April 22, 2018

Saw HBO´s Andre the Giant documentary. You could infer his smarts from his actions — same with his goodness. But the world have benefited from a journal to appreciate his philosophy more clearly.

April 21, 2018 Got a mini-barista to help me with my cold brew today – although he kept calling it cake.Got a mini-barista to help me with my cold brew today – although he kept calling it cake.
April 20, 2018

No to sex on roundabouts, Norway tells high school graduates.

Said it before… I so miss Oslo sometimes.

April 20, 2018

This is a great summary post on Gitflow by Luka Kerr.

April 19, 2018

Elon Musk Tesla Productivity Tips

Walk out of a meeting or drop off a call as soon as it is obvious you aren’t adding value. It is not rude to leave, it is rude to make someone stay and waste their time.

I’m starting to be in a position where this behavior can me encouraged — even though more often than not I’m behind calling for the meeting. But leaving or dropping off the call is still better than partly listening while you do other work on your laptop.

April 18, 2018

Matt Birchler on Link Blogging:

I personally love the third option. Link to someone else, provide a relatively short block quote of what idea set me off, and then take on the topic from there.

Feel exactly the same. What holds me back is that I’m usually doubtful that a person visiting my blog hasn’t seen the link already. Still, even if that’s the case, my blurb will be unique — and since I’m a borderline millennial — that should be enough.

April 18, 2018

It’s that time of the week when macOS decides it’s not going to display any of my Subtile Text windows because I connected to an external monitor.

April 17, 2018

Fine-tuning microblog posting from the blog. Seems I alienated the one reader of the blog with the jumping around to micro.blog and back.

April 16, 2018

Giving up on Artemis by Andy Weir. After 100 pages I’m still not enjoying it. Feels a bit too sitcomy.

April 16, 2018

Cal Newport writes:

When you run your own site, reality is harsher. If people don’t truly care about what you have to say, or don’t truly care about you, they’re not going to stick around. You have to earn their attention. Which can be really, really hard.

The whole post is really worth a read. But this paragraph helped me crystalize why it’s easier to get gratification when publishing in places where it’s easy to get a like, clap, star or even a quick @reply.

It’s getting a pat in the back from people that don’t really care — or at least aren’t at all invested in what you shared.

April 15, 2018

Gracias Miami

After almost 4 years, we left Miami last December. In the end it was a quick decision — which we took back and forth for almost a year.

We arrived in Miami just after getting married and now leave a family of 4. Both Roberto Andrés and Bettina Maria were born at Mercy Hospital in Coconut Grove — a few miles from our apartment.

Miami for us was an acquired taste. It’s known for it’s party scene and latin influence — two things that aren’t necessarily attractive in a new city when a) you’re already latin, and b) not crazy about $40 drinks at 3AM.

Still, you need to be spoiled to complain about a city in which a 20min drive takes you to a sandy beach.

A few of my favorite plans:

  • Go to Joe’s takeout (use their parking) and get some crab legs (if in season) or lobster rolls, then walk down and have a picnic at South Point park.
  • Head up to 73 st (parking along the beach or big public parking), buy some cachitos and natural orange juice at Moises and then chill at the beach — without the crowd.
  • If you rather visit a calm beach, that’s not as nice but more club like, go to Key Biscayne (park here while house is still in construction). For extra points get some sandwiches at the Golden Hog.
  • Dinner at NIU, for a date or double date with friends, this was my favorite restaurant.
  • Park on 25th SE Rd Brickle Ave, rent citybikes and ride down to Monty’s. Get a block of fries. Then walk to Grove Bar Grill for some beers and live music by the shore.
  • Need ribs? Flanigans at Coconut Grove is your friend. Half the price and the wait as Hillstone, and almost as good.
  • If your feeling intelectual, head to Books&Books in Coral Gables for some coffee and book watching. Then grab any of the artsy movies at the theater across the street.
  • Netflix and chill ordering from Pieducks, my favorite NY-style pizza. Something better? Mister-O1. Want an actual Sicilian pizza? Fratelli La Bufala at Miami Beach.
  • When in doubt, Alice park by the Key Biscaine bridge was our go-to park during weekdays.

A friend’s dad always says: the best thing about Miami, is how close it’s to the US, which is hilariously accurate. The culture ss a soft landing if you come from Latin America, but it’s consistently among the top 10 most expensive cities in the US. The end result for me was a great experience to look back to, but difficult to make work when you look ahead 5 - 10 years with an open spreadsheet. This in the end, was a big factor in our decision to move.

Where did we go? After a month-long visit to Caracas, we arrived in Costa Rica the first week of January. A few notes on our new pura vida lifestyle soon.

April 14, 2018

What’s my name again?

I’m struggling deciding how and where to microblog. Which is kind of stupid since I’d already setup everything on blot last year. But micro.blog makes everything so simple and easy to post (specially photos), that it’s difficult to switch back.

Naming also has me confused. Having the microblog at roberto.mateu.me sounds logical, but I just enjoy the 5typos.net domain for some reason.

There’s two advantages micro.blog has over my regular blog:

  1. Ease of posting
  2. It’s a community

The ease of posting is relative but real. I can achieve everything the native client offers with different apps and workflows — but then again, micro.blog just does it with the app. And the cross posting is extremely well thought out.

The community part is more complicated. A blogpost is mostly lost in the void of RSS readers and occasional visitors to the site. But there’s no real equivalent of a community. Also, is it really the community? Or is it the sensation of being read a reply in micro.blog gives you? versus the absolute silence of the stand alone blog.

Anyways, posting on the blog has stopped because a leaving Miami draft I’ve had since January. Pushing that one out tomorrow one way or another.

November 23, 2017


I’m grateful for many, many things. On a journaling good day I always finish with a short line for something that I’m grateful for — and it can be as small and stupid as imaginable: ice cubes. This does help keep in perspective how lucky I am, and also is a powerful mind trick at the end of a bad day.

However, I’m really finding my daily maxims exercise useful and I had no gratefulness reminders in that ritual. These two are the winners:

Never let the things you want make you forget the things you have.
Sanchita Pandey
Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all others.
Marcus Tullius Cicero

Thank you for reading.

Personal journaling
November 14, 2017

Apple has made many great laptops, but the 15-inch Retina MacBook Pro (2012–2015) is the epitome of usefulness, elegance, practicality, and power for an overall package that still hasn’t been (and may never be) surpassed.

Wish I’d written this. An open love letter to a great machine. I still think that an used 13in MacBook Pro is the best value for a laptop nowadays.

November 2, 2017

Albert Watson’s story behind the famous image of Steve Jobs


Love hearing the context for famous photos like this one.