Vacations Finished

Today is my last day of vacations. Two weeks ago I went to Portugal, in the pleasant company of my girlfriend, to visit family and friends. I arrived at dinner time on Saturday, had a quite dinner and although I was really tired I still managed to be until 5 AM finishing a paint I wanted for so long give to my cousin. The following day we had a nice supa-lunch with my family, a good beginning for the busy week that would follow. On Monday and Tuesday we were in Évora to meet with some good friends and my crazy brother. The rest of the week was spent in Lagos, the home town of my girlfriend and a land with some of the best beaches in Portugal.

In the middle of this past week we returned to Coruña as we had stuff to take care of but yesterday we went with our friends Victor, Edu and his wife Silvia to the “Festival de Pardiñas”, a very Galician folk music that started 30 years ago. We were supposed to spend the night in the camp but it had been raining a lot and the humidity and mud convinced us it was better to take the invitation of Silvia’s friend Fernando and sleep at his home which was 10 minutes from there.
The music was nice, we were late for the first band and tired for the last one but we could watch the great performances of “La Belle Image Fanfare” (France) and “Hedningarna” (Sweden). Although I think everyone of my party liked the French folks much more, I really enjoyed “Hedningarna”! Some of its songs reminded me of some metal bands I like from Scandinavia and I think it makes sense…

Now, back at home, I upgraded my WordPress successfully and will watch a movie and relex a bit so I’m all set for tomorrow’s work.

Microsoft ad campaign

Sometime ago Microsoft started trying to be funny. Not Balmer’s clownish funny but modern, fancy and loose funny.

I bet that at some point they sat with each other at a really big conference table full of people taking notes on their Vista powered laptops and thought:
– Hmmm… We all look like walking suits… People are starting to dig less “gray” stuff, they find Mac fancy, they find Jobs cool and they find SuSe and Mac’s “I’m a PC, …” commercials funny! So… LET’S BE fun-doodly-FUNNY!

So like it seems to have become a tradition at the giant company, they took the idea, spent a BUNCH of money and came up with a piece of crap. This 300 million USD ad campaign presents us two elaborated commercials that make you go “WTF!?” They did something innovative on the commercials nonetheless — they have Seinfeld but nor even he is funny! I read he earned 10 million USD for that, … yes, we’re all in the wrong business…

I trully appreciate nonsense humor, I am a big fan of Brittish humor like the series The Office and Monty Python and I love a Portuguese TV series called “Gato Fedorento” for those who know about it but IMHO one thing is nonesense, abstract humor, another thing is “not even trying”.

With such a funny guy like our ol’pal Balmer that always makes our abs ache during a week due to the laughing, I think they could do much better.

“and now, for something completely different…”