Apr 12, 2018

The Goldfinch

"(...) even when I couldn't see it I liked knowing it was there for the depht and solidity it gave things, the reinforcement to infrastructure, an invisible, bedrock rightness that reassured me (...) Even in the act of reaching for it there was a sense of expansion, a waft and a lifting; and at some strange point, when I'd looked at it long enough (...) all space appeared to vanish between me and it so that when I looked up it was the painting and not me that was real." (Donna Tart, 2013, The Goldfinch)

Mar 20, 2018

A new cycle

It starts now (a)

"We are back to family, to the life cycle, to human fragility and experience. We are back to the elements of what I have termed a "psychoanalytic culture. " By using this term I intended to turn attention away from the specifics of psychoanalysis as a therapeutic technique and toward the "psychoanalytic virtues," above all, the virtues of appreciating relationships with all their attendant conflict, ambivalence, and meaning." (Sherry Turkle,  2005. The Second Self: computers and the human spirit. MIT, Twenty Anniversary Edition, 298)  

Mar 14, 2018


March in the garden

Edible forest: fire prevention, energy production (and storage), local resources, earth conservation, sustainable, carbon negative, odorific, creating the conditions to attract long time residents to provide care to the forests, reflorestation, local resources, beauty...

Mar 12, 2018

creative assemblages

March in the garden

"More than conversation at the interface, it is creative assemblages like these that explore and elaborate the particular dynamic capacities that digital media afford and the ways that through them humans and machines can perform interesting new effects. (...) The person figured here is not an autonomous, rational actor but an unfolding, shifting biography of culturally and materially specific experiences, relations, and possibilities inflected by each next encounter (...) in uniquely particular ways." (Lucy Suchman, Human-machine reconfigurations: plans and situated actions, 2009, 281)

Mar 8, 2018

women by child

Os direitos da mulher / Women's rights (circa 1977)
"A mulher tem o direito de descansar, de comer, de amar, de trabalhar, de divertir-se e de viajar. Women have the right to rest, to eat, to love, to work, to have fun and to travel."

Feb 22, 2018


"How many millions of other activities begin and end at the same time? How many other «facts» converge in just the right way, creating symbolic connectivity?" (Noah Hawley, 2017)

January in the garden

Feb 19, 2018

Edifício L

Edifício L

"Life is a series of decisions and reactions. It is the things you do and the things that are done to you. And then its over." (Noah Hawley, 2017) 

Feb 13, 2018

February in the garden

February in the garden

Life is a distraction from death. Save energy. Adapt fast. Diversity is key for survival. Take some, leave some. Share surplus. Live in harmony. Love.

Feb 2, 2018


"Life is made of this moments - of one's physical being moving through time and space - and we string them together in a story, and that story becomes our life" but, "what if instead of a story told in consecutive order, life is a cacophony of moments we never leave? What if the most traumatic or the most beautiful experiences we have trap us in a kind of feedback loop, where at least some part of our minds remains obsessed, even as our bodies move on?" (Noah Hawley, 2017, Before the Fall)

Jan 11, 2018

Stillness in a mobile world

Bissell, David, and Gillian Fuller (2013). Stillness in a mobile world. London New York: Routledge. 

Stillness:"an ethical choice between stillness as first aid for an overactive world, and stillness as a real slowing down"

Oct 20, 2017

European atlas of forest Tree species

San-Miguel-Ayanz, J., de Rigo, D., Caudullo, G., Houston Durrant, T., Mauri, A. (Eds.), 2016. European Atlas of Forest Tree Species. Publication Office of the European Union, Luxembourg.
European Commission, 2016
"The European Atlas of Forest Tree Species is both a scientific publication, in which researchers and forest specialists can find rigorous and up-to-date information on the many tree species of our forests, and a publication suited for education and the dissemination of information about the richness of our forests to our generation and future generations. (...) Each chapter of the Atlas presents, in addition to the description of each tree species, high quality graphics and photographs showing the climatic preferences and singularities of the different species of trees."

October in the garden

October in the garden

Oct 14, 2017

Passaram 11 anos

... sobre a Resolução do Conselho de Ministros n.º 124/2006 (Diário da República, Série I, de 2006-10-03) onde se anunciava a reviravolta do sistema dos laboratórios do Estado. Entre outras entidades científicas a extinguir, lia-se no ponto 5, do anexo:
"É extinto o Instituto Nacional de Engenharia, Tecnologia e Inovação (INETI), sendo os seus recursos científicos e tecnológicos, humanos e materiais reorganizados e integrados noutros laboratórios, centros tecnológicos, instituições de ensino superior e consórcios a criar. Em particular, as infra-estruturas do INETI transformam-se em parque de ciência e tecnologia com a participação e gestão de universidades, laboratórios associados e laboratórios do Estado e alargam-se a parcerias com empresas, no quadro de projectos definidos, organizando-se ainda como espaço de acolhimento de programas europeus de I&D."
Para onde foram o que apelidam de "recursos científicos"? E os "recursos tecnológicos e materiais"? E os «recursos humanos»? Onde está o «parque de ciência e tecnologia com a participação e gestão de universidades, laboratórios associados e laboratórios do Estado»? 

