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Saturday, April 30, 2016

Hum along a song and 41 singers from CDs

Everybody may agree that music let us connect. There is music in every corner nowadays. It’s a part of anybody’s daily life.  
What does it mean to me?  Music is a cure for when I’m down, and a joy for my happiest days. It’s part of my inner life and can express my feelings when my own words are not enough. As there’s a song to every feeling I ‘ve yet to find them all.

I listen to all sorts of music but sometimes, I have seasons when I listen to just one particular group. I love Rhythm and Blues, Rap and Pop. My all time favorite is Dylan, because I love his voice and his beat cheers me up. When it comes to lyrics, I think of, for example, Serrat, as he has some touching, warming and down-to-earth songs.
One important thing about music is that I have found awesome friends thanks to music. Two of my friends placed in a garage band and through them I found many great friends.
Music helps me to relax. Certain songs bring memories which either make me cry or happy. Music inspires me and it can sometimes describe my feelings better than I could ever do with words. 
I DO love music. This last part was written while I was listening to ‘Lo Schampoo’ by G. Gaber.

Now your text using these ten prompts:

  1. Everybody accepts  that music let’s connect. In my life nowadays there is music......
  2. What does it mean to me?  Music is ....
  3. It’s part of life in my group of friends where we all ....
  4. there’s a song to every feeling, so when I feel ..... and when I feel .....                      
  5. Sometimes, I have had periods when I was listening to .....
  6. My all time favorite is, no doubt about it, ...
  7. When it comes to lyrics, the best one is ....
  8. One confession: I have found great friends thanks to music. So I met ....
  9. Certain songs bring strong memories back,
  10. I really love music. The last one I sang was .....
1) a CD you lost:
 2) a singer you would like to read about: 
3) a song that reminds you of your infancy: 
 4) a CD that summarizes your teens: 
5) a CD you gave as a present to your "first-friend": 6) a song that you would use to wake-up:
 7) a song that you would play for a sunset: 
 8) a song to play with friends on the beach: 
 9) a CD to dance: 
 10) a CD that you would never hear:

11) a song that you would play in your wedding party:  
12) a song suitable for a funeral :  
13) a song that perfectly describes a moment of your life:  
14) a CD that you like in the albums collection of your parents: 
15) a CD that your parents like in your own collection: 
16) a song that you know from a friend: 
17) a song that reminds you of your first love: 
18) a song that reminds you of the adventurous moments:  
19) a singer for angry moments: 
20) a song that make you think of l-one-liness: 
21) a song with the best end:
22) a song with the best beginning:
23) a song to become estranged from reality:
24) the saddest song:
25) the worst singer that have you ever heard:

26) a singer that makes you happy:
27) a local singer you bought!:
28) the best song to listen in a journey: 
29) a singer to throw a party:
30) a song to listen while you're floating in space:

SPEAKING. SET 4. The song (or CD) 

31) the best one from a movie:
32) to bring the fear of the dark: 
33) to sing in the shower: 
34) the best cover:   
35) with the best duet:  
36) with the strangest lyric: 
37) with the most beautiful lyric: 
38) for your father/mother: 
39) for your brother/sister: 
40) that reminds you of your best friend:

CODA: To end, a song that looks like you:

Writing workshop: new media on brands talked about


Back in October 2011, Facebook launched a new metric titled “People Talking About,” which helps page owners see how many users are talking about or mentioning them at any given time.

PS: While Coca-Cola remains the top brand on Facebook, it can’t compete with recording artist Shakira. Although she has less fans at around 69 million, over 2.5 million people are talking about her.

TASK  0. What are the (two) main conclusions we can draw from this graph? 

                    You will find more statistics at Statista

TASK 1a. What are the changes in these  3 intro paragraphs a) b) and  c) ? 

a) This graph illustrates the 10 most popular corporate brands on Facebook. It shows a list, ranked in decreasing order, based on people’s talking in August, 19th 2015.

b) Coca Cola is a recognized brand known around the world, but which is its real impact in social networks? This graph illustrates the 10 most popular corporate brands on Facebook. It shows a list, ranked in decreasing order, based on people’s talking in August, 19th 2015.

c) Granted, iconic brands have always been a recognized money power worldwide, but in the VR we might wonder which is its real impact in social networks. This graph above provided by Statista illustrates the 10 most popular corporate brands on Facebook. The bar is given in a list, ranked in decreasing order, based on people’s talking in summer 2015.

