Friday, September 19, 2008

Things i miss in Brazil

Saturday i'll be back in Brazil and here's a list (i wanted to post 3 months ago) about which things i miss from Brazil:

  • Human connections: girlfriend, friends...

  • Food (Feijoada, Pamonha, Arroz/Feijao/Carne, Salgados, Serve-serve...)

  • Drinks (Juices and Pinga)

  • Great Weather

  • Waterfalls with warm water

  • Being able to communicate easily easier (i'm still struggling a lot with my english here)

  • Ducha higienica

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Experiencing Art

Last saturday i went to see Hariprasad Chaurasia at Seattle's Town Hall. The concert was nice, but could be better. I mean, how can i appreciate indian music sitting on a wood bench with 300 people while 4 musicians are playing and i'm listening through microphones and loudspeakers???

The whole way we are experiencing art today is bugging me.

On museums and art galleries its the same sickness, or worse, it must the prepared for so many people, that the whole experience is fucked up.

Last year i was in Madrid, went to Reina Sofia to see Dali, Picasso, Braque and company, and, for example, getting to the famous Guernica, what do i see?


People, confusion, talkings, no sofa, no place to chill...

Seeing Giacometi at Metropolitan NY (last year):


I mean, how can you appreciate an artwork that way?

Getting back to music... watching Radiohead at Outside Lands Festival in San Francisco last month, i had a similar feeling sometimes during the show. Seeing them 500 meters (no, i don't want to learn US non-metric system!) away, with crazy sound and many people around. Of course i liked it, beeing with my friends there and all. I had a great time, but as far as 'experiencing the music'? The real cool thing would be seeing them (and Chaurasia, McFerrin, Riley etc) closer without the whole electrical paraphernalia and crowd.

This is what i loved the first times on raves i went in Brazil, going to the chillout area at night in the woods with bonfire and listening a DJ playing a live jazz trio recording. That was a completely different feeling, even not being live.

The ambience is part of the experience!

Even movies [of course, there's no 'live movie' to compare], but is it really so much better going to the movies than watching at home?

Regarding music i'm sure there's no big way to improve the experience, but museums and art galleries?? Please!

Friday, September 12, 2008

Print my collages for 'free'

I just enabled the 'Print & More' option on all my images (photos and collages) for all flickr members.

So if you want to print and frame, make a book or calendar out of my collages, just:

  • login/register into

  • select one/some of my collages

  • and order the prints

Note: I won't receive anything from flickr (that reason for the 'free' on the title).

So if you happen to do it, just drop me an nice email: (at)

Example: My favorite collages and the print option:
flickr print collages

Monday, September 8, 2008

GTD: Post it from bedside to laptop

Most of my 'good' ideas and tomorrow's to-dos just happen to come into mind in bed (before and/or during sleep/dream).

A few weeks ago i started a new GTD method:

  1. Get some Post its and Pen on your Bedside table
    gtd post it 1 bedside table

  2. Write all ideas and to-dos down

  3. In the morning, (physically) attach the post it to you laptop
    gtd post it 2 laptop

  4. Keep adding stuff and/or strike what you've done (most things on this lists needs to be done online).

Sunday, September 7, 2008


My most beloved sports (or should i say 'the only ones i like') are Cycling and Climbing. In Rio i just cycled, mostly to work:

Here in Seattle i'm starting with both again (check this riding video). Hopefully i can manage them in rainy winter!

Now a new sport is coming into mind, flying. Yesterday i came across a basejumping video, which was (of course) an accident video (no, I won't link to it). I never found basejumping something very special. So much work and risk for just some seconds 'flying' didn't make sense. But the accidented guy (who broke a leg only) had a wingsuit, which gives you so more control to glide around. This wingsuit is something to consider!

Check this and tell me you won't like to fly:

Run On to the originals

On my collages, i'm always trying (managing this is a pain) to credit the source i used, not because of copyright problems, but mostly to show everyone (and myself) where the original cut up came from. It gives much more information about creativity and resources to make other remixes.

And here's an music example i run onto this week:

I always loved Moby's Play album. Specially 'Run On' (see the music video). I knew it was a remix of some other song, but always forgot to go after the original. Remember, 1998/2000 it was MUCH harder (and fun) to chase this info.

So i came across this great slow motion video featuring Johnny Cash's version:

(see the Original Site)

After one google/wikipedia search i saw that both are based on a folk song called: God's Gonna Cut You Down.

Hopefully with semantic web this will all be done automatically.

Saturday, September 6, 2008

In Seattle now...

Since end of june i 'moved' to Seattle. Probably my biggest excuse why i didn't posted anything here...

Here i already made 2 collages, which i'll post on flickr soon. Now i don't want to scan the images before glueing, so i'm trying to set a little studio (tripod & lights) to take great quality pictures of them.

I also had some trouble with materials, but Johnny ( told me about Half Priced books which have LOTS of great books and National Geographic Magazines (Yes, i still use them a lot). Here is my first trip result to the store:

080807 first collage materials in US

Another big thing is that my old PHP blog and site will disappear soon, so i moved my blog to wordpress and the site, which was mainly the collages browsing will be done only at Flickr. Someday i might personalize my site again, but meanwhile i moved to google sites ( I'm also adding a Photos section there...