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Colin Watson

Here’s a summary of what the Launchpad team got up to in August.

Code

  • Webhook support for Git repositories is almost finished, and only needs a bit more web UI work (#1474071)
  • The summary of merge proposal pages now includes a link to the merged revision, if any (#892259)
  • Viewing individual comments on Git-based merge proposals no longer OOPSes (#1485907)

Mail notifications

Our internal stakeholders in Canonical recently asked us to work on improving the ability to filter Launchpad mail using Gmail.  The core of this was the “Include filtering information in email footers” setting that we added recently, but we knew there was some more to do.  Launchpad’s mail notification code includes some of the oldest and least consistent code in our tree, and so improving this has entailed paying off quite a bit of technical debt along the way.

  • Bug notifications and package upload notifications now honour the “Include filtering information in email footers” setting (#1474071)
  • Bug notifications now log an OOPS rather than crashing if the SMTP server rejects an individual message (#314420, #916939)
  • Recipe build notifications now include an X-Launchpad-Archive header (#776160)
  • Question notification rationales are now more consistent, including team annotations for subscribers (#968578)
  • Package upload notifications now include X-Launchpad-Message-Rationale and X-Launchpad-Notification-Type headers, and have more specific footers (#117155, #127917)

Package build infrastructure

  • Launchpad now supports building source packages that use Debian’s new build profiles syntax, currently only with no profiles activated
  • Launchpad can now build snap packages (#1476405), with some limitations; this is currently only available to a group of alpha testers, so let us know if you’re interested
  • Builders can now access Launchpad’s Git hosting (HTTPS only) in the same way that they can access its Bazaar hosting
  • All amd64/i386 builds now take place in ScalingStack, and the corresponding bare-metal builders have been detached pending decommissioning; some of the newer of those machines will be used to further expand ScalingStack capacity
  • We have a new ScalingStack region including POWER8-based ppc64el builders, which is currently undergoing production testing; this will replace the existing POWER7-based builders in a few weeks, and also provide virtualised build capacity for ppc64el PPAs
  • We’ve fixed a race condition that sometimes caused a user’s first PPA to be published unsigned for a while (#374395)

Miscellaneous

  • The project release file upload limit is now 1 GiB rather than 200 MiB (#1479441)
  • We spent some more time supporting translations for the overlay PPA used for current Ubuntu phone images, copying a number of existing translations into place from before the point when they were redirected automatically
  • Your user index page now has a “Change password” link (#1471961)
  • Bug attachments are no longer incorrectly hidden when displaying only some bug comments (#1105543)

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Prakash

Taiwanese firm Foxconn’s decision to invest a whopping USD five billion in India has caused unease in China as it marks the first top international firm opting for India amid a slowdown in the Chinese economy.

“Foxconn chooses India over China for new plant,” read the headline in state-run china.org.cn while carrying the news of the Taiwanese electronic giant signing up to set up a big plant in Maharashtra.

“Foxconn’s latest India investment represents the leading electronic product maker’s intention to profit from the world’s fastest expanding market of smartphones. Foxconn, famous for making parts for Apple, will reportedly produce Xiaomi phones in the new factory, a rumour that Foxconn authorities did not clarify or comment,” it said.

Read More: http://www.financialexpress.com/article/industry/companies/foxconn-shift-to-india-causes-concerns-in-china/116976/

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Prakash

For a whole lot of people, especially those in developing countries, science – and with it, medicine – isn’t readily available to the majority of citizens. But Manu Prakash wants to change that.
Prakash, an assistant professor of bioengineering at Stanford, is the proprietor of “frugal science,” a term he coined to explain the movement toward building cheap versions of high tech tools. His endeavor aims to make medical devices both affordable and available to the masses.

The way Prakash sees it, labs don’t need the most expensive equipment out there in order to reach profound breakthroughs. “Today people look at these extraordinary labs and forget that in the 1800s they could still do the exact same science,” he told The New York Times.

So in 2014 he created a paper microscope, aptly named the Foldscope, that costs only 50 cents to produce.

Read More: http://www.businessinsider.in/A-paper-microscope-that-costs-only-50-cents-can-detect-malaria-from-just-a-drop-of-blood-and-it-could-revolutionize-medicine/articleshow/48259276.cms

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Prakash

Are you ready to play everybody’s not-so-favorite guilt game: what was I doing at that age? Ann Makosinski, a high school student from British Columbia, Canada, has created a simple LED torch powered by body heat. So instead of having to recharge it or swap in a fresh pair of AAs every so often, you literally just need to hold it in your hand for it to start glowing.

Read More: http://www.gizmodo.com.au/2013/06/15-year-old-invents-incredible-new-kind-of-torch/

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Prakash

General Electric says it knows more about big manufacturing gear and data than any cloud provider ever will. Critics say it can’t keep up with the cloud giants of the world.