TASK 1b. Can you enhance this intro paragraph? Write a similar paragraph, changing the syntax, adding one sentence and rephrasing some of the clauses above.

TASK 2a.  Underline quality language expressions in the body of the text.

To begin with, it’s clearly seen Coca Cola leading the ranking with just over a million of comments on Facebook, but we can’t ignore the fact that Avon is a qualified runner-up with slightly less than a million. Interestingly enough, Walmart and Disney enjoy a great number of comments around three quaRters of a million; and Samsung and Intel lag behind on the threshold of the 600,000. These six brands reach well over two thirds of the total of people’s talking taking into account the top ten.

Finally, in the last positions we can appreciate 4 brands: Bud Light, Guarana Antarctica, NBA and Visa. Each of these brands has shown a similar trend, reaching around half a million comments. Moreover, it’s important to emphasize the fact that Coca Cola displays a two-fold increase at the comments of the least commented brand. Overall, we could be aware about which are the most important brands on Facebook.

TASK2b. Copy the best four expressions where the writer relates to figures.

TASK 3a.  Underline quality language expressions in this final paragraph.

In conclusion, it’s obvious that Coca cola has the bulk of this ranking, but we have to pose a question on us: is there a correlation between this result and the marketing? All of us know that Coca cola is an icon and has achieved a tremendous symbolism in our society, but this brand has known adapted through the years, so that even with new technologies. For this reason, Coca cola is the most popular brand in the networks, far from other soft drink in the market.

TASK 3b. Can you see some minor changes? Do they enhance this final paragraph? 

In conclusion, it’s obvious that Coca cola has the bulk of this ranking, but we have to pose a question on ourselves: is there a correlation between this result and the brand market share? All of us know that Coca cola is an iconic brand...  which has achieved a tremendous symbolism in our society as a family brand, which has known how to adapt throughout the years, which even with new social media tools around it is ahead of its competitors. For this reason, Coca cola has kept the top ranking as the most popular brand in the networks, far from other firms (on the drink sector or whatever) in the market.

TASK 3c. Can you enhance this final paragraph? 
Write a similar paragraph, changing 
the syntax, adding one sentence and rephrasing some of the clauses below.

Rounding off:  
Prepare something alike using this graph.

Pow G. Saéz, GOAT and our best Pivot -beyond opera and theaters

POW Gasol is 
the Greatest of All time 

4 references: 
in his role as a model to our new generation
Pau in the far west from Barcelona.
       Memphis 2001, Lakers 2008, Bulls 2014- 

all the POWER to Pau!
From Rookie of the Year Pau (Pow!) Gasol to Player of the Week (P.O.W.)

The tough art of taking decisions:  Life after the LA LAKERS
During the summer of 2014, Pau Gasol faced one of the toughest decisions in his life. With three championship ready teams wanting his signature, Gasol decided to sign with the Chicago Bulls, leaving the San Antonio Spurs, and OKC Thunder in the cold.

13 years have passed since those early days back in Memphis, those nights in Beale Street, when you were getting ready for your NBA debut against Detroit Pistons. What do you feel on reflection?
—Ufff… 13 years is a long time? I, however make it 14: yes, 14 seasons that I’ve been playing in the NBA.
—A question for you to dodge! Everyone talks about your motives in moving to Chicago, that it has to do with selling tickets and commercial reasons.
—Before signing here on a three year deal, I spoke to plenty of teams.
—Kevin Durant assures that before moving to Oklahoma City, he claimed that you’d be best suited to a city with “orchestras and theaters”’. So here we are sitting in the Chicago Bulls locker room where Jordan once played following your move from LA…
—The idea was to keep winning. I negotiated every detail and didn’t want to rush into anything and knew that the decision or series of decisions to move from LA should not be rushed. I weighed up each aspect of each team. In the end I opted for Chicago because, as mentioned, they are a team who shares the same ideas of winning, with passion and enthusiasm, everything. It’s a three year contract and it’s now up to me to evaluate things on a year by year basis.
—Tom Thibodeau, your coach at Chicago, has called you a “model professional”…yet he tends not to play you at the decisive, final moments of games. Is this something you’re aware of?
—(Pensive) I’d like to be involved at the end of games to be able to resolve things with the team, that’s obvious. The coach and I have spoken. In order to be on the court at the end of the game, I need to convince Thibodeau. It’s something I see as logical. We’re always looking to improve communication.

