Arriving in Colombia for a... Sauna?

Submitted by gwolf on Wed, 08/03/2005 - 19:03
-=[ Public health service announcement ]=- If you are ever going to Finland (or other countries with this tradition - I just happened to catch this sickness in Finland), don't go to a sauna. Or, if people talk you into it because it is soooo relaxing and enjoyable, go only once. At most once every four days. And don't stay for two weeks there. Otherwise, you might face a deep addiction. -=[ Back to our regular scheduled posting ]=- So today I woke up at 3AM. Why? Because I had my flight to Colombia departing at 6:40, my house is quite far from the airport, and I don't like travelling without a good nice shower just before that. Well, but that's not too amazing - The amazing part is that [friend]Tacvbo[/friend] woke up also at that time, and took me halfway to the airport. Why did he do it? Because he had at home the iPod that Jimmy Morales forgot in Mexico during CONSOL, and I am meeting Jimmy here in Bogotá. Well, damn, I also don't want to overextend writing about waking up at 3AM and having lazy friends... The thing is: I got to the airport on time, met there a good friend I had not seen for over six years and had a nice coffee with him, and boarded my plane to Panamá. We arrived to Panamá at 10:25, and my plane to Bogotá was scheduled to leave at 10:55 - At the opposite end of an airport. Well, yes, it´s not that big, but anyway, I barely made it to the final call - And, fortunately, so did my baggage. After that, a short and easy flight, slightly over one hour. I love flying over Colombia - The Andes are such an incredible sight! The terrain seems to have been squashed like a piece of paper... Everything is green, beautiful - Forests, fields, little villages, medium-sized towns, many rivers dividing each mountain from the next one, and many impressive lakes. And, this time, really amazing clouds. We even flied higher than usual (at 41000 feet) as it was too turbulent - But the clouds are just spectacular. Damn++, I am also not blogging about my flight - Back on track: A girl from the Javeriana University, Isis, picked me up at the airport, and brought me to the Andino Royal hotel. When I entered my room, the bellboy started explaining the different features of the hotel (I hope to tell about some of them later) - And he mentioned that in the seventh floor there is a gym and a sauna. My eyes sparkled at the memories of the DC5 sauna sessions... I slept a bit, and then went to find out how this sauna is. Surprisingly, it is built in a way you can almost think i is a genuine one - Besides the vents in the lower part of the door (WTF!?), this was quite good for a new adict... And, as the service is free, I asked them to turn it on. Came back some 15 minutes later... I don't think that you can find a bad sauna anywhere... But this one was quite lacking in the end. First of all, this is the first time I am in a sauna by myself, not talking to some other people (and not having Jesus taking pictures I am sure that are already at some geekporn site). Second, I was a bit nervous because people in Latin America have great fear for nudity - Of course, I would not insult the sauna by having a swimming suit on (even if I had brought it). But third, and most important: The sauna had a thermometer measuring up to 140°C, which made me a bit afraid - But they have it configured at 60°C, and they wouldn't have me put it hotter. So, to compensate, I poured water like crazy, just to get more steam. The water had very nice aromatic herbs, but well, once you have been at boiling temperature, you just cannot accept such a joke. But anyway, with all of its defects, this _was_ a sauna, and I do feel very thankful and relaxed. Next time I am in a hotel of this category, I won't wait for the bellboy to offer it - I have to be more aggressive!
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Progress uploading my Debconf pictures

Submitted by gwolf on Tue, 08/02/2005 - 12:41
I am over halfway of uploading the Debconf 5 pictures to my site - I have a couple dozen yet to check and upload, but at least the work is mostly done (this is, I have pictures up to the point I definitively left HUT, am basically missing the Debconf post-mortem dinner). Thanks again to everybody - this would not have been the same if any of you wasn't there!
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Bancomer sucks