Read More: http://fortune.com/2015/08/06/ge-is-building-its-own-cloud-outsiders-wonder-why/

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Prakash

Transportation is one of the world’s largest industries. The five largest automotive companies in the world generate more than 750 billion euro in annual revenue. The names in the industry are global brands – BMW, Ford, Daimler. Yet despite its size and stature, it’s also an industry in the midst of transformation. Today, new transportation vendors like Uber, Lyft, Zipcar, and Grabtaxi are changing our relationship with cars.

Read More: https://hbr.org/2015/07/what-the-auto-industry-can-learn-from-cloud-computing

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Colin Watson

Here’s a summary of what the Launchpad team got up to in July.

Code

  • We fixed a regression in the wrapping layout of side-by-side diffs on bazaar.launchpad.net (#1436483)
  • Various code pages now have meta tags to redirect “go get" to the appropriate Bazaar or Git URL, allowing the removal of special-casing from the “go" tool (#1465467)
  • Merge proposal diffs including mention of binary patches no longer crash the new-and-improved code review comment mail logic (#1471426), and we fixed some line-counting bugs in that logic as well (#1472045)
  • Links to the Git code browsing interface now use shorter URL forms

We’ve also made a fair amount of progress on adding support for triggering webhooks from Launchpad (#342729), which will initially be hooked up for pushes to Git repositories.  The basic code model, webservice API, and job retry logic are all in place now, but we need to sort out a few more things including web UI and locking down the proxy configuration before we make it available for general use.  We’ll post a dedicated article about this once the feature becomes available.

Mail notifications

We posted recently about improved filtering options (#1474071).  In the process of doing so, we cleaned up several older problems with the mails we send:

  • Notifications for a bug’s initial message no longer include a References header, which confuses some versions of some mail clients (#320034)
  • Package upload notifications no longer attempt to transliterate non-ASCII characters in package maintainer names into ASCII equivalents; they now use RFC2047 encoding instead (#362957)
  • Notifications about duplicate bugs now include an X-Launchpad-Bug-Duplicate header (#363995)
  • Package build failure notifications now include a “You are receiving this email because …” rationale (#410893)

Package build infrastructure

  • The sbuild upgrade last month introduced some regressions in our handling of package builds that need to wait for dependencies (e.g. #1468755), and it’s taken a few goes to get this right; this is somewhat improved now, and the next builder deployment will fix all the currently-known bugs in this area
  • In the same area, we’ve made some progress on adding minimal support for Debian’s new build profiles syntax, applying fixes to upload processing and dependency-wait analysis, although this should still be considered bleeding-edge and unlikely to work from end to end
  • We’ve been working on adding support for building snap packages (#1476405), but there’s still more to do here; we should be able to make this available to some alpha testers around mid-August

Miscellaneous

  • We’ve arranged to redirect translations for the overlay PPA used for current Ubuntu phone images to the ubuntu-rtm/15.04 series so that they can be translated effectively (#1463723); we’re still working on copying translations into place from before this fix
  • Projects and project groups no longer have separately-editable “display name” and “title” fields, which were very similar in purpose; they now just have display names (#1853, #4449)
  • Cancelled live file system builds are sorted to the end of the build history, rather than the start (#1424672)

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Prakash

When a subordinate of President Kalam at DRDO couldn’t take his children to an exhibition due to work pressure, Kalam surprised his subordinate and took the children instead!

During a significant project of the DRDO, the work pressure was high. A scientist approached his boss – Dr. Kalam – and asked to leave early that day considering he had promised his children to take them to an exhibition. Kalam generously granted the permission, and the scientist got back to work. When he did, he lost the track of time and forgot to leave early. He reached home, feeling guilty, and looked for his kids, but could only find his wife. He asked for the kids, and to his surprise she told him: “your manager was here around 5:15 and he took the kids for the exhibition!”

Apparently, Dr. Kalam had been observing the scientist and noticed that he might never realise he had to go home. Feeling for the kids, he decided to take the kids instead. If that’s not sweet, what is?

Read More: http://www.youthconnect.in/2014/11/13/12-rare-stories-about-dr-apj-abdul-kalam-will-make-your-day-today/

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Prakash

India was the sole emerging market bright-spot in IBM’s second-quarter earnings, as the other BRIC countries weighed down the technology giant’s results.

Read more at: http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/articleshow/48170664.cms

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Prakash

GOOGLE HAS BECOME the biggest name yet to back the open source cloud system OpenStack. Specifically, Google will help integrate its own open source container management software Kubernetes.

This may seem like in-the-enterprise-weeds news, but it represents another significant step as Google tries to make up ground against Amazon’s wildly popular AWS suite of cloud products.

Read More: http://www.wired.com/2015/07/google-backs-open-source-system-cloud-battle-amazon/

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Colin Watson

It’s been a while since we posted much regularly on this team blog, not least because for a while Launchpad was running more or less in maintenance mode.  That’s no longer the case and we’re back to the point where we can do feature development work again, as exemplified by our recent addition of Git code hosting support.

