Firefox as a whole desktop environment

I was just checking the extensions installed on my Firefox and got a pretty big list:

Adblock to remove unwanted ads;
Greasemonkey to change pages (although Slashdot is the only one right now);
Firesomething, just for fun;
Deepest Sender to post things on LiveJournal (yeah, one extension to post on something you can do over the web);
SpellBound to spell check stuff on Deepest Sender and on web forms;
FoxyTunes to control my player on Windows and allow Deepest Sender to get the current song.

Quite impressive, if you remember that Firefox is just a browser. Well, maybe Firefox/Mozilla is the Emacs of web browser, then.

Edit 1: Ok, two more, just for the fun of installing more:
ForecastFox for weather information (quite cool that it shows the current temperature and the forecast for two days), and
Gmail Notifier to check my Gmail account.

And I won’t even mention the amount of smart bookmarks I have…

What kind of character would you be in an RPG?

stubborn hero
You’re the stubborn hero. when you know what you
want, you won’t stop until you’ve accomplished
your goal. you’re the one that inspires others,
as well as sometimes brings them to the edge of
their nerves. sometimes they don’t even have a
clue why they’re actually following you on your
trip to save something or someone. maybe it’s
because you’re a great leader that keeps the
group from falling appart, even when it get’s
hard to believe in your ideals. something about
your attitude just tells people it’s worth it
all to fight by your side.

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… and then some surprises on TV

So I just got some new artist through AudioScrobbler. But I also decided to check some of the Brazilian singers and found “Marjorie Estiano” just watching TV. I saw one of her video clips on TV and decided to go after her album. Somehow, she sounds like Dido or Jewel, which we have plenty around, except that she sings in portuguese, which is somewhat rare right now, when girls try to be as aggressive as possible or have voices so grave that you can think it is a man singing.

Edit 1: And most impressive: the song that made me go after her album is not there.

Always some surprise on AudioScrobbler

Again, AudioScrobbler (now just last.fm) brought a surprise to me: Dionysus. They aren’t the most impressive metal band I ever heard, but there is a real gem between their work: “Forever More”. Some of the lyrics really hit what I’m feeling right now, so…

Dionysus – Forever more

When I’m down and out without the strength to carry on
The sun still reaches your hair as it’s always done
Will I ever see you again, just one last time?
Anyhow I cannot feel any peace of mind

All around the world the fallen ones will see
That love was never ever meant for me
I’m torn apart but how could I flee?
I would die for you, so please come rescue me

‘Cause I wonder where you are
Have our freedom gone too far?
Is there still an open door?
I will love you forever ever more

I realize that life is never easy
But in my heart, I’d hoped for something greater
A dream I guess, but something to hold on to
A rainbow on a darkening, rainy sky

‘Cause my body’s caught, but still my soul is out there
They can take away my life, but not my freedom
My love is all that matters, you’ll see
I would die for you, so please come rescue me

‘Cause I wonder where you are
Have our freedom gone too far?
Is there still an open door?
I will love you forever ever more

When I’m down and out without the strength to carry on
The sun still reaches your hair as it’s always done
Will I ever see you again, just one last time?
Anyhow I cannot feel any peace of mind

‘Cause I wonder where you are
Have our freedom gone too far?
Is there still an open door?
I will love you forever ever more

Google talk is now online

Ok, everybody saw the news on Slashdot about Google talk going live, using Jabber as protocol. What you may not know is that I’m already using it, so if you want to test drive your new Google service add “julio.biason@gmail.com” on your buddy list.

Oh, and by the way: you need a GMail account to use this service. If you don’t have a GMail account yet, talk to me using the same email address and I’ll send you an invitation.

what kind of angel are you? {with pics}

7:00 in the morning, can’t get to sleep again and psychologist is only at 09:30. Another quiz? Why not?

love angel
You’re a love angel. in ancient mythology you’re
always the one playing with peoples hearts. you
can make them love and hate, and sometimes toy
around with it a bit. you can’t really be
called an angel, because of your temper and
sometimes little mean personality, but you’re
also a dreamer and a great romantic person.
your wings are very small and only love makes
them appear.

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Another vision for a dream

Last night, I and my “honorary little brother” went to Dado Bier to hang together and drink some cold ones. They weren’t really cold ones (and went to normal temperature quite quickly), but it was really fun, nonetheless.

One of the funny things we do is play each other psychologist. He tells me his problems, I tell him mines and we keep juggling them between each other, trying to help each other. One of the things we talked was about my dream of the burning forest.

First, let me put this: I was quite tired of being seated all time and I was on my foot when we explained what he thought.

In his vision, the forest is something pure, something natural (yeah, I told him what my psychologist told, so he accepted it and added a little bit). The explosion is the change. I started the explosion, so I want a change. And this change means losing my purity, the things that I was starting to accept.

At this time, I had to seat down again. Somewhat it made sense to me.

But there is something I just realized: to create the explosion, I hit the gas pipe with a shovel. To me, it seems that the shovel means work. So my work is hitting my energy and destroying my instincts.

And I have to hear two girls saying “Women are complicated”. Yeah, right. I had more issues than the Playboy magazine. :)

Maybe it is time to kill the past…

Today on the psychologist, we had a talk about an old dream I had, the first one I told to my first psychologist. It is about a forest, a gas pipe, I hitting the pipe, everything blowing up and the forest burning.

The first psychologist just said it was that the forest was my potential and seeing it burn meant that I felt I was losing my potential. Today I had another vision of it.

The forest is natural, and a pipe is manufactured. The pipe is a way to conduct energy (gas) on a controlled manner. So we have the conflict between a natural thing and a purely manufactured, un-natural, thing. The explosion is the conflict between the natural and the artificial. Also, there is nothing so human manufactured than the area I work with, and there is nothing more natural than the instincts that took me over a few months.

That made me thing, again, that I’m in the wrong working area. See, I follow my instincts, I choose code paths just because I have this feeling that this thing will work better than other things, even if I can’t explain why. And that’s nothing people expect from someone in this area: things work or don’t because a reason and I can’t explain this.

Also, there is something really really annoying me: Every time I hear “Coming back to life”, exactly where it says “For killing the past and coming back to life”, I can feel tears coming to me for some unknown reason. And I can’t stop thinking that I have this feeling of leaving everything behind and starting over on a different place, with different people.

Maybe the time has come. Time to kill my past and coming back to life…

“Most beautiful music of all times” slow’s award

I don’t know what I did that I never payed too much attention to Pink Floyd songs, but “Coming Back To Life” is surely one of the most beautiful songs I ever heard. Nice lyrics, right tempo, right everything, even being a song about a lost love. It is almost the perfect companion for “Def Leppard – Have You Ever Needed Someone So Bad”: two different times of one non-mutual love. Even the rhythm of both seams to fit: “Have You Ever” is full of whistles and bells, strong guitars, almost gives you the impression of some despair; “Coming Back”, in other hand, have simple elements, and gives a feeling of relief.

Pink Floyd – Coming Back To Life

Where were you when I was burned and broken
While the days slipped by from my window watching
And where were you when I was hurt and I was helpless
Because the things you say and the things you do surround me
While you were hanging yourself on someone else’s words
Dying to believe in what you heard
I was staring straight into the shining sun

Lost in thought and lost in time
While the seeds of life and the seeds of change were planted
Outside the rain fell dark and slow
While I pondered on this dangerous but irresistible pastime
I took a heavenly ride through our silence
I knew the moment had arrived
For killing the past and coming back to life

I took a heavenly ride through our silence
I knew the waiting had begun
And headed straight..into the shining sun