God bless America

Maybe somebody noticed an unusual number of posts in English here in the last days. That’s because I will be leaving today, for over a month in US and A, and I’ve trying to get used to think, write and even dream in English. I was successful at the last one, and it was really weird because it happened when I was at Chile. But probably mean I’m the right track.

My bosses think that’s a good opportunity to learn more about Intel, which I agree. I will be about a week in Los Angeles, California, for a internal summit, and then go to Portland, Oregon, for a month. I will have my apartment, in the Pearl district, and every week day will take the train to Hillsboro, work there, and go back. I know I will be close to a Whole Foods market, which will save me. The Intel cafeteria is a nightmare. But there is also a fitness center, so I will be cool. All that so I can spend more time with the team and learn more deeply about the projects. But for me, the main reason is to learn how to deal with American culture.

Why do they are so freaking nice to each other and still completely impersonal.
Why do I have to answer half dozen questions to have just a single coffee.
How to order my steak in the exactly point I want.
How is Thanksgiving.
Why they think I speak Spanish – I do, but because I had learn how to, not because any Brazilian does.

American culture is heavily competitive. Not everybody is like that, but the competition is something in the air, so I think they do it without even noticing. Although I don’t see it, some people say I am very competitive, so let it be. There, someone rich means someone who had success in its life; while Brazilian culture tends to believe rich people are bad and the reason while poor people suffer. Americans, I believe, tend to value more successful people.

Of course it is easier to be optimistic when you have resources, but I was just watching the news and the difference was clear. In Rio de Janeiro, a poor women cries over her lost “house”, built in a dangerous area and ruined with the rain. “We work so hard and just like that we lost everything, what I will do with my life”. Interval, next block, and the fires in California. A couple looks at their entirely burned house, and the reporter also says they lost everything. The women say “we started from zero 38 ago, we can do it again”.

I still don’t think I will want to live there, but I believe is going to be a great experience. It was hard to get everything ready to be out for over a month. Usually, I do pretty great when I have to do several things at a time, I work much better than if I had just one. But when there is just too many things to solve at a time, my multi-threading features may cause some segmentation fault. When I’m going to sleep, I had learned how to just put my head on the pillow and say to myself “I’m not going to fix anything else now, leave it to tomorrow”. But on the last days, it was not possible.

But I did it! All reports done, all messages answered – well, at least with a “I can’t deal with it right now”. Documents printed, schedules made. If I find time, I will look for a 70’s Disco costume for the big party at the conference. Hair dyed, nails done… Minimoe also went to a friend’s house, actually her first mother. My apartment looks painfully empty and silent without her, but according to last reports she is happy and rolling on the floor. She just hates the other cat, but well, cats hat to share territory.

So I think it is just a matter of not forgetting the passport again on my way to airport. I already had too many emotions for this month. So the last preparative will be a nice shiatsu session, to be ready to face 14 hours just flying.

pt_BR

Talvez alguém tenha notado uma frequência não usual de posts em inglês por aqui nos últimos dias. Estou fazendo isto porque estou indo hoje para uma temporada de mais de um mês nos EUA, e estou tentando me acostumar a pensar, escrever e até sonhar em inglês. Eu consegui este último, e foi bem estranho porque foi justo quando estava no Chile. Mas deve significar que estou no caminho certo.

Meus chefes acham que é uma boa oportunidade para aprender mais sobre a Intel, e eu concordo. Vou estar por uma semana em Los Angeles, California, para uma conferência interna, e depois vou para Portland, Oregon, por um mês. Vou ter um apartamento ao invés de hotel desta vez, e este fica no Pearl. Assim todo dia vou tomar o trem para Hillsboro, a cidadezinha onde fica o QG, trabalhar lá, e voltar. Eu sei que perto do apto tem uma loja da Whole Foods, que é uma especie de mega hortifruti de produtos orgânicos, então isto vai me salvar. Porque a “cafeteria” da Intel, tipo uma mini praça de alimentação, é um pesadelo. Também tem uma academia dentro da empresa. Tudo isto para que eu possa estar mais tempo com a equipe de lá e aprender mais sobre os projetos. Bom, isto é o que meus chefes acham 🙂 para mim, o motivo que me fez encarar esta viagem com mais empolgação foi pensar que é uma grande oportunidade para entender a cultura americana.

