“The growth of free illegal music is a
fact, and it will seemingly never stop.” — Camacho Murillo, A. (2013)

This quote pretty much sums up my view on the whole piracy issue. Camacho, in his essay “Music piracy and illegal sharing: are artists being affected?” states that illegal download do not actually affect artists, because they compensate those losses through other means like concerts and merchandise. I believe this to be true, because the Internet serves as a way to advertise their music for FREE. The more exposure an artist gets, the more they will revenue in the long run through concerts, merchandise, event tickets, etc. In fact, artists can now manage their own music, instead of relying on big record companies. At the same time, loyal fans will always want to buy their artists music as a way of offering support. On the other hand, when it comes to downloading music or copying it for your friend, I believe it is okay. Apparently, it is not according to law, but once I pay for something I can only expect to do with it anything I want. After all, it’s mine. I don’t know what your opinion is on this, classmates, but this has been my two cents. Let me know what you guys think. 



Camacho Murillo, Andrés. 2013. “Music piracy and illegal sharing: are artists being affected?.” Revista Criterio Libre 11, no. 18: 113-124. Fuente Académica Premier, EBSCOhost (accessed November 29, 2013).

3 Is The Magic Number

For class we were asked to share with everyone 3 things: our favorite TEDx talk, book and video. My favorites are these:

1. TEDxUSagradoCorazón talk:

This talk was titled CienciaPR & Social Networking. As I explain in my first post about this TED talk, Daniel Colón (speaker) explained what social networking means to the scientific world, and how it could help create even better ideas by collecting ideas from different scientists, students, professors, etcetera, and binding them through social media in order to create better ones. Why did I love this talk? Easy. Science is a very important factor for us. It teaches us about the past, how we can improve our present, and how we can put this knowledge to good use for our future. If social media, which is a growing and ultimately deciding factor for many people nowadays, can help conglomerate knowledge and help improve it across state lines, rivers, mountains, oceans, whatever the obstacle, then it is definitely something to get excited about and love.

2. Favorite book:

My favorite book has to be Dove by Robin Lee Graham. Why do I love it so much? Well, my father gave me this book when I was about 10 years old and told me to read it because he had read it when he was just a little boy and loved the adventures it tells. For this, it has a lot of sentimental value for me and I treasure it dearly. As well, I am a sailor and have always dreamt of sailing around the world just like in the book. Moreover, Dove is a book about a 16-year-old boy (Robin Lee Graham) who decides to sail around the world in a 24-foot sailboat. He sets sail from San Pedro, California. Five years and 33,000 miles later, Robin finishes his journey and comes home with many many experiences and adventures to tell.

Cover of book Dove by author Robin Lee Graham


3. Favorite video:

This may be a little cliché considering it’s an extremely popular video, but the first time I saw it, it brought tears to my eyes. I was amazed at how easily we have the world at our fingertips with the Internet and, of course, searching about everything through Google. My favorite video is Zeitgeist 2012: Year In Review. Hopefully, 2013’s video is as impressive or even better. Anyways, I love this video because it shows that not everything we search for is negative, the world searches for positive things, things that interest them, things that are important social/historical events, and most importantly, people search because they have the need to always want to know more. That is impressive, always having an itch to find out and learn about something. It’s even more interesting to see what most people searched for compiled into a short video. Google definitely won my vote with this one.

Tired of the same old lonely routine…

Recently my school’s workload has been off the record. Considering we are closing up the semester pretty soon, things are really starting to pile up. It’s my third year in college and my stress levels are on record high. As that Pure Michigan commercial says “The to-do list is longer than the I want to-do list.” (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LOXUaLFLajY) It seems as if my studies are clouding my life. I am tired of everything that has to do with work, projects, groups, essays, tests, among the many tormenting things an education requires. There hasn’t been a time in my life where I’ve wanted to just snap my fingers and disappear, go far away on vacation. At least, until my mind clears up. I don’t know about you travelers, but some of you may feel the same way about school as well, or work, or even the pace of life you live. What’s the point in following a system? Why am I required to gain a high education level? I’ll just spend the rest of my life stuck with a 9-5 schedule working for someone who will not even care about my ambitions, dreams, or plans. It’s overwhelming to think about all of this and, certainly, it gives me an even greater desire to just explore the world and forget about everything else. After all, I got one life to live. The downside to this freedom speech is that money runs the world, and without it I can’t take the first plane out towards Berlin. It’s a hard-knock life indeed, Annie. I guess my whole rant could be an inspiration to some of you to get out there and do what you want, travel the world. I’m starting to think about it more and more everyday. Hopefully, I’ll have the courage someday to act upon it. Time is the only one that can tell. I’ll leave you with that thought and a few pictures of amazing travel destinations. Adieu for now, wanderers!

