WILD and 2 Lucids

February 28, 2005 on 8:00 am | In Lucid Dreaming | No Comments

I beat the january lucid dreams number! I had 2 lucids today. One was quick but the second one was a very long one; both were super-dupper vivid.

I tried the WILD (Wake Induced Lucid Dream) and it worked very well. The only problem was that I took to much time to come back to sleep. WILD is a crazy technique, very crazy. The stages are very interesting. It’s a pleasure to start to know a little bit more of my mind/body inter relation.

109 since the beginning of the study. 11 lucid dreams; 6 lucid dreams for february and 5 in january. 10.09%!

Daddy and son

February 27, 2005 on 9:36 pm | In Uncategorized | No Comments

Bel went to Florianópolis. For 3 days I’ll be the only one responsible for Natan. Cool!

Dream Recalls

February 25, 2005 on 2:34 pm | In Lucid Dreaming | No Comments

Updating my lucid dream quest…

In the past 8 weeks, including the current one, I recalled 100 dreams, good number! I like statistics and think it’s a good way to improve my study of lucid dreaming. Thinking about that I looked in my annotations and saw how many dreams I recalled every day. In the table below you can see the numbers of dreams recalled per week since the begining of my lucid dream study:

week 4 - 16 (1 lucid)
week 3 - 12
week 2 - 16 (3 lucids)
week 1 - 10

week 4 - 11 (2 lucids)
week 3 - 16 (2 lucids)
week 2 - 12 (1 lucid)
week 1 - 07

Week 4 of february will end tomorrow and probably it will be a new record since I started. Just one more dream recalled and I bet it.

It’s good to see the data in this way. As I said in a previous post I thoght I had been passing to a bad dream recalling time, but it’s not what the table said to me. So, good news! I’m having a better dream recalling season!!

And I’m starting to fell a trend about the dream/reality checks. I started to do reality checks without thinking about it. Probably the tons of reality checks that I did in the previous weeks became impressed in my brain. Cool, let’s do more tons of reality check! :-)

The only think that is not soo good it’s the lucid dreams. Four lucids in february agains 5 in january. Having 3 more nights to go I still have a chance to tie january.

Linux companies Mandrakesoft and Conectiva Announce Definitive Merger Agreement

February 24, 2005 on 10:49 am | In Uncategorized | No Comments

Linux companies Mandrakesoft and Conectiva Announce Definitive Merger Agreement

Paris, France; Curitiba, Brazil; February 24th , 2005 ? Mandrakesoft, the number one European Linux company, today announced a definitive agreement to acquire Conectiva, the number one Linux company in Brazil and Latin America. This acquisition is expected to increase significantly Mandrakesoft’s size and R&D capabilities.

Conectiva, founded in 1995, employs 60 people and has offices in Curitiba, S�o Paulo and Manaus, Brazil. The company had 1.7 million EUR (2.2 million USD) of revenues in their latest fiscal year, and reached break-even during the latest fiscal half-year. Conectiva has gained significant recognition for its adaptive approach to technology development for corporations, communities and large partners in the communication and technology sector in Latin America.

Providing Linux services for corporations since its inception, Conectiva has a wide range of projects including ATM and teller solutions for financial institutions, infrastructure for the government, and a complete range of Linux solutions sold through major retail stores in Brazil. Conectiva’s technical achievements are also well known in the worldwide Linux community. Among them, the RPM port of apt-get (apt-rpm) and the new Smart Package Manager are just two examples of Conectiva’s accomplishments. In this context, Conectiva has long been sought by larger technology and communication industry players to develop specialized solutions, including embedded devices.

Well-known customers include public sector and large accounts such as HSBC, Casas Bahia, IBM, HP, Siemens, White Martins-Praxair, Generali, and the Brazilian Army, Navy and Air Force. Examples of large deployments by Conectiva include 15,000 desktops and 800 servers in the S�o Paulo public schools. Conectiva also has a strong position in the training business, training more than 15,000 people each year through its network of partners throughout Brazil.

Mandrakesoft, founded in 1998, is the internationally recognized number one European Linux company. Mandrakesoft has built its business by designing and delivering user-friendly Linux products to both individuals and businesses, building a user base of more than 4 million users. In its latest fiscal year, Mandrakesoft’s revenues reached 5.18 million EUR (6.7 million USD) for a net income of 1.39 million EUR (1.8 million USD).

Mandrakesoft is also recognized as offering increasingly strong business solutions in both Europe and the USA. These solutions include server and desktop products for corporations, dedicated support, training, and online services such as Mandrakeclub and Mandrakeonline. Mandrakesoft’s customers include such prestigious corporations as Carrefour, France Telecom, HP, Macif, Total, Verizon, and many government agencies including several French ministries.

Mandrakesoft is acquiring all shares of Conectiva for a total amount of 1.79 million EUR (2.3 million USD) in stock.

Both Mandrakesoft and Conectiva are profitable companies. The resulting corporation will benefit from several synergies by sharing development resources, commercial prospects and larger economies of scale, resulting in improved development potential for both companies.

“This merger is a great opportunity for Mandrakesoft and Conectiva. It is clear that it will strengthen us by creating commercial and technological value”, said Jaques Rosenzvaig, CEO of Conectiva. “The merger also positions the resulting company as a leading worldwide provider of Linux.”

“Combining the two businesses enables us to extend the scope of our offering and address more businesses by compounding development and commercial assets, resulting in strong synergies”, added Fran�ois Bancilhon, CEO of Mandrakesoft. “Mandrakesoft and Conectiva are dedicated to delivering innovative and quality products with a high level of personalized services to our customers. Our aggregated strengths will enhance extensive deployments, thus providing greater opportunity for continued expansion.”

