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De los Servicios en Barajas

Se encontraba en el aeropuerto de Barajas (Madrid) mientras esperaba la conexión a su siguiente vuelo. Tenía un par de horas libres así que tras hablar con el jefe, se sentó a escribir un reporte sobre la productividad de su viaje para aprovechar el tiempo e ir adelantando trabajo, claro que, cuando abrió su portátil descubrió que la carga de la batería rondaba apenas el 5%.

El Blackberry también sin batería, tampoco tenía carga la de su móvil personal. Tras un suspiro fuerte con aire de frustrado recordó que llevaba consigo el cargador del móvil para el portátil. Pensó entonces que bastaría con cargar el portátil y así luego podría cargar el móvil de empresa. El reto entonces era encontrar un enchufe en un aeropuerto que, de haberlos los habrá y seguramente muchos, pero ¿cuántos disponibles al público como para conectar aparatos electrónicos personales?

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Posted by on May 20, 2009 in anecdotes, traveling


Incongruencias de la Burocracia

Se disponía a volar hacia Mallorca después de días de tormentosa planificación y detalles arreglados a último minuto.

Presentó su billete electrónico acompañado de su Certificado de Viajes o lo que es lo mismo, el padrón municipal emitido por el ayuntamiento  local, documentando que era residente canario a pesar de que su DNI decía lo contrario y así legitimando su derecho a recibir los descuentos de viaje pertinentes dada su condición.

En el mostrador de esta popular aerolínea le dijeron, entonces, que aquel documento no le valía puesto que no tenía fecha de caducidad. O sea que estaba vigente pero aún así no le valía… Le explicaron que debía presentar un certificado de los nuevos, de los que caducan cada 6 meses; claro que si no lo tenía siempre podía pagarse un pasaje en primera clase por un valor de aproximadamente 600€ porque eran los únicos que quedaban disponibles y si lo anterior no le era posible, entonces estaba claro que no podía volar.

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Posted by on May 20, 2009 in anecdotes, traveling


A Madrid Por Trabajo

Este lunes me voy a Madrid, me envía la empresa para recibir mi formación inicial así que estaré fuera de casa un par de días. Ya he preparado mi bolso aunque aún tengo esa sensación de que algo se me queda. Sólo estaré una noche fuera así que no me llevo mucha cosa, ni siquiera pienso facturar el equipaje y creo que así saldré más rápido una vez que llegue al aeropuerto de Barajas.

Lo malo es que salgo por TFN, así que tenemos que echarnos el viaje hasta Santa Cruz. Lo bueno es que no viajaré sola ya que una compañera de La Orotava está en el mismo vuelo conmigo. No la conozco pero sí hemos conversado por teléfono y ya hemos quedado para vernos allí en Los Rodeos.

Llegaremos a Madrid a las 3 de la tarde y a las 6 tenemos que estar en la Calle Goya para la presentación de RRHH. A las 20:30 tenemos una cena en Tapas y Vinos y entiendo que luego tendremos barra libre y debemos amanecer. Comentan los compañeros que la empresa lo hace adrede para que la gente empiece a beber, se relaje y por tanto socialice más con los compañeros.

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Posted by on April 19, 2008 in employment, traveling


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A Poem Without Words?

They say pictures are worth a thousand words, but are they really? I love pictures, picture-taking and everything related to photographs, and I’ve discovered that in some cases the saying proves to be true; nevertheless, I’ve recently found myself looking through a great deal of Facebook photo albums full of really good pictures taken in exotic or more familiar places that tend to lose their intrinsic importance because they simply have no captions.
Images and captions complement each other because an image by itself may be shallow at the same time that a stand-alone caption describes something that is missing. Despite of this, many people fail to enhance the depth of their images by not writing descriptions for those photographs. If you’re sharing photos on Facebook or anywhere else on the web for your friends, relatives and family to look at, don’t underestimate the importance of captions as they actually allow the viewer to better relate to both the image and the picture taker and to understand how each image connects to the set.

