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Beach at Dusk

Feb 18, 2017

Beach Seagulls flying over the beach at dusk.

944 From the Rear

Feb 14, 2017

Grass The 944 in my favorite mountain road.

Backup Computer

Feb 1, 2017

My faithful 2008 Macbook Pro died. It was a great computer. I need a new computer, but in the meantime here is what’s been my backup computer for the last few days - an iPad, hooked up to a crappy $10 bluetooth keyboard, an equally crappy stand and a Raspberry Pi 3.

iPad Terminal My iPad Terminal.

The immediate work I have is mostly backend web related, I can live without a Mac for some time, so I set up the headless Raspberry Pi 3 to run the services I needed and I must say I’m very impressed with it’s performance. It’s running docker containers like a champion without complaining. I think the Raspberry Pi 3 might be the best Linux computer out there.

Raspberry Pi 3 The Raspberry Pi 3. Impressive little thing.

For the iPad, I’m using Panic’s Coda and Prompt, and it’s fairly acceptable, even if I found some annoying bugs in both these apps, but it’ll do for now.

Woods

Jan 28, 2017

Grass Woods in São Brás de Alportel.

Uncharted 4

Jan 12, 2017

Uncharted 4 Uncharted 4. This is an in-game screenshot, it always looks this good.

I am usually skeptical when game trailers are shown by developers, but with Uncharted 4, when I saw the trailer, I knew they would pull it off, after all, they’re Naughty Dog.

The story was always good in the Uncharted series, but it always felt like it was secondary to the action. In this episode, the story grew in importance, it feels deeper and an essential part of the action, relations and interactions between the characters are at the core of the story, and because of that, you’ll feel a strong connection to them, just like in The Last of Us.

Technically, this is the game that shows what the PS4 can do, in that regard it might be the best game on this console. Graphics are fantastic. Character modelisation is top notch and facial expressions are the best I’ve seen in a videogame. Details are numerous, like the wind in Nate’s hair, or the dripping wet clothes in the rain. Everything done with great mastery.

There’s great diversity in the locations of the game. Level design is great, as ever, but this time, and even though it’s not an open world, some locations are wide, and offer some degree of freedom as how the player wants to go through them, and that’s refreshing.

Star Wars: Rogue One

Dec 24, 2016

Star Wars: Rogue One Star Wars: Rogue One

Even if it’s set in the Star Wars universe and fits in the story, it feels untethered from the weight of the trilogies, and that made it possible for them to try new things in a Star Wars movie. Rogue One focuses on how the resistance got hold of the Death Star plans, it is in fact a prequel to Episode IV, placing itself immediately before A New Hope, a few minutes before actually.

I liked the movie, and again, the droid K-2SO steals the show.

The Fuji After Two Months

Dec 21, 2016

Fuji X-E2 The Fujifilm X-E2 with the XF 18-55mm lens.

I love it, it’s far from perfect, but really good. I haven’t had the time to use it as much as I wanted, but here are some rough thought about it.

The Good

The Meh

The Bad

A Drive in the Mountains

Nov 24, 2016

Went for a drive in my favorite mountain road. I particularly like this spot, so I almost always stop here to enjoy the view, but this time it was sunset.

Mountains The 944 resting for a few minutes.