The Great Wall, China
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Fiji Some rights reserved by Drumsara

Ireland Rock of Cashel Some rights reserved by Wyld Ginger





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December 31st, 2012 was the last day Newsweek magazine released its last print issue. As we all know, technology is growing faster and more popular by the second. Because of this, many people have lost interest in print magazines, newspapers, and books. As a consequence, many of these “print” companies have ceased production. Such was the case with Newsweek magazine. On the front cover of this December 2012 issue it “hashtagged” #LastPrintIssue. The controversial/ironic part of this hashtag was that it kind of pointed out whose fault it was that the magazine ceased print, but gave way to their new form of publication, which was through the web version of the magazine. What does this mean for the print world? Well, I believe that print is print and will always be print. No matter how much technology becomes a greater part of our lives, there are always going to be people who prefer print over digital media. It is important to acknowledge, that with the rising interest in the technological world, many of us are attracted to the idea of having every-bit of information out there, in the palm of our hands. However, there is nothing like the feel of paper on your hands, or the smell of an old book. There are certain emotions that print media evokes in us that digital media will never replace. It is safe to say that we move with the new, technological world, but we keep much of the old. I guess that Newsweek’s cease of print came tied to other factors, like not good-enough advertising, or insufficient marketing strategies, but not to people preferring digital media. Yes, it’s growing, fast and popular, but not so much as to become the #1 source for people’s news. Remember that information through the Internet could hold many fallacious arguments and many folks know that. As well, the majority of the population is not “connected” to the digital world. Therefore, print is their reliable source.

Visit California “Out There”

On the same note as my last California post, I will say that this state intrigues me effortlessly. I find that there are so many different things one can do there. There’s something that peaks anyone’s interest, and it peaks a lot of mine. From stargazing, to sightseeing, surfing to white-water rafting, it could easily interest any traveler with an adventurous side. I’ve only been to California once, and I was there for two weeks, not nearly enough. I wish to visit this place many times in my life. However, what I want you guys to take from the commercial is not the advertisement for the city, but the title of the commercial “Out there.” Get out there traveler, and explore the world. After all, it’s at your fingertips, you just have to fall for it .

Midterm Round-up

For class, we were asked to round-up our blog posts and classify them in a few categories. That’s what this post will be about. The traveling will keep coming after, no worries.

1. Blog posts that have been assignments:

  • Tarea 1- https://windingcities.wordpress.com/2013/08/27/not-all-those/
  • Tarea 2- https://windingcities.wordpress.com/2013/09/02/first-stop/
  • Tarea 3- https://windingcities.wordpress.com/2013/09/10/ole/ — https://windingcities.wordpress.com/2013/09/15/delicious-traveling-and-internet-knowledge/
  • Tarea 4- https://windingcities.wordpress.com/2013/09/26/a-little-out-there-jobs-movie-review/
  • Tarea 5- https://windingcities.wordpress.com/2013/09/30/banana-bread-because-banana-bread/
  • Tarea 6- https://windingcities.wordpress.com/2013/10/08/facebook-vs-google/
  • Tarea 7- https://windingcities.wordpress.com/2013/10/08/blog-compilation/
  • Tarea 8- https://windingcities.wordpress.com/2013/10/18/feedly/
  • Tarea 9- https://windingcities.wordpress.com/2013/10/22/tedxusagradocorazon/

2. I have not done a summary for the class yet.

3. Blog posts pertaining information about the topics discussed in class:

  • Delicious https://windingcities.wordpress.com/2013/09/15/delicious-traveling-and-internet-knowledge/
  • “Jobs” movie review https://windingcities.wordpress.com/2013/09/26/a-little-out-there-jobs-movie-review/
  • Facebook vs. Google https://windingcities.wordpress.com/2013/10/08/facebook-vs-google/
  • Blog Compilation  https://windingcities.wordpress.com/2013/10/08/blog-compilation/
  • Feedly https://windingcities.wordpress.com/2013/10/18/feedly/
  • TEDxUSagradoCorazon https://windingcities.wordpress.com/2013/10/22/tedxusagradocorazon/

