Monday, October 5, 2015

Wonders of music reveals heaven in the visit of Pope Francis to US

Music discovering during PopeinDC

During Pope's Francis visit to Washington, I discovered some music composed for Junípero Serra's Canonization Mass at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception on Sept. 23, 2015, in Washington. Thankfully, the event was
broadcast live on tv... #PopeinDC.

Before Junípero Serra's Mass. PopeinDC. Source: usatoday

The music that called my attention is the one of the Psalm 96, that was composed especially for the Mass by Tony Alonso, who at only 35 is considered one of the most prominent American composers of liturgical music... as praytellblog reports... "My father is from Cuba, to be composing something for the first Latin American pope — who, ironically, will be visiting Cuba before he makes his first visit to the United States, where he will be celebrating a mass in Spanish — touches me on an especially personal level... No pope has celebrated mass before in the U.S. in Spanish".

Junípero Serra's Mass. PopeinDC. Source:

Five groups performed, including a gospel choir, the Catholic University Chamber Choir and a “Papal Mass Choir” of 90 participants selected from more than 300 people who auditioned in the D.C. area (washingtonpost). The choral leading voice was carried out by a smiling wonderful opera singer, Colleen Daly, another amazing discovering.

Orquestra and choirs. Mass PopeinDC.
Source: video

Actually, I fell in love with the wonderful music for the Psalm 96. This music has a trombone beginning reminding of some jazz song... all the music is like a wonderful film soundtrack whose notes of joy get to elevate the spirit, waking it up to the most musical soul.

Opera singer Collen Daly. Mass PopeinDC.
Source: video

Note: Psalm 96 seems to correspond to Salmo 95 in Spanish. Mass program and lyrics sources: popeindc.cua and usccb

Watch and listen Psalm 96 music: VIDEO

Responsorial Psalm 96 - Lyrics

Cuenten las maravillas del Señor a todas naciones,
Proclaim his marvelous deeds to all the nations,
Cuenten las maravillas.

Canten al Señor un cántico nuevo,
Canten al Señor, toda la tierra;
Canten al Señor, bendigan su nombre.


Proclaim his salvation day by day,
tell among the nations his glory,
and his wonders among all the peoples.


Familias de los pueblos, aclamen al Señor,
aclamen la gloria y el poder del Señor,
aclamen la gloria del nombre del Señor.


Worship the Lord in holy splendor.
O tremble before him all the earth.
Say to the nations, “The Lord is King.”
He will judge the peoples in fairness.


Some music during PopeinNYC

United Nations:
Another wonderful performance, during Pope Francis's visit to US, was the one at the end of his speech in the UN. A chorus of men and women wearing typical world dresses sang a popular Argentinian lullaby (romereports), "Duerme negrito" (Sleep little black boy), with an impeccable southern America black sound.
Pope Francis' full visit with speech to the United Nations: VIDEO (hopefully, the song should be at the end of the video. Not checked)

Rainbow angel... j
ust before arrival of PopeinMSG, NYC via twitter

Madison Square Garden: During the Papal Mass in the MSG in NYC there were also musical performances... Full Mass: VIDEO (not checked)
Picture: Harry Connick Jr singing at MSG before the Papal Mass in NYC pic via twitter

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Pope Francis and Rome mayor in Don Francesco e l'onorevole Marino

After all the beautiful messages of Love by Pope Francis during his visit to Washington, NYC and Philadelphia... a really tangled anecdote happened regarding the the Rome mayor Marino.

Pope Francis replies to question on plane back to Rome

As La Stampa reports, on the plane back to Rome from Philadelphia, stimulated by a question perhaps not coincidental, the Pope made it clear not to have invited the mayor in America and that he even had been informed by the organizers, ending up with attributing his presence to the fact "Marino professes Catholic" (not that "he is Catholic," but that "he professes". The translation by some international media, like yahoonews, was "he pretends to be Catholic"). Actually, Marino never said to have been invited by the Pope. In fact, since the beginning of the summer, everyone knew that the invitation had been delivered by the mayor of Philadelphia.

Pope Francis asked about Ignazio Marino, Rome mayor. Flight back to Rome after visit to US: VIDEO
Transcript in Italian with English translation:
- Journalist asks Pope Francis: "Il sindaco di Roma, Marino, ha dichiarato che é venuto all'Incontro delle famiglie, alla Messa, perché `e stato invitato da Lei... Ci dice com'è andata?" ("Mayor of Rome said he's come to the Meeting of Families, to the Mass, because he's been invited by you... how well it has gone?")
- Pope Francis: "Io non ho invitato sindaco Marino, chiaro?... Io non ho fatto e ho chiesto gli organizzatori e neppure loro lo hanno invitato... lui è venuto, lui si professa Cattolico ed è venuto spontaneamente... è chiaro" (I have not invited mayor Marino, okay? ... I didn't and I asked the organizers and neither they invited him... he came, he professes to be a Catholic and came spontaneously ... it's clear")

Note: Here, full transcript of Pope Francis' inflight interview from Philadelphia to Rome.

