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Alex Garcia
“Truly great friends are hard to find, difficult to leave, and impossible to forget.”
“Truly great friends are hard to find, difficult to leave, and impossible to forget.”

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Don't be disappointed if I ignore your hangout request. I can't be available 24 hours and I can't have long conversations. I mostly use hangouts with family. Private posts are the best alternative if you don't want to post public questions
I don't work for Google but I am a Google Top Contributor for Google+, meaning I get to work for free but I don't have secret contacts to make things happen. For more information go to
Born in Argentina
Lived in 3 different countries
Blood type: Red
Married, 2 kids.
Personal Computer user since 1981
Internet user since 1995.
Social network user since 2007.
Facebook disliker since Feb 2009, but stucked in there until Google entered the ring.
Have driven on both sides of the road.
Bilingual: Spanish and English
Favourite movies: Singing in the rain, Back to the Future, Gattaca.
Favourite music: Too many to make a list.
These days I listen to 97.3fm Brisbane.
Love reading. Always a book in hand. Ebook lately.
Interested in: Singularity and understanding what's the next step in human evolution.

My favourite quotes
LEARN from yesterday, LIVE for today and HOPE for tomorrow"
"Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery. Today is a gift, that's why it is called 'the present'."
"Consider the postage stamp. Its usefulness consists in the ability to stick to one thing till it gets there."--Josh Billings
"I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I needed to be."--Douglas Adams
"Not everything that can be counted counts, and not everything that counts can be counted" - Albert Einstein (disputed)

