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wThursday, October 14, 2004

Finally, after a long time, I got a new job. Funny thing is that after months of not getting any news, I received word from _two_ different positions in the same week. I had to turn one down to take the other one; pity, for the first one had quite a few interesting long-range projects... but the short-term one just didn't quite convince me for the pay they were offering. Most of that, the foreign locale (a small city 3 hours away) was the deciding factor in my decision.

This new job, on the other hand, has to do with one of the things that I like so much: coding. In Visual Basic .NET, which I don't know, and which I'm supposed to learn, STAT. I start on Monday, 9 AM. First I head out to the central offices and fill out some forms and stuff, and then I'll drive aaaaall the way to the airport, and work in an industrial park (I'll be working on several projects for a transportation company).

I'm gonna be working with one of my best friends. She and I know each other since we were babies, we drifted apart as we grew up, but a few years ago we started hanging out together and going out to bars and stuff. It's great to work with her, she's better than I am at SQL Server and I'm deffinitely gonna need her help in the first few months.

Oh yeah. I'll be working in a 100% Microsoft environment. VB.NET and SQL Server and ASPs and ActiveX objects. Embracing the Borg I will be, hmmm? < /Yoda>

posted by Luis at 10:19 PM

wFriday, April 23, 2004

Ducks, ducks!
I want a glow-in-the-dark USB Memory Storage iDuck. Because nothing says I'm a geek like a 256 MB plastic glowing pluggable duck. Just don't lose it, or you'll be in a fowl mood all day.

posted by Luis at 5:40 AM

wMonday, April 05, 2004


I've tried to keep the conflict of Iraq out of this blog. Not to hide my head in the sand and pretend that it's not happening, but to think that, even with this kind of senseless suffering and pain, life goes on. But sometimes I read something so ... profound, so touching and painful, that I just can't let it disappear into the ether.

So if you're one of the 4 readers I have, whenever you have a spare 10 minutes or so, please read Baghdad Burning's blog. It may not do any good for the iraquis to read it, but it just might help you understand a little better about the life of ordinary iraquis who, in the end, are not all that different from you and me.

posted by Luis at 12:26 PM

wFriday, April 02, 2004

Yet again I have way too many cats. I really really need to fix those feline breeders!!!

posted by Luis at 1:43 AM

wThursday, March 18, 2004

Mario's getting a year less younger... so very soon we'll be able to get back at him for mocking me and my friend's 30th birthdays these past few years. Heh.

"Mario's so old, he knew Dr Pepper when it was just Intern Pepper"

posted by Luis at 10:34 PM

wWednesday, March 17, 2004

Aliens. My, my, what do busy little aliens do when they're busy being little aliens? They enter our lives.

.Aliens enter our lives to be taken to our leader, and laugh when we show them W. Good joke, they say. Now take us to your leader.

Read it at Fortean Bureau-- Aliens Enter the Conversation by Greg Beatty. Read it and laugh on the outside and cry a little on the inside when you picture aliens looking at us like the little talking monkeys that we are.

posted by Luis at 1:08 AM

wWednesday, March 10, 2004

I've been trying Mozilla's Firefox browser for a few days now. It's pretty decent, and the fact that it can put the pages I'm seeing on tabs rather than on new windows, is really useful too. Less cluttering of the taskbar. No sinister pop-ups or spyware applications being installed thanks to Microsoft's embedding of their browser functions within their operating system (now what in the 9 levels of Hell were they thinking???).

posted by Luis at 10:48 AM

wThursday, March 04, 2004

Damned browser hijackers...

I had my browser hijacked for two days. Some stupid pop-up downloaded several Spyware files and started running a few process in order to scare me into ... wait for drumroll... buying their Spyware-removal tools.

I dont believe it. That's what I call cynicism. "If you don't buy our product, some nasty people may royally fuck up your computer. Let us give you an example". And then the popups start appearing, my CD drive starts to open and close on its own, and my default homepage is now pointing to that company's homepage.

I won't put the page here. Merely by opening it, you're downloading their spyware and messing up your browser. Danger, Will Robinson! Stay away!


Luckily for me, Lavasoft's Adaware helped me to repair the damage done. I can't recommend it enough! Go, download it now!

posted by Luis at 3:10 AM

wMonday, February 23, 2004

Life (or Death?) imitating Raul imitating Mario

I'm Death!
Which Member of the Endless Are You?

It was the hotdogs, i'm sure it was the hotdogs.

posted by Luis at 11:14 PM

wMonday, February 16, 2004

A few points to ponder
If you have food in your refrigerator, clothes on your back, a roof over your head and a place to sleep, you are richer than 75% of this world.
If you have money in the bank, in your wallet, and spare change in a dish someplace, you are among the top 8% of the world's wealthy.
If you can read this message, you are more blessed than over two billion people in the world who cannot read anything at all.
Anger. Despair.
In the last 10 years, over 370 women have been murdered in Ciudad Juarez, and there hasn't been any results in the endless investigations done by the authorities. Amnesty International has a report on the subject, and there's a good summary here.

posted by Luis at 10:55 AM

wThursday, January 29, 2004

Well now...
It's been quite a while since I wrote here. I've done most of my ranting on LiveJournal, so that leaves me with not much to write here. Oh well, something will turn out. It always does.

Unknown facts about Milan that no one cares about, volume 2.

I've got a small obsesive-compulsive disorder that sometimes makes me walk the sidewalks while counting how many footsteps I take between cracks. As long as the result is a divider of a hundred, equal to or bigger than 5, then I'm ok. I dont know when I got this quirk, I dont know how long I'll have it, and I dont care. Just call it a harmless excentricity.

posted by Luis at 12:23 AM

wThursday, January 22, 2004

In the name of all things dark and unholy... Why, oh, why did they choose Keanu Reeves to play the part of John Constantine in the new Hellblazer movie??? And set in Los Angeles? How in hell can anyone find something not creepy in Los Angeles? Constantine lives in London. Constantine, in some way, represents the dark side of London, with his encounters ranging from bobbies in the street to soccer hooligans possessed by demons. What are they gonna use in LA for background? The Bloodz and the Crips?

Keanu Reeves. Jeez. He was cool in the Matrix trilogy, I'll grant you that, but as John Constantine? I just cant picture him blonde, smoking some Silk Cuts and flipping a finger at the Triumvirate who reigns Hell. I just cant. Nicholas Cage was a better choice. Or Cristopher Walken, even if he's too old for the part. Or Rutger Hauer.

All I can say is... Blimey.

posted by Luis at 8:33 PM

wTuesday, January 20, 2004

Unknown facts about Milan that no one cares about, volume 1.

I've got 5 plush lions in my room.

posted by Luis at 1:22 AM

wTuesday, January 13, 2004

Effing car thieves. Someone broke into my father's car this morning. Fortunately nothing important was stolen, as far as he could tell. Still, it pisses me off to no end when things like this happen.

Do you know, there was a time when people actually didn't have to lock their doors at night? When you could talk to complete strangers in the street without half expecting them to mug you? When police actually solved cases of robberies and thefts, and kidnappings for ransom? We have become a society so fearful, so paranoid, that people dont trust anyone else. And all 'cause of people like the ones who break into other people's cars.

Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy on film. Some interesting news this day. They're finally making a movie from Douglas Adams' increasingly innacurate Hitchhikers Trilogy (of five books).

posted by Luis at 12:11 PM