I am currently waiting for my flight to Manchester to attend another GUADEC!
This year I am also giving a presentation about the application story in Endless OS. Our infrastructure, our changes to GNOME Software, our heavy use of Flatpak, etc. Hopefully you’ll find it interesting.
A good number of Endlessers will also be around and giving other talks. We’re friendly people, so come talk to us!
Many thanks to Endless for making it possible for me to attend the event, and I am looking forward to meeting everyone again!
This past weekend a big wildfire in the center of Portugal (Pedrógão Grande area) killed 62 people, left the same number of people injured, and around 150 families lost their homes.
Every year the country has a number of wildfires, many of them caused directly by people. However, according to the Portuguese authorities this fire has been caused by a lightening together with the record high temperatures.
One thing that caused a big impression on me is that the majority of the dead were not people that had their homes surrounded by the forest but they were just drivers who were caught by the fire while on the road. So something like this can happen to anyone, not only to the people who lived in the affected areas.
The firefighters have been tireless and are still trying to control a big fire that spawned from the one in Pedrógão Grande. While Spain, France, and Italy have deployed more resources to help fight the fire, the majority of the Portuguese firefighters are actually volunteers who risk their lives every year.
The 150 families who lost their homes come from a rural area and many lost not only their homes but also their cattle and, needless to say, will struggle to start over. So they could use everyone’s help.
There is a number of local initiatives to bring food and supplies to the area, and also a couple of bank accounts set up for donations. You can find the details for those in this Público’s article. Google Translator should be good enough if you don’t speak Portuguese. As a reference, I have donated to the account in the Caixa Geral de Depósitos bank that is listed in the article.
Surely many things will be said about the fire, that the forests could have been properly cleaned (in order to better contain the fire), that the roads could have been closed sooner (saving anyone from getting trapped), that it was “just” a tragedy. However, when every year the news talk about higher temperature records, it’s not crazy to think that Global Warming contributed to these deadly conditions. So when a man says he’s for Pittsburgh, not Paris, that’s not only a stupid argument and stance, it may also very well be a deadly one.
Last week another major milestone in my life happened: our son was born!
This time it was much less stressful than with Olivia’s but still, the feeling of hearing your newborn cry for the first time, even before you can see them, it’s just too amazing to describe.
With 4150 g and 53 cm, Gil (pronounced with a soft G) classifies as a big baby and, like his sister, he’s quite peaceful and has very beautiful black hair.
We feel extremely lucky and thankful for our children, and I am very curious to see how the experience of being a parent of two kids will be. But for now I am taking some time off, helping Helena recover, and enjoying the first days of our family of 4.