26 Dec 2000 wannabe   » (Apprentice)

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 turgon@debian.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 =:-m (ouch).

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 ChristiƔnsen (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 "MuiƱeira 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.

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