Monthly Archives: March 2006

El Concurso: Name that Co-Worker

Ya llegamos al momento de jugar, “Name that Co-Woker” donde hay que adivinar el nombre de uno de nuestros compañeros de trabajo basado en unas simple claves. ¡A jugar!

Este compañero es una de la personas más importantes de nuestra ofician. En realidad, controla el ritmo de nuestros días, y como no te portas bien, te quedas sin galletas. ¿De quién estoy hablando?

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Días Temáticos: Jueves Naranja / Orange Thursdays

Parece que solo Iurgi vive el espiritú de los Jueves Naranja.

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ETA: Ridiculous and Outdated

ETA, Spain’s separatist terrorist group, announced today its “permanent” ceasefire. At first this sounded like great news. It actually appeared that Zapatero’s policy of an “alliance of civilizations” was bearing its fruits at home. But when I read the official declaration of the group, I grew concerned. It was full of conditions precedent that showed that in reality the message has not significantly changed.

Then when I saw the televised version of their declaration, I was shocked by how ridiculous and outdated they looked. There were three of them. Dressed in black, white hoods, and black “boinas” (the traditional Basque barets). Behind them was a cloth with their symbol. They looked so incredibly stupid, cheap, outdated, and above all simply ridiculous. How could these losers have systematically destroyed the harmony of the Basque people, their identity and their economy over the past 30+ years? Furthermore, who the hell would be a terrorist in 21st Century Spain? Spain is a modern, technologically savy, advanced, and peace-loving nation. And here you have these three losers dressed in their cheap, second rate Holloween costums. Cave dwellers lost in Afghanistan could do a better national threat imitation.

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A tale of Two Protests

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times. It was the tale of two protests. At once they were happy, and then they were rioting. Over the weekend in both Spain and France, young people, students gathered in the cities to protest. In Spain, it appears that the macro “Botellón” was planned as a protest. I am not sure yet what was being protested. In France, students gathered to protest a new law that would make it substantially easier for companies to fire employees. Both protests resulted in isolated instances of violence, burning, vandalism, and a whole lot of trash.

Am I missing something? Spanish kids are protesting for their right to drink in open public places and to not clean up after themselves. And French students are protesting about being fired from jobs they still do not have. Continue reading

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Emigrants, Immigrants, Ex-Patriots, and Others

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I have the utmost respect for those who leave everything behind and move to a new country in search of a better existence. Consequently, I have no tolerance for those who criticize immigrants or immigration in general. If you ever have a chance, listen to an immigrant’s story, and you will see the bravery in her plight.

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Estic emb sa meua famili mallorquina

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Como apenas duermo ni como desde que trabajo en FON, decidí pasarme el fin de semana con mi familia mallorquina. Es que en Mallorca con Manolo y su familia como y duermo mejor que en cualquier otro sitio del mundo (menos que en mi propia casa con mi familia genética). De hecho, siempre que me urge la necesidad de estar con “familia” o viajo a Mallorca o quedo en Madrid con Fernando y Amparo (los abuelos de mi ahijada).

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Concurso Semanal: Name that Co-Worker

En el concurso semanal, como ya sabemos todos, hay que adivinar la identidad de uno de nuestros compañeros favoritos de trabajo. Esta semana la pregunta es fácil:

¿Quién es el diseñador que está atrás del diseño que está atrás del diseño que está atrás de FON? Pistas a continuación . . .

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