Just when I was changing my mind on LeBron, he screwed it, twice.

It really doesn’t matter how he tries to justify it… at the end, what he did was bad, and worse is to address it the he has done. As I said, just when I was changing my mind about him, he’s donde these thingies that make me realize… he is a great athlete, but far far away to be GREAT.

There has to be more to be a Roger Federer, Barack Obama, Dalai Lama, or any other leading-by-example guy. He has the potential to inspire many people (specially in the USA, whre sports are so rooted into society), and he really wants to be THE guy… so it’s time to act like it.

It’s ok to be even the greatest basketball player, if that’s what you want. I mean, Usain Bolt might be the greatest runner ever (being ‘ever’ a finite period of time :)), and that might be the only one thing he will leave in this world. If that’s what you want.

Hope he changes my mind again in some time.

Quote of the day: “It’s nice to be important, but it’s most important to be nice” ; when he was asked about his popularity after winning Wimbledon 2007 – Roger Federer


Today was made official what some days back was announced, and what many people knew from a long time ago. LeBron James is 2008-2009 NBA’s Most Valuable Player.

LeBron James

I’ve never really been a huge fan of LeBron since he came to the league. I always saw him a little bit lacky on the technical aspects of the game. But the truth is he is shutting my mouth more and more every year. After every summer he comes back to the league better, improved, more determinant, more skillfully, more unselfish, more leader…

Over the time, my doubts are becoming admiration to him. More respect I have when I really see him thanking this trophy to his teammates over and over again, saying things like this when asked a tough question:

LeBron’s mission

Seeing he goes back to his high school when he  can, treatingthe people who saw him grow the same way, thankful to be admired… just speaks about the person. Seems to really be a good one, and an intelligent one. Through all the marketing he benefits from, to the fame he seeks, the veneration he causes, he tries to achieve a spot in history, but also seem to be chasing one in life, which may be far more important, and he seems to always keep that in mind.

Like I said… this is an unbelievable player, who really deserves this recognition. His season has been just… amazing. As I read the other day in some NBA.com article, with their season’s perfomances, Wade would have been and MVP any other year, Kobe would have repeated MVP any other year… but this one. This one belonged to LeBron. Fully and completely. Solidly on both ends of the court, improved from the year before, an unselfish leader who has learned when to finish a match by himself and when to lead the team involving more his partners for the team’s benefit. Tremendous deffensively, what to say about his offense… just, that he’s improved his jump shot. If he manages to to polish that… I don’t know where the limits are.

Being selfish… I really hope he goes to my beloved Knicks in 2010… but what I think every body hopes is him to add more honor to the number he’s wearing. It seems, he’s just began…

Other awards from this year: http://www.nba.com/awards/

Quote of the day:

“Ask me to play. I’ll play.
Ask me to shoot. I’ll shoot.
Ask me to pass. I’ll pass.
Ask me to steal, block out, sacrifice, lead, dominate.

But it’s not what you ask of me.
It’s what I ask of myself.”

– LeBron James

Hello world!

New era! For those of you who still read me… you’ll notice I have changed to a wordpress one. It’s just blogspot had some little things I didn’t like as much as wordpress’ ones, and trying to restart this blog… I thought I would do it from the ground up.

Anyway… first I will get the old posts from old blog back. After that… I really hope this time I make it a more or less continuous thing. I’ll try to post something in a while, and I will also try to make some ideas I have happen.

With all this said… let’s begin!

The other day I saw this classic movie, Wall Street. The plot is not something from the other world but I kind of liked it. You can search for a review or synopsis on the thousands of Internet sites dedicated to this.

The main characters are interpreted by Michael Douglas (the rich man) and Charlie Sheen (the wannabe). Film is co-written and directed by Oliver Stone.

I just kind of like these kind of characters that are so egoistic, that they think they’re above everything and are really tough… Michael Douglas makes it believable. I don’t know why but I’ve always enjoyed this kind of men (in movies, only!).

The movie itself is enjoying but that’s it, don’t expect much more than that. But I really enjoyed watching it in one of those dontwannareallydonothing days.

The sad thing is… I didn’t get rich. Maybe I have to play stock exchange =).

The day after I talked about it and my father (which is economist; in fact both my parents are), started talking to me about Soros, and some of his strategies in the stock exchange an all. Seems like a pretty interesting person.

