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 experiments with trial versions of Paint Shop Pro to add effects to images scanned from books and magazines. 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 I had just dropped out of college. 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 took every opportunity I could to sneak away, so I watched nearly every film presented at that theatre. I 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 afterwards. 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 continue as a guest instructor, as they had some gaps concerning video editing. 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. So now I am pursuing a Ph.D., as I must. I am studying certain critical intersections between art, education, and technology. I enjoy this, but it takes too much mental space. Once it is done, though, I want to get back behind a camera sometime.
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.