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Blackbird fly…

May 30th, 2010 No comments

… Into the light of the dark black night

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Quesadillas Diana

May 29th, 2010 1 comment

Cuando estuve en Oaxaca, México, fue la primera vez que salí de mi país y no eché de menos la comida mediterránea. En México en general se come muy bien, pero el estado de Oaxaca es algo excepcional, tiene los platos más deliciosos del país (y no solo lo digo yo -ignorante de la cultura mexicana a más no poder-, lo dice cualquier mexicano que le preguntes, y aquí en California hay muchos). Hoy os presento uno de mis platos preferidos de ese paraíso culinario: Las Quesadillas Diana.

He aquí los ingredientes:

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- 1 diente de ajo
– 1 cebolla
– 2 o 3 pimientos (a poder ser uno rojo, uno verde y otro amarillo. En este ejemplo sólo he usado dos verdes, porque se me olvidó comprar los otros. Bon dia Oriol)
– 2 o 3 pechugas de pollo
– Queso (el Gouda funciona muy bien. En este ejemplo tengo Gouda y Parmesano rallado para pasta)
– Un buen puñado de champiñones
– Pimienta
– Salsa Inglesa
– Salsa Maggie
– Aceite de Oliva
– Ajo rallado
– Salsa de Soja
– Salsa picante (yo uso Bufalo o Valentina)
– Tortillas de harina

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Tiempo aproximado: 1 hora

Lo primero de todo es trocear el diente de ajo, la cebolla, los pimientos, los champiñones y las pechugas de pollo:

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Se calienta en una sartén un poco de aceite de oliva y se fríe la cebolla y el ajo a fuego rápido. Se le añade un poco de ajo rallado. Queda así:

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Cuando esté todo doradito, se le añade el pimiento. Se baja un pogo el fuego y se le añaden los champiñones. Se le añade un rajolí de salsa ilgesa, un rajolí de salsa maggie, pimienta al gusto (en mi caso mucha) y salsa soja. Con el fuego medio se deja que los champiñones suelten su juguito. Esperar hasta que todo quede así:

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Ahora se le añade el pollo troceado y se mezcla con el juguito para que se cueza bien. Una vez ya esté bien cocido, ya tenemos lo que irá dentro de las tortillas:

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El siguiente paso es hacer las tortillas, una a una. Para cada tortilla cortaremos un trocito de queso gouda y lo pondremos en el centro de la tortilla junto con el otro queso rallado cuando la tortilla ha sido previamente calentada en una nueva sartén a fuego alto, así:

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A la tortilla le añadiremos un poquito del contenido que hemos hecho previamente y le daremos un par de vueltas. Se repite tantas veces como quesadillas queráis. Dependiendo del tamaño de las tortillas, os saldrán aproximadamente unas 10 o 15 tortillas. (En este ejemplo yo calculo que me saldrán unas 15).

Si os gusta el picante os aconsejo poner salsa picante dentro de las quesadillas justo antes de comerlas:

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Recomiendo acompañar con una buena cerveza y acabar con un buen postre como unas buenas fresas de California. Esto está riquísimo muchacho!

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Nota Importante: Las Quesadillas Diana se llaman Quesadillas Diana porque son Quesadillas que ha inventado Diana, una princesa de Oaxaca que está super buena y que es mía.

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Jordan Rudess at Pyramind

May 23rd, 2010 2 comments

When Jordan Rudess came to Stanford, he took this chance to give a couple of performances presenting the new synthesizer by Roland called Gaya in Los Angeles and in San Francisco. In the very last minute, Jordan asked me if I wanted to present some of my apps in his performance in San Francisco. This performance took place at Pyramind, a very cool music production company that written the score for videogames such as Prince of Persia, Halo or God of War. And here I am presenting the VoxCarina and the ReactPad at Pyramind, SF:

After my presentation, Jordan asked me to join him and Moldover (a very interesting artist from the Bay Area that crafts his own instruments) to jam together with our creations. Here you have the evidence:

It was a great night, and I want to thank Jordan Rudess for inviting me, and also the guys at Pyramind for recording these videos. It was so ALRIGHT.

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Yosemite

May 21st, 2010 No comments

En el noreste de California, a 4 horas en coche de San Francisco, se encuentra Yosemite, el parque natural más espectacular que haya visto en mi vida. Hacía frío, y las cumbres estaban nevadas. Al llegar nos prohibieron dejar comida en el coche, pues los osos de Yosemite son conocidos por romper las ventanas de los coches de las personas despistadas que dejan algo nutritivo -o no, pues la pasta de dientes también cuenta- dentro de los vehículos. Todo verde y gris, unas rocas gigantescas, cascadas, ciervos, ríos, lagos espejo, nubes grises que abrazaban las montañas gigantes hechas de roca gris, tocones con forma de dragones y epi y blas, …

Si vais a California debéis ir a Yosemite. El sitio más impresionante del estado dorado. Os dejo con algunas evidencias que, por supuesto, no están a la altura de la realidad.

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The Pale Blue Dot

May 11th, 2010 2 comments

I agree with Gizmodo when they say that The World Would Be Better If Everyone Watched This Video

“The spacecraft was a long way from home.

