26 Nov 2011

De placeres culposos y el lado oscuro de la vida

Ya hasta suena trillado hablar de los placeres culposos. Todo mundo tenemos uno de cada categoria: musica, TV, libros, comida, websites, y hasta de personas.
Esta no se trata de una entrada mas describiendo el porque de los placeres culposos ni pretende descubrir el hilo negro. Es quiza una de tantas publicaciones al respecto. O no?
De entrada casi todo placer tiene cierta culpa detras de si. Si no la hubiera no podriamos llamarlo placer, simplemente seria una comida, cancion, libro, actividad neutral. Luego entonces, el placer culposo es aquel que trae mas culpa que el resto de los placeres. Por ejemplo, chutarse una cancion de "La oreja de van Gogh" (recuerdese que escucho principalmente heavy metal). Que diferencia haria si fuera una power ballad? No mucho, no hay culpa. Pero la oreja... para empezar el nombre no tiene sentido (pero es una banda espanola, asi que eso es casi por default), luego la cancion -Cuidate-, la letra -Detras del tiempo me instale (WTF?!?!?!)-. Que tiene de placentero? Pues la rola esta linda, la voz no es mala (aunque no esta trabajada), esta alegre (+/-)... termina. Que tiene de culposo? Bueno, ya lo dije antes. Pero de vuelta, no hay placer sin culpa. Asi que entonces por definicion (recuerdese que tambien soy esencialmente un robot (segun mi hno que por definicion tambien deberia ser un robot)), cuanto mas culpa hay en un placer, mas placer hay en la actividad. Pero pues no. Uno oye "Cuidate" de la oreja, una vez y ya, una sonrisita, un suspiro quiza y hasta ahi, si hubiera tanto placer (porque lleva mas culpa), se nos haria vicio y pues no es asi. Luego entonces volteando las premisas, si no hay tanto placer, no hay tanta culpa, y si no hay tanta culpa no es placer culposo...
Intrincado. Esto lo unico que demuestra es que la definicion del placer culposo no es logica, cae facilmente en una paradoja de ida y vuelta.

21 Nov 2011

Crei que la luna se escondia...

The everyday's life of the bioinformatician
En realidad no me gusta tanto esa cancion... (Cenit) pero me trae recuerdos y de alguna manera es asociativa, ustedes saben a quien la asocio.
En fin, tanto va el cantaro al agua que termina por romperse, y hoy escuche la cancion... una vez mas.
Black Friday
The government of Mexico, in order to revive the national economy, launched an initative called "El buen fin" which is a mexican version of the popular Black Friday celebrated in the US (for more info follow this link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_Friday_(shopping) ). But what lies beneath this strategy? Is it a serious call for the consumers to revive the economy? Seriously, by offering the chance of getting more debts, the chance of misusing their credit cards, by letting the people miss the opportunity of saving money (which the companies paid in advance)? Hmmm it seems like either the people does not have a clue of what a "deal" means or that their desperation for Christmas shopping is reaching new levels, or both. Asides from the grinch attitude, the Christmas shopping issue it's a serious problem among the mexican population. Some five years ago Christmas shopping started by the end of November, so we could have 15 days for saving money and spend it all in the following month (from middle December to middle January). But nowadays, Christmas shopping starts on November the 3rd. WTF!! at this rate, in fifteen years we will have summer Christmas shopping season. Please consider my grinch attitude as an example of what shouldn't be don.... ouuu what a wonderful game I just saw on Amazon.com. I'll buy it tight away! Credit card: do your thing!
Lately I've been insanely listening to "The suburbs" by Arcade fire. I used to criticize all the people who liked this band (mainly hipsters) and I came to the conclusion that the band was seriously overrated. I still think that they are overrated, but their talent is undeniable. A nice recommendation
It's been a while since I wrote a script or modified the source code for a program... this week I feel like programming AVS again, expect something like the FoxTV ad but instead of ellipses, there will be gene arrows, you know my style so probably a pastel palette, well defined lines and a clear background with gray shadows for the upper elements. Just give me two weeks.

That would be all for today. Keep logged in, I'll post more entries on technology, books, and TV shows.

