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Deus dá asas à minha cobra

Não sou freira nem sou puta

Porque nem toda a feiticeira é crocunda

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Just a small update, because I’m prolly going to get stupid busy during the upcoming week.

I’ve installed Leopard 10.5.1 running the original Apple kernel (yay EFI).


The wallpaper is really a running application called EarthDesk (runs in both Windows and MAC) that features real-time clouds, and it looks really cool! This app though, does not come for free (it costs 23.95$ USD), so if you are not running Leopard (but are running Tiger), then give OSXplanet a try! Besides EarthDesk’s features, it also shows you live data about volcanoes, earthquakes, etc.

Now… Back to me.

I’ve updated this blog’s theme (as you’ve probably noticed by now) because it has 3 columns that I can now use to have more widgets. I know there are still some bugs in it (scroll all the way down, and you’ll know what I mean), but it fits the bill nicely for now.Busy wise… I’m having 2 exams next week, and besides that, at work, I’ve been assigned to another project related to the Galileo positioning system (without leaving the other one, so I am now in two), and my first task is to review a Detailed Design Document (it has 300+ pages IIRC).On top of that, I’m also going to show case my Chat application to the Innovation Board (or some fancy name like that) over at Critical Software by the end of the week (which is an exam day).

So yeah…. lol. It’s 11:20 by now, so I’m going to have a shower, shave, have lunch, go to the gym, and study/review document/code/fiddle (I’m a fiddler, I need to fiddle), so don’t whine about it.

OH OH OH OH And I’m also going to Jayme‘s place (it’s his birthday today! YAY!) on Saturday afternoon, so I’ll have to make up for that as well.

I just wish Marisa had invited me to go to Lisbon this afternoon. It would’ve been good for me to gather some strength to face this troublesome period.

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Your softly spoken words

Release my whole desire,


Today I’ve received a really awesome gift! Jayme Bulhões, got me two photos of me on his wedding (1st of May of 2007)!

On this first one, you can see the gang!


They were all my colleagues when I entered Critical Software, almost 3 years ago. From the left to the right:

Inês Melo, Bruno Ramos, Marília Bulhões Campos, Jayme Bulhões, Ana Luísa, ME, Marta Umbelino and André Barbosa.

Inês Melo is in human resources, Bruno Ramos is still on the edgeBOX, Jayme Bulhões is also still on the edgeBOX, Ana Luísa is still a secretary, ME, well…. I’ve moved a lot, and now I’m on the Embedded and Real Time business unit, Marta Umbelino, whom I think used to be on the Dependability business unit, but has moved a long time ago to a bank in Lisbon (she has a math degree), and André Barbosa (he dates Marta Umbelino), the guy who seated in front of me (although he entered Critical about month later I think), and is still on the edgeBOX. Good memories come from the gang, but not from the project, as far as I’m concerned 😛

This next photo is prolly the one that best describes Jayme Bulhões! A funny guy altogether 🙂


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How many words

Will fail me in my negligence
To arrest, oh yes
This crazy part of me?

JamiroquaiHot Tequila Brown

THIS ENTRY IS VIDEO INTENSIVE (movies by Stanley Kubrick), SO TO WATCH THE WHOLE ENTRY HIT “Continue Reading”

Read more…

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Bravely I look further than I see

Knowing things I know I cannot be, not now
I’m so aware of where I am, but I don’t know where that is
And there’s something right in front of me and I

K’s ChoiceBelieve

First, and foremost, I need to inform all of you, that I have KICKED TIAGO’S ASS on a Badminton and Basketball competition. I went to the gym yesterday, and I also went there today, I rowed, I pulled weights, and I biked, but STILL, I kicked his ass! THERE!

Anyways, on with the photo!


That’s Anya, and Omeno on the photo (I don’t think neither of them read this blog). Omeno is studying Photography in Tomar, so kudos for her!

Oh… And note to self, always scan B&W photos to 16 bits TIFF files, it makes a hell lot of a difference! I should rescan all my previous photos, this way. It’s THAT different 🙂

Ohhh and if you have the time, take a look at these photos, really street photography going on! I envy that guy. Great equipment, and great photos!

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the words don’t mean enough for us to say
for us to say
to steal the moment that we gave away
we gave away
gave it away

I was kind of bored at work, so I’ve decided to go to the bar to have a _plastic cup_ of water. On my way up there, I’ve come across a colleague of mine that was in the same situation, and so we decided to go to outside to get some fresh air.

When outside, I’ve remembered the bicycles Critical had on the garage, and decided we should go for a ride, and so we did. We’ve actually found a pseudo-BTT track near by, and had some fun over there. It was great to blow off some steam, and give the bicycles some exercise 😉

About an hour after I got to my place, my Project Manager asked me if I wanted to go play foosball. Sure… why not? I do suck a very lot at foosball, so after losing 2 games in a row, I played ping pong for a while (it even got me sweating!) .

I’ve also found out that Critical will be wanting someone to go to Angola for 6-12 months to work as a sysadmin on a fat pay check. Now that would be fun for a change! I wish I could go. Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhh and they asked me if I wanted to go to Holland, but this time for 5 months. sux.

Speaking of Angola, this is alma-lunar, I don’t think she reads this blog either, but here she is:

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Not very happy about how these turned out, but since I haven’t been getting any feedback, I won’t do a proper scan, because it’s too late, and I have to wake up early tomorrow.

Ps.: the lyric is from Zero 7Today

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One more battle, one more day

This time I will start with the photos.

