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Curiosities: What is the biggest animal in the world?

By Eddy Montilla.

Because of all my mistakes that I make every day, I had my doubts on the subject, but now I can sleep peacefully knowing that I am not the biggest animal in the world. It is the blue whale, the largest existing animal today and the largest animal ever known to have lived on Earth. This animal can measure up to 30 meters in length and weigh about 200 tons. Even at birth, blue whales are already among the largest animals if you take into consideration that during the first months, a blue calf can approximately drink 400 liters of milk every day and it also grows and gains weight quickly, as much as 90 kilograms every 24 hours. Due to its size, any part of its body is big. For example, its tongue (around three tons) can weigh as much as an Asian elephant. Despite its size, it is interesting to note that blue whales live almost exclusively on tiny animals called krill. They can eat up to 4 tons of krill in a single day.

     Finally, the blue whale is not as blue as it looks inside de water. Actually, on the surface its coloring is more a mottled blue-gray. It is estimated that blue whales can live for at least 90 years, but taking into consideration that they are animals in danger of extinction, the damage caused by man to the environment and the predatory hand of man, I wonder whether they can reach that age these days.

August 1, 2014 Posted by | animals, Articles, Blogging, Culture, Curiosities, Education, Journalism, Knowledge, natural science(s), zoology | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Last Poems of Love: No more

By Eddy Montilla.

HYDRANGEA

I am left with a feeling of sadness whenever I talk to you,

something like the bitter taste of a kiss without love.

I am left with memories that, in my mind, are reluctant to become past

and walk freely tormenting me in silence

by repeating things that I know already, things that I’ve heard in the past:

“When you are not here, I can still see you

and when you are… I wish I could run away.

There is a fire inside me that flares up over the years,

undying love that refuses to be nothing

and rises from the ashes despite the rain, despite the hail.

A strange wind blows whenever I think of you.

It puts me in a thoughtful frame of mind

and I don’t know what to do…

It does not move the curtains; it does not move the leaves…

And it draws silhouettes that don’t coincide with my reality:

Happy couples walking hand in hand,

or doves making love at the park.

It is true. It makes me see things that I don’t want to see,

things that I want to forget.

It makes me repeat a name that I don’t want to hear.

Please, run, run after your dreams

because I only want to stay here,

loving life, loving you.

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August 1, 2014 Posted by | Articles, Arts, Blogging, Inspiration, Journalism, Literature, Love, Poems, Writing | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Thought of the day: Comparison

By Eddy Montilla.

COMPARISON

To compare in order to improve as a person is the only acceptable comparison that we can draw. Except for that purpose, it would be a simple act of vanity or an arrow that will hurt you or will hurt the others.

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August 1, 2014 Posted by | Articles, Blogging, coaching, Education, Family, Inspiration, Journal, Journalism, Life, Opinion, Personal Experience, Personal Motivation, philosophy, Quotes, Spirituality, Think piece, Writing | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

A Good Laugh: To be drowned or to hang oneself?

By Eddy Montilla.

BE DROWNED

A drunk was walking over a bridge when heard shouts coming from the river. He looked down and saw a man trying to keep his body afloat and yelling: “A rope, please, a rope!”

     The drunk, then, looked at him as if he were an idiot and responded: “That’s what I call a real as…hole! If you are almost drowned already, why do you want to hang yourself?”

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August 1, 2014 Posted by | Blogging, Fun, humor, Jokes, laugh | , , , , , | Leave a comment

What do Russia and China really want from Latin America?

By Eddy Montilla.

In general, if a hungry shark comes closer to a small fish, you can consider its dinner as the main reason. Many people in Latin America have seen the United States as a shark that wants to swallow them. Now that the Russian president Vladimir Putin and Chinese president Xi Jinping visited that region, it is, in my opinion, a propitious time to ask these people the following question: If the United States is a shark, how about Russia and China? Are they beautiful goldfish? Are they carps in a majestic Japanese garden or perhaps playful dolphins jumping out of the water? No, sir.

     In the present circumstances, the United States might not be the best trading partner for some countries in the region, but they should not be under the illusion that Russia and China are the allies that the region needs. Vladimir Putin went there looking for more international support, especially after the increasing diplomatic isolation and sanctions that were imposed on Russia because of the Ukraine conflict. As for China, this country desperately needs commodities at low prices to keep its economic production at the highest level. Chinese firms are buying and leasing agricultural land in Africa. Latin America is the other region where China can get raw materials at low prices to make products that will be sold in the same region at high prices. Any help that these Latin American countries can receive from Russia or China today, in a short or long run, it might turn out to be a headache because of the wide disparity in terms of economic position.

     Latin American countries will find solutions to their problems when they learn to work together and trust each other, when they learn that their economic growth should mainly come from themselves. With all respect that they deserve, those who think that their countries in Latin America will have a great future with Russia and China as top trading partners could be making a great mistake. Russia and China are big fish and big fish don’t usually eat each other. But you know better than I what a big fish usually does when it meets a small one.