Lots of other things have been happening in the Launchpad world lately, though, and the half-way point in the year seems like a good time to start talking about them.  I’m going to try to do this a bit more regularly, aiming for about once a month when we also update our internal stakeholders.  This post covers roughly the last three months.

Git

Of course, you don’t get to release a major new feature and then have everything be perfect.  In fact, we’d released it pretty much as soon as we had a minimum viable product, so we knew there was plenty more to do.

Now that the basics work reasonably well, we’ve been focusing on tying off loose ends, and on getting to the point where Launchpad itself can be self-hosted in Git: this is partly because most of the things we need to do for that are relevant to many other projects considering a migration, partly because that ensures that any problems with it will affect Launchpad developers directly, and partly because this will allow us to trim a very large amount of database cruft associated with the representation of Launchpad’s own branches.

Here’s a brief changelog since our initial public announcement:

  • Leaving the “Target reference path” field empty when proposing a Git-based merge proposal no longer crashes (#1451068)
  • Git-based merge proposals can be deleted
  • Pushing to private repositories no longer hangs (#1451107)
  • The backend now stores reflogs so that we can help users recover from mistakes
  • Pushing a new default repository for a project now sets the repository owner to the project owner rather than to the person performing the push
  • The project +sharing view now handles Git repositories
  • Branches of a project default repository are now shown on the project’s code page, although we expect to be making significant further improvements in this area soon
  • Individual Git commits under “Recent Commits” now link directly to a full view of the corresponding commit
  • Merge proposal listings now cover Git (#1453020)
  • Branches in private repositories now show a privacy banner (#1457553)
  • Repositories can now be deleted (#1456583)
  • Private repositories are now browseable and show a privacy banner in the browsing interface
  • The URLs for Git-based merge proposals have moved to be directly under the source repository rather than under the source branch, so that historical MPs can still be accessed after deleting the branch (#1456589)
  • Launchpad now sends mail for Git-based merge proposals
  • There are various new Git repository listing views, chiefly for projects, packages, and people
  • Repositories now have a complete edit form allowing you to rename them, move them between targets, and set their default branch (“HEAD”) (#1456625)
  • We’ve exported a few more bits and pieces on the webservice API to support Git merge robots
  • We’ve brought various bits of automation for Git-based merge proposals up to par with their Bazaar equivalents: when a Git branch is updated, Launchpad now automatically updates the preview diffs for any MPs where that is the source branch, and detects whether any MPs where that is the target branch can now be marked as Merged
  • The Code settings view for projects now allows you to set the project’s default Git repository and to choose whether the default revision system for the project is Bazaar or Git

We’ve started on support for webhooks, and hope to be able to tell you more about this soon. Git-to-Git repository mirroring and native Git recipes are also frequent requests that we know are important to people, and we hope to get to those soon.

Other code review changes

Many of the changes needed for Git touched on our code review infrastructure, but we’ve been making some other improvements there too.  Launchpad has supported “inline comments” on merge proposals for a year or so now, allowing you to comment on parts of a diff without having to manually quote it; but the feature hadn’t been quite finished and lots of people had nits to pick with it.  We’ve made a couple of improvements here lately:

  • Preview diffs in merge proposals now have keyboard navigation to move between files, diff hunks, and inline comments
  • Links to diffs now include a per-file diffstat under an expander triangle
  • The mails sent when a reviewer adds inline comments now only include relevant parts of the diff context rather than the entire diff, making them much easier to read and making it harder to miss comments (#1334577)

We threw in a couple of bonus features here as well.  You can now see side-by-side diffs for merge proposals as well as unified diffs (#917502): there’s a link at the top of each preview diff allowing you to switch it to side-by-side mode (we may add a user preference for this later).  And resubmitting a merge proposal now automatically preserves the commit message (#676769).

Package build infrastructure

When we first added support for building debug symbol packages (ddebs) in Ubuntu, we handled the build and publication side of things with a temporary hack involving a custom hack to our sbuild fork that stashed the ddebs on the builder for a while, and a job that periodically fetched them to ddebs.ubuntu.com. As is the way of temporary hacks, it proceeded to stay that way for eight and a half years. It mostly worked, but was rather fragile, contributed to tying us to an old sbuild, wasn’t very extensible to PPAs, and couldn’t work with virtualised builders where all the builder’s state is reset before every build.

A couple of years ago we put together the Launchpad changes required to store ddebs straightforwardly in Launchpad instead, but weren’t able to deploy this at the time due to needing better librarian infrastructure. We finally got all this cleared out in April and deployed the new ddeb publishing mechanism. The main user-visible effect of this is that ddebs.ubuntu.com isn’t liable to lose packages any more, and ddebs are also available from Launchpad build pages.

Having done this, we were able to upgrade from our 2004-era fork of sbuild to a modern version, which fixed a number of long-standing bugs.

