Wig, Beard and Computer Lessons

Today I decided to clean my ibook because it was so dirty. Actually, it was getting grey. When I was cleaning the keyboard I found a lot of hair bellow the keys. I could even produce a wig with that hair!

What is intriguing is that most the hair I found in the keyboard was concentrated around the letters “a”, “w”, and “s”. Most of the hair seems to come from my beard. Some things I learnt from this:

  1. My hair is mostly falling from the left side of my head. Probably, some day I’ll become a left-balded man. This will be horrible!
  2. When I’m thinking about cool things (mostly in front of a computer) I use to pull my beard off.

Computers gives you wonderful oportunities to know yourself!

The GNOME Journal, August Edition

The latest issue of the GNOME Journal has just been published! It
features an overview of GNOME Women’s Summer Outreach Program,
a look at Glade 3, the latest version of the famous UI designer, an
introduction to Tinymail, and an interview with Davyd Madeley, the
GNOME Applets maintainer. Writers in this edition are Hanna Wallach
and Davyd Madeley, Tristan Van Berkom, Dirk-Jan Binnema, and Lucas
Rocha, respectively.

The GNOME Journal features original content and commentary for and by
the GNOME community. All articles are published under the Creative
Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 license.

Read now: http://www.gnomejournal.org

Enjoy!

Music from Bahia, Movies and Festival

I’ve been listening to some good music. Davi Moraes is a guitarrist and composer from Bahia who mixes ijexá and black music. Another interesting brazilian artist with a similar style is Lucas Santanna. In both Lucas’ albums (“Eletro Ben Dodo” and “Parada de Lucas”) he plays with a very “light” band with a strong base on acoustic guitar and african percussion (no drums).

I and Carol have been watching lots of movies. Some of them:

The III Festival Software Livre da Bahia will take place on August 24, 25 and 26 at UNIME in Lauro de Freitas/BA (a city very near to Salvador, the state capital). I’ll be giving 2 talks and 2 workshops:

  • Talk – Intro to (aka Booting on) Free Software
  • Talk – How to contribute to GNOME
  • Workshop – Translating GNOME to Brazilian Portuguese
  • Workshop – How to send your first patch to GNOME

The III Festival schedule has some very interesting talks from cool free software people like Otavio Salvador (Debian), Gustavo Pacheco (OpenOffice.org/BrOffice.org), Hugo Cisneiros (The Linux Manual/Fedora Brasil), Imre Simon (USP), Pedro Kröger (Debian-BR-CDD/Lisp Brasil/Lilypond), Alexandre Oliva (FSF Latin America), Sérgio Amadeu (USP), and many, many others! What is really interesting about this event is that it gives a very strong emphasis on the social role of free software. We try to connect the free software movement with other social movements like the Solidary Economy movement, public digital/social inclusion projects and so on. The organization team has done a great job! Congratulations!

If you want to meet nice people, visit a wonderful place and attend a great event for free, come to our Festival!

Delayed comments

Long time no blog. Since GUADEC I haven’t been posting anything here.

More than 2 months after GUADEC, I have to say that this was one of the most incredible experiences of my life. It was definetely a turning point for me inside GNOME. My feeling of belonging is much stronger now.

I had the lucky to have funny, interesting and rich chats with Sri Ramkrishna, David Trowbridge, Davyd Madeley, Vincent Untz, Elijah Newren, Fernando Herrera, Carlos Garnacho, Claudio Saavedra, Gustavo Barbieri, John Hwang, Luis Menina, Paulo Henrique Silva, just to mention some. The Fluendo party was awesome and Nokia’s was incredible with the Drooling Macaque band. It was amazing to have fun and play some good music with Davyd Madeley, Carlos Garnacho, Thomas Wood, John Palmieri, Edward Hervey, and Robert McQueen! Thanks you guys!

With no fear of being repetitive I say: Luis, you’re right: GNOME is all about people!