Rome mayor before Pope Francis's arrival to Mass of WMF in Philly. Source: dagospia

City Hall of Rome's press note

After that, as rainews reports, the city hall of Rome released a press statement saying Rome mayor had never said that he had been invited by Pope Francis to the Meeting of Families in Philadelphia, and that the trip to Philly was born in June from a meeting with Philadelphia mayor, Michael Nutter, and the Archbishop Charles Chaput. The note added that he had also had a meeting with Monsignor Paglia to talk about his presence in the Philadelphia event.

The radio phone joke to a Vatican Archbishop

During "La Zanzara" radio show (dagospia; theguardian), a fake Matteo Renzi (left-wing leader in Italy) phoned Monsignor Vincenzo Paglia, president of the Pontifical Council for the Family.
Renzi-Paglia: pic via twitter
Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia, president of the Pontifical Council at #WMF2015: pic via twitter:

Fake Matteo Renzi talking to Monsignor Paglia on the phone: VIDEO-AUDIO
Transcript in Italian with English translation:
Mons Paglia: - ''Lui ci ha brigato. Ha cercato di sfruttare questa situazione, e questo fa imbestialire il Numero Uno. Certo che si è imbucato. Il sindaco è una brava persona. Però nessuno lo ha invitato. Io con lui parlai una volta, mesi questa storia il Papa era furibondo'' ("'He has used us. He tried to take advantage of this situation, and this really upset/enrages the Number One. Of course he has sneaked in/crashed the party. The mayor is a good person. But no one invited him. I spoke with him once, months ago ... about this story the Pope was furious").
Mons Paglia: "Quando era a Filadelfia ha insistito per vederlo e rivederlo, e questo ha fatto scocciare tremendamente il Papa. Deve avere delle cose da farsi perdonare, sta cercando appoggi. Queste cose fanno infuriare il Pontefice, con lui non funzionano. E mettono un bel freno al rapporto" ("When he was in Philadelphia, he insisted to see him and see him again, and this has made the Pope feel bothered. He must be in need to be forgiven for something, he is looking for support., but with him this doesn't work. And it makes a break in the relationship'').
Fake Renzi: ''If the Holy Father thinks I should act, I'll do''.
Mons Paglia: ''Lui non lo dirà mai. Però certo ha fatto una figura proprio da bischero. Poi con la fascia da sindaco, unico lì davanti" (''He (the Pope) will never say that. But certainly he's been a fool (mayor), then/besides with the Mayor ribbon, the only one there in the front row'').

Pope Francis and mayor Marino. Source: ilmessaggero via twitter

Searching for the truth

Did Rome mayor Marino sneaked in the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia?

According to archphila (1 Sep 2015), the Vatican's Pontifical Council for the Family included an International Mayors Forum in the World Meeting of Families Congress... Mayors participating included: Puebla (Mexico); New Orleans; Philadelphia and... Mayor Ignazio Marino, Rome, Italy.
Who's the president of the Pontifical Council for the Family? Monsignor Paglia.

Who invited Rome mayor?
Himself replied via twitter "Thanks to @Michael_Nutter and @TempleUniv for inviting me, thanks to Temple for covering my travel costs to PHL. Thank you, people of Philly!". He spoke via Fbook about the controversy. This was later confirmed by the spokesman for Philly mayor: "mayor of Rome was indeed invited to attend the Pope's visit by the mayor of Philadelphia, Michael Nutter, and Archbishop Chaput" (iltempo); and by Temple University via twitter.

Who paid Rome mayor's travel?

A spokesman for Temple University: "The Temple University has covered the cost for transport (plane and train) and not accommodation to Marino... accommodation was paid to one of the staff members (huffingtonpost).

What did the Vatican say about this anecdote?
Vatican spokesman Federico Lombardi: About the Pope... "Il giornalista doveva verificare prima quanto stava chiedendo. Il Papa ha risposto per quel che sapeva" ("The journalist should check before about what he was asking. The Pope has replied according to what he knew"). (corriere). About Monsignor Paglia... “Those statements are not the Vatican's position... Statements made by a private conversation - obtained with unacceptable deception - can not express in any way the position of the Holy See” (theguardian)(lastampa)

What did Rome mayor say later on?
About the question made by a journalist to Pope Francis during the flight Philadelphia-Rome, Rome mayor said: "To the question of my journey to Philadelphia I would have not replied..., I would have said... 'That's not the purpose of the press conference'...". About the radio interview to Monsignor Paglia by a fake Matteo Renzi..."I don't express opinions about bishops who have the duty of healing our consciences" (huffingtonpost).

