The first time I heard about Esperanto

The first time I heard about Esperanto, I attacked it. Because that was what everybody around me did and I’ve learned from them.

The second time, it annoyed me and I attacked again.

The third time, I was indifferent.

The fourth time, I was curious.

The fifth time, I started to learn it.

That’s why I keep repeating to anybody who’d listen: Esperanto, Esperanto, Esperanto, Esperanto, Esperanto. And I encourage others to do the same.


Martial arts, Zürich style


I like martial arts and I’ve practiced a couple during my life, and tried a few as well. Recently I became interested in them once again when a mail informed me of the existence of a dōjō near my house in Zürich.

And indeed Budokan is a dōjō; only Japanese martial arts are practiced there. One that always sparked my interest was Kendo, but so far I’ve never even managed to view a class. It was about time.
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IBM, I'm getting a Dell

When I was young, the laptops were Toshiba. Toshiba Satellite to be specific. Latter on IBM took that title with its Thinkpad, and the first laptop I bought was a Thinkpad which worked quite good. Very good, it’s been working almost non stop for four yeras already. I upgraded the hard disk and I gave it to my wife. I’ve decided to buy a new one. Continue reading “IBM, I'm getting a Dell”

What is a blog?

Going back to Plone, after using WordPress for a long while, and yet again inflicting a painful migration on myself, I ended up asking myself this question: What is a blog? and I’ve found an answer that really surprised me.

I’m a very structured person. Do you remember how everybody had a folder named MP3 back in 1999 or 2000, when MP3  became popular and people started to store music on their computers? Well, I didn’t have such a folder. My folder was called “music”. MP3 was only the format, what I had in that folder was, actually, music. And I even tried and convinced some people about doing the same. Continue reading “What is a blog?”

Who are Conor O'Brien and James McMahon?

Conor O’Brien of the Raglan Clinic and James McMahon of Hassett are the people that own me €1250, the deposit of the apartment I rented for more than a year in 4, Windermere, Gilford Road, Dublin 4, Ireland. That I returned in perfect condition and was accepted as such, more than a month ago.

Now that we got to the point, let me tell you the story. I’ll try not to sidetrack with issues like Conor arriving more than outrageously late when I had to handover the apartment and had very little time (moving to Zürich, where I live now) or that James published the apartment as having dishwasher and cable TV which it didn’t (nor was there hot water as well, or fire alarm, or the two set of keys, etc). Ooops, sidetracked. Or that when I went there with James and my wife to see the apartment, there was a guy taking a shower, in the apartment, that shouted “don’t come” and we had to return the day after. Ooops, sidetracked again. Continue reading “Who are Conor O'Brien and James McMahon?”

Typing Esperanto in Ubuntu (or any other X)

I’ve got tired of not being able to easily type in Esperanto in Linux. There are some articles out there explaining it how and the are always convoluted and I’ve never seen one that gets to the point of typing “ŭ”, the always try very hard to get “ĝ”.

There’s an Esperanto layout in Ubuntu and I suppose other X Window Systems as well, but there are two things I don’t like about it. One is having to find out where the keys are, I could re-label them, but then I would only be able to type in Esperanto (which might be educational but not what I want, at least for now). I also don’t like the fact that it is Qwerty, not Dvorak. And even if it was Dvorak, one should make the statistics about Esperanto to make a proper Esperanto Dvorak-style keyboard. Continue reading “Typing Esperanto in Ubuntu (or any other X)”

Sound in space

I wonder when we will start to see DVDs of space tv-shows, like Babylon 5 and Star Trek, where you can pick to watch them with no sounds on space. I’m really pissed off at the sounds of the Voyager on the presentation, they don’t even add to the scene, it only makes a beautiful presentation feel childish (stupid and ugly).

Being a prolific blogger

Recently my friend Juanjo pointed out how much activity my blog has been having recently. Thinking about it, he is right and there are two reasons why this may be the case:

  • I’m more inspired than usual. I’m not sure if this is the case, and even if it is, it’s not helpful for me to communicate it unless I’ve found a way to find inspiration easily.
  • I’m writing in parallel. Now this is something to talk about, because it is a technique that can be applied by everyone and I recommend to any blogger.

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