March 27, 2009

As promised… A photo of Lambda!

Posted in Life tagged , , at 12:14 am by pmatos

It’s not usual for me to post personal stuff in my blog but I can’t resist to show off the most intelligent cat I have seen:


March 4, 2009

Meow, this is λ!

Posted in Life at 2:57 pm by pmatos

Time goes fast and it is scary the time I took to write something more here than a ‘I am alive!’ post.

Making a very happy story, short: me and my girlfriend started to live together, finished my pre-thesis report for the PhD (hopefully the final thesis date will have a 2009 on it), got an awesome house in Southampton, we moved in and today… we got λ.

λ is our new female cat with 10months that we adopted from the BlueCross. Although the adoption process took around a week and a half and involved a home visit it went smoothly and we have it with us now. She is a beautiful black cat which as soon as she arrived home, and once the door of the carrier was opened, she jumped out. None of the ‘scared’, ‘shy’ stuff we were worried about.

First interesting report was to book a vet appointment, the reception girl asked us for her name and we said λ. She looked at us with a strange look and we said: ‘λ : as in the Greek letter’. Funny enough, she said: ‘Can you spell it?’ Argh… HEY, IT’S A LETTER…
Although I didn’t say that, I thought it and ended up spelling it for her… l… a… m… b… d… a, but it should be written as a single character.

Soon I will give you the first photos! :)

February 17, 2009


Posted in Life tagged at 11:32 am by pmatos

I am not dead, sick or anything like it…
I have finished my 24 month PhD report and I am on to the end of this thing! (there’s light in the end, I assure you).

Even though I didn’t manage to write a post for some time now I managed to get into the twitter thingy. So, in case you think I am dead, keep posted with:

November 30, 2008

Experience Supports Lebedev’s Pyramid

Posted in Education, Life tagged , , at 4:51 pm by pmatos

As presented before by Alcides Fonseca and some others, my experience also supports the Lebedev’s Pyramid:

Lebedev Pyramid

Lebedev Pyramid

November 24, 2008

Want a new vagina for Christmas?

Posted in Life tagged , , , , , , , , at 2:16 pm by pmatos

First, if you really came here because you really want a new vagina for Christmas, let me start by telling you how hypocrite you are! So, you want a new vagina for the celebration of the birth of your Lord Jesus Christ that should supposedly teach you how to be humble and love yourself like you were made?

For all the others just interested on what I have to say regarding vaginae [yes, this seems to be the plural of ‘vagina’] and Christmas, move on! :)

The number of labiaplasties seemed to have doubled in the UK between 2002 and 2007. Protesters are already doing their job and you can also get some statistics there so let me avoid the statistics and go straight to the subject at hand.

Nowadays, women seem to get shallower and shallower (not in the vaginal sense)! It’s the ginourmous heels, the practically naked standard of dressing, the excessive makeup, the false lips, the false boobs, the false bum… Now they also have false vaginae???

Come on, you must be kidding me! Obviously you can say that it’s your body and you can do whatever you want with it but note that doing whatever you want goes both ways. If women prefer heels to comfortable shoes, excessive makeup instead of their natural clean selves, botox lips instead of their own, silicone boobs instead of their natural ones, etc, etc… I have the right to tell them straight in the face how idiots they are! They prefer to change themselves, even when there’s the risk of damage. Among all the changes there’s risk of facial paralysis, scaring, loss of feeling, pain, bone damage, etc. Fewer and fewer women seem to favour their own personalities, trying instead to use a mask to look better. But what’s better? Women like this tend to get the kind of attention from a very specific male type. And often they get what they asked for and they rarely find an happy ending, but still… they move forward trying to find ways to improve. Well, I thought it would never get to the point of labiaplasties, but it seems I was wrong!

Note, however, that the case of labiaplasties seem different than most other issues, like high heels. Using high heels, even though it screws your feet and most likely provokes pain and uncomfortable walking, is known to be ‘fashionable’ and ‘sexy’ [although I disagree but that’s not the point]. High heels are seen by everybody. You want to look good and attract the attention of those around you. Now, with vaginal surgery, whose attention are you trying to attract? There are not many possibilities here… either you are a slut and you need to impress a man every night or you’re just trying to impress your boyfriend with a new vagina, but if your boyfriend loves you more, or even just supports your decision of undergoing a surgery to change your vagina because it might look better then he’s more of an idiot than you are… dump him… otherwise you risk losing him to a better vagina…

And remember, no matter how good your vagina is, there’s always a better one in the nearest corner! Remember : use your brain always and your vagina sometimes!

