Las Araucarias

Millones de años atrás La Patagonia tenía mucha variedad y cantidad de formas de vida. Había dinosaurios gigantes que comían toneladas de plantas, otros dinosaurios carnívoros que subían en la cadena alimenticia mientras pequeños dinosaurios, voladores plumíferos se animaban a cantar animados por aquel hermoso lugar. De manera paulatina algo cambió y al territorio le llegaron climas más fríos, mares más inquietos, y vientos más abrasivos. Los animales que pudieron emigraron o se adaptaron de manera diferente que las plantas. Desde entonces los árboles patagónicos no son como el resto de los árboles del mundo.

Si en el norte hay gigantescas secuoyas; En la patagonia encontramos al gigante Alerce patagónico (Fitzroya), ambos convergieron por selección natural, cada cual en una distinta, pequeña y única región del planeta.

Sequoya de Norte América . Fitzroya de Sudamérica

Mientras en los bosques boreales se encuentran Hayas en la patagonia se encuentran Coihues y así la botánica lista de especies convergentes. Repasando esta lista los invito a detenernos en una variedad en particular: Las Araucarias.

En la primer imagen podrán observar una especie joven de araucaria y una de sus ramas, noten que este árbol tiene un sistema de brazos abiertos al cielo y sus hojas pequeñas y pinchudas. La imagen siguiente muestra un pino, con sus ramas cayendo en el extremo y sus hojas transformadas completamente en agujas. Los invito a que hagan el ejercicio de diferenciar los pinos de las araucarias en cualquier paseo o recorrido y notaran la diferencia, ambas son muy elegantes.

Yo trabajo en Lanus, y en el camino de regreso paso habitualmente por esta esquina. Siempre observo a estos dos árboles, a los que vi crecer juntos, uno es un especie de pino y la de atrás una especie de Araucaria. Con la práctica es fácil diferenciarlas en cualquier lado.

Una gran superficie el hemisferio norte se cubre con pinos, mientras en el sur hay bosques nativos de araucarias no de pinos a pesar que se observan muchos pinos los que vemos han sido plantados por los hombres. Los pinos solo eran del norte planetario y su equivalente del sur son las araucarias. Sabemos que al trasladar una semilla de araucaria a una zona de pinos crecerá y tendrá las condiciones para prosperar y viceversa.

Es curioso que este movimiento a lo largo de tanto tiempo no haya ocurrido. Las semillas y el polen de los pinos jamás se cruzaron con las araucarias? Qué es lo que les impidió cruzar de norte a sur mientras se trasladan fácilmente de oeste a este en el planeta, mutando y adaptándose a cada región?

Bueno veamos esta imagen, está tomada un día despejado desde un satélite, vemos a la patagonia que está dividida en dos, la parte occidental húmeda y la parte oriental seca, división que se evidencia a partir de las altas cumbres que de norte a sur la recorren. Observemos que el sentido de los vientos no puede ser cualquiera, la masa de aire viene con velocidad desde el océano pacífico y su humedad se condensa al elevarse en las altas cumbres, si hubiera vientos de cualquier otra región llevarían humedad a la zona de la patagonia argentina.

Este sentido único de movimiento atmosférico queda en evidencia cuando uno de los tantos volcanes de la cordillera entra en erupción pues las cenizas siempre van hacia el este. También se nota este efecto en el tiempo de vuelo de la ruta aérea Buenos Aires — Mendoza, el avión demora unos minutos más de Bs.As. a Mendoza y menos en el otro sentido.

Supongo que estos vientos existen desde hace millones de años y que su franja de recorrido depende fuertemente del eje de rotación de La Tierra. Vale aclarar que se trata de franjas o grandes masas de viento predominantes, dentro de las mismas hay remolinos, movimientos térmicos, ascensos y descensos, en definitiva toda una variedad de movimientos atmosféricos que generan vientos circunstanciales desde cualquier dirección, pero son estos grandes movimientos de aire los predominantes los que alteran la vida de una región.

