In the last few weeks I felt like I needed to write again and update this blog. Oh yes, I know this sounds like a cheap new year’s resolution and I know I have written these exact same words before, but this time I want to take it a bit more seriously and I have some good reasons to do it.

First of all, I want to force myself to write in English. I have lived in the US for almost three years and I speak and write in English daily, at work and at home, but it’s not the same writing a few words in a chat window than writing a full weblog post.

Second, I consume a pretty big amount of information daily: news, blogs about sports, technology, design, web development and other nerdy stuff. It’s probably healthy to stop reading sometimes and join the party by writing something. I don’t think a lot of people is going to read this blog and, honestly, I don’t care. This is completely selfish, just about me feeling better. But if someone stops by and wants to say hello, you are more than welcome.

And also, updating the design of this site has forced me to use again some old tools that I haven’t used in years. I do some front-end dev at work, but we are a Rails shop so my workflow has evolved A LOT. Using Textpattern again was difficult, it felt like going back in time 10 years! I didn’t feel comfortable at all, but I found this little plugin (a real lifesaver) that allowed me to develop using flat files, so I could at least use Git and Sass within TXP. But this is probably the last time I update a Textpattern website. Don’t get me wrong, Textpattern is still a solid and flexible CMS that works for some people, but it just feels dated. Next time I might be migrating to Jekyll, Kirby or something similar. Sign of the times.

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portland landscape

A few weeks ago I had the chance to visit Portland. Lightspeed opened a new office there so it was the perfect excuse to visit another city and another state!

I have to say that I loved the place. In fact, I loved it so much that I’m considering moving there in the next months. These are some of the cool things you can find in Portland:

  • Plenty of music venues, concerts, bars, record stores, cultural life…
  • The biggest book store in the world.
  • Food carts everywhere, and all kind of food styles.
  • Beer, beer and more beer. They say it’s the beer capital of the world… I don’t know if the germans agree, but this place is full of breweries.
  • You can drive out of the city and find the country in 30 minutes, the coast in 90 minutes and a freakin’ volcano in 75 minutes.
  • It’s a tech hub. Plenty of nerds around.

If I had to write a list of cons, it would probably have only one item: it rains. A lot. So I might miss the sun, but I think I still want to give Portland a chance. Who knows, maybe after all these years I can find another place that I can call home.

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apple hq

apple hq

Yes, it’s great to be married to a girl who works at Apple. Great perks and sometimes you even get to visit the famous 1 Infinite Loop Headquarters.

apple hq

(The cake at Caffè Macs was just ok).

        

austin

lammes candies

austin at night

Lightspeed opened a new office in Austin and I got the chance to visit for a week. It’s a cool city with a fun nightlife, and probably the best meat I had in my life.

Austin, I’m coming back next year!