Archive for April, 2006

Hard Rock Cello Concert on the NY Subway

Sunday, April 30th, 2006

This is why I try not to leave home without a camera, I love New York.

I found this group of musicians today on my way back home at the Columbus Circle subway station, around 7pm, on the Blue line platform.

If you guys get to see this, I was the first person to put some cash on your cello cover, then I started recording this.

I wish I would’ve gotten more footage but I ran out of battery (thank you Murphey!)

PS: For some reason the video stalls towards the end on my computer, in case you can’t see the URL of their site, please go to BreakOfReality.com

Dream+Conspiracy Theory: NSA + Google + Human Genome Project = 1

Saturday, April 29th, 2006

It’s been a while I don’t wake up and write down what I just dreamed, let’s see how well I remember the dream I had this morning.

It seems the episode of south park where the elderly people take over the town to recover their driver’s licenses, in a funny way has some truth to it, old people wake up fucking early, some of them get things done while we sleep in, some of them just wake up on a saturday morning at 6:30am and start yelling at their TV.

Last night I went to bed at 3am coding language support for SnowRSS (yay finally) and this morning, the old man that lives next to me, who fucking speaks yells to the TV everytime he sees what he considers a bad sport player “Get Rid of Him, That son of a Bitch” (with an italian accent), woke me up just now, at 7:30am, If he only knew the tv can’t hear him and he rembered that he’s yelling, I would have a much better story to tell you now.

From the dream, I just remember I was either talking or thinking that the NSA (National Security Agency) owned the Human Genome Project, also they owned Google because they needed to know more about people’s life for one of it’s purposes.

In this case, it seemed the government had a project where all this information could be used to factor humans with specific qualities to target different problems. Let me explain,
If they for example needed a human being that had certain characteristics phisically, and certain mind characteristics for a task they foresaw in the future, such as the creation of a nanoweapon or something very different but equally important to them, as the creation of a political leader, etc.

The government would use their data on people’s behaviour, social background, relationships, and their genetic data, to be able to know which people should get together to live (at different levels, who should be friends, who should live together, who should leave you) to “naturally” engineer special human beings… this means, suppose you were born in 1980 and you had a certain cultural background and social interaction, and you were one of the key factors on the creation of this special being, they would run your data (genetic, social, cultural, academical, profesional, tastes, shopping behaviour, medical, etc) against thousands of people found to be usable for this project, then with the outputs of this computations they would find someone else born in 83, in certain region of the world, would be convenient to marry you so that you can have a child with certain characteristics which in turn could either be THE ONE, or part of the next process for the creation of THE ONE.
I know I’m crazy, but I think everything is possible, and once again… this was a dream.

If this match wasn’t needed in the next few years, they could run this algorithm in several other possible couples in all the world to find a match for your would be children, and so on in as many necessary generations, until they’d finally have that perfect person for that important role.

Then they would use their tentacles to have you live and work and certain places, meet certain people, etc (remember the power they have, remember other people might be engineered to be part of the process of engineering of others), it’s almost as if we were genetically pre-programmed, that we all had a purpose.

    So that’s what I remember from this dream. Things I’ve watched this week:

  • South Park every night
  • V for Vendetta
  • Lost

I’ve also thought a lot about the Matrix, how I think a lot of people in the Matrix were just programs that had a purpose, and how in a way, Agents were like Garbage collection systems, entitled to delete unreferenced objects from the memory of the Matrix, they talked a lot about purpose, when Objects aren’t referenced by anyother element in a system, it means they’re done with what they’re doing, and it’s the job of the Garbage collector to clean unused memory, I think that’s what the Agent’s were in the matrix, a much more higher level version of Garbage Collection inside that massive interactive neural simulation.
Gotta love that fucking movie.

Episode 0006 – How to get an IT job in 20 days

Thursday, April 27th, 2006

In this podcast I talk about what’s going on with wedoit4you.com, what’s going on with this blog, and then I’ll start telling you my best practices on job hunting.

  • How to look for job postings?
  • How to write a cover letter for IT companies
  • The first phone contacts
  • What to do before the first interview
  • The salesman metaphor
  • It’s all about the company, not about you
  • No no’s
  • Negotiating after the offer

And a lot of tiny little details.

PS: I’m sorry for the echo, my headsets were echoing my voice, I didn’t record it again cause this was unscripted, and I don’t think it would’ve come out as good as it did, you won’t even notice it if you pay a lot of attention to what I say.

Good luck on your job hunt.

wedoit4you.com cumple 4 años – (Podcast 010)

Tuesday, April 25th, 2006

Hoy cumplimos 4 años y grabamos un podcast mas, con las noticias geek que te interesan. Esta vez, siguiendo el consejo del amigo Cyberg en cuanto al uso de musica libre. En este episodio promocionamos al grupo de Hip Hop Caraqueño Tres Deberes y la Banda de musica electrónica Caracas Central

En este episodio:

Ricardo Montaner in Radio City Hall – Venezuelan Pride

Monday, April 24th, 2006

Venezuelan Singer Ricardo Montaner sings “Cuando a mi lado estas” on the Radio City Music Hall in New York City – August 2005.

