naturalis. The Naturalis is a is a national museum of natural history and a research center on biodiversity. I have a friend working in the science communication at the Naturalis and she showed us around the exhibition and made sure we saw all the key elements.

The Naturalis has a huge collection of animal, plant and geological specimens (37 Million in 2012 according to Wikipedia), only a small part of…

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20 Mind-Bending Movies Guaranteed to Make You Feel Stupid

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In 1991, following the critical and commercial triumph of his brilliant The Thin Blue Line, director Errol Morris attempted something even harder than getting an innocent man off Death Row: making Stephen Hawking‚Äôs A Brief History of Time into an accessible, audience-friendly, major motion picture. The resulting film is, at long last, available today on DVD and Blu-ray via the fine folks at Criterion. It‚Äôs awfully good ‚ÄĒ though its in-depth discussions of quantum mechanics and black holes and the Big Bang are bound to make those of us who nodded off in science class feel a bit out of our element. Then again, some movies, with their convoluted storylines or surrealistic imagery or intellectual subject matter, have the (probably?) unintended side effect of merely spotlighting our intellectual shortcomings. Here are a few other movies that made us feel just a little stupider.

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Matar a un ruise√Īor, Harper Lee

El blog de Lahierbaroja

Matar a un ruise√Īor es una de esas novelas que aparecen siempre entre las que hay que leer, entre los cl√°sicos destacados del siglo XX. Una historia de la que poco sab√≠a cuando la compr√©, pero que pens√© que antes o despu√©s ten√≠a que leerla.

matar-a-un-ruise√ĪorUn d√≠a cualquiera decid√≠ que era el momento, y comenc√© a leer la historia de Atticus Finch, un abogado de un pueblo de Alabama.

La narradora es la hija de Finch, Scout, una ni√Īa despierta e inteligente que nos ense√Īa la realidad con sus ojos curiosos.

Mientras yo le√≠a el alfabeto una leve arruga apareci√≥ entre sus cejas, y despu√©s (‚Ķ) descubri√≥ que yo era letrada y me mir√≥ con algo m√°s que un leve desagrado. Miss Caroline me pidi√≥ que le dijese a mi padre que no me ense√Īase nada m√°s, pues ello pod√≠a ser incompatible con las clases.

(…)

‚Äď Si no tuviera‚Ķ

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20 libros que fingimos haber le√≠do

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El equipo de ¬†Book Riot¬†quiso descubrir cu√°les son¬†los libros sobre los que m√°s mentimos,¬†esos libros de los que nos vanagloriamos sin tener ni siquiera la intenci√≥n de abrir su primera p√°gina. Para ello, hicieron una encuesta entre sus lectores (que contestaron 828 personas). Los resultados¬†arrojaron una lista de 20 libros en el top del enga√Īo.¬†De entre ellos, como era de esperar, una amplia mayor√≠a de¬†obras can√≥nicas de la literatura¬†y solo tres t√≠tulos contempor√°neos: ‚ÄėLa broma infinita‚Äô , ¬†y ‚Äô50 sombras de Grey‚Äô y ¬†‚ÄôHarry Potter‚Äô, dos sagas de moda.

  1. Orgullo y prejuicio ‚Äď Jane Austen
  2. Ulises ‚Äď James Joyce
  3. Moby Dick ‚Äď Herman Melville
  4. Guerra y paz ‚Äď Lev Tolstoi
  5. La Biblia
  6. 1984 ‚Äď George Orwell
  7. El se√Īor de los anillos ‚Äď J.R.R. Tolkien
  8. El gran Gatsby ‚Äď F. Scott Fitzgerald
  9. Anna Karenina ‚Äď Lev Tolstoi
  10. El guardi√°n entre el centeno ‚Äď J.D. Salinger
  11. La broma infinita ‚Äď David Foster‚Ķ

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Reading Literature Makes Us Smarter and Nicer

That’s great news for sure!!!

Ideas

Gregory Currie, a professor of philosophy at the University of Nottingham, recently argued in the¬†New York¬†Times¬†that we ought not to claim that literature improves us as people, because there is no ‚Äúcompelling evidence that suggests that people are morally or socially better for reading Tolstoy‚ÄĚ or other great books.

Actually, there is such evidence. Raymond Mar, a psychologist at York University in Canada, and Keith Oatley, a professor emeritus of cognitive psychology at the University of Toronto, reported in studies published in 2006 and 2009 that individuals who often read fiction appear to be better able to understand other people, empathize with them and view the world from their perspective. This link persisted even after the researchers factored in the possibility that more empathetic individuals might choose to read more novels. A 2010 study by Mar found a similar result in young children: the more stories…

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THE SPOON 

Some days I think I need nothing

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more in life than a spoon.
With a spoon I can eat oatmeal
Or take the medicine doctors prescribe
I can swat a fly sleeping on the sill
or pound the table to get attention.
I can point accusingly at God
or stab the empty air repeatedly.
Looking into the spoon’s mirror,
I can study my face in its shiny bowl,
or cover one eye to make half the world
disappear.  With a spoon
I can dig a tunnel to freedom
spoonful by spoonful of dirt,
or waste life catching moonlight
and flinging it into the blackest night.

— Richard Jones

Sexo Seco

Afroféminas

Cross over - Angèle Etoundi Essamba

De las pr√°cticas sexuales que se ejercen en el continente africano, esta es sin lugar a dudas, una de las menos conocidas. El sexo seco m√°s que una costumbre, es una ¬†peligrosa tradici√≥n donde la mujer es obligada a introducirse en sus vaginas arena, roca pulverizada, hierbas, papel, esponjas y hasta detergentes antes del coito con el √ļnico prop√≥sito de resecar la vagina bajo la premisa de que estando la vagina en esas condiciones, generar√° m√°s placer al hombre.

Además del dolor que supone someterse a esta práctica, la misma conlleva riesgos que van desde infecciones vaginales por la eliminación de las bacterias naturales de la vagina, heridas, y por supuesto, un aumento vertiginoso de contagio de VIH y otras enfermedades de transmisión sexual.

Sin embargo, muchas son las mujeres, a sabiendas de lo que significa practicar el sexo seco, que  lo aceptan porque tienen inculcada la creencia de que…

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This made my day

http://www.realfarmacy.com/12-foods-youve-been-cutting-the-wrong/

Poem called: ,,My Damsel in Distress” by Mr Zilch

A beautiful poem I just found on my mailbox and decided to share in my blog. For the moment my inspiration has taken some vacations (But that rebel one didn’t leave a memo):

“She’s living
with a different kind
of personality.

She values
all the things in this world
especially humanity.

She makes me happy
by just merely
saying how much she loves me

She makes me proud
because of how she can fight
for unanimous right.

She may be weak at some point.
She may be afraid at some fight.
She may be bad at some things,
but who cares?
She will always be
My Damsel in Distress”

A beautiful poem in Spanish called: ”Lluvia de verano” by Dar√≠o Falconi

                                                      a Oscar Conde

Nubes de caliza
devoran el llamado imperativo de mi infancia.

Me apoyo en la ventana:
pasa el viento con su urgencia,
la tierra danza en el patio
y la tarde se cubre¬†con √≥leo de esta√Īo.

Llueve. Pienso en ella.
En el beso que me dio antes de mudarse,
sus caprichos de princesa de barrio
y en el canto de su voz cuando me nombra.

¬°La vida es una farsa!

Una pelota que no pica.
Un trago de agua podrida.
Un caramelo de sal.

Ahora
todo se detiene en el patio de la casa.

Arde el nuevo sol
y las gotas se suicidan
como el salto obligado
de un clavadista a destiempo.

Darío Falconi

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