The last few days have been a bit crazy as I tackled some Murphy Law technical issues in order to have Caos finished today. After a failed first render (my bad actually, in all haste I accidentally unsynced the sound in a couple of scenes), yesterday I had two computers rendering and compressing the film simultaneously. It seems such redundancy kept Murphy at bay, as both finished without any trouble. I just watched a compressed MPEG, and it’s allright. And that is just as well, as the avant-premiere is scheduled for… today.

So if you’re in the Porto or whereabouts, you’re invited to drop by Teatro Nacional S. João at 6.30pm. See you there.

Here’s the poster for my new film Caos, right now in the final stages of editing. Like last year’s Damião, Caos is an adaptation of texts by Pedro Estorninho, this time about a surreal group of Portuguese expats in France who meet at the same Portuguese coffeehouse.

Here’s a teaser video. I’ll post more information about the first preview screening soon.

Casa da Musica III Oct 25th

Casa da Musica IV Oct 25th

Casa da Musica II Oct 25th

Casa da Musica I Oct 25th

After a few years of relative distance, in 2012 I went again on a camera-collecting spree. Recently I got an Asahi/Pentax Spotmatic SP from the 1960s, along with an East German 50mm Carl Zeiss clone which might be the best lens I've got (testing on my DSLR suggests so!). I exposed a couple of rolls in it, and I sure liked the results.

Here are a few photos taken around Rem Koolhaas' concert hall. These are somewhat touristy, but what the hell — I like them. Nostalgia for the years of public money spent on lavish construction projects?

Douple exposure Oct 15th

Burnt film Oct 15th

Garage Oct 15th

D. Luis Bridge Oct 15th

Boavista Blvd Oct 15th

Douro Oct 15th

Gate Oct 15th

Taken with my Voigtlander Bessa-L and an adapted Tamron 28mm lens that makes the camera look quite badass.

My mind was somewhere else at the end of the roll of so I briefly opened the camera before rewinding, ruining some of the exposures. Oops, my bad. Anyway, when I took the film to the lab I specifically requested that they digitize every single exposure, no matter how awful it looked. And as (unfortunately) expected, they instead decided to curate my own photos for me, so I had to digitize some of the damage I found interesting (examples one and two) using my own terrible flatbed scanner. Next time I'll take my business elsewhere.

Sublime Text is… sublime. Since most software is so bad, one doesn’t even notice it until something comes really good along. Running Sublime Text 2 for the first time felt like the first time I tried Google Chrome 1.0 and admired how a fully featured web browser was faster than Windows Explorer (Chrome did put on some weight in the last few years, though), or my warming up to Enso and finding the whole concept of a ‘Start Menu’ laughable and hardly to be missed when Windows 8 comes along. In fact, I gave Sublime Text’s developers their money after just minutes of minor tinkering which is probably a speed record in my opening-wallet-for-bits department. ST2 feels like an extremely good piece of palpable engineering, carrying the same transcendent Quality of intelligence and solidity one finds in a 1970s Bang&Olufsen stereo or a Voigtlander Bessa camera. One just feels respected by the makers of these things, and are given reliability and an ease-of-use of the intelligent and demanding kind (for instance, Sublime Text doesn’t have a UI for preferences and presents you with an auto-updateable configuration text file instead — but if you are a programmer who feels an UI is needed to set his editor’s preferences, perhaps you should take a good hard look at your choice of career or hobby).

Sure there are plenty of other programmer-oriented text editors. Notepad++ is okay and it was perhaps the piece of software I used the most until now, but always with a suspicion it wasn’t good. Vim on the other hand felt like it once was a good piece of software but is now locked in its community esoterica, while Acme looks like it might actually be good but at the same time like too little too late. How did I survive before multi-selection and without a command palette? Indeed.

Fifty years into interactive computing history a text editor attains greatness. How many centuries does this mean we’ll have to wait for good video editing software?