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A PEMEX Sponsored Story

Just because in canada, or the US, things happen in a certain way; doesn’t mean that in latin america, things need to be the same. In fact, they are quite different. First, women are great at pumping gas here, and wearing tight outfits to do so in the hot sun. Second, nobody wants to count how much money you actually left on the ground there next to the pump. No, I’m not counting that. Third, they serve drinks while people wait in the car, no you don’t have to get out and BUY 2-3$ bottles of sugared water; it’s on us! and yeah, there you have it. A beautiful PEMEX story just for you. (wordpress fucked up the order of the pictures, my apologies).

ahh traffic and mucha gente!

Acapulco by night


I got to Acapulco just ripe in time for the celebration of the independance of Me’ico. there were people everywhere, fireworks, a show 2 blocks from my hotel which was located in the heart of all festive activities. I didn’t know about any of it, but it was a good way to welcome me to this bustling, touristless city.

where there is more plastic in the water than sea life. guaranteed!

Acapulco – Playa Caleta


Playa Caleta, in Acapulco is meant to be a family beach, which means smaller waves, and lots of kids running around. I went there a bit late during the day; but this is what it looked like.

Sept 16th, 2014.

Look on the lower left to find where this beach is located.

Caleta beach is on the lower left.
Caleta beach is on the lower left.
these windows are way too small!

Mexico Airport isn’t pretty


Mexico airport isn’t exactly pretty, I mean I think they tried. It is situated on a hill, with incredible views on each side, but you can’t see much of it unfortunately. It has an open air concept which is quite appealing, I like the ‘idea’ behind it, but the execution is probably similar to most modern architecture projets… it looks great on computer screens but in real life.. meh.

That being said, there are quite insteresting things you can do with a camera and the lights there; which are in fact tiny windows to the outside. :)

Pie De La Cuesta – The Beach is Gone

Pie De La Cuesta is a beach area, just outside of the Acapulco city, to the northwest. I came here in 2000 with three friends, we had driven from Montreal, Canada (not exactly in a straight line mind you). I remember the peace and quiet, and the huge beach, and the even bigger waves that would crash right on the beach itself.




Incredible Sunsets at Pie De La Cuesta
Incredible Sunsets at Pie De La Cuesta

Today there isn’t much of a beach left.

As you can see. I was here during the development of Tropical Storm Polo; and what’s left of the beach eroded by more than 3 feet overnight. The irony is that the mayor of Acapulco just invested large sums to redo the street at Pie de la Cuesta, concrete, nice sidewalks; but what he should be doing is investing in beach erosion stoppers cause nobody will come here anymore. That and the fact that there is way more plastic on the beach than sea life; and the sheer size of the waves. All they will have left is sunsets!

Flurry API in Mono for Android

Hi Everyone,

We have been using Mono for Android at Taste Filter since may. I love coding in C#, it is much faster than coding in Java with all the shortcuts (events, delegates, actions, etc). Mono for Android is generally very good too.

One thing that is lacking, is the amount of Bindings available for it. We need fairly specific analytics at Taste Filter, since we are introducing new ways to interact with content, new touch enabled controls. We want to know what is going on; how people are interacting with it. Have using Google Analytics isn’t stellar; we want a better tool. More reporting, more information passed to the system gathering the stats.

I tried using the automated process for creating a binding from a JAR, but it didn’t yield good results; lots and lots of errors which I did not understand; didn’t seem to be documented.

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The Notman House Project

First this is purely and entirely my own opinion.

If you go over to the project’s website, you get this little summary:
Built in 1845, Notman House is a historic landmark property located at the intersection of Montreal’s downtown core and creative Plateau neighborhood. It has, thanks to the community‚Äôs role, become a beacon to entrepreneurship, open collaboration and peer-to-peer learning. Currently, Notman House offers short-term office space for early stage technology Startups, office space for venture investors and entrepreneurial support organizations, a co-working space for freelancers, and an event space for Startup and tech community events.

And before that, you get a clear overview of who put money into the project. Those are private firms, investment bodies, and different levels of government. This project is, clearly, backed by all powers that be.

Why isn’t it picking up steam?
I bet some people are scratching their heads right now trying to understand why it hasn’t picked up more steam. I mean they did everything they had to do right?

  • They created a nice video,
  • They were very transparent about the state of things
  • They managed to get a bunch of money from well established investors / public bodies
  • They got plenty of press coverage (la presse, le devoir, to name just 2), everyone in montreal knows about the project I am sure
  • And following well known statistics, you got a big push on the first day because it is known that projects which reach a certain threshold on the first day have a much better success rate.

Technically all the elements are there. But they overlooked something very fundamental in the process. It is so fundamental that even the name of the platform they chose contains the exact reason why it isn’t picking up steam. And what is that?

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Snippet – Converting yyyy-mm-ddThh:mm:ss.mssZ to Date()


So, in dealing with the Google Data API most dates use the format above. Here is a regular expression to decompose it:

Now remember that the constructor for the Date object is quite a pain. It considers Januaray to be month 0, and the first day of the month to be the zero’th day of the month.. With this in mind, you can construct the Date object.

Now, switch to the time-zone of the user..

That’s it folks!

think about it, live it out!