Wednesday, July 29, 2009

The little things give you away...

In terms of music, I have to say that I'm a little picky. Maybe not only with music, but anyway. I woke up today thinking, what do people look for in music?

I ask people around what they look for when listening to some music, and get different answers. Most of the time related to the rhythm. Some people are more into lyrics.

When I am listening to music, I also look for lyrics. Can be even a single verse that would say something to me, or a full story that the particular song is telling me. And it needs to have a very good music behind it.

Sometimes I just feel that I hate on things people in general love, like U2, for instance. I actually have a trauma from the past, when a friend of mine would wake up everyday singing "Lemon" in my bedroom. I don't like U2, and I don't like how they lobby for restricting even more the ridiculous copyright enforcements laws and treats around the globe. It is like "oh, I saved Africa, now can you please help me to put people in jail for downloading music?". Same for Metalica. Same for Coldplay, which was one of the first bands to release DRM enabled (and not CD standard compliant) album.

In Brazil, there was Marisa Monte. I really loved her, but then she released her last two albuns DRM enabled, and my love started to fade.

Anyway, I really love to try new music. I have been looking for new sounds, and new lyrics, and new experiences in music. A lot. For me, life need to have a soundtrack. I think I already talked about it in an earlier post.

A few days ago, I felt like an alien, because a friend was telling me how excited he was because he managed to get a couple of tickets to the sold out "Linkin Park" concert. And I could not relate to that AT ALL. I would like to have seen my own face in that moment. Sort of "what the hell is that" face. Linkin Park? Who are they? People said "listen to the music, you'll recognize some stuff, they are really popular". There I went. But, as one of their own lyrics say "Don't want to reach for me, do you? I mean nothing to you". They don't.

The thing is, if my life has soundtrack, it is very unlikely it will be some music that has lyrics that I can't understand or relate to.

I have been listening to Jamie Lidell. He sounds good, and his lyrics are great. So, Jamie Lidell it is, for today:

Another day, another way
For me to open up to you

Another day, another way
For me to open up to you

I used to always... I would wake up all day
Only to find there's nothing more to say

Now I'm letting silence to the talking
Now I'm letting silence to the walking

Another day, another way
For me to open up to you

Another day, another way
For me to open up to you

I used to scream when a whisper would do
Only wanted yours, all over you

Now I'm letting silence to the talking
Now I'm letting silence to the walking

Another day, another way
For me to open up to you

Another day, another way
For me to open up to you

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Nice shot




me and Andre Franciosi, taken by my friend Marlon Dutra...

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Time for feedback

Right after FISL, it is usually time to receive a lot of acknowledgments for organizing such a great conference. It is really cool to get those, they work like gasoline on fire to help our motivation increase and get us into organizing the next one. Most of those positive feedback we get through e-mail. They e-mail one of the organizers and we try to make sure we spread the news among all the team, so everybody get a little of the praise.

Other people try to make sure they point out the bad things they saw during the conference. Usually I don't answer them, unless I get the messages directly. But I have to say that I find it at least interesting to see that, usually the bad feedback is not sent by e-mail to the organizers, but posted in blogs and community websites. Those are also important because we can have an insight on what to improve, when it makes sense.

I would like to thank all people for all feedback, even though I would prefer to see the bad feedback coming straight to us. I am pretty sure that even though we try to read around a lot, it is very likely we missed some of the posts, or some not so popular website, or even a website we usually don't read.

Who knows? Maybe next year we'll have a FISL that will make more people happy than this year :)

Friday, July 3, 2009

One more FISL

My voice isn't back yet. I am still in cold Porto Alegre trying to recover from one of the most great, crazy, tiring and astonishing experiences in my life as a Free Software activist: FISL10.

The event had everything. We had Kernel hackers talking about pure technical aspects, Peter Sunde who is a co-founder of The Pirate Bay, Lula, president of Brazil, Richard Stallman, the founder of Free Software movement.

I don't think most of our public knows, but the core of FISL team doesn't make a single cent making the conference happen. We only have 2 full time employees at Associacao Software Livre.org.

The first day was the day to deal with surprises. Few rooms were full, and we tried to make sure we would have a solution for this problem: stream the talks to one of our spare rooms, and make sure that, at least ~100 people would be able to watch the talks. This year, the popular technical sessions were security-related talks.

In the second day we managed to get this scheme to work, so we could re-direct people to building 40 when 41's rooms were full.

The third day was Lula's Day. Yes, we managed to get the president to accept our invitation, where he spoke about Free Software and the law project that aims to regulate internet in Brazil, known as Azeredo's Law Project.

I think most of our people didn't understand the reasoning, or the value, of having the President at the conference. Some just got upset because of the limited access to the exhibition hall. I was in touch with most of our international speakers, and they were astonished: we did what never, anyone managed to do. We got a president to speak in a Free Software conference.

The forth day, to be very honest, was just party. The last day is the most relaxed, but is also the day we have no energy left, and a lot of occasions during the day I felt like I needed just to sit down in a corner and cry. Cry of exhaustion, sadness, pain in my legs, happiness...

Now, each time I speak too much I feel like throwing up, because it is just too much effort. My vocal chords are exhausted. I am still recovering. I still ask myself why did I do that to myself. I still can't explain, but I would do it again. I will do it again once more, next year.

I am glad I met Elizabeth, Ryan, Peter, Marc, and many other people I don't recall the name, but I am very good with faces, and I hope to see you all next year for FISL11. But I will be just one more speaker at the conference then.

Blog post on president at FISL: here.