"Hey, Puerto Rico, Fuck You!" - signed, Digital Entertainment Companies
Yes, this is me again complaining about content not available in “my country”. I bet you’re saying, “What’s so fucking special about Puerto Rico? There are other 200 countries that cannot access USA content!”
The thing is: I LIVE IN THE FREAKING UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.
The Star-Spangled Banner waves over this little piece of land since the American Army invaded this former colony of Spain in 1898. We have served in all USA wars of the 20th and 21th Century. We pay payroll taxes. We are protected by the USA Constitution and we are bound to comply with Federal laws, follow Federal regulations in foods, drugs, cosmetics, communications, building codes, etc. Our best beaches were used for more than half a century as a shooting practice targets for the Navy.
You all should know that, because our Tourism Department continuously reminds you that, if you are American, you don’t need a Passport to visit the Island of Enchantment: Puerto Rico, USA.
SO… WHAT’S THE FUCKING DEAL? Why can we have access to DIGITAL data? What kind of asshat determined that Puerto Rico’s IP addresses should be labeled as “foreign”? Who do I have to call to explain? Who do I have to call to complain?
America, I love you. I cherish my Hispanic roots and my American citizenship, but sometimes you make me feel like the battered wife of this relationship.
“Good values transcend culture, religion and all that other stuff. My mother’s values are good because she’s a good woman — probably the closest thing I know to a perfect human being. I guess I’m biased. We’re big believers in humility, working hard and being nice to people. I really can’t say it enough. There’s this great line that I love to quote. On his last show, before he signed off from NBC, Conan O’Brien said it way better than I do. I’m just quoting — ‘Nobody in life gets exactly what they thought they were going to get. But if you work really hard and you’re kind, amazing things will happen.’”—Darren Criss in Ruben Nepales’ book My Filipino Connection: The Philippines In Hollywood [source] (via daxterdd)
My style of scrapbooking is more story-centered than art-centered. Although I take pride on the aesthetic of my layouts, I am more concerned about preserving all the details that transport me to the specific moment I want to preserve. My biggest challenge is remembering dates, times, names when completing my journaling on my album pages.
The album that I’m working on right now is about a trip I made to NYC to watch a taping of Conan. Since I was traveling alone, I used Twitter and Foursquare extensively to leave the “track” of the places I was visiting and communicating with my friends in NY. When I started my album, I realized that all those “check-ins” and tweets were documenting the story of my trip. There were all our conversations with friends I met, the diners I ate in, the comedy clubs I visited.
I decided I wanted to incorporate my tweets and Foursquare check-ins to my album. With Foursquare, it was super easy to recover my history, badges and the address of the places I checked in. I “screen-grabbed” images from my browser and saved them. Managing the tweets were more difficult, because I tweet a lot. My lesson for the next occasion is to mark as “favorite” the tweets I want to include in my project, so I don’t have to sort through thousands of tweets.
As soon as I had all the images captured, I grouped them in 8.5 x 11 pages in my digital scrapbook program (I use StoryBook Creator and I love it) and then save them as PDFs.This is what they look like now:
I’m taking those documents tomorrow to Office Depot to have them printed on good-quality paper; then using the trimmer, cutting the images to incorporate them in my album.
Want to know how the final layouts look? Stay tuned!
I’ve never tried pot. When I was a girl, I was raised with a strong sense of rejection to drugs and cigarettes, and no one in my family smoked or used drugs. Alcohol was present in our family parties, but it was occasional and never a daily thing. As a result of my family effective “brainwashing” and the strong “Say no to drugs” campaign of the 80’s, I finished high school substance-free.
When I was in college, I did tried alcohol and cigarettes, but I was never exposed directly to pot or any other drug. I did have friends that tried/used pot, but it never happened in front of me. I wonder now if I would resist to trying pot, or if I would have rejected if given the opportunity to try. I want to think that I would say “NO” as the campaign slogans yelled at the time, but I can’t be 100% certain. The fact that it is illegal has always been a big dissuasive. Is not that I feel superior than others, I just think that my moral compass was more magnetized than others by my raising.
I oppose its use now because it is not only illegal, but because it is a gateway drug (although alcohol is it too). Marijuana impairs judgement and the ability to drive or operate machinery as alcohol does; but users/abusers of both drugs seem not to care and cause hundreds of accidents and deaths on the streets.
I have no opinion on its legalization. Some think that legal marijuana would lower the drug war; I think it won’t, because our strong underground economy will fiercely resist being regulated and taxed. The same way people still make “pitorro” (homemade distilled spirits), marijuana growers/traffickers will find a way to keep the underground channels of distribution. On the other hand, a heavy regulated legalization could demystify pot and the culture around it.
Would I tried it if it was legalized? I don’t think so. Maybe 25 years ago I would, but right now I’m too old and my mind is too fucked up to get hooked in more shit.
I noticed your questions under the #Catholic tag. I searched for ages to find my Spiritual Director (SD). Eventually, I asked several priest that I didn't know really well, but believed I could trust and after chatting with each of them, decided mutally with my current SD that he would be just that. Fr R has helped (and continues to help) me in all areas of my life. I try and see him at least once a fortnight and we chat about basically everything. If you want to ask more, feel free to inbox me.
Thanks for sharing your experience. I’m part of the Marist family, as I was raised in the Remar Youth Movement, and since 1992 I’ve been working as a leader in that Youth Ministry movement; now as auxiliary support. I’m also part of a Marist Fraternity, in which adults (mostly married couples and several single laypersons) get together to share our faith, and we have a Marist Brother who is more like a companion than a director. From Brother G. I have received a lot of guidance and support, but now I feel that I need more spiritual guidance from an ordained priest. I’ve found that it is a difficult task because most priests are really loaded with work, and spiritual direction is something that requires time and dedication. I really hope to receive more experiences from people in search of a Spiritual Director. God bless you.
I think I’m going through a midlife crisis. So many questions in my mind. What I have accomplished? Is this what I wanted? How is my relationship with God? What is my place in our Church? Have I make the right vocational choice? What am I supposed to do as a person to make the world a better place? Is this my road to happiness?
Looking forward to reconnect with a spiritual adviser.
Although most people I read here are way much younger than me, I would love to get your feedback. Do you have a spiritual adviser/director? How did you connected with him/her? How has him/her helped you?