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I'm not writing this from 30,000 miles, somewhere approaching Chicago, not thanks to the non-free wi-fi most Delta flights don't have. Instead I'm still stuck in smallest state in the nation.

Here's what happened: 

PVD airport. Flight at 5:45 am. No sleep. Arrive airport 5:09. 2 Delta staff members by the self-checkin kiosk. Not a soul self-checking-in. Stand in Elite Checking Lane. I have flown over 35 times (enough to be a Gold Member) with Delta, AirFrance and other incompetent airlines in the the Flying Blue program, so I'm entitled to stand there. Nobody moves. One staff member busy with another customer. Two more staff behind the counter chatting. 2 Kiosk staff also chatting. 5:14am. Ahem. I haven't been at fault for missing a flight in the last 4 years. An old lady finally takes me on. Fumbles for a couple minutes. 5:16 am. Oops. Too late to check bag. Less than 30 minutes before likely delayed flight departed. System won't allow. No manual override. You're shitting me. Old lady is chirpy, says sorry with a smile. Think of an upgrade. Lady kills any possibility with the ultimate "I'm not going to charge you". No shit, sherlock. Just the fact that you said that was so wrong. Rescheduled for a flight two hours later. Because my bags could not make it to the airplane in less than 29 minutes in the smallest airport in the nation. Fuck my Delta loyalty and my hundreds of thousands of miles. Fuck TSA. Why doesn't a twentieth-century domestic airline fly to VGO, Spain so that I don't have to step foot on another Delta or AirFrance flight ever again?

Our very own Andres Douglas will be presenting at Providence Geeks dinner, tonight! Don’t miss it if you’re in the area!

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I’ve received stupid offers from AT&T. Some companies simply suck at marketing (ding! ding! idea for startup). But I haven’t found a worse case of spamming than the ACM. They’re supposed to be good at technology, right? Well, there seems to be no way to stop receiving these. CC’ed in the email, perhaps like that they will get the hint.

whoever is reading this, please stop it. I’m going to cry.

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This interview appeared in Faro de Vigo, the longest published newspaper in Spain. Talking about Bakodo and my background. [Spanish]