I’m Eduardo Morais. I live in Porto, a hilly city by the Atlantic in northern Portugal, where I was born in 1979. Part of my family comes from a very small village deep in the northeast countryside, and we still harvest a modest amount of olives every year.
For a long time my personal metric for the passage of time was the span between big sporting events such as World Cups or Olympic Games; my earliest recollection of such being the smiling orange mascot of the 1982 World Cup. Despite my best efforts not to enjoy it, ABBA triggers memories of fun fairs in the summer, and playing those parlor games where I tried to win the big chocolate but always got a small bar that stuck to my fingers and made a mess on my clothes. I also remember only having two channels on TV which paused broadcasts during the afternoon on weekdays, and the late winter Sundays watching Eurythmics music videos before that show with David Hasselhof and the talking car. That’s my generation, born near the end of that era football players still had moustaches and referees still wore all black.
My interest in computers arose around the time I got a Timex 2068 for my seventh birthday. I remember the frustration of not being able to do anything with it until an older cousin came over and explained I had to type LOAD “” before playing the tape.
Two decades and many computers later, I have a Master’s Degree in Multimedia from the University of Porto Engineering College (FEUP) and learned to deal with my earlier troubles with machines. I’m also a film buff, going as far as graduating in Film Studies at the ESAP Art School, where I now teach subjects related to film and video editing, as well as multimedia art. I also do quite a bit of freelance work to supplement my income (enquiries are welcome), and keep an odd schedule whenever possible so I’m able to enjoy the afternoon.