Category Archives: Misc

30 years and counting

It has been almost a month since I wrote my last post two days before my birthday. I have to thank everyone who made it to my birthday party. It was really fun. I also want to thank all the friends and family members that sent me happy birthday wishes through emails, instant messages, phone calls, etc…

So what does it feel to turn 30 years old? I got to tell you that it feels really good. Someone told me recently that when you turn 30, you are now officially an adult. You can no longer excuse your stupidity by saying things like: “I was young and I didn’t knew any better!”. It also feels great that many people don’t think I’m 30, so I can pretend to be young and stupid if I really want to. But honestly, playing the grown up mature adult role suits me better.

My parents gave me Garmin nüvi 200 GPS for my car as a present. It is a really cool device and I’ve been playing with it a little bit. I really want to do a road trip to see its full potential and I’m also curious about Geocaching. I also got from my friends in Austin a really nice gift: a $220 certificate from Amazon which I’m still planning to spend. I’m debating between buying a lens for my D40x, a DVD recorder, an Airport Express or a bunch of toilet paper.

Life in Austin: Update (not worth reading)

There is a time in every blogger’s life when you simply don’t have much interesting material to post about, so you decide to create a post about the last few things that have been going on. Unfortunately this is not the first time I do this, so feel free to drop some hate comments and show me your love and appreciation.

Last week I was recognized in my company with the ‘Engineering Excellence’ award which is given to about 8-15 engineers every year. I was pretty happy with the award because it motivates me to keep working hard and doing a good job at work. (Note to self: update resumé)

Last weekend it was Claudia Lorente’s 30th birthday which she celebrated at her place with a fabulous cricket game. A lot of friends were there and I had a great time. The day after was Gabriel’s bday and we celebrated it in my house. I hadn’t had a party in my house in a while and I figured I could have one. The party was really fun, lots of friends, alcohol and dancing until 5am. The next morning I had to play soccer with the NI Eagles and we beated team Black Star 2-0. There are only two games left this season and it looks like we have a chance to finish 4th or 5th place if we win the last two games. Right now we are in 7th place.

I already did my taxes which I still need to send, including a big fat check that I wish I didn’t have to pay. I was surprised how quickly I did my taxes. Either after 6 years doing taxes you get better at it, or TurboTax has became much better, or I just don’t care much about them anymore that I don’t triple check everything. I think it is the combination of those three.

I’m jealous of two friends (Eva Noyola and Natalia Uribe) who are going to Portishead concerts in London and Munich. So far I haven’t seen anything about them coming to the US.

Life is good…

La Liga de la Leche

La Leche League

English version below

La Leche League (LLL) o Liga de la Leche es una organización sin ánimo de lucro que ofrece información, apoyo y respaldo a las madres que desean amamantar a sus bebes.

Dos meses antes de yo nacer, mi mamá conoció y se unió a la Liga de la Leche y desde entonces por muchos años ha recomendado amamantar al bebe, a cuanta mujer embarazada ha conocido. Recientemente mi familia estuvo de visita en Austin, y mi madre se enteró que dos amigas (Daniela y Pilar) estaban embarazadas, así que me envió un paquete con diversos arículos relacionados con el tema de la lactancia. Como los articulos estaban impresos, le pedí el favor de que tambien me los enviara en formato digital y con la ayuda de mi hermana los escaneé y compilé en un pdf que anexo a continuación:

Arículos La Liga de la Leche

English version
La Leche League (LLL) is a non-profit organization dedicated to promote breastfeeding as the most natural and effective way of understanding and satisfying the needs of the baby.

Two months before I was born my mother heard and joined this group and for many years she has been promoting breastfeeding to every pregnant woman she meets. Recently my family came to Austin and my mother found out that two close friends of mine were pregnant (Daniela and Pilar) so she sent me a package with different breastfeeding articles in spanish but I also asked her to send me the articles in digital form.

If you can’t read spanish I highly recommend you check the official LLL site.

January and the movies (without spoilers)

Sweeny Todd
I like Tim Burton’s movies and this movie is amazing from many aspects, but some how I didn’t enjoyed the movie a whole lot. I can appreciate how well done the movie is, but it didn’t entertain me.