I thought it would be a good idea, just after Saturn, to have them take one last glance homeward. From Saturn, the Earth would appear too small for Voyager to make out any detail. Our planet would be just a point of light, a lonely pixel hardly distinguishable from the other points of light Voyager would see: nearby planets, far off suns. But precisely because of the obscurity of our world thus revealed, such a picture might be worth having.

It had been well understood by the scientists and philosophers of classical antiquity that the Earth was a mere point in a vast, encompassing cosmos—but no one had ever seen it as such. Here was our first chance, and perhaps also our last for decades to come.

So, here they are: a mosaic of squares laid down on top of the planets in a background smattering of more distant stars. Because of the reflection of sunlight off the spacecraft, the Earth seems to be sitting in a beam of light, as if there were some special significance to this small world; but it’s just an accident of geometry and optics. There is no sign of humans in this picture: not our reworking of the Earth’s surface; not our machines; not ourselves. From this vantage point, our obsession with nationalisms is nowhere in evidence. We are too small. On the scale of worlds, humans are inconsequential: a thin film of life on an obscure and solitary lump of rock and metal.

Consider again that dot. That’s here. That’s home. That’s us. On it, everyone you love, everyone you know, everyone you’ve ever heard of, every human being who ever was lived out their lives. The aggregate of all our joys and sufferings; thousands of confident religions, ideologies and economic doctrines; every hunter and forager; every hero and coward; every creator and destroyer of civilizations; every king and peasant, every young couple in love; every mother and father; hopeful child; inventor and explorer; every teacher of morals; every corrupt politician; every supreme leader; every superstar; every saint and sinner in the history of our species, lived there—on a mote of dust suspended in a sunbeam.

The Earth is a very small stage in a vast cosmic arena.

Think of the endless cruelties visited by the inhabitants of one corner of this pixel on the scarcely distinguishable inhabitants of some other corner. How frequent their misunderstandings; how eager they are to kill one another; how fervent their hatreds. Think of the rivers of blood spilled by all those generals and emperors so that in glory and triumph they could become the momentary masters of a fraction of a dot. Our posturings, our imagined self-importance, the delusion that we have some privileged position in the universe, are challenged by this point of pale light.

Our planet is a lonely speck in the great enveloping cosmic dark. In our obscurity—in all this vastness—there is no hint that help will come from elsewhere to save us from ourselves. Like it or not, for the moment, the Earth is where we make our stand.

It has been said that astronomy is a humbling and character-building experience. There is perhaps no better demonstration of the folly of human conceits than this distant image of our tiny world. It underscores our responsibility to deal more kindly with one another, and to preserve and cherish the only home we’ve ever known.

The pale blue dot.”

Carl Sagan, Pale Blue Dot: A Vision of the Human Future in Space

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SWAT Raid on Missouri

May 6th, 2010 No comments

I was totally shocked after watching this video:

I copy and paste from the original source:

SWAT team breaks into home, fires seven rounds at family’s pit bull and corgi (?!) as a seven-year-old looks on.

They found a “small amount” of marijuana, enough for a misdemeanor charge. The parents were then charged with child endangerment.

So smoking pot = “child endangerment.” Storming a home with guns, then firing bullets into the family pets as a child looks on = necessary police procedures to ensure everyone’s safety.

Just so we’re clear.

This is a really strange country where I live in.

More info here: Video of SWAT Raid on Missouri Family

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347

May 5th, 2010 1 comment

He arribat als 347 posts. Això m’ho ha fet veure el senyor Pau Farell des de la meva Granollers estimada, que tot just ara celebra els 200 posts en el seu bloc.

Aquest número, el 347, apart de ser un nombre primer molt bonic, és també un codi d’àrea per a certes zones de Nova York. Hi ha una remota possibilitat que vagi a Nova York l’any que ve, així que potser aquest número és una petita senyal per part del meu estimat Monstre Volador d’Espagueti que m’indica que potser al final acabaré en aquesta preciosa ciutat. Qui sap. De moment, jo celebro el post 347 d’aquest humil bloc, així com el post 200 del bloc del meu vell i estimat amic Pau Farell.

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Jordan Rudess Week

May 4th, 2010 No comments

Last week Jordan Rudess was invited to come to Stanford to give a performance with me as part of the Stanford Laptop Orchestra (SLOrk). He also took this chance to perform in LA and in San Francisco. I went with him to SF and presented my ReactPad and also jammed with him. We also visited different companies like Muse, Sonoma and Apple. It was a very intense week, but the effort was totally worth it. Jordan is an amazing musician, a passionate for the music technology, and an awesome person.

The SLOrk concert was a lot of fun, and everything went fine even though all of us -even Jordan!- were nervous about the performance. We have plenty of videos of that, but we’re still editing them, I will upload them as soon as possible. For now, here there are some pictures of the week. Thanks Ge for letting me putting this together, thanks Adam Sheppard and Xiang Zhang for help me out getting the funding for bringing Jordan, and of course thanks to Jordan for coming all the way from the East Coast to give such a wonderful performance.

Ahhh, good times!

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