Como é que eles conseguem ser tão, mas tão simpáticos e polidos uns com os outros e ainda assim serem completamente impessoais nestes tratamentos.
Porque eu tenho que responder meia dúzia de perguntas só pra pedir um café.
Como pedir um grelhado no ponto que eu quero.
Como é o Dia de Ação de Graças.
Porque é que eles acham que eu falo espanhol – eu falo, mas porque eu aprendi, não porque todos os brasileiros falam.

A cultura americana é extremamente competitiva. Nem todo mundo é tão competitivo assim, mas esta coisa de competir está no ar, então eles acabam agindo assim mesmo sem notar. Algumas pessoas me dizem que eu sou muito competitiva, eu não percebo, mas pode ser. Lá, alguém com posses significa alguém que venceu na vida; enquanto aqui cultura parece achar que os ricos são maus e são a razão de todas as desgraças que acontecem aos pobres.

É claro que é muito mais fácil ser otimista quando você tem recursos, mas eu estava justamente assistindo o Jornal Nacional e a diferença passou enquanto eu escrevia o post. No Rio de Janeiro, acho, uma mulher chorava por ter perdido seu barraco numa enxurrada, que levou meia dúzia de barracos num deslizamento – que acontece todo todo todo ano. Ela dizia “a gente trabalha duro para conseguir comprar as coisas e de uma hora pra outra perde tudo, não sei o que vou fazer da minha vida”. Depois do intervalo, no próximo bloco, os incêndios na California. Um casal olhava o local onde antes estava sua casa, agora apenas montes de cinzas. A mulher disse ao repórter: “a gente começou do zero 38 anos atrás, se precisar fazemos tudo de novo”.

Eu ainda não acho que um dia vou querer morar ali, mas acho que vai ser uma experiência muito legal. Foi bem difícil o último mês para deixar tudo pronto: três eventos, dois incluindo viagens, gripe, o que acumulou muito trabalho, e mais todos os preparativos para estar fora por mais de um mês. Geralmente, eu me dou muito bem fazendo várias coisas ao mesmo tempo, e produzo muito mais e melhor do que se tiver apenas uma coisa de cada vez para fazer. Mas quando tem coisas demais, minhas funcionalidades multitarefas podem causar falha de segmentação. Eu até tinha aprendido a dormir direito mesmo com muita coisa para fazer, eu colocava a cabeça no travesseiro e dizia para mim mesma “eu não vou resolver mais nada agora, deixa isto pra amanhã”. Mas nos últimos dias, não estava funcionando, eu ia tentar dormir e ficava pensando na lista do que tinha que fazer, levantava pra anotar, rolava na cama, e quando acordava no outro dia imediatamente já começava tudo novamente.

Mas eu consegui! Trabalhei demais até para os meu padrões, e olha que eu tenho um indice de produtividade muito bom. Todos os relatórios feitos e enviados, mensagens respondidas – mesmo que com um “não vou conseguir cuidar disto agora”. Se eu encontrar tempo, ainda vou procurar algum acessório ou fantasia tipo discoteca anos 70 para a festa do evento. Cabelo retocado, unhas feitas… Minimoe foi para a casa de uma amiga, na verdade a primeira mãe dela. O apartamento fica horrível, grande e silencioso sem ela, mas segundo as últimas notícias, ela está bem, se alimentando e até brincando de rolar no chão. Ela apenas odeia a outra gata, que está desesperadamente tentando ganhar sua amizade. Um barato.

Então eu acho que é só uma questão agora de não esquecer mais uma vez o passaporte em casa para ter que voltar voando buscar. Foram emoções o suficiente para este mês. Então o último preparativo é uma boa sessão de shiatsu, para aguentar depois 14hs só de vôo, sem contar espera em aeroportos. E lá vamos nós!!!

