vemödalen – n. the frustration of photographing something amazing when thousands of identical photos already exist—the same sunset, the same waterfall, the same curve of a hip, the same closeup of an eye—which can turn a unique subject into something hollow and pulpy and cheap, like a mass-produced piece of furniture you happen to have assembled yourself. | ETYMOLOGY: From Swedish vemod, «tender sadness, pensive melancholy» + Vemdalen, the name of a Swedish town. Swedish place names are the source of IKEA’s product names—the original metaphor for this idea was that these clichéd photos are a kind of prefabricated furniture that you happen to have built yourself. As a side note, the umlaut isn’t proper Swedish, but I liked the idea of a little astonished face (ö) sitting in the middle of the word.

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Traduce como puedas: 136 títulos de películas en español absolutamente ridículos

-Esta abuela es un peligro (Big Momma’s House, 2000). Quién no veía ese título en el año 2000, el año del futuro, y pensaba «Todas las películas del porvenir van a ser así de desternillantes»
-Agárralo como puedas (The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad!, 1988). Cuando se les ocurrió el título, un becario preguntó qué se agarraba: fue despedido al día siguiente.
-Zombies Party (Shaun of the dead, 2004). A ver, ¿cómo convences a alguien de que esta peli de zombis es una comedia? ¡Diciendo que es una fiesta! Doble puntuación por traducir de nuevo al inglés. Triple puntuación por encantarle el título a su director.

Macro room

La macrofotografía permite mostrar a gran tamaño diminutos detalles en insectos y objetos pequeños y el canal de YouTube Macro Room se recrea en las posibilidades que ofrece este tipo de lentes especiales. Algunos de sus vídeos, que registran al milímetro los objetos cotidianos, superan las 800.000 visionados. También logran miles de comentarios de usuarios que aseguran alucinar con la explosión de color y la calidad de información visual inédita que se descubre ante sus ojos.

The new Jim Crow

Jarvious Cotton’s great-great-grandfather could not vote as a slave. His great-grandfather was beaten to death by the Klu Klux Klan for attempting to vote. His grandfather was prevented from voting by Klan intimidation; his father was barred by poll taxes and literacy tests. Today, Cotton cannot vote because he, like many black men in the United States, has been labeled a felon and is currently on parole.As the United States celebrates the nation’s «triumph over race» with the election of Barack Obama, the majority of young black men in major American cities are locked behind bars or have been labeled felons for life. Although Jim Crow laws have been wiped off the books, an astounding percentage of the African American community remains trapped in a subordinate status–much like their grandparents before them. In this incisive critique, former litigator-turned-legal-scholar Michelle Alexander provocatively argues that we have not ended racial caste in America: we have simply redesigned it. Alexander shows that, by targeting black men and decimating communities of color, the U.S. criminal justice system functions as a contemporary system of racial control, even as it formally adheres to the principle of color blindness. The New Jim Crow challenges the civil rights community–and all of us–to place mass incarceration at the forefront of a new movement for racial justice in America.