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Some Rants, Raves and Ramblings about All that I See

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Entries from August 2007

…and what of MY job?

August 28th, 2007 · 37 Comments

Hmmmm….. That is a very good question. Here I am, in the middle of drafting 2011 business strategies and 2008 budgets, all the time wondering “Why should I care about what the company will do in the future if they don’t care about what I’ll do? Seriously, here it is 2 months from the time [...]

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Goodbye and Thanks for all the Pain

August 28th, 2007 · 14 Comments

Well, my regular schedule now consists of a lot of going-away parties. How screwed-up is that? Went to one last night for the top boss. He’s been here 6 years and has managed to convince just about everyone that he was welcome to leave about 5 years ago. Guess that he didn’t get the hint. [...]

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The Wikipedia project – you can download it too!

August 28th, 2007 · 98 Comments

This is a link to an article on Wikipedia.org where it shows what the entire encyclopedia would look like if printed out. Quite impressive once you consider that a set of Encyclopedia Britannica would probably take up a small section of just one of the shelves. In case you’re new to the wikipedia project, it [...]

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Cool effect to make photos look like toy landscapes

August 25th, 2007 · 66 Comments

I’ve found a really cool way to make photos look like they are of a toy landscape, like what you’d see in a model train set. For those who use Photoshop CS, here is how it works: 1) Create a white on black gradient with the quickmask feature enabled on a center section of detail [...]

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End of My Vacation

August 19th, 2007 · 117 Comments

Well, this marks the end of a week off from work. What did I do during my vacation? Well, largely nothing. Or a lot of things, depending on how you look at it. Here are some of the things that I did do, which might seem on the whole uninteresting, but for those who know [...]

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The Sound of Music

August 17th, 2007 · No Comments

I read an interesting article today on the state of commercial music. For once, the article didn’t talk about the woes and despair that the music industry claims that they have with people illegally downloading music – this article was more about how the quality of the music that people listen to has degraded to [...]

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A Blog on a Blog

August 17th, 2007 · 103 Comments

Blogging is becoming quite the thing to do now. Such is evident on this website, one of the many sites which hosts thousands of blogs most of which are read by extremely few people or not as all (as mine is close to being). But this whole blogging thing is really kind of interesting as [...]

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My Poor Boss

August 17th, 2007 · 14 Comments

My poor boss. Due to the restructuring that I had mentioned earlier, he is soon without a job. It is one thing having to look for another job, but an entirely different thing when you have to do so when you are living in a foreign country several thousand miles away from your home. The [...]

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Upstairs Neighbors

August 17th, 2007 · 15 Comments

We have very noisy neighbors upstairs. When we chose this apartment, I was somewhat reluctant as it was, really, an apartment. An apartment as in, a part or something larger. Well, that something larger is being a royal pain in the ass. We have a family upstairs from us that must be either 100% psychotic [...]

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Santos Port

August 17th, 2007 · 110 Comments

I went to Santos today to meet a client and to give them a port tour. Santos is a coastal city (coast, port, duh..) that is at the bottom of the 2000 foot plateau that Sao Paulo sits on top of. I thought that it was going to be an ugly city, full of trucks [...]

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Why don’t they just understand me right away?

August 17th, 2007 · 52 Comments

I have to admit that my Portuguese is not coming along well at all. Considering that we’ve been here a year now and I have been taking (somewhat) regular lessons, my Portuguese should be at a pretty acceptable level, wouldn’t you think? I mean, I’ve made it to page 30 in my textbook for God’s [...]

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I have to know what happens to Harry Potter

August 17th, 2007 · 131 Comments

I just have to know. I’m too far in to it not to. Despite all of the hype surrounding the latest and last book of the life of Harry Potter, I too, decided to buy the book. Twice. Let me explain. I started reading this blasted series of juvenile literature back in 1999 when I [...]

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Office Changes

August 17th, 2007 · 10 Comments

Working in an office in a foreign country amongst people from all over the globe is certainly enough to keep you feeling a little unconfortable at times. The one thing that enables me to work in an environment such as this is the bonding that everyone is able to do because of this very diversity. [...]

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Remembering the Clay

August 17th, 2007 · 44 Comments

When I was early in grade school, I remember my father working with clay. Not the play-doughstuff that i worked with at the time, but the hardcore clay mess that he would make by mixing together the clay powder and water. What a mess it made. I remember the stuff getting all over the kitchen [...]

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A New Car

August 4th, 2007 · 71 Comments

We bought a new car this week, a Mercedes A160, a little SUV-styled thing that will serve well to zip us around the city. The wife fell in love for it at first sight, without even having realized that it was a Mercedes until I told her. It’s a few years old, but having belonged [...]

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