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I love my Florsheim shoes pretty much the same way some people love their pets. The older they get, the most affection they get from me. This love affair goes back a long time.

I saw a Florsheim shoe for the first time when I traveled to New York in October of 1980. I was being promoted to Sales Supervisor of marine fuels and lubes by Texaco and had to spend 15 days in New York and 15 days in London and Brighton to shape me up. It was be best experience in my life.  But that’s another story.

In New York, I was staying at the Roosevelt Hotel; the same hotel where famous musician Guy Lombardo played for thirty years.  On a cold Sunday afternoon, I decided to go out and explore the city.  It was time to meet the beast face to face.  I went window shopping at Manhattan’s famous Fifth Avenue.

The windows displays were gorgeous.  It was October and the stores were getting ready to make the big killing in December.  In one of those windows I spotted the most beautiful shoes I’ve ever seen.  I couldn’t resist the temptation of taking a closer look.  Only to look I said, since my budget was extremely limited and I was in foreign lands.  When I exited the store, my Net Worth had decreased by $50.  Plastic money helped me out—Visa.

Since then, I’ve been completely faithful to Florsheim shoes.  Not even once have I faltered in my love affair with this leather product.  Even as we speak, I have four pairs of Florsheim shoes.   They are the only ones I have.    Here they are:

Photograph of the original shoes I purchased in New York in 1980. They have been with me for just about 29 years. The same number of years Ive been married to my wife.

Photograph of the original shoes I purchased in New York in 1980. They have been with me for just about 29 years. The same number of years I've been married to my wife.

This is a Kenmoor 17109 Florsheim shoe.    The Kenmoor classic long wing tip brogue dress shoe has either a heritage calfskin leather or pebble grain cashmere calf leather upper, and is fully leather lined. This shoe features a double leather sole with Goodyear Welt construction for exceptional durability. The Kenmoor is also part of the Florsheim Imperial line, which represents only the finest leathers and craftsmanship.  It has a price tag of $225.  Ouch!

Photograph of another pair of Kenmoor 1709 Florsheim shoes. These are newer shoes, but I cant remember when I bought them. They have been repaired twice and look like new, as you can see.

Photograph of another pair of Kenmoor 1709 Florsheim shoes. These are newer shoes, but I can't remember when I bought them. They have been repaired twice and look like new, as you can see.

Photograph of a pair of FLS Berkley Penny ST 30253 Florsheim shoes. These shoes are so soft on your feet, they compete with tennis shoes. They are made in China. They havent been to the shoe repair shop yet.

Photograph of a pair of FLS Berkley Penny ST 30253 Florsheim shoes. These shoes are so soft on your feet, they compete with tennis shoes. They are made in China. They haven't been to the shoe repair shop yet.

Photograph of my new classic Berkley Florsheim shoes in Burgundy color. I have used them only a couple of times. I love its casual style.

Photograph of my new classic Berkley Florsheim shoes in Burgundy color. I have used them only a couple of times. I love its casual style.

The Berkley beef-roll penny loafer is made with a genuine hand sewn moccasin construction, and features a leather upper and a durable leather sole.  This is a classic Florsheim shoe and sells for $90 which is not a bad deal.

Well guys, these are my babies.  They are so durable I’m sure they will outlive me.

Before I close the post, I know the photographs above suck.  The tungsten lamp light above the shoes was too strong, which gave the pictures a bluish tint.  I apologize for that; but as you know, I’m still learning the ropes in photography.  I promise to keep on studying.  Good Day.

Edit: With the colaboration of my friend Michael Moor, a professional photographer, I replaced the previous photographs with new ones enhanced by Michael.  I wish to thank him for his assistance and support in making Lingua Franca a better blog.

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A young woman enjoys a coconut filtered shower on Isla Pelíkano, Kuna Yala Islands, Panama. (Credit: The New York Post)

Photo Gallery of Isla Pelíkano

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In the world of Web browsers, speed is one of the most vital features.  If you’re fast, chances are you’ll survive.  If you’re in competition with a snail, your chances you will end in the gutter.

In a recent Sunspider JavaScript test made by ZDnet Australia released last Tuesday, Chrome and Firefox left the other players biting the dust. The test compared Microsoft’s Internet Explorer 8 RC 1, Opera 10.00 Alpha, Firefox 3.1b1, Chrome 2.0.158.0, and the WebKit r40220 developer project included in Chrome and Apple’s Safari.

IE8 still trails the competition by an ample distance; removing Opera from the comparison would leave IE8 at almost three times slower than its nearest competitor.

I believe this test to be accurate.  My perception is that Chrome and Firefox are the fastest kids in the block; that’s one of the main reasons why they’re on the top of my browser’s list.  

Below is a chart depicting the results of the Sunspider JavaScript Test (lower bars is better):

Alex Serpo/ZDNet.com.au)

(Credit: Alex Serpo/ZDNet.com.au)

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Last Sunday, Abdiel (our grandnephew) was home to brighten our day.  You could tell because our house looked like a battlefield—upside down. When Abdiel comes over, confusion takes over and everything is the opposite of what it should be. Right is left, up is down, white is black and so forth.