Quotes of the day:
“The richest one percent of this country owns half our country’s wealth, five trillion dollars. One third of that comes from hard work, two thirds comes from inheritance, interest on interest accumulating to widows and idiot sons and what I do, stock and real estate speculation. It’s bullshit. You got ninety percent of the American public out there with little or no net worth. I create nothing. I own. We make the rules, pal. The news, war, peace, famine, upheaval, the price per paper clip. We pick that rabbit out of the hat while everybody sits out there wondering how the hell we did it. Now you’re not naive enough to think we’re living in a democracy, are you buddy? It’s the free market. And you’re a part of it. You’ve got that killer instinct. Stick around pal, I’ve still got a lot to teach you.” – Gordon Gekko (Michael Douglas in “Wall Street”)

“The most valuable commodity I know of is information.” – Gordon Gekko (Michael Douglas in “Wall Street”)

“There’s no nobility in poverty.” – Bud Fox (Charlie Sheen in “Wall Street”)

Today, just navigating around, I came into Tafiti, the new search thing from Microsoft. It is indeed, no other thing than a good front-end to Microsoft’s Live search engine.

The cool thing comes with the GUI. It tries to make search more natural, meaning also, more eye-candy. It still has to improve lots of things, but as a good step I think they made it pretty well. It’s not that I like the Live search engine (in fact I just see it as a poor competition to Google, unfortunately), but the approach this project has taken. It makes it easier and prettier to look for things. For example, depending on what you are looking for, it displays the results in different manners:
– If you look for “news” the results will appear as if they were in a newspaper.
– General web searches appear with a different clear to read representation.
– Images are displayed iPhoto like

Also, you have what have been called “shelves” where you can group your search with little preview thumnails and maintain them organized, as easy as drag & dropping.

One bad point is it finally leads you to the usual Live search engine in some cases as when you pick an image to see.

As I said, it pretty a first step (it’s in Beta phase right now), but I think it could be a good approach to a more meaningful and powerful search.

All of this uses the .Net based Silverlight techonology, which we have available in Linux thanks to Moonlight, so it’s kind of accessible “everywhere”.
Hope Google will do something like this, if they’re not actually working on it, you never know with them. For sure they’ll make it in an AJAX fashion, if they can (which may be true, as true is it would be far more complicated), but they also wouldn’t depend on a plug-in (specially Microsoft, even though Mono is there). Well… just speculations.

Resuming, I see this as a good research software. We’ll see if it leads to something mature.

So easy you won’t have to think. In fact, you won’t even have to realize their mistakes.

The other day I decided to let iTunes organize all my music which I have on a hard drive shared through my home’s LAN. After almost a day doing its thing (I got a LOT of music) I could finally see the iTunes library filled with my music. “This is the thing” (I thought), “now I’m gonna beat it sorting all this stuff finally”. But… wow! iTunes says it has a number of songs there which is in fact a lower number than the one I saw when I started the process with my shared hard drive. Almost 100 songs are gone! Why?
Well, I thought, those might be some songs in the f******* WMA (Windows Media Audio) format. I knew that was shit… but hey! I only had 7 songs in WMA! What’s up then?
Don’t know. And until now I haven’t been able to discover what’s wrong. I asked on forums, looked carefully the songs’ names to see if iTunes had trouble with them, etc… No clue.
I just don’t know also how to get which songs are missing… I think I will have to finally do some easy script in Bash (Linux) to see that.

I don’t know what happened after this research, but what’s worse… I wasn’t even notified something had happened. Why? Why didn’t iTunes just said “Huh, I had trouble with these”? I don’t know, and in fact I’m not even interested anymore.
With free software you always get an “easily” traceable error. If you don’t understand it, Ok, don’t do anything about it, but there may be someone out there who does. At least, you’re notified and you can do something about it. But what about this? I’m sure if I invested some more time I could get some information and gather why all this happened, but as I said, I’m not even interested. They didn’t report anything and I have to give my time to correct something for Apple? If I’m gonna give my time working on something I’ll do it for just to reasons:
1. Money
2. Personal satisfaction.
The first I won’t easily get with neither iTunes or other FLOSS software, but the second is a totally different thing. If I’m gonna do something not for money, let’s do it with/for people who really cares about you also.

Some would say… “If you don’t like it, just don’t use it”, and they’re right, that’s what I’m gonna do. But I guess what would have it been with my literature passionate sister in this situation… She wouldn’t even have noticed or, if so, she probably would have resigned to lose those songs… The other option would have been “Brother!!! What’s up with this? I don’t know what’s happening, you got to fix it”. Lovely…

Long post, boring post… I just had to tell it. Apple makes things easy, you know, always you don’t try to see a little bit further.

Quote of the day: “I try not to predict the future. I’m not a big believer in fortune telling. The best way to predict the future is to implement it.” – David Heinemeier Hansson

Tan real…


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