Halloween no Brasil

Chegando dia 31 de outubro, várias festas se anunciam para comemorar o Halloween no Brasil. O que me deixa de cabelo em pé, e não é nem pela mania desenfreada de copiar tudo que se vê na TV e tudo que vem dos EUA. É o que isto representa. Este post deveria ser usado como utilidade pública!

Sou pagã de verdade. Como meus pais eram evangélicos, não havia o costume de batizar crianças, então nunca fui batizada. Logo que tive mais liberdade, abandonei a religião deles, e testei várias outras, até me decidir que nenhuma me atende. Mas a que mais me identifico é o paganismo, no respeito a natureza, a mulher, a celebração de rituais para marcar mudanças. E assim vou seguindo.

O Halloween é adaptado dos antigos rituais pagãos que marcam o início do inverno. A temática é sempre negra, macabra, remetendo à morte. Isto simbolizava o descanso da terra, o fim das colheitas, o inverno. E cai em outubro porque está esfriando lá no hemisfério norte. Mas e aqui, em terras tropicais?

Aqui estamos em plena primavera, preparando para o verão. Segundo os rituais pagãos, é hora de celebrar a fertilidade, a vida, de plantar. Não de preparar a morte simbolica. Seria hora dos rituais de Beltane. O Carnaval devia ser nesta época. Então se for pra festa, solte a franga. Mesmo. Celebre a abundância, novos caminhos, novas idéias. Prepare-se para um verão cheio de possibilidades, sucesso, fortuna. Não para um verão sombrio!!!!

Negro Gato

Eu sou um Negro Gato de arrepiarBlackCat2.jpg
Essa minha história é mesmo de amargar
Só mesmo de um telhado aos outros desacato

Eu sou um Negro Gato

Minha triste história vou lhes contar
e depois de ouvi-la sei que vão chorar
Há tempos que eu não sei
o que é um bom prato

Eu sou um Negro Gato

Sete vidas tenho para viver
sete chances tenho para vencer
mas se não comer acabo num buraco

Eu sou um Negro Gato

Um dia lá no morro, pobre de mim
queriam minha pele para tamborim
apavorado desapareci no mato

Eu sou um Negro Gato…

Mama, I’m coming home

Times have changed and times are strangedsc00472.jpg
Here I come, but I ain’t the same
Mama, I’m coming home
Times gone by seem to be
You could have been a better friend to me
Mama, I’m coming home

You took me in and you drove me out
Yeah, you had me hypnotized
Lost and found and turned around
By the fire in your eyes

You made me cry, you told me lies
But I cant stand to say goodbye
Mama, I’m coming home
I could be right, I could be wrong
Hurts so bad, its been so long
Mama, I’m coming home

Selfish love yeah were both alone
The ride before the fall
But I’m gonna take this heart of stone
I just got to have it all

I’ve seen your face a hundred times
Everyday we’ve been apart
I don’t care about the sunshine, yeah
cause mama, mama, I’m coming home
I’m coming home

You took me in and you drove me out
Yeah, you had me hypnotized
Lost and found and turned around
By the fire in your eyes

Mama, I’m coming home

Times have changed and times are strangedsc00472.jpg
Here I come, but I ain’t the same
Mama, I’m coming home
Times gone by seem to be
You could have been a better friend to me
Mama, I’m coming home

You took me in and you drove me out
Yeah, you had me hypnotized
Lost and found and turned around
By the fire in your eyes

You made me cry, you told me lies
But I cant stand to say goodbye
Mama, I’m coming home
I could be right, I could be wrong
Hurts so bad, its been so long
Mama, I’m coming home

Selfish love yeah were both alone
The ride before the fall
But I’m gonna take this heart of stone
I just got to have it all

I’ve seen your face a hundred times
Everyday we’ve been apart
I don’t care about the sunshine, yeah
cause mama, mama, I’m coming home
I’m coming home

You took me in and you drove me out
Yeah, you had me hypnotized
Lost and found and turned around
By the fire in your eyes

Calcinhas pela Paz/Panties for Peace

Mulheres de vários países estão enviando calcinhas para Embaixadas de Mianmar, em um gesto de protesto contra a violenta repressão às manifestações pró-democracia no país.