 2) FRANCE -2015 -Tissot sponsor

Gasol Named EuroBasket 2015 MVP.

In addition to the stratospheric dimension reached in this tournament by Gasol (in the quarter-finals he scored 40 points against France, before an audience of 28,000 spectators in the city of Lille) his commitment to the team, his calm leadership without fuss and desire to excel spread his teammates, which are also good players such as Felipe Reyes, Sergio Rodriguez or Mirotic, and others  absent in this tournament like Navarro, Calderón or his brother Marc, all of them very united in and  outside  the court. It is a silent leadership, based on his work, talent and desire to improve. The Spanish team with Gasol at the top, is always ready to cooperate with the press, signing autographs and distributing smiles. 
A well-set head on his shoulders.
Pau Gasol as well as a great sportsman is also an intelligent man, who even began  to study medicine, which indicates that his academic record was brilliant. He, also, studied piano and is a lover of classical music, and good friend and admirer of Placido Domingo. Kevin Durant, one of the best players in the NBA did everything possible to bring Gasol to his team in Oklahoma. “It is impossible, he said, to Pau Gasol is important to live in a city with good orchestras and theaters.” It also has a very balanced character, it is difficult to see altered after referee decisions and controversies that could  affect him, always use common sense and education.

 3) The move: March -2015 -Taking decisions
Gasol, Folks!
The game clock showed 4.9 seconds remaining. The scoreboard said OKC led by one.
Chicago had the ball, taking it out near halfcourt, and the Thunder just needed that one last stop.
Mike Dunleavy lobbed an inbounds pass into Pau Gasol, who had his back to the basket and Serge Ibaka defending him on the left block. The moment Gasol caught it, Russell Westbrook dropped down from the left wing to double team. When he did, Gasol fired a touch pass out to E’Twaun Moore, who nailed a game-winning 3-pointer from the left corner.
Some credited Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau for drawing up a textbook play. But the truth is it was all Gasol. 
In a documentary produced by HBO Sports last fall, Kevin Durant said a city’s culture was a heavy influencer in Gasol’s decision.
“He was more concerned about the city,” Durant said of Gasol in the documentary. “He’s into, like orchestras and plays.”
Gasol refuted that theory and said it was about basketball.
“No. To me, it was where I would fit best on the court,” Gasol told The Oklahoman. “I’m sure there are musicals and theaters in Oklahoma as well. That wasn’t a difference-maker for me at all. But I do appreciate music and culture. But that was not a difference-maker for my decision.
“I appreciated every team that showed interest,” Gasol said. “And Oklahoma, the Thunder were a team that I highly considered. They were a great option for me as well. But I had to make a tough, tough choice.

4) Updated news- 29th April 2016 . 
NBA Commissioner Adam Silver makes the decision and Gasol as an individual player is always a perfect choice.
This will be Pau’s second straight All-Star appearance as a Bull and 6th overall. He will face former teammate Kobe Bryant in what will be Bryant’s final All-Star game.
Gasol is averaging 17.0 points, 10.9 rebounds, ... and 80.9% on free throws. He is as deserving as anyone in the league to be an All-Star and will continue to add to his exceptional Hall of Fame career.
Congrats Pau!

Gasol is a double-double machine, having recorded over 550 double-doubles in his NBA career. On April 2, 2016, he became the 36th player in NBA history to reach the 10,000-point/10,000-rebound mark.[79]

 CODA)  -2009-The man behind the persona 

    10 Things You Didn’t Know About Pau Gasol

In a 2009 interview with, Pau talked about some of his favorite things.

  1. His favorite meal is sushi.
  2.  The Spaniard’s favorite movies are Gladiator and Braveheart.
  3.  He has enjoyed television shows such as Friends, Sanford and Son, and the Fresh Prince of Bel Air.
  4.  His favorite non-basketball sport is tennis, which he played in Spain growing up.
  5.  One of his favorite books is Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett.
  6.  One of his favorite cities besides Barcelona is Vancouver, Canada.

This is interesting because Gasol almost played for the Grizzlies in Vancouver, but the organization soon moved to Memphis.

New Bull Pau Gasol has shown himself to be a very unique, interesting, and intelligent individual off the court. 
In that same 2009 interview, Gasol said one of his great loves is learning. This is not something you expect to hear from your average NBA player. On the court, he has proven himself to be one of the best big men to play professionally in the past decade.