Bragging rights
I am a proud user of Google+ since July 1st, 2011.
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November 24, 1968
The long arm of the law.
Three men were accused of hijacking Pan American Flight 281, bound for Puerto Rico but taken to Cuba from Kennedy Airport on Nov. 24, 1968, a time when hijackings, especially to Cuba, seemed commonplace.
Two of the men have long since pleaded guilty and served their sentences. The remaining hijacker, Luis Armando Peña Soltren, remained a fugitive, spending 40 years in Cuba until he surrendered to United States authorities in 2009.
Mr. Peña Soltren, 67 in 2011, appeared in Federal District Court in Manhattan for his sentencing. He walked slowly into the courtroom, with short, silvery hair and bowed shoulders. Then he stood before Judge Alvin K. Hellerstein and read for 15 minutes from a piece of paper.
Through an interpreter, he apologized to the court, to his family and to the passengers and crew of the plane he helped hijack, using a pistol and a knife. Mr. Peña Soltren attributed his misdeeds to “lack of experience, lack of patience and lack of maturity.”
He then asked the judge for leniency, saying, “I beg you to please take into consideration my age today and that I turned myself in voluntarily, completely voluntarily, to justice in this country.”
Judge Hellerstein was unmoved, sentencing Mr. Peña Soltren to 15 years in a federal prison. His lawyers had asked for a sentence of no more than four years.
“I try to imagine how I would feel if someone put a knife to my throat or a gun to my back, and I wonder how many nightmares would follow,” Judge Hellerstein told the defendant. “I wonder even in your private moments with God whether there can ever be enough remorse.”
The proceeding resolved one of the more unusual hijacking stories in recent decades, one that Mr. Peña Soltren said was motivated by familial ties rather than political ideology. He said he joined a group of radical Puerto Rican nationalists in hijacking Flight 281, because he wanted to visit his ailing father in Cuba. And, he said, he returned to the United States — where prison time was all but assured — because he wanted to be with his wife, who left Cuba for the United States in 2004.
During the hijacking, Mr. Peña Soltren and two other men took control of the Boeing 707 armed with weapons that they had smuggled aboard. Nobody was injured during the hijacking, and the crew and passengers were returned to the United States.
The others who joined Mr. Peña Soltren on the plane, José Rafael Rios Cruz and Miguel Castro, were sentenced in the mid-1970s to 15 years and 12 years in prison, respectively, for threatening the lives of flight crew members, but served sentences of seven years and four years.
A fourth man who was not on the flight — described then as a leader of the Puerto Rican independence movement — was charged as a co-conspirator and acquitted.
“Unlike his co-defendants, Mr. Soltren never committed any other crime and was never even arrested, before or after this hijacking,”his lawyer Mr. Neuman wrote. “No conceivable justification exists for treating Mr. Soltren more harshly than his co-defendants.”
But federal prosecutors asked in their own letter for “a lengthy term of imprisonment.” They wrote that Mr. Peña Soltren had behaved violently aboard Flight 281, holding a knife to the neck of a flight attendant and pointing a .38 caliber Colt Cobra at the flight engineer.
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November 23, 1968
Lynn Eusan Homecoming Queen.
Lynn Cecilia Eusan was the first black Homecoming queen at the University of Houston, where she studied journalism, and the first black woman to earn the title at any predominantly white college or university in the south.
In the weeks leading up to the Homecoming game, Eusan received death threats and white fraternities mocked her in minstrel shows. Through the mocking, Eusan stayed positive. In an interview with the Houston Chronicle two weeks later, Eusan said, "This was the first time black students on the campus have banded together and really been effective against overwhelming odds."
Only seven years earlier, UH had been an all-white institution, not integrating until the 1962-63 academic year.
On September 10, 1971, a car driven by Leo Jackson, Jr. collided with a police vehicle. In the back seat, police found Eusan's body; she had been stabbed several times. Jackson claimed that Eusan had been "hysterical", assaulted him, and then stabbed herself, and that he was on his way to the hospital.
Jackson had been arrested 14 times prior to the incident for charges including rape and armed robbery. Jackson was charged with Eusan's murder, but in 1972, a jury acquitted him. (I must say: Why? Why? Why?. There is no doubt that he killed her. He has that record and suddenly he became a good person trying to take her to the hospital?) Since then, no one has been charged in connection with Eusan's death
A park at the university is named in her honor.
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November 22, 1968
The Beatles (White Album) released (UK)
It is the ninth studio album by the English rock band the Beatles. A double album, its plain white sleeve has no graphics or text other than the band's name embossed, which was intended as a direct contrast to the vivid cover artwork of the band's previous LP Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band.
Although no singles were issued from The Beatles in Britain and the United States, the songs "Hey Jude" and "Revolution" originated from the same recording sessions and were issued on a single in August 1968.
The album's songs range in style from British blues and ska to tracks influenced by Chuck Berry and Karlheinz Stockhausen.
Most of the songs on the album were written during March and April 1968 at a Transcendental Meditation course in Rishikesh, India. The group returned to EMI's Abbey Road Studios in London at the end of May to commence recording sessions that lasted through to mid-October.
During these sessions, arguments broke out among the foursome over creative differences. Another divisive element was the constant presence of John Lennon's new partner, Yoko Ono, whose attendance in the studio broke with the Beatles' policy regarding wives and girlfriends not attending recording sessions. After a series of problems, including producer George Martin taking a sudden leave of absence and engineer Geoff Emerick suddenly quitting, Ringo Starr left the band briefly in August.
On release, The Beatles received favourable reviews from the majority of music critics, but other commentators found its satirical songs unimportant and apolitical amid the turbulent political and social climate of 1968. The band and Martin later debated whether the group should have released a single album instead. Nonetheless, The Beatles reached No. 1 on the charts in both the United Kingdom and the United States, and has since been viewed by some critics as one of the greatest albums of all time.
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November 21, 1968
This time the protest ended peacefully.
The last gesture of open defiance, by Czechoslovakians against the Soviet occupation, ended peacefully at noon as tens of thousands of students in Prague brought a 76-hour sit-in to a close, carrying bedrolls, books and guitars.
The new Czechoslovakian leadership— Gustav Husak, Lubomir Strougal and Oldrich Cernik— had decided to let the student strike run its course, rather than to crack down, and the strike leaders had voluntarily agreed to close the protest at a specified time.
