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Official: Winter has landed

Submitted by gwolf on Sun, 01/10/2010 - 00:34
Official: Winter has landed

Five out of six cats cannot be mistaken

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Preparing for the geeky holidays with suitable wine

Submitted by gwolf on Wed, 12/23/2009 - 13:45
Preparing for the geeky holidays with suitable wine

Quoting The Klezmatics: It's everybody-else's annual end-of-the-year-time holiday, the name of which respectfully we do not choose to say, but that does not prohibit us in any concievable way from wishing you a very merry everybody-else's end-of-the-year-time holiday!
In order to properly welcome this 2010 in a geeky fashion, I got the following wines to share with my friends:

  • My last bottle of the now world-famous and limited edition Debian wine, from Extremadura Tempranillo grapes
  • What is it like trying to coordinate a timely, predictable release? Why, yes, it has precisely been described as herding cats. And even better, the most successful project so far to mate Debian with timely, predictable releases seems to come from South Africa. Likewise this nice bottle!
  • Mar del Sur (Southern Sea) Chilean wine. Strikingly similar to our Debian wine, with a swirl that tends towards some reformistic proposals we have seen. We shall see what it holds for us!
  • And as a tribute to our little derivative, Emdebian, we shall also try this Australian Little Penguin.

Happy ${joyful_ocassion}!

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Now with "Siamese" theming

Submitted by gwolf on Wed, 12/23/2009 - 13:27
Now with "Siamese" theming

A nice, non-aggressive, brown-colored theme suitable for your siamese herding cats, courtesy of South African people trying to bring a better life to this world.

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Lovin' it in Afghanistan

Submitted by gwolf on Thu, 10/29/2009 - 11:00
Lovin' it in Afghanistan

A couple of weeks ago, I was invited to travel to Colombia, where I delivered a talk at III Encuentro Internacional de Seguridad Informática in the city of Manizales (photos available, of course. I travelled with Colombia's nacional airline, Avianca.

On completely unrelated news, today I entered Avianca's website to check my miles. To my biggest amusement… Turns out I am now a resident of Bamiyan, Afghanistan! (I swear I didn't select that)

…Seems they do beard-based georeferentiation?

NP: Hey, mister Taliban, tally me bananas
daylight come and me wanna go home!

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Creationism!

Submitted by gwolf on Thu, 10/22/2009 - 08:43
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This machine has no brain

Submitted by gwolf on Thu, 10/22/2009 - 08:37
This machine has no brain

Copied from http://www.sciencehumor.org/wp-content/uploads/2008/06/sign_brain.jpg — Had to do it :) I should fix this to every computer in my workplace.

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Linux ranks high on stability — One more time

Submitted by gwolf on Tue, 10/13/2009 - 10:48
Linux ranks high on stability — One more time

Even at the most physical level. This is a cup that won't topple over when you accidentally kick the desk! Gunnar's Viking of Approval certifies it.

I bought this Tux Mug (Mugx) in Colombia, from CeramiGeek. It feels a bit strange to drink penguin brain, but all in all, it is a great geek present ;-) Thanks a lot to Andrés Restrepo and his girlfriend for coming up with this product! :-} I expect to get quite a bit of joy out of it.

[update] CeramiGeek's site says they sell the mug for $20,000 — Of course, that's Colombian pesos. Slightly over US$10. I don't know whether they ship outside Colombia, and am completely unaffiliated to them. But I surely wish them success!

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Be _very_ wary!

Submitted by gwolf on Mon, 09/07/2009 - 16:29
Be _very_ wary!
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Zen kitten paws

Submitted by gwolf on Mon, 09/07/2009 - 16:28
Zen kitten paws
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The black knights who say "Ni!"

Submitted by gwolf on Tue, 06/23/2009 - 23:35
The black knights who say "Ni!"

Dennis, Diana, Gunnar, Jimbo

Spoony fork, forky spoon

Submitted by gwolf on Tue, 06/23/2009 - 23:34
Spoony fork, forky spoon

All of the silverware you are getting at TACA flights.

Hey, Churro, are you happy now?

Submitted by gwolf on Thu, 06/11/2009 - 18:47
Hey, Churro, are you happy now?

Caro says hi!

(yes, probably you will need some context... or much more than that ;-) Anyway, Churro, you were a recurring item at our talk today)

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Main character for The Gunnar Wolf chronicles

Submitted by gwolf on Tue, 05/19/2009 - 00:10
Main character for The Gunnar Wolf chronicles

I am afraid to say this... But my good friend Kaz has just created a great iconic representation of this angry viking-like antihero on his crusade to spread Free Software and clobber every naysayer with the DFSG and his own personal interpretation of the Social Contract (where Guideline is defined as... Well, better left as an excercise to the reader. To the very patient reader).

So, the unofficial, unsanctioned and not related in any way to this (or any other) person, dead or alive... But thanks, kaz, for keeping my name alive in this chaos that Internet has become, even while I cannot stand the stupid twitterosity: http://twitter.com/cgunnarwolf_en (English), http://twitter.com/cgunnarwolf_es (Spanish) (And both empty, as far as I can tell)

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Summertime, summertime!

Submitted by gwolf on Mon, 05/18/2009 - 17:38
Summertime, summertime!

Finally, temperatures are back to sanity, and the air is no longer a mass of dust. For us Mexicans (well, for us central-Mexicans), spring is the hot, dry season. In spring, we usually reach up to 30°C... Not too much for many people, but hellish for me. Summer is much more palatable, having decently sunny days, cloudy evenings and a nice shower as it gets dark. Even if it is a bit harder for a cyclist to take the streets, I think this is my favorite season.

This year, we had several (and early!) false starts. I have come to hate April/May's heath waves (that means I am usually grumpy for my birthday). But finally, we have had almost a week of cloudy skies, with almost daily rains. That makes me happy. But I am even happier when I come to work to my office, look out the window, and am not greeted anymore with a 5Km visibility range, but with 20Km.

Mind you, this photo was taken past 5PM, when the sky turns nice and gray (just as I've proclaimed my life to be). According to the Weather Channel's information on Mexico City, we currently have 16.1Km — Which makes sense, as I can no longer see the Chiquihuite mountain marking the Northern part of the city, but I can perfectly see some buildings near Polanco. The view earlier in the day was... Beautiful, partly perhaps because of the contrast just with last week's.

Oh, and yes - Once again, thank you very much my dear University. Instead of the closed cubicles many people spend their hours in, this relaxing view was taken from my office's window. I love it!

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I ❤ D.F.

Submitted by gwolf on Wed, 05/06/2009 - 12:53
I ❤ D.F.

...Just going out of almost two weeks of reclusion due to the porcine^W human^W atypical^W new-and-yet-unnamed AH1N1 influenza. The streets are still mostly deserted, but at least we are allowed back into our workplaces.

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