Submitted by gwolf on Tue, 08/02/2005 - 12:34
Ok, so I am back in Mexico, although for only three days (tomorrow I am leaving for Colombia). After one month in Finland/Sweden, I wanted to at least advance on some pending issues I have at work and at home - I have mostly failed miserably, as I am too unfocused on any of those items. Well, that's a bit unfair, as at least I have advanced a bit :) ...This morning I went to the bank. Things at my university take a long time, we all know it - I got my bank card (so they pay me there instead of via terribly uncomfortable and old-fashioned cheques) over three months ago. Of course, I had never used it, and I misplaced the paper slip with my NIP. I thought going to the bank to ask for a reposition would be easy and straightforward. Think again. Some years ago, they had a simple card reader where I would slip the card and type in a new number - not anymore. They will send me a new envelope with the number to my house in around three days - Of course, it is much more secure to send a slip of paper on the mail than to let the card owner type in the number and have it written nowhere. I need the money. Crap. Maybe I can transfer it using their website... Ok, I go to another desk to ask them to activate my Internet banking account - Everything goes smoothly, the teller is even smiling, until he finds that my registered address is the one I had six years ago. Strange, as the lady on the terminal had just verified my current address! Well, anyway, that would not bother me too much - Only that he tells me he cannot give me the access contract to sign because my address does not match what I have on my ID card. I have to go to the branch where my account resides. Please note that, in any event, this is not my fault - The university always opens the accounts in the same branch, which is not (for some unknown reason) really close to the university (and therefore to my house). I had in my hand my new account contract, with the right address. Well, in the end I lost 40 minutes arguing. I cannot afford to spend the whole day in the bank - I had to do what I often do at that bank: Get angry, yell at him that the customer service level has went consistently down for the last some years, and walk away. Several years ago they started automatizing everything, and I, being a tech-head, thought things would be smoother, that I would not have ever to go to different branches, that the information would be always available. At this particular branch, two blocks away from my house, they can at least recognize my face, as I go quite often - Which they won't recognize in the branch my account resides in. The information is in the network, they have all what is needed to change my account's data - Why do I have to lose a fscking morning to go somewhere else?
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Simple life in Sweden / help with Telia!

Submitted by gwolf on Wed, 07/27/2005 - 16:04
Over one week ago, just after Debconf finished and Ville and Nadezhda came back from Russia, Nadezhda and I left Finland to come spend a bit over a week at my mother's house in Fritsla, close to Boras, in Western Sweden. We have been, as I promised, having real vacations - this means, no network access, not over 1hr straight on the computer. Of course, as we say in Mexico, I cannot deny my church's cross - I cannot get away from what I am. My mother's connection to the outside world is still a 56k dialup line. Not only it is slow, but it's also expensive, as the phone company charges by the minute. She has repeatedly told me there is no broadband connection in this place. Yesterday I received [friend]Nomeata[/friend] for a day, on his way down from Narvik to Karlsruhe. He turned out to be much more curious than me. It took him less than one hour of being in our house to find that my mother's neighbour has an open AP with -of course- a very nice broadband connection. 512k - Nothing spectacular, but surely enough. My card's antenna is too crappy to really benefit from this connection - I have to stand in an awkward position very close to one specific window in order to get wavemon to report hardly anything - Usually, when I'm in that position I get 4/92 link quality, and I have got a maximum of 12/92 - I cannot really do anything useful with it. But anyway, my mother is not exactly a tech person, and much less her husband - If anybody in Sweden can help me out, I'll be very thankful. According to the reverse name resolution, I am connecting from a computer in the network. A traceroute tells me that:
 1  SpeedTouch.lan (  3.025 ms  2.958 ms  3.266 ms
 2  * (  8.164 ms  7.839 ms
 3 (  9.006 ms  8.194 ms  8.072 ms
 4 (  9.411 ms  9.810 ms  9.609 ms
 5 (  210.342 ms  99.736 ms  214.055 ms
 6 (  15.890 ms  15.508 ms *
Now, Skanova (according to its website) seems to be a sub-company of TeliaSonera, and it seems to sell services to ISPs, not to just any individual. We called Telia, and they say that broadband will be available in this region by 2009 - Of course, it is amazing to tell them they are wrong, and they don't want to listen to our claims. Besides, we couldn't get to somebody willing to speak English, so I am of no use. If somebody is able to help us, I will be most grateful. The town my mother lives in is Fritsla (near Kinna, in Markskommun). The nearest city is Boras, the phone area code here is 0320. Thanks!
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Back to life, but Debconf is over

