Tuesday, October 23, 2012


Agora fica tudo no IAI

Monday, January 18, 2010

Casa Bola - Ball House on French Documentary

Here's the link.

Unfortunately they do not allow to embed the video outside of their site :(

Thursday, December 24, 2009

It was a great journey

Today I say goodbye to the "orange beast", as some called her.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Friday, August 7, 2009

Pixel Park

As some of you may know I've been setting up a small school / gallery space here in São Paulo in a space owned by my father... well it's literally under his house - a sphere.
The school is called Institudo de Artes Interativas or Interactive Arts Institute.
iAi (eeh-ah-eeh) in Portuguese means "so?" in the sense of "what's going on?"
Our slogan is a question.
iAi? Como funciona?
So? How does it work?
In any case, I met with Liana Brazi, Russ Rive and Marcelo Pontes fom SuperUber some months ago and we realized that their work and what I want to teach here at the school are completely in line.
They were looking for a space for their first self-signed exhibit.
I was trying to explain what I wanted to teach here at iAi.
I immediately offered the space. It was a perfect match!
Pixel Park starts next week - Aug 11 to 23!!
The setup is looking great!

Veja também os videos das obras do SuperUber!

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

@ Google Developer Day

Great event - well organized.

Wave is awesome!

Android presentation was very buggy...

So I was showing off the iPhone...

Take a look at the rest of the pictures.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

iAi novo site e novas datas!

Acabo de colocar no ar o novo site do iAi? Instituto de Artes Interativas!
Baseado no Ning - o site se tornou uma espécie de rede social tipo Orkut ou Facebook.
Como novas datas para o Curso de iPhone SDK - Xcode, Interface Builder, e Objective-C continuo com meu esforço de montar a escola!

Thursday, April 2, 2009

iAi in the news!!

Another item about my school (www.iaibrasil.com.br) published, at my request :)

Mac Magazine thanks to Rafael Fischmann!

Saturday, March 28, 2009

iAi web site is up!!!

Finally I put all the information in the right places and my school's website is up!!
Will be translating it into English and Spanish shortly... for now here it is in Portuguese:

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Grandma motorcycle ride

Now I know where I got my adventurous spirit from!
Last Sunday after lunch I jokingly asked my grandmother if she wanted me to take her home on my motorcycle. 
She simply asked if I had an extra helmet and put it on! 
Mind you, she's 87 years old! 
Here are the pictures:

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

iAi - the buzz is starting

First "official" article about my school!! 
Thanks to "Blog do iPhone"! for the review!

Monday, March 9, 2009

Sagatiba - my first iPhone App on the App Store

Sagatiba - a Brazilian premium cachaca - a distilled drink from sugar cane - hired me some months ago to do their iPhone application.
It got approved by Apple to be placed on the App Store this weekend - for free.
Check out Sagatiba's web site.
Link to the App Store
Also - got a review from a Brazilian blog - iPhone Blog.

Thursday, January 8, 2009

Interview at New TV - TV IG

Yesterday Marc and I were interviewed by Marcelo Godoy who runs New TV - an online TV show about mobile technologies. Here's the video:
Part 1:

Part 2:

Part 3:

Monday, January 5, 2009

Update since arrival in SP

Great to be back home and see all of my family and friends...
Marc and I went to the coast of SP with NO computer and no video camera - a break from the blogging - but not from the bikes.
It rained a lot in Barra do Una (north coast of Sao Paulo state) but then when we went to Rio on the 28th the weather opened up to great sunshine until the 1st of January.
In Rio we had a great group - Stephanie, Jonathan, Dahlia and Glen - along with the "locals" Miguel and Renata who were our guides once in a while.
We had an amazing time in Rio eating at BBLanches almost every meal, going to the beach in Barra and going out at night.
New Year's Eve in Copacabana - millions of people peacefully and democratically united on the beaches for the 20 minute long uncoordinated fireworks spectacle. Very cool.
Back to SP on the first on the bikes we got one of the heaviest rains we saw in the entire trip down from the US!
And now back to real life!!
Some more pictures from the arrival:
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Motorcycle Recepetion invitation

My sister did a cute little animation for the invitation to our arrival in Sao Paulo:


Monday, December 22, 2008

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Jayme Watt Longo

My grandfather went today after a fruitful life of impressive discipline, determination, focus, honesty, and vision.
A leader, a gentle boss, stern but not harsh, quiet but attentive, a traveler and explorer.
He has always been the solid and stable figure of the family.
He went at home this morning.
A simple burial with only the direct family.

Day 80 - Fazenda Mato Dentro to Sao Paulo!!!!

