Thursday, 29 March 2007

Wednesday, 28 March 2007

Hate List

From the top of my head, in no particular order:


Club América (Mexican Football Team)
RBD
WTA tennis coverage in Latin America
Trash pop music (Thalia, Britney, etcetera)
Andrés Manuel López Obrador
Stupid HR Management
Stupid Management of any kind
ITEM REMOVED DUE TO A CLASSLESS AND COWARD ATTEMPT TO COMPROMISE MY CAREER
Anti Hingis tennis writers
Anti Schumacher F1 writers
Guatemala Airport
Arrogant academic ppl and arrogant MBA graduates
G&D, Incard, Oberthur Card Systems, Xpon Card ;-)
GNU undocumented software
RPG games
MEXICAN CONGRESS
ITEM REMOVED DUE TO A CLASSLESS AND COWARD ATTEMPT TO COMPROMISE MY CAREER
Baseline, raw power based tennis (Williams sisters, Sharapova, Roddick)
TACA Airlines ($5 for a sandwich!)
American Airlines ($4 for cookies! $2 for headsets!)
Copa Airlines still not being part of Sky Team
99% of spanish-speaking bands (Vaquero and Cafe Tacvba being exceptions)
Pancita, Pata and food with similar texture
Mexito city's traffic
Mana. I HATE MANA. I BLOODY HATE MANA

Monday, 26 March 2007

inDUHviduals

Working on technology is usually not nice: you work until late and everyone is pointing at you when something bad happens (that's when it's not big, when it's big they insult you)...

However, when it comes to free, spontaneus fun, technology is the best workfield. The reason?? Clients!!!! Some companies don't like to spend a lot on people. That means the people they tend to hire aren't always smart... let alone smart... they aren't always... unstupid.

The following are jewels I've got to hear or see from clients :)

- From a SEPOMEX IT MANAGER:
"How much is a PIXEL in CENTIMETERS?"

- From a Televisa code:

'Set x at 0
x=0
'Ask if x is 0... like if there was any other choice, you just set it at 0!!!!
IF x=0 THEN
'So if it is 0 -which by the way is the only reason you could have make it to this line, make it be '0... just to make sure
x=0
'And now end the code block. The first line was good enough, thank you.
END IF

- From a member of Telcel's engineering department:
"So, this token thing, is it like a ringtone?"
The presentation was about the tokens you probably use to enter internet banking.

- From another member of Telcel's engineering department:
"Can you tell me what my requirements are?"
And a week later:
"I didn't understand what my requirements are? Can you explain it to me in great detail?"

- From a Client in Panama:
"Can you give us the name of your competition and their data?" I need them so I can invite them to fight you for this project"

If you have any tale from inDUHviduals you'd like to share, please post a comment :)

BTW, the inDUHvidual concept was stolen from The Dilbert's Blog

Friday, 23 March 2007

Río Boat Party!!!!

My last day at Río was by far the best!!!! (starting with the fact I didn't have to spend 12 hours at the Gemalto office over there).

I woke up around 10, went through the checkout process (a very stressing one since I didn't know if the credit card payment I made the day before had gone through). Once I was done with that I made another useless attempt to ask for a cab in portuguese.

I got to the Marina Da Gloria at 12.30 (almost missed the boat!)... The Casablanca boat departed half an hour later with everything ready... Caipirinhas -get the official recipe here!-, Beer, guaraná and two bottles of tequila -courtesy of Thomas, a Mexico-based Technical Consultant who happened to be there for some other event-

(BTW, Gustavo, who holds the same position as me, but based in Brazil, was the birthday guy)

At some point the boat stopped and we were all supposed to go down and swim. However, water was so bloody cold that nobody stayed more than 2 minutes. (Quick question, why most brazilians swim in girly bikinis?)

Music varied from electronic... to electronic... and some zamba and those brazilian songs they put at weddings (at least in Mexico) - Braaaasilllll, nanananananananaaaaaaa- -a e i o u- etc etc... (I hate them).

Well, just in case you were curious, this is how you end up after 3 caipirinhas, 8 glasses of beer, and one shot of Cachaza Germanica (R):


The picture is also evidence of the 2+ kilos of meat, 2 kilos of seafood and many, many litters of Chopp I had.

Once the boat got back I hurried to the international airport, where TAM managed to scare the hell out of me by starting to board an HOUR LATER than planned. I arrived to Sao Paulo half an hour before the Aeromexico flight was about to depart. I was lucky to find some proactive Aeromexico staff who dispatched me real fast, and got home safely.

So... my portuguese doen't work, my diet isn't working either, but it was still worth it. Brazil rocks :)

Now the nicest part was to pick Ojos at the airport the following morning. She's back from Miami where she had a shopping frenezi (that included clothes for me yey!)

Friday, 16 March 2007

Nao posso falar ainda

Well my portuguese is still useless in Brazil.

But instead of complaining I'll make a friendlier entry about Río. I'll talk about the food because Río is THE place to eat!

DAY 1 DINNER @ MONTANA GRILL
Churrascarías are like every man's dream. You just sit there and wait for waiters to show up with all kinds of meat. At Montana grill it is perfectly cooked and it comes with rice, farofa (toasted manioc -yuca in spanish-with ham, spices and some egg).

There is a salad bar, but a true man doesn't eat salad when there are loads of meat. ;-)

DAY 2 DINNER @ MARIOUS
Marious is the same concept, but they serve seafood instead of meat. It's just GREAT.

Lobster, all sizes of shrimps, salmon and a salad bar. For my taste, Marious features one of the best prepared caipirinhas on earth.

DAY 3 - DINNER @ GOURMET PLAZA
This is just a buffet with loads of food of all kinds. You pay a fixed fee and attack.

I guess such concept wouldn't work in Mexico. I can perfectly picture people armed with tupperwares stealing food for the rest of the week...

DAY 4 - DINNER @ BELGIAN BEER BAR
Everything was Belgian about this place... encluding the services... that sucked big time.

Other than that it was all great:
- I had Guinness (the best beer on earth) and a Stella Artois.
- Fried mussels (moules, mejillones). It's the best. A pot of mussels on a beer-based sauce. Delicious.

Of course after this trip I've gained some pounds. I'll become vegetarian for the next week and run every morning starting next monday.

Best regards,
Coller.

Tuesday, 13 March 2007

Nao posso falar portugues!

Today I realized my portuguese classes (the 10% of them I have actually attended) aren't enough to survive in Río. I always end up speaking in Spanish -or even english- after crossing two words in portuguese... A normal conversation would be something like this

PIERO: "Bom Día"
PERSON: (part of the conversation not understandable)
PIERO: (start of english or spanish block)

I'll keep you posted about my progress (if any) that occurs this week.