Pow a tot gas --- A mirror to Ricky and the new Generation

Pau Gasol, un ejemplo a seguir 

para las escuelas de negocios

  • Santiago Álvarez de Mon, profesor de Iese, convierte al pívot de los Chicago Bulls en objeto de estudio

Pienso en levantar la mano y pedir el turno de palabra, pero tengo que contenerme: esta vez no me corresponde preguntar.
Esta no es una rueda de prensa, sino una clase del profesor Santiago Álvarez de Mon en la escuela de negocios del Iese. Y yo estoy aquí en calidad de invitado.
De mirón.
¿Sabe usted que en esta escuela de negocios estudian a Pau Gasol?
Me lo contó un buen día Ana Sesé, que es la directora de comunicación de Iese: ella sabe que me gustan estas historias.
Me dijo:
–En Iese analizamos la carrera de Pau Gasol.
Y yo asentí y contesté:
–Me gustaría sentarme y conversar con el profesor que lleva todo este asunto.
Santiago Álvarez de Mon (61) no sólo aceptó tomarse un café conmigo, sino que incluso me invitó a su clase de Gasol.
Y aquí estoy yo ahora, entre una treintena de alumnos del Global Executive MBA (representan a 24 países), mordiéndome el labio por no preguntar...
Para iniciar la sesión, el profesor Álvarez de Mon ha introducido un vídeo. Sale él mismo, entrevistando a Phil Jackson. ¿Les suena el personaje? ¿Phil Jackson? Déjenme que les cuente: Jackson fue el entrenador de los Bulls de Jordan, Pippen y Rodman y el de los Lakers de O’Neal, Kobe Bryant y, finalmente, Pau Gasol.
Once anillos de la NBA le avalan.
No es poca cosa. Jackson fue capaz de gestionar todos esos egos y salir bien del envite.
Pues bien: aquí tenemos al profesor Álvarez de Mon sentado tan campante en un despacho con vistas, interrogando a Phil Jackson, hablando acerca de lo divino y lo humano. Y también acerca de Pau Gasol.
Ahí va un extracto de lo que dice Phil Jackson:
–Cuando un jugador no juega para sí mismo, sino para todos, pensando en hacer las cosas juntos, entonces el equipo eleva su nivel. Eso ocurre cuando el jugador decide que debe trabajar para nosotros, no para él, no para el ego.
Deduzco que Phil Jackson está
hablando de Pau Gasol, y de alguna manera me siento identificado. No conozco a Gasol a fondo, pero lo
que he leído y lo que he oído acerca de él coinciden con el mensaje.
Es más, acto seguido el profesor introduce un nuevo vídeo: ahora sale entrevistando a Gasol. Hace año y medio.
Dice Gasol:
–He tenido muchos entrenadores, pero a ninguno le respeto tanto como a Phil Jackson.
El profesor apaga el vídeo y se dirige a la concurrencia, los alumnos. Ahora habla de liderazgo, que es muy distinto al poder: “El liderazgo no es el poder. El liderazgo es la capacidad de establecer conexiones, relaciones entre los miembros de un grupo”, dice. Phil Jackson y Pau Gasol comparten esa cualidad, cada uno desde su perspectiva: el uno es líder desde el banquillo. El otro, desde dentro de la botella.
El pasado noviembre, el profesor Álvarez de Mon publicó en Iese su informe, el caso Gasol, 26 páginas de incalculable valor pedagógico. También periodístico.
Contiene conversaciones con Agustí y con Marisa, los padres de Pau. Marisa dice: “Pau tenía el sueño de ser médico y, de repente, todo se esfumaba (por el baloncesto). En aquel momento creí que estaba cometiendo un error”.
Habla Marc, el hermano mediano, acerca del momento en el que toda la familia se mudó a Estados Unidos (2001), acompañando a Pau en su carrera en la NBA: “Yo tenía dieciséis años y me impresionó ver cómo mis padres antepusieron a sus hijos por encima de todo”.
Y ahora habla el profesor, planteando los objetivos del programa:
–Quiero que escribáis acerca de vuestra relación con la familia y vuestros amigos. Y acerca de vuestras aficiones. ¿Cómo las compagináis? ¿Qué hacéis en vuestro tiempo libre...? Y quiero que reflexionéis también acerca de vuestros objetivos a largo plazo. ¿Sabéis que el 90% de los jugadores de la NBA se divorcian tras retirarse? ¿Y que muchos se arruinan? No será el caso de Gasol. Él tiene muy claro qué va a hacer cuando esto acabe. Ha creado su fundación. Y tiene interés por la cultura. Desde que le conozco, me pide que le recomiende libros. De meditación, de management... Me abronca si no lo hago.
Cuando la clase acaba, pienso en Kevin Durant, la estrella de Oklahoma. En junio del 2014, se fue de vacaciones a Los Ángeles. Sabía que Pau Gasol no renovaría por los Lakers, que era un agente libre y que estaba escuchando ofertas. Apremiado por su club, Durant fue a verle. Él y Gasol se reunieron en diversas ocasiones. Un buen día, la directiva de Oklahoma llamó a Durant. Necesitaba averiguar si había avances en las gestiones.
Durant les contestó: “Gasol no va a venir a Oklahoma. Sólo le interesa saber si tenemos ópera y teatro en la ciudad...”.
¿El final?
Ya se sabe: Gasol se fue a Chicago.

