Tuesday, 24 July 2007

Collective Soul - Afterwords - August 28th

Finally a release date and album cover!!! Afterwords is coming out on August 28th.

It sucks to be a Collective Soul fan in Mexico, because they'll only have hard copies for sale at Target, an American supermarket that doesn't ship to Mexico through their website. And as for downloads, I bet it will be only be in iTunes, which means I'd need an American Credit Card (and by American I mean billed INSIDE the USA), which of course I don't have.

Sum up that there's no chance they're coming back to Mexico anytime soon and you get the conclusion: "it sucks to be a Collective Soul fan in Mexico nowadays".

Of course I can always beg Michel to buy it at his nearest Target shop and wire him the money... Mich? :-P

Collective Soul is also touring with Live and Counting Crows. If you're Yank, you should go... 3 great bands for ~50 dollars.

Sunday, 8 July 2007


El viernes llegó la sentencia de divorcio de mis padres. Abracé a mi madre y la felicité. Realmente me alegra, aun cuando es sólo un simbolismo -pues tiene ya 4 años en esto-.

El sábado, sentado junto a Ojos a la mitad de una fiesta -para celebrar el evento- la leí de nuevo, y me llegaron las preguntas. Años tarde:

- ¿Es normal irte, así sin más, luego de 23 años y con dos hijos -uno menor de edad- para ni siquiera intentar acercarte en 4 años?

- ¿Qué tiene que pasarte para hacer eso? ¿una near death experience o algo así? ¿tendré la oportunidad de saberlo?

Y luego fue el miedo...

- ¿Es hereditario? ¿estoy destinado a perder la razón así?

Y entonces me dí cuenta de que sólo me dejó las malditas dudas. Triste herencia.

Friday, 6 July 2007

My Results from The Simpsons Personality Test

You Are Mr. Burns

Okay, so you're evil...

You have big plans to rule the world, and you'll destroy it in the process if necessary!

You will be remembered for: the exploitation of the masses

Life philosophy: "One dollar for eternal happiness? I'd be happier with the dollar."

Structured Procrastination

Often... very often, I post here in order to avoid more important things (like a functional specification or a RFP response).

I didn't know it was an identified behavior called Structured Procrastination.


What is Structured Procrastinarion? John Perry defines it as the art of making a good trait out of putting off important things to do.

What's the key? Identifying top priorities that 1) Seem to have very clear deadlines (but actually don't) and 2) Seem awfully important (but aren't). That way you can do less important, yet more interesting things and be recognized as a valuable member of your community.

The whole article by John Perry is here, and I got it from The Trendy Procrastinators Blog, where I got thanks to Kike's blogroll.

I'm going to stop procrastinating and get back to finish that Functional Specification for Mobile Banking. But first, a nice reflection:

Visit despair.com!

Monday, 2 July 2007

8 things you didn't know (and didn't want to know) about me

OK I couldn't resist to post this either. The thing goes like this: you post 8 unknown facts about yourself and your readers are supposed to do the same on their blogs. It's like mail chains -that I hate- but this time I couldn't help it. Here I go:

1. I hate Mana. I'd rather listen to El Puma.

2. I watched every single episode of Mexican soap opera "Mirada de Mujer".

3. I like Gilmore Girls. Not because of them really, but because I find the dialogues smart and funny -you may start making fun of me now-

4. I love dancing Salsa. I'm not very good (Ojos has made me a fairly good dancer), but I like it.

5. I'm a capitalist pig. I voted for Calderon and would do it again. PAN is the party that most suits me.

6. I miss programming (not enough to work on that again, at least not under mexican employment conditions, which are terrible for programmers).

7. I'm a huge fan of Martina Hingis. There was a time in which I maintained a website dedicated to her. I'm a regular poster at hingis.org

8. Even though I studied Computer Science, and that most Computer Engineers will crucify me for this, I think Microsoft software is overally GREAT (except for the media player).