EppsNet Archive: Spain

I Thought Fidel Castro Was Already Dead

28 Nov 2016 /

Maybe I’m thinking of Generalissimo Francisco Franco . . .


Screw Economics

23 Jan 2013 /

One of the classes I’m taking on Coursera is Principles of Economics for Scientists, taught by Prof. Antonio Rangel at Cal Tech.

First of all, it’s a great class. Rangel has a real passion for the material and he’s provided extra resources to accomodate online students, many of whom probably don’t have the math background of the average Cal Tech student.

He’s from Madrid, so his pronunciations and mannerisms are different, like the gesture below, which I captured from one of the video lectures.

Prof. Antonio Rangel

He was explaining how something or other would increase our understanding of economics and he punctuated the word “understanding” by pointing at his head with two fingers. I don’t know what this gesture means in Spain, or if it means anything at all. Probably he knows what it means in America, but as I said, he’s passionate about the material and I think he loses himself in what he’s saying.

He’s also one of the only two people I know who pronounce the word “subsequent” as sub-SEEK-went, the other being one of my work colleagues, who’s actually from this country and therefore has no excuse . . .


Restoration Massacre

22 Aug 2012 /

An elderly woman has destroyed a 19th-century Spanish fresco in a botched restoration conducted without permission.

“Restoration conducted without permission” = ignorant destruction of artistic treasures. This is why it pays to leave art restoration to trained professionals.

Botched restoration


Five Guys in Europe: La Sagrada Familia

27 Jun 2011 /

La Sagrada Familia is a nice building . . .


Five Guys in Europe: Museums

23 Jun 2011 /

Museums: Chocolate and Picasso . . .