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Projects, Conflicts and Emotions

Miriam Ruiz - random thoughts on technology and life - Thu, 19/11/2015 - 12:09pm
The Debian Project includes many people, groups and teams with different goals, priorities and ways of doing things. Diversity is a good thing, and the results of the continuous interaction, cooperation and competition among different points of view and components make up a successful developing framework both in Debian and in other Free / Libre [...]

Thick Skin (within Free/Open Source communities)

Miriam Ruiz - random thoughts on technology and life - Fri, 09/10/2015 - 6:06pm
The definition of “thick-skinned” in different dictionaries ranges from “not easily offended” to “largely unaffected by the needs and feelings of other people; insensitive”, going through “able to ignore personal criticism”, “ability to withstand criticism and show no signs of any criticism you may receive getting to you”, “an insensitive nature” or “impervious to criticism”. [...]

SuperTuxKart 0.9: The other side of the story

Miriam Ruiz - random thoughts on technology and life - Tue, 05/05/2015 - 11:15pm
I approached the SuperTuxKart community fearing some backslash due to last week’s discussion about their release 0.9, to find instead a nice, friendly and welcoming community. I have already had some very nice talks with them since then, and they have patiently explained to me the sequence of events that led to the situation that [...]

Sexualized depiction of women in SuperTuxKart 0.9

Miriam Ruiz - random thoughts on technology and life - Fri, 01/05/2015 - 10:59am
It has been recently discussed in Debian-Women and Debian-Games mailing lists, but for all of you who don’t read those mailing lists and might have kids or use free games with kids in the classroom, or stuff like that, I thought it might be good to talk about it here. SuperTuxKart is a free 3D [...]

Falling Trees, by Robert Fulghum

Miriam Ruiz - random thoughts on technology and life - Sun, 07/12/2014 - 8:35pm
In the Solomon Islands in the south Pacific some villagers practice a unique form of logging. If a tree is too large to be felled with an ax, the natives cut it down by yelling at it. (Can’t lay my hands on the article, but I swear I read it.) Woodsmen with special powers creep [...]

Awesome Bullying Lesson

Miriam Ruiz - random thoughts on technology and life - Wed, 19/11/2014 - 9:36pm
A teacher in New York was teaching her class about bullying and gave them the following exercise to perform. She had the children take a piece of paper and told them to crumple it up, stamp on it and really mess it up but do not rip it. Then she had them unfold the paper, [...]

Video game players and Gamers are different things

Miriam Ruiz - random thoughts on technology and life - Sat, 25/10/2014 - 8:41pm
Even though the Wikipedia defines “gamer” as “someone who partakes in interactive gaming, such as (predominantly) video games or board games”, this doesn’t really gets close to that term means socially at the moment. Going back to Wikipedia, we find that the video game subculture is “a form of new media subculture that has been [...]

Löve is a changing project

Miriam Ruiz - random thoughts on technology and life - Sat, 18/01/2014 - 10:22pm
    I have just uploaded a newer version of Löve to Debian, 0.9.0. As usual, this version breaks compatibility with the API of previous versions. Literally: “LÖVE 0.9.0 breaks compatibility with nearly every 0.8.0 game“. It’s a hard to fix situation from a package maintainer’s point of view, at least until they agree on [...]

How to encode a video file for an Energy Sistem 6500 MP5 device

Miriam Ruiz - random thoughts on technology and life - Wed, 13/11/2013 - 5:44pm
With mencoder: mencoder "FILE.EXT" -ofps 25 -vf-add scale=320:240 -vf-add expand=320:240:-1:-1:1 -srate 44100 -ovc xvid -xvidencopts bitrate=600:max_bframes=0:quant_type=h263:me_quality=4 -oac lavc -lavcopts acodec=mp2:abitrate=128 -o "FILE.avi" With ffmpeg: ffmpeg -i "FILE.EXT" -f avi -c:v mpeg4 -vtag xvid -s 320:240 -b:v 600k -r:v 25 -c:a mp2 -b:a 128k -r:a 44100 "FILE.avi"

Pink Pony: a 3D multiplayer Tron-like racing game, with ponies

Miriam Ruiz - random thoughts on technology and life - Fri, 13/09/2013 - 9:28pm
The first time I found this cute game, was around 2009, but for a bunch of reasons I haven’t been able to get it into the archive until now. Pink Pony is a cute game in which you have to control a pink pony who’s main goal is to last in the game more time [...]

pySioGame: Educational activities and games for kids

Miriam Ruiz - random thoughts on technology and life - Tue, 03/09/2013 - 12:19am
I discovered pySioGame for the first time in the first half of 2012, and even though it was still in a beta state, I liked it a lot. pySioGame is essentially a set of educational activities and games for kids. pySioGame was initially developed by its author -Ireneusz Imiolek- for his son, but he soon [...]

Adria Richards, Donglegate or however you want to call it. Same shit, different name.

Miriam Ruiz - random thoughts on technology and life - Tue, 02/04/2013 - 12:28pm
A woman has spoken up against misogyny in Free Software. And, as always, a bunch of bullies have mercilessly jumped onto her to destroy her and let us all know who is in charge. There’s not a single woman I know in the Free Software world that has dared to complain about something sexist and [...]

Preludio de la Declaración de Independencia de los Estados Unidos de América (1776)

Miriam Ruiz - random thoughts on technology and life - Thu, 19/07/2012 - 9:34pm
Encuentro que estas palabras tan bellas y conmovedoras pueden ser una importante fuente de inspiración en las que apoyarnos en la situación tan compleja en la que estamos viviendo en España y en Europa: «Sostenemos como evidentes por sí mismas dichas verdades: que todos los hombres son creados iguales; que son dotados por su Creador [...]

