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Aug 18 2020 13:32:23

Epic vs. Apple. There is one aspect that always baffles me: if you don’t want to follow the platform’s rules, why do you invest in it? I would say it is opportunistic behavior, but experience tells me that it is normal behavior for a company. But this one is key, citing John Gruber:

The thing is, Epic isn’t just a game publisher. They’re a platform vendor too. One of the core things developers want from a platform vendor is stability, in every sense of the word. If I were a game developer who depends on Unreal Engine, I’d be irate at Epic. They’re creating drama and eroding trust over a fight that Unreal Engine licensees aren’t a part of and didn’t sign up for. Fortnite users — especially kids — might blame Apple for Fortnite disappearing from iOS. But professional game developers will blame Epic if Unreal Engine updates are hindered by this.

via daring fireball

This was my first thought: good thing I don't use Unreal Engine.


Jul 13 2020 20:11:06

the next chapter. out of the oven now. (btw, written 2 years ago)

IMG 4645


Apr 24 2020 13:44:10

teaching distance classes for a month. the kids are doing alright to the point where the real problem of this generation - in my opinion - starts to be less noticeable: there is no culture of effort. all knowledge takes time to build. in this generation, all tasks must be solved immediately at first attempt and with a quality comparable to what is best done in the field regardless of its complexity. building knowledge takes time. before they didn't had the time - really? now they have some and that is a little better.


Apr 06 2020 14:31:30

some classes updates:

  • transitioning from Processing, Python, Visionaire and Unity to Godot, exclusively, in the multimedia side of things.
  • transitioning from Pure Data to Sonic Pi
  • transitioning from Blender to DaVinci Resolve, in the video editing and motion graphics side of things.
  • transitioning from Raspberry Pi to Arduino (much simpler and not needed in an education enviroment; students prefer to use their own computers.). Trying to implement OSC in Arduino. EDIT: not worth it. Used a proxy app Serial/OSC in Python.
  • still using Blender for everything else.

some research updates:

  • managed to get OSC from Godot to Sonic Pi rerouted with OSCulator. Let's find out if I can do the opposite. EDIT: yes, it can.


Feb 27 2020 23:11:28

i think i fixed the my computer.

it is a relief. it is a 6 year old computer but I do not like the idea of having to buy another one. completely different from pc time - buying another was always an excuse.


Jan 19 2020 22:08:44

made me look twice #foundobject.




Nov 19 2019 02:09:59

From the news i gathered disney+ the mandalorian is a weekly series.

on streaming. while the competition business model is based on publishing entire seasons.

i predict that was not the best idea.


Oct 06 2019 12:08:48

good morning #foundobject



Aug 26 2019 21:18:49

there is something off with that lightsaber. i think it is her gesture. visually, it doesn't work at all.

and btw - that is not a jedi saber nor a sith saber. it is a "kylo ren" sabre.



Aug 26 2019 02:13:53

it came to my attention that the rss feed had two bugs that are now fixed.


Aug 20 2019 22:51:27

after looking into backup solutions in the cloud, i bought a external dvd reader/writer. should have done it years ago.


Jul 27 2019 22:54:41

stonehenge #foundobject



Jul 26 2019 21:58:34

Most interesting piece of the article.

"The engine maker will only secure the full $525 million if enough shareholders, most of whom are former and current employees, decide to sell".


Jul 11 2019 22:04:29

Corner Splitting Option in Preferences. YES!


(do not know how long this was an option, but nevertheless THANK YOU!)


Jul 11 2019 17:42:28

is official. from today I stopped being a professor of strategic media planning. It took four years but I finally succeeded.


Jul 07 2019 09:38:04

made me look twice. #foundobject





Jul 02 2019 22:55:26

environmental installation.


Jun 27 2019 10:08:18

i think they are selling it.


Jun 23 2019 15:21:07

i've been contemplating integrating reverse lookup into #foundobject posts. i think authors should be credited. however the purpose of these posts is to initiate a thought process about an environment (film, installation, bd).

and not knowing the artist or the context of creation and theme is in fact critical for this process to happen.

but the fact that me not wanting to know, doesn't mean my visitors don't want to know. so, this is and example of the previous post.

more about this image


Jun 23 2019 14:42:47

made me look twice #foundobject

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Jun 21 2019 21:45:31

actually feels like it.


Jun 20 2019 22:11:57

made me look twice #foundobject





Jun 18 2019 22:16:33

made me look twice #foundobject

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Jun 16 2019 17:39:37

made me look twice #foundobject

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Jun 15 2019 23:14:14

nice premise for a film.


