Things I learned in México

  1. Burritos are not Mexican food. ( I was crushed on this revelation )
  2. "Ian" (e-in) is an insult in Spanish. ( J-Pablo taught me everything I know about the language )
  3. The only words J-Pablo knows in English are "you f*cking bastard". ( There was some other grunting and mumbling but I was told this is normal for him )
  4. There are no women in Chile, only llamas. ( I will never go to a porn site in .cl again )
  5. Mexicans do not actually practice canabalism. ( I had to sort this one out for all my inbread friends in Texas )
  6. Crossing the streets in Mexico is their solution to population control. ( It's like lemmings with people and busses man )
  7. Duncan and J-Pablo can not sing along to "Guns and Roses". (I was told this was a form of Latin American torture.)
  8. HP has superior technology. ( At least when it comes to picking out their booth babes. )
  9. Mr. Potato is the most popular application in México. ( I have no clue how this happened )
  10. Tequila is better than llama piss (pisco). ( I think there is a connection here between this one and #4, but I will leave that as an exercise for the reader )
  11. J-Pablo need to get more issues of linux journal. ( Either that or we need to stop drinking Nescafe )
  12. Never steal j-Pablo's tacos. ( I have never seen someone get so upset over missing tacos, then again I think he was still drunk at the time )

Basicly this week has been quite a bit of fun. Here at the XpoLinux I had a choice of staying in a hotel, or staying with a host. I wanted to meet new people in Open Source so Duncan and I chose to stay with a host. So they put us up at a Gnome developer's house. Needless to say, we drank way to much, and had a blast. J-Pablo is a great host even if he sings badly.

It was nice to see the OSS community in .mx growing. I think it is horribly underestimated by .us and the rest of the world. While they are no silicon valley, they do have a growing tech center in Monterrey. I think we also scored a few more Mexican developers and someone who will do a Latin American localization of KDE (something sorely needed).

KDevelop was a wild success, and it made quite a powerful impression for people who think GUI programming is difficult. I blame Microsoft and Sun for this, but that is another story. At any rate there is an opportunity here, and I think KDE is going to be there.

For the record there where no Gnomes, Dragons, or Llamas killed in the process of my educational experiance.


it's nice to see that the us custom let you back in ;)

By Mathieu Chouinard at Thu, 11/04/2004 - 17:22

... i am still at the airport waiting...
p.s. aircrack is damn cool.

By Ian Reinhart Geiser at Thu, 11/04/2004 - 19:17

I suggest a few more liters of pisco to really get warmed up to it. After a few piscolas if you catch yourself saying "Cachaí?" and referring to everyone as "huevon" instinctively you're starting to get the hang of it. Sadly dancing skills don't follow, but you stop noticing.

Also there are cute girls in Chile. And llamas. The girls are cuter. Maybe Duncan just has a thing for llamas.

Oh, and dude -- Zack's not a Texan, but hey -- 1 out of 2 ain't bad. ;-)

By Scott Wheeler at Thu, 11/04/2004 - 19:46

How is Ian an insult in Spanish? I'm guessing this is some misinformation. :) I've been to Spain and Mexico and never had a problem with it. Granted I just usually tell them to say Ian as its written which means its pronounced ee-an instead of ee-in, since thats close enough. That often confuses them since they want to treat "Ian" likes its English, but its not really.

By [email protected] at Sun, 11/07/2004 - 23:33

laugh :)

By Ian Reinhart Geiser at Mon, 11/08/2004 - 02:19