Heavens on Earth

2018-05

* Very fond memories of Memorial Day holiday weekend in Atlanta (Georgia) and rest of the week at New Orleans (Louisiana). Going back to work, it all feels like a dream.

* Recently I went for a job interview at CUNY (City University of New York) for a job directly related to their data-center and campus network. Went to my local barber-shop and had a hair cut (better than trying to cut it myself again), had a bit of trouble fitting into my nice suit pants, arrived on-time, met a group of 4 people and answered them questions about technical stuff…. At the end I was escorted out and explained this was the first round of interviews. Hope they call me back for the second round.

* “When you were young and your heart was an open book you used to say live and let live” – quote from “Live and Let Die” song by Wings (Linda and Paul McCartney)

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A Bridge Too Far

2018-04

* Recently one of my co-workers got laid off. My sister in-law (Melissa’s sister) is also getting laid off. Got no sympathy for the corporate world, they don’t see us as valuable people, instead they just see dollar numbers. What else can I do to make a decent living?  Should I try to make money taking photos?  Drawing cartoons?  Being a rock-star?  Alessio and I better get that one-hit wonder song ready……

* A quote from Daniel C. Dennet’s book “From Bacteria to Bach and Back” : “Thanks to this infestation of culturally evolved symbiont information structures, our brains are empowered to be intelligent designers, of artifacts and of our own lives“.

Annihilation Kaleidoscope

2018-03

* My sister Monica spent a weekend with us in NYC. We had quite a lot of quality time including a visit to David Bowie’s exhibit at the Brooklyn Museum, the “top of the rock” at the Rockefeller Center, brief but fun walk around Prospect Park. At an italian restaurant there was a guy singing old-school songs and walking around with a microphone and it was quite charming that my sister was able to sing along without hesitation.

* It took 4 years to be able to run again the NYC Half-Marathon. This time around Melissa and I ran together. It was a wonderful scenic route, starting in Park Slope Brooklyn, going across the Manhattan bridge, through the Lower East Side, up via the East Highway, sideways via 42nd street and through Times Square and a final loop around Central Park. Even though it was cold we both loved this run.

Metal Gear Survive

2018-02

* Finished reading “The Watchmaker of Filigree Street” by Natasha Pulley. Loved how fantasy, love, science and steam-punk merged. Also the concept of free will is questioned. Do we have control of our lives or our paths have been hard-coded in our time-lines?

*  A silicon hairspring has thermo-compensating and non-magnetic properties which allows it to consistently oscillate regardless of temperature fluctuations and magnetic  fields. The accuracy of Melissa’s mechanical watch depends on it.

* Nanomachines gave life to zombie like creatures called “Wanderers”… easily identified by their glowing red horn out of what is left of their heads….

Grupo Niche Cali Pachangero

2018-01

* We spent over a week in Cali (Colombia), the city where most of my childhood and early adulthood took place. Danced to salsa music, ate yummy food and had quality time with my mom, sisters, dad, grandmother, aunts, uncles, cousins and good old friends.

* Every morning Melissa and I would go for a run around a nearby park, where street vendors had on offer fresh fruit juices, arepas or grilled chorizos to all the people at the park exercising or simply hanging out. One vendor lady would shout out “Juguito de naranja mi reina” as we ran by. Weather was unusually rainy, specially at night (my sister Juliana got soaked wet quite frequently).

* My niece Martina is a mirror of my sister Monica. My nephew Tomas is a mirror of Alejandro. Glad they both liked the Legos we got them for xmas.

* Back to Brooklyn and a cold winter. A massive snow storm hitting the east coast delayed our return for a couple of days. January birthdays and karaoke singing. Can’t believe is almost the end of January. Memories of our trip to Colombia still warm in our hearts.

Bauhaus Hope

2017-12

* “Because your mornings will be brighter, break the line, tear up rules, make the most of a million times no” – song lyrics from Bauhaus’ 1983 album “Burning from the inside”

* The year of 2017 was tragic for social justice, for our countries, for the whole world. For the upcoming year of 2018 there’s hope….