Tuesday, February 27, 2007

More With Open Source!!

I'm going to try and check out the books - Moving to Free Software and Moving to Ubuntu Linux. Free software seems like a good idea to me!

The only problem I'm having is getting the GNU Solfege program to work...




Compassion my ass! I belong to several boards of non-profits and one in particular prides itself on being compassionate toward people in economic crisis. So I haven't slept well for about 3 weeks. I didn't sleep most of the night before the meeting and had a terrible headache and was, for lack of better words, "loopy." I tried to share some of that and was basically blown off.

I believe in the mission or I would be on the board, but I definately lost a notch of respect for individuals.

Work has been crazy busy, I've been trying to set up a new office, run a coalition, run a health education program and lots of detail stuff. All while other people are panicking needlessly.

Home has been a challenge to say the least. Kids disappearing from one household or the other, getting in trouble, etc. So, I had tried not to complain, but I guess I needed to.


Monday, February 26, 2007

Copyright Madness

I was thinking about posting on the use of Open Source software and I decided to check out the "OnTheCommons" blog. And there is this great little rant on Copyright Madness.

But on my home computer I've loaded lots of Open Source and Free software. I'm using OpenOffice.org which is very comparable to some other office suites we're forced to get. I'm also surfing the web using the SeaMonkey browser. I'm also trying out Gnu Solfege which is an ear training software.

I'm also trying out GIMP and Scribus. All of this is available at Source Forge. All of this is much more fun than worrying about that unregistered software!



Man, the last few weeks have been centered mostly on dealing with other peoples' stress, needs, panic, etc. I'm looking forward to taking care of myself better here for awhile.

I did walk this morning. I didn't sleep well all weekend though. Hopefully I'll do better this week. My daughter is home sick, so I'm going to finish up some stuff at work and then go work at home. I'm glad I'm able to do that.

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Inconvenient Truth gets an Oscar. Maybe we'll slow global warming up someday. But I don't know I saw a GIANT Toyota this morning, that didn't seem like a positive thing.

Also there's a documentary talking about the finding of the Tomb of Jesus and his family. That ought to be interesting.


Saturday, February 24, 2007

Freakin' Blogger Crap!

OK, I HAD to change to a google account for this post. With the new computer I can blog from home again, and it forced me to sign in under a google account. It may be great, but it sucks to get forced to change.

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Yesterday would have been my Mom's birthday, and I worked on my home office and listened to Los Relampagos del Norte. That was kinda cool. As I go around cleaning and re-arranging, my wife will come by and re-arrange again. So you know how when you clean you lose things? Well, I get that squared! LOL!

I think its great, but my trash can is too small for how much stuff I'm getting rid of.

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USers Underestimate the Iraqi Civilian Death Toll (Imagine That)

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My body fat check went poorly as expected. I'm fatter than I've ever been, but my fat free weight also went up. So its all about fat loss until May 18th!


Thursday, February 22, 2007


My nephew turned 18 yesterday. He spent the night at my house so we were able to sign him las mañanitas.

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I walked with my wife this morning. We walking almost every morning together and that's cool.

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The tat is peeling. Too bad I don't have a digital camera anymore I could send those pics, just for the people who don'trealizee the process. And yes, they can be painful. I'm guessing that the tattoos hurt more than a vasectomy, but less than that childbirth. (Hope THAT helps!)

Smacking is back online and writing away!!!

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My computer was down for about three weeks getting re-done. No matter how much they promise me that they can keep all of my files together, I always end up losing stuff. But the machine is working nicely! I had Windows XP re-installed and I also had Ubuntu/Linux installed on it. The only problem is that Ubuntu is supposedly not very good at running dial up modems, and that my home provider (Netzero) has a Linspire version, but not an Ubuntu version. So I'll have to figure out stuff as we go, but overall I like migrating away from Microsoft products. They are expensive and aretargetedd by hackers and all of that stuff. So I'm hoping to build a cheap Freespire computer just for surfing, since there are incredibly less viruses and spyware written to attack Linux computers.


Monday, February 19, 2007

The New Tat!

Mark Wills did it again! This will get worked on again on March 24th.
Feel free to comment....

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Still walking.


Thursday, February 15, 2007

Girls DO Have Cooties!

OK, not exactly, but even though my desk may be messier, if you're a woman your desk may have more germs than the office toilet!

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I also heard on the radio that naps and meditation are good ways to lower blood pressure and reduce heart attack risk.

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Still walking. Not looking forward to being weighed in next week - the 23rd. But oh well.


Tuesday, February 13, 2007

See! Siestas Are Good For You Cabrones!

Researches Find that Naps Are Good for Your Heart
At least we Chicanos can have a science-based reason for that afternoon nap!

People who take at least three daytime naps a week lasting 30 minutes or longer cut their risk of dying from a heart attack by 37 percent, according to a study by a team of U.S. and Greek researchers.

