Lisp Enlightenment and Emacs Frustration

July 06, 2007 By: erik Category: Complaining, Geeky, Programming 14,383 views

I have recently had my interest piqued about Lisp. I learned a little Lisp back in college for some Artificial Intelligence classes that I took. It struck me as a rather awkward language.
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Coolest Gadget Ever

July 05, 2007 By: erik Category: Geeky, Photos 655 views

Apple was ahead of their time with the Newton. They’ve really stood up on the board at the crest of the wave with the iPhone, though. I’m proud to be a shareholder (bought at 49, baby!).
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American Burger

July 04, 2007 By: erik Category: Food, Spain, USA 1,008 views

American BurgerEver since I emigrated across the Atlantic, I’ve made a habit of making hamburgers on July Fourth. It’s kind of silly, but people should celebrate their heritage. Plus, I make a killer burger.
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Jesus Was Polydactyl

July 03, 2007 By: erik Category: Mondragon, Photos, Religion, Spain 2,614 views

A couple weeks ago, when visiting Juan’s (my future father-in-law’s) chickens in Mondragon, I chose, as I often do, to wait outside the little stinky structure where Juan goes to feed the animals. Instead, I waited in the other building there, where some of Juan’s friends have meals and store wine and stuff. Anyway, someone had recently cleaned out an attic and found some 40-year-old school textbooks. They were piled in a dark corner of this building. I found them quite fascinating to look through.
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Low Tide

July 02, 2007 By: erik Category: Colindres, Geeky, Photos 4,445 views

Last Friday, we took an evening walk along Colindres’ Maritime Walkway. Unfortunately, the tide was out, so the view was drastically altered. To show you just how much it changes, I took a picture to compare with one I took a few weeks ago.
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David Bisbal

July 02, 2007 By: erik Category: Music, Photos, Reviews, Spain, Videos 2,777 views

By far the biggest success stories to come out of Spain’s reality show, Operación Triunfo (a cross between American Idol and Big Brother, as Wikipedia says) has been a young bloke named David Bisbal. He’s doing a good job of milking his fame for all its worth. He’s had five albums in five years and even has his own brand of cologne. On Sunday, we went to see him in concert in Vitoria, Spain.
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No Wine Battle This Year

June 29, 2007 By: erik Category: Geeky, Spain, Wine 705 views

Upon learning of the Batalla de Vino last year, I decided that we must attend this year. Unfortunately, due to a problem with our car, and that it starts at 7:00 in the morning and is 90 minutes away, we’re going to have to wait until next year, when June 29 falls on a Sunday.
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Bullfight in León

June 26, 2007 By: erik Category: Bulls, Photos, Spain, Videos 2,766 views

Two years ago, we went to León in June to see the Summer Solstice San Juan festivities. While there, we decided to see a bullfight. It was my first bullfight. The star of the show was a newcomer named David “El Fandi” Fandila. What I saw back in June 2005 was not a normal bullfight, but one of those magical, unforgettable moments in sports where the crowd cheers until they can cheer no more.

I’ve seen twobullfights since, one of them with El Fandi, and neither was very good (the latter saw two of the three matadors leave the bullring in an ambulance). So when Marga saw that El Fandi was fighting in León again this year for San Juan, we absolutely had to go see him.
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Grandpa Ramón's 87th Birthday

June 26, 2007 By: erik Category: Family, Mondragon, Photos 2,359 views

On Saturday, we got up, packed our bags, and drove to Mondragón to celebrate Grandpa Ramón’s 87th birthday.
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Shaila Díºrcal

June 25, 2007 By: erik Category: Colindres, Music, Photos, Videos 1,338 views

We had a long weekend. It was pretty evenly divided into three separate events, so I’m going to write three separate posts. The first event was a concert in Colindres on Friday night by Shaila Díºrcal.
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