Pelo meio, no decurso destes 11 longos anos, foram-se perdendo unidades, recursos científicos, tecnológicos e materiais. As cerca de 1000 pessoas na altura? Umas foram resistindo, outras cedendo, sucumbindo, caindo ou tombando... foram reconvertendo horizontes científicos em reformas antecipadas, em trabalho administrativo, em fragmentos profissionais, em alternativas à ciência. Foram-se esvaziando as competências, as capacidades. As equipas que outrora alimentavam e captavam recursos da UE para o país, foram extintas por uma resolução de quem nos governava. Ao mesmo tempo, acabavam com novas admissões ou valorização dos que ficaram.

O que ganhou o país com esta resolução? que tenha justificado a perda cientifica e tecnologica que existia no INETI, a perda de dezenas de unidades e mais de 750 pessoas? Quais os reflexos e impactos que provocaram (ou ainda provocam)? E na vida dessas pessoas que trabalhavam (trabalham) no INETI (actual LNEG, com cerca de 250 trabalhadores dos 1000 existentes aquando da resolução de extinção)? Quem beneficiou com o desmantelamento do INETI?

Sep 23, 2017


Lombardia, september 2017

Milan, after immersing myself in the second Resonances exhibition about Fair/Fear. "How can we build a fair world? Science and art (SciArt) meet to provoke conversation and inspire answers to this question". Exhibition by the Joint Research Centre (JRC), EU. Explanations by Curator Paul Heard very enriching, adding depth, and new layers of meaning.

Sep 12, 2017

Aug 29, 2017

increasing diversity

photo in flickr

Increasing plants diversity helps to attract other animals, including arthropods that seem to favour genetics-based interactions among plants, pathogens, and herbivores.

See results from global synthesis of the effects of diversified farming systems on arthropod diversity within fields and across agricultural landscapes (2017, Global Change Biology). 

Jul 31, 2017


my Star...
photo by Pinetree

"What if I fall?
Oh but my Darling, what if you fly?"

May 28, 2017

Aviation disruptions

"British Airways: Thousands disrupted as flights axed amid IT crash" in BBC news

"With a lack of technology, staff were using whiteboards in Heathrow" in BBC news

Apr 24, 2017

Apr 9, 2017

Technologies' hindrances

"1/3 of blank pixels makes operating and writing hindrances. Technology failures. Unfit tool for production. Unable to afford new one. Finantial access layer determines infrastructures for getting work done. Access to this layer can not be taken for granted given the huge asymmetries in disposable income (see income distribution stats). Also think about new metrics for calculating access: percentage of income needed to access tool... in general, percentage of income that access to something (anything?) costs, to an individual beeing, in a given time and context." (March 12, 2015)

hindrances: artifact failure/monitor

"hindrance ˈhɪndr(ə)ns/Submit noun plural noun: hindrances a thing that provides resistance, delay, or obstruction to something or someone. "a hindrance to the development process" synonyms: impediment, obstacle, barrier, bar, obstruction, handicap, block, check, curb, brake, hurdle, restraint, restriction, limitation, encumbrance, deterrent, complication (...)" in define hindrances

Feb 2, 2017

(im)mobility systems

Anthony Elliott & John Urry (2010). Mobile Lives. Routledge.
"(...) interdependent systems of 'immobile' material worlds, and especially exceptionally immobile platforms (transmitters, roads, garages, stations, aerials, airports, docks) structure mobility experiences. The complex character of such systems stems from their multiple fixities or moorings, often on a substantial physical scale. Thus 'mobile machines', such as mobile phones, cars, boats, aircraft, trains and computer connections, all presume overlapping and varied time-space immobilities. There is no linear increase in fluidity without extensive systems of immobility." (Elliott & Urry, 2010, 20)

image by Monica Pinheiro,October 16, 2009)

Feb 1, 2017

Human-Built World

Hughes, T. P. (2004). Human-Built World: How to Think about Technology and Culture. University Of Chicago Press.
"Technology is messy and complex. It is difficult to define and to understand. In its variety, it is full of contradictions, laden with human folly, saved by occasional benign deeds, and rich with unintended consequences."
image by Monica Pinheiro, November 17, 2009

Jan 21, 2017


What if success was measured by the number of beings living better? What if the purpose of life was making meaningful things like taking care of the world that sustains our lives? What if we defined impact indicators that measured the number of people that can access technology? What if our paths could lead to a better world instead of leading to more technology for the few? What if our policies could lay the foundations for more organic infrastructures that require less energy? What if our time was spent in meaningful activities? What if public service meant working for the betterment of the vast population? What if government listened to the majority of workers and what they say about the individuals that are nominated to run public organisms? What if ... 

Sep 30, 2016

Carry on

"Remember that your strength is also built on what you lost."

Sep 24, 2016


Sketch, September 2016
"Instead of generic perfection all at once you would want to make a particular structure that started as a sketch, capable of evolving." Richard Sennette, 2009. The Craftsman.

Aug 15, 2016

Visualizing energy data

 Chart from USA energy data ( http://energyliteracy.com ):

onsite interactive map shows energy wasted in different sectors
"By clicking through the chart, you can see exactly how much energy is used for every activity. (...) Almost 1% is used just to pump natural gas around pipelines; 2% goes to making cardboard and other paper products. Around 16% is used to grow, distribute, and cook food. Looking at the total picture helps make the point that some of the ways that we think about energy aren't quite right. Refining petroleum uses about 6% of total energy in the country, but isn't considered when we think about fuel economy in cars. (...) Mining oil and gas uses even more energy." (in link)