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  1. Thanks. We will see the coming weeks. I know I will sound snobbish, like George Clooney's character in Up in the air, but I hate traveling in summer, when airports and hotels are full of "amateurs", who delay and clog everything, and sometimes even lack basic knowledge, such as the family this morning at breakfast at the hotel in Casablanca, demanding bacon, or the right way of facing a security control. A pocketknife? in 2019?
  2. Indeed. Yet I am in a peculiar mood. Alone in a foreign soulless hotel tends to make it so. I better get some good warm food in me...
  3. Van Morrison. Reminds me of you. As they say in The Commitments: Probably why their music output is so outstanding for such a small country.
  4. Traditionally I skip the jacket at work from the 15th of June to the 15th of September, except when meeting big multinational companies or government officials. However we have had already a few days over 40ÂșC, so it is relaxing a bit. When visiting customers the rule is that you should always be overdressed compared to them. Never underdressed. Order Casual < dress shirt < dress shirt and trousers < combined jacket < suit. A tie always bumps you up one category, which is good as except for politicians and bankers even large companies are leaving it out as uncomfortabl
  5. This came out the same week my brother was diagnosed with Appendicitis. So I sent it to him inmediately. He chose the sword. And apparently his doctor is of the same school, as he has been several weeks salting his insides with all kinds of nocive chemicals. Pity they did not watch his lungs till a week later...
  6. After more than 30 days in hospital in six weeks, I could take my brother to his home this morning. It started with a ghost infection, that became a painless appendicitis (less than 0.5% are painless), and then back to the hospital with Pneumonia. So when I was not traveling I went straight from work in the evening to visit for a while and discuss those pointless things you talk about to avoid discussing the actual illness. Novels (he has read Rudyard Kipling's collected works while in the hospital), music, TV series and history. Usually modern but at the end moving to XVIth century politics.
  7. Playing Atom RPG. A Russian take on the classic Fallout themes, with a very Russian slant on things. Nuclear war took place in 1986, so Communism was still in full swing. The system is almost a pure copy of the original Fallout, but without blue vault suits. A bit harsher, with cumulative toxins, radiation and hunger, and combat where I am always the weaker party... Full of homages and Easter eggs. A nice revisit to a classic style.
  8. The logistics department handles the actual contracting and all the exchanges in paperwork that are still necessary to ship things through borders. That is enough for 99.5% of the shipments. But we have a flat structure, so for the weird 0.5%, or whn a customer is involved (and usually unhappy about it) then it is our problem. We usually play bad cop with freight forwarders, shipping companies and transporters, as the logistics people deal with them daily so they prefer to be the good cops. We do not have enough weight to lean on the shipping conglomerates, but our insurance compan
  9. Well, my products were actual physical products, which opens a whole can of worms, such as packaging, how much fits in a 20 feet container, 30 feet rail container, 40 feet , 45 feet, 40 feet high cube, tautliner truck? And then the complains because some bags break, the truck and sometimes the warehouse needs cleaning, and if you need extra packaging to keep from moving... And all of that after it is manufactured in a consistent, repetitive way, and your work is supposedly finished. As an example, one of our product needs an armed police escort from the port to the customer. For a
  10. I consider this is similar to a kickstart (that I do quite often, though usually in the lower tiers). A way to get what I know I like, and some oddballs just in case.
  11. I am quite happy I passed on the mantle of Product Manager. In Sales it is almost the opposite, as you have quite a lot of power and very few real responsibilities. Of course you get to talk with a few interesting people and tons of uninteresting ones. And you are expected to both lie and develop trust... So I end up lying to the Product Managers and telling the truth to the customers. A kind of Stockholm syndrome. It helps that I am still mostly selling things I helped to develop (and some new ones I am helping develop, too). Last week work took me to Algeria. The same
  12. Let's not forget Sir Terry Prattchett, best selling British writer in the 90s. Actually I find that I am missing the little asides, the complicity with the reader that is so prevalent in the book but are difficult to translate in images unless you are willing to break the 4th wall. Something that IMO Fleabag does very well, but it disturbs or distracts many people. In the case of Good Omens the ending was foreordained, it is the traject what is important. Enjoying a lot Doom Patrol. It seems like DC response to Legion, and a quite good one, mixing the same irreverence in a more co
  13. I already ordered a game for April 2020. Just because I feel I owe the money to CD Projekt Red. So many hours of gaming joy. One of those games that if my equipment is not up to spec will make me buy a new computer in March. Meanwhile I revisited all my old CP2013 and 2020 books. To remember Night City.
  14. It is not mine, and my own limited poetry experiments are always in Spanish anyway. But this touches me in all the wrong places. A.E. Housman He would not stay for me, and who can wonder? He would not stay for me to stand and gaze. I shook his hand, and tore my heart in sunder, And went with half my life about my ways.