“Você pode enviá-las pelo correio, entregá-las pessoalmente ou arremessá-las contra o prédio da Embaixada de Mianmar mais próxima de você. Mandem-as já, mande várias”, diz o site do grupo na internet, que disponibiliza os endereços das embaixadas.

“É uma mensagem forte dentro da cultura birmanesa, e da cultura do sudeste asiático em geral”, diz Liz Hilton, líder de um grupo ativista que lançou a campanha “Calcinhas pela Paz“.

Segundo ela, os generais birmaneses –entre eles o líder da junta militar, Than Shwe– são supersticiosos e acreditam que o contato com roupas íntimas femininas pode derrubá-los do poder.

Hilton afirma mulheres na Tailândia, na Austrália, em Cingapura, na Inglaterra e em outros países da Europa já estão enviando as peças íntimas às representações diplomáticas.

De acordo com a líder ativista, ainda não houve resposta das autoridades birmanesas à campanha.

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Women from all the world are sending panties to Myanmar Embassy, in a protest against the violent repression of the pro-democracy manifestations in the country.

“It’s an extremely strong message in Burmese and in all Southeast Asian culture,” said Liz Hilton, who supports an activist group that launched the “Panties for Peace” drive earlier this week.

The group, Lanna Action for Burma, says the country’s superstitious generals, especially junta leader General Than Shwe, also believe that contact with women’s underwear saps them of power, even if the panties are clean & laundered.

To widespread international condemnation, the military in Burma crushed mass anti-regime demonstrations recently and continues to hunt down and imprison those who took part.

Hilton said women in Thailand, Australia, Singapore, England and other European countries had started sending or delivering their underwear to Burma missions following informal coordination among activist organisations and individuals.

“You can post, deliver or fling your panties at the closest Burmese Embassy any day from today. Send early, send often!” the Lanna Action for Burma website urges.

“So far we have had no response from Burmese officials,” Hilton said today.

Fonte: Folha; Source link

Why to install new Ubuntu release – hooray!

update: just to make it clear, it was not the upgrade that messed up things. I was trying to reinstall the tz-brasil package because my system was not accepting the right time, then the packaging management system broke. From my previous experience, I went to fsck the filesystem, and found problems reading it. Rebooting it caused major failures – error 17 according to grub – and with a help from a live cd, I fsck the fs and it was entirely messed up. So, this is was what left of my system – lucky me this time I had my /home in a different partition:

\# ls lost+found/
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root@ubuntu:/mnt#

See that? That is called “why I will need to make ANOTHER fresh installation of Ubuntu” . No, I’m not blaming it, I believe it is the hard disk. But that is *&&%$##@@#$!)!(@&$^ annoying, it is.

define.self

Multithreading, open source, some memory leaks under pressure. Highly affected by moon seasons. Always under development.

Actual state = flu, insomnia, hungry, lazy. What boring book do I have to make me sleepy? C++? No, that is going to scare me…

yet another cold…

Are you kidding me?

I’m back from Chile, and as usual, I have a cold. Enough already! What, can’t I be just two hours without my jacket while answering mails in the airport? Am I that intolerant to air conditioner? Damn!

Conference there was very cool. People from Chile are very sympathetic and caring. Everyone asked me what I thought of the conference and the country, even the policeman at immigration… we had the barbecue, and I think Pisco Sour is great. I never before was asked for so many pictures and interviews; another policeman recognized me as the Linux expert on the newspaper…

Another cool moment was the religious experience Carlos Rojas reported when he borrowed me the keys for his jipe. What? Sorry, my car is automatic, I’m not used to manual gear. Of course he didn’t asked that, just if I have a license, which I do. You should see the look at his face when I told him that while I was driving 😀 but c’mon, I drive in São Paulo, how hard can it be to drive with no other car for miles. He said he has new love for live now. Ok, I admited, I was feeling evil that day 😀 but it is true, if you drive in São Paulo you are able to drive anyplace else – besides possible Bangalore 🙂

I was unusually tired, but this was my third conference in two weeks. Thanks Miguel for inviting me and to all organizers. It was fun to remember the student times.

