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Thoughts on Hackers & Painters

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While I was searching for electronic formats of my printed books, I stumbled on the book “Hackers & Painters: Big Ideas from the Computer Age” by Paul Graham, published by O’Reilly and copyright 2004. I started reading it on a whim and basically got sucked in, reading on the plane and in between things for […]

zach_eastwood is a bot, just fyi ;-)

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I had this account, zach_eastwood, on my Yahoo! buddies list for a long time, but I don’t remember why or if it was ever a real person. I thought I’d message. [12:07] Charlie Gorichanaz: hi [12:07] Zach Eastwood: hi! [12:07] Charlie Gorichanaz: i don’t remember who you are [12:07] Charlie Gorichanaz: are you a real […]

The juice and vegetable era begins

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Last Tuesday, Josh made me watch a movie with him, "Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead." Apparently he thought it was about steroid abuse for the sake of muscle gain or something, and it turned out to be quite a different movie. But we both loved it nonetheless. DSC_6313.JPG

Bank website password inconsistencies drive me insane

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Recently I decided to switch to a much longer base password, and also make the formula more complicated. Taking after a friend, Erik, I started documenting the password restrictions for many of the websites I use. I was glad to see my new password formula would work for most of my frequented websites, but unfortunately I'll need to modify it for five of the websites. And of course, these five websites are all banks! Leave it to the banking industry to disallow secure passwords! Fullscreen capture 7212011 121559 AM.jpg

Who says craigslist is for sluts?

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At Chicago Pride 2011, I was with my friend Ryan for most of Sunday after the parade. We were loosely tracking a group of Milwaukee gays and once in a while running into other friends. During one of our ditch-out-and-head-to-the-next-bar excursions, we saw some girls and a cute boy in the street pointing up at some apartment. I told Ryan I thought the boy was super cute, after which Ryan went up to the guy and asked his name. I was glad Ryan did that, especially when I saw how pretty his eyes were! DSC_5940.JPG

Septi Teodorescu of Septifitness.com gives me bloody lip, again

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Facebook poking oddity

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Apparently Facebook hasn't taken into account how to handle someone who pokes you and then disables poking. SorryCannotBePoked.PNG

Septimiu “Septi” Teodorescu apparently impersonates friend to file complaint against my blog

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Yesterday I got a notification from RimuHosting about a complaint against my server. Oh, well, Septi will have to make more of an effort to redeem himself than trying to take down my website.

Who made me? Let’s travel 6,000 miles to find out.

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DSC_4437.JPG Tuesday night I went to Palermo for my long awaited dinner plans with Juan Manuel and Roberto. I may have guilted Roberto into coming with, but I know he didn't regret it. :-) Juan picked out a place called Taco Box for me to try. It was nice, though our waitress kind of sucked. We ended up giving her exact payment for the bill with no tip, something I couldn't imagine doing in the States. I walked out quickly without looking back. :-( DSC_4493.JPG

Touring through the tombs

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Tuesday, Dani asked what I wanted to do, and when I mentioned reading about a famous cemetery online, we decided to go there. La Recoleta Cemetery is in one of the ritzier neighborhoods in Buenos Aires. It is where tourists from around Argentina and the world go to see the tombs of such prominent Argentines as Eva Perón. Somehow I missed that tomb, though. The place is huge, and you could walk around all day and still not see all the graves. DSC_4424.JPG

Argentines seem to have lots of holidays

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Last weekend was the second "long weekend" of my trip, as Thursday and Friday were days off for many people. I wasn't clear on what the occasion was, but it became clear something was going on Thursday when I tried to make my way to La Plata for the weekend to stay with Damian. DSC_4237.JPG

Expedition with new friend to find old friend fails, in a good way

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Tuesday I decided 'twas as good of a day as any to venture out to meet a new friend, Daniel, living in Balvanera, a tad west of Capital Federal and south of Recolata and Palermo. I also was going to finally try meeting up with a guy from my home town, Brandon, who happens to be in Buenos Aires this week. The problem, though, is Brandon doesn't have a phone here and barely has Internet access, so arranging a meet when neither of us knows our schedule is problematic. But he said he was going to hang out in the Japanese Gardens in Palermo, so I figured it'd be worth combining looking for him with meeting Dani. DSC_4208.JPG

A theater full of gay boys dancing past 7 a.m., nice!

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Saturday was my first South American clubbing experience, and it was fabulous. Despite losing contact with a new friend who had wanted to go out with me, I still found somewhere to hang before the club. My "longtime" Facebook friend Damian was going to his friend Victor's to have some drinks and hang out, so Damian asked if I could come along. I took the bus up to the Obelisco and met Damian outside the McDonald's there. DSC_4094.JPG

St. Patrick’s Day isn’t that big in Buenos Aires, unless you’re awesome

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The last few days have been great! I met a bunch of new people and am getting a bit better at the buses. I also was told I'm the first American ever to have stayed in Lanús, which is apparently not a tourist destination. But it's been fine! DSC_4074.JPG

Why can’t we go out? No hay monedas!

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So far I've gotten cash by bringing paper dollars from the United States and converting them to Argentine pesos at the airport, getting pesos from an ATM and using my Chase Amazon Visa and my American Express Clear cards. All the methods, except perhaps the ATMs, produce basically the same results, but clearly not all are of equal convenience. DSC_4039.JPG

Argentine barbeques are great, and I love neogothic architecture

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DSC_3946.JPG Saturday Fernando and I got cards for the buses so we could avoid the moneda shortage problems, Sunday I went to an Argentine barbeque called an asado, and Monday Fer and I went to La Plata to fill out some papers for his apartment and check out the city. DSC_4025b.jpg

Touring Capital Federal

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DSC_3718.JPG Friday was pretty interesting. Fernando took me on a little tour of parts of the central Capital Federal district where lots of historic buildings stand. We left the house and walked over a bridge to the nearest train station, Estación Gerli. Fer said we probably wouldn't need to pay, but when he told me it was less than a peso (less than 25 U.S. cents), I said we should, especially since they take paper money and not only the scarce coins. But then when we got to the paying booth, the person there just told us to go through, as they weren't currently open to take payments. So much for trying to pay! DSC_3871.JPG

Mustard and mayo comes in bags in Buenos Aires

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DSC_3673.JPG It's been a few weeks since I've written; I hope that last, depressing entry and the subsequent silence hasn't led either of my two stalkers to fear for my life. Things have been pretty good, but I've admittedly been slacking on the photo taking and entry writing. I'm not really sure why. DSC_3681b.jpg

Second Life is pretty amazing

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Garrett and Charlie lying, No. 2

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