Submitted by gwolf on Tue, 07/19/2005 - 16:34
The last four days of Debconf people saw me with a strange, evil look in my eyes. Once they asked me what had me so down, I just told them my personal mail/web server was down. It took me four days to get somebody at home to reboot it - But well, in the end, I am back to the online life. Yes, back just temporarily, just to state the sad truth: Debconf5 is over. We even held the first Debconf5 Post-mortem Gathering in downtown Helsinki, around 25 people having a last dinner together. Since we parted, well... It is just nostalgia :-) Thanks for everybody for two weeks of fun, of interesting talks, of getting to know you all in person. Thanks for making Debconf5 what it was. Thanks to the organizers, it was a honor to work with you - And it really scares me, I am organizing Debconf6 next May in Mexico (probable but still unconfirmed location: Oaxtepec, Morelos), and it is a very high standard it will be measured up against. But don't worry, we will come up with something unforgettable as well! Ok... Now, today marks the start of my vacations with my wife. We are going to visit my mother, who lives in western Sweden. I will be there until July 30, and will thus be mostly unavailable on the net. See you all in August!
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Suomenlinna / DebSauna

Submitted by gwolf on Wed, 07/13/2005 - 16:29
Ok, so this was the "enjoy yourself" day! In the morning/afternoon, a nice trip to Suomelina, a fortress island just south of Helsinki. Very nice place, and a good opportunity to just relax, walk a bit and talk with the crowd. It was a guided trip, and I usually hate that, but this time it was quite decent, and anyway we had plenty of time for ourselves - Which we spent talking on politics in the ex-USSR republics, the EZLN in Mexico, eating the italian crew's mortadela and accompanying spices, sleeping, making fun at those who sleep, and a nice and long etcetera. By 5PM we were back at HUT. We went for dinner (during which I listened to a worried Joachim explain a new kind of XSS-like attacks he has not seen but are theoretically quite feasible, the Cross-Site Auth (XSA) attack), then some time at the dorm, and then we went for Rantasauna - the sauna party house they have some 200m away from the dorm. It was lots of fun. And, for those that didn't come to Helsinki, quite scaring: Imagine one little auditorium-like room with capacity for over 30 people. Some 25 people are sitting there. There are three piles of rocks at the bottom, in what would otherwise be the center stage. There is one crazy, long-haired, italian guy about to start a talk on Custom Debian Derivatives. The stones are quite hot - in fact, the room temperature is at around 100 Celsius. Everybody (men and women) is naked, and having fun just for the sake of it. 10m away from there, Wouter is working hard fixing bugs: He fixed at least two missing keys from the piano, and did his best on fixing a key that was hitting two strings. Soon after this, we had a pretty nice concert, played by several different people. Some 5 meters further away there is another sauna room - Smaller, but more traditional: Instead of the stove being heated by electricity, it is heated by burning wood. A fenomenal gas transport system keeps it airy and spares us the bother of having smoke in the room. This is a small room, maybe you can fit some 8 people confortably. People are talking about the release process. There are some berch (abedul) branches, freshly cut - Someone just takes them and starts beating himself, as if he was halfway to Chalma. Another guy then does the same - Only that after he finishes, he asks a third friend to spank him wherever he cannot reach. They later reverse their roles. Some 30 minutes later, Mako reads (outside the sauna, of course, his plans for further licenses clarification. Most of us are already outside the sauna, technically on the street, but most people are still naked - It seems to just be the natural thing here. After some more time there (we started at 19:00, it is probably about 23:30), Zobel gets some fire working - We are quite close to making a grilled meat feast - only that nobody has grillable food. Anyway, we have fire and that is good. I think it is just about enough, and head back to the dorm. On my way here, I am told I should visit room 44, the Argentinian headquarters. I get there, and there are at least six Swedish guys apparently wating for something - I then hear a desperate scream: "Please help fix this waffle overflow!" Turns out that Marga and Max prepared pancakes and waffles for everybody. In the end, a pretty nice day. Oh! And I managed to sell quite some T-shirts! (and, of course, bought Martin Krafft's book!) PS - Tolimar: Regarding your stars issues: Things are much better in my city now, fortunately... Some 10 years ago, I asked my friend (at night, of course): Look up to the sky for three seconds, then back to me. Ok, now, tell me: Is the sky clouded or clear? And he could not answer. Blame the smog.
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Good, things run smooth!