A Music to Wake up…

Posted in Computers, Life, Programming tagged , , , at 11:32 am by pmatos

When I taught Lisp in Portugal, I used to pass this song to my students in their 1st year to get them in the mood… Lets hope this gets you into the mood also and find some time to look at this language! :)

November 15, 2008

In England every night is Halloween

Posted in Education, Life tagged , , , , , at 5:02 pm by pmatos

Even though this post is based on my experience in Southampton, I doubt it is different in the rest of England. In fact, elsewhere might be worse but I can’t see how.

I have to say I rarely go out at night for a drink or even more rarely dancing (in this case rarely means never), however, I have my share of knowing the night in Southampton.

One day [I do remember it quite well as it was the first, however, images which unfortunately I keep with me, where harvested from the Southampton nights from the last couple of years] I left home at night in search for a place to have an expresso (gosh, I was a “Portuguese in England”) somewhere, just to find out that no pubs sell coffee (or in general, warm drinks) past 6pm. I also found out that contrary to my belief Portuguese teenage girls were not the sluts I thought they were. Because if they were, I had no word to describe english teenage girls. As such, I have to upgrade Portuguese teenage girl status and promote english teenage girls to their new rank.

Throughout my stay in Southampton (already in its third year) my night outs, lately for night running, I could only confirm this fact. Girls basically undress to go to the pubs or clubs, at a temperature that might scratch the zero degrees to have [a lot of] drinks and who knows what else. Never had I seen teenagers shaking on the street due to the cold, undressed and standing on their extremely high and shaky high heels, with enough make up that would make anyone wonder how much they spent on it.

Linus Torvalds blogs that in the US, in Halloween:

… pre-teen girls dress up (or rather, down) as sluts, because it’s the one night of the year when it’s cute to look like a under-age hooker.

In the UK, it’s hooker-night, and consequently Halloween, every single day! Never was I so worried about the raising of a child in this country. Never was I so worried about what kind of education do English parents provide kids that dress like this every single night.

Never was I so worried about not having a word to describe these girls… because hookers from where I come from, are paid!

October 11, 2008

Disappointed Students Scene…

Posted in Life tagged , at 10:02 am by pmatos

Unfortunately I can’t draw a cartoon but I can set the picture…

An enthusiastic student had a brilliant idea… he writes the problem statement in the first page and a long solution in the pages that follow, he is happy… he finally had that idea… he’s going to turn the world upside down. He goes to the lab and waits for the supervisor to arrive. He arrives!!! Without delay the student enters his supervisors office, pen on the right hand, papers on the left and says:

– Professor, I solved a very interesting industrial grade problem with a very smart algorithm.

The Professor looks at the first page for a few seconds, reads the problem statement, returns the papers to the student and says:

– No you didn’t, this problem is reducible to the Halting Problem.

The student frown, grabs the papers and leaves…

October 1, 2008

First Half-Marathon, some thoughts…

Posted in Life tagged , , at 11:36 am by pmatos

My first officially clocked half-marathon was this week in Portugal, with Silas Sang winning with an extraordinary time of 1h01m26s. I arrived an hour later when the clock marked 2h00m37s. It was an awesome run, to be repeated soon in Gosport for another half marathon. I will be back to Portugal for the full marathon on Dec. 7th. See you all soon!

September 29, 2008

Christians are not nuts…

Posted in Life tagged , at 1:56 pm by pmatos

They are electrified pickles

Now, notice the advisory regarding christianity: Don’t try to do this at home. OK? Because this can be very dangerous. You can hurt yourself, you can hurt something else. You can blow all the electricity in your house. So, don’t try to do this at home.

Christians seem to relate a lot to culinary… They are electrified, cannibalistic, pickles which drink the blood of their prophet as wine and chew on his body as crackers…

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