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The why

the Bible is not the “why” of Christian faith; it is the “what.” The “why” of the Christian faith is the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus

No God but one – Nabeel Qureshi
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Goodbye!

In March 2021, I left the company and the project that I worked for 9 years. This is my goodbye message.

If I’m going to be completely honest, I never liked to read this kind of goodbye messages, but now that it’s my turn to go, I feel compelled to write something. Now more than ever when we cannot see each other face to face, I want to leave a few words to you. People seem to think that when we are going through this kind of transition, suddenly we are filled with a burst of wisdom and thus are more willing to hear us out.

I’ve been a part of Critical Software since 2012 and had my share of high and low moments, but overall I know this has been an invaluable experience. As our last CEO used to say, this company is a real “school of engineering“, for those that are willing to learn. It’s not because we are so much smarter than everyone else, but because we are willing to empower ourselves to experiment, learn and improve on the job.

In these 9 years I’ve only worked on one project, Verticalla‘s VisionCenter. I can affirm proudly that I’m in part responsible for it’s success. Nevertheless, even though I enjoyed very much the work I’ve done, upon some reflection I’ve come to the realization that what stays most fondly in my memory are the relationships I’ve built over the years.

Those who know me, are aware that I’m not very good at building and keeping such relationships but I’m grateful that some of you took the time and patience to get to know me and become more than mere co-workers. I advise everyone get to know the people that you work with and befriend them, even though some of them (like myself) are not very friendly. It will bring benefits not only to your personal life (it’s nice to have friends) but also to your work! When we like the ones we work with, we are (1) more available to listen to them and (2) to be more sympathetic to their shortcomings. This raises the levels of trust, which in turn increases productivity, morale, team work and overall happiness.

Some of the friends I’ve made at Critical Software, are no longer working there – like Nuno Sousa, Ricardo Guerra and Pedro Costa, my mentors – but many still are. Thank you Tiago Carregã for the chess games (I know I suck), Luisa Barbosa for telling me to shut up, Catarina Azevedo for the good mood in the office, Agne Pustovoitaite for the Lithuanian lessons, Paulo Silva for the music, Matt Brake for being very approachable

Also, from Sauter side, I really enjoyed working with Patrice Hell and Hartmut Melchin, both being top quality professionals. I cannot name you all but, thanks to Benjamim Cardoso, Carla Machado, Telmo Inácio, Jorge Ribeiro, Hugo Sousa, Ricardo Lamarão, Luís Silva, Nuno Alves, João Carloto, Braselina Sousa and so many others that had a good influence on me.

If you’re brave enough to say goodbye, life will reward you with a new hello

Paulo Coelho

So thank you all and goodbye!


As we’re approaching Easter, and this is one of the most important times of the year for a christian like me, I want also to leave you with some thoughts about Jesus and his resurrection.

  • Christianity is a fact-based religion and the resurrection is the most important of those facts.
  • If Jesus did not rise from the dead, then Christianity is false and life ends on the grave
    • There is no heaven or hell
    • There is no punishment for evil
    • There is no reward for good
    • Jesus’ death is just another death
  • If Jesus did rise from the dead, then Christianity is true and life does not end on the grave
    • There is hope of heaven
    • Evil will be punished
    • Good will be rewarded
    • Jesus’ death unlocks the door to eternal life

When we have assurance of the fact of the resurrection:

  • However bad things get in this life, heaven is secure for us.
  • We have peace over the death of our loved ones, because they are not gone forever.
  • Christ’s resurrection is the basis of the trust we have of our own resurrection. He conquered death.

In short, being sure that the resurrection really occurred, is of great importance. Don’t take my word for it. Check for yourselves!

If you do the research and find out I’m wrong, you just lost a bit of time.

If you do the research and find out I’m right, you also lost a bit of time but gained eternity.


Some resources to get you started:

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Dependence

I’ve been thinking about the stuff I depend upon to keep this blog, and in particular about link rot.

Most of the stuff I post here is sharing something I saw elsewhere.

I depend on other sites I link to to keep the links alive. I could mitigate this by always linking via the Wayback Machine, but I would also be dependent on them…

I depend on YouTube for the videos I share. I could copy and host them myself, but that would increase a LOT the cost of keeping all the stuff. I depend on Spotify for the songs I share. I could copy the audio and host them myself, but that might be considered a copyright violation.

And even for stuff I own and have a backup for, I depend on Flickr to keep my photos, on SoundCloud to keep my music, on GitHub to keep my code. The list goes on and on…

Dependence and trust. This is what makes the web go round.