Submitted by gwolf on Tue, 07/12/2005 - 13:53
It has been basically two days I am not stuck in the reception, and that things seem to basically run smooth. I still owe Andreas some pieces of Comas functionality (which I hope will be ready by tomorrow), but it's been quite nice. I have even started doing some Debian-related job, adopting three packages I had pending, stomping on some bugs (although there was already a bug-squishing party yesterday night, which involved tequila, vodka, chapulines and some other stuff I don't remember the names for - I think a good proportion of my chapulines were happily squished by Debconf drunk but productive attendees). My wife came to Finland! She arrived two nights ago, I went to pick her up at the airport, and from there went to our good friend Ville's appartment. where she will be staying. One bottle of vodka later, we all slept like babies. Three hours later, I was on my way back to HUT to deliver my and Christian's BoF on Debian and Free Software in Latin America - Which turned out quite nicely. In fact, so nice that I have been bugging Herman and Tore waiting for the video to be published, as it can be interesting to my friends back home. Yesterday evening I also met with them for some Finnish sig htseeing and for a delicious and not too expensive dinner at a traditional Finnish place called "Sea Horse". I really rec ommend it - If you want directions on how to get there, approach me with a map in your hand, and I'll show you. Today they came and HUT and brought over all the remaining T-shirts - I can now announce to you all: I have all the shirt s I will have during Debconf. Want them? Come! First come first serve! This advertisement has been brought to you by Iden tidad Colectiva, making money for a geek family since 2004. About the evening, since they left? A nice hacking evening. The most productive (Debian-wise, not Comas-wise) since I got here.
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Quite different, indeed

Submitted by gwolf on Sat, 07/09/2005 - 07:18
How has this Debconf been to me? Quite different than what I expected. Having the responsability to have the information ordered and ready for everything to happen, managing the database up and down, has become a _very_ time-intensive task. I actually managed to take a day off with Danny, Amaya, Alberto and Jeroen to visit Talinn (Estonia), and it made quite a good difference - without that vacation I'd be burnt out already. This trip was quite bloggable - Yesterday I had written a long entry about it, but a fucking mouse gesture erased it from Firefox... I just managed to scream at the machine, get angry, and... Go on working ;-) We have been very busy at the reception. We are more doing this task than what I expected, and even though I feel I'm working my ass off, it is just too evident I have a shorter battery life than many others - I have been working on this +- from 10AM to 9PM, and after that, I just fall apart in many little pieces... Fabian, Aschwin, Andreas and Martin (at the reception, plus many others doing other work) just keep on working, and the volunteers we have had working here are just amazing, going on for countless hours afterwards. Anyway, guess I'm still a Mexican, and I cannot run away from my heritage :) Anyway... Yesterday we processed around 40 newcomers. Today, we expect about 80 - I'm stressed just at the thought :) However, yesterday the whole day was hectic, and today (even after giving my Debian Day talk) I am actually quite relaxed. Life's good. ...I intended to start hacking on some bugs I have with my packages and on preparing some new packages I have pending for upload (specially taking advantage to the fact that we have an FTP bending over)... I hope that by Monday/Tuesday that we get most people here I'll be able to disappear towards the Hacklab to do some Debian work.
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Miss the darkness

