Photos of people, things and places
Josef Dabernig, Drupaler whom I met in Nicaragua, decided to take a long trip on his way back home, giving Drupal courses while travelling over Nicaragua, Guatemala, Belize and Mexico.
He gave a two-day, twelve-hour course in Mexico City, at my Institute. Thanks for a great course and for a great time, Josef!
The Central American Free Software Encounter was held in June 17-21 2009, in Estelí, Nicaragua. Great
The second National Free Software Forum (Foro Nacional de Software Libre). Coatzacoalcos, Veracruz, May 28-30 2008.
I was invited to III Congreso de Informática, Robótica e Inteligencia Artificial by a strange although interesting entity called Congress University. I was there for barely the required time to give my presentation and chat a bit with the organizers and other speakers, had very little time to talk with the attendees... But all in all, it was worth it.
April 26, 2008: Festival Latinoamericano de Instalación de Software Libre (Latin American Free Software Installation Festival), held simultaneously in over 200 cities in the whole continent. I was invited to give a talk in Monterrey.
Conferences/meetings/gatherings for which I don't have that many pictures
Fifth annual Debian conference, Debconf, held at HUT - Otaniemi, Finland, July 10-17 2005 (plus the previous week, I got there July 2)
My personal pics - Family, cats, Nadezhda, myself, ...
Does not belong anywhere else
Fourth GULEV (Grupo de Usuarios de Linux del Estado de Veracruz) conference, November 24-26 2004, Veracruz.
Thanks to Christian, Sandino, Sonny, Toxickore and Zimri for providing the photos!
Fourth CONSOL (Congreso Nacional de Software Libre), February 22-25 2005, Rectoría General UAM, México DF.
Fifth Linux Encounter in Chile, October 21 to 24 2004, in Universidad Técnica Federico Santa María, Valparaíso, Chile
Races, training, and whatever comes along
Went to Potosí, Bolivia, for the National Computer Science conference - All in all, I had seven conferences in three cities (Sucre, Potosí and Santa Cruz) in the week between October 14 and 21, for a total of ~12 hours on stage. Phew! And besides that, I somehow still managed to have a great time ;-)
From the 2006 Mexican federal elections
I Simposium Linux de la Mixteca, held at Universidad Tecnológica de la Mixteca, Huajuapan de León, Oaxaca
Went to check out the Oaxtepec hotel for Debconf6 - Here is the evidence. I was there on three ocasions, in August with my father, in November with Nadezhda and in February with Nadezhda, Jyr and Tigre (and briefly with Gnaro). All of those ocasions series appear here.
Mozparty honoring the Firefox 1.0 launch. Hamburguesas Memorables, Insurgentes, México D.F., November 19 2004
On August 22, 2009, Pooka and Moni offered a visit to the archaeological mini-sites in Tlalnepantla, the municipality they live in in Estado de México, Northern part of Mexico City. More people were originally invited, but in the end, only Caro, Vicm3 and myself were able to attend.
Tlalnepantla is a very strange municipality nowadays. Pooka explained us of its vast regional influence, until it gave way to Texcoco —and later Mexico-Tenochtitlan— as the dominant power. Tlalnepantla lost notoriety — So much that its current (and last) prehispanic name means the place in between — between two more important places.
Anyway, being us three complete geeks (plus Moni, who blends quite well between us) with lots of social, politic coincidences, we also had a great talk — Víctor summarized it: Wikipedia, FaceBook and their clones, license and licenceable material understanding, the hopefully upcoming Central-American mini-DebConf, different CMSs. And many things that escape any relationship.
Very nice and worthy visit. And the photos, of course, are here.
We went to visit the Centro Ceremonial Otomí, which -according to several website descriptions- looked like an interesting, nice place. It is a reasonably drive away from Mexico City - On our way there, we took the Federal Mexico-Toluca highway, the Toluca libramiento, and after the Temoaya exit, the smaller road leading North - That is, however, a road with quite a bit of traffic and not very scenic - The ridge between Mexico and Toluca is quite beautiful, but after it there is a flat, swampy and smelly extension not very worth the trip. On our way back we went by the much smaller way North, via Las Canoas, Jilotzingo, arriving via Naucalpan - Although the road is by far in a worse shape than the one that got us there1, it is a very scenic, beautiful way into the forest. We found almost no traffic until arriving to Naucalpan, so probably we had also approximately the same time.
Anyway... Just the road (and enjoying a bit of fresh, clean air when March and the hot waves start to appear) was very worth the trip. But, what is this Centro Cultural Otomí?
The Otomí or Hñähñu people (More about the otomíes in Spanish) are one of Mexico's main (and most spread out) indigenous groups. But... What did this "Centro Ceremonial" hold for us?
Well... This is a place built in 1980, towards the end of the nefarious José López Portillo presidential term. And it shows.
This Ceremonial Center is... A disproportionate, gigantical, imponent set of structures with reminiscents of the Otomí culture. I cannot say how authentic are each of the elements, I can just say the compound is... Insanely huge and shows what I could not describe as good taste with a straight face.
Still, the place has a great view, and has an undeniable beauty. Anyway, I cannot comment more - here are the pictures.
- 1. shame we could not take a photo of the tremendous potholes, just by the Mexico State government publicity about the resources for road maintenance... Or of the workers supposedly fixing the potholes just filling them with dry ground... Or the dust that every car or truck raises when passing through said "fixed" potholes