Observando la vegetación de nuestro planeta se puede ver que la tierra tiene tres de estas grandes franjas de vientos predominantes, así como el planeta Júpiter tiene muchas franjas que se cruzan en sentido opuesto y en algunas regiones generan esas manchas característica, en la tierra tenemos tres grandes franjas y supongo que cuando se chocan se enroscan generando los huracanes.

La ecuatorial o central es una franja que va del este hacia el oeste de manera permanente y las dos meridionales que van de oeste a este, osea en el sentido contrario. El ancho de esta franjas se modifican de invierno a verano pero la dirección se mantiene constante y es perpendicular al eje de rotación de la tierra.

Las araucarias se han distribuido y prosperado por todo el hemisferio sur, tanto en Sudamérica como en Oceanía arrastradas por esa gran corriente atmosférica sin poder cursarlas.

El paisaje patagónico tiene opuestos según la posición del espectador: exaltación con dureza, paraíso con enojo, su esencia tiene la belleza de su origen, algo divino en sus habitantes naturales, la rebeldía de las araucarias está ahí presente de alguna forma, ellas están antes que los dinosaurios y alimentaron a los mapuches contra los conquistadores.

Seguirán con mucho para decirnos en referencia a su singular ubicación planetaria.

Let’s Organise – Label Container Images

Back in June we decided we really needed to add labels to our Docker container images — after all we are MicroBadger, which is all about labelling containers.

Metadata is a vital part of organising your container images — in the long term you’ll have lots of them and you need to know something about what they’re for. What kind of chaos would the world be in without the Dewey Decimal System?

So we added labels and here are our thought processes, the tools we wrote and our recommendations for how to do the “right thing”.

Schema and formatting

Labels are just free text key/value pairs, which is flexible but potentially messy — particularly as you can label an image or container multiple times (and containers inherit labels for their images) and new keys will just overwrite any old keys with the same name.

So here are Docker’s rules

Do namespace your keynames with the reverse DNS notation of your domain (e.g. com.mydomain.mykey) to avoid unplanned overwrites.

Don’t use com.docker.x, io.docker.x or org.dockerproject.x as the namespace in your keynames. Those prefixes are reserved.

Do use lowercase alphanumerics, . and — ([a-z0–9-.]) in keynames and start and end with an alphanumeric.

Don’t use consecutive dots and dashes in keynames.

Don’t add labels one at a time with individual label commands. Each label adds a new layer to the image so that’s inefficient. Try to add multiple labels in one call:

LABEL vendor=ACME\ Incorporated \

com.example.is-beta= \

com.example.is-production=”” \

com.example.version=”0.0.1-beta” \

com.example.release-date=”2015–02–12"

These guidelines are not enforced, but we expect tools to come along to do that (e.g. Gareth Rushgrove of Puppet’s tool)

Let’s Organize

Labels to Use

There has been much community discussion about default and orchestrator-specific labels (see references). We reviewed that and decided to add a very minimal initial set of labels to our own images, which matches the draft schema specification defined at http://label-schema.org

“Labels”: {

“com.microscaling.build-date”: “2016–06–03T19:17:49Z”,

“com.microscaling.dockerfile”: “/Dockerfile”,

“com.microscaling.license”: “Apache-2.0”,

“com.microscaling.url”: “https://microscaling.com",

“com.microscaling.vcs-ref”: “f03720f”,

“com.microscaling.vcs-type”: “git”,

“com.microscaling.vcs-url”: “git@github.com:microscaling/microscaling.git”,

“com.microscaling.vendor”: “Microscaling Systems”
 }

Adding Labels to your DockerFile

Although you can just hardcode all these values into your Dockerfile, that’s a bit manual (because you can’t have dynamic labels in a Dockerfile). We therefore built a makefile to automate passing dynamic labels into our Dockerfile, which is checked into our GitHub repo.

