May 07

Portuguese OSS

Path: mv.asterisco.pt!mvalente
From: mvale…@ruido-visual.pt (Mario Valente)
Newsgroups: mv
Subject: Portuguese OSS
Date: Sat, 07 May 07 22:59:21 GMT


iText is a library that allows you to generate PDF files on the fly.

Just thought you should know that one the authors is
portuguese ( itextpdf.sourceforge.net ).

— MV

May 07

The Price of Being a Wolf

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From: mvale…@ruido-visual.pt (Mario Valente)
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Subject: The Price of Being a Wolf
Date: Sat, 12 May 07 21:08:21 GMT

I didnt blog this week, mostly for being much too
busy but also because of some conflict resolution

As for “busyness” lets just say that closing down
one successful project [1], starting up another [2]
and commemorating and receiving an award for a third
one [3] was more than enough to make me scurry back
to the datacenter on Friday and hack away with Dr Pepper
at the BECH (aka Bastard Email Cluster from Hell; will
post all about it someday)

[1] http://www.regionais.mj.pt/
[2] http://www.i-gov.org/index.php?article=2965&visual=1&subject=&id=1
[3] http://www.boaspraticas.com/

Meanwhile I’ve finished reading yet another trilogy
(which for editorial reasons was edited in two volumes)
called “The Wolves of Time”, from William Horwood.


I, of course, also have his two other trilogies based on the
Duncton world (which all happens in the world of moles), as
well as the Willows series, the “Stonor Eagles” (more!) and
“Callanish/Skallagrig”. The “Duncton Chronicles” are a must
for any Tolkien fan and one of my sagas of all time.

The “Wolves of Time” is, obviously, based in a world of
wolves and the dynamics of the wolf society (the pack). A lot
of it has to do with leadership and its hardships, with Klimt
(pack leader) actually having to leave and go it alone as a
wanderer to go through the wolfways and find the Heartland.

Which not only came in nicely with the hardships of the
previously referred “conflic resolution” but also with an
image that I had seen at GapingVoid and kept:


I couldnt have said it better. Although, as usual, Fish could:

“In the silence of my shame the mute that sang the sirens’ song
Has gone solo in the game, I’ve gone solo in the game”
– Script for a Jesters Tear

“So if you want my address
it’s number one at the end of the bar
Where I sit with the broken angels
clutching at straws and nursing our scars
Blame it on me, blame it on me,
Sugar mice in the rain”
– Sugar Mice

— MV

May 07

I Dont Do Laundry

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From: mvale…@ruido-visual.pt (Mario Valente)
Newsgroups: mv
Subject: I Dont Do Laundry
Date: Sat, 08 May 07 03:08:21 GMT

I’m off of this planet/agregator. This is the last
post that should be included at P* (whose name should
change shortly, I hope).

If you want to follow my blogging go to


or subscribe to


— MV

May 07

Red Sector A

Path: mv.asterisco.pt!mvalente
From: mvale…@ruido-visual.pt (Mario Valente)
Newsgroups: mv
Subject: Red Sector A
Date: Mon, 01 May 07 22:49:21 GMT

“Are we the last ones left alive
Are we the only human beings to survive”


Rush has the best bass player in the world; the best
drummer in the world (who also happens to be one of the
best lyricists, except for Fish); and one of the most
distinctive guitar players in the world.

Brasil can actually fill up the Maracana and sing
along to one of their *instrumentals*!:


And yet in Portugal they’re virtually unknown. I’ll
just assume that we’re too high minded to like some of
that basic, primary, “rock stuff”. The European elite
is more in tune with king-of-the-burbs-ghetto-revival
hip-hop-gangsta-rap profoundness…

— MV

PS – Just for the record, I actually like some of the
intelligent hip hop out there:

May 07

Old Skool

Path: mv.asterisco.pt!mvalente
From: mvale…@ruido-visual.pt (Mario Valente)
Newsgroups: mv
Subject: Old skool
Date: Mon, 03 May 07 20:58:21 GMT

So someone sends me an email saying I’m “old skool”
and that I only like stuff from the 80s, “a century
ago”… Well, you have to keep in mind that since I’ve
been listening to a *lot* of music, from several genres,
for the last 27 years, its really hard for something to
comeup nowadays and be different and innovative.

Most of the bands and songs nowadays are plain and
simple remakes of bands decades old; and sometimes they
actually copy/cover their songs.

So, is there any more recent stuff that I find good
enough for my standards of novelty, difference and honesty?
(meaning that they dont totally sound like old stuff but
rehashed for the emo generation…)

Actually, although very few, there is. Here’s some:

Hardcore Superstar – Have You Been Around

Farmer Boys – Here Comes the Pain

Andrew WK – Party Hard

Andrew WK – She Is Beautiful

Beautiful Creatures- Wasted

Trash Palace – The Metric System

Add N to (X) – Metal Fingers in my Body

VNV Nation – Beloved

VNV Nation – Electronaut

Dusted – Always Remember To Respect Your Mother

Mylene Farmer – Je Te Rends Ton Amour

— MV