Just for entertaining purposes, I'll leave you with one of my favourite quotes:

--->So long and thanks for all the fish<---
             -The dolphins-

(minutes before the earth was blown by a fleet of Vogon vessels)

18 Nov 2011

Of happiness, sadness and other emotions

The everyday's life of the bioinformatician
Most of us have faced a situation in which we are either extremely happy or extremely miserable. In any case we get to our friends or significant others to share our happiness or our misery. But... what happens when we get so deep in our emotions and so unable (or unwilling) to share our emotions?
Some people tend to become hermits, some people tend to become attention-whores and some others emotional outsiders. I was at some place hearing one of my friends reciting a passage from a book, she used to be (or still is) depressed for some past-love. I wonder in which category she belongs... probably not an attention whore, but, who knows?
Spare time and leisure
Today I went for chicken wings with some friends of mine. The place was cool but not awesome, the drinks were cold and the women were hot (Just as the parties that Groucho Marx used to like). So... if you have some 200 MXP, some spare time, a couple of friends, and a whim for chicken wings you can go to Liverpool avenue and Amberes avenue to the wing stop chicken wings restaurant. You won't regret visiting the place. And if for some reason you get bored, there's always the Rose Zone in which you can have lots of fun at night.
Fedora 16 is out there, it's been a week since the final release and it is incredible.
First of all it includes the new version of the Linux Kernel.
Second, it has gnome3 with an amazing desktop integration taking many of the features of the past versions of gnome, combined with features from KDE, OSX and taking advantage of the Dbus libraries.
Third, it has the support of the very best linux distribution, red hat.

Well that'd be all for today. Not much to say this week.

16 Nov 2011


The everyday's life of the bioinformatician:
Everyone has to pay respect to a higher instance... a person, an agency, the government. But the time comes when one gets to be respected.
The thing is, that many people can't handle higher responsibilities, and power, by association.
This post does not intend to be politically or morally correct, neither is a self-important preacher... it just occurred that the writer is constantly facing people with authority issues.

Today I bought a new pair of headphones, amazing sound, comfort, and amazing design. I may not be a fashion victim... at least not in clothing, but gadgets are gadgets.

Today, thanks to an old friend of mine, I heard of a tablet with 1 Gig of RAM and a quad core processor. I know that the price is going to be sky-high, but a tablet capable of fulfilling tasks otherwise designed for proper computers... is totally worth it.

Halo Combat Evolved anniversary edition... speechless. See the last post for more (?) info.

The end of 2011 is plagued with TV shows that I really enjoy. Coming to think about it, I only spend 2 hours a week in front of the TV, so it is actually healthy entertainment. Here is my schedule (share any thoughts if you like).

  =>Mondays : How I met your mother (season 7)
  =>Tuesdays: 2 broke girls (season 1)
  =>Wednesdays: New girl (season 1)
  =>Thursdays: The big bang theory (season 5)
  =>Fridays: Modern family (season 3)
  =>Mon-Fri: Bienvenida realidad.

I'm currently (and slowly) reading three books, they all are borrowed, so I better hurry, anyways here is the synopsis.

Asimov's "Robot visions":
An amazing collection of short stories of the sci-fi genius Isaac Asimov. Many of the short stories are concerned about how robots interact with humans, and how humans tend to have extreme points of view towards robots.

Sawyer's "Calculating God":
A very interesting sci-fi novel which -unlike many others in the genre- tries to prove that there is actually an entity called god. Such an interesting combination, but it catches the attention of the readers by throwing a sub-plot in which the protagonist deals with his lung cancer.

Dawkin's "The greatest show on Earth"
Just the opposite of "Calculating God", as an impartial judge I have to say that the Dawkin's book is cold, but it does not intend to be enjoyable in a poetic way.

Concluding remarks:
The blogging hiatus is over, unfortunately it inversely correlates with me having a girlfriend, so, if you see that I suddenly stopped blogging, well you can infer that I'm dating again.
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15 Nov 2011

Halo: Combat Evolved

Ten years ago, Microsoft Game Studios and Bungie brought to us The Game.
Halo: Combat evolved was not only a first person shooter, it was a revolution itself.
Halo had it all: A great story, amazing graphics (for that time), a gameplay never seen before. But most important, it had the guts to pave the road for a whole new generation of very successful games such as Area 51, Lost Planet, Shadowrun, and many others outside the Xbox Universe.
Tonight I wasn't playing Halo: Combat Evolved with Anthon van Suikerbuik, tonight I was rememberig what is like to have seventeen years old and being worried about nothing but kicking some covenant's ass.
Thank you Microsoft Game Studios, thank you Bungie, thank you Xbox, you made such a happy boy ten years ago as well as you made now.