Licensing

The most controversial label in our opinion is license. Does an image have a single license? It might easily have multiple licences if you are building say a Ruby app on top of Alpine. We therefore expect the license label to potentially be multi-valued (comma separated), for example “Apache-2.0, GPL-3.0”

For consistency we used the approach that each license is a text string license identifier as defined by SPDX http://spdx.org/licenses/

Go Forth and Label — and Tell Folk!

It’s very easy to add your own labels to your images. Metadata is an extremely useful as a way to organise and track images, which can otherwise get pretty out of control! And tell other folk to label using label-schema.org and MicroBadger . It’s the right thing to do. Let’s organize!

References

Gareth Rushgrove — DockerCon EU — https://speakerdeck.com/garethr/shipping-manifests-bill-of-lading-and-docker-metadata-and-container

Docker Label Guidelines — https://docs.docker.com/engine/userguide/labels-custom-metadata/

OpenShift — Labels for orchestration with Kubernetes -https://docs.openshift.com/enterprise/3.0/creating_images/metadata.html

Project Atomic — Proposal for generic labels — https://github.com/projectatomic/ContainerApplicationGenericLabels

Anne Currie

Anne Currie is the CTO of Microscaling Systems, home of MicroBadger. We advocate more effective container use with metadata. Let’s organise! At http://microbadger.com & we are helping to develop a draft label schema at label-schema.org

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Why We Binge

And that’s just to start.

We live in a remarkable age, where the “on-demand” economy touches everything — including the delivery of movies, music and film. There’s an army of creators working harder and harder to satisfy that craving for consumers. CNBC is about to unpack some of the drama beneath that massive transition.

Why do we binge? Because we can.

We hope you’ll watch BINGE wherever and whenever you want. You won’t have to wait long for Season 2.

FinTech Companies Firing Up The Mobile Payments Market

Read the full story here.

The FinTech industry in recent years not only attracted attention from traditional financial institutions and disrupted certain sectors, but also made a significant transformation in consumers’ minds. Our expectations went so far beyond of what was really available and all of it was because FinTech ‘spoiled’ the customer.

One wouldn’t imagine not having an option to make a mobile payment as there are tons of options to choose from (which makes it even harder). In fact, in 2016 total mobile payment transactions are expected to reach $27.05 billion, with users spending an average of $721.47 annually. Total mobile payment sales will rise faster than average spending per user in 2016 because of the growth in the number of overall users of the technology.

Almost every other month a tech giant introduces its mobile wallet or other integrated payment solutions for merchants across platforms and devices. To understand how dense the market is, here are some of the companies offering integrated solutions for payments, in particular, mobile payments. So if you are looking for a seamless experience (whether as a business or individual) with mobile-shopping, consider having one of those solutions installed.

The obvious one, Square, offers POS solutions to take care of digital receipts, inventory, and sales reports, as well as provide analytics and feedback.

Dwolla

Dwolla is a free web-based software platform allowing users to send, receive, and request funds from another user.

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iZettle

iZettle a leading mobile payments company, offers small businesses portable point of sale solutions and free sales overview tools.

LoopPay

LoopPay is an m-commerce platform provider that enables retail consumers to pay with their mobile phones. Samsung acquired LoopPay in 2015.

Stripe

Stripe is a technology company that allows both private individuals and businesses to accept payments over the Internet.

Revel Systems

Revel Systems provides an iPad POS solution for restaurant and retail establishments.

Softcard

Softcard is a mobile payments platform that enables users to make payments, redeem offers, and store loyalty, membership, and reward cards.

Boku

Boku is a global mobile payments network providing mobile-enhanced payments in ecommerce and at physical POS. Austrian DaoPay acquired Boku’s ‘pay by call’ business in 2015.

Fortumo

Fortumo is a mobile payments company enabling carrier billing in 90+ countries through 350+ mobile operators to over 130,000 merchants.

