glide along

November 2, 2008

what I mean…

Filed under: Uncategorized — ricardo @ 8:58 am

I mean it…

September 25, 2008

on equilibrium

Filed under: Design,Thoughts — ricardo @ 8:44 am


At first it seems you can simply pick a spoon…

Of all spoons, though, there is only one that when pulled up will not cause the cup to fall and the other spoons to spread all over the table top – there is always one, and there is always only one.

It took me about one year to challenge myself to think about it and, finally, solve it.

April 20, 2008


Filed under: Computer Stuff,ICES — ricardo @ 3:33 pm


April 7, 2008


Filed under: Computer Stuff,ICES — ricardo @ 11:23 pm

For reasons to be revealed in due time, I dusted ICES and decided to bring it back to active.

I don’t really know why, but I am feeling a little bit more theoretical about it, in the sense that I am willing to explore the nuances of the proposed models a little further than back in late 2006 (I left the project on suspended animation since Dec, 2006). Not that the models were not exhaustively thought about back then, but rethinking is like refactoring: both fun AND useful.

I am thinking of writing about such models, going through my own initial ideas to, firstly, create (even if quite slowly) a complete documentation of the details involved in the project and, secondly, just give all these ideas more rethinking… great insights expected.

It will not be an organized process and I will simply write about whatever I want and hopefully a sense of completeness and usefulness, expected in any good documentation project, will emerge!! … rings a bell?

Major rules:

  1. All documentation must be online; allways
  2. Each document must be independent and self sustained reading material; it should not depend on other articles
  3. I will try my best to make articles interesting even for those unfamiliar with the ICES framework; the OO nature of ICES should make it possible

October 23, 2007

Powerful Sentences – Part 5

Filed under: Powerful Sentences Series — ricardo @ 8:49 am

“Who’s the man with the good ideas?”

Poweful Sentences – Part 4

Filed under: Powerful Sentences Series — ricardo @ 8:48 am

“Holy Cannoli”

September 29, 2007

Birmann Grooves 02 – Another Mood

Filed under: birmann grooves,Drawing,Music — ricardo @ 4:48 pm

On my last post, I listed a compilation of songs that I’ve been digging a lot lately. The problem is that, unless someone has ALL the mentioned songs and goes through the trouble of putting it together, the whole thing is absolutely pointless.

I am thinking about ways of making the files available for download here, but the songs add up to 130Mb file, and that is simply too much.

I am planning on getting a dedicated server and change my hosting provider soon, this will definitely make things easier (and a lot faster!!) and maybe then I’ll set up a podcast.

In the meantime, I’ve come up with a second compilation, here’s Birmann Grooves 02 – Another Mood:

01 Lesson 6 (reprise) Jurassic 5

02 It’s Alright Now Eddie Harris

03 Everybody Needs a 303 Fatboy Slim

04 Suco de Tangerina Beastie Boy

05 Flying Saucer Dudes Bela Fleck and The Flecktones

06 Sabbatical De-Phazz

07 Guntenmorgenduft Dzihan & Kamien

08 Common Mama Keith Jarrett

09 Forty Days Funk Como Le Gusta

10 Chocolate City The Clinton Administration

11 Lost in the K-hole Chemical Brothers

12 Good Times Bad Times Led Zeppelin

13 Banana Boat Song Harry Belafonte

I also drew covers for both of them:

BG01 Push The Tempo:


BG02 Another Mood:


August 27, 2007

Birmann Grooves 01 – Push the Tempo

Filed under: birmann grooves,Music — ricardo @ 10:25 pm

01 Frontier Psychiatrist The Avalanches

02 Love Rears Its Ugly Head Living Colour

03 Colibri Incognito

04 It’s Too Funky In Here James Brown

05 Meanwhile Back In The City The Presidents Of The United States Of America

06 Ya Mama Fatboy Slim

07 Water No Get Enemy Fela Kuti

08 The Art Of Walking Blockhead

09 Chocolate Covered Nut Liquid Soul

10 The Jim Pedersen Theme Xploding Plastix

11 What’s Your Trip? Tower Of Power

12 Chamaleon Herbie Hancock

13 Mangueira Seu Jorge

June 23, 2007

Powerful Sentences – Part 3

Filed under: Powerful Sentences Series — ricardo @ 12:06 pm

“Pretty… fucking… good!!”

Google Reader Shared Items

Filed under: Computer Stuff,Internet,Meta,Programs — ricardo @ 12:02 pm

For a while now, I’ve been using the shared items feature on Google Reader.

The idea is pretty fucking good, but unfortunately, it seems to be only half way done. Once you start sharing the posts from your google reader list, they will be added to a web page and made available through a feed (the webpage created for my account is an example as good as any other…).

I would like to add a quick list to my sidebar (here at glide along) that is automatically updated as I share something on Google Reader, but I couldn’t get that to work for two reasons:

Firstly, the created feed is invalid (not compliant with the feed specifications).

Secondly, the Word Press sidebar widget supposed to do this does not support Atom feeds, only RSS. The “RSS vs. Atom” discussion has been going on for a while, however, I never found it slightly interesting and, thus, never took the time to read anything on the subject. This means I really do not know (and don’t care) what are the pros and cons of using one feed format or the other, all I know is that all major feed-related software today supports both. So should both Google Reader and the WP widget.

More than not being able to add my shared items to the sidebar, as a friend of mine pointed out, it is impossible to use Google Reader to subscribe to a Google Reader Shared Items feed… Not only the feed is broken, it is is broken in such a way that not even Google Reader itself can… err… read it………… Amazing, isn’t it? The fix I found for this specific problem is to burn the feed through FeedBurner, so if you wish to subscribe to my shared items feed, please refer to this link.

By the way, I couldn’t find anything about this on the company’s website

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