Scratch in Debian

Miriam Ruiz - random thoughts on technology and life - Tue, 03/07/2012 - 11:08pm
Scratch has finally reached Debian repositories. Scratch is a programming learning environment created by the Lifelong Kindergarten Group at the MIT Media Lab designed to be accessible by young learners (over 8 years old). Scratch makes it easy to create your own interactive stories, animations, games, music, and art through a visual interface based on [...]

Yo también ejerzo la desobediencia civil contra la Ley Sinde-Wert

Miriam Ruiz - random thoughts on technology and life - Wed, 22/02/2012 - 11:24pm
Este blog también se une a la iniciativa Wertdeenlaces.net de Hacktivistas. A partir del 1 de marzo (día en que entra en vigor la Ley llamada Sinde-Wert), el autor (un socio de la SGAE, de quien se ha enlazado su obra -protegida con Copyright- sin su permiso) presentará una denuncia a la comisión incluyendo a todas las [...]

3D Puzzle Game: Phlipple

Miriam Ruiz - random thoughts on technology and life - Sat, 19/11/2011 - 10:08pm
You might remember the action puzzle game Zaz. Well, we now have a new puzzle game from the same author (Remigiusz ‘mal1ce’ Dybka), called Phlipple.  The goal of the game is to reduce a 3D shape to a single square in each level, removing squares by flipping edges around, like you would do in a [...]

Periodic Calendar in Debian

Miriam Ruiz - random thoughts on technology and life - Tue, 04/10/2011 - 12:58am
Periodic Calendar is a GPL’ed GUI application, coded in Java, that helps keeping track of women menstrual cycles and predict fertility periods prediction, has just entered Debian. This information can be used as supportive either for conception or contraception planning. This program (pcalendar in Debian) is is by far more complete than mencal (a simple [...]

Fantastic Park 2011 is over

Miriam Ruiz - random thoughts on technology and life - Tue, 30/08/2011 - 4:53pm
On the 26th of June I wrote that I wouldn’t be able to travel anywhere this summer (including DebConf 11), because I was going to be teaching lots of things related to Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) to a bunch of kids. That was a bit more than two months ago. On the 27th of [...]

I won’t be able to attend DebConf this year

Miriam Ruiz - random thoughts on technology and life - Sun, 26/06/2011 - 1:31pm
I haven’t blogged for a while, because I’ve been doing so many things that I scarcely had time nor will for it. Among all those things, and during the weekends of the last few months, we have been teaching kids (8-12 y.o.) about computers, Free Software and technology. Those kids are great, very intelligent, very [...]

Sobre #DemocraciaRealYA

Miriam Ruiz - random thoughts on technology and life - Sun, 22/05/2011 - 11:30am
Siento estar publicando ésto tal cual está, pero no tengo ni tiempo ni ganas ahora mismo de redactarlo de una forma más coherente y estructurada. Esencialmente son trozos de comentarios que he hecho en una red sociual sobre el tema de #DemocraciaRealYA (movimiento que apoyo plenamente), a raíz de los artículos en los blogs de [...]

“La Ley del Código”, en Mundo Babel de Radio 3 (RNE)

Miriam Ruiz - random thoughts on technology and life - Sat, 15/01/2011 - 7:03pm
Este sábado he tenido el placer de poder participar en el programa radiofónico Mundo Babel de Juan Pablo Silvestre, en Radio 3 de RNE con dos grandes personas a quienes admiro mucho: Javier de la Cueva (abogado, creador, luchador y gran amigo) y Pedro Martínez García (fiscal del tribunal superior de justicia de Madrid), bajo [...]

La Cultura y los Derechos Humanos

Miriam Ruiz - random thoughts on technology and life - Wed, 22/12/2010 - 7:03pm
Llevo hace tiempo queriendo hacer una entrada sobre el enfrentamiento entre dos derechos que a veces se ven como contrapuestos: El derecho a ganarse la vida con la creación artística y cultural, y el derecho de todas las personas a acceder y participar de la cultura. He decidido finalmente hacerlo, tras la victoria política de [...]

La importancia de las mujeres en el desarrollo de las TIC

Miriam Ruiz - random thoughts on technology and life - Wed, 10/11/2010 - 7:36am
Respondo desde mi blog a la entrada de Paco Prieto en su Servilleta sobre la monoparentalidad de las redes informáticas, ya que tengo algunos problemas para escribirlo en un comentario: La historia de la informática y de las tecnologías de la información está plagada de mujeres muy importantes, comenzando por Ada Lovelace, considerada la primera persona [...]

Gnash 0.8.8 in Debian Squeeze

Miriam Ruiz - random thoughts on technology and life - Sun, 12/09/2010 - 6:23pm
Gnash 0.8.8 was released on the 23rd of August, a bit more than two weeks after the freeze. There are very important features in this new release that made 0.8.8 by far a better option than buggy 0.8.7 for Squeeze: 100% of all YouTube videos should work now. If you have problems, delete all YouTube cookies and [...]

The 12 steps of the burnout syndrome

Miriam Ruiz - random thoughts on technology and life - Thu, 15/07/2010 - 8:53pm
Jono Bacon made some really great slides about burnout last year, and I think it’s such an important topic that I want to bring it up again here. Scientific American MIND for June/July 2006 had a cover story on The Science of Burnout. Even though the article isn’t online, I was able to find a [...]

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