Passport

Passport is focusing on integrated urban mobility solutions offering mobile payments.

Payfirma

Payfirma offers businesses a multi-channel payment platform for mobile, ecommerce and in-store payments.

SumUp

SumUp is one of the leading mPOS providers in Europe set to empower the world to accept card payments.

PowaWeb

PowaWeb is a flexible SaaS cloud-based commerce platform. PowaPOS is a hardware and software platform that customizes the payment experience in store and on the move.

orderbird AG

orderbird AG is a provider of iPad POS systems that facilitate reporting functions in the hospitality industry.

Carta Worldwide

Carta Worldwide is an international digital transaction technology company specializing in mobile and emerging payments.

Mozido

Mozido is a global provider of trusted and inclusive digital commerce and payment solutions for both unbanked and developed markets.

Continue exploring more companies here.

Vintage style is always the fashion lucky devil. – YIyang Xie – Medium

Fashion: The boom of Vintage Style

Vintage style is always the fashion lucky devil. It is a trend that quite a few big brands favor to mix certain retro elements to their new design products in order to attract the public’s eyes. Nearly every year fashion designers will grasp inspiration from past popular trend. Vintage style successfully refreshes the old fashion and injects new vitality.

Vintage style like a gust of wind soon blows all aspects of our lives. It is a common phenomenon to see fashion-girls wear vintage clothing and bags strutting on the streets everywhere. Advertisers consciously advocate products with the slogan of “back to the old good days” to evoke people’s memories of earlier time. when you go to barbershop to change your hair style, your hairstylist may ask “How about retro style?” It makes clear that vintage accords with public aesthetic view.

Even in the online shops, the vintage style layout is put in a conspicuous place of the screen to attract people to click. Modern technology motivates the development of vintage influence among public. Like many stylistas shot videos and upload on YouTube to introduce how to make up of vintage sense. The combination with social media make vintage be great welcomed by young people.

There is no doubt vintage fashion is making a comeback. Whether on our TV screens, in our magazines, or in our stores, styles from decades ago are suddenly popular once again. While the idea of making the old new again isn’t, vintage styles today have crossed over into the mainstream.

Why vintage becomes so popular? Some reasons account for it. Consumers buying vintage believe that mainstream fashion is less unique and high street fashion is too generic. There will always be people who like individual and interesting pieces such as ‘one offs’ and ‘investment buys’, consumers are discovering that vintage is not only adaptable to current trends but are often timeless classics that can become a wardrobe stable.

Another influencing factor is celebrities charm and the effect of media. Throughout fashion show and red carpet in recent years, vintage style is one of hot choices for many celebrities. To some extent, the dressing style of celebrities is an indication of fashion trend. Under the effect of celebrities, vintage is frequently mentioned by fashion critics through the strong power of mass media. Public are eager to follow the pace of celebrities. Vintage becomes a marker post of fashion and are popular among people.

Lily Allen is an good example. She is a singer and a talk show host in Britain. In 2010, she decided to stop her career at the peak of time for a period and soon announced her new career. She planed to devote herself to do a vintage business.

Lily Allen

“I’m doing a vintage clothes shop with my sister, it’s amazing stuff that would be really expensive but we’re renting it [out] for a fraction of the price, so girls can come and get dressed up for a night out and have a laugh.” Lily told NME.com. It is worth mentioning that Lily’s fans have chance to get their hands of her collection of vintage clothing.

Lily Allen’s first design of vintage clothing will be on sale at Vintage At Goodway Festival, which is organized by her friends Hemingway. Hemingway is best known for setting up the hugely successful Red or Dead fashion label.

“There are lots of vintage weekender festivals,” explains Hemingway, “which celebrate a single niche — rockabilly, and they’re usually held in grim seaside resorts. This festival brings everything together. We wanted to celebrate the gamut of British creativity music, fashion, art and design, film, food — and give people a chance to dress up and be glamorous.” 
 
