Archive for October, 2006

Notifications in GTK

Monday, October 30th, 2006

With all the talk about the GNOME desktop integration lib, one of the things I had wrote down is the inclusion of notifications (proposed for Freedesktop.org) in GTK. This is something lots of desktop applications might take advantage of.

So, what do people think about it? There’s even a bug about it.

From lost to the river

Wednesday, October 4th, 2006

That famous book (“From lost to the river”, a literal translation of the Spanish saying “de perdidos al río”), introduced a new mechanism for learning to speak English, by just translating literally from Spanish. Lots of people seem to have taken the lesson and start using it (only to speak, the method doesn’t provide you with the means for making English speakers understand :-), as I listened on the radio the other day, from a restaurant, in Galicia I think it was, where they have an international menu with the following items:

  • Pretty to the iron, bonito a la plancha
  • Wines from the river Ja (Rioja), and from the valley of the rocks (Valdepeñas)
  • Courageous potatoes, patatas bravas
  • Octopus to the party, pulpo “a feira”
  • Little Joseph of beef, pepito de ternera
  • Huge air spray with grelos, lacón con grelos
  • Thin Uncle Joseph, fino tío Pepe
  • They will pass from Navarra, patxarán de Navarra

Sorry to non-Spanish speakers, who won’t get the joke, but for Spanish speakers, I laughed so much with this that I thought I’d better share it.