This article was originally published in the digital newspaper World And Opinion with Eddy Montilla.

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Thought of the day: Poverty

By Eddy Montilla.

POVERTY

Poverty is the result of injustice or laziness.

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August 1, 2014 Posted by | Articles, Blogging, coaching, Education, Family, Inspiration, inspiring stories, Journalism, Life, Literature, News, Opinion, philosophy, Phrase, Quotes, stories for your heart, Think piece, Thoughts, Writing | , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Your question; my answer: What should I do to think better?

By Eddy Montilla.

THINK

Think less, but more efficiently.

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August 1, 2014 Posted by | Articles, Blogging, coaching, Family, Inspiration, inspiring stories, Journalism, Life, Perseverance, Personal Experience, Personal Motivation, philosophy, Phrase, psychology, Quotes, Spirituality, stories for your heart, Thoughts, Writing | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Let’s talk about movies: The excessive application of computer graphics (CGI) almost sinks Noah (2014).

By Eddy Montilla.

Rating: 6.5/10

Directed by: Darren Aronofsky.

Written by: Darren Aronofsky and Ari Handel.

Genre: Drama.

MPAA Rating: PG-13 (Parents are urged to be cautious. Some material may be inappropiate for pre-teenagers).

Starring: Russell Crowe (Noah), Jennifer Connelly (Naameh), Ray Winstone (Tubal Cain), Emma Watson (Il-la, Ila) and Anthony Hopkins (Methuselah).

Running Time: 137 minutes.

Paradox can be used as a literary tool in scripts to bring more life in term of expression, but when it comes to filming, it might take the movie right to its grave because words are seen through the eyes of imagination, but we see scenes with our own eyes. The first 90 minutes of Noah (2014) can make you feel as if you were in the throes of death. The versatile Russell Crowe (in terms of roles), the great actor Anthony Hopkins and the beauty of Emma Watson were not enough to save the first part of this film. How can a movie that has its roots dating from thousands of years ago be filled with application of computer graphics? The truth is that the excessive application of computer graphics (CGI) almost sinks Noah (2014).

     Noah (2014) finds its own essence in the last 40 minutes, when the decision between destroying all of mankind and being a glimmer of life left was raised. Jennifer Connelly (Naameh) and Emma Watson (Il-la, Ila) were fighting for keeping their children (and those who might come after them) alive while Russell Crowe (Noah) was convinced that his job was to destroy everything, everyone in order to have the Creation of a new world. I know we are talking about a director of great films like The Wrestler (2008) and Black Swan (2010), but if Darren Aronofsky had seasoned the movie with more ideas like this one that we explained before instead of overusing Computer-generated imagery (CGI) moments to create scenes or special effects, then we would have been able to eat steak from the beginning of the movie instead of spending 90 minutes eating eggplants.

This article was originally published in the digital newspaper World And Opinion with Eddy Montilla.

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August 1, 2014 Posted by | Articles, Arts, Blogging, Culture, Film, Journalism, Literature, Movie reviews, Movies, Opinion, Personal Experience, Personal Motivation, Phrase | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Curiosities: What is the most commonly littered item in the world?

By Eddy Montilla.

CIGARRETTE ENDS

Considering that there are 1.1 billion smokers in the world today and billions of cigarettes are sold every day, it is hard to imagine something different from a cigarette as the most commonly littered item in the world.

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August 1, 2014 Posted by | Articles, Blogging, Curiosities, Education, Family, general knowledge, Health, Journal, Journalism, Life, natural science(s), News, Opinion | , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Does God help us to win in sports?

By Eddy Montilla.

JESUS

During the final minutes of a soccer game that was decided by kicks from the penalty mark, I saw a lot of fans praying. Even the players were waiting on their knees. The same situation can be seen in other sports too. Then, it is worth asking the following question: Does God help us to win a game?

     It might sound a curious paradox that the best way to answer this question is making another one: Is it right to ask God help in order to win a game? In my opinion, this is a very selfish act because if we are praying for our victory, indirectly or to some extent, we are praying that God can help us to inflict a defeat on our opponent, and we are not supposed to wish evil on people. When a man in the crowd said to Jesus: “Master, tell my brother to give me a share of our inheritance”, Jesus said to him: “My friend, who appointed me your judge, or the arbitrator of your claims?” If Jesus does not like to be a judge or arbitrator of our material selfishness, I cannot imagine him being a referee in a soccer game or giving you a hand to win a game.

     Either you are a fan or a player, instead of praying for your victory, pray for a good game, at the very most. The power of prayer must be used for something more meritorious: Peace, family, the derelicts, friends and enemies, etc., because it is not written in any part of the Bible: “Pray so that you can defeat your opponent three runs to one. Raise the level of your prayers. Don’t downgrade it.

This article was originally published in the digital newspaper World And Opinion with Eddy Montilla.

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August 1, 2014 Posted by | Articles, Blogging, Family, Journalism, Life, Opinion, philosophy, religion, Spirituality, Think piece, Thoughts, Writing | , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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