"There were no soldiers or policemen in sight at noon", Tad Szulc of the New York Times would write the next day, "as the self-disciplined students— the boys and girls— slowly and happily took down the signs proclaiming the 'occupation strike' from the facade and doors of Prague University's Philosophy and Law buildings.", satisfied that they had done something to keep alive the spirit of freedom.
Students had occupied classrooms, corridors and laboratories since Sunday throughout Bohemia and Moravia in support of a 10-point resolution reminding national leaders of the reforms launched last spring and gradually abandoned under Soviet pressure since the invasion.
There were also scattered strikes of secondary schools in Prague and universities in Slovakia. A number of factories held sympathy work stoppages or sounded their whistles as a show of worker solidarity.
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November 20, 1968
Electric car hits 138.82mph at Bonneville.
The Bonneville Salt Flats are in Utah, USA, near the border with Nevada, and as the name suggests it's a very big and very flat area of land. Speed freaks began using the terrain for racing way back in 1912.
Since 1935, Bonneville's been one of the the primary venues for land speed record attempts, with most land speed records recorded between 1935 and 1970 set there.
Its long, thick stretches of salt-encrusted earth are perfect for driving at high speed. The area was formed during the last Ice Age, when a huge lake dried up, leaving behind mineral deposits. Every summer the flats' salt crust hardens again after the winter rains, leaving a perfect speedway.
Jerry Kugel set a record of 138.82 mph at the Bonneville Salt Flats in his car weighing 1,015kg and powered by a 120 horsepower AC motor and Lead Acid batteries. The Lead Wedge, created by Danny Eames for Ford, used 20 high-performance Autolite batteries.
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November 19, 1968
First interracial kiss on US TV.
Leave it to StarTrek to boldly take you where no man (or woman) has gone before. On November 22nd , Kirk and Uhura must pass through some galactically convoluted plot points before their lips meet. The Enterprise finds a planet inhabited by aliens who are followers of Plato and have developed psychokinetic powers. The crew gives them medical care, and the Platonites insist they stay. When Kirk declines, the aliens mess with their minds and force Kirk and Uhura to smooch against their will. (This is all done in dramatic Star Trek-style, with Uhura saying things like, "I'm so frightened, Captain! I'm so very frightened.")
With an eye toward the Emmys and stirring up controversy, producers took out an ad in The Hollywood Reporter asking none too subtly if TV's first interracial smooch was about to actually happen.
If this is the first interracial kiss or not is hotly debated in Wikipedia, but I would rather give it to Kirk and Uhura. According to reports there was very little controversy about the kiss in the media in 1968.
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November 18, 1968
Japan Airlines plane splashed in Frisco Bay.
Too many things happened on November 22, 1968 so let's start early.
Believe it or not, there were no injuries and no casualties when the pilot missed the landing strip by 3 miles, misreading the landing instruments.
Airport officials said the reef was the “one ideal place in San Francisco Bay” in which to land. A few feet further and it would have sunk deep into mud. In most other parts of the Bay, the plane would have sunk into the water. The Shiga was essentially on a solid underwater plateau that was seven feet deep, making the wings the perfect plank for these businessmen to walk toward the Coast Guard lifeboats.
The landing was so smooth than many people didn't know they landed on water until they looked out the window.
The cloud ceiling was 300 feet, with visibility of 3/4 of a mile, and there was little contrast between the sky and the calm waters of the bay. As a result, once the plane descended below the clouds, the mistake was not recognized in time to correct it before hitting the water. Captain Asoh stated that he realized the plane was too low once he spotted the water after the plane broke through the fog at an altitude of 211 feet (64 m) with an air speed of 177 mi/h (285 km/h). He grabbed the control stick to gain altitude, but the plane had already struck the water.
The aircraft was not severely damaged and was recovered 55 hours after the incident. United Airlines refurbished the aircraft for service at their maintenance base at the airport, at a cost of roughly US$4,000,000. The aircraft was returned to JAL on March 31, 1969, and underwent a successful test flight on April 11, 1969 from San Francisco to Honolulu. It was later renamed "Hidaka" and continued in service to JAL until 1983.
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November 17, 1968
The Heidi game.
The game between the Jets and the Raiders was already shaping up to be a classic: It featured two of the league’s best teams and 10 future Hall of Fame players. By the game’s last minute the two teams had traded the lead eight times. The game’s intensity translated into an unusual number of penalties and timeouts, which meant that it was running a bit long.
With a little more than a minute left to play, the Jets kicked a 26-yard field goal that gave them a 32-29 lead. After the New York kickoff, the Raiders returned the ball to their own 23-yard line. What happened after that will go down in football history:
1) Most pro football games were played in 2½ hours in those days, and league executives scheduled this one, for three. The contract with Heidi prime sponsor Timex specified a 7pm start and so the order went down. There would be no delays. With just 65 seconds left to play, NBC switched off the game in favor of its previously scheduled programming Heidi, a made-for-TV version of the children’s story about a young girl and her grandfather in the Alps.
2) Raiders quarterback Daryle Lamonica threw a 20-yard pass to halfback Charlie Smith; a facemask penalty moved the ball to the Jets’ 43; and on the next play, Lamonica passed again to Smith, who ran it all the way for a touchdown. The Raiders took the lead, 32-36. Then the Jets fumbled the kickoff, and Oakland’s Preston Ridlehuber managed to grab the ball and run it two yards for another touchdown. Oakland had scored twice in nine seconds, and the game was over: They’d won 43-32.
Humorist Art Buchwald wrote “Men who wouldn’t get out of their chairs in an earthquake rushed to the phone to scream obscenities [at the network].”
The film was just reaching a most tear-jerking moment as Heidi’s paralyzed cousin Clara was taking her first halting steps, as NBC run a sports break banner: “SPORTS BULLETIN: RAIDERS DEFEAT JETS 43-32”.
If half the nation hated NBC at that moment, now the other half did as well. Sportswriter Jack Clary quipped, “The football fans were indignant when they saw what they had missed. The Heidi audience was peeved at having an ambulatory football score intrude on one of the story’s more touching moments."
NBC could not have managed to alienate more viewers that evening. Shortly after the Heidi debacle, the NFL inserted a clause into its TV contracts that guaranteed that all games would be broadcast completely in their home markets.

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November 16, 1968
I'm a doctor not a mathematician.
I am tired of looking for something interesting that happened on this day. And this is the most relevant piece of information that I have found related to this day. Have a laugh. :)

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