All architectures are now optional for PPAs (#1244868), so, for example, a PPA that only needs to support armhf can save builder cycles by disabling amd64 and i386. At the moment this can only be done by Launchpad administrators, so ask a question on Launchpad if you think this would be worth doing for any of your PPAs.

We rewrote the way that we install build-dependencies for source package recipes. This allows recipes to handle the “:native” qualifier in build-dependencies which is used in some places as part of supporting cross-building.

The next step in this modernisation programme will be to move all builds into ScalingStack and decommission the corresponding bare-metal builders, which we’ll be starting soon and working on an architecture-by-architecture basis as that cloud gains support for them. In the short term, this will give us better build capacity on the migrated architectures; in the longer term, it will let us support PPA builds on more architectures, and erase the cumbersome distinction between “non-virtualised” and “virtualised” builders. More news on this as it happens.

Performance

We upgraded to significantly more modern database servers earlier this year, which meant that a lot of hitherto difficult timeout problems suddenly either disappeared or became tractable. There are still some bad queries and a few mysterious problems, but as a general trend our timeout rates are very significantly down from where they were six months ago. We have some more general plans in this area, and will continue to spot-fix bad pages as they show up and as time permits.

Epilogue

We have lots more to do across the whole application, but still have a rather limited number of developers. If any of this kind of thing sounds interesting and you’d like to help, you can!

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Prakash

Unfortunately, there are plenty of factors impeding this data-rich future. The problems range from the 400-plus competing IoT standards to lack of global Internet connectivity, and more.

Vendors largely control the 400-plus competing standards, but the battle for developer hearts won’t be won by a corporate logo-laden home page. Open source, however, could help, allowing developers to focus on interoperable code, rather than interoperable vendors.

 

Read More: http://readwrite.com/2015/06/29/internet-of-things-11-trillion-obstacles-open-source

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Todos somos Joac


(Disclaimer: este texto está sobradamente copiado de la declaración de OpenData, porque tenía ganas de escribir algo parecido, y no me salía, y ellos lo expresaron muy bien)

Sobre el allanamiento de domicilio a Joaquín Sorianello ocurrido el viernes a la noche.

A horas de los comicios de primera vuelta para elegir a las autoridades de la Ciudad Autónoma de Buenos Aires, nuestro amigo y colega Joaquín Sorianello denuncia el allanamiento de su domicilio, realizado por la la Policía Metropolitana bajo las órdenes de la jueza Dra. María Luisa Escrich.

El motivo aparente es haber informado sobre una vulnerabilidad grave en los servidores de la empresa Magic Software Argentina (MSA), dueña y operaria del sistema de voto y escrutinio electrónico a ser utilizado en las elecciones porteñas. Esta falla de seguridad permitiría el envío de información apócrifa a los sistemas donde se computa el escrutinio provisorio, vulnerando así la voluntad popular.

Joaquín es un reconocido programador, experto en redes informáticas, muy querido y respetado en distintas comunidades de software libre en las que participa, no sólo por su conocimiento técnico sino también por sus profundos valores y su calidad humana. Su descubrimiento, de una gravedad institucional que no se condice con la pobre difusión pública que tuvo, fue logrado gracias a su loable sentido del deber cívico, y fue informado en primer lugar a la propia MSA para que tome las medidas correctivas. Lejos de obtener premio alguno por colaborar con la transparencia que la ocasión demanda, Joaquín fue víctima de un allanamiento, como si hubiese cometido un acto criminal.

La celeridad y falta de sentido común con la que este allanamiento se realiza resulta al extremo injustificable además, dado que, 6 meses atrás, el Presidente del Tribunal Superior de Justicia de la Ciudad, José Osvaldo Casás, presentó su renuncia al cargo a partir de las falencias ya visibles del sistema de votación.

Es por eso que más allá de alguna que otra acción privada que siempre será insuficiente, me solidarizo con la situación de Joaquín y de otros colegas afectados por este bochornoso accionar de la justicia porteña. Consideramos que el espacio para quienes quieren mejorar las instituciones y la transparencia del pilar fundamental de la democracia, como lo es la voluntad del pueblo a través del sufragio, tiene que existir y ser valorado.

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Prakash

OPEN SOURCE is key for humanity to preserve its history in the digital age, Vatican Library CIO Luciano Ammenti has argued.

“The Vatican Library is a conservation library. We try to preserve our history. We tried to expand the number of reading rooms available for people that want to use our library,” he said.

“But we realised that reading rooms will never be enough. We have 82,000 manuscripts in total, and at any one time only 20 percent of them can be read in the library.

Read More: http://www.theinquirer.net/inquirer/news/2407221/open-source-is-only-reliable-way-to-preserve-human-history-argues-vatican

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Prakash

One of the drives to Cloud is that it is suppose to be green, but is Amazon Web Services green itself ?

