Thursday, 13 November 2008

Book meme

I never follow these things, but I found this one interesting, so here it goes.

First the rules:

1. Grab the nearest book.
2. Open it to page 56.
3. Find the fifth sentence.
4. Post the text of the sentence in your journal along with these instructions.
5. Don’t dig for your favorite book, the cool book, or the intellectual one: pick the CLOSEST.


"Era una mañana fresca y clara del mes de octubre."

(English: It was a fresh and clear morning of October)

From "Hierba mora", Teresa Moure. I normally have it on my bed table but it was on my desk today, after being in my back for reading in the bus :) Nice one!

Sunday, 5 October 2008

JAOO... day 3

Here it is my comment about wednesday.. a bit late.

Wednesday was my free day; I didn't have to do any crew work. So I enjoyed the conference all day. I skipped the keynote. Not because it was not interesting, but because I had to do some reading for my thursday exam, and I couldn't skip that!
During the day I attended four sessions in the Developer Best Practices track, and one in the Scaling Agility track. In this last one I had the pleasure to listen to Jeff Sutherland talking about distributed scrum, together with Guido Schoonheim, who was exemplifying fully distributed scrum witha project in his company that has scrum teams where half team is in Holland and half team is in India. And it has been working for them.. impressive!

The sessions about developer best practices were really interesting, specially the ones from Frank Buschmann and Kevlin Henney. Considerations for designing and coding, and the Henney's "Programmer's Dozen", with 13 recommendations. These two talks were fresh, they didn't feel long eventhough they were full of code samples, full of humor... amazing! I recommend to any programmer to go through the slides of the dozen and see if they recognize some of the things we do wrong all the time. The other sessions I attended in this track were Real-world Refactoring and TDD 2. The former was interesting, with good slides and a good speaker, but after the first two, it didn't seem that great... And the latter was not that good, it felt too long and too sleepy, but we got a laugh when James Coplien made his comment at the end of the session, leaving the speaker without any chance of answering it!

After the last day of conference, the crew had a retrospective, making a time line of what had happened during the conference; all the things that were great and all the things that could be improved. Lot of feedback for the JAOO team.
And then.. the expected Crew + Speakers dinner :) Great food, great wine (we got white Catalan wine ;-) ), great music and great company. I think it is a very good idea to let the crew mix with the speakers... it's a good chance to talk to them, beer in hand. Unfortunately I left just after the dessert, as I had exam the day after and I was really tired already.

Thank you all for a fantastic JAOO, I had a great time!

Wednesday, 1 October 2008

JAOO... day 2

Tuesday at JAOO was full of great talks! I could go to three of them in the morning, but I had to do some crew stuff in the afternoon. Only for those three talks, the conference was worthy to me :)
I listened to Frank Buschmann talking about Architecture Reviews first. The talk was targeted to software architects and architecture reviewers. I'm not none of these, but listening to this man is always a pleasure, and you get something out of it!
Then Linda Rising, talking about The Power of Retrospectives... wow! I could listen to her for hours and hours. Great sense of humor, and she is really passionate about retrospectives, even suggesting to apply the technique to your own life; stop and reflect what can be done differently to make your life better... I'll keep this in mind :)
Last but not least, I went to Cope's talk about Agile Architecture. There was so many people that he is repeating the talk today, because some people couldn't go in! I had to leave before he finished, due to my crew duties, but I really enjoyed the talk. Fresh and provocative as always.

The afternoon was a bit boring... I had to guard one of the conference rooms, and then sit at the registration office for like 2 hours.. and no one came! Well, that's the price for going to the conference!

Today it looks exciting.. I have problems deciding which talks to go to! More about it later.. or tomorrow!

Monday, 29 September 2008

JAOO... day 1

First day at JAOO is over for me. I met the rest of the crew, I talked with some of them, I even discovered there was a spaniard :). First, and big, problem: the crew had to wear a Microsoft t-shirt today... that was hard! Fortunately, we get a new t-shirt, with new sponsors (pheew!) each day.
I had to work this morning in the wardrobe, so I didn't attend many things. I could sneak away to go to the keynote, as the wardrobe was not very busy. Interesting talk about the future of programming languages :) Well, and of course I had time to go around the exhibition and get some of the free stuff ;-) That's what conferences are all about, right?

I didn't stay at the sessions after lunch, though. There wasn't any that had caught my eye, and I had some work to do at home. So there I went! (10 min biking... not bad :) ) There is a JAOO party tonight, but unfortunately I won't be going. I do have a lot of work to do... and there are also social events tomorrow and wednesday, and I prefer to go to those ones.