Captions to images can be defined as titles, short explanations, descriptions or labels that are usually short -one to four words or sentences long- associated to an image. However, while short captions are frequently recommended, they’re not always effective for trivial or obvious descriptions. For instance, imagine you have the following picture:

A caption saying “Ben and Julia kissing” might seem unimportant, so in these cases, it is better to use a short paragraph or two if that means adding value to the image, allowing the photographer to actually capture the image’s situation and providing people with adequate information to understand the picture and logically relate to its circumstances in a relatively small amount of words. Consider for instance using something like “The intense feeling of love still bringing Ben and Julia together after 50 years.”

The main reasons to use captions range from identifying the subject or most important element of the picture without necessarily giving the obvious details, identifying the place where the picture was taken to present relevant cultural or natural information, identifying the rest of the people or things in the picture, establishing when and why the picture was taken, and providing context for the picture, which involves letting the vie wer know the events surrounding that one specific moment in time or the actions that took place outside the frame and that are therefore not evident to the viewer.

To better understand the previous points let’s look at an example. Let’s say you took the following picture:

You could use captions to describe the action taking place and give the details about it without simply stating the obvious, “Linda walking towards Gina.” You could instead try something like “Linda taking her first steps towards her mommy,” which tells more about the significance of the picture, and if you further add “while dad gives her a hand on a sunny day at Gorky Park, Moscow after several frustrated attempts” the caption provides even more context to the picture and highlights the importance of the events taking place around the image.

Although different people have different captioning styles and although certain guidelines are to be followed when writing professional captions for journals or other media, and when actually selling pictures; regular people like you and me can still convey the meaningfulness of a picture to share on the web if writing a decent description for it. Captioning pictures can be both an art and a science, but the fact is that doing so remains a matter of taste. The most important thing to consider when writing labels is the content that you want people to notice in the picture and the stories, if any, behind it.

I recently vacationed in Chile and while there, I visited many historic places such as one of the three Pablo Neruda’s houses in that country. He was an iconic Chilean poet who won the Nobel Prize for Literature in the year 1971; the place was decorated with his belongings, and the one thing that captured my attention the most was the fact that he had lots of colored glasses because he believed the color improved the taste of drinks, so only people who weren’t welcomed at his house would get clear glasses.

The latter explanation would make a great description to the picture below, rather than simply stating “Bar area at Neruda’s house.” It also adds worth and importance to the image as it allows the viewer to know an interesting fact about a whole bunch of otherwise seemingly random colored glasses sitting on a bar station.

Another example could be for instance my visit to Valparaíso, which is a port in Chile that you can see in the picture that comes next:

Rather than just stating the location, something like “Valparaíso’s landscape, declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 2003 because of its historical importance, natural beauty, port’s history and unique architecture” could be used to enhance the significance of the picture and let people know more about the site. In other words, if you have a story to share then make sure do so even if the story or the picture will never have the same meaning to viewers than they do to you. It makes all the difference. It is useless to have traveled around the world, been to places and to post great pictures you’ve taken if you and only you know what they are, where and when they were taken, who the people in them are and why you took them.

Of course you won’t always have something to say about a picture, but even a small and simple caption can enhance and draw the viewer’s attention to it. Noun phrases, prepositional phrases, adjectives, active verbs and adverbs can all be used to highlight the most significant information of an image. You can use descriptive captions that say something about the physical attributes of the picture, conceptual captions that explain the ideas you were going for when taking the picture or technical captions that talk about the analytical or theoretical aspects related to the image.

Sometimes letting viewers interpret the picture by themselves is a good idea, but at other times doing so only implies that they probably won’t get as much meaning out of the picture as they would if they had more information on it. Do not assume that viewers will automatically know everything about the picture; make sure the viewer does not overlook the fundamental elements in the picture and that your captions do the job of letting them know instead of leaving them to wonder what the picture is trying to convey. Let the text illustrate outstanding aspects of the picture and let the viewer draw out visual information from it so that he or she can have a guided interpretation of the image.

A picture isn’t always worth a thousand words, so make sure you use at least two or three to let your viewer recognize the meaning of it. “Your purpose is to make your audience see what you saw, hear what you heard, feel what you felt. Relevant detail, couched in concrete, colorful language, is the best way to recreate the incident as it happened and to picture it for the audience.” (by Dale Carnegie)

Images by: Hummer and Nancy R. Cohen @ GettyImages, Cris DeRaud @ Stock.Xchng, Hans Arne Nakrem @ Enjoy Chile, and Edmund Yeo @ Swifty’s Blogger


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