Meet Elsa Martins! First and foremost, I’d like to warn my relatives (father and auntie t), that she is not my girlfriend, ok? 😛

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Yashica GTN + Ilford 400

And, as it turns out, I am a judgmental, introverted, intuitive, thinker, musical, mathematical and Kinesthetic.

Of course this is one of those on-line tests that don’t mean anything. But what do you think?

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Some more updates

So… Got my eye glasses. Now everything looks 3D, and I can see letters far away from me, so it’s cool. It’s still weird looking at the computer monitor, but other than that, it’s ok.

They asked me if I had 1h to try on the contact lenses (apparently you need to wear them for about an hour so they can make adjustments when you get back), but I told them I’d do that on the next weekend (I still wanted to get an hair cut, and was alone, so I didn’t want to hang out alone for 1 hour).

Anyways… New post, new photo:


This was shot in OPorto during a meet. That’s Renato Marinho and Joana on the photo.

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Small updates

I forgot to mention some more stuff on the previous entry.

  • Critical wanted me to go to The Netherlands for 2 months, had to turn down because of studies, which sucks
  • A consulting company called me to ask me for how much would I be wiling to go work to Lisbon coding Perl (apparently there aren’t enough coders in Portugal to cover for the demand)
  • Happy birthday to Marta Mancelos

And since I said I’d post a new photo on every entry, and well… Not even 24 hours have gone by since the last post, I’m going to post something different:


Apparently I’ve loaned the camera to someone (I think it was Anya) during a meet in Sintra, and she prolly didn’t rewind it properly, so there. Two fotos overlapping. The one with my uncle I took on his (and my moms) birthday.

That’s me on the photo, and then my uncle, and you can also see Edgar Almeida holding his camera 🙂

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Very long day

I am having a really very long day (I started working this yesterday, but got tired and left this open).

Woke up at 7:30, went to see the doctor (it was hell to get the car parked), waited like 2 hours for the doctor, mom complained, doctor had an urgency patient, mom got in, I got in to see the doctor (it was a she).

My height is 1.71m and my weight is 62Kg (she told me I was elegant, cool), and my blood pressure was 140/85. 140 is a bit high, so I’m scheduled to do a whole bunch of exams.

The good doctor then told me to lay down, and started to feel me. She asked if she could unbutton my pants so she could feel me better. uhm… ok. I have this funny place on my lower tummy, and if you touch it, I twist like hell. I think she almost did.

End of the consult, I didn’t have my social security number. Need to get back.

Came back to the car, had a parking ticket by the city’s police. It has the transgression, when it happened, where it happened, and a description of my car. And then it also asks that I fill in some information about me, and turn that in on the police’s headquarters, so I know what happens next. Are you freakin’ kidding me? I’m not paying for it. Some kid stole it from the wind shield, I don’t care. I’m not feeling out a form to get billed. You should have just locked my car, then I would have paid.

Went home, remembered that while waiting for the doctor, I thought I should pamper myself with a new ipod 80Gb. Went to FNAC’s website, it showed that they had limited availability, so I called. Apparently they have 0 in stock, because they haven’t arrived to Portugal. Crap. (actually now it shows it is available in some stores, so I will probably call).

Took a bath, shaved, had lunch. Thought…. Since I am taking care of me (doctor et al), I might as well take care of my eyes too.

Took my social security number to the doctor, got that figured out.

After that I went into an eyeglasses store.

– How can I help you?

– I have these eyeglasses, but haven’t been using them for a very long time, and I want to go back.

– Ok, wait a minute.

Did some exams, turns  out I now not only have astigmatism as before, but I also have myopia.

– Can you make out other people’s faces at a distance?

– Not really.

Crap. So… In 5 days we will have your new eyeglasses ready, and some contact lenses for you to try on as well. Now let’s try some frames. Ohh…. Those look good on you, let’s try this other one.

*bends over and shows cleavage while putting/removing glasses* x10

Now let’s see if you have a symmetrical face (no one does), and now let me see where your eyeballs are by using a pen marker on the glass of the eyeglasses you’re wearing.

– Oh… I am sorry. My head shivers a lot when you are about to touch the lenses with the pen.

– It’s ok, you’re probably too sensitive when getting close.

So that was awkward. We will call you when everything is ready. Ok. Thank you.

Went to the gymnasium, ran, biked, did some push-ups that worked my legs, my torso, chest and biceps.  Went back home, arranged with Tiago so that he’d meet me at my place, so we’d go to college together.

Got to college, had a 1 hour class, had dinner (really, really crappy fish), had to wait 1 hour before the next class at 21:30. Did some optimization problems (the teacher is really ELECTRIC) for 2 hours. End of the day, got home, arrived at 23:40.

Started writing this blog entry, got tired, went to bed. And that was it.

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No way Jose!

Self-considered pundit Jose Saramago now proclaims that Portugal should become another province of Spain.

No doubt Spain has tapas and chicas – up to you to decide about the order -, an economy growing much faster than the portuguese one, a general optimistic and more proactive attitude about future, wiser politicians (being this possible…), you name it.

But although scum, we invented the “pastel de nata”. Besides, Afonso Henriques didn’t treat 900 years ago his mother like a dog in vain, did he?!

And even if a modern “Padeira de Aljubarrota” would wear Zara, nevertheless she would keep hating and beating those Spaniard bastards. It’s in our blood, we can do nothing against genetics.

Now seriously: I’m not joking. Portugal forever!


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