Rome mayor at Temple University conference: pic via twitter
Archb. Chaput and Archb. Paglia embrace, opening press conference WMF: pic via twitter
Sitting from R to L: Nutter (Philly mayor), Mons. Paglia, Archb.Chaput: pic via twitter
Rome mayor with NYC mayor Bloomberg: pic via twitter
Rome mayor with governor of Pennsylvania, before Papal Mass in Philly: pic via twitter
Aretha Franklin singing for Pope Francis, Papal Mass in Philly: pic via twitter
Photo joke Pope and Marino in the plane: pic via twitter
Cartoon/vignette Rome mayor Marino: pic via twitter

This song came to my mind and, changing the chorus lyrics a little, suits just for the case... ;) "It's my party and I invite if I want to, invite if I want to..."

: Popes are human beings that may fall in trap questions by the media, sometimes information may be real dis/mis-information, and Rome mayors may be gossip topic in a credible joke-phonecall of a radio show involving the Vatican.

: The title in Italian (translation "Sir Francis and the honorable Marino") makes reference to the film: Don Camillo e l'Onorevole Peppone (1955).

Saturday, June 6, 2015

How to speed up or slow down a video clip on VirtualDub

A. The full video
Example: if video fps (frame rate per second) is 30, and we wanna speed it up 5 times
Click frame rate: check "change fps to:"150.0000 and Convert to fps: 30.0000
1. Video: select "Direct stream copy"
2. Audio:
a) Select "Full processing mode" and check "Use advanced filtering" -> select "Filters": add this filter chain input -> stretch -> output
Select Stretch and click configure: ratio will be 0.5 if you want to double the speed or 2.0 if you want to halve the speed.
b) Select appropriate Audio Compression.
  Save as avi (video will not be re-encoded, audio will be)

B. A part of the video:
Example: You want the middle of the video in slow motion.
First check the video FPS and audio sample rate in the file information (example: 25fps and 44100, 128 stereo)

1. Select the first part (normal speed) and click:
Video: "Direct Stream Copy"
Audio: "Full Compression" and choose original compression (44100,128 stereo).
Save video (first part)

2. Set the new start point for the second (slow motion part) and the end point.
Video: "Direct stream Copy"
Frame rate: Change Frame Rate to FPS: 12.5;  choose "Convert to FPS" and insert 25.
Audio: click compression again and save the new clip. If you want the audio slowed down ->select "Use Advanced Filtering" -> Filters: make chain (Input' 'Stretch' 'Ratty Pitch' and 'Output')
Click on Stretch: rate=2
Click on Ratty: 2
Compress the audio
Save the new AVI

3. Select the third part:
 reset the video frame rate and turn off the advanced filter.
Video direct stream copy
Audio: recompress
Save video (third part)

4. Reopen VirtualDub.
Open part and append the rest (easy if you name them 1, 2, 3)
Direct stream video and audio.
Save the new file.

More info: link1, link2

How to view mobile version of a website on Opera browser for pc

Recent Opera browser versions (Opera 12 and above) allow easily to switch between mobile and web view of any site in internet.
This is very useful when you have a very slow connection and an old computer, mobile sites make surfing the net a little bit easier.

Method 1: Some sites allow you to view the mobile site just by entering http://m. or http://mobile. or adding ?m=1 at the end of the url.

Method 2: Other sites won't let you view the mobile site on old browser versions.
So, it's possible to change the user agent string on the browser and, when surfing, our browser we'll be detected as if was Android, iOS or Windows Phone...

Steps for Opera browser (older than version 12):
a. Type on address bar-> opera:config
b. Look for ISP-> Add any mobile user agent string. Examples:
- For iOS 8.2: Mozilla/5.0 (iPhone; CPU iPhone OS 8_2 like Mac OS X) AppleWebKit/600.1.4 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/8.0 Mobile/12D508 Safari/600.1.4
- For Android 5.0.2: Mozilla/5.0 (Linux; Android 5.0.2; XT1068 Build/LXB22.46-28) AppleWebKit/537.36 (KHTML, like Gecko) Chrome/42.0.2311.109 Mobile Safari/537.36
- For WP 8.1: Mozilla/5.0 (Mobile; Windows Phone 8.1; Android 4.0; ARM; Trident/7.0; Touch; rv:11.0; IEMobile/11.0; Microsoft; Lumia535) like iPhone OS7_0_3 Mac OS X AppleWebKit/537 (KHTML, like Gecko) Mobile Safari/537)

In order to check which is you user agent on your desktop browser: Enter, for example,

How to make a photo map for printing with borders on GIMP

First you must have the picture file with the correct size and features you need (example: portrait pic for id card)
1. Script-fu -> decor -> add borders (choose for example 6 for x and y; delta value=1)
2. Save as jpg, etc
3. Open again: filters -> map -> tile (check "create new image"; you may even choose in mm the size for printing, example 150 x 100)
4. Save as jpg (quality 100%)