Submitted by gwolf on Mon, 07/04/2005 - 17:21
It has been two days already since I got to Finland, and I haven't sent a line to this blog. Some people are actually angry at my lack of communication... Well, guys, please come over, you are all invited - It is very hard to keep some time for yourself in this kind of situations. We are currently around 30 people at Otaniemi, Helsinki, working towards having a great Debconf in a couple of days. We have -at least- people from Finland, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Holland, Belgium, Spain, Bosnia, Argentina and Mexico - and it is great. We are all working part of the time, and talking the rest of it. Now... There is something missing. When does a brave adventurer write his memories, send letters home or get his thoughts into paper (or comparable electronic media? There is only one possible answer: At night, when he is in the privacy of his tent, after feeding the horses and talking with the chieftains. This just does not work at 60 degrees North in July. Night lasts about two hours, from around 12AM to around 2AM. Now is what they expect us to believe is the darkest moment (1:15AM), and I see the sky as if the sun was about to rise, at 6:30AM, in my dear Mexico. Yes, there is a part of the sky in front of my window which is in fact yellowish. The Sun does not rise where it should. It does not cross the sky. It just does as it pleases - and it wants to circle around us, making us crazy and dizzy. Anyway, I am used to waking up early (yeah, right, lazy bum... Last month you could not get out of bed before 8AM save for one or two strange occasions!). I have been going to bed after a while of darkness - this means, around 1 or 2 AM, three days in a row. The first day, after the transatlantic flight, I woke up at 10 AM - Only after waking up at 8. And at 6. And at 4. And somewhere else. Today I woke up at 7AM, went to walk around, came back and worked until about 10, then showed my face to the public world. Today, at around 8PM, I was talking with Aschwin - I told him that, for no particular reason, I felt tired... Then I remembered of a bad sleep on the airplane (as it was packed, crowded with people... I even gave up on the idea of taking out my laptop to work a bit, as it was plainly too overcrowded and I wouldn't fit with it), a short and interrupted sleep, and a simply short sleep... And it hit me. My body was tired. So, at 9PM I decided to give it a go, play it quietly, hang around with the crowd and crash in my bed. Ok, so I did some Debconf stuff, went to the sauna with Andreas, Martin and Wouter, heavily discussed for some time, and came to bed at 1AM. Now it's 1:20, and I remembered I have to check mail as I have some pending work back home. I wonder how I will look like by Friday, when Debconf formally starts... Anyway... off to the bed. You can keep reading the story by looking at the few pictures I've taken
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On Debconf5's scheduling

Submitted by gwolf on Fri, 07/01/2005 - 02:19
AJ Towns wonders how the hell the timetable didn't seem to obey to any logic. Well... I agree with you: It was completely computer-generated, and there are many points that should have been taken into account, but were not. This is the second scheduling algorithm that has been used with Comas - I didn't suggest our previous one, as Don Armstrong's implementation introduced voting according to your interests so you don't get locked out by having two interesting talks at once. Of course, this is the first time his algorithm is tried - but it is running on, sorry, incomplete information - For example, we don't know (better yet: Our system doesn't know) which proposals will be more popular than others, so they get scheduled in the bigger room. And, yes, it's only a bigger room - it is not to give more importance to those talks. It's almost random. The algorithm we used for CONSOL 2004 and 2005 took into account proposal type and track, trying to keep the density of any given track as homogeneous as possible during the whole conference - once again, to keep you from missing interesting stuff. If you look at the timetables, of course, they are not really balanced - but that's because us humans had to tweak it afterwards. As you know, timetables are quite tricky. And, from what I understood from Don's mail announcing the schedule first draft (sent to the debconf5-team list, not yet to everybody interested), this is by far not final. So... Well, thanks for mentioning this points, I think Don will be able to tell the system to move it around (or just reshuffle - the results will change).But, please, don't act so hostile on us. Ok, I told you 30 minutes ago I could not keep my eyes open - Now it is official, I'm going to my bed. BTW, I'm still surrounded by my cats. If any of you has never heard a cat snore, you don't know what you are missing! ;-)
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Tired / getting ready to take off

