All posts by Daniel Jaramillo

Coffee Overdose

I just got back from a concert of Café Tacuba at the studio where the Austin City Limits tv show is recorded. This program has been showing life music performances from different bands for 30 years.

It was a private (and free) show for about 300 lucky people that even got invited (not my case) or made a long line (that’s me!).

Café Tacuba - Austin City Limits

This is the second time I see Tacuba in concert. About a year ago, they performed at La Zona Rosa with Control Machete and Ely Guerra.

And you think that is enough Tacuba?

You are wrong. I’m going to see Tacuba again tomorrow at Stubbs!

Austin City Limits hand stamp

I love the Live Music Capital of the World

Just got back from the second concert at Stubbs… just fucking amazing!

“No me hubieras dejado esa noche… porque esa misma noche encontré un amor”

Paranoia de aquello imposible que tal vez fuere…

Esta joya me la encontré viendo archivos viejos en mi computadora del trabajo…

Paranoia de aquello imposible que tal vez fuere…

No se, todo comenzó como una idea, un hito sin flujo. Los retrazados lo pedían a gritos, sin embargo nadie podía contener la inercia de tanta vanidad. En aquel dia las campañas y aquellos seres inanimados que insinuan sonidos y gritos desmedidos, pensaron que todo seria de una vez por todas diferente. Pero se equivocaban. La maldita metafora seguía inmutable y nada parecía cambiar. Todo seguía inerte, tanto como el primer dia… el día en que todo comenzó a carecer de sentido.

Según el invierno, aquel no podía ser otra cosa que lo que nunca quiso ser. Es decir, todo lo que se había tejido al rededor suyo, no era más que una máscara de su propia emancipación. No era para menos. Estaba loco y no podía ver más allá de sus narices.

De allí que nunca se volvieron a escuchar sus quejidos y lamentos. De allí que prefiere sentarse en esa banca del parque a contemplar atardeceres y basura caminante, en vez de estar en medio de su propio suburbio intelectual. Y no es para menos… y no es para menos.

Abril 16 de un año cualquiera, a las 6 menos cuarto de la tarde…

Y se concluye: Demasiado trabajo y estrés te convierten en un idiota…

100% de acuerdo con la conclusión.

Happy Birthday to me!

I’m happy to celebrate one more year on earth. And I’m very thankful because this year was full of good things and memories, some of them stamped in this blog: I’m doing great at work, I got my permanent resident (green) card, Jeronimo, Alex Muleiro and Diego got married, I bought a new PowerBook and a Drum Set, Nacional got its 8th championship, I went to Colombia on easter, my sister moved to Albany and my brother to Valencia, NI Eagles was promoted to first division, … can’t complain!

I’ll do my best to keep this next year as exciting as the one that ends today…

Thanks to everyone who sent me an email, a greeting card, gave me a phone call or left a comment in my blog! Also thanks to my friends that showed up at Habana. All I can say is that I had a really great birthday!

Check the pictures from Habana.

Nacional a la final!

Foto tomada de la página

Por tercera vez consecutiva, el glorioso equipo Atlético Nacional de la ciudad de Medellín se clasifica para las finales del fútbol colombiano. En un partido emocionante, Nacional derrotó al Deportivo Cali como visitante 2-1 y con ese resultado se clasificó a la final.

Es la tercera final que jugamos. Antes se jugó contra el Medellín y contra el Junior y ambas finales las perdimos. Esta vez será contra el Santafé. Será que la tercera es la vencida? Ojalá que si!

Vaaaaaamos, vamos mi veeeerde!
Que esta nocheeeeee!
Tenemos que ganar!!!

El primer partido de la final jugado en Bogotá (en el “sancionado” estadio Nemesio Camacho “El Campín”) quedó 0-0. Eso quiere decir que todo se definirá este domingo en Medellín.

La octava estrella está cerca!

To World Cup or not to World Cup?

The south american qualifiers for the World Cup Germany 2006 are getting hotter. Argentina has already qualified. Brasil and Ecuador are almost qualified. And the battle for 4th and 5th position is between Paraguay, Colombia, Chile and Uruguay. Venezuela still has options while Peru and Bolivia are eliminated now.

Check the standings here.

Colombia wasn’t doing very well, but in the last two games, we beat Peru 5-0 and Ecuador 3-0. Today Colombia is in 5th position and if the qualifiers were done, we would have to play against the winner of Oceania to qualify.

The important matter is that the idea of traveling to Germany in the summer of 2006 is in my mind again. I just hope Colombia makes it to the World Cup.