That night his sons debuted on Radio City Music Halls as musicians on stage with him, they played the lead guitar and the drums. As I heard this song I couldn’t help to feel the goosebumps.

Weekend changelog on wedoit4you.com

Sunday, April 23rd, 2006

Changelog for the weekend of Apr 21st 2006.

- Pagination used to be 1,2,3 being 1 the latest posts. This was wrong, since a page would never have the same content. So now, we make 1, the page with the first posts ever, that way search engines will be able to index content properly.

- Pagination links axed. Now we have a simple combo box, it will be big, but at least you can jump to any page, from any page. This works also for bloggers with more than 30 posts.

- Added some scriptaculous effects to the blog thumbnail. When you put your mouse over there’s a ghetto border, and when you click on them, they flash you. Just to add a little life to it and demonstrate interaction.

- Added a “Hide” link next to “Read more…” on every post. If you click hide, it’ll do a nice scriptaculous effect to hide the post and roll up the lower posts, this way, if you want to read every new in a page, you dont have to scroll. Not that useful for people who like to scroll, or look for a specific new. If you refresh the page, the news will be shown again. Maybe we could use cookies to save hidden preferences and have somewhere an user preferences to clear the cookies (or they could just clean the cookies themselve, but not everybody is a geek like you)

- Brought back Lyric Browse and Lyric Search. (Soon we’ll have signup again, and lyric addition, but we want to improve considerably the control panel, and probably add lyrics revisions, also make lyrics behave as a wiki so that everyone can edit them, only problem is spam, captcha might help… ugh so much work, need help)

- Lots of CSS fixes

- Handled exception on unexistant blog id, it will default to show all blogs

- Made homepage tableless

- Put google ads on the bottom of the page on redirect. Will think of ways to make this not so annoying in the near future. Maybe have it appear randomly, have different sizes, or another kind of important info down there. Might use it to promote non-profit projects like FrostWire, or LinuxMachos.


TODO:
Show Statistics per blog, Show overall Statistics, SnowRSS language opsurt, SnowRSS tag keyword support, show how long ago the post was added, along with the date, add tag based post search, add more blogs in english.

Testing FrontRow on the iMac Intel

Friday, April 21st, 2006

I just found out what this little RC on my imac is for. It looks cool, but I find it useless.

That was easy!

Friday, April 21st, 2006

The marketeers of staples convinced me. I just think the whole easy button is hilarious, specially when you’re doing something that just won’t work no matter what you try… you just press the button the moment you finish… or if you try being real funny, press the button and expect for some magic.

My “Easy Button”

Thursday, April 20th, 2006

The marketeers of staples convinced me. I just think the whole easy button is hilarious, specially when you’re doing something that just won’t work no matter what you try… you just press the button the moment you finish… or if you try being real funny, press the button and expect for some magic

Watch this Staples commercial where they fuck up when they use the easy button at the wrong place

I know, It’s useless, but all profits go to a foundation…

Gubatron’s blog now in PlanetaOnline.

Thursday, April 20th, 2006

Greetings to the people of planetaonline.org since they promptly added this blog to their rooster of bloggers. My best wishes to their project.

Guby has been pretty busy latetly, to those who follow what I do, you probably heard the 7 podcast episodes I recorded for our main page, wedoit4you.com, in this process I learned to create much better podcasts than the past episodes for recorded for gubatron.com. So this only means, the next episode will be cool as hell, and I might bring a Venezuelan geek/hacker to talk about how he installed Mac OS X on his PC, step by step.

If you’re a stalker, you probably noticed how I’m not part of LimeWire.com anymore, my greetings to all the people at LimeWire, best wishes for their project. Also, you may have noticed (that is if you’re stalking me again) I’m oficially a member of the FrostWire project, on which I hope I’ll be able to contribute a bit more to the client itself (Let’s hope I’ll find the time, or become a much better developer as time goes on, so that I can do all the things I want).

If you’ve been checking the subversion logs (svn log svn://wedoit4you.com/home/svn/SnowRSS) you’ll see the activity on the SnowRSS project, several bugs have been fixed, and we’re gonna start working on supporting podcast media per post, and language association to each blogs. Patches are welcome :)

So, many ideas, we’re also in the process of opening wedoit4you.com’s source code (not that big a deal anyway), basically cause we want your help, in exchange I’ll offer you the chance to learn how to work in an open source environment, how to use subversion, how to send patches, and how to use your judgement to let me know how our code sucks now (which I know will suck, it’s so messy….)

Hang in there for the next podcast, will probably contain stuff about this new craze on the internet where everybody wants to do lots of things I had written down on my sketch books when I first came to NY (social networking), so now, I suppose what’s on my sketchbook, will probably kick off in the next year or two, and this time I won’t waste time :)

Gubatron




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