So you think YOUR job is bad? Watch ‘El Empleo’ (video)
El Empleo/The Job by opusBou is an award-winning short animation from Argentina. Please don’t watch this before you leave for work, or you’ll be late for the bus.
In ‘Alike’, a father tries to put his son on the right path (video)
In a busy life, a father tries to teach his son the right way. But what is the correct path? Alike is an animated student video from Barcelona.
Welcome to your future, Citizen Worker Alice. Click here (videos)
“Machines could take 50% of jobs in the next 30 years,” according to Rice University comp sci professor Moshe Vardi. What will that mean for Alice, holder of the last job on Earth?
Do not fear this dystopian future, pochos. The Last Job on Earth is a good thing, at least according to The Guardian.
On the other hand, if your job involves putting chairs back in place after a meeting in the conference room, you are out of luck. Check this video from Nissan:
Mas…Welcome to your future, Citizen Worker Alice. Click here (videos)
Paletas y Racismo: I was a teenage paletero – in Georgia
After we published our shocking story about a missing El Paso paletero, a real-life former ice cream man reached out to POCHO on Facebook.
Jonathan Omar Ramirez (Facebook profile pic, right) had been a teenage paletero, he said. We asked him for his story:
POCHO: So what led you to become a paletero?
Well my friends from high school told me about it. Many did it before and they said there was a lot of cash involved and within a couple of hours of work. Also I was very poor.
POCHO: Was this right after high school?
No [it was] while I was in high school. Still I got money to go to the movies and for food or whatever I wanted to buy
POCHO: Wow, cool! So were you allowed to eat your own ice cream? Did you just have to pay it back?
Mas…Paletas y Racismo: I was a teenage paletero – in Georgia
In Oz, ‘Mexican feast hamper’ means happy employees (video)
We think this short commercial from the Land Down Under urges companies to improve employee morale by giving homesick painters named Mike either a “Mexican Face Tamper” or a “Mexican feast hamper.” We just don’t speak Australian.
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Mas…In Oz, ‘Mexican feast hamper’ means happy employees (video)
iJuan, smartphone app for day labor, scores $3,500,000 investment
(GUANAJUATO, MEXICO) iJuanCo, creator of iJuan, the first smartphone app to directly match day laborers and potential bosses, has secured a $3.5 million dollar investment from venture capital fund XS Dinero, iJuanCo company president Grito Del Toro announced here today.
Day laborers using the app will be able to register their schedules, skill set and service areas via iJuan, saving potential employers the hassle of cruising to Home Depot to hire workers while lessening the need for trabajeros to chase patrons’ trokas around the parking lot.
“We aim to disrupt the day labor market,” Del Toro said. “We’re turning wetbacks into techbacks!”
Mas…iJuan, smartphone app for day labor, scores $3,500,000 investment
Advice from HR: Do this when men stare at your breasts (video)
Productivity in the workplace can suffer when men are confronted by women’s breasts, so here’s some Advice from HR for you gals: Check yourself before you wreck yourself! [Video by Danielle Langlois.]
La Santa Cecilia picks Beatlefruit in ‘Strawberry Fields Forever’ (video)
Beatle John Lennon’s song about playing in the Salvation Army’s Strawberry Fields children’s home near his casa in Liverpool becomes an animated allegory about who picks the juicy red fruits and the crop’s journey from
farm to table table to farm as East Los homies La Santa Cecilia transform Strawberry Fields Forever.
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Mas…La Santa Cecilia picks Beatlefruit in ‘Strawberry Fields Forever’ (video)
If you think you worked hard today, watch these guys! (video)
Four guys with picks and shovels dig a water well in Oaxaca in this 2008 video. The temperature approached 100°, according to the uploader. It’s amazing to watch how hard these guys work, and the techniques they use to turn a hole in the ground into a working well.
Here’s what it says on YouTube:
Mas…If you think you worked hard today, watch these guys! (video)
Dateline Brazil: Don’t sleep on the job or else! (video)
We present this video, said to be from Brazil, as a cautionary tale about the hazards of trying to catch a few Z’s on the job. Kids: Don’t try this at home.
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Mas…Dateline Brazil: Don’t sleep on the job or else! (video)
Brazil sex workers learn English to prep for World Cup (NSFW video)
The Association of Prostitutes of Minas Gerais is teaching English to sex workers to help them deal with foreign customers. The state will host a match between Costa Rica and England and expects horny hordes of visiting futbol fans. Monday’s class, run by Igor Fuchs, was the last before today’s formal start of the games in Sao Paolo. [NSFW adult language and images.]
Along with normal conversational vocabulary, the students also learn words which might be used during encounters with clients. Sex work has been legal in Brazil since the year 2000.
Ex-Daily Show contributor John Oliver (Last Week Tonight on HBO) has some excellent World Cup coverage, too:
Mas…Brazil sex workers learn English to prep for World Cup (NSFW video)
Mom puts cross on son’s front lawn to mark another failed relationship
(PNS reporting from HOUSTON) Sara Maestas placed a two-foot-high cruz on her only son’s lawn early this morning — a cross in remembrance of his latest failed relationship.
The 32-year-old transactional lawyer got dumped Saturday night by his novia, less than 20 minutes after he blew off a dinner date. And now his mother’s white polystyrene cross, adorned with flowers, sits front and center on Benjamin Maestas’ lawn in Montrose.
Just before a scheduled 6 PM Saturday rendezvous at Hugo’s Regional Mexican Cuisine, girlfriend Vicki Gardea got a text from Maestas saying he couldn’t meet due to “a short deadline to close on a shopping center for a multinational client.”
Mas…Mom puts cross on son’s front lawn to mark another failed relationship
Talk radio guy blows the lid off ‘Mexican swimming lessons’ (video)
If you’ve been wondering why the internationally-lauded public school system in Mexico makes sure all the kids get swimming lessons, talk show guy AND education expert Rick Rantz of 1270AM WQTT in Union County, OH, has the answer. Advertising Sales Manager Mike Schnell is at 614.935.1038 if you have more questions.The radio station’s Programming Department is at 614.425.9633, or you can email email@example.com.
Pocha Podcast #2: Sexism, feminism, football and IT (NSFW audio)
Pochas Elise Roedenbeck and me, Sara Inés Calderón, have a grand old time talking about sexism and feminism. Isn’t it interesting that, even though the U.S. had a “feminist movement,” we have never elected a woman president, and the wage gap between men and women in Latin America is smaller than it is here?
And other sexist stuff: What about football, how sexist is that, ey? And IT? Being a woman in the U.S. may seem like fun and games, given that whole reproductive rights discussion, but there are some downsides.
Mas…Pocha Podcast #2: Sexism, feminism, football and IT (NSFW audio)
Pocho Ocho ways to deal with a boss who is ‘all hands’
Women’s History Month is a good time to spotlight sexual harassment at work.
Congress has reauthorized the Violence Against Women Act, sure, but legal action isn’t always an option, like when you’re on a business trip with the boss, or in his office for a late-night meeting.
Here are the pocho ocho ways to fend off a boss who is all hands:
8. In your best Latina voice, scream “¡No, patron, por favor, no!”
7. He’s grabby? Grab back…and squeeeeeeeze!
6. Just go with it — you’re already asking for it with that blouse!
It’s a bad day at the office when the ‘Internet Goes Out’ (NSFW video)
It’s more than just a minor irritation for the folks at work when the Internet’s Out. (NSFW language.)