Amazon Web Services has been under fire in recent weeks from a group of activist customers who are calling for the company to be more transparent in its usage of renewable energy.

In response, rather than divulge additional details about the source of power for its massive cloud infrastructure, the company has argued that using the cloud is much more energy efficient than customers powering their own data center operations.

But the whole discussion has raised the question: How green is the cloud?

Lets find out: http://www.networkworld.com/article/2936654/iaas/how-green-is-amazon-s-cloud.html

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Prakash

The latest Kilo release of the OpenStack software, made available Thursday, sports new identity (ID) federation capability that, in theory, will let a customer in California use her local OpenStack cloud for everyday work, but if the load spikes, allocate jobs to other OpenStack clouds either locally or far, far away.

“With Kilo, for the first time, you can log in on one dashboard and deploy across multiple clouds from many vendors worldwide,” Mark Collier, COO of the OpenStack Foundation, said in an interview.

Read More: http://fortune.com/2015/04/30/openstack-federation-cloud/

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Prakash

Dell commissioned Greyhound Research to understand PC usage in India.

The ‘The PC Users Trends of Emerging India’ survey polled 6000 citizens from 40 cities from Tier 1 to Tier 4, across five user groups broadly defined by age and sociological factors like life aspirations and purchasing capacity.

According to a recent study by MAIT and KPMG, India’s PC penetration is estimated to be just 9 percent, lower than neighbouring countries like Sri Lanka, which stands at 12 percent, while China has 50 percent. The traditional desktop PC market is expected to grow at 2 percent, while the market for notebooks is expected to grow at 9 percent, according a Gartner report published in April.

Read More: http://www.huffingtonpost.in/2015/06/12/what-indian-pc-users-want_n_7551024.html

 

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Prakash

Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba is upping its investment in cloud computing in the United States, making it more of a competitor to Amazon, Google, and Microsoft than ever before.
Alibaba’s cloud division, Aliyun, has signed a series of new partnerships with the likes of Intel and data center company Equinix to localize its cloud offerings without having to build its own new data centers, CNBC’s Arjun Kharpal reports.

The slew of partnerships, which Alibaba is calling its Marketplace Alliance Program, focuses on expanding its cloud services globally, not just the US. Besides Equinix and Intel, it also signed a deal with Singtel in Singapore.

Read More: http://www.businessinsider.in/Alibaba-boosts-its-investment-in-the-cloud-wars-against-Amazon-Google-and-Microsoft/articleshow/47590813.cms

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Buena temporada para ver películas fue.

Y además, le metí pilas a las series (estoy aprovechando que los niños ya duermen bien, y tengo un rato a la noche al acostarme): arranqué con Games of Thrones (ya ví las primeras tres temporadas), metí también la segunda de Tremé, estoy viendo Seinfeld (en orden, luego de años y años de agarrar cualquier capítulo al azar al hacer zapping en la noche) y arranqué con The L Word.

  • After Earth: +0. Buena película de ciencia ficción; a la parte humana le falta, intenta ir por ahí pero le falta actores.
  • Before Midnight: -0. Los diálogos están buenos, pero siendo la tercera de la serie, le falta resolución, le falta consistencia.
  • Europa Report: -0. Conceptualmente interesante, pero el mecanismo de "contar la película por las cámaras del lugar" es trillado y mal llevado. Y hacer efectitos para asustar o sorprender la aberreta mucho, una lástima.
  • Generation Um...: -1. Lenta, disconexa, con una historia que bleh. No la pude ni terminar de ver.
  • Gravity: +1. Notable lo que se puede hacer con solo dos actores :p. Me gustó mucho el lado "real" de una peli en el espacio, que uno normalmente no ve.
  • Hitchcock: +0. Un personaje del que no sabía mucho (ni tampoco soy un fan especial de sus películas) y la historia alrededor de su película (quizás) más famosa. Muy buenas actuaciones.
  • It's a Disaster: -0. Tiene sus momentos interesantes, pero se queda a medias tintas y no llega a ser.
  • La reconstrucción: +0. Un poco lenta, pero muy buena historia. La actuación de Peretti es genial.
  • Machete Kills: +0. Si te gusta este estilo de películas, mirala, zafa. Si no, ni te acerques.
  • Pandora's Promise: +0. Hay que ir con mucho cuidado con este tipo de películas, pero aunque no me crea todas las respuestas, me da un montón de preguntas para el análisis.
  • Paranoia: -0. La historia tiene un núcleo interesante, y las actuaciones están bien, pero la película está orientada mal. Podría haber sido un thriller de suspenso, una de espías interesante, y termina siendo un dramón adolescentoide, :/
  • Riddick: -0. Menos de lo mismo (?). O sea, se pierde parte de la esencia del personaje, y se exageran otras. Demasiada testosterona sin sentido, en mi opinión.
  • Rush: +0. Una gran historia, incluso si no te gusta la fórmula 1 (pero si te gustan los autos, suma, claro que sí).
  • Seventh Son: -1. Una colección de clichés en una película demasiado predecible.
  • Sound City: +0. Es una historia muy puntual, pero es linda, es verídica, y habla de la gente, de la calidad, y de tratar de hacer bien las cosas.
  • The Counselor: -0. Un gran "alrededor" de una historia que le faltó bastante. Una lástima, porque todo eso estaba muy bien, grandes actores, etc... pero sin el soporte de una historia decente como núcleo, no vale pena.
  • The East: +1. Me gustó mucho, no sólo por la temática sino por cómo cuentan los sentimientos y actitudes de las personas involucradas.
  • The Last Days on Mars: -0. Bleh, es una de zombies en el espacio. Nada interesante.
  • This Is 40: -0. Varias partes divertidas, y bastantes donde rozan cosas que pasan en una familia tipo; pero no me sentí identificado (quizás porque la dinámica familiar yanqui es distinta a la nuestra), así que bleh.
  • Trance: +1. Es de esas pelis que a medida que te van explicando qué pasa te vas dando cuenta que entendés menos y menos, hasta que entendiste todo. Interesante.