A bioinformatician's day

7:00 am...
Wake up... the message in the cell phone... it wakes the bioinformatician, the dogs, and some people about three meters around.
7:05 am...
Seriously wake up
7:10 am...
A wonderful breakfast... the same thing for the past three months, but still the bioinformaticia enjoys it like the first time. Two thirds of Special-K and one third of Cheerios, twice the flavour, half the calories.
7:30 am...
Shower time... no comments
8:00 am...
Time to go to school, for the bioinformatician the day was planned as follows.
-->Half an hour of running
-->Four hours of work
-->One hour of meals
-->Four hours of work
-->Half an hour of running/abs
Seems pretty lame, but... let's see every point (perhaps it's actually pretty lame, perhaps not)
9:30 am... (Half an hour of running)
The sun is up in the clear sky (bad omen for the runner).
The bioinformatician however, manages to keep running. 1... 2... 3 miles. He gets happy, but soon enough the happiness just vanished... the men's room is closed, so he is all sweaty and probably stinky, and he has to remain like that until he reaches another men's room... sighs.
10:00 am... (Four hours of working)
By definition, the bioinformatician is the one that uses and develops methods for studying biological data in order to make biological sense from pointless, crude and cold numbers. Unlike the computational biologist that only uses the methods for studying biological data.
Still the bioinformatician is happy, he has a very powerful computer, a very colourful desktop environment, a messy but cosy desktop (an actual desktop), cool music, snacks, beverages... what else would he want?
His activities? well, let's see.
-->Social networks and e-mail -> checked
-->Writing papers and checking proposals -> checked
-->Modelling proteins -> checked
-->Providing support for lab mates -> checked
-->Configuring the lab's computer -> checked
2:00 pm... (one hour of meals)
What's the menu for the bioinformatician?
->Leftovers from the sunny Sunday ^_^ 
"Not so fancy, but delicious" he thinks, finds some good company and there it is, the typical lunch of the bioinformatician.
In the surroundings he sees every kind of rare specimen. Nerds celebrating someone's birthday, some near-plastic girls showing-off their beauty (also showing that the may not be very bright... but that's part of another story), workers trying to escape the routine, the day-after-day boredom of doing exactly the same things... every day, the passionate hippie girls, a fat hipster, a man who thinks that we don't notice that he's wearing a tupee.
So the time for the meals is more a show of nature (a suburban nature).
3:00 pm... (four hours of work... actually they were three... lazy bioinformatician)
Activities? Here they are.
-->Modelling proteins -> checked
-->Trying new software -> checked
-->Cropping pictures for a poster -> checked
-->Social networks and e-mail -> checked 
6:00 pm... (Half an hour of running/abs... which including the warm-up and the cool-down turned into almost one hour.)
Not so hot as in the morning, no clouds but no burning sun. Accompanied by a friend, all they had was the rest of the day. 1.5 miles, and 120 abs... hopefully he'll have a six pack soon.
7:00 pm... (Back to the lab, time to go home)
Was the day over for the bioinformatician? Maybe not. He found some friends, he paid a visit to someone, and they all decided to go to the movies. Time not to think about anything.
8:00 pm... (Movie theatre)
No comments...
10:00 pm... (Time to go home)
After a day of boredom, average productivity... nothing so special about the day the bioinformatician gets back home, watches TV, writes some stuff, listens to music. What else would he want?
So... taking back the question above.
Is a bioinformatician's day pretty lame or not?
Some of you might be thinking:
"It's not only lame, is the most boring thing ever"
Some of you might be thinking:
"It's lame, what is he doing all day?"
But if we see the thing very carefully we'll notice that the bioinformatician has a very comfortable schedule, no rush hours, no pressure, no one to boss him around, plenty of time for taking care of himself, his projects (whether academic or not)
So now its time for him to take a rest, because here comes the best part.
Tomorrow's going to be a different day, a bright day, a beautiful day, just as good as the one described above, maybe better.
And again. Is a bioinformatician's day pretty lame or not?
Probably not, it actually might not be the day anyone would crave for, but is rather cool, that doing what he does, he has more time to do what others cannot.
At the end of the day, the bioinformatician goes to bed thinking "That must have been the lamest blog entry ever" but has pleasant dreams, and a peaceful rest. And all due to a very productive day... in the bioinformatician's life.