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We repair god-babies

Submitted by gwolf on Sun, 10/24/2010 - 23:33
We repair god-babies

AGH! My eyes! My eyes!

I don't know where to start. Lets see:

  • The sign should read something like Repair of God-babies and religious images. So, if your God-baby or other religious image is not miraculous enough, you can take it to them for repair?
  • Verrrry professional sign writing «imajenes» where it should be «imágenes». Ok, minor point, but still very prominent.
  • What an "excessive" abuse of "double" "quotes"! — «Repair of God-"babies" and "religious" "images"». So, if I have a semi-adult version of God, does it still count as a "baby"? Or if I have a movie of Elvis, is it an "image" of a "God"?

Of course, this sign strongly reminds me of this other one, seen in Ocoyoacac, Edo. de México. Maybe imaging technology is an oxymoron around here?

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This is a public garden (with a public fence around it)

Submitted by gwolf on Sun, 10/24/2010 - 23:33
This is a public garden (with a public fence around it)

This is a public garden. Please help us take care of it.

I very gladly would, if you were so kind to let me in it, as the fence is blocking the entrance.

(Outside a church, over Calzada de los Misterios; Gustavo A. Madero, Northern Mexico City.)

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Redaction fail

Submitted by gwolf on Sun, 10/24/2010 - 21:11
Redaction fail
"Por disposición legal, se prohibe fumar en este establecimiento; ante su inobservancia serán aplicables, por la autoridad correspondiente, multas de diez a treinta días de salario mínimo vigente; en caso de existir reincidencia, arresto por 36 horas" Wow. I can think of many clearer and less ambiguous ways to state precisely the same thing.
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The worst part about the Suburban Train in Mexico City? Its entrance

Submitted by gwolf on Fri, 10/08/2010 - 17:11
The worst part about the Suburban Train in Mexico City? Its entrance

No bikes? Bad!
Narrow passage (~2m) for a potentially massive transport system? Bad!
You have to go up ~15m of stairs to enter the station? Bad!

Besides that, once you are inside the system, the service looks very nice. Of course, bad thing the coverage is so limited... Hopefully it will change.

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Roomba is hackable‽

Submitted by gwolf on Mon, 08/09/2010 - 23:24
Roomba is hackable‽

I just bought my Roomba vacuum cleaner - Cheapest model around, as basic as it gets. But, it seems to be hackable! (has a miniDIN serial port on it) Lets see.. :-O

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Roomba!

Submitted by gwolf on Mon, 08/09/2010 - 23:23
Roomba!

I finally got myself a Roomba robotic vacuum cleaner! \o/

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You are being monitored

Submitted by gwolf on Sat, 06/19/2010 - 00:19
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Quino reinterprets Guernica

Submitted by gwolf on Mon, 06/07/2010 - 22:48
Quino reinterprets Guernica
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Spot the differences?

Submitted by gwolf on Sun, 06/06/2010 - 12:05
Spot the differences?

Left: British Petroleum's logo. British Petroleum gained international notoriety last April because of the catastrophic oil spill it is still unable to contain in the North of the Gulf of Mexico; so far, the oil has reached the coasts of Louisiana and Mississippi, and keeps growing and spreading, as probably the worst-ever oil spill. So far, the sea surface covered by oil is larger than several countries in the world. Some sites have very interesting maps that might help understand the importance and size of the spill: BP Gulf Oil Spill Maps in The Daily Green, Deepwater Horizon Incident, Office of Response and Restoration, USA National Ocean Service, Article on Slashdot about quantifying and dealing with the deepwater spill.

Right: Mexico's de facto government's logo. One of the most pushed projects of Felipe Calderón's government (that was fortunately canceled) was to pursue the tesorito de las aguas profundas (little treasure that lies deep in the water); they strongly pushed for a reform in the oil legislation, which is 100% government-funded since 1938, to allow for private investment in orded to build platforms reaching oil deposits 3000m below the Gulf's surface. Yup, precisely like the one that produced this massive spill, although most would probably be bound to much less strict regulation and controls to what they have in the US.

Is the similarity between the two logos just a strange coincidence?

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The stages of programming

Submitted by gwolf on Mon, 05/31/2010 - 09:45
The stages of programming

Translation:

  1. Distrust
  2. Excitement
  3. Surprise
  4. Enthusiasm
  5. Love
  6. Disappointment
  7. Fear
  8. Horror
  9. Rage
  10. Frustration>
  11. The end

Please note the image is not mine, and I cannot find who its author is. Use at your own risk!

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Warning: Your plane may be infected

Submitted by gwolf on Mon, 05/31/2010 - 09:42
Warning: Your plane may be infected

Seen at Mexico City airport, 2010/05/16

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Update: A correspondingly pleasant dinner

Submitted by gwolf on Sun, 05/30/2010 - 22:48
Update: A correspondingly pleasant dinner

And just to round off my last post (and of course, following a completely non-technical thematic), what is the logical consequence of feeling introspective and blogging just before preparing dinner? Of course — Dinner gets prepared with sharing it in mind. The dish ends up even looking as if meant to be served!

So this was it: One of my simplest and still favorite dishes: Tostadas. But, yes, these are heterodox tostadas, as they share the basic tostadiness (a hard, roasted and cracky toasted corn tortilla with a soft leguminous layer to give it some consistency, and with... stuff on top. Yes, stuff is sometimes too generic, but that's the beauty of it). What did I come up with? In the strict order with which they were approached at feeding time, and described bottom to top:

  1. Closest to traditional, top left: Mashed beans, bits of panela cheese with little bits of chipotle and soybean-based vegetarian chorizo
  2. Something I have only seen in Guatemala, and which I intend to take a better look at next time I'm there (top right): Mashed frijoles, , cochinita pibil (canned, shame on me, and frankly lacking in taste), grated beet (betabel/remolacha/betarraga/whatnot), grated cabbage
  3. The heterodoxiest of them all, and the idea that led me to the others (center): Mashed lima/fava beans (according to Google – habas), cochinita pibil, nopales, and a hint of habanero sauce.

Yum!

[update] On a completely unrelated notice, but not worth opening a third post in a row... Some minutes after I published the earlier post, I got a visit to http://gwolf.org/blog/pleasant-perception-changes?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter. Now, it beats me: I don't use twitter. I don't even care about twitter. And were my message so deep somebody just twitted (twat it?) right away, I still find the time lapse too short. Who's auto-twitting me? Maybe a planet or other such aggregator?

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Buttons cellar‽

Submitted by gwolf on Tue, 05/18/2010 - 19:41
Buttons cellar‽

I am sure incredible and most interesting treasures lie behind this door

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Very. Good. Dinner.

Submitted by gwolf on Wed, 05/05/2010 - 21:24
Very. Good. Dinner.

Sometimes dinner turns out just the way you want it. Or even better. This time it was very quick to prepare, and very satisfying. What was it? Just throw in the following ingredients in your favorite wok, in this order. No, don't ask me about quantities - What seems right should be right. You will be happy.

  1. Olive oil (~2tbsp)
  2. Four garlic cloves, finely chopped
  3. Some coriander (cilantro)
  4. About two inches of a leek (poro) head
  5. Two dry chiles anchos, cut in small bits
  6. One leaf of hoja santa
  7. One fish fillet (I used basa, but I know very little about fish)
  8. ~300g of setas mushrooms
  9. A bit of rum, at the end of the cooking process

Yum.

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Normal distributions, probability and dinosaurs

Submitted by gwolf on Thu, 04/22/2010 - 17:00
Normal distributions, probability and dinosaurs

Say, just where in the Gaussian would you be if you found Nessie?

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