I'll get back to my duties now... and tomorrow the day is full of exciting talks :) And I promised to go to Sidebar in the evening for a drink... we even get a free cocktail, because it is the official JAOO bar :) And I love it ;-)


Just a short note...

I'm going to JAOO in 10 min :) You might be thinking why so early... well, I'm a crew this year, helping a bit with some things. In return, I have the entrance for free and I get to know a lot of people, including the speakers and organization. It's never bad to have some extra contacts ;-)

I'm sure it will be really interesting! I'm really looking forward to some of the talks :)

I don't want to be late, so... leaving now! I'll try to blog a bit about the conference. It's nice to share all these experiences :)

Wednesday, 20 August 2008

Good morning!

I've had this stuck in my head the whole morning :)

Have a good morning everyone!

Friday, 1 August 2008

scary language experience

What would you feel if there was a woman, scissors in hand, about to cut your hair, and she didn't speak a word of English and just a bit of Danish, which you are not fluent either...? Scared is the word!

Yesterday it was my first time in the hairdresser in Denmark. I was a bit nervous, as I was not sure how to express how I wanted my hair in English. Well, I arrived there and everything started fine. A nice danish girl washed my hair, and she spoke really good English, so my fears went away a bit. And then I waited for the other woman to cut my hair.. the woman with the scissors. When she came to me I noticed that her Danish was not so good, and then I asked if she spoke English... she didn't! In our poor Danish we managed to talk a bit and she told me she was from Poland. Funny, to go to Denmark to have the hair cut by a polish woman :P Everything turned out ok, with a bit ok hands language and some Danish words... And I guess she had a good intuition about my hair also, so I got what I wanted at the end. pheeww...

Wednesday, 19 March 2008

peps i pepes

Felicitats a tots els Peps i a totes les Pepes!!!

Especialment a l'àvia Fina! Un petonàs!!!

Sunday, 9 March 2008


quan estàs lluny d'alguns dels teus millors amics, hi ha coses com aquesta que et provoquen un somriure immens als llavis, encara que plogui i faci un temps desastrós!

gràcies guapa!

Tuesday, 29 January 2008

La colla del tupper

Ja vaig comentar que he tornat a la vida d'estudiar i treballar, tot alhora. Això implica... anar de cul! I a més, menjar fora de casa i en llocs inesperats, com el bus, de vegades.

Avui toca dinar a la universitat... o sigui que toca tupper! Hi ha un bar que no està malament, però prefereixo menjar alguna cosa sana feta a casa, que no em fio d'aquest danesos jejeje Primer dia de tupper: amanida de pasta (boníssima feta amb raviolis, endívies, xampis...) i truita de patata, que va sobrar del dissabte, que vaig tenir convidats. La truita de patates sempre triomfa! Els encanta!

Avui, després d'uns mesos sense tocar el tupper, m'uneixo oficialment a la Plataforma per la dignitat del tupper! (tenen un blog molt recomanable, per cert!)

Monday, 28 January 2008

i'm back :)

no... I'm not back to Barcelona... or I haven't been away from Aarhus to have to come back here... I'm back into studying!
First day of class at Aarhus Universitet done! I'll be studying a Master in Distributed Real-Time Systems some years from now. It would take 2 years, but I will keep working so it will take longer! I made a good deal with my manager to reduce my working hours to 30h/week, and I'll take half of the subjects each semester. Stressed life again! :)
For the ones interested in knowing what's this master about (only danish speakers or readers), you can read about it here. The master is a collaboration between Aarhus Universitetet and the Engineering College of Aarhus. That makes it quite interesting, as it combines university style and more engineering/practical style... I'll learn a lot, I guess!

I'm happy to see some of my colleagues again... and I'm looking forward to meet new ones also!

Sunday, 27 January 2008

the small things

I just came back from my first running session... and it feels awesome! (like dead, but really good feeling!)
Arrive home all sweaty, take off all your clothes, turn on the radio and hear one of your favourite songs, take a look at the tulips you bought yesterday in the market and smile, take a relaxing shower... and feel like a new person! Small pleasures that make life worthy!
Oh... and that today it is a sunny day, not windy and quite warm may help in my good mood! :)

Monday, 14 January 2008

going in the right direction

When I saw the sun rising when I was arriving to work I realised the day is getting longer... weee!!! We are going in the good direction.. spring, the season of light! And the sun was shinning! Perfect start of the week!
But... as it was expected... amazing danish weather is back! Grey, grey and grey! I'll have to get used to it again...