Sun 22 March 2020
I went cycling yesterday (as I happily have been doing for years) and quickly
realized that I was joining lots of people who decided to take a break from the
shelter-in-place order and enjoy the good Mt. Tam. Of course, social distancing
during the week stops making sense when you arrive at a crowded parking lot on
the weekend. I decided not to fill my water bottle at the fountain in the
ranger station and, instead, I headed back home.
Later, at home, we talked about the idea of building a plot for a science fiction
story around that. A society that decides to move away from agglomerations of cities
because of frequent pandemic diseases. Those who can afford it, work from their
remote places and enjoy the outdoors (now restricted to the privileged ones).
The idea isn’t too radical and there are probably already many similar stories,
but it was entertaining to think that we were seeing the future right now.
I’m not sure how long it will take for most things to return to their normal
state. I’d say it will be in a handful of months, but that’s mainly because I’m
optimistic and not well informed. However, I do think that the parks might
be closed next weekend.
Sun 18 August 2019
I re(re)started writing here about six months ago. Although many things have
happened, there’s one that I’ve been thinking about: I’ve been living in this
city for six years, and for eight in this country. With all its great and not
so great things, this …
Sun 17 March 2019
«Éste es nuestro treno».
Thu 28 February 2019
I did many things in this short month. It started with the Lunar New year and indeed
it felt a bit like the real start of the year (and there were other beginnings as well).
I also started writing again here, so it would be good to start posting more …
Sun 24 February 2019
I watched The Thin Blue Line this weekend. I liked it for multiple reasons: the story is of
course one of them, the soundtrack is another one. Both are great and sad in many ways.
There are many questions to ask about what happened to Adams, but I’ve been …
Sat 28 January 2017
Conflict Kitchen is a restaurant that serves food from countries which are in conflict with
the United States. I went a couple of times while I was living in Pittsburgh. I had arepas from
Venezuela, Cuban rice with black beans, and various delicious street food from Afghanistan and
Iran. Twice …
Sun 10 January 2016
A couple of days ago, Laura mentioned on Twitter that the periodic table
has changed a lot since she studied it at school. I started to think about that
and remembered that the layout from Mendeleev had gaps for the elements yet to
be discovered, so it would be interesting …
Mon 21 December 2015
The Strange Persistence of First Languages describes how first languages
persist, even after they have been (apparently) replaced by a different
language. For example, the first language shapes our ability recognize sounds
and to understand variations, such as tones, at a very young age. Also,
sometimes the first language becomes …
Sun 18 October 2015
Hace tiempo leí Leyendas del Tour (Legends of the Tour), de Jan Cleijne.
Es una novela gráfica sobre los ciclistas, campeones o no, más recordados del
Tour de Francia. Lo leí cuando estaba en medio la fiebre del ciclismo de ruta y
me gustó conocer la historia de la carrera …
Sun 29 January 2012
Here are four short notes that were not short enough to be tweets, nor long
enough to be posts on their own.
Now They’re Sixty-Four is a fun article about pilgrimages to Liverpool.
I feel uncomfortable about tribute bands; playing covers is OK, but copying
their appearance, haircuts and …
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