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Engaged

One of the main topics I couldn’t yet write about on my first posts of the year, was my plan of getting engaged. But now I can talk all about it without ruining the surprise.

It all started around December, where the plans started to take form. I’m from the north-east of Mexico, where most people are used to travel to Texas for shopping. So I planned a trip there to get the plan going. Having moved to Guadalajara (west, and more to the south part of Mexico) two years ago, accomplishing my plan was getting more complicated than usual. After many travel attempts to the north, because of one thing or another, I couldn’t make it in January, but my parents did. I asked my mother to look around and send me photos, hoping to do the shopping that way. I was visiting my girlfriend that weekend in Mexico city, and while having dinner with some friends I finally received a message from my mum. The message had a single picture of a ring and the words “I got it”. I was shocked! I didn’t want my engagement ring to be picked by my mother, I wanted to choose it myself! Well…at least remotely. I could barely hide my red face in the dinner table, and my girlfriend was wondering me suddenly messaging back and forth, not saying anything about who I was talking to and even trying to hide the screen from her eyes. I excused myself from the table and called my mum, she said it was no big deal, that I should call the place and tell them to hold it for me. I made plans to go in two weeks.

Two weeks passed and again I could not make my trip. It was now mid February and my plans to pop the question on Valentine’s day were frustrated. I finally made definitive plans to travel to Texas by the end of the month. My excuse was that I had ordered my Lenovo X240 and I had to pick it up. So finally I went to the jewelry store, explored more options and made my choice. The next problem: to have it sized in her number was going to take one week. Since having it sized by the store was of no extra cost and covered by warranty, it was the wisest thing to do. So I came back to Mexico empty handed.

It was now March and I had no excuse to travel back. March is important, because after Valentine’s, the next “big” date is my girlfriend’s birthday near the end of the month. I was hoping my parents would go but their agenda was busy too. Fortunately, my mums best friend, whose daughter lives in Texas, was travelling soon and I asked her to do me the favor of bringing the ring back for me. She did, but delivered it to my mum, in the north-east of Mexico. The ring was still not in my hands and had to travel all the way to the south-west in a secure way (we don’t trust mail here). My mum and I ended up planning a meetup in Mexico city, she would get to visit my brother who lives there, and I would finally get the ring. That moment finally happened one week before Ada’s birthday.

So with all the complications and timing problems, and adding to that that I live in Guadalajara and she lives in Mexico city, I couldn’t plan a big moment or fabricate a special situation for the occasion. So, being the software engineer and a photographer, I relied on technology and photography to create a good moment that not only will be emotional at the time, but can also be saved and relived in the future. I made a nice slideshow video with lots of photos from all our years together using Google+ photo gallery and video editor. I’m passionate about photography, and I’m dedicated to technology. It makes sense to put to work my two passions together to get the third and most important one that completes my life.

On the weekend of her birthday, I traveled to Mexico city on a red-eye bus and arrived very early in the morning. After a nice rest at her place, and before leaving the house to get something for breakfast, I sent the video to her Google+ account and told her to open what I just sent her in her tablet. She smiled through the photos but never expected where they leaded. Right after the last photo, I popped the question.


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She said yes! And after the emotions calmed down, we went to get some street tacos as a celebration breakfast. We just love tacos.

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Later that night, we celebrated the engagement and her birthday with some friends. Here’s my girlfriend fiancee and a friend who also got engaged this year.

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So after a long relationship with many ups and downs and long distances and short ones, and many many adventures together, we have formal plans to continue living more adventures for (hopefully) the rest of our lives.

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Photography

Vogue Fashion Night Out 2013 Guadalajara

A few weeks ago the Vogue Fashion Night Out event took place in Guadalajara at the Andares shopping center. The shopping center is one of the most beautiful ones in the country, architecturally speaking, and this event was perfect for the place. Almost every store had DJs playing and gave free drinks and promotions. There was photo booths everywhere and the people assisting there looked great everyone wearing their best clothes. You couldn’t distinguish between models or shoppers, it was stunning.

Unfortunately it was a weekday, so I could only attend after day job hours, so I only saw the last runway. It featured two main styles: a very rock/punk style and an old fashion kind of 40’s look.