Anotadas para el futuro:

  • Amy (2015; Documentary, Biography, Music) Asif Kapadia's 90' minutes documentary on the six-time Grammy-winner will feature previously unseen archive footage and seek to tell the London performer's tragic story in her own words. Amy Winehouse died from alcoholic poisoning in July 2011 at the age of 27. James Gay-Rees will produce through Playmaker Films and Universal Music is on board as co-producer. "This is an incredibly modern, emotional and relevant film that has the power to capture the zeitgeist and shine a light on the world we live in, in a way that very few films can," said Kapadia and Gay-Rees. Amy was a once-in-a-generation talent who captured everyone's attention. She wrote and sung from the heart and everyone fell under her spell. But tragically Amy seemed to fall apart under the relentless media attention, her troubled relationships, her global success and precarious lifestyle. As a society we celebrated her huge success but then we were quick to judge her failings when it suited us." [D: Asif Kapadia; A: Amy Winehouse]
  • Hotel Transylvania 2 (2015; Animation, Comedy, Family) The Drac pack is back for an all-new monster comedy adventure in Sony Pictures Animation's Hotel Transylvania 2! Everything seems to be changing for the better at Hotel Transylvania... Dracula's rigid monster-only hotel policy has finally relaxed, opening up its doors to human guests. But behind closed coffins, Drac is worried that his adorable half-human, half-vampire grandson, Dennis, isn't showing signs of being a vampire. So while Mavis is busy visiting her human in-laws with Johnny - and in for a major cultural shock of her own - "Vampa" Drac enlists his friends Frank, Murray, Wayne and Griffin to put Dennis through a "monster-in-training" boot camp. But little do they know that Drac's grumpy and very old, old, old school dad Vlad is about to pay a family visit to the hotel. And when Vlad finds out that his great-grandson is not a pure blood - and humans are now welcome at Hotel Transylvania - things are going to get batty! [D: Genndy Tartakovsky; A: Adam Sandler, Selena Gomez, Keegan-Michael Key]
  • Inside Out (2015; Animation, Comedy, Family) Growing up can be a bumpy road, and it's no exception for Riley, who is uprooted from her Midwest life when her father starts a new job in San Francisco. Like all of us, Riley is guided by her emotions - Joy, Fear, Anger, Disgust and Sadness. The emotions live in Headquarters, the control center inside Riley's mind, where they help advise her through everyday life. As Riley and her emotions struggle to adjust to a new life in San Francisco, turmoil ensues in Headquarters. Although Joy, Riley's main and most important emotion, tries to keep things positive, the emotions conflict on how best to navigate a new city, house and school. [D: Pete Docter, Ronaldo Del Carmen; A: Diane Lane, Rashida Jones, Amy Poehler]
  • Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation (2015; Action, Adventure, Thriller) Ethan and team take on their most impossible mission yet, eradicating the Syndicate - an International rogue organization as highly skilled as they are, committed to destroying the IMF. [D: Christopher McQuarrie; A: Tom Cruise, Jeremy Renner, Simon Pegg]
  • Point Break (2015; Action, Crime, Thriller) A young FBI agent infiltrates an extraordinary team of extreme sports athletes he suspects of masterminding a string of unprecedented, sophisticated corporate heists. Deep undercover, and with his life in danger, he strives to prove these athletes are the architects of the mind-boggling crimes that are devastating the world's financial markets. Filmed on four continents, North America, Europe, South America and Asia, "Point Break" presents extraordinary feats performed by the world's top extreme sports athletes, and involves some of the most daring exploits ever committed to film. Extreme sports featured include snowboarding, wingsuit flying, free rock climbing, high-speed motocross, and surfing 70-foot waves. [D: Ericson Core; A: Teresa Palmer, Luke Bracey, Édgar Ramírez]
  • The Face of an Angel (2014; Drama) THE FACE OF AN ANGEL tells the story of a journalist and a filmmaker as they lose themselves in a notorious murder case they are covering. Based on true events, a riveting account of the controversial case of a American student accused of murder in Italy. [D: Michael Winterbottom; A: Cara Delevingne, Kate Beckinsale, Daniel Brühl]
  • The Intern (2015; Comedy) 70-year-old widower Ben Whittaker has discovered that retirement isn't all it's cracked up to be. Seizing an opportunity to get back in the game, he becomes a senior intern at an online fashion site, founded and run by Jules Ostin. [D: Nancy Meyers; A: Anne Hathaway, Robert De Niro, Adam DeVine]
  • Time Lapse (2014; Sci-Fi, Thriller) Three friends discover a mysterious machine that takes pictures 24hrs into the future and conspire to use it for personal gain, until disturbing and dangerous images begin to develop. [D: Bradley King; A: Danielle Panabaker, Matt O'Leary, George Finn]
  • A Perfect Day (2015; Drama) A group of aid workers work to resolve a crisis in an armed conflict zone. [D: Fernando León de Aranoa; A: Benicio Del Toro, Tim Robbins, Olga Kurylenko]
