Category Archives: General

Going home

Thirteen years ago, I left Mexico to study a Ph.D. in the U.S. In the meantime, apart from doing that, I got married, we moved to Switzerland, and we formed a beautiful family. I have learned so many things, I have changed in so many ways. In the words of my advisor, during one of our very early email exchanges, before I went to Purdue:

It isn’t so much a leaving as a beginning of something else.  When you return, as you will, it will be with a more wordly viewpoint.  That is both a loss and a gain.

Now, after all these years, it’s time to go home.

At the end of October, we will be moving back to Mexico, to live in the beautiful colonial city of Queretaro. I will take a very interesting job offer, which I will tell you about at the proper time.

Going back to Mexico is something Susana and I always said we wanted to do eventually, and this seems like the perfect opportunity to actually do it. The girls are still young, we are going back with a solid job offer, and to live in a very nice city. We are truly excited to go back. Still, it’s not without some mixed feelings. We have been out of our home country for so long, that I think it’s inevitable there will be some reverse culture shock. Switzerland is a beautiful, nice and safe country, which has given us a lot, and I very much like my job here. Still, I jump from joy every time I think we will be back in our home country, every time I realize there won’t be any more harsh winters, every time I think I’ll be able to eat Mexican food anytime I want, and so many other things I miss. Going back just feels so good!

The next step, of course, is to execute the plan. We are already waist-deep in preparations, planning, searching, and so many other things. It’s an exciting time. Stay tuned.

Send to Posterous directly from Google Reader

We’re big fans of Google Reader. It’s one of the easiest ways to view everyone’s stuff fast. Yesterday, Google Reader added a new Send To feature that lets you post to your favorite places right from Google Reader while you’re looking at stuff.

By popular demand, now you can use this new Send To feature with Posterous. Go to Settings > Send To in Google Reader and under “Don’t see your favorite site?” click Create Custom Link.

Then copy and paste the values below into the custom link fields:

Icon URL

It should look like this:

Click Save and you’re done.

Now when browsing Google Reader, you’ll see a “Send To” option for Posterous at the bottom of each reader entry like so:

When you click Posterous, you’ll be sent to our “Share on Posterous” page that works like our Bookmarklet. We’ve also revamped the way the bookmarklet handles text posts so if you don’t select any text on a page, we’ll still try to extract the meatiest part of the content of a page.

Of course, you can always still just click “Email” to, and that will still work just great too.

Feel free to email us at if you run into any problems.

Testing 🙂

Kuroshio Sea – 2nd largest aquarium tank in the world – (song is Please don't go by Barcelona)

Beautiful video.

Toothpaste For Dinner – Antidextrous

I must be antidextrous too.

Posterous keeps getting better

Posterous now supports even GitHub Gists – they keep adding support for more and more different sites, both for embedding and for auto-posting. I can’t wait to get my iPhone, to use it more and more effectively everywhere.

things2thl – migrate from Things to The Hit List

I’ve been meaning to give The Hit List a good try since I got it as part of the Macheist 3 bundle. However, I have to continue tracking my tasks, and I have all of them already in the awesome Things (about which I have written before). So I have spent the last few days putting together a script to migrate my data from Things to THL. You can find it here: You can install it as a gem package or download the source code. There is not much documentation for now, but look at the help (things2thl -h) and you should figure it out quite easily.

If you find anything that is broken, or you have any type of feedback, please let me know (ideally, create an issue in github).

A full review of THL will follow when I’ve had a few days to play with it.

Long time no see! Short update.

It’s March already and my last post is still “Happy New Year” – unbelievable. I just returned from a very nice, very relaxing month of vacation in Mexico with the family. It was very nice because it made me remember and realize how important family contact is for all of us, who are growing accustomed to being isolated, being so far away most of the time. While we were in Mexico we celebrated Karina’s 3rd birthday (she’s a big girl now!) and we had Fabiola’s baptism, we visited lots of nice places, we ate lots of awesome food, and my machine failed 4 days after we arrived, so I was really disconnected, which was both good and bad.

Anyway, so much for today. I’ll try to write more often during the rest of the year.