Wanna play?

The latest Humble Bundle includes Hotline Miami. Giving to charity is a nice bonus for your karma, but HM is a great way to spend some of the frustration when, for example, you've been skull-fucked.

If this one's not your cup of tea, there are 7 other games. Name your price. :)

Less wisdom

One wisdom tooth less. Bonus points for the stitch since the bitch had what's commonly known as skull-fucking roots. Three to go I guess...

Well I'll reassess the situation after the anesthetic's effects wear off. ^^;

You don't choose your family

I've been visited by more friends than family in Mexico. It's not a surprise – many of my expat friends have experienced the same thing – given how much I want to visit my family. Not that we hate each others either. :)

Still, it's a weird feeling that when you move away from your parents' nest, it becomes your responsability to get back there from time to time, to connect with your roots, and other emotional clichés.

Anyway, I'm working with a french colleague this week, and it feels weird to have company after months working alone at home, or in my favorite coffee shops. Good thing about visits, I get to move my shiny non-metallic ass to the playa. Again. Life has been way too good with me lately. :)

Artist shop

As seen on Last.fm...

price comparison between iTunes and directly from artist, for an album on Last.fm

Let's make more shops for artists.

Meanwhile in Mexico...

This could last until june... I need to buy some fans.

Adventures in importation land

I'm learning the hard way that buying a Leica lens from a foreign country can trigger some annoying alarms at the customs.

At first, everything is nice and fast, and UPS moves the package from New-York to Mexico City in less than 24 hours. Then, as things slow down to the Mexican pace, a few days later UPS-Mexico notifies you through the tracking page that more documents are needed for clearance. This is where I sigh heavily, and have some really rude words for the concepts of government, and borders.

The whole mechanism is quite simple. If you're a Mexican citizen (or company, or resident, ...), the local law requires that you have an importation license to get expensive stuff from abroad (that's if the package states the actual value of its contents: you can try to lie through border officials too). The good thing is, if you are a normal citizen, there is a procedure that you can complete by filling a few forms to promise the government that you are really importing stuff for your own personal use.

When designing this greedy government-y importation-taxing process, I guess no one thought of dummy tourists buying expensive stuff during their stay on Mexican soil (hello it's me!), since those forms require tax payer IDs, and other taxation paraphernalia. It reminded me of software design: when a developer leaves a imprudent comment in code “you should never get there”... Of course someone will, you big dummy programmer. :)

So we'll see how this get through, or if I will have to ask the nice customer service of Adorama to send my stuff to... France, and then wait a month for a friend's visit (working around the bug we just found here...). That's if the french gods of importation smile at me anyway. I always expect bad news from governments.

The good thing is that living here, in old Oaxaca, has made me completely impervious to what I call — hopefully not sounding racist, really — the Mexican pace: things tend to happen when they're ready to.

Leica manuals

Checking a rather old Leica manual for the M6 (emphasis mine).

However, if a landscape scene containing many white clouds is photographed using a wide-angle lens or if the exposure meter is influenced by very bright lamps in a Bavarian beer tent, for example, the camera should be turned towards an area containing no particular bright or dark details

I'm starting to like these guys. :)