When I heard about this on NPR today, I couldn't figure out how to react...
"Back in 1963, when the boats that carry customers through Disneyland's "It's a Small World" ride were designed, the average male weighed 175lbs and the average female 135lbs. Not anymore. Disney is now undertaking a massive renovation in which the boats will be redesigned and the flume deepened to accommodate the additional poundage."
31 October, 2007
When I heard about this on NPR today, I couldn't figure out how to react...
30 October, 2007
I am still proud of my son... but these kids are... unbelievable!!!
29 October, 2007
Wired's Chris Anderson wrote a great post a few weeks ago that I only learned about this weekend. In it, he detailed why he thought broad social networks such as MySpace and Facebook are not going to be IT in the future, but rather "niche" networks such as TuDiabetes.com, powered by Ning.
He makes some great points. Read the article.
28 October, 2007
27 October, 2007
Hoy supimos una noticia muy triste. La Abuela de Andre (la Sra. Carmen) fallecio hoy de un infarto en Jaji.
Era una bella persona y una mujer muy trabajadora y que adoraba a su familia.
Los precios de los pasajes (el mas barato no bajaba de $1,400 con escala en Miami y Puerto Rico) para poder ir para el entierro que es mañana nos dejaron con las ganas de ir.
Andre esta super-triste...
23 October, 2007
Posted by manny hernandez @ 19:37
(Photo by Christine Baker)
If there's one cool perk of living in Central Florida it's gotta ben that we get first row seats to all the Space Shuttle launches.
Today, we got a chance to enjoy the launch of Discovery, at 11:38 EST. It was just like the first time. I still remember when I first saw Columbia fly back in the day... Geez!! I sound like an old fart, don't I?
22 October, 2007
Radiohead have far exceeded my expectations with their new album, "In Rainbows".
By now, the whole buzz surrounding the release of the tracks, making them available through the InRainbows.com site at the price of your choice is "old" news (I paid 4 pounds -approx. 8 bucks- for it and feeling very inclined to go for the box once it gets released in December).
The music is quite simply the BEST thing I've heard this year (and 2007 has been an AMAZING year for music) and ranks up there close to their "OK Computer" album (which is perhaps among the best albums ever produced).
I am curious about other reactions to the album...
21 October, 2007
(or maybe it's the other way around...)
I used to have my Linksys Wireless Router set up to use WEP security and that went well until we brought the MacBook in. I couldn't connect to it not even once. So, this week my friend Danilo recommended I switched to another protocol called WPA Personal.
It worked like a charm, plus I realized I am now more secure: according to Wikipedia WPA (which stands for Wi-Fi Protected Access) "was created in response to several serious weaknesses researchers had found in the previous system, Wired Equivalent Privacy (WEP)."
17 October, 2007
OK, I know: this is lame, but I have to do it. We've only made it to page 3 of Best Health Blogs in the Blogger's Choice Awards so far. We can do better than that!!!!
THREE MORE VOTES for TuDiabetes.com, you people! And we make it to page 2:
15 October, 2007
11 October, 2007
Guess what? We are sitting at page 3 in the Best Health Blog category for the Bloggers Choice Awards... we're climbing thanks to all of you. We've received 23 votes so far. There's a few more days (Oct. 19 is the last day to cast your vote).
If you haven't done it yet, please take a minute to vote for TuDiabetes.com:
As of today, I stand at $185 raised for Saturday's Walk for a Cure. My goal this year was $300.
Please help me close that gap!
Getting the MacBook to be an all-solution for my needs is closer to becoming a reality. In the past few days I've spent some time finding solutions to migrate the two biggest items that reside in my computer:
-My e-mail of the past 7 years.
-My personal finances (of the same period).
Dealing with my e-mail is something for which I've found a fantastic solution. After reading through some painfully long processes to get the WHOLE mailbox to come over to my Apple (via GMail), Luis made me realize something that I hadn't thought of: I don't really need ALL my e-mail from the past 7 years! :)
So today I am close to done archiving close to 95% of my e-mail, which I will be burning on a DVD (or two). That will leave me with "only" 260MB worth of mail to migrate (if I end up doing it).