  15. Playing mostly first person sandbox games, I have wondered about all this technological cgange. I have to confess that I am hesitant to try this technology because I may lose myself. Checking Steam. I have clocked over 800 hours already in Skyrim, and over 500 in each of the FPS Fallouts. I suspect the addiction factor will be even higher. Playing some old games, and worried about how many games I quit before finishing, in some cases liking them but not really interested, usually sequels, such as Dishonored 2b or X-Com 2. Meanwhile I am enjoying the giant monster mechanics of Drago
  16. Maybe it is the afterglow talking, but Fleabag season 2 is among the best TV I have seen this year. I have put the trailer for the 1st season because it is also very good, and necessary to follow the second, and to avoid some spoilers for the 2nd. . I can only imagine how it must work in a theatre, but the transposition to TV is brilliant. Killing Eve was also there, and I found out Phoebe Waller-Bridge made the transposition from novel to series. Even some familiar faces in both. Much better than Good Omens, I am afraid, despite Mr. Tenant's solid work (he got the best
  17. Wolfe is usually quite frustrating, so I understand fully. He toned down a bit in what I believe is his most "friendly" book, Soldier in the Mist, where it is just weird and hard to follow, not to mention casual with rape and death, as the ancient times themselves.. Started with the Fifth Head of Cerberus, but I am not sure I want to tackle Peace next, so I may skip the chronological order. I do not think I have read the three boks of Latro in one go...
  18. I believe I have all of Ms. LeGuin's books, except for a few short stories. She wrote about people, rather than tech, so her works have aged much better than her contemporaries. I still prefer her short stories to her longer works, and I still use for spiritual guidance her Californian take on the Book of Tao. Finsihed this week Hannu Rajaniemi's Invisible planets collection. Good new perspective. As I have already said, probably it will not be like that, but his fiction feels like our future, rather than the wish fulfillment (humans as we know in space, and fuckable aliens) of m
  19. Also, like half the world I am watching the slow motion ending of Game of Thrones. This evening (local time ) we will see the fourth episode, so please wait till tomorrow for spoilers. The battle irked terribly my armchair wargamer instincts, as the living did all the things they should not have, but then I realised that they did not even think they would survive, except through the single option of killing the night king, so everything relied on giving Danny a shot to him with Drogon, tempting with suicide charges and suicide stands to make it feel it has won. When that did not w
  20. I am a big fan of Cowboy Bebop. At the beginning of this century a Spanish chain aired the episodes in random order with repetitions, so I saw some of them several times and I was missing others. It is one of the few DVDs I actually watch often. The anime movie is more of the same, mainly focused on Faye and Spike, but with (of course) an amazing soundtrack and the epic old plane parade. But for me the real jewell is the music. Now that I think about it, maybe it is a deliberate ploy, as ten years earlier they did the same with the first seasons of Northern Exposure, and I also en
  21. Actually in the 2003 Megane the only thing I could do was check levels and refill different reservoirs. It is also true that I only needed to change oil every 30000 km, and never needed to refill anything but the washing mix for the wipers. It was the first car I knew of that needed a pit (or a lift) to change the headlamps, but that number was growing fast. It was a bit weird, keeping by law a set of lamps that I could not replace... Not one major mechanical problem in fifteen years.
  22. This is how most of us do, not forgetting that before you get many driving hours and you get most actions to muscle memory, it is sure you will at least hit several immobile inanimate objects, and if you are unlucky some moving ones. My parents let me use my mother's Opel Corsa (really small car, that we had got second hand) after she crashed against some poor French tourists, destroyed their luggage and their holidays, and decided she would never drive again. I crashed in ice against a bridge protection and semi totaled it four years and twenty thousand kilometers later. It was q
  23. We were going to watch Game of Thrones after dinner. Instead we spent 90 minutes just watching the fire. There is something that calls to our primitive selves.
  24. The problem is that it has reached a point where there is no good solution. No matter the result a sizable number of people will feel robbed of their agency (that word, again), which is a key point in the move away from democracy. From a selfish point of view, six more months where we do not need to fill customs paperwork for all the products we send to UK. Six months without UK-REACH, and a few months without daily updates from the freight companies and the European Chemicals Agency. The first hurdle, EU elections in UK. That will be as funny as a slow mo traffic accid
  25. I see I have not updated in a while. I finished Infomocracy. Not bad, though I did not feel it was that groundbreaking. Still many good ideas , so even though I did not really believe in the characters I will get the following book at some point. Then an old guilty pleasure, a Vlad Taltos book from Steven Brust I had not read, Hawk. This avoids the excessive exposition and magical metaphysics (though there is some of that) and just gets into improbable capers and lots of pointy items. I liked it, but I have read all the others, so there is quite an investment in them. T
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