Conectiva’s acquisition is in line with Mandrakesoft’s strategy to expand through both organic and external growth. Besides the commercial potential to address the Latin American market, the choice of Conectiva was strongly based on the cultural fit which exists between the two companies.

Mandrakesoft and Conectiva are both founding Members of the Linux Core Consortium (LCC), which has recently started development of a common implementation of the Linux Standard Base. The combined companies will build their next corporate releases on top of the LCC implementation.

Conference call for press:

Mandrakesoft will host a conference call to cover the event on Thursday, 24 February 2005. To participate, please check the URL below:


About Conectiva
The company was founded in 1995 and is the pioneer in the distribution of Linux and Open Source in Portuguese, Spanish and English for all of Latin America. Besides customized Linux distributions for the Latin American market, Conectiva develops a series of products and additional services directed at the market demand for Open Source Tools, consulting services, training and technical support, including books and manuals. The company is also sought after its highly regarded OEM programs, application ports and training kits.


Press enquiries:

Pimenta Comunica��o
Mariana Franco – mariana@pimenta.com
Claudia Muraro – claudia@pimenta.com
Telefax: +55 (11) 3061-9187
Jornalista Respons�vel: Regina Pimenta – Mat. Sind.: 5070

About Mandrakesoft
Mandrakesoft is the publisher of the popular Mandrakelinux operating system, one of the most full-featured and easy to use Linux systems available. The company offers its enterprise, government and educational customers a complete range of GNU/Linux and Open Source software and related services. Mandrakesoft products are available in more than 120 countries through dedicated channels and also from Mandrakestore.com, the company’s online store. Number 1 in several countries, Mandrakesoft has won many awards for quality and technical innovation. “Born on the Internet” in late 1998, Mandrakesoft has offices in the United States and France. Mandrakesoft is traded on Paris Euronext March� Libre (ISIN Code: FR0004159382/MLMAN; Reuters code: MAKE.PA) and the US OTC market (stock symbol MDKFF).


Press enquiries:
Ga�l Duval
press at mandrakesoft dot com
+33-1 40 41 00 41

Dream Views site

February 23, 2005 on 8:00 am | In Lucid Dreaming | No Comments

Yesterday I registered in the excelent Dream Views site. It has a very good content and a really cool discussion forum. My first post was about a kind of mental lucid block that I’m having right now. The answer says that this kind of mental block is know to the lucid dreamers as Dry Spell. It can comes from a lot of factors: stress, food, mental tricks and so on. It’s good to be part of a community that study lucid dream; you get more confident and confortable.

In a comment from a previous post Lucid Blogger compared the lucid dream rate the him and I had in the january and february. I was much more sucessfull than Lucid Blogger, but I think this is because a number of factor. The first one is beginers luck. I also think that because of my wife and kid were on vacation in the beach, I had a very calm house and could dedicate a lot of time to study and to sleep. Last month, from several days I used to go to sleep around 10:00pm; some nights even at 09:00pm. Right now I’m having poor dream recall and almost no lucid dreams.

The good news is that the fellows from Dream Views told me that the Dry Spells come and go. Let’s get this thing out of me! I want to Lucid Dream again; the sooner, the better!

Marketing advices from Scoble

February 21, 2005 on 5:58 pm | In Uncategorized | No Comments

Very cool marketing advices from Robert Scoble.

A Lucid Blink

February 21, 2005 on 8:00 am | In Lucid Dreaming | No Comments

That night I had a very quick lucid dream. It was like a blink. I saw myself in a room full of doors. In each door I saw copies of me with a modified face and body. It was like that house of mirrors in carnivals. I saw the doors and the others Me in a two dimension shapes. In that moment I realize that that I was dreaming. In that exactly moment I woke up.

Well, it’s not a bad restart. It was 10 days since my last lucid and I am very glad to have this new one. It doesn’t matter if it was just a blink. What matters is that I’m back to lucid dreams!!

From my records:

Total     -> 116 dreams, 9 lucids ( 7.75%), since January 6th.
February  ->  43 dreams, 4 lucids ( 9,30%)
January   ->  49 dreams, 5 lucids (10,10%)

Lucid Blogger, I’m back in the lovely world of Lucid Dreams!!

Manias Curitibanas

February 18, 2005 on 5:52 pm | In Uncategorized | No Comments

Manias Curitibanas.

Very funny (in portuguese). The way of life the Curitiba’s people.

The Top 100 Gadgets of All Time

February 18, 2005 on 4:59 pm | In Uncategorized | No Comments

From a BoingBoing post. I love gadgets. It’s true that I used to like more the now but who can live without one of these little pieces?

The Top 100 Gadgets of All Time

Night Bike

February 18, 2005 on 12:00 pm | In Esportes | No Comments

Yesterday a old friend from the college days called. Minduim (Peanut) invited me to participate in a mountain bike competition. I was very glad to receive that invite because we didn’t talk for a long time and he remembered me.

Minduim is a joker. The competition is a 12 hour mountain bike race that starts in the midnight and finish in the noon. What a good friend I have, don’t you thing? :-)

We’ll, I did not use my mountain bike for a long time. Yesterday night I took a ride in my neighborhood; I have to be fit to the competition! I was not that bad. I rode 2 hours and 20 to 30 kilometers.

In my good old days of mountain bike (10 years ago) I used to ride 100 to 200 kilometers each week. When I bought the bike I thought that it could be a fun thing to do and to have a health improvement. My expectations were overcome many times. I enjoyed so much my MB that I spend the next 3 years rinding almost every weeking. And in the nights I used to rode with 2 or 3 friends. Good old days. Maybe it’s time to come back to them!

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