After Christmas, new year and a first week of 2009 worth forgeting I intend to come back to updating this blog in a somewhat regular basis once again.
It is not that I'm out of inspiration or anything, just that I've been writting stuff that can't see the light of day just yet.
Other than that there hasn't been much going on. Or has it?
Last Thursday I had the honor to attend "DigitalTalk". The best way I can describe it is as "endogamy-powered mini-TED".
Here's the dynamics of the talk: 20 speakers, no audience but the other keynoters, everything is recorded on Video for future release n the form of a blog. The only premise on what to talk about is that you have to "inspire the other 19 speakers".
Even though I had relatively little time to prepare my dissertation I decided to do something entirely from scratch, as opposed to recycling what I had already presented both on WeMedia and Wordcamp.
I did not speak about Social Media or the Online world in general, but rather centered my presentation on having ideas and sticking to them (and when to bail out!). I was rather pleased that the rest of the invitees had similar approaches.
It was quite an inspiring event. And I for once was thrilled by the fact that others think I can give an inspirational speech. It was also quite pleasing to be sitting "on the same table" as:
- Mariano Amartino (Uber Bin),
- Ariel Arrieta & Damian Voltes (Punto Fox)
- Alejandro Sas (Buongiorno)
- Andy Freire (Axialent)
- Adrian Herzkovich (Fox)
- Eduardo Mangarelli (Microsoft)
- Esteban Galuzzi (Intel)
- Federico Tessore (Inversor Global)
- Gaby Menta (AcroWorld)
- Gonzalo Alonso (Google)
- Gustavo Buchbinder (WebAr)
- Horacio Werner (Cisco)
- Juan Carlos Lucas (Innova)
- Juan Pablo Bruzzo (DineroMail)
- Leonardo Piccioli (OfficeNet)
- Martin Hazan (MRM)
- Martin Migoya (Globant)
I haven't got enough words to thank Mariano, Ariel and Damián for such a wonderful way to spend a Thursday.
Videos should become available at digitaltak.tv soon and I'll be posting comments and reviews / opinion on them as they are made public.
Got back home a couple of hours ago, downloaded a batch of pictures from the camera. There are some nice shots, but I still need to sort them out. Either way I thought I'd share 2 of them here and now. You can click on them to go to flickr and see the description n' stuff.
This post should be posted while I'm going back to Buenos Aires. It has been a relaxing week; no snowboarding tho.
Tons of pics and some vids are to follow as soon as I get a chance to look at all of them.
Smarter posting about all this and that shall happen upon my return.
Back to normal reading, which means 3 to 6 books per month, hopefully. I seem to be inclined to read history.
This is a subject that I have been wanting to read for a very long time. I have always felt some sort of fascination with the arab people and culture.
It was the Arabs who allowed Europe to rediscover the ancient knowledge of greeks and romans. It was them who took math into a whole new era.
Yet so little is known or taught about them.
Historical Novel about Gaius Julius Caesar Augustus Germanicus, better known as "Caligula". Author Maria Grazia Siliato is an Italian archeologists who tries to bring Caligula back to life from a more humane and less-of-a-tyrant point of view. What drove the man to become a blood thirsty ruler? What lead to his assasination?
The emperor was surrounded by plots and plans to overthrow him. starting from his rise to power to his assassination at age 29, Caligula's history is rich in all sorts of plans within plans.
Crusades have been a passion of mine since I can remember. As a kid I remember regarding them with a certain romanticism. As I grew up and went from a naive and romantic vission of what they were to a more realistic and crude oppinion that passion grew.
One of my "dreams" is to write a historic novel that takes place in Istambul at the time of the second crusade.
This books ought to keep me entertained for a while.
I'm starting my vacation tomorrow morning. Timing couldn't be more perfect. Although there are still a couple fo days left till the Olympics close on Sunday I think the program can survive without me.
There has been a certain ammount of turmoil and unrest lately; time off is more than welcome.
I'll try to post every once in a while, maybe upload some pictures as well.
This shall prove to be a busy month!
For starters, there is a certain sports events happening. But I have talked too much about that already.
This weekend I'm traveling to mi wife's hometown
By the end of the month: vacation; 1000 mile drive to Bariloche and, hopefully (as in "if it snows", and "if ski passes are somewhat affordable"!) some snowboarding.
The 24th, my wife's birthday, not to mention my mother-in-law's and grandmother-in-law's.
I have to thank Augustus (the Roman emperor) who decided to name a month after himself and gave it 31 days instead of the 29 it used to have when it was know as "Sextilis" under the Roman Republic's Calendar. Those 2 extra days shall prove to be quite useful to fit all events going on this month.
But I'm in a moment in life in which whenever I can drag myself away from my ThinkPad I just do so.
Hopefully madness will start to wear off and I'll regain part of my non-professional life back. I'm in need of playing my bass more, playing some sports, doing some reading (as in "books", remember?), doing a lot of writing and all that other fancy stuff that people do on their free time.
In the meantime the "Voices" site is now available in several languages.
Out and away!
Being of the assorted geeky type I can't help but using a programming analogy to describe my current situation.
There is too much going on right now, both on the professional as well as on the personal side of things. Fortunatelly a very high percentage of that is possitive (very!), but I still feel overwhelmed.
This accounts for me missing from this blog. That and that I have been preparing my spanish blog. After about a year since I started thinking / doing it I'm almost ready to launch. That is an example of the "copious ammout of free time" (as Tim would put it) I have had for the past 9 or so months.
I'm taking Friday off. Taking advantage of US's commemoration of doing some British ass-kicking I'll be away from my computer and doing some personal things. In contrast I'll be working the day Argentina remembers doing some Spaniard ass-kicking (July 9th).
I have not only neglected doing things but also thinking about stuff.
As the Governator would say: "I'll be back". Just wait till the Olympic games are over!