Si Dios Quiere

July 18, 2007 By: erik Category: Religion, Spain 8,733 views

Learning a foreign language gives you a perspective on that language that the native speakers don’t have. Some phrases become so ingrained into the language, that their original, literal meaning fades. For instance, saying, “Catch you later!” when departing from someone might be a little confusing or frightening for a foreigner who didn’t understand all the intricacies of the verb “to catch”, even though the phrase is simply meant to say “goodbye”. Even the word “goodbye”, in English, French, and Spanish, no longer carries the original “go with God” meaning. And so I turn to the Spanish phrase, “si Dios quiere”.
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Happy Cowboy

July 17, 2007 By: erik Category: Funny, Photos, Spain, Weird, Wine 737 views

On Sunday, we had dinner in a restaurant with Marga’s aunt and grandfather. The meal was good, but unremarkable. As we were leaving the restaurant, I spotted the most horrible porrón ever, sitting up on a shelf. It took me a moment to realize what I was seeing.

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Sill Traffic Followup

July 17, 2007 By: erik Category: Mondragon, Photos 708 views

For various reasons, we visited Mondragon again this weekend. On Sunday, I got to see the sill from my recent post, Sill Traffic. I was surprised to see that it had been cleaned up, a new road surface put down, the skier properly removed, and that traffic was flowing normally.
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Hot Fuzz

July 14, 2007 By: erik Category: England, Reviews 679 views

Occasionally I (hypothetically) download whatever movies have the strongest torrents. These are usually recently (or soon-to-be) released films that lots of people are currently downloading. Due to the nature of bittorrent, the more people are downloading the same thing, the faster everyone’s downloads are. Initially counter-intuitive, I know. Anyway, the other week, I (hypothetically) downloaded a movie I’d never heard of called Hot Fuzz.
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Sill Traffic

July 13, 2007 By: erik Category: Mondragon, Photos, Spain, USA 814 views

None of the photos in this post were posed by me. I found the scene just as shown. These toys were part of the attic cleaning I mentioned earlier.
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Creepy Bathroom Pimp

July 12, 2007 By: erik Category: Flickr, Funny, Photos 825 views

I took this picture last time I was in Mondragon, in Grandpa Ramón’s house. When I was in the bathroom, I noticed this strange character in the corner, sitting in a wooden chair. To see him better, I moved his arm, which pivoted up into this rapper pose.
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July 09, 2007 By: erik Category: Complaining, Politics, Reviews, Spain, USA 902 views

I watched Michael Moore’s new movie, Sicko, the other day. Let’s just say that he makes a good argument for me not returning to the States until I’m a millionaire. I think I’d rather have whatever life-saving operation I need when I need it than an iPhone.
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No San Fermin

July 07, 2007 By: erik Category: Photos, Spain 1,227 views

We were planning on going to Pamplona for the San Fermin festival again this year, but Marga came down with a bad cold on Thursday evening and is still feeling bad today. With the kind of intense partying required by San Fermin, either you’re dancing around having a good time, or you’re sitting around complaining. So it requires full stamina and health.
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Lisp Enlightenment and Emacs Frustration

July 06, 2007 By: erik Category: Complaining, Geeky, Programming 14,646 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 687 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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