  • Crimson Peak (2015; Horror) In the aftermath of a family tragedy, an aspiring author is torn between love for her childhood friend and the temptation of a mysterious outsider. Trying to escape the ghosts of her past, she is swept away to a house that breathes, bleeds...and remembers. [D: Guillermo del Toro; A: Charlie Hunnam, Jessica Chastain, Tom Hiddleston]
  • Pixels (2015; Action, Comedy) As kids in the 1980s, Sam Brenner (Adam Sandler), Will Cooper (Kevin James), Ludlow Lamonsoff (Josh Gad), and Eddie "The Fire Blaster" Plant (Peter Dinklage) saved the world thousands of times - at 25 cents a game in the video arcades. Now, they're going to have to do it for real. In Pixels, when intergalactic aliens discover video feeds of classic arcade games and misinterpret them as a declaration of war, they attack the Earth, using the video games as the models for their assaults -- and now-U.S. President Cooper must call on his old-school arcade friends to save the world from being destroyed by PAC-MAN, Donkey Kong, Galaga, Centipede, and Space Invaders. Joining them is Lt. Col. Violet Van Patten (Michelle Monaghan), a specialist supplying the arcaders with unique weapons to fight the aliens. [D: Chris Columbus; A: Peter Dinklage, Adam Sandler, Michelle Monaghan]
  • Regression (2015; Thriller) A young girl is sexually abused by her father. Thus, begins the disturbing tale of a father and daughter torn apart, thrown into the center of a conspiracy that shocks the nation. [D: Alejandro Amenábar; A: Emma Watson, Ethan Hawke, David Thewlis]
  • Space Station 76 (2014; Comedy, Drama, Sci-Fi) Space Station 76 is a refueling satellite near an alternate-reality Earth, circa 1976. Jessica arrives to serve as the station's new first mate. While she narrates a piece about how she likes the predictability of asteroids, some placidly drifting asteroids are shown colliding in chain-reaction fashion. While at first the station appears normal and the people friendly, Jessica soon discovers that the people on board have issues due to the isolation and stress of being cooped up with one another in a relatively small space far from Earth. This is in addition the usual problems people struggle with, such as infidelity, loneliness, depression, and drug abuse. She tries to make friends and fit in, but, unable to connect meaningfully with anyone, she becomes lonely. She's baffled and disillusioned by the stiff and irritable Captain Glenn, who harbors secrets of his own. She finds herself drawn to Ted, a lonely, married crewman, and his 7 year-old daughter, Sunshine. Ted yearns to reconnect with his unhappy, medicated wife, Misty, but she's too far gone to respond and is driving him away. His daughter Sunshine contends with her unhappy, mentally ill mother and her own isolation issues. Events finally come to a head at a Christmas party when a rapidly unhinging Misty decides everyone needs to play the "Truth Game." Just when it seems like everything's falling apart, a celestial event shakes everyone to their core, reminding them what their real priorities in life should be. [D: Jack Plotnick; A: Patrick Wilson, Liv Tyler, Marisa Coughlan]
  • The Gunman (2015; Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller) A sniper on a mercenary assassination team, working for an unknown client, kills the minister of mines of the Congo. Terrier's (Sean Penn's) successful kill shot forces him to go into hiding to protect himself and the members of the team from retribution. This includes abruptly abandoning his girlfriend who has no idea what is going on. The assassination, paid for by a foreign mining company, triggers wide spread chaos and death in an already inflamed Congo. Terrier returns to the Congo years later working for an NGO, but eventually finds himself to be the target of a paid hit squad somehow connected to the ministers assassination. This leads to immediate deaths and the endangerment of the people working around him, and forces him back into hiding. In trying to discover who has put a price on his head, he begins to reconnect to the members of his old assassination team, including his old girlfriend. Always aware there is no path to redemption for his crimes, he is also periodically incapacitated by a type of accumulated and evolving physical brain damage caused by the hard knocks of his occupation. Unexpectedly, given the time that has elapsed, his reconnection to his old assassination team exposes additional intrigues with immediate deadly consequences. All of his years spent in hiding, have merely delayed the twisted end game that now enfolds. [D: Pierre Morel; A: Sean Penn, Jasmine Trinca, Javier Bardem]
  • The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (2015; Action, Adventure, Comedy) In the early 1960s, CIA agent Napoleon Solo and KGB operative Illya Kuryakin participate in a joint mission against a mysterious criminal organization, which is working to proliferate nuclear weapons. [D: Guy Ritchie; A: Alicia Vikander, Henry Cavill, Armie Hammer]
  • The Zero Theorem (2013; Drama, Fantasy, Sci-Fi) A hugely talented but socially isolated computer operator is tasked by Management to prove the Zero Theorem: that the universe ends as nothing, rendering life meaningless. But meaning is what he already craves. [D: Terry Gilliam; A: Christoph Waltz, Gwendoline Christie, Rupert Friend]


