Argh. I've been discovered. jacobo already knows who I am.
Man, I really hate this thing of being famous.
A lot of changes
First of all, I'm now firstname.lastname@example.org - yep, I'm a Debian member!
:-) Now I have to solve a few problems with dupload that keep me from
uploading my packages. If I don't do so maybe they kick me out of the gang
I've done a mail-news gate. Yes, I know there are already a lot of them.
Yes, I know they all work well. It just happened that I wanted to do something
with a different approach :-) The program is called YANG ("Yet Another
News Gate"), and I'll put a webpage with it soon. It works quite well, though
it needs a little "real life" tuning. My first aim with it was reading and
writing news with Mutt, and now it seems to do that so well that I thought I'd
put it on public domain :-P One of the things that kept me from releasing it
is that the code is *awful* O:-) But you'll see when it's out.
I'm learning danish, thanks to Kenneth Christiánsen
(kanikus?). He has a LearnDanish-HOWTO that was my first help
in doing that. I'm sure you think that, following the tradition, I should put
here something in danish. Keep waiting ;-) Learning danish has had in me the
effect of having a lot of curiosity for new languages. I plan to learn german
and dutch some day. Of course, I won't learn any of these languages to a
"master" level; but if I achieve a good practical written level I'll be happy.
Maybe I learn swedish too, since it's quite similar to danish; but for now,
I'm just playing with the idea. Maybe I stop with all this language thing in a
few weeks, maybe I don't. We'll see; it's funny anyway :-) I'll do my own
"Learning-Danish-HOWTO" these days, taking the info from Kenneth's doc,
another one I found on the Internet and my own personal experience and
thoughts. I've tried to hang on some danish IRC channels, but people seem to
be quite busy with queries, because when I'm there nobody speaks. I can't
believe they already hate me - it usually takes four or five minutes to do so
The language thing came, besides Kenneth's howto, when a friend showed me
the music of Hedningarna, a swedish/finnish "folk" (you'd understand
why I put it like that if you'd listened to it) group. Well, and of course the
"The 13th Warrior" film: those norsemen just looked soooo cooooool ... :-P
In October the Arroutada Party took place in A Corunna (Galicia, Spain). I
was there, of course. I did a shitty web-based inscription engine for the
Real Time Battle contest. Since I didn't had any robot in the contest,
it was one form of "being there" too :-) And what's more important, I was
given an "Organization Person" identity card! Yeah! %-) The network was not as
good as I'd wished (my RJ45 plug was awful), but anyway it was
great. Funnier than Campus Party, which maybe you heard of. I'm looking
forward to Xuventude Galicia Net, another party that will take place in a few
months. I'm thinking on taking part on the Quake III contest, because I want
to know wether I'm good or not, and the only way to do it is playing with the
pros :-) It was not easy to have Q3 running in my computer: it seems that my
sound card (with a CS461x chip) is not that well supported in ALSA, and I had
to look everywhere to search about it. At last, I found that the familiar
"signal 11" error that Q3 gave whenever I tried to run it was due to the
driver not doing mmap properly. I found a patch somewhere in the 'Net, and now
I put the driver on "hold" status. It was for all this search (and a big but
not told here "try and fail" proccess) why I couldn't play Q3 in the Arroutada
Party. But anyway, now I'm ready :-)
Today I learned by ear the "Muiñeira de Chantada", typical folk song here
which is played with a bagpipe - though I play it with guitar :-) I'm sure
that if some purist listened to it the way I play it he/she will kill me, but
it's quite funny to do things in new ways ;-) Maybe one of this days I
"commit" something and tape it for you to listen, my dear public. But don't
expect anything good: first I would have to buy a real jack, and not
the loud-noise-emitter wiring that I have now.
Enough for now. I'll write something more tomorrow.