4. Total blog views:

+ a total of 29 followers


5. Opinions about the class so far:

Considering what other students say around campus about the INF103 class, I was a little skeptic at first. However, I had heard good reviews about my professor, Prof. Vantaggiato, so I was excited. I heard we would have to maintain a blog and tweet in class. Which brings me to my next point, Twitter in class is probably the best thing about the whole course. It gives students the opportunity to utilize this social media as a tool to interact with classmates, the professor, and, best of all, maintain a record of what is being discussed in class. Although it may seem like students are more attentive to their cellphones because of Twitter, we really are paying attention, because we tweet about the class, give tips to each other, and discuss our opinions on different matters of the Internet/Computer world. I hope this tool can be implemented in other courses as well.

The other grand part about class is blogging. I’m not a fan of blogging outside of what Tumblr offers, but it was nice to give something else a try. It has been fun up to date, but I find it a lot of work to maintain a constant blogging rate. Blogging is something some people get payed for, so I see it as more of a job than a hobby. I don’t know if I will keep my blog after the course ends, but it has been intriguing and a new learning experience. That is why I’ve welcomed it with open arms. As the semester turns a corner into the end, I hope we keep learning about this technological realm and the many tools it offers us to communicate with each other and make our lives easier one connection at a time.


“Herding Cats: Internet Communities for Scientists” was the name of the TED conference I live-streamed from my university this past Friday. It was given by Daniel Colon Ramos, a Puerto Rican scientist working at Yale University. He came down from Yale to give a conference at Sagrado Corazón.

He began by telling us that it is extremely important to know how the brain forms and functions. Then, he explained some facts about himself and his family; using his triplets’ experiences in acquiring knowledge to exemplify how our brain learns. We learn when we have contact or sight with someone or something. We gain knowledge by observing and encountering. Colon’s example was his triplets’ first contact with sand. Here they learned about its texture, feel, smell, taste, whatever the contact they had with it, their brains registered it.

Well, that’s the point with knowledge. How do we acquire it from each other if we don’t have the means to contact each other? Easy. Social media helps scientists, students, teachers, and people in general to communicate with each other and exchange that knowledge. One of the social platforms that was launched was “Ciencia Puerto Rico” (http://www.cienciapr.org/). It is an online community for people interested in science developments/knowledge from Puerto Rico. Composed of students, scientist, collaborators, professors, and teachers, Ciencia Puerto Rico gets over a thousand visits a month. People are interested in it. They are interested in transforming the way science is taught and thought about in Puerto Rico, but also in how it could be applied to other communities around the world, in order to impact and influence more.

Why do this? As Daniel Colon stated, first, scientific literacy is the basis for every knowledge-based economy. Second, scientific literacy is to the 21st century what knowing how to read and write was to the 20th century. In other words, it is extremely important for our communities’ evolution process. Lastly, scientist are the ones that can produce this knowledge, which is created in communities.

Project Ciencia Puerto Rico wanted to create collaboration from scientist communities. It wanted to bring people together, in this case, people that had a common desire: dispersing knowledge to others, getting the message out there. The cool thing about it is that some of you may think not many people are interested in doing this, but that’s wrong. This project is extremely popular, and it didn’t even need a marketing strategy. Currently, Ciencia Puerto Rico thousands of users from around the world. It was designed for people who had and interest in contributing towards Puerto Rican science. Social networking permitted this. It also allowed people to contribute easily by adding content to the website and exchanging knowledge. Most members are concentrated in Puerto Rico, but others are dispersed throughout the U.S. and Latin America. Many of them are students looking to create mentorships and interested in learning a little bit more. It is always important to learn a little bit more.

Does it work? Of course it does. In fact, Puerto Rico’s main newspaper “El Nuevo Día” transferred information from here on to articles that were published and used by teachers in schools. Basically, Ciencia Puerto Rico connected brains online! More brains + more scientists = more knowledge. Pretty simple math right there. The main component you need to take from here is that science in produced in few places. Social media helps connect these places and communities, in order to have everyone contribute to each other’s ideas. If this is something that interests you, help out. Help change the way every scientist communicates with each other and the general public. Help knowledge surface. Check the website out and lend a hand to make our world a more knowledgable one.