Jun 15 2019 22:52:28

I was surprised by Apple promoting something like this, something that I always saw as a huge security risk.

In Portugal, citizens have an id number, a taxpayer number and a social security number - not to mention a driving license number. All these numbers are different because there is an assumption of separation of information that is beneficial to privacy. When I buy something, I have to provide my taxpayer number, but not my id one. And that is important.

Many years ago I was asked to implement a pre-purchased script on a website I maintained, one that gets the list of contacts of the user from several online email providers. That day, I decided that I had to change jobs as soon as possible.

Do not place you username and password on a site other than the one where those credentials are valid. Period.


Jun 14 2019 18:21:22

made me look twice #foundobject



Jun 14 2019 18:13:25

PRINCE.EXE is 30 years old.


Jun 14 2019 18:00:12

made me look twice #foundobject



Jun 14 2019 07:58:32

Untitled Project temp name Project Rashomon. It is an environmental installation that appropriates the film Rashomon (1950) by Kurosawa. As the director shows us the retelling of the crime by the witnesses, he does it by adapting the composition, montage and actor's performance to serve the witness argument.

In this installation the user is able to enact the film and change the original testimonials, by manipulating a set of environmental constraints, in fact creating their own version testimonial, becoming also a witness.


Jun 14 2019 07:57:30

made me look twice #foundobject



Jun 14 2019 00:21:11

made me look twice #foundobject



Jun 13 2019 00:24:46

made me look twice #foundobject



Jun 13 2019 00:18:57

made a new offline editor.


Jun 13 2019 00:17:11

made me look twice #foundobject



Jun 07, 2019 02:31

in the masters, we used open frameworks as the main toolset. worked so well, that i took the chance to make a custom built video player for the evaluation of the post-production class. the process is documented in LAB.


May 28, 2019 12:38

podcast - first episode available (


May 25, 2019 11:36

true... true....


post on twitter

May 25, 2019 11:33

The illusion of meritocracy in #opensource explained in one sentence: "In his experience, van Rossum sees incompetent men’s ideas gaining acceptance more often than merited because they are more forceful in how they present them."


post on twitter

May 24, 2019 12:31

never gets old.


May 10, 2019 04:49

post-graduation minisite launched


Mar 24, 2019 09:44

storyboarder: now with 3d shot generator. cheers


Mar 03, 2019 09:17

most of my teachers knew my parents (and aunt) so expectations were very high. even today, I think some people think I got where I got through my dad's network. it was not, but it is something that some people will never believe.


Feb 15, 2019 01:11

updated to blender 2.8


Feb 07, 2019 10:35

peter gabriel said that the worst request anyone can ask to an artist is to tell them that they can do whatever they want. he said that the most interesting objects are created because there are constraints that have to be dealt with.

i agree.

and that's why I think it's so interesting the prospect of soderbergh wanting to make a movie using the iphone.


Feb 07, 2019 09:41

lastest news: since today, i am the professor of multimedia design production in the master's degree in design at the lusiada university of lisbon.


Feb 04, 2019 11:42

highly recommended:


Jan 24, 2019 06:39

you practice technique to get your fingers to go where you want them to go. you practice theory to understand where they can go and why.

-- tom morello @

the keyword is why.

i stole this argument because it's similar to what I use in open classes. we should all consider attending university at some point in our lives. a good time will be when we begin to ask ourselves "why am I doing it and why is it important"?


Jan 24, 2019 06:28

made me look twice #foundobject


Jan 19, 2019 07:55

made me look twice #foundobject


Jan 19, 2019 07:14

post permalink are available.


Jan 17, 2019 10:57

the problem is not so much, why facebook needs this (did they started it?), but the fact that participants of this event are contributing to the creation of a structured database that can be used by a data broker to connect, for example, two datasets separated by a few years with the least effort - a browser navigation robot connected to a screen scrapper.

Had a page on hi5 or myspace? posted pictures of yourself?

it is very unlikely that this is the goal but that is not important. what is important is that something that was almost impossible, becomes attainable.

we sometimes forget that what in the common lexicon is known as a hastag, that meta-comment prefixed with a cardinal sign that expands the meaning and context of a post is also known by two other names: descriptor or search criteria.

