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More Mexican spelling jewels

Submitted by gwolf on Sun, 02/12/2012 - 17:00
More Mexican spelling jewels

Lets go eat some T.Bon (T-bone) and Ribay (rib eye)!

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Linear array of cats

Submitted by gwolf on Sun, 02/12/2012 - 16:55
Linear array of cats

After the strong and unexpected cold and wet weather that has lasted around two weeks, my cats decided on the best startegy to maximize the sun reception on the first sunny afternoon

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Happy Public Domain day, even for the inhabitants of the longest-copyright-term country

Submitted by gwolf on Mon, 01/02/2012 - 08:44
Happy Public Domain day, even for the inhabitants of the longest-copyright-term country

Every year, on January 1st, new material ceases to be protected by copyright and enters the public domain. This means, every year, more knowledge, literature, paintings, music, movies and a long etcetera becomes collective property, instead of being artificially held by the current holders of their rights.

As this image shows (source: http://publicdomainday.org/node/39 ), I have the honor(?) to live in the country with the longest copyright protection term in the world. Copyright in Mexico does not only last for 100 years — It lasts for the natural life of the author plus 100 years. This means that the popular corridos that tell the stories of the 1910 revolution are still not in the public domain. La sucesión presidencial, the book which Francisco I. Madero wrote to justify that a peaceful political change was needed for the 1910 elections, will not enter the public domain until 2014 (president Madero was killed during 1913). Does it make any sense to kidnap cultural, political or artistic works for over a century?

Not only that: Material that is legally sold as public domain in other countries is illegal in ours. Take as an example the recordings of Enrico Carusso, the great Italian tenor who died in 1921. Over 15 years ago, I bought a couple of CDs with his recordings (even if the sources were quite low-quality, as they had been copied over from wax cylinders to magnetic tapes to optical media). I bought them surprisingly cheap, as they were genuine public domain. But they are still protected in my country. That means, I ilegally have some stolen(!) works of art which I lawfully bought outside my country.

Copyright law needs to be revised to match reality. Technological advances have strongly changed reality since 1717's promulgation of the first copyright laws. The solution is not to extend the terms, but to rethink the whole process.

(yes, this rant was mainly made as an excuse for me to copy this image and put it in a location I can easily refer to later. But I hope it is interesting to you!)

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Gunnar the viking Wolf

Submitted by gwolf on Wed, 12/07/2011 - 13:05
Gunnar the viking Wolf

Thanks to Cripkey! :-D

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WTF

Submitted by gwolf on Thu, 12/01/2011 - 11:30
WTF

I frankly have no words to describe what the "artist" had in mind

(seen in Xochimilco, March 2011)

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Safety restrictions in Chapultepec

Submitted by admin on Wed, 06/01/2011 - 08:26
Safety restrictions in Chapultepec

Umh… More than one strange thing here.

  • Adults are forbidden if not accompanied by children‽ First time I ever see such a sign...
  • It is common for people to bring several things to a park which might constitute a sign. But, please explain all of the icons…
    • Explain the relative severity of biking (0,0) or eating (1,0) at a park to… Bringing weapons? (2,0)
    • Oh, and of course, they have to be inclusive and list things — So not only it is forbidden to bring food and drinks, but also to serve drinks (3,0), or to cook food (which would have to take place in the non-existing grills) (0,1)
    • Not only they forbid biking (0,0), but also performing athletic competitions including biking (3,1)

    There also several flaws in the iconography used:

    • Is it forbidden to listen to music and to enable cell phones? (2,1)
    • Is it forbidden to use matches to light a lighter? (1,2)

…Seen at a Chapultepec park playground, Mexico City.

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Safe crossing‽

Submitted by admin on Wed, 06/01/2011 - 08:15
Safe crossing‽

If this qualifies as a safe crossing («cruce seguro»)… I should have stayed at home

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Starting work on KindleClip

Submitted by gwolf on Fri, 03/18/2011 - 19:09
Starting work on KindleClip

Quite probably, the best thing got for myself during the last year was my Kindle. I just love it! It has changed the way I interact with knowledge, and saved me from hours of boredom.

But it has also taught me the value of scribbling along the book pages and of underlining passages. Yes, I hold a deep regard for my regular (paper) books, and I never scribble on them, not even on text books. In any case, I can scribble on a post-it or something like that.

Still, when you underline or comment on a passage in the Kindle, what can you do with your annotation? Well, not much. Annotations (called clippings in Kindlespeak) are stored on an easily accessible My Clippings.txt text file, very easy to parse and work with.

So, I devoted yesterday evening to coming up with a first prototype of an app that I think can be very useful if you use clippings extensively: It displays each clipping with its base information separately, allows you to filter on the specific book to which each clipping is related as well as on the clipping type.

So, if it interests you, clone it away from github!

git://github.com/gwolf/kindleclip.git

Written in Ruby, Gtk (Glade). No further libraries are (currently?) needed. The code is far from beautiful, but is a first stab towards functionality.

Any comments welcome!

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You are not stuck in traffic...

Submitted by gwolf on Sat, 02/19/2011 - 11:40
You are not stuck in traffic...

Copied over from Win! section of the Failblog

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Dining in the sewages

Submitted by gwolf on Sat, 02/12/2011 - 16:56
Dining in the sewages

In Spanish, "alcantarilla" is the sewage systems, or any canals made to carry away dirty water... Would you dine here?

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There are many ways to kill a beer...

Submitted by gwolf on Sat, 02/12/2011 - 16:54
There are many ways to kill a beer...

At Sandino Araico's house, February 2011.And yes, not a drop was wasted.

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The windows on the buildings...

Submitted by gwolf on Mon, 02/07/2011 - 12:59
The windows on the buildings...

Now, that's a novel, smart and quick way to add windows to existing buildings without affecting their structure!

At the dormitories of Universidad de las Ciencias Informáticas; Habana, Cuba.

Enjoy Cuba's favorite soft drink

Submitted by gwolf on Mon, 02/07/2011 - 12:57
Enjoy Cuba's favorite soft drink
Meh, I never liked drinking sweetened, carbonated drinks. Still... :-}

Tomatoes produced in Mexico

Submitted by gwolf on Mon, 01/10/2011 - 00:08
Tomatoes produced in Mexico

So this is that misterious red type of produce known only to a certain US ex-vicepresident?

(seen at a Mexico City supermarket. Note that there was no label stating what the misterious thing was in Spanish)

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3D modelling on old home equipment

Submitted by gwolf on Sun, 11/21/2010 - 12:41
3D modelling on old home equipment

...Or something like that ;-)

For those who don't understand the silly joke – Blender is a production-quality free 3D rendering/animation engine, which you can download for basiclally any operating system you can think of.

Thanks to Claudia and Octavio, from the G-Blender Spanish-speaking community, for the nice sticker :-}

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