 “For many customers, vintage is about looking forward through the window of the past.” John Walsh notes, Back to the history of vintage style, it can be dated from the end of the last century. The rise of vintage fashion may be considered a response to the negative publicity and effects of fast fashion. Fast fashion is essentially a business model for companies to manufacture products in a large scale. This kind of fashion come fast as well as go fast. It is hard for fast fashion to leave great impression and memory on pubic.

Compared with fast fashion, vintage style, is totally different. It focuses on individual preference and satisfies the niche market. This is the era of showing off individuality. Everyone is eager to shape its own style. Vintage provide the opportunity for those people. Most vintage items take up a quite small part of market. It means that those retro items are precious and rare. Consequently, the price of vintage is higher than one’s expectation.

As Joanna Blythe notes “It’s a sound investment considering the booming designer vintage market. Halston has always been popular with fashion-lovers, but with its re-launch imminent, the price of vintage pieces is set to rocket. Here the consumer base has expanded from a small niche to everyone from celebrities to fashion lovers and investors.”

As vintage style is gradually accepted by increasingly people, how to lower the price of vintage items is a problem. Therefore, the rise of second-hand clothing shops is able to meet the public’s needs. Customers have access to buy vintage clothing in low price in second-hand shops. It seems that those shops have broader market.

Vintage Store

“I love vintage clothing. They are never out of date.” Lisa Hill says, her hands gently touch the red windbreaks and put it up the clothes hanger. Lisa’s father is the shop owner of a vintage store in Brunswick. More than 10 years ago, Mr Hill leased the store and did his small business. At the same time, he works in charity, so Mr Hill has opportunities to do a recycle business. People of charity give their staff to Lisa’s family. They are able to recycle some of clothing and accessories.

“Vintage style is a trend. The second hand items we sold cater to the customer’s demand.” Lisa says proudly, “Our customers are vast and different from women to men, from old to young. It is charm of retro style.” After Lisa finishes the words, two young ladies come to the shop. One of the girls pick overcoat and fit on it in front of the mirror. After asking the price of overcoat, the girl buys the clothing without any hesitation. “They are my regular customers. You see, vintage is so charismatic.” Says Lisa.

“Because the price of second-hand clothing and items are reasonable. People are willing to buy. And it is sustainable.” Says Lisa. She knows there are many physical stores opens online service, people can buy vintage staff online. But her father does not plan set up online shop.” Lisa says the shop does very good business and it depends on word of mouth.

Susan Miller, a regular customer of Lisa’s shop is a big fan of vintage. “For me, vintage is the best style.” Showing the hat she buys, Susan giggles “Those items have magic for me. I always think about their former owner. Who is look like, dose she like the items like me. I feel satisfied when I look those clothing and accessories. I believe each item has its unique story. That is the wonderful part of vintage.”

Susan explains why she is fond of second-hand vintage shops. “Not only because the low price, the concept of recycle is a good point.” She says genuinely. “I think vintage fashion and recycle are similarity. Some clothing we think out of date may become popular sometime. Fashion itself is a process of circulation. Recycling old clothing is an economic and sustainable life style.”

Actually more and more vintage consumers adopt the “repair, reuse, and recycle” attitude. This challenges the “throwaway fashion” idea as people hold on to garments longer and choose to repair them rather than discard them. The rise of vintage changes the public attitudes towards the fashion.

To some extent, vintage style encourages people make good use of old staffs to create new image. People take an old piece of cloth and doing something creative with it. It’s not about hugging the past — it’s about mixing old and new.

Now vintage fashions are thriving, some people may worry that it will became past time one day. After all, fashion trends come and go quicker than you can say.” But there will always be people who like individual and interesting pieces,” Bateman says. “In the future I think the price of quality pieces, such as designer items or one-offs, will rise, and the cheaper, more commonplace pieces will fall as more comes on to the market.”

