May 24, 2018

success

"To laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty; to find the best in others; to leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition; to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded!” (Ralph Waldo Emerson)

May 15, 2018

May

May 15, 2018, by...
"Photographs were useful, but somehow always confirmed the memory rather than liberating it." (Julian Barnes, 2018, The only story.)

Apr 30, 2018

smoothly overlaying

April
"(...) there are memories that seem to run like a film, smoothly overlaying all the others, that have such shape and form that you suspect that they are inventions and may have created themselves, and within them your own identity even begins to slide and fade, and is liable to change as in a dream." (Georgina Harding, 2009, The spy game.)

Apr 12, 2018

The Goldfinch

April
"(...) 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


March
It starts now (a)

"We are back to family, to the life cycle, to human fragility and experience (...) 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

diversity

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

connectivity

"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

strings


"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

fair/fear

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

Milestones

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