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Blessed our son on Earth

          Blessed are the poor  - LaStampa

READ ALOUD the FIRST 40 seconds 
from the script on the screen (Off the sound in   Italian )The Gospel According to St. Matthew is a 1964 Italian film directed by Pier Paolo Pasolini
 ("dedicated to the dear, joyous, familiar memory of Pope John XXIII").

3  Blessed are the poor in spirit,*
    for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Blessed are they who mourn,
    for they will be comforted.

5   Blessed are the meek,
     for they will inherit the land.

6  Blessed are those who hunger  for holiness; 
      they shall have their fill.

7  Blessed are the merciful,
     for they shall obtain mercy.

8  Blessed are the clean of heart,
    they shall see God.

9 Blessed are the peace-makers,
    for they shall be counted the children of God.

10 those persecuted in right’s cause,
   is the kingdom of heaven is  theirs

 if your son asks for bread, will you  give him a stone 
Or if he asks for a fish, will give you him a serpent?

 If you, evil as you are, 
    know what is good for your children,
Will not your Father in heaven give 
      more good gifts to those who ask!

 Do to other men all that 
    you would have them do to you,

Even the way Pasolini presented the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5-7) is fascinating. Jesus doesn't say the sermon in one setting, but gives parts of the sermon in various contexts -- the scenes shift between day and night, between inside and outside shots, Jesus with and without a scarf, etc. In my mind (and perhaps only in my mind!) this suggests that Pasolini wanted to present the sermon as more of a compendium of Jesus' teachings, not a long sermon that took place at one time. 
that is the Law and the Prophets.

Tyler comments:
El evangelio según San Mateo PosterThe Vatican newspaper recognises Pasolini’s ability to let the Gospel message flow freely through his work. The “cursed” director allows religious inspiration to flow through the camera and express itself on the screen. The Vatican film library has now stored the film in its computer database. The film has been blessed as “a performance that touches a sacred chord and is inspired by a sincere realism.”
It is “certainly the film in which the Gospel message rings out most fluidly, loftily and loudly, carved into the bare stone.” It is a perfect illustration of Francis’ “poor Church for the poor”.   (LaStampa- 2015)

Roundinf off

1) Peter T. Chattaway writes regularly about movies - Today on JESUS

2) -Wikipedia

The Gospel According to St. Matthew was ranked number 10 (in 2010) and number 7 (in 2011) in the Arts and Faith website's Top 100 Films,[15] also is in the Vatican's list of 45 great films and Roger Ebert's Great Movies list

 Places in South Italy - around BarileMatera, and Massafra, where the film was shot 
(Pasolini visited the Holy Land but found the locations unsuitable and "commercialized")
Pasolini ended up filming The Gospel According to St. Matthew in southern Italy (Mel Gibson would use some of the same locations forty years later for The Passion of the Christ), but he originally planned to shoot in the Holy Lands. This diary-on-film has Pasolini and his team visiting Galilee, Jordan, Damascus, Bethlehem and Jerusalem – and coming to the conclusion, with disappointment, that Matthew would have to be made elsewhere

Alternate versions 

The 2007 Region 1 DVD release from Legend Films features a colorized, English-dubbed version of the film, in addition to the original, black-and-white Italian-language version. (The English-dubbed version is significantly shorter than the original, with a running time of 91 minutes — roughly 40 minutes shorter than the standard version.)