This was a challenging night for me, as my kit zoom lens is at the Nikon service repair shop. I only had my 50mm 1.8G lens, and with my D7000 DX body, it makes it almost an 85mm lens. Shooting with that in a very crowded place with fast moving models in the runway was a big challenge.

I managed to pull some few good shots that I’d like to share here.

Photographer with gold umbrella Shiny purple short dress Worried model girl Runway male model close-up portrait Purple and brown Black and silver accessories Black leather jeans and boots Black mini skirt in the runway Patterned stalkings Retro look Vest and hat Retro hairstyle with loops Veronica Assis and husband at the runway Retro style with a hat Keyboard rock player GST_0156

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I will be talking at FSLVallarta 2012

FSLVallarta 2012

Today I got the good news that I’ll be giving three talks at FSLVallarta 2012 in november. I love that event and the fact that it’s in Puerto Vallarta can’t make it any better 🙂

Unfortunately my attempt to give a talk about Emacs got rejected (again) so instead I’ll be talking about Free Network Services, PHP development & code quality tools and Search Engine Optimization (SEO). Slides and pictures will be uploaded here after the event, and follow me on Identi.ca or Twitter for updates.

About FSL Vallarta event:

“El Festival de Software Libre Vallarta 2012, is an open space where students, teachers, investigators, computing experts, companies and professionals of open source and free software and the general public will get together to learn, participate, exchange ideas, points of view and solutions”

The above roughly translated from the original in spanish:

“El Festival de Software Libre Vallarta 2012es un espacio abierto donde se darán cita estudiantes, docentes, investigadores, profesionales, expertos en computo, empresas y profesionales del software libre y público en general para aprender, participar e intercambiar ideas, puntos de vista y soluciones.”

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Events Photography

RMX 212 music festival in Guadalajara

RMX212 concert

As a new resident of Guadalajara, I know very little of the history of the RMX 212 music festival. This is the first time I know about it and assisted. I have to say that it is awesome! They completely shut down Ave. Chapultepec, an avenue known for it’s restaurants, bars and a great place to walk around during the day and have a nice time. Four stages along the avenue with several bands playing simultaneously from 14:00 hrs until 03:00 in the morning! The nice thing was that also most of the bands were not the typical mainstream pop music garbage (although some still sounded like garbage), this was a place for new bands and upcoming bands to have a large audience to promote themselves.

RMX212 by Grupo Imagen

I got my age “reality check” when I saw the lineup for each of the stages. Shocking to see how many new bands are coming up and you know absolutely nothing about them. That’s when you realize you’re becoming “uncool” and are out of touch with current trends.

Fortunately not everyone was new to me. I knew a couple, like Pato Machete, former member of Control Machete, Hello Seahorse and [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sussie_4][Sussie 4]]. I knew more bands, but I didn’t necessarily like them. They were my brother’s preferred music, which I don’t consider “cool”, but ohh well…

I could get close enough to take interesting shots at Pato Machete’s presentation.

Pato Machete on stage

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The crowd was going crazy with this guy on stage

Concert crowd

Stand up cheer

Pato Machete on stage at RMX212

I don’t know what was going on, but apparently all my friends were surprised at something when I took this shot.

Everyone surprised here

Then I went with Alesi and Lokotronic to see the happy punk band Division Minuscula. I really hate that crap, all songs sound the same to me and don’t get me started with the lyrics… but I didn’t wanted to go home yet.

Fan girl & Division Minuscula at RMX212

Here is the best image I could take when Sussie 4 was on stage. The place was too crowded to get any closer.

Monument concert with Susie4 at RMX212

A girl in the crowd who smiled at my camera.

The girl who smiled

Taking stage photographs is hard. You have to prepare and adjust all your settings before the concert starts or else you’ll miss good moments, and since ligthing is constantly changing, you might miss some. I was constantly switching from manual to shutter speed priority. It is important to set your metering to spot metering and if you have several focus points, use the ones in the center. There are ways to set dynamic focus following a subject on some cameras, but for a beginner like me, center focus points work fine. Unless you are in a special press booth or reserved area, being in the middle of the crowd during a concert leaves you little time and comfort to adjust settings and experiment.

