Researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology unveiled a novel video-editing solution this week that automatically sorts and edits untouched footage into the most picturesque highlights for a vacation reel that could fill anyone with envy.
Having read Hemingway, I was primed to fall in love with the place. But the romance evaporated in my 20 days there. I expected to feel the rhythm of a Latin city, the whole salsa fantasy. But I was disappointed. With a cop on every corner, Havana would make New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani green with envy. I was expecting fireworks and all-night parties in the still-warm streets for New Year's Eve - instead, I was asleep by 2 a.m. The city was calm and silent, almost sulking. The regime had forbidden any street celebration.
Despite actions against the Bolivarian Revolution that the whole world is aware of, I envy the peace and order that Venezuela is now enjoying after the events of April 11, 2002, and the serious and dangerous attempt to stop the process of change in December and January, and that will enable it to speedily promote the fast-track literacy program. Nothing could be more strategic.
And curious? Cubans complicated my notion of race. In the early 1960s Miami was still a very segregated place. There were schools for blacks, like Booker T. Washington Junior-Senior High, where I attended, and for whites, schools like Thomas A. Edison High. When the first Cubans came, their children were sent to Edison although many of them had brown skin. I later learned they were considered mestizaje in Cuba, and had been reclassified as white when they defected. There may have been envy, too. The Cubans were greeted with fanfare and financial assistance while black Americans seemed to drop even lower on society's totem pole. 781b155fdc