Finally, sunny days, with nice waves are back!
We went back to Caparica, and although we weren’t it the right spot, we’ve managed to get some fun. Later on, we’ve seen some pretty good surf in nearby beaches.
In this picture, you can see Miguel, a surfer from Ericeira, getting some action.


With Christmas, I got the new Pro-Ject Debut III/Phono USB. I must say that I’ve never been a maniac for vinyl, but I’ve always been a fan.

Although I had some sound problems at first, all it’s working now, and I’m pretty happy with it. The ability to connect and recording to the pc it’s fantastic, and just too easy to do it. I now have to clean and organize my old and small vinyl collection, but as I already have two brand new vinyls, I thought of giving you a gift. My (late) Christmas present for you. Just a sample of my new Bob Dylan’s vinyl “Another side of Bob Dylan”.
The first time I’ve heard this music, was in a duet with Janis Joplin.

Ladies and gentlemen… Bob Dylan | It Ain’t Me Babe
(I hope he doesn’t sue me)


João Abel Manta
An International Cartoon Festival is taking place until the next weekend, in Amadora.
Usually I would wait until the last day, but this year I decided to go early.
So, on Saturday there we were.
Some pretty cool stuff, the classics, the newcomers, the internationally acclaimed and the not so internationally acclaimed portuguese illustrators.
There were some amazing illustrations like the picture above (representing Lisbon), from the brilliant João Abel Manta. You can check more here and here.
A special notice to Rui Lacas, Luis Henriques and the 1979 illustrations from Vitor Mesquita (that includes a Biologic Experimentation Lab above São Jorge’s Castle). And also for the presence of Tara Mcpherson posters, Jean Claude Denis and Cyril Pedrosa.


Lisbon Typography
Lisbon has beautiful examples of typography all around the city, and it’s been a long time overdue project of mine to try to capture some of them.
So the other day I decided it was time, and started to post them on Flickr.
You can check them out in here.
This particular photo is from a library, that belongs to a national newspaper called “Diário de Notícias”. The newspaper was founded in 1864, so probably this lettering has more than 100 years.
[Update 2008.11.02] Sufragista showed me what it seems to be a good article about Lisbon Typography on Eye Magazine in 2005(!!). You can take a peek on City of Sound


On Shift‘s last day, Manuel Lima brought us a excellent presentation on “VisualComplexity: A visual exploration on mapping complex networks”. Manuel is a interaction designer working for Nokia Design in London, as a Senior User Experience Designer. He is also the founder of, a great site which I have already referenced here, in an older post. I definitly recommend a visit.
You can find out more about Manuel Lima on and on Shift’s speakers page