Submitted by gwolf on Fri, 07/01/2005 - 01:46
Ok, so it is almost 2AM. Unlike many of you, this is not an usual hour to see me awake - I am a nice wake-up-at-8, sleep-at-12 guy. But this last couple of weeks have been hectic, and this is the culmination of the fscking process. Shit, no, it's not yet the culmination... Tomorrow I'll have to make a quick space to do some UPN work, which I have left aside for most of the week... At UNAM, things are going well. I have a couple of systems ready to be used, my institute already has a half-decent network presence and infrastructure, I am generating all of the statistics I was asked... Some stuff still pending to be installed and/or programmed, but anyway, the ship's moving. Also, I am very happy I got the DGSCA security group to reactivate the Admin-UNAM seminaries (after at least three years we had the last one). Today we had this seminar, we had a full auditorium, ~120 people (who were told to come with less than a week notice, which certainly sucks as much as being told by your boss you have to go, because the official invitation letter is not just signed by anybody but by DGSCA's general director... Anyway, I tried to do things more informal and with more time, but I don't run the show. I hate bureaucratic thought). We presented 8 hr of talks regarding perimetral security - I did the first 2hr, a very general introduction to the topic. The real nice part? Tomorrow evening I will board a plane, and Saturday evening I'll be in Helsinki. Of course, last-minute-chaos bit me - I have a couple of pending patches to Comas, and didn't have a recent enough version to hack on on my laptop - And we had no network at admin-unam. Ok, run back to the institute, cvs update, bring in a couple of extra useful packages, run back, start typing like crazy. 5PM, attention divided between the code and the talks. (BTW, has any of you ever tried to set up a Windows Internet Security Accelerator or something like that? The Microsoft firewall/proxy thingy. Man, I am glad I had never seen it before. I am more glad even I never will again. It's so damn complicated! Give me my iptables and shut up). Interrupt coding at least 20 times, as I was also commenting on the talk with my friend Turbo, who came from Temixco (little over 1hr away from Mexico City) for the Admin-UNAM Well... In the end, the clock is nearing 2AM. I am surrounded by four of my cats - Santa, Marabunta, Chupchic and Tin Tan. I finally have a working implementation of the (user view of the) volunteers functionality on Comas. Dirty as hell, I fear, so I don't think I'll integrate it ever on our main branch... But at least the ideas can be useful. No, you cannot yet sign up as volunteers, as I want to look at the diff without half of my working neurons trying to keep my eyelids open ;-) Don: I owe you incorporating your patch... Have not had time to check it. Once again, I hope I'll be able to do it tomorrow, although the day prior to a one-month absence will probably be impossible. Amaya: I just remembered about Héctor's tortillero... I think I won't make it :-( But I'll ask my wife, as she is most-probably going to meet me some days later in Finland, to get one along with her. And, no, that silly smile of yours is not only yours :) Aigars: As you are quite active on the anti-software patents scene: Are we planning some sort of something to be held in Finland on the day prior to the banana vote? (July 7, IIRC) We will be quite an impressive crowd of knowledgeable people for the reporters to admire! ;-) Anyway... I'm off to the bed. See you in HEL!
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Submitted by gwolf on Sun, 06/26/2005 - 21:07
Some months ago, I (as well as some other old-time friends) was contacted by my friend [friend]Nopal[/friend] to help Jason Scott translate to Spanish his project of the last couple of years: The BBS documentary, a 3-DVD documentary of the start of our online lives. I joined BBSes in 1992 and started my own in 1993, but there is material in there dating back to 1979 (CBBS)! Well, in the end we didn't coordinate as tightly as we should have, so we only managed to translate the bonus tracks, not the main feature. Some material we translated didn't make it in the end. But, anyway, I was very excited about this project. Some four days ago, I got a strange little box in the mail. I thought it was some kind of postal-spam, as I wasn't really expecting a thing. To my surprise, it is my very copy of the documentary! Thanks a lot, Jason! The DVD set is released under the Creative Commons share-alike license (or... Well, I must check on this, as it says "portions of"...), so I think I can ofer you all a copy if you want it (and are in the same locality I am, which usually means Mexico City, and have a DVD burner, which I don't). Of course, I can bring it over to Helsinki if somebody is interested - just tell me please before Friday, as I'm leaving on that day.
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Red alert in Chiapas