Memorial Weekend at Monterrey

Alejandro, Nora, Ron, Julia and me, went to Monterrey (Mexico) this Memorial Weekend and we had lots of fun. The drive is long but is worth it.

We got to Mty around midnight on friday, so we just had a few beers in Santiago and Ioanis’ house and went to bed.

On saturday we had some street tacos and then we went to ‘Cola de Caballo’ (Horsetail) a very nice waterfall located outside Mty. Then we had some michelada’s (like a bloody mary with beer instead of vodka) and then we went to ‘Las Palomas’ to have lunch. The food there was amazing and we had a great time.

Then it was time to enjoy Mty’s night life. We went to a club called Bar Rio and we stayed there until 5am. We were a big group and the place was packed. Lot’s of beautiful girls, alcohol and dancing… very nice!

On sunday we woke up around 2pm and went to have tacos at ‘El papalote’ (the kite). Nora was crazy about going to this store called ‘Mango’ since she used to go there when she lived in Spain, so we went to a shopping mall and left Nora and Julia there, while we went to a Santiago’s friend house to watch the finals of the mexican soccer league. After the game we picked up the girls and drive around Mty. Alejandro showed us the ITESM campus and over there we made a new friend: a crazy duck kept following us all over… it was really funny.

The last thing we did that day was having dinner at Sanborns.

On monday morning we bought some bottles of liquor and we head back to Austin.

It was a really good weekend, I had lots of fun, and I’m very thankful with Santiago and Ioanis who let us stay in their place and made sure we had a great time over there.

Click here to check out the pictures!

Chichipanguanorrea revamped!

After less than one year online, I decided to get serious with Chichipanguanorrea and give it a nicer home. I bought 2.4GB of space at DreamHost to host my site and I also bought the domain. My idea is to host my brother’s, my mother’s and my dad’s sites as well, and also ask my sister and other relatives if they are interested on having their own web site.

Since now I have all the power of MySQL, I replaced my SimplePHPBlog system with WordPress.

All I had to do was generate an RSS from my old site and import it to the new one (see details below). I lost the comments on the posts, but I don’t care too much about that. I also had to fix some characters (vowels with tilde and ‘ñ’s) and remove an annoying CDATA section enclosing the posts. I also had to re-categorize the posts. But the whole process didn’t take more than 1 hour.

I also created a cool header with some of my hobbies represented in there.

Chichipanguanorrea 3.0 is juicer and prettier than ever!

Migrating from SimplePHPBlog to WordPress

When I did this the versions were: SPHPBlog 0.4.0 and WP 1.5

I noticed that I got a few visits to my site from people looking on migrating from SimplePHPBlog to WordPress, so I decided to give a more detailed explanation of the process. I hope I can remember all the steps since I did it a few months ago.

Change the preferences of the SimplePHPBlog, so it displays ALL the posts you have ever created in the main page, and not just the last 10 or 15. Then export your current SimplePHPBlog as an RSS document. From the main page of your SimplePHPBlog, right-click the ‘RSS 2.0’ orange icon (on the right sidebar) and select ‘Save Link as…’ and choose a file name like ‘my_old_site.xml’.

When I imported my blog I lost the categories and had to create them and assign them to the posts manually. I think that if you create the old categories in WP (use the same names. Is it case sensitive? not sure) before importing the RSS then WP will assign them properly during the import process. Let me know if you get this part to work.

Now import the RSS inside WordPress.

The sad part: you’ll loose all the comments inside the posts. I didn’t found an easy way of importing them. Oh well, life is never perfect…

And finally the ugly part:
The RSS generated by SimplePHPBlog, encloses the post body inside the <description> tag and adds a ![CDATA[…]] enclosure to it…

For example:
<description><![CDATA[This is the text of my post... blah blah blah...]]></description>

CDATA sections allow you to enclose text inside XML without having to worry about escaping XML special characters like <, >, ' or ".

But WordPress doesn’t remove the CDATA sections so you have to do it manually after you are done importing your XML. Yes, you have to do this on each post.

I also had to fix special characters like tildes (á, é, í, ó, ú) and Eñes, since I had some posts in spanish.

I’m thinking that a better option is to use a text editor and remove all the CDATA sections. Do a manual find/replace on the XML looking for <![CDATA[ and replacing it with blank text. Also replace ]]> with blank text.

Save the XML and open it with an XML parser to make sure it is still valid. Most browsers can parse XML.

If you succesfully tried this second option, leave a message here to let us know that it works.