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Curiosities: How many strands of hair does a person have on his or her head?

By Eddy Montilla.


A person has an average of 100,000 strands of hair on their head. You might think that it is an incredible number, but in fact, it is nothing compared to a squirrel or a honeybee (three million strands of hair) or butterflies and moths, as ultimate examples, with 10 billion strands of hair approximately.

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November 22, 2015 Posted by | animals, biology, Blogging, Culture, Curiosities, Education, insects, natural science(s), science, zoology | , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Thought of the day: Humbleness

By Eddy Montilla.


The deeper you bury your arrogance, the higher your greatness will be.

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November 17, 2015 Posted by | Blogging, coaching, Education, Inspiration, Life, philosophy, Phrase, Quotes, Spirituality, Thoughts | , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

A good laugh: The short-sighted chicken

By Eddy Montilla.


“Hey, Tony, you forgot your glasses again. You cannot read without them.” A chicken says to his brother.

“It’s okay. I am just taking a bath with aromatic oils and herbs. And this place is really good. They even shaved all my body.”

“And where are you?”

“I cannot see well from here, but it’s something like friiiiied chiiickk…

November 8, 2015 Posted by | Blogging, Fun, Funny stories, humor, Jokes, laugh | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Thought of the day: Alcohol and Sex

By Eddy Montilla.


The weak want to drink alcohol and have sex to drown their sorrows and vent all their feelings of impotence and frustrations. The strong, however, do only that to celebrate their achievements or victories.

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October 3, 2015 Posted by | Blogging, coaching, Culture, Education, Family, Inspiration, Life, philosophy, Phrase, Quotes, Spirituality, Thoughts, Writing | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Let’s talk about movies: Mission Impossible-Rogue Nation (2015) and it is also impossible to continue with that

By Eddy Montilla.

Rating: 6.8/10

Directed by: Christopher McQuarrie.

Written by: Drew Pearce, Christopher McQuarrie and Bruce Geller.

Genre: Action, thriller.

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

Starring: Tom Cruise (as Ethan Hunt), Rebecca Ferguson (as Ilsa Faust), Jeremy Renner (as William Brandt), Simon Pegg (as Benji), Alec Baldwin (as Alan Hunley) and Ving Rhames (as Luther Strickell).

Running Time: 132 minutes.

For those who are very young, let me use the first paragraph to tell them that the Mission: Impossible you see these days starring Tom Cruise is only possible because it is an acceptable remake of something that was really great: Mission: Impossible, the original TV series from 1966 to 1973. Ask your father or your grandfather about it, and you will see how memories that are very dear to him come flooding back, feelings of sadness mixed with pleasure when he thinks of those happy times in the past in front of the TV. He will remember Dan Briggs (played by Steven Hill) or Jim Phelps (Peter Graves) receiving instructions on a recording that, seconds later, would self-destruct. He will probably hum the melody of the theme music composed by Lalo Schifrin. And he will tell you: “It was the most intricate and fascinating thriller TV series ever!

     It is a good idea for directors to make a movie based on a TV series because it is impossible for adults not to feel nostalgic and young people can also have a glimpse of how good movies and TV series were when they were artistic work rather than commercial products. But they usually throw it all away when they come up a couple years later with another version, part 2, 3, 4, etc. that always undermines the value of the first one: A film survives the test of time for its aspect of authenticity, and that’s why movies, in my opinion, should not have a second or third script. But here we have Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) and his group again: Mission: Impossible-Rogue Nation, and again we see Ethan hanging from a ceiling on a cable or rope, climbing and doing many other things to dismantle the Syndicate, an international organization with highly skilled members committed to perpetrating crimes and massacre here and there.

      This movie is not a fiasco. Actually, it has some funny and interesting moments as when two snipers, located in different positions, are trying to kill an important politician. Ethan cannot shoot at them simultaneously and does not have time to prevent them from shooting, and then he really came up with a smart solution… (No more details, so that you can enjoy it). The way Ilsa Faust (Rebecca Ferguson) stopped Ethan when he was chasing her on a motorcycle is also good. But then you see another mask-rip and I became so familiar to this scene that the only thing I can say is… here they go again! Besides, the way Ethan uses to enter “hermetic” places is more and more ludicrous. After portraying the access to a building as something incredible and almost impossible, our hero comes from the sky and…. breaks a window!

     Without Rebecca Ferguson, this movie would have dropped considerably. Tom Cruise is not great, but a good actor. However, if he anchors himself with his role in Mission: Impossible, it means he is done as an actor and tries to revive his career every certain time with these repetitive stories. He can do it better, and that’s why he should stop with his role in Mission: Impossible and look for new options. He can do that. After all, it is possible.

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

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September 11, 2015 Posted by | Articles, Arts, Blogging, Film, Journalism, Movie reviews, Movies, Writing | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Last Love Poems: April 13

By Eddy Montilla.


