Alpha's Manifesto

A black and white figure's thought-hive

Sleep time

Smart alarms

Many of you that know me also know that it has been forever a problem of mine to get to sleep properly. Not to sleep early. Not to wake up early. It’s about the quality of sleep. I’ve tried many things to address this problem, raging from hormones to witchcraft, but something seems to be making a difference: smart alarms.

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My experience with bullet journals

Spoiler: not a journal about guns

Journal

I have just learned about this technique called Bullet Journalism, which seem to have revolutionized daily planning for lots of people. I’ve tried it out myself and it has been definitely something to share. Let me tell you more about it.

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Why’s (poignant) guide to Ruby

I love chunky bacon

Whys Fox

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A few of you may already know that I’ve started learning Ruby. I cannot tell at this moment if its going to be a huge career shift for me or not, but still, here I am. And I started with Why’s Poignant Guide to Ruby, a definitely… unusual book.

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I’ve got an art degree!

Well, sort of...

My art

I just finished an art course on an MOOC platform and got a certificate for it. Let me tell you how was it like.

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Click for higher REVOLUTION

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Bring your revolution into high definition with this t-shirt that will nicely combine your political views with geeky humor. Either against or for communism, you’ll have a great way to break the ice!

Customize it or order one at Zazzle: http://www.zazzle.com/click_for_higher_revolution-235675269446733369

Or you may also look at other weird things I’m selling there, at my store: http://www.zazzle.com/alphaz

Faceted searches with MongoDB and mongoose

Generating facet search results

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Some people in Latin-America may remember an old Yupi ad where a woman was complaining on how difficult using the internet was. “It’s so difficult. So complicated! There must be something better.” (In Spanish, of course.) Cheesy as it sounds, Händel Messiah’s “Hallelujah” sonorously invaded the screen. Don’t believe me? See for yourself.

That’s how I felt when I was investigating what’s the best approach to achieve faceted searches in MongoDB. But I found something better. Let me show it to you.

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Write it down!

Before it makes you frown

Multitasking

Not sure if this has happened to you, but sometimes there’s just too much going on at the same time. Pretty much more that we can handle in our head.

This happens to me quite a bit: I’ll in the middle of an important meeting when suddenly someone comes in Skype saying “would you mind to code review this, please? It’s kind of urgent”. Then somebody will reach out to me saying “hey, I think the server’s down”. Then somebody will say “I think this issue is actually a server configuration thing, we’re blocked”, and somebody else will say “I cannot get the tests to run, it says undefined is not a function”. It’s like it’s raining urgent issues! This a way I found to handle the situation.

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My Neighbor Toronto

"Studio Jibbly's" great work, now as a poster!

My Neighbor Toronto

Have you ever made a typo that embarrassed you when others claimed you have no good knowledge of Japanese and anime general culture?

Recover gracefully by showing everyone your poster of “Studio Jibbly’s” My Neighbor Toronto. Wearing his maple leaf, this guy is sure to warm up your holidays.

If you do love the original, make sure to support Studio Ghibli by buying the original film. “My Neighbor Totoro” is copyrighted work of Studio Ghibli and this poster is created from fans to fans in the spirit of parody and entertainment by creating a derivative product.

Buy it as a poster! You can customize the options to go as cheap as $7 or you can even go pro with frames and quality paper.

Google Inbox and Inbox Zero

I'm so on board, this is why

Google Inbox

I recently received a Google Inbox invitation, after requesting it three weeks ago. And after trying it out… boy, I love it.

Here I’m going to tell you why I love it so much, why it suits perfectly into my inbox management technique, and why I think it’d be useful for other people too. Also, a little bit of what it could have to make it even better.

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CommonJobs: el fin de una etapa

Proyecto final y producto real

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Como varios pueden haberse enterado, hace poco CommonJobs dio su etapa final como proyecto oficial que comprendía mi proyecto de tesis final. Voy a contar un poquito al respecto y qué fue lo que lo hizo destacar, si es que hubo algo al respecto.

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