Woke up with Pedro and Armando who had arrived on their bikes from Sao Paulo :)
Had some breakfast and went over to Sao Paulo with about 12 motorcycles!!
Very cool and different riding with so many bikes.
Arriving in Sao Paulo was quite emotional... great feeling to have completed the journey!
Arrived at my Dad's house and there were about 30 people waiting for us with banners, champagne and lots of happiness!
What a reception!! Very very cool.
Stayed there till a lot later and then went to my Mom's where there were yet more people later on since it was her birthday the next day.
Great to be home!

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Friday, December 19, 2008

Day 79 - Londrina to Fazenda Mato Dentro

Quick post - no internet here - morning spent getting Gui a new tire
then driving the entire afternoon (300 miles) to get to Campinas and
then to the farm where Dudu (another cousin) was waiting for us :)
Now doing some churrasco (barbecue) and drinking some beer :)
Tomorrow day 80 and Sao Paulo!!!!

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Day 78 - Fazenda Barbacena to Londrina

Great day - visit to Usina Vale do Ivai in the morning - sugar and alcohol production plant - always learn something new when I go there.
It's one of the most self sufficient industries I know of:
- Sugar cane by itself is a renewable source of energy
- The fibers of the sugar cane are burnt to produce enough electricity for the entire plant + surplus to sell back to the grid
- The soot from the burnt fibers is spread on the soil as a fertilizer
- The unused/old yeast is used as an additive to livestock feed
- The "vinhaca" - a bi-product of the fermentation process is used as a fertilizer as well
- The yeast-cream is bought from breweries around the country to produce more dried yeast, which comes with 6 alcohol by the way, for "free"
- The residue from the sugar process is sent back into the alcohol plant to extract even more sugar
- The water used to wash and cool is always filtered and could be bottled for drinking
... and the list goes on...
In any case... after the visit we had lunch at the farm, had a nap and headed towards Londrina - only an hour and a half away.
There we met Otto and Guilherme who rode their motorcycles (BMS 1200GS and a BMW 800S) from Sao Paulo to meet with us.
Later on we went to another cousin's house - Adriana Carioba - to have some beers then dinner.
Very pleasant dinner at a Japanese place in town.
All drunk from Saque now going to bed :)

Day 77 - Foz de Iguacu to Fazenda Barbacena

Short but exciting post!
At my family's farm in Parana, 450km northeast of Foz de Iguacu, +/- 1000km west of Sao Paulo next to a small town called Sao Pedro do Ivai.
This is where I spent most of my childhood vacations and have many fond memories of.
Very cool to arrive here by motorcycle, especially coming from so far away.
It all looks great, smells wonderful, and tastes amazing. We had some chicken with orange sauce along with wild rice and beans and salad. All local produce and by default "organic". 
Maybe that's why I always found the organic concept strange - it was always something so common and taken for granted when I grew up.
Lucky me. Very lucky me for having such conscious grandparents and parents raising us with the best possible in terms of health and education.

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Day 76 - Foz de Iguacu

All day tourist day :)
Tour bus picked us up at 9:10am and took us to Iguacu Falls - very cool walk along the pathways and very impressive the size, noise and amount of water of the falls.
Amazingly few Brazilians - most Argentineans and Europeans... interesting... well... not so surprising - I've lived in Brazil most of my life and never even thought of coming here to see this!
After the falls we stopped at a buffet style restaurant where we ate a bit - well - more like a lot - feijoada, cupim, farofa, guarana, suco de acerola and all the Brazilian food I missed quite a bit!
The afternoon was dedicated to Itaipu - the largest hydroelectric power plant in the world in terms of megawatts produced.
It's a "joint" project of Brazil and Paraguay but the story goes that Brazil basically paid for it... Paraguay pays it's share now with electricity.
Paraguay uses only 7% of the energy produced, selling the remainder 43% back to Brazil. This 7% supplies 90% of Paraguay's needs.
Brazil in turn utilizes 93% of the energy produced supplying 20% of our energy needs!! Crazy.
Apparently the new Paraguayan president wants to increase the price at which they sell the electricity to us. According to the deal signed back in 1973 the price cannot be readjusted until 2025. This has been causing some friction between the two countries along with a land reform the Paraguayan president promised the people before being elected. A good chunk of land in Paraguay is owned and run by Brazilian farmers. The people are now protesting against this Brazilian position and demanding that the Brazilians leave their country and land... uff...
Back in the hotel waiting for the torrential rains to go by and then go out into the city again.
Tomorrow we'll be back on the bikes riding to Sao Pedro do Ivai - Fazenda Barbacena!!

