Sep. 8th, 2010 07:27 pm
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Fellow developers and staff, if you have a LinkedIn account, I would be honored if you accepted to be my colleagues in there. If you don't have a LinkedIn account I'll still be honored to be your colleague here :P

Here's my profile:
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 If you are a fan of the Berliner Philarmoniker, or great orchestras in general, you may be pleased to know that the Berliner Philarmoniker records some of its concerts for the whole world to see online (yes, they are video recordings!). It's a bit expensive (the best plan is 149€ for a year subscription), but consider you have access to around 60 recordings on the archives, access to live recordings and all this with an insane quality... it's well worth it. Plus, students get a discount (a 30% discount!)

The new season starts tomorrow, with Beethoven's 4th Symphony and Mahler's 1st Symphony. Unfortunately my current Internet connection has several limitations in data bandwidth and speed, so I won't be "attending" the concert, but I won't miss the next one!

Here's the website:
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Because in August I'll have more free time for the piano and music theory than the rest of the year, I decided to create a list of the pieces I want to learn this month:


Chopin - Preludes nº 4, 7 and 20. The easiest preludes by Chopin. Number 4 and 7 are almost memorized.

Bach - Inventions nº 1, 4, 14. These two voice inventions are really fun to play and the easiest from the set of 15, although my teacher said I could tackle anyone of them, if I don't exaggerate on the speed

Bach - Some pieces from the Anna Magdalena Notebook, mainly to train sight reading and keyboard technique

Beethoven - Sonata nº 20, op. 49 nº 2. Considered the easiest sonata by Beethoven, but still challenging enough for me.

Schumann - Some pieces from Kinderscenen and Album for the Young, because they are very beautiful and not very difficult

Tchaikovsky - Some pieces from the Album for the Young, same reason as above

Mozart - Variations on Ah, Vous Dirai-je Maman (Twinkle-Twinkle Little Star). They are so beautiful and impressive, although I feel they are somewhat above my technical level.

Czerny - Some studies from Op. 849. I normally don't like studies, but Czerny's are actually pretty good musically and I feel they really help articulating the fingers, plus I'll sight read through them.

Music Theory:

Mostly I want to improve my sight-reading on all clefs, by solfeging from a book I had from the time I was in the Conservatory (Principles of Elementary Rhythm by Fontaine). I'll also do ear training (interval and chord recognition) with the EarMaster software and try to learn counterpoint.

I'll also try to learn improvisation from the Definitive Piano Improvisation Guide by Yoke Wong.

Pheww, that's a lot and I'll surely won't be able to do half of that, but I'll try :)

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So, I just finished last Wednesday my semester exams and if everything goes as expected, I'll have a "Licenciatura in Engineering Sciences - Informatics and Computing Engineering" ( B. Sc. ). I'll still have 2 more years at my faculty so I can complete the Master in Informatics and Computing Engineering to qualify myself as an Engineer.

Being a GSOC student here at Dreamwidth, that means that I can finally work with my mind set on this. I already submitted my first patch regarding GSOC but I'm still a lot behind schedule, but I think I can get back on track by the end of the month.

I'll now try to fix bug 1590 - Ajaxify Polls, which shouldn't be too hard, I'll just have to lose some time learning how DW handles AJAX

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I was overwhelmed with the amount of work the end of my school semester brought. As a positive outcome, I completed all my school projects and I'm counting on a good evaluation on all of them. I've also learned to work under pressuring deadlines and to work a large amount of hours (averaging less than 4 hours of sleep per day - not necessarily continuous - during the last two weeks, and only pausing to eat and the occasional walk to stretch my back and legs. I didn't thought working more than 100 hours in a week was possible). 

I´m now entering my school exams, but I don't expect them to be nearly as time consuming as my school projects, and it's actually good to do other things than studying the whole time, so I'm doing GSOC my hobby, and I expect to use 2-3hours a day for it, during these couple of weeks.

I'm hoping that I start showing something already by Friday, so stay tuned!

I also would like to thank my mentor, [staff profile] denise , for her infinite patience and comprehension ;)


May. 4th, 2010 10:25 pm
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Sorry for my lack of activity. During the last few weeks I was very busy with school projects and other extracurricular activities, and I hardly managed to get on a computer without exclusively working on it. I'm hoping this Friday things will go back to normal, so bare with my silence until then. Just wanted you to know I'm still here :)
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Since most of you are writers in some way or another, I thought I could share a poem I wrote around 3 years ago. It's the only poem I've written in English, and I don't intend to write anymore poetry, since I feel I should read more poems before even attempting to write more. I'm definitely interested in starting short-stories, though!

Here it is:

You won't have my life.
Even if you make your smile shine.
You can even cry, but still
It will continue to be mine.
You can yell at my ears.
Your crying eyes, I will not see.
Show me your beatiful face. Understand!
My life is only for me.
Gently put your hands around my body.
Hug me, kiss me and beg for it.
I'll gently close my mouth on your ear,
Just to say you can't have even one bit.
Why, you ask me?
That's as simple as it can be,
Because today you'll have more than that.
Today you'll have me. 
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Thanks to everyone who made this possible!

Not only I'm happy because I got accepted as a GSOC student, but because I'm doing the internship here in Dreamwidth, and most of all because my mentor is [staff profile] denise, who introduced me to Dreamwidth (other mentors don't take this personal, I would have loved to work with everyone of them, and I know I'll still have your help).

I also want to congratulate the other students and most of all cheer up everyone who didn't got selected. 3 friends of mine didn't get selected for GSOC this year :(. You can also work on your spare time as a volunteer, the experience you gain will certainly give you an edge for next year!

So, what's next?

Here's my plan for the community bonding period (until May 24):

- Discuss project goals with my mentor 
- Learn Perl and the intricacies of Dreamwidth
- Getting to know the polling system on Dreamwidth
   - Solving Bug 28 - that should give me enough knowledge about the database tables and relationships concerning polls
- Do a report (with the help of my mentor) clearly stating the project goals, deliverables and schedule, that should serve as an evaluating guide and a progress tracker. 

I can't even wait to start (for now, lots of studying and working for faculty projects...)
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These were my first three contributions to this wonderful community!

BUG 2516 Post-posting an entry to a community page has some wrong terminology.

BUG 2447 - Community search page should not show to logged out users

BUG 2457 - When expanding "View Answers" on poll, hover box doesn't appear

Added to my Memories (I really wanted to add something)
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I joined Dreamwidth by April 2, a bit more than two weeks, and I think it's time I do a quick overview of that time. Today I'll only talk about communities, since I only have about 10 minutes before my conscious start yelling at me because I'm not working on a report I have to deliver tomorrow. 

I've been regularly posting on [community profile] onesongaday, a community whose purpose is to share at least one song a day, for you to listen. I've been posting mostly classical music, but don't worry, there are plenty of users that post on very different styles!

I also recommend [community profile] poetry, where you can find beautiful poems by diverse authors. 
These two communities are updated daily, and the entries are very good!
I've also created a community about [community profile] usability today, if you are interested on the topic, or are just curious, you are welcomed to join! 



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