Jan 16, 2019 12:30
as I was researching social media networks as a publicity platform, I began to realize that for the content producer - and the added value associated with such content - they are a mousetrap.

the user creates the added value, which is then exploited by a platform that does nothing but spread it on a large scale (this could be an asset if only a few users could take advantage of it, which is not the case).

so it is nice when companies with a strategic vision very close to mine make a decision that I would take (and did):

in fact, my perspective on the subject goes further. in my blog there are no comments. it is not a fault. it is by design.

whether or not you agree with something I said, do not say it on my blog, say it in yours. you can always include a link to my post if you want.

Jan 15, 2019 12:18
gotta love these guys - storyboarded shot generator (now in 3D)

Jan 14, 2019 12:50
finally a socket server

Jan 07, 2019 11:27
freestyle is available in blender eevee, now my work can continue.

Jan 06, 2019 05:56
with the 3d print toolbox available, I transitioned to blender 2.8 today.

Jan 01, 2019 07:27
the most useful add-on for blender became available in version 2.8 - edit linked library.

Dec 30, 2018 11:44
macacos nús - layout # 2 part 1

Macacos Nús (Naked Monkeys) (Layout #2 - Part 1) from João Mesquita on Vimeo.

Dec 28, 2018 11:56
made me look twice #foundobject

Dec 28, 2018 06:04
a long due rss feature

Dec 28, 2018 11:57
things that annoy me

  • give us your password to import your contacts.
  • forget about the "latest", here it is the "top".

no and no.

Dec 19, 2018 03:08
cartago - test#4

pretty much all mmm code has been ported. starting to work on the new stuff.

Dec 10, 2018 10:53
made me look twice #foundobject

Dec 10, 2018 12:17
MMM had it close! nasa insight senses martian wind

Dec 06, 2018 01:01
I do not understand the interest of a boss battle. never did.

Nov 22, 2018 04:08
cartago test#3

Nov 21, 2018 10:56
like I said I know that diablo immortal is not for me. in fact, "china really wants it".

Nov 21, 2018 12:47
shadow of the tomb raider. on the mac. 2019.

Nov 20, 2018 09:45
cartago test #2

cartago - test #2 from João Mesquita on Vimeo.

Nov 19, 2018 11:01
malcolm gladwell and rick rubin podcast. worth a hearing. cheers.

Nov 18, 2018 09:38

pablo ferro dies at age 83. rip.

Nov 18, 2018 09:29
made me look twice #foundobject

Nov 12, 2018 11:00
generative Arrakis (also known as Dune)

post on twitter

Nov 12, 2018 10:59
student visual sensibility quick-test: show kulechov effect.

post on twitter

Nov 11, 2018 11:24
made me look twice #foundobject

Nov 11, 2018 11:18
motion periodic table. pretty cool.

post on twitter

Nov 11, 2018 11:14
gdnative code for OSC implementation.

Nov 06, 2018 12:16
i play diablo 3 with some regularity but i am perfectly aware that i am not part of the audience for which it was conceived. the same happens with diablo immortal. it is not for me, it is for new guys.

Nov 04, 2018 05:04
vr is a long haul. they are getting it.

Nov 03, 2018 03:55
made me look twice #foundobject

Oct 31, 2018 03:01
made me look twice #foundobject

Oct 31, 2018 02:48
made me look twice #foundobject

Oct 31, 2018 02:27
the #bcon18 talk i mentioned earlier by @brentpatterson: in portugal, in media production this is so true. vocational and university students argue hard in favor of pro software as a must-have for employability. so they invest in learning the software, instead of the actual techniques.

and what happens is that the pro actually hides some pro knowledge like knowing about color channels and what is (mathmatically) a blend mode. classic stuff are "this layer system is doesn't work like photoshop" or the "where is the history window?"

post on twitter

Aug 04, 2018 11:16

"Don't trust the cloud. Don't trust YouTube. Download. Download. Download. UbuWeb is the backup for the internet."- Ubuweb.

my thoughts exactly.

post on twitter

Aug 04, 2018 10:32

made me look twice #foundobject

Aug 04, 2018 03:34
Gobelins MOOC on animation principles

Aug 04, 2018 03:24
made me look twice #foundobject

Aug 04, 2018 02:26
made me look twice #foundobject

Aug 04, 2018 02:25
made me look twice #foundobject

Aug 04, 2018 01:08
i know nobody asked me but rogue one is the best star wars film.

post on twitter

Aug 04, 2018 01:08
localghost: 127.0.0.o.o.o.O.O.o.o.0.1

post on twitter

Aug 04, 2018 01:08

made me look twice #foundobject