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Monday, December 15, 2008

TED Talks

Some of the TED Talks I liked in no particular order... 
Heard 79 of them these past two days riding... still in  2006 :)

Day 75 - Posadas to Foz de Iguacu

BRASIL!! We have arrived!!
Easy day of riding, some more turns than yesterday thankfully and a little bit more mountainous terrain but not that much :)
We arrived in Puerto Iguacu and stopped for lunch and some tips as to where to stay - Brazilian or Argentinean side.
We got an irrefutable offer from Alejandro - a good rate a Hotel Suica and a free tour of the falls and Itaipu tomorrow!
The border crossing was one of the easiest and fastest ones we've done so far - we both got 40 days to stay in Brazil - I came in with my Italian passport thinking it would give me some advantage over coming in with my Brazilian one - effectively I would not have been allowed to come into the country with a used motor-vehicle!
We found the hotel after some running around, called our folks, and jumped into the pool... very nice :)
Now going out to check the town out and celebrate our arrival in Brazil!

Day 74 - Presidente Roque Saenz Pena to Posadas

Hum... straight roads... very green... very humid and hot... lots of Brazilian trucks on the road.
Presidente Roque Saenz Pena is a cute little town with a few restaurants and quite a few people cruising along the roads - nothing compared to Salta, which has a vibrant street which is shut off to cars and people just walk up and down two large blocks filled with bars (boliches) and restaurants.
Posadas also has a lot going on at night at the Avenida Constanera - an avenue that runs along the river where people drive up and down on their cars and motorcycles to see and to be seen. The bars and restaurants along the avenue are all packed with people and the avenue is lined up with parked cars with their back door open blasting music to the ears of the crowds around them.
It seems like everywhere you go, no matter what country you are in, how "remote" it is in your head, you always find people doing all of the same things... going out, socializing, mingling, and trying to have a good time...
Getting closer and closer to Brazil now... Foz de Iguacu tomorrow!

Sunday, December 14, 2008

Day 73 - Salta to Presidente Roque Saenz Pena

Long day but AOK!
Woke up at 8 to get some breakfast and go change my tires and balance my wheels.
Turned out to be a long process that lasted till around noon but everyone was very nice, curious and impressed by the trip.
In the pictures you can see the missing counter weights, the chewed up and the good side of the tire and some other pics :)
Back on the road with new tires and balanced wheels we left Salta after saying thanks to Alberto from Division 2 Ruedas and buying some chain lube for my bike.
We did about 600km today on a very straight and boring road - very humid as well.
We stopped a few times for gas and for breaks... tried to get food in this one town but everything was closed - Saturday + siesta time!
All throughout the day I listened to the TED Talks Podcasts instead of music - VERY cool - made time actually go by faster it seemed - well - depending on what speaker that is :) Very interesting projects, people, lectures and topics!
We arrived in Sans Pena at night and found a descent hotel to stay in...
Tomorrow the ride should be a little bit more interesting in terms of scenery and towns.
Right on schedule for our arrival in Sao Paulo around the 19th...

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Saturday, December 13, 2008

On we go!

New tires, wheels balanced, a little out of true but on we go!!!!!

Friday, December 12, 2008

Day 72 - San Pedro de Atacama to Salta

Wow - what a day - yes another one of those!
Breakfast, bike packing and gas routine in the morning. Last night we had dinner with Steve and a friend of his - a girl from Hong Kong who has been traveling through South America for the past 6 months alone! Great dinner and conversation.
Ran into two the Brazilian motorcyclists we had met at Valle de La Luna while we were looking for the gas station in San Pedro this morning - cool guys - they were going to the Pacific to check it out... we were heading towards the Atlantic ;)
We did our Chilean exit at San Pedro in no time and we were on our way.
The road was pretty incredible - we went up and up and up - gently though - up to 4800 meters - got quite chilly but bearable.
My wheel wobble would come and go - I guess the rubber would wear down and the wheel would stabilize for a little while but then it would get unbalanced again - very annoying and very unsettling on the turns - the whole bike would be loose and did not feel very stable.
But we kept on trucking...
The Argentinean border was about 1 hour and half away from San Pedro and took a little longer just because there were quite a few people there at the same time but went through smoothly.
The descent from Suques into Purmamarca was quite nice - lots of incredibly tight turns. By that time I guess I got used to the wobbly bike and enjoyed it a little more but still definitely not at my full potential.
We stopped at a nice little hotel by the road where we had a quick sandwich. I asked at the hotel's reception if they knew of any motorcycle stores or repair shops in San Salvador de Jujuy or in Salta. An Argentinean guest immediately jumped to help me calling a friend of his who gave him the phone number of the owner of a motorcycle store in Jujuy who in turn said that he had tires for my bike AND balance the wheels!
I was ecstatic... but did not last very long because once we got to Jujuy we found out that not only they did not have the tires, they told me that the only motorcycle wheel balancing machine was in Buenos Aires - and that there was only ONE there!
I think that was one of the lowest points of this trip - my tire was down to the bone - I could probably only drive on it for another day before it literally would rip apart - and even if I got new tires, without balancing the wheel, I would wear it down in another 6 days I think. I was miserable. I even started contemplating putting the bike on a truck and sending it to Brazil.
But there was still hope... Salta is a larger city so I asked the guys to find a tire in Salta for me... they did!! Not the exact same tire but it should do. And to balance the wheel I would go to a car mechanic and have him create some kind of an adapter to fit the bike's wheel on the car wheel machine...
Off we went to Salta - only 70km away but took us almost 2 hours - we got some back road which was beautiful but my bad mood prevented me from enjoying it...
But then again it all changed when we got to Division 2 Ruedas in Salta! The not only had my tires but they knew of a guy in town who would balance my wheels!!
What a relief!!!
And what a great hotel we found for a great price! Now all showered and ready for some dinner!