Finalmente, el conteo de pendientes por fecha:

(Mar-2010)    4
(Sep-2010)   18   9   2   1
(Dic-2010)   12  12   5   1
(Abr-2011)   23  23  22  17   4
(Ago-2011)   11  11  11  11  11   4
(Ene-2012)   18  17  17  17  17  11   3
(Jul-2012)   15  15  15  15  15  14  11
(Nov-2012)   12  12  11  11  11  11  11   6
(Feb-2013)       19  19  16  15  14  14   8   2
(Jun-2013)           19  18  16  15  15  15  11   2
(Sep-2013)               18  18  18  18  17  16   8
(Dic-2013)                   14  14  12  12  12  12
(Abr-2014)                        9   9   8   8   8
(Jul-2014)                           10  10  10  10
(Nov-2014)                               24  22  22
(Feb-2015)                                   13  13
(Jun-2015)                                       16
Total:      113 118 121 125 121 110 103 100  94  91

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facundo

A partir de mañana


Los Mayos tienden a estar saturados de cumpleaños familiares, incluidos el de Moni el del que suscribe. Moni en general los festeja al menos haciendo algo en casa, yo en general no festejo nada (en general, hay excepciones algunos años).

En esta oportunidad fue una de esas veces, que hubo excepción. Y festejamos, con Moni. E hicimos festejo grande, ya que cumplíamos redondo si tomamos el número en base 10 :)

¡¡Cumplimos 40!!

Moni y Facu soplando las velitas

Ya que décadas no se cumple todos los años (frase estúpida pero no menos cierta), decidimos hacer algo no en casa, sino más tipo fiesta-fiesta.

Buscamos un lugar copado para hacerlo. No queríamos que fuese en un boliche o pub donde hubiera otra gente. Y tampoco queríamos un salón formal formal, tipo cumpleaños de 15 o casamiento. Al final encontramos (aramos, dijo el mosquito) un lugar inmejorable: el Centro Cultural Comunicanto, donde enseñan teatro y canto, hay obras de teatro, etc.

Comunicanto, esquina con pared y mesas


Comunicanto, vista de la entrada


Comunicanto, una de las barras

Y, como decía antes, fue fiesta, de noche. Sin hijos, ya que la idea no era hacerlo familiar, sino parrandoso parrandoso (teníamos barra libre, por ejemplo). Lamentablemente, el tema de "sin hijos" hizo que alrededor de 10 amigos no puedan venir, porque no tuvieron donde dejar a sus correspondientes. Pero bueno, no se puede todo en la vida.

Fiesta, les decía. Principalmente baile baile normal, que aquellos que disfrutan de bailar aprovecharon, :). Pero también tuvimos una sección de karaoke, donde muchos subimos (sí, en primera persona) y cantamos algo. Moni le tenía muchas ganas al karaoke, y estuvo ahí como en el 80% de las canciones, mientras iban rotando invitados :)

Moni y Facu cantando


Moni era la Maestra de Ceremonias del karaoke


Vale y Moni (estábamos todas como locas)


Karaoke grupal

Obvio, también tuvimos los momentos de charla mientras comíamos y tomábamos algo. Y la clásica soplada de velitas con cantito feliz.

Un párrafo aparte se merece la mesa dulce. Se la contratamos no al salón, sino a una chica que hace todo casero (tiene una pequeña casa de comidas altamente recomendable, Amapola Café Bar, pero también hace catering de dulces), y la verdad es que fue una decisión acertadísima, ya que todo lo que probé estaba espectacular.

Mesa dulce, porciones


Mesa dulce, tortas


Mesa dulce, vasitos

Acá están todas las fotos.

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