This blog is a project for my class of english. Is for it, that the
"post" are en english when my mother language is español.

Is for it too that is possible that my posts have some
mistakes. If you write me i can fix this.

Welcome all
I hope that this place be a good place for share.

Michel Focault a New and Infamous Thinker

The infamous man that studied the infamous men.

Michel Focault was a French philosopher, social theorist, historian of ideas, and literary critic. He was an intelectual ahead of his time, a visionary in all ways. His work converges into the way and importance of "the power" in human realtionships, for this reason he looked into the most common topics of our times.

His most important books are:

As you can see Madness is important in Focault´s work. He claimed that insisting on giving a definition of Madness is a caracteristic of oun society, and we should challenge this.

Something similar happend with the infamous persons and things, with the sexuality, and the prision.

Michel Foucault was a researcher of freaks, because he himself was a freak in his time. He was a homosexual and was the first famous intellectual that died of SIDA.

Foucault's ideas have generated diverse lines of thinking and research, his focus on the bodies and power, have influenced all social sciences, being precursor of gender and sexualities studies, as well as the critical studies.

"Discipline and Punish" forecasted the evolution of Control Mechanisms in our Societies, making questions  and describing  the way the contemporany society produces and reproduces these mechanisms.

In this sense, it´s very interesting to lisento the conversation in 1971, given to a TV Show in france,  between Michel Focault and Noam Chomsky, to understand the ideas of both, in to the third debate of the International Philosophers' Project, "Human Nature: Justice versus Power".



"La Trova" y "Silvio Rodriguez". Music for all.... My favorites Bands or Singers

Music for all.... My favorites Bands or Singers
In this ocassion y have to write about my favorite Band or singer, but i think that we, the music´s lovers haven´t got just one favorite band or singer. We have a favorite band or singer depending on the kind of music.

Music is varied and it´s difficult to put all the different kinds of music in the same box.

I like a lot of music, but if I had to choose some, i would choose the two  most important kinds for me: the "Trova" And  the "Rock".

Now I will only talk about  " la trova", because i think that is more part of own of latinoamerica, in other moment i will post about Rock,  which is, i think, closer to english-speaking peolple.

"La trova"

The trova is a important music of Latin america, it born in Cuba of the hand the Cuban revolution.

My favorite singer in this kind of music is too, is the most important,  Silvio Rodriguez. This Cuban Man was the inspiration for me, thank him I play guitar, and i´m feeling a left man.

His life is very interested, He was a soldier in the cuban revolution, and a important part of his music was made in a boat war, trip to Africa, for  to make the revolution there.

The Silvio´s discography is very big and completly recommendable. But in this post, I leave a little sample.

"Triptico" Is a triology in honor to the 25 years of Cuban revolution.
The best for me is a "Triptico 3".

You can read more doing clik in this link:

"Música Libre" Silvio por los Bunkers

Tu fantasma


You can hear the silvio's songs doing click here.

I waiting for your coments.


I am me !!


This should be my first post, but no. i wrote one post yesterday to explain the name of this blog.

For my exercise, in my english class, i have to write a short autobiography. There we go!

For if you don´t know, my name is Victor Acuña. I am 33 years old, like Christ, i hope i don´t die the same way.

I´m a Sociologist,  I studied in a University  "Academia de Humanismo Cristiano" ,  Christian Humanism Academic. At the moment I´m doing a Master about Psicology Comunitary in University of Chile. The English course is part of it.

I was born in Santiago, my firs years i lived in Maipu, on the periphery of Santiago, but i loved Pudahuel, too in the periphery. In this district i was living whit the rest of my life. I loved Pudahuel, because there was my family and my friends, also all weekend my family went there, this was fun for me.

My family, at that time, was made up by my father, my mother and me. Later, my sister, who is 23 now, was born. She´s probably, the most important person for my. She´s my partner, my friend and my daughter too, to a certain extent.

I always had a lot of hobbies. I played guitar, i read a lot of novels, I danced in a Parties, etc... Today i do the same and some things more.

I hope this will be enough for you to get to know me.


Ser y Estar. Mario Benedetti

Here is a poem by Mario Benedetti that demonstrates some of the difficulties with translating. This poem gave the name to explain why I namemd this blog like this.

I will give the Spanish version first, followed by the English translation in the book by Charles Dean Hatfield.

Ser y Estar

Oh marine
oh boy
una de tus dificultades consiste en que no sabes 
distinguir el ser del estar 
para ti todo es to be 

así que probemos a aclarar las cosas 

por ejemplo
una mujer es buena 
cuando entona desafinadamente los salmos 
y cada dos años cambia el refrigerador 
y envía mensualmente su perro al analista 
y sólo enfrenta el sexo los sábados de noche 

en cambio una mujer está buena
cuando la miras y pones los perplejos ojos en blanco 
y la imaginas y la imaginas y la imaginas 
y hasta crees que tomando un martini te vendrá el coraje 
pero ni así 

por ejemplo
un hombre es listo 
cuando obtiene millones por teléfono 
y evade la conciencia y los impuestos 
y abre una buena póliza de seguros 
a cobrar cuando llegue a sus setenta 
y sea el momento de viajar en excursión a capri y a parís 
y consiga violar a la gioconda en pleno louvre 
con la vertiginosa polaroid 

en cambio
un hombre está listo 
cuando ustedes 
oh marine 
oh boy 
aparecen en el horizonte 
para inyectarle democracia.

Being and Seeming 

(trans. by Charles Dean Hatfield)

Oh marine
oh boy
part of your problem is that you don't know
the difference between "being" and "seeming"
to you everything just "is"

now let me explain

for example
a woman "is" good
when she sings the psalms out of tune
and gets a new refrigerator every two years
and sends her dog to an analyst every month
and only deals with sex on saturday nights

on the other hand, a woman "seems" good (at least to me)
when you gaze at her and your puzzled eyes go blank
and you dream of her dream of her dream of her
and think that a martini will give you the courage
when not even that'll do it

for example
a man "is" done
when he earns millions over the phone
and evades taxes and his conscience
and buys into a good retirement plan
to cash in when he turns seventy
and it's time to fly to capri and paris
where he gets to rape the gioconda right in the louvre
with his speedy polaroid.

on the other hand,
a man "seems" done (done-for, that is)
when you boys
oh marine
oh boy
appear on the horizon
to give him a dose of democracy.