The boom of vintage style does change people’s idea about fashion. It provides different possibilities about fashion. Encouraging designers to add new ideas to old staff, vintages has attraction to appeal public follow its pace. Also, vintage advocates a sustainable life style, which according with the conception of contemporary people. So it can believe that vintage is a forever topic.

better left unsaid

She’s staring up at you so innocent and wondering. She’s at the cusp of when life begins. When dreams come true and it isn’t naive to think so.

“Did dad wait…for you,” she lingers before the last words as if in hopeful admiration. her face is eager. It’s looking up at you, thirsting, with starry eyes so shielded from hurt and so prejudiced in his favor. And the TV light from the old black and white film throws dancing beams of light and dark on her youth.

She’s waiting.

And your stomach churns with the weight of the truth that he didn’t. You haven’t thought about this in years, yet after all this time it still hurts. And you never once foresaw this being a lasting wound or that you’d address it with your children and that it would still steal the color from your cheeks and the life from your eyes.

You shift your weight on the couch and finally answer, protecting him. That of course he waited. As true love always does.

You think the answer satisfies her. But you wonder if she picks up on what isn’t said. What is heard in your hesitation. What is seen in glassy eyes. And shrunken shoulders. And at 18 she’s young but smart and she squeezes your hand minutes later when the movie is over and you’re paralyzed, watching the credits fall like they were a part of the film.

And you wonder what would happen had he never told you at all. If you’d just lived and loved all these years so blissfully unaware. Of her. And her. And of her and her and her. And the credits continue to fall in your gaze.
 
Maybe you should have told her the truth, as he did you. But some small part of you whispered otherwise. And it’s the same small part of you that still believes in a pure love and wants her to believe in that too.

So in the end you were not so much protecting him, as you were your own shattered heart and the one tiny piece that remained so powerfully in tact. And it’s that tiny piece that beats for hers so whole and complete and believing.

And you nod as if in agreement with yourself that it was all so very much better left unsaid.

“Go to Where Your Customers Are” Isn’t The Full Truth, and Here’s Why

There’s good marketing advice and bad marketing advice, but this specific “almost good” advice has been irking my nerves as of late so I want to address it once and for all.

During a consult my buddy Tyler from A1 Sewer and Drains told me that he’d tried out Facebook ads to no avail. He was clearly peeved at the waste of money with no ROI.

Why did Tyler do it? Because the widespread advice is to go where your customers are, and all of our customers are certainly on Facebook. But it’s not that simple. In fact, by that logic car salesmen should then travel to their local grocery stores to make commission when there’s a slow day on the lot, and I should certainly seek out web design clients at my local library. Wait, that doesn’t sound right, does it?

It doesn’t sound right at all, because it’s not. Going where your customers are located is only one part of the puzzle. You also have to be where your customers are looking for you, and had Tyler contacted me sooner I would have been happy to remind him that no one looks for Plumbers on Facebook — and how important that tidbit of information is in his endeavors. They’re checking Google, Angie’s List, and asking their friends, so those platforms are where his biggest ROI is located.

Simply put, locating where your customers are looking for you is the same thing as locating your ROI. Then all you have to do is go in and grab it.

Marketing on the web will help every business, but not every location on the web is built for your business. Be mindful of where your target audience is most likely to want what you’re selling them.

This post is cross-posted from Bootstrap Millennial where you can find more marketing advice from Tori Reid.

That is precisely why I’m all up for Web Apps. – Christian Bonato – Medium

That is precisely why I’m all up for Web Apps. OK, animations and transitions are limited to a few (remember when we had so few fonts at hand? Verdana anyone?), but at least you get to work DIRECTLY into the browser, and your app just works. Design is done by overwriting classes / elements in Dev Tools, then replicated into Sass files.
That way you have a team of devs who don’t wait after designers, and designers that see their results alive.
It still baffles me that no prototype tool is able to spit out usable code.