Speaking of trust…

Should I go live in a cabin in the woods?

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Psalm 150 – At Home Across the Globe – Miqedem

Hallelu el bekodsho
(Praise God in His sanctuary)
Halleluhu birki’a uzo
(Praise Him in His mighty firmament)
Halleluhu vigvurotav
(Praise Him for His mighty acts)
Halleluhu kerov gudlo
(Praise Him according to His excellent greatness)

Halleluhu beteka shofar
(Praise Him with the sound of the trumpet)
Halleluhu benevel vechinor
(Praise Him with the lute and harp)
Halleluhu betof umachol
(Praise Him with the timbrel and dance)
Halleluhu beminim veugav
(Praise him with stringed instruments and flutes)

Halleluhu betziltzelei shama
(Praise Him with loud cymbals)
Halleluhu betzilzelei tru’a
(Praise Him clashing cymbals)
Kol han’shama tehalel ya
(Let everything that has breath praise the Lord)
Hallelujah Hallelujah

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Purpose in life

I believe in God. I’m a christian. For me, ultimate purpose and meaning in life comes through a relationship with the creator of the universe.

This he [man] tries in vain to fill with everything around him, seeking in things that are not there the help he cannot find in those that are, though none can help, since this infinite abyss can be filled only with an infinite and immutable object; in other words by God himself

Blaise Pascal – Pensées 425

You have made us for yourself, O Lord, and our hearts are restless until they rest in You

St. Augustine – Confessions Book I

Now this is eternal life: that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent.

Jesus – John’s gospel

Why does God gives life meaning and purpose?

First, if there is a creator, then I’m not the mere accidental by-product of nature, a result of matter plus time plus chance. There is a reason for my existence. If God does not exist, then both man and the universe are inevitably doomed to a meaningless death.

Second, if God exists, then it makes a difference how I live now. I have a reason to live a good life. If life ends at the grave does it really make a difference in the ultimate sense if I’m a good or a bad person?
Life ended in the same way for Gandhi and Mussolini. What’s the point then of doing good?

For me a life without God would be utterly meaningless and devoid of purpose. But simply knowing that fact wouldn’t change much if I had no reasons to believe it was true. Well is it? Or is it just wishful thinking?

Is God just a fairy tale?

I can give three lines of argument making the case that God really exists and christianity really is true. I won’t develop any of them but I encourage you to look into it. I’ll provide a starting point.

  • The universe had a beginning. It didn’t came from nothing, so there must be a transcendental cause. See this two part video from the christian philosopher William Lane Craig that provides an accessible explanation of this argument
  • There exists objective morality, that is some things are wrong regardless of what anyone thinks. The cause of this fact must be outside mankind.
    John Lennox is a Mathematician but also participates in many debates and lectures about the christian faith. In this video, the topic is “Does Morality Need God?”. There is about 50m of lecture and 30m of Q/A. I have never seen or read anything from Lennox that I didn’t like
  • The best explanation for what happened to Jesus is that he really was raised from the dead. Gary Habermas is the world’s top scholar on the resurrection hypothesis. This interview gives a taste of what scholarship says about that.

I could provide many more arguments to make my case but even if they all are sound and plausible we could always dismiss them.
The only thing that cannot be easily dismissed is a direct experience of God.
If God exists then he is capable of making himself known to you.

God exists. He is interested in you. We can know that because he has entered into creation to seek and to save us.

Search for Him. We weren’t able to reach him, but he made himself know through the person of Jesus.

When you find him, you’ll find the ultimate purpose of your life too!

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How to be good at anything

3 ways to improve at anything

  1. Copy other stuff
    Find good stuff, study it and copy it
  2. Critically review your work
    After finishing something, review it and find it’s flaws
  3. Get a mentor
    Find someone that’s better than you and learn from him

Chick Corea was on to something

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Ao sentir

Ao sentir o mundo ao meu redor
Nada vi que pudesse ser real
Percebi que todos buscam paz porém em vão
Pois naquilo que procuram não há solução, não há solução

Só em jesus a paz real eu pude encontrar
O seu amor pude experimentar
Me entreguei a Cristo e a vida eterna vou gozar

Posso ver que você não é feliz
Vou dizer que não pode ser feliz
Se continuar a procurar em vão
Em caminhos que não trazem a solução, não trazem solução

Só em Jesus a paz real você vai encontrar
O seu amor vai experimentar
Venha a Jesus Cristo e a vida eterna vai gozar