About the author
I am Eduardo Morais, an educational technology scholar and instructor at the University of Porto.
I made my first website in late 1997. I used a software called Frontpage Express to write it — a few unrelated pages about my interests back then, which were Sensible Soccer and making visual experiments with trial versions of Paint Shop Pro. I followed the instructions I found in a computer magazine and uploaded the website to this free web hosting service called GeoCities. I had trouble understanding how the site would remain accessible to the wide world even after I turned off my computer. I just didn't believe it would. I was still a teenager, and a college drop-out. I wanted to do something related to computers rather than structural engineering.
Those days I also had the privilege of living within walking distance to a movie theatre. I watched nearly every film presented at that theatre, and began to pine for film-making. I got in a professional multimedia course where I kept sharpening my website design skills but also got to play with DV cameras and video editing. I spent a couple of years struggling to make it as a freelance web designer. Eventually, I convinced my parents there would be good money working in advertising shoots, and so I enrolled in an undergraduate film & video program.
After graduation, the college invited me to work there as a guest video editing instructor. For a few good years, I taught there while working as a freelance videographer. After completing my Master's in Multimedia, my college employers gave me more hours and new teaching responsibilities. I gradually found out that I enjoyed teaching, and pursued a Ph.D. about creative code pedagogies in higher education.
Future Days is a showcase for some of my projects, videos, software, and research papers. I have kept such a site, over different names, ever since that day in late 1997. As before, I tried to organize things neatly; the results are mixed. I also write a blog, which I decided to fully reset as I laid down one night wondering about the days after the coronavirus confinement.
Rebirth seemed fitting.