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Advogato post for 2000-04-25 19:54:25

Ok, good news, I have internet at the office now! I can start working on my stuff again!!!! Yipee!

I no­ticed a few days ago that some co­work­ers (sortof, they are very far) keep logs here, too! (hi acme and com­pa­ny! :-)

Good eco­nom­ic news, too. Or rather, great eco­nom­ic news. I'd just say the day was per­fec­t, if it was not be­cause I did­n't have lunch, but that's good for my bel­ly.

I am ar­rang­ing things with Uwe to go to Namib­ia on jan­uary, that should be just too cool. I need to learn to drive, be­cause it seems there is no oth­er way to go around there.

Al­so fin­ished read­ing Uwe's book (KDE ap­pli­ca­tion de­vel­op­men­t, Macmil­lan Tech­ni­cal Pub­lish­ing) rec­om­mend­ed! You will learn about trav­el­ing sales­man prob­lem along the way ;-)

So... I'm a hap­py guy, at least for to­day.

Advogato post for 2000-04-17 18:11:54

Hey, I have a chair now! My appartment is so empty it's a bit sad to look at. Thankfully, it has a decent view, so I can look out :-)

I still have no per­ma­nent in­ter­net con­nec­tion, but at least I con­fig­ured mas­querad­ing, so we squeeze as much as pos­si­ble through the mo­dem.

Soledad (a girl who works here) men­tioned to­day is saint Rober­to, so it's my ono­mas­tic (I doubt that's a word in en­glish). A cen­tu­ry ago, a per­son could choose to cel­e­brate it in­stead of his birth­day (although very of­ten they were the same day, just ask my dad, who's called Teodoro for that rea­son).

I am mak­ing good progress in my an­gry face for the sub­way. I can now al­so pre­tend to sleep, as I no­ticed some peo­ple do, but it's bor­ing, so I'd rather read the news­pa­per.

Oth­er than that, I got a few patch­es for KRN, which is very cool, I re­al­ly must work in it, but with­out in­ter­net it's al­most im­pos­si­ble.

I need to buy fur­ni­ture. Lots of it. A fu­ton at least. And dish­es. I have on­ly one. And a pot. I have on­ly a fry­ing pan. It kin­da ru­ins my cook­ing skills :-)

Advogato post for 2000-04-13 21:40:54

Ok, so I do now have an apartment. A nice one, too. Small, but homey. And having only a matress and a chair makes it not so small, too :-)

I now al­so have a hob­bie. I watch peo­ple. No, no tele­scope and stuff, I watch them in the sub­way.

I had nev­er had to com­mute to work, re­al­ly. I could make a 5 minute bus ride, if I was in a hur­ry, but now I have a 28 min­utes SUB­WAY ride, and that is a lot of time to be sit­ting with peo­ple you dont know, idly look­ing at the flu­o­res­cent tubes.

So, I am try­ing to fig­ure out how they do it.

The first rule seems to be LOOK MAD. Ev­ery­one looks mad. Preg­nant wom­en look mad (even af­ter they get the seats ;-). Old ladies look mad. Med stu­dents look mad (my sub­way stops in the med school). Pret­ty girls look mad. Lawyers look as mad lawyers (it al­so stops in the court­s), but they car­ry large stacks of pa­per, so I would be mad, too!.

So, I am try­ing to look mad, with rel­a­tive suc­cess, even if it is not easy for some­one with my fea­tures (I go from pleas­ant bud­dha to scary, with­out a mad phase).

Then, af­ter you look mad so noone will try talk­ing to you, what can you do? Well, thats an­oth­er sto­ry.

Advogato post for 2000-04-10 12:21:42

Long time without an entry. Way too long.

Of course, I have a good ex­cuse, I was too busy ac­tu­al­ly hav­ing a life, to have time to write about that life.

Ok, cur­rent sta­tus: I have done no free soft­ware pro­gram­ming in the last 2 or three week­s, ba­si­cal­ly for the rea­son giv­en above.

Work: I now work for a Lin­ux com­pa­ny, which pays me rough­ly an or­der of mag­ni­tude more mon­ey than my pre­vi­ous em­ploy­er, even though be­cause of rea­sons giv­en be­low, I now OWE much more mon­ey than I did a few weeks ago.

Per­son­al life: I now live in Buenos Aires, which is, for those of you who are not well versed in ge­og­ra­phy, the gat­way to hel­l, mas­querad­ing as a large cos­mopoli­tan city at the shores of the world's widest riv­er (even if ge­og­ra­phers say it's not RE­AL­LY a river). My pre­vi­ous city was San­ta Fe, which was about 20 times small­er. I still don't have an ap­part­men­t, but that should change to­mor­row, be­cause, among oth­er things, if it does­n't change, I will have to bor­row MORE mon­ey to stay in the ho­tel.

Then, of course, is the small prob­lem of how does one live with­out any fur­ni­ture, which I won't be able to af­ford for aAT LEAST a month :-)

And that's why I owe mon­ey now: from a su­sis­tence econ­o­my, where I lived on $4 a day, I am now spend­ing rough­ly $70 a day, liv­ing in a hotel, and eat­ing in restau­rants.

Love: well, I now live 550km away from it. That's go­ing to be tough, and I don't have much hope of it sur­viv­ing. That sucks too much to think about.

Advogato post for 2000-03-15 19:54:44

Man, did those $100 pay off :-)

I got a dream job, now. I can't say ex­act­ly what it is, but it sure is cool.

Now, if you ex­cuse me, I will go do fun­ny hap­pi­ness faces, as I have been do­ing the last 20 hours.

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