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Day 71 - San Pedro de Atacama

Short post today - slept in till a bit later than usual had some breakfast and then came back into the room to rest a little more.
Around 11 we took off on the bikes to explore the region. On the way we missed an exit and ended up on another route that turned out to be OK. Went to see these two lakes up in the mountains. Not bad but I think we got spoiled by the Valle de la Luna yesterday evening - that
was just spectacular - these lakes were very pretty but nothing too impressive.
On the way back we headed into the desert to see the Lago Sejas - a lake with high concentration of salt where you float a lot - dirt roads and lots of sand - pity that the video battery died - I was doing a little off road, throwing some sand up in the air while Marc
was filming.
The lake itself was pretty cool as well... I didn't swim in it just because I forgot my swimming suit and it would be annoying to put all my gear back on with salt all over my body :)
Back at the hotel we ran into Steve, the American we met yesterday on the road on a KLR. He was going to the Valle de la Luna - we decided to stay in and rest some more... we're going to meet later on tonight for dinner or drinks.

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Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Day 70 - Iquique to San Pedro de Atacama

What a day! Last night was kind of cool as well - we went around town to look for a restaurant and ran into Fernando, a local Iquiquean who showed us around and had a couple of beers with us at a bar/restaurant along the beach. Nice town.
Well... today started out with a wonderful breakfast on the 15th floor of the hotel we stayed in.
Then I went to the Yamaha dealer to see if they had a spare tube for my rear tire which I completely forgot to look for yesterday.
I ran into a Brazilian couple - Marcos and Antonela - www.motoconesul.com - who are rode from Brazil to Machu Picchu and are now heading back the same way we are going, just a day later than us!!
Then I met another motorcyclist - a Swiss guy on a Tenere 600 who's name I didn't get unfortunately.
The spare tube turned out to be a lot harder to find than expected but finally got it at a Michelin store.
We headed down the coastal road to Tocopilla - beautiful desert and ocean scenario!
At a checkpoint we stopped at a bar where we saw 3 bikes - another 3 were leaving. There was a 1200GS Adventure, an F800GS, and a KLR. The GSes were being ridden by a British couple in their 60's - very cool couple - they had done the entire world already - amazing! They were going North though so our contact ended there.
The KLR was being ridden by Steve (southatsixty.blogspot.com) - an American living in Panama. He was going the same way as us.
My rear tire was still vibrating annoyingly so.
In Tocopilla we stopped for gas and to take a look at the wheel. Yesterday a mechanic said it was because the tire was being worn down unevenly, another said it was because the inner tube had formed a bubble. Finally the tire repair man in Tocopilla nailed it - some of the weights that balance the wheel out were missing!! The wheel was out of balance!! OBVIOUS!!
Unfortunately no one in that town performed that service.
So we kept on going and stopped in Calama to see if we found someone who would balance my wheel - no again. Nice little town though...
Then we arrived in San Pedro de Atacama!!
Before we got into to town though we took a right into the Valle de la Luna to see the sunset.
PERFECT timing - we got there - walked up the hill and saw the sunset.
We ran into 3 Italian guys who had rented 3 KTM 990's just like mine in Santiago and were going up to the Salar de Uyuni - a stretch we skipped due to lack of time - next trip :)
We also met some Brazilians who were traveling through the region on a van and 2 motorcycles. They gave me some good tips about the road we're going to take through Argentina.
We have never ran into so many motorcyclists in this entire trip - was pretty cool - I guess this place is pretty special - so we also decided to take a day break here - our second PLANNED break so far :)
The town is amazingly cute, full of tourists and nice hotels. We are staying at the Terrantai hotel.
Tomorrow we shall do some "real" tourism :)

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