No country for old man
Great movie with a magnificent performance by Javier Bardem. Too bad that even after 6 years living in Texas I still had a hard time following the dialogs in the thickest texan accent.

Atonement
Beautiful british movie. Amazing picture. And contains one of the best war scenes I have ever seen. I loved the music and how it blends with the movie.

Juno
Very refreshing independent movie. I really enjoyed this movie. Made me laugh and had a great time watching it.

Three out of these four movies have an Oscar nomination for Best Picture. My vote goes to Atonement.

Smile to my new Nikon D40x

Back in 2004 I bought myself a very small and nice digital camera Pentax Optio S4i as you probably already knew. For 3 years I’ve been taking lots of pictures and having lots of fun with my camera, but over this past 3 years I also realized how point and shot cameras are very limited and how SRL cameras can take gorgeous pictures. Photography slowly grew in me as a hobbie and I started getting interested more in the subject. Seeing the amazing collections of pictures available at flickr or looking at the pictures taken by friends like Johnny Kings or Niv was definately a motivator.

Nikon D40x

Anyway, thats a long introduction to tell you that I just purchased a new Nikon D40x digital camera with a 18-135mm lens and I’m really excited to learn more about photography!

August update

Blogs turn very lame when you dont post regularly. Recently I haven’t had anything exciting to write about, so my blog has been falling into the lame category. This post is just to summarize some of the things I have been doing recently or that I’m going to be doing in the near future.

Party, party, party

After coming back from New York, I’ve been going out a lot in Austin. I have too much fun going out with friends and last night was the first friday in a loooong time that I stay at home, and it wasn’t even because I didn’t wanted to go out, but because I could not get my friends to join me and I decided to stay at home and take it easy.

Moving to a new group at National Instrumenst

After being in the Integration Services group at NI for almost 6 years, I’m going to be transitioning to the System Configuration Services group around September. I’m very excited about the transfer because I’m going to have new challenges and opportunities ahead. This group develops the ‘Measurement & Automation explorer’ application which helps users configure NI’s software and hardward among other services.

NI Week 2007

NIWeek starts next week and it means listening to great keynotes, having breakfast at Las Manitas, meeting with friends that work in other NI branches but come to Austin for NIWeek and in general being excited to be part of NI.

Wedding at Puerto Escondido

My friend Eva is getting married in Puerto Escondido, Mexico and I’m traveling there between August 15-19. Marcos is not sure if he can come because he is waiting for some paperwork related to his green card process. I hope he can make it though.

Facebook fever

Social networks is something that has been arround for a few years. I have accounts in hi5, friendster, mySpace, LinkedIn and recently signed in for Facebook. My experience with FB has been amazing. The website is very well done usability wise. Very elegant and simple, but powerful. I already have lots of friend connections and its great to know what is going on with their lives. Social networks are not meant to replace physical human interaction, but to enrich it. I highly recommend that you give it a try.

Austin City Limits 2007

Yes, I’m an idiot. I didn’t purschased my ACL wristband on time and now I’m going to have to wait for a last minute deal, hoping that someone can’t make it and wants to sell the wirstband to me. This year’s line up is amazing: Björk, Queens of the stone age, White Stripes, Killers, Muse, Arctic Monkeys, Bloc Party, …

Me verás volver 2007

Soda Stereo one of my favorite rock bands in the world is doing a tour after their last tour ‘El Ultimo Concierto’ 10 years ago (1997). I’m going to see them live in Monterrey, Mexico on November 9th!

Welcome Ana Laura

Tonight is my birthday. I’m turning 29… I’m getting old but I don’t feel it… I still feel like I can do whatever I want. At the end, age is a mental thing and not so much a physical thing (err… sure). Anyway, Colombian soccer national team got beat REALLY bad tonight… I mean REEEEAAAAAALLLLY BAAAADD! We lost 5-0 against Paraguay in one of the worst soccer matches I have ever seen Colombia playing (except the time we lost 9-1 against Brasil… but I don’t want to go there)… anyway… all those things are now little details compared to the fact that Ana Laura, the daughther of Jose Euclides Correa (aka Pepe) and Claudia Patricia de la Lanza (aka Paty) was born tonight. Yes! She was born on my birthday and from now on, we will celebrate our birthdays toghether! how cool is that?