Submitted by gwolf on Wed, 06/22/2005 - 18:20
Who the fuck knows what our government is up to now? Regarding the indigenous rebellion that started (in the eyes of the world) in 1994, our oh-so-dear government has played a stupid but very effective tactics: The Mushroom principle: Keep them in the dark, feed them with shit. This rebellion, where the Zapatist Army for National Liberation jumped to the spotlights, is very different from what you will find in many other countries in this region - and that's why the EZLN was not crushed on its first days. This insurgent army is not about toppling a government and seizing power - It is about bringing decent life and equal rights to the indigenous population of my country. Seems easy, yes, but it is such a fundamental and radical change that it has had the political class for over 10 years in a stalemate. First of all: EZLN is not a violent guerrilla. Much to the contrary, it is a peaceful group. They resorted to an insurrection as that was the only way to get any attention - but the fight lasted for only 12 days. There has been a truce since then (except for two sad but very short periods). The government has set up many paramilitary groups (the guardias blancas) to weaken them and to scare the population. There have been important killings (the largest one, over 40 women and children, in Acteal, 22-12-1997). But the EZLN is about dialogue, not about power. Two years after the rebellion, in 1996, the rebels and the government signed the San Andrés Larráinzar agreements, in which the government agreed to pass a law granting freedom and recognition to the traditional organizations and ways of self-government for the indigenous population all over the country. The problem was, it was never implemented. The actual president, Vicente Fox, made a promise when he was on campaign: I will solve the Chiapas conflict in 15 minutes. As a side note, Fox has been the most prolific contributor to the Mexican folklore in the last 50 years, overshadowing great contributors such as López Portillo (Defenderé al peso como un perro) and even Luis Echeverría (No es ni bueno ni malo, sino que todo lo contrario). Fox is a master of words and responsability evasion, as we can easily witness in this Vicente Fox phrasebook. Well, back on topic. Last Sunday, Subcomandante Marcos published the (impossible) geometry(?) of the power in Mexico, a harsh criticism of basically every politician out there - specially of some of the worst aspects of López Obrador (the only one from the left wing, however centrist he is, with real possibilites of being elected). One day later, a general red alert was announced in the Zapatista area. The caracoles and the juntas de buen gobierno were closed, friends of the movement were asked to leave. Simultaneously, the biggest army movilization since 2001 into Chiapas was reported, although it has been continuously denied by any high-ranking officers. The army reports it found large plantings of marihuana in the Zapatista-influenced area. It is not even surprising for us: the areas they talk about are not Zapatista at all. Today, the Zapatistas announced their reason for the red alert: The EZLN is having an internal consultation regarding their reorganization, and is freeing whoever wants to leave them from any responsabilities in their future path. And why a red alert? Because the last time they had a consultation, in February 1995, the truce was broken by the Mexican Armed Forces. I don't know what comes next. I am posting this in good part due to [friend]Alex[/friend]'s pressure - It is important to get the word going, to spread the news before -as it often happens- our practically-state-controled duopoly spreads false news. So, help spread the word in any language you know. The Zapatista movement has gained tremendous support from people all over the world, and thanks to person-to-person communication and the pressure coming from around the globe, they are still around, demanding their right to live with dignity. Just a couple of final links: Natorro's article, explaining this situation with more background information, Narconews' Mexico: The False Narco-Smear Against the Zapatistas, the overly stupid reaction of our politicians to the recent events, and -more general- Frente Zapatista de Liberación Nacional will surely keep us informed (unless they are attacked again, as it happened on Monday), and -as not everything must be that serious- the beautiful lyrics of Oscar Chávez's Chiapas record, to which I am currently listening.
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/.ing yourself - Some people never learn

Submitted by gwolf on Fri, 06/17/2005 - 13:20
Ok, so I am advertising our very nice Sarge T-shirts. Now, lives on a 512/128 ASDL line - And, as I did a long time ago, I once again included images in my blog text. I thought that my auto-slashdotting last time was because of my poor old resource-starvated server - No! It was bandwith. I just moved the images over to my work server (just for some days, don't hang me for that!), and as soon as pulsed again, my home connection was once again usable.
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Release party in .mx / cool T-shirts!

Submitted by gwolf on Fri, 06/17/2005 - 10:45
We Mexicans are known for taking too long to do things... So, nine days after Sarge stabilized, yesterday we had our release party. Much larger than what I originally thought (we only announced it to the almost-dead debianmexico list AFAIK, and most people there do not live in this city). We were over 30, and there were people coming from surrounding cities, up to ~200Km away. We had a good time, food and beer at Hamburguesas Memorables. I arrived over 1hr late because we were printing. What were we printing? Well, that's obvious: I am very proud of Nadezhda's work. She dedicated many nights to having it just perfect - Of course, we found a couple of details we will continue working on for the 3.1r1 T-shirt - But I am quite proud of what I am now wearing. ...And, yes, I am surprised I have not seen any other Sarge artwork yet. Am I blind?
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