When he left, I went to the guest room and started to tidy up the mess.  There were countless plastic toys scattered on the floor obtained from convincing his reluctant father to buy him a “Cajita Feliz” every time they went past a MacDonald’s fast-food restaurant .

For those of you who don’t have kids, let me briefly say, that a “Cajita Feliz” which translate in English to “Happy Meal”, is a creative marketing tool used by MacDonald’s to sell its junk food to children.

A “Happy Meal” is a meal specially tailored for children, sold at the fast-food chain McDonald’s since June 1979.  A toy is typically included with the food, both of which are usually contained in a small multi-colored box with the McDonald’s logo.

To ensure that the trademark is internationally recognizable, McDonald’s now uses the term “Happy Meal” in Europe and the United States. In Quebec, it is called “Joyeux Festin” (literally meaning “Happy Feast” in French), in Hispanic America and Puerto Rico,  it’s known as Cajita Feliz (Happy Box in Spanish), and in Brazil  it is known as “McLanche Feliz ” (Happy McSnack in Portuguese).

Getting back to my story, I started to collect all the plastic toys and depositing them in a toy box, specially purchased to custody Abdiel’s trophies.  But as you know, there’s a child inside all of us, regardless of age.  So, the child inside me, popped out of my body, and started to play with the toys before I had the opportunity of sealing the toy box.

Since I always keep my Birthday camera handy, it also joined the innocent child’s play.  It’s wonderful to be a child again, after 62 years of playing the role of an adult full of responsabilities, budgets, schedules,  and what have you.

After the inner child played until exhaustion and returned to its home inside my body, this is the result of the playing activity.  Take a look.

A set up of several plastic toys from Abdiels Happy Meals collection.

A set up of several plastic toys from Abdiel's Happy Meals collection.

Please don’t do this at home.  You run the risk of being  permanently banned from your local photography association.  Good Day.

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Photograph: Red Tree


Pizdaus, The House of Pics We Like

Credit: Pizdaus, The House of Pics We Like

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Google is determined to make a dent in the Web browser’s world by upgrading their browser as much as they can.  It was recently announced that version 1.0.154.46 is out in the wild.  As you are probably aware, Chrome  is developed in the direction of the speed of loading pages and security.

What is new in this new release?  Let’s take a look under the hood:

  • Fix pages failing to load with ‘waiting for cache…’ message. (Issue 4769)
  • Mitigate Adobe Reader Plugin Open Parameters Cross-Site Scripting Vulnerability (CVE-2007-0048, CVE-2007-0045) by blocking requests for javascript: URLs in NPN_GetURL* calls. (Internal issue 1543405)
  • Fix ability to send mail with Yahoo! Mail (Issue 10585852)
  • Mark the SECOM Trust root certificates for EV (Issue 4985)
  • Fix to not download outdated SafeBrowsing lists (Issue 5597)
  • Fix some popups that were blocked even when the user requested them (Issue 6367)
  • Fix a timing issue that prevented Gears from starting properly sometimes (Issue 4219)
  • Security: Fix bad same-origin check that could lead to one frame being able to read or write the location of other frames (Issue6264)
  • Filter out Set-Cookie responses in XMLHttpRequest responses.
  •  Add support for UA spoofing, and spoof Safari’s UA string when loading URLs from *.mail.live.com (to fix hotmail). (Issue 4111)

Google Chrome automatically updates to a newer version when one is released. The update process happens silently, whether or not you’re using the browser at the time. If Google Chrome is open at the time of the update, you must close the browser and restart for the new version to launch.

To see if a manual update is available or to check your version number, follow these steps:

  1. Click the Tools Menu (look for the blue wrench icon) .
  2. Select About Google Chrome.
  3. If there is an update available, an Update button will be available. Click the button and restart the browser to use the latest version.

If for any reason that doesn’t work, you can always download Google Chrome at its main Web site.  You can find this link at the bottom of this post.  Good Day.

Download Google Chrome

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A gadget that took the Internet by storm in 2007 was the Kindle. It’s an electronic book reader that has all the features to make it a killer application.  It’s the creation of Jeff Bezos, CEO  of Amazon.com and promises to revolutionize the way people read books in the future.

Its first model didn’t have the finesse of an Apple’s iPhone, but the basics are there.  We don’t know how many Kindles have been sold since its introduction in November 2007, because Jeff Bezos is secretive about these figures, but they are hard to find at Amazon.com.  Another problem with Kindle, is its price.  Bezos is asking $359 which I think is on the steep side if it pretends to become a mainstream product.

Rumors are out there, that Jeff Bezos could launch a second version of the Kindle on Monday, February 9 at an announced press conference.

The event will be at the lush Morgan Library & Museum which seems to suggest something to do with books. If  the rumors are correct, the new Kindle will be quite a bit nicer than the original model. It was originally described as being what the iPod Touch was to the original 1st generation  iPod—a quantum leap in gadget styling and technology.

I’m anxious to find out what are Amazon’s intentions regarding the Kindle. Unfortunately this gadget is not marketed in Panama.  I would be one of the first on line to buy one…if the price is right, that is.  Good Day.

Source: Amazon press conference on 2/9: I can haz kindle too? – Crunch Gear

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