10nD0n L1F3

  • Moved to a better/cheaper/larger apartment in the same cool area in London. Perfect! After all the hassle of the move, we are really enjoying our new home and neighborhood!
  • Work at litl is fastly and intensely moving forward. So intense that I’ve been feeling a bit burnt out for GNOME stuff… I’m trying to catch up with my long list of pending GNOME tasks now.
  • Really glad that we managed to come up with a plan for GNOME 3. There are still a lot of open questions which I hope will be answered as we move on the schedule. Another great move was our migration to git. We’ve got a very positive atmosphere inside the community now. That’s awesome!
  • Cultural life in London simply rocks. I went to Stomp and Mama Mia, concerts of Richard Bona, Bosco de Oliveira, Vanessa da Mata, Ben Harper, a bunch of nice museums, parks, neighborhoods, open markets, etc, and planning to go to many more! That’s something I really missed in Finland.
  • For some reason, my english accent tends to be a bit too American but I like the British English accent much more. I’m practicing my British English “Hello” and “So…” everyday. Maybe at some point I’ll have a a perfectly pronounced “Hello” but then there are all the other words to get the pronunciation right :-P
  • Traveled to the simply beautiful Prague (photos) in March and to the weirdly amazing Amsterdam (photos, some more uploads pending…) in April. More travels being planned, yay!
  • Got LittleBIGPlanet: fun, fun, fun. It’s the only game my wife and I get to play together (as she doesn’t like to play most of the games we have). So, it’s double fun for us.
  • Looking forward to getting a new DSLR camera soon. I’m getting very annoyed by the unstable handling and the small viewfinder of my Canon 350D. I’ve heard Canon 450D has some good improvements over the 350D but I’m leaning towards a Canon 40D… Suggestions for camera models, places to sell my used camera, and stores with good deals for new cameras are welcome.
  • Two awesome apps I started to use recently: GNOME Do and Miro.
  • Latest playlist includes: Holly Golightly, Erykah Badu, Ornette Coleman, John Coltrane, Soulive, The New Mastersounds, Jill Scott, Amel Larrieux, Anthony Hamilton, Miles Davis, Fiona Apple, Sonny Rollins, Roberto Mendes, Stanton Moore, Ben Harper, Clube do Balanço, Black Rio, a lot more. Actually, I feel it’s time to renew my music collection with some new albums…
  • I’m in Twitter now. It took some time until I got the point of microblogging. So far, it’s been an interesting experience.
  • That’s all for now. Time to sleep.

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Lucas Rocha is just a brazilian guy who loves hacking and music. He lives in the frozen lands of Finland with his lovely wife Carol. He works for Nokia in the development of Hildon and Maemo. In his free time, he's a happy GNOME contributor. He has a mustache, a beard and big smile in his face.

7 thoughts on “10nD0n L1F3”

  1. Go for the 500D. It’s probably cheaper than the 40D, has bigger and (considerably) higher res viewfinder, takes better pictures in most cases (the only likely exception is if you take most pictures in ultra low lighting situation).

    It also supports video (only other Canon DSLR which does so is the 5D Mark II).

    So, my suggestion: go for the 500D. 40/50D are not worth the price increase.

    If you *really* want to spend money, go straight to the 5D Mark II, but that is a fullframe already, you’ll probably want to upgrade your lenses in this case.

  2. If you really want a bigger viewfinder, 450D or 500D don’t really help, unlike 50D viewfinder which is really nice (I tried it for one day). For grip, it might be better to buy an additional grip. So, I would suggest 50D or 500D (depending on your budget). /me plans to wait for 60D to replace his 400D ;)

  3. There’s no such thing as “a British accent”! There are dozens of different Scottish, English, Welsh and Northern Irish ones, though.

  4. Hey. I’m no pro, but as someone who recently bought the 450D, it’s pretty much got everything 40D has to offer, except for the large size.

  5. There’s both a new 500D and 50D due soon so its probably worth waiting until those hit the streets. Also there’s generally hacked firmwares you can get for the x00D series that add alot of the software features from the higher end models. The x0D series tend to be quite a bit heavier because of the alloy bodies, but are also more robust as a result too.

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