And I leave you with a music video of Pato Machete for those who don’t know his music and got curious after these pictures:

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Photography

Sexual Diversity Parade in Guadalajara

Rainbow flags

The LGBT parade/protest took place in Guadalajara and I didn’t miss the opportunity to get my camera and snap some pictures.

For the first time I went to a gay parade in Mexico. Popular culture says that Guadalajara is the city with the biggest gay community, although I would question this, as Mexico city has more population and it is probable that because of this reason only, it always has the biggest community of anything.

The parade was not huge, but it ended up in the Liberation Plaza, a location I found very interesting, as it is right behind the main catholic cathedral. Guadalajara is a city where most of the society is very religious, so having this parade is an interesting contrast.

Sexual diversity parade

There was a big stage set up. The movement’s leaders gave a speech about sexual diversity, the fight for LGBT rights and equality and a protest to polititians asking them to legislate without any religious belief, to keep non-religious education in public schools and to defend the separation of church and state. Afterwards there were several shows to entertain the public.

Everyone gathered in the square to enjoy the shows, take lots of pictures and have a good time.

I took this opportunity to conquer my shyness when taking pictures of people in the streets. This time I talked to them, asked politely if I could take their pictures and got closer than usual sometimes. I’m happy with the results, I got some more interesting pictures like the one below where I asked this guy to hold his flag in front of the statue. I still have more to work in that area but this was a good start.

Gay pride

Gay pride

Macho men

Macho men

Sunset harlequin

Sunset harlequin

Sado teddy

Sado teddy

Manly love

Manly love

Gay metal couple

Gay metal couple

Transexual couple

Transexual couple

Gay couple

Gay couple

Shemale

Shemale

Jackson

The Jackson

Angel smile

Angel smile

Honest priest

An honest priest?

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Some kids celebrating their highschool graduation were passing by and one of them asked a drag queen to share her beer with him.

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Gay Unicorn

Mario bros.

Mario bros.

Rainbow poodle

Rainbow poodle

The last photography I find it very peculiar. Not every day you can take a picture of a drag queen show behind a huge cathedral while a condom is floating in the air.

A drag, a condom and the church

A drag, a condom and the church

Check out more pictures of the event at my Flickr set.

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Goodbye Christopher Hitchens

Christopher Hitchens

Yesterday (Dec. 16, 2011) I read in the news that Christopher Hitchens passed away after a long struggle with cancer. Although I didn’t know the man personally, nor I’m familiar with all his journalistic work, his books, talks and speeches on atheism and against religion illustrated and influenced me a lot on recent years. I admired his courage and aggressiveness when attacking religion and defending reason. Some may criticize him for precisely this, because people don’t like to be confronted in such direct way.

The world will miss Christopher Hitchens because we need someone as aggressive as him, now more than ever, at these times when world leaders are getting more religiously fanatic than before. We have Richard Dawkins who is very sophisticated, logical and well, proffessor-like to teach about the bad things of religion, we have Penn Gillette who’s very charismatic, tolerant and quite intelligent to be non-confrontational when arguing the subject, but with Christopher’s passing, we now lack the passionate aggressive and straight to the point guy, a role very well filled by Hitchens and for that, he will never be forgotten.

I’d like to share some of my favorite quotes from him and a video of the best Hitchslap moments.

  • “One day a decent candidate for high office will say that he is not a person of faith, and the sky will not fall.”
  • “What can be asserted without evidence can also be dismissed without evidence.”
  • “An argument that can be used to prove anything is open to the objection that it proves nothing.”
  • “Religion is man-made. Even the men who made it cannot agree on what their prophets or redeemers or gurus actually said or did”
  • “The bible may, indeed does, contain a warrant for trafficking in humans, for ethnic cleansing, for slavery, for bride-price, and for indiscriminate massacre, but we are not boud by any of it because it was put together by crude, uncultured, human mammals.”
  • “…great damage has been done, and continues to be done, by such (religious) people and by such (religious) ideas. You’re better off thinking for yourself and taking all the risks, and I might add all the pleasures that will come from that. The most overrated of the virtues is faith. The metaphysical claims of religion are untrue.”
  • “I am absolutely convinced that the main source of hatred in the world is religion and organized religion”
  • “religion poisons everything”