As a permanent solution I've opted to use GMail, so all my aliases end up there instead of GoDaddy's interface. That way, I am pretty much platform agnostic, whether I am on my Mac at home or at work (did I mention we got migrated to iMacs in the office? Pictures coming soon!)
As for personal finances, I am still working on that. I won't move away from the laptop (where I use Microsoft Money) entirely until the new fiscal year. By then, I hope I've identified a good solution for the Mac, hopefully without having to use Bootcamp or Parallels (to run Money on Windows there). It seems more and more, Jan. 1, 2008, I will just start with a new software for this, with starting balances in my accounts, instead of going back 7 years of data and trying QIF files to behave well between Money and any software I go to... but we'll see.
Any suggestions you have for Mac-based personal (and small business) finance management software, I am all ears.
09 October, 2007
My friend Terry at work pointed out a fantastic whitepaper to help those getting their feet wet with developing a community to focus on nine steps to develop a succesful online community.
It's the most concise yet comprehensive list I've seen about this: it pretty much covers all the bases.
08 October, 2007
I need your help to reach (and pass) my fundraising goal to fight diabetes. I just raised my goal from $150 to $300.
Visit my fundraising page and do whatever you can. Anything is better than nothing.
04 October, 2007
Type in a few words, pick a language, location and gender, and enjoy the fun of this Text-to-Speech Demo.
Note: The Spanish male guy sounds REALLY funny if you enter English phrases. :D
03 October, 2007
"Adobe Systems gave a public viewing Tuesday night of an online version of Photoshop, its popular image-editing application."
Just picture it... the MASSIVE image manipulation application we have all learned to love (or hate, depending on how powerful your machine is)... available in a light format to use online.
You have my attention again.
Sponsor me and step our to fight diabetes!
02 October, 2007
Too cool... From Wikipedia:
On October 1, 2007 Radiohead announced via their blog the title, track list, and release dates of their seventh studio album In Rainbows. At the time of its release, the band will not be under contract with any record label. The album will be made available exclusively as a digital download from inrainbows.com on October 10, 2007. The download version includes the 10 tracks that make up the album. It is reported that a standard CD version of the album is to be released in early 2008. A special "discbox" will be released on December 3, 2007, and will contain the physical album on both CD and two 12" heavyweight vinyl record with artwork and lyric booklets. The discbox will also include a bonus Enhanced CD which contains 8 bonus tracks, as well as digital photos & artwork. The overall set will be packaged in a hardcover book and slipcase.
While the discbox is priced at £40 (which includes the digital download), the price of download by itself is left up to the buyer. Upon purchase, the buyer is prompted to type their desired price (plus a transaction fee of 45 pence if purchased for more than £0.00), with the explanation "It's up to you. No really, it's up to you."
01 October, 2007
I just received this e-mail. I wonder how many people get the same thing... and how many people actually FALL for it and send their information. What do you say? One in a million?
I love it where they say "the following informations"! :)
Heritage Lottery Fund
1 Plough Place
This E mail is to inform you that you emerged a winner on our online draws which was played today. You have therefore been approved to claim a total sum of £1.300.000 GBP For further Information about your Winnings,contact Barrister William Boyce with the following informations: Name, Age, Sex, Occupation, Address, Phone, Country.
BARRISTER WILLIAM BOYCE
Tel +44 701 113 4280
Engr. Matthew Mansfield
Co-Coordinator (Online Promo Programme)
Full Sail Online finally launched today. The project we've been working on for the past two years (me directly, since December 2006) finally launched today.
Oct. 1, the first ONLINE group of Entertainment Business Master's of Science students at Full Sail is starting their classes. We designed and developed a world-class online education platform from the ground up to deliver the education.
It's been a rough last few months, but the product is finally live! :)
Read more about it here.