Published by António Lopes on May 24, 2017
Categories: Cinema, Entertainment, Society

… is to drink the “perfect martini” as he himself describes it.

Living in the shadow of the great Sean Connery meant that many didn’t consider him a worthy James Bond, but he sure made the 70’s and 80’s Bond look cool (and very much entertaining). He’s the first Bond I watched and therefore he embodied that persona in my head. It hasn’t until a few years later (when my father told me that there were other actors impersonating this British spy) that I became acquainted with these other iterations of the enigmatic “Bond, James Bond” character. But at that time, the Roger Moore’s take on James Bond had already stuck in my head and everything else felt short in comparison.

So, it’s sad to see him go, but it’s a good thing that he left this great body of work for all of us to enjoy.

R.I.P. Mr. Moore. Now you can drink as many martinis as you want.

I don’t usually care about in-flight entertainment, since I carefully plan what I’ll be watching, reading or working on during flights and I pre-pack my laptop and kindle with the necessary stuff. However, last week I was travelling to Angola and the plane I was in had one of those neat in-flight entertainment systems per seat and I decided to try it. It was packed full of movies, tv shows and music and since I had a few hours to kill, I decided to watch a couple of movies (and maybe doze off until arrival).

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Categories: Personal

It looks like this (almost defunct) blog is 10 years old.

Happy birthday!

I’ll try to treat you better. I promise!

Categories: Technology

 

Now that I’ve seen this trailer, I’m pretty sure I’m not going to like this movie (much in the same way I didn’t like Man of Steel). But while there’s some hope (because I haven’t actually seen the movie yet), here’s some thoughts on this trailer:

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Published by António Lopes on May 6, 2015
Categories: Music, Personal, Random, Videos

I simply love this version of Moonlight Serenade. Kurt Elling’s crisp and pitch-perfect voice is just intriguing. It almost makes it feel like it’s engineered somehow.

Categories: Geek, Internet, Technology, Videos

I admire those people that take some of their personal time to come up with a redesign of popular services such as Facebook, Twitter or YouTube. And what amazes me the most is that some of these proposals look better than the original, which kind of makes you think: “Why aren’t these people getting hired by these companies?”

Here’s a Twitter redesign proposal (by Estie Carrillo):

Twitter redesign

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Categories: Funny, Geek, Images, Technology

Programming is not only about knowing how to use specific words and abstract constructs to build a program. It is also about being able to design and develop complex structures of data and algorithmic workflows. And most of the time, these complex elements are interconnected, which means that when you decide to mess with one of them, you’re actually messing with several others.

The by-products (or side-effects) of some functions can affect the rest of your system.  Thus, programmers generally need to keep a mental picture of the entire system to avoid creating bugs. That is why it is so important for a programmer to maintain complete focus while building such elements.

Derek Johnson sums it up:

Interruptions are to developers what kryptonite is to Superman—they kill productivity and there’s a significant recovery period.

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Categories: Society

On a day like today, Bruce Schneier’s words come to mind (on how to defeat terrorists):

“Empathize, but refuse to be terrorized. Instead, be indomitable — and support leaders who are as well. That’s how to defeat terrorists.”

Categories: Geek, Internet, Technology

I’m not a web designer, I’m a programmer. I do suffer from the typical programmer syndrome of trying to solve everything with a piece of code. But I also understand the importance of UI design and experience. I always take the opinions of the design people very seriously since I’ve seen the wondrous effect of taking their advises translated into web site visits and engagement.

This example from Reddit is just a sample of what that means.

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Categories: Apple, DIY, Geek, Mac, Technology, Videos

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