Regular siestas apparently lower stress, which is frequently associated with heart disease, the scientists report in Monday's edition of the Archives of Internal Medicine, a leading medical journal.



Stress.... I'm watching it wipe people out. And I'm learning to pay attention to how I get sucked into it. Getting past that will be good for me.

What I do know is that when I'm working out hard and regularly, stress isn't as big a factor in my life. Now that I'm not working out very hard I can tell the difference.

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Tattoo was postponed to the 17th.


Friday, February 09, 2007


I walked this morning for about 15 minutes. I'll be walking over the weekend.

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My son rapped on a show for Community Channel 27. I was wiped out so I stayed home.

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My tattoo was postponed until Saturday. Mark had been out three days so he's catching up.


Thursday, February 08, 2007

Emancipate Yourself From Mental Slavery

Those are the greatest words in any song that has critical acclaim that I can think of. My son and I were talking about that yesterday. It was a great conversation and I was proud to listen to my son talk about this topic, and the other line "How long shall they kill our prophets, while we stand aside and look" - It was a great parenting moment.

Also, we went to an open house for my daughter's classes and they all talked about how good a student and person she is. And what I liked best about it was that her Contemporary Studies teacher said that my daughter was insightful about society.

So my main exercise for today will be patting myself on the back!

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I go tonight to get the next part of my arm tattoo.


Wednesday, February 07, 2007

Short SuperBowl Observation

So was it just me, or when the winning coach was asked about the significance of two African American coaches, he kinda said, yea that's important but what's more significant is that it was two Christian coaches? (Please correct me if I misunderstood that!)

But I was wondering, when the hell has there been non-Christian coaches at the Superbowl? Is this guy serious? I think it definitely would have been a big deal if it were a Muslim coach, or an Athiest coach. It would be different in US society if it were a Buddhist coach, or a Pagan coach. Really, when's the last time a 'heathen' coached a Superbowl team? I'd like to know! REALLY!!!

No wonder freakin' Bush is President. The lunatics have taken over the asylum!!!

It was a sad moment.


Didn't walk this morning because I was up late dancing!!!

We went to see the Wailers last night. It was great to take the kids to a show we could all enjoy.

Since it was Bob Marley's birthday, it was an extra special treat! I think we got home close to 1AM though, so I'm definately dragging a little bit.

I'll be walking again tomorrow morning.

KEEP LIFTING!!! And Chicano Power eses!

Tuesday, February 06, 2007


Started walking again, feels great to be moving around more. Also, avoided sodas consistently since Saturday. It's one of those things at family gatherings its either beer, or if you're not drinking beer, people hand you a soda. Luckily a couple of us buy water regularly for parties now. And now if I need to eat while driving in between meetings, I order water there too!

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Got a 100 on my first test for music class. That was cool.

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My son was talking with me last night. He didn't say he rejoined the band, but he said, I'll still practice with you guys and gig.

It was cool. I asked my family to go to a class for me last night on Press Kits. Afterwards my son was talking about what he wants to do. He's trying hard to figure things out which is good. It gave me lots of encouragement!


Friday, February 02, 2007

Feb. 2, 07

Well among other broken US treaties (like the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo), it doesn't look good that Bush pulled out of Kyoto. What's funny is the Democrats trying to get all righteous about it! And even sadly comical is that the shrub is calling for a 20 percent reduction in gas consumption over the next 10 years. Nice how he left that mostly to the next president. This is the same "pW" that told people to go buy cars after 9/11. Shruby said that capping emissions would be bad for the economy. I wonder if he ever thought of parts of Florida disappearing might impact the economy? After Katrina, maybe he sees that all the relocation and "re-building" would be a good thing... freakin' idiot. Worse part is WE let this go on. Oh, well. Even with all the SUVs and wars, the economy still sucks and the Dems don't have anything to offer either!

And that some Christian leaders are calling to "protect God's creation" - well, many of these are the same guys driving SUVs and wanting to nuke other countries. Hopefully this wake up call will be legit and long-term. Otherwise all you poor coastal bloggers may be moving more inland. Which, given the over population of the planet, may not be a fun process!

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OK, enough ranting. I'm going to get my bodyfat checked on the 23rd. So lots more walking and getting back to some good eating habits! What else is a Chicano to do?

I guess, I'll be working on planning my gardening and bugging my neighborhood association to work on creating more walkable areas and green spaces.


Thursday, February 01, 2007


US "Family Values" Lacking! From a country that preaches so much about family values, workplaces aren't keeping up, go figure!

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Walked last night and will walk today. I can tell how out of shape I've gotten, but it feels good to be walking my way back to being healthy!

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I took my first test in music class last night. I don't know if I "aced" it. But I think I did alright.

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Tomorrow is the anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo. Another US treaty not lived up to in spirit. And my understanding of international law is that if someone is signing a treaty with a gun to their head (figuratively) its not considered a good treaty! But some people consider it the beginning of "Chicano" history.

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OK, got lots to do at work today!


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