Henri Cartan dies at age 104



I still remember reading his books on analytic functions on several complex variables as an undergrad. It was the book that taught that you have to read the masters.


Wikileaks auction Venezuelan's government emails

According to Wired Wikileaks has gotten holds of three years (2005-2008 ) worth of email of an aide to Venezuelan's president Hugo Chavez. But instead of just publishing them they are auctioning of the messages and attachments to the highest bidder. What if the Venezuelan government buy them? Don't worry they would just be buying time as Wikileaks plans to publish them eventually.


Ferrari Finally Wins Again!

After a strike of bad luck and bad decisions, that continued today affecting Kimi Raikkonnen, Ferrari finds the winning ways again. This time in a real race, that is one where passes are impossible. Still, the Constructor Championship is up for grabs and the Drivers Championship is still lost at this moment.


American Airlines Will Go Broke


The disaster that is American Airlines is clearly going to go bankrupt in a short time. The stories that you hear from passengers are just amazing. It is rare that a plane arrives on time. They blame the weather, but really, has weather change so much in the past ten years? If it has, then global warming is here for sure. My wife just had a story, had to pick up the kids from Camp tomorrow, American is unable to get her there on time. Guess what? Jetblue can! American Airlines still have her bags hostage, they promise to deliver, but we really do not believe it.

The only good story about American Airlines happened to me in Venezuela. In one of my most stupid moves of all time, I left my Kindle and my Noise Cancellation Headphones in my seat on the plane. I didn't realize it until I got home and unpacked my bags. Without much hope I called American Airlines, they gave me the airport number who transferred me to another number. It sounded hopeless, but there I talked with a lady who said she was the Security Supervisor and asked me to described the items, I did, and she said... "Just a second." She came back and said she got it and to come pick it up. I was surprised and she said: "You shouldn't be surprised, that's why you travel with American Airlines!" But I bet, she didn't find out I wrote a letter to American Airlines about her... I did not get a reply.

All the other stories, including my wife's today, are just horrible... And that has happened before. Airlines get terrible at service before they go bankrupt. Heed my advice, short American today!

Update: Not content with not brining my wife to her destination on time and denying her a voucher for the flight, American Airlines canceled the following legs of the flight, despite her specific instructions not to do so. A long call and threats of suing solved the problem. I am still going to write to AA Customer support and complain to the Aviation Consumer Protection Division.


A Pair of Dimes shift

That's what Venezuela and its government are going to feel if the price of oil keeps getting near the break even point.


Flying Spaghetti Monster!


Pastafarians of the World Rejoice! We've been touched by his divine tentacles!


Microsoft recruits Seinfeld, but they need Jack Black


When I read that Microsoft is recruiting Seinfeld to combat Apple negative campaign and Vista's perception troubles, I thought the same thing I thought when I went to see him live recently (yes, that's a blurred picture of him in the act, which was forbidden and that's why I took it, they were taken cameras away but allowing cellphones...). He is funny, but he's getting dated. He made a bunch of dad jokes and *69 jokes. Whether or not you know what *69 is, you know that's very old... Microsoft needs Jack Black and have him take on Justin Long.


Venezuela Present and Future or I think I saw a pussy cat...


One of my few permanent works of art has been restored to its former Glory! Yes, thanks to a generous grant from the General Grant Foundation (which rarely gives specific grants) the master piece can be seen again. The title of this post is the title of the work, the medium used is old tennis rackets and balls, lots of balls...


Ten years of Lion King demonstrates the mediocrity of the world

I tried to go to Lion King (the Broadway play) the year it came out. I was with my kids in New York. Well, I went to see it recently and really hated it. Very low production values, bad song arrangements bad singers. Really bad for Disney and not Broadway material. Compared to Cirque du Soleil "O", which I also saw, it is ridiculous that Lion King is still showing. Ten years that show mediocrity is King. Yes, the people around me were as happy as the people around me in "O". Really, ignoramus have no standards.


The Dark Knight sucks as a Movie and Imax can't save it

Went to see The Dark Knight in IMAX the other day and I was seriously disappointed. Yes, the Joker was great, but not better than Jack's original, the IMAX experience was not that great. IMAX should just disappear, it is really not worth it. The whole movie only has one good scene, spoiler alert, the one where the hardened criminal tosses the bomb remote control overboard after the joker had threatened to bomb two boats (one with prisoners the other with normal people) unless one of the boats blows the other. The guy takes the control saying: "I can do what you should have done ten minutes ago" and tosses the remote overboard. None of the boats blow up, since Batman, in a boring fight, has tied up the joker. Nothing to see here.


I come to the desert and it rains!

It figures...


On the Orientation of Toilet Paper

The more time you spent thinking about the orientation of toilet paper, the weirder you become. Mainly, because most people do not think about the subject. But the pinnacle of weirdness had been achieve this week, not only I am still thinking about toilet paper orientation after inventing the subject 27 years ago. I have actually come to the realization that I am right and the rest of the world is wrong. There are three types of people in the world, the ones that do not care about the orientation of toilet paper, the ones who put them as they were told with the paper dispensation on top, and me. I am certain that paper dispensation should be on the bottom. Not only it permits to rip the paper with a decisive hand movement, but it allows the paper to roll freely with less effort.

If you think about paper orientation please do not write, doesn't matter whether you think I am right or wrong, I just find it too weird to see a grown up waste time in such matters.


Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, R.I.P.

Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, whose stubborn, lonely and combative literary struggles gained the force of prophecy as he revealed the heavy afflictions of Soviet Communism in some of the most powerful works of the 20th century, died late on Sunday at the age of 89 in Moscow.

His son Yermolai said the cause was a heart ailment.

Mr. Solzhenitsyn outlived by nearly 17 years the Soviet state and system he had battled through years of imprisonment, ostracism and exile.

He once said: "Unlimited power in the hands of limited people always leads to cruelty."


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