SHiFT’08

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SHiFT - Social and Human Ideas For Technology
In case you didn’t know there’s this conference being held in Lisbon (that is of course, the most beautiful city in the world) next week called SHiFT.
The conference spans trough 3 days of workshops and talks, with the present of Brian Suda, Andy Budd, Tara Hunt, Stowe Boyd and many others.
The focus will be on the impact of technology in subjects like Education, History, Genetics, Economics, Accessibility, Transportation, Mobile Technologies, User Experience, Energy and Architecture, Art and Open Technologies.
I’ll be attending the whole three days and I’m really excited since this is my first conference on this subject. If you’re interested I have a discount coupon that will give you 20% off on the ticket price: adrift6b8b2e8a.

SBSR Act II – Day 1 Roundup

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I only got there in time for the Klaxons, heard the transmission of the Bunny Ranch on the radio and avoided The Gift by all means.

Klaxons : I had some expectations regarding this band, they released a really good EP and a somewhat disappoint album, still I was curious. It was an ok concert, they played well and their songs work, some dancing was involved, but the atmosphere was missing, I can see this band giving a really great concert in a small dark room, not during day light and without any drugs (on their system not mime :P).

Magic Numbers : I cannot understand why this bland played after the Klaxons and not before, there were a lot more people interested in the first ones that missed the concert because it was too early. The Magic Numbers are ok, in a Shalala kind of way, nothing new here. They played a cheerie set that seemed to go on and on and on.

Bloc Party : I saw Bloc Party about 2 months ago at the Lisbon Coliseum, I didn’t particularly like the concert because they played too much from the second album that isn’t all that good so I really didn’t have any expectations for this one, honestly I even considered skipping it, but I’m glad I didn’t. They played a more balanced collection of songs from their two albums, there was a lot of interaction with the audience and they even played “2 more years” which is one of my favourites.

Arcade Fire : I’m not going to lie, I had enormous expectations, I love their first album and the second doesn’t fall behind the first. Arcade Fire have the reputation of giving really good performances or really crappy, it’s a matter of luck. We were lucky. The concert wasn’t very long but there were no low points, only highlights. The audience was in ecstasy and the band realized that. I really enjoyed the performance, sometimes it’s hard to give a great concert at a festival because of the mixed crowd, but that wasn’t the case, everyone was there to see the band. They closed the show with “Wake Up”, with everyone singing the chorus, it was mind blowing.

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Today the party continues!

Congrats little sister!

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So my cousin got married yesterday, she’s all grown up now. It feels kind of weird to me because she is in some part my little sister, we pretty much grew up together as brother and sister since my mother took care of both of us, I am only two months older than she is. Time passed and we became apart, she was one of those girls that developed early, and got “mature” a lot earlier than me. I remember spending some vacations at her house and at a give period of time we had completely different interests. And then I started growing up and enjoying some her interests, like partying all night. I remember us both being fifteen doing really silly things that I feel somewhat ashamed but that were part of being a teenager. We stopped spending vacations together when we were sixteen or seventeen, she had a boyfriend and I didn’t want to be around for that, she was my only friend at the summer place, since I only went there for three weeks in the summer, every time I returned, no would remember me anymore. Then she came to Lisbon for college, but things weren’t the same, we got to be total strangers and didn’t really want to be around each other, that’s life. Still I’m happy that she got married, that’s what she dreamed of her entire life and I’m glad she found some the guy who makes her happy. Congrats little sister!