If you were not you and I were not I,

if you were not my peace and I were not your confusion,

I would tell you what I feel, and perhaps, what I think…

I’d tell you that my body shudders with your presence

and my voice turns into silence.

I’d tell you that reality controls my desire

even though what I desire is other reality,

a piece of reality where we can walk along the seashore,

where we can pick daisies up every April 13

or just sit down on the grass of a prairie,

talking about everything, talking about nothing

in a world made of illusions where all is true,

where rivers sing, the wind walks

and butterflies repeat your name without cease.

If you were not real and I were not so imaginary,

if I were not a shadow life that dies with the dawn

and you the dawn that comes to life,

perhaps I would not have to live with this bitter past at my side,

with a glass of wine every April 13.

I could forget the nights sitting on the bench,

your shoulder and my shoulder taking shelter from the cold.

When you are present, I want to see you,

when you are absent, I want to see you more.

On every April 13,

I realize what you mean for me…

A rainbow of love, a linked heart that cries for freedom,

a fresh smile, tender eyes,

a lake, still and serene in the sunlight,

half of my life even though you have already my other side.

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August 15, 2015 Posted by | Articles, Arts, Blogging, Culture, Inspiration, Journal, Journalism, Life, Poems, Thoughts, Writing | , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Your question; my answer: Can you become a millionaire without riding roughshod over people?

By Eddy Montilla.


It is possible, but very improbable. Riding roughshod over people is precisely what millionaires use as a springboard to get their money.

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August 13, 2015 Posted by | Blogging, coaching, Economics, Education, Family, Life, Opinion, philosophy, Phrase, Quotes, Spirituality, Thoughts, Writing | , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

A Good Laugh: The smart duckling

By Eddy Montilla.


“Daddy, daddy, I am swimming!” A newborn duckling says while moving its legs.

“Good boy. And now get out of bed and jump to the pond!

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August 13, 2015 Posted by | Blogging, Fun, Funny stories, humor, Jokes, laugh | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

PUERTO RICO: The uncertainty of independence is paradoxically the best option for the island

By Eddy Montilla.

Puerto Rico

You cannot solve a problem if you cannot define it or know its origin. A Puerto Rican can easily say, in Spanish or English, what Puerto Rico is in terms of jurisdiction: A Free Associated State to US (the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico). But I wonder if you can find a person in the streets of that island who can explain the meaning of these words that they say to you. Is Puerto Rico a country? No, it is not. Is Puerto Rico a state of USA? No, and that is why it cannot file for Chapter 9 bankruptcy protection as Detroit did in the past, for example. As you can see, Puerto Rico has a murky political status that cannot be defined, which is, in my opinion, the real reason of the island’s economic woes and the origin of Puerto Ricans’ problems: The island cannot even make interest payments on its huge $72 billion public debt and has begun to default on its bond payments for the first time since it became an island under United States’ jurisdiction 117 years ago.

     For many years, they have seen their political status and ties with USA as a safety belt or cushion, especially when they think about many Latin Americans in the region who cannot even reach a level to make a bare-bones living. The story has been the same for a long time: If something goes wrong, they lend money (in part, the reason for the island’s public debt) or go to the United States. But this apparently privileged position turned out to be over the years as illusory as a beautiful woman who had her body cut off in a magic trick because benefits from its political status and links to the United States are minimal compared to all problems it has caused. Let’s see: First, people’s initiative and inventiveness have been truncated. Second, if American companies go to China and other countries to avoid high taxes, how can they expect rich people to invest in Puerto Rico? The island’s social and political situation keep investors away since it’s not clear who is going to stand up for a company, for the island if financial problems arise. And third, people are lacking in identity. Can Puerto Ricans consider themselves American citizens? No, and they will never be seen in that way, the same as Latin American emigrants inside American territory. If you don’t even know who you are, how can you know where to go or how to move on?

     Until now, Puerto Ricans have only seen one side of the coin: The fear of not being able to be a self-sufficient country. Many products in Puerto Rico are more expensive than in USA despite having a per capita income lower than the poorest state in America. So the stagnant economy will continue for years and the island will never reach the level of other states in America. Then, why don’t Puerto Ricans try to be an independent country? Uncertainty always brings fear to our heart, but Puerto Ricans should also know that with hard work, it could bring a better future, especially when the side of the coin they are facing today is not good at all.

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

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August 13, 2015 Posted by | Articles, Blogging, Countries, Economics, Journal, Journalism, News, Opinion, Think piece | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Your question; my answer: What is the difference for a man between making love when he is young and when he is getting old?

Por Eddy Montilla.


In general, when a man is young, he can enjoy to make love with any woman, no matter her color, age, height, weight, level of beauty or personality: Everybody is welcome! But for a man of mature years or when he is really getting old, if he does not like the woman who is front of him or does not have interest in her, he will probably walk straight past her without stopping to avoid embarrassment.

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August 11, 2015 Posted by | Blogging, Education, Family, Life, Opinion, philosophy, Phrase, Quotes, Spirituality, Thoughts, Writing | , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment


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