Cloudy Debate

May 02, 2007 By: erik Category: Geeky, Politics, Stuff I Found, USA 920 views

I just found one of the more clever usages I’ve seen of a tag cloud. A tag cloud is a new form of histogram chart where words or “tags” that appear more often are shown in a larger font. The first one I ever saw was on Flickr a year or two ago, but they’ve since become quite popular. I even have one right here on my blog for my post topics (see “Topic Cloud” left sidebar).
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Vested Interest

May 01, 2007 By: erik Category: Family, News, Spain 2,142 views

Today is a holiday in Spain. It’s Labor Day, or Workers’ Day. Somehow, it got conveniently placed right on an ancient Pagan holiday celebrating the begin of summer. The Spanish are clever, and often, when a holiday falls on a Tuesday or Thursday, they say, “Aw, what the heck? Let’s make it a four-day weekend!” This is called, quite reasonably, a “puente” (“bridge”). So most people didn’t work yesterday.

On Sunday, I was informed that I wouldn’t be working on Monday either. Marga’s sister (with boyfriend), aunt, two cousins, and parents took me shopping for a vest (and shirt and tie and shoes) to go with my suit for the wedding. Marga’s employer doesn’t do puentes, so she had to work.
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A Walk in Laredo

April 29, 2007 By: erik Category: Beach, Family, Photos, Spain 1,039 views

Today, Marga’s parents, Marga, and I walked the entire length Laredo’s beach. In the morning, we walked from where we usually park to the very tip of the Laredo’s sandy peninsula and back again. And then, after lunch, we parked in the same place and walked in the other direction until the end. The section of beach that we walked measures 5 kilometers, so we walked 10 km in total, just like the race yesterday.
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A Good Day For The Race

April 29, 2007 By: erik Category: Colindres, Photos, Videos 1,043 views

According to my mother, my grandfather used to say:

Grandpa [in the morning]: It’s a good day for the race!
Another person: What race?
Grandpa: The human race!

Yesterday, Colindres hosted its annual “Bajo Asón” 10 kilometer race.
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First Donkey Debate

April 27, 2007 By: erik Category: Complaining, Politics, USA, Voting 848 views

I watched the first debate in South Carolina over the internet this morning. I thought I’d post a few thoughts here.
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It Moved!!!

April 26, 2007 By: erik Category: Timelapse, Videos, Weird 967 views

I honestly wasn’t expecting any results from the first day of the Cactus Cam project. But when I went to review the first day’s timelapse video, I saw this: (keep an eye on those little buds!)
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Downtown Construction

April 25, 2007 By: erik Category: Colindres, Complaining, Photos, Politics 1,051 views

Sometimes I get the feeling that local governments really struggle to find things to spend money on. They are currently totally redoing the entrance to Laredo, creating a round-a-bout where there was very little need for one, and changing the sidewalk tiles to a different style.

In Colindres, they’re doing the same. The town hall is dragging its feet in constructing the municipal swimming pool that residents have been begging for for years, and they’ve begun work on an area in the very center of downtown.
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Nude Sunbathers!

April 24, 2007 By: erik Category: Colindres, Funny, House, Photos, Spain 21,678 views

One way that Spain is much better than America is that they choose to censor violence more than nudity. It’s quite common to see a naked breast on a television commercial for, say, body lotion. I’ve seen nudists interviewed on the national news with no censorship blurring. It isn’t a big deal because people don’t make a big deal of it.

This afternoon, I went out onto our balcony to set up the Cactus Cam, and what do I see on a neighboring balcony, but five young women, completely naked, basking in the sunshine! So I raced into the house to grab my camera and snap these exclusive photos!
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The Church

April 23, 2007 By: erik Category: Mondragon, News, Photos, Religion 987 views

The church where the wedding ceremony will take place in Mondragon is called San Francisco.
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Glass in Mondragon

April 22, 2007 By: erik Category: Mondragon, Photos, Spain 1,779 views

After staring for a minute or two at the seemingly disparate photos that I took this weekend while visiting the in-laws in Mondragon, I finally found the common theme: glass.
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