I bought lots of souvenirs: penguin earrings and a matching penguin necklace, a stuffed penguin, a penguin tequila shot cup… I’m telling you, if you want to buy penguin souvenirs, Chile is the place! I wanted to buy a stuffed Llama, but that will be when I go to Perú. And I will call my new penguin Naty 😉

Encuentro Linux Chile

I’m in Arica, Chile, for the 8o. Encuentro Linux, which will last until tomorrow. I arrived on Wednesday, and my first impression of the country was very accurate to what you see on the map: the sea, a small piece of land – actually, sand – and the mountain. I kept wondering, in the airports I made connections, where were the cities. Hidden, apparently.

Arica is 18km away from Peru, and it used to belong to Peru before. The conference happens in different cities each year, and this year is time for Arica. The city has about 185,000 people – although people from here believe it has around 400,000 🙂 It has one of the oldest signs of civilization ever, in some embalmed mummies dated in 10,000 years – really. The city also have a statue of Christ looking at the sea, which symbolize the end of Chile’s war with Peru. The next city in Chile is Iquique, 400km away from here…

Besides all that, the University of Taparica holds and sponsor the conference, as well as Intel 🙂
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I gave two talks in a roll yesterday. The first is the most trick one, called “Technology Innovations through Open Source”, about Intel’s Open Technology Center projects, and why Intel invest on those. It is trick when I present it to a conference aimed to community. If I sound too “marketing” or “sales”, as I see many companies doing it many times, people won’t listen to me the same way. And I need to be very honest, in the meaning of partnership – yes, Intel is partner with Microsoft big time, sure. But I do find out that putting this honestly makes people understand that the company makes efforts for all operating systems, and that is good to have such a big company as Intel involved and welcoming the FOSS community to participate in the projects. The one that always gets more attention is Moblin, cause I demonstrate it by showing a UMPC running it. So people can test, touch it and even find some bug – it is a development version, after all. DSC00871.JPGBut the LessWatts also fits very well. I got lots of questions, lots of people took pictures with the MID. I’m thinking about writing to corporative executives about how to talk with the community, since several of them reported they just don’t get it. My first advice is simple: be honest. They will see it and appreciate.

The second one was the “Is FOSS a Macho thing? Women and FOSS”, which is probably around the thirty time. What surprised me was the huge audience, and people stayed until the very end of the questions, which took I think almost another hour. DSC00875.JPGWe had few women in the audience, but the men also were very enthusiastic about applying my tips for helping. Two of them actually asked me to write a little note to their wife and girlfriend, inviting them to know free software and realize it is not just a boys thing. I invited mostly people to join Linuxchix, Debian Women, Ubuntu Women or any other group, but specially Chicas Linux, which is a community for people from Hispanic countries. By the way, Chicas Linux now are also listed as a Linuxchix chapter, which makes me very happy. Back to the talk, some guys told the experiences they have at home with they daughters totally addicted to computers – running Linux, of course. Some teachers also reported they find more resistance from women in learning Linux because the women believe that’s a men’s thing. So yes, we also have this false mindset from women too, we need to change it. I believe, as I told them, this can be done by showing the existent groups of women already using and working with Linux, and promoting the idea that is not just a matter of Linux, but it is a new way of understanding technology, and it is not a good idea to be out of technology field in general for the future. The bad thing is as usual, 90% of the questions or comments are made by men. Women, please, speak out loud! Stand up and be counted!

I gave a number of interviews, from radio, newspaper and even a live TV show yesterday morning. Should I had explain the analogy with the exchanging recepies? Not sure… Today I had a half page interview in the local newspaper, quite cool.

Ok, now it is time for try to convince the hotel to let us do a barbecue. We are working on that!