Training the tone

Writing about the place I live in an objective tone:

I live in an apartment at the 10th floor of a comfortable building. It was built on the 90’s so it is not as small as the modern ones. There is enough space for me, my husband and my eight cats. The apartment has four bedrooms, three bathrooms, a quite large kitchen and a also a room where me and my husband are used to be at the sofa watching TV.

Writing about the place I live in a sentimental tone:

I live in an apartment that belongs to my mother. I’ve already lived here before when I was a teenager, and I have many good memories from that time. Although the neighborhood changed quite a lot, most of the buildings remains the same and the park that is close from my building is still similar to twenty years ago. Particularly, I like to study in the mornings in the sunlight at my former bedroom, that is now arranged as an office. This is a very cozy room and I feel very comfortable there, as I did twenty years ago.

Writing about the place I live in a frustrated tone:

I live in an apartment that is quite a mess. When I moved here, I didn’t have enough furniture, so I had to buy some cheap stuff just to have something to fill the place. The courtains are very old, they’re from twenty years ago so they’re out-of-date and has some minor problems, as some parts are rotten and decayed. I wish I could make it up but I just can’t do it now  because I’m not working at the moment so I don’t have enough money to do so. Unfortunately,  I have to cope with this poor conditions for now.

Daily writing

In general, I’m not used to write in english everyday. But I must warm up my engines in order to write some papers for my PhD course, what is a huge challenge for me. For this reason, I started to volunteer on a writing project at my University, and I felt I needed to improve my English. The next step was to join a English course, after a gap of 21 years. Fortunately, I wasn’t that bad in English because I practiced quite often on my work, although I must confess I was quite lost at the beginning and unfortunately until the end!

It was an exhaustive task for me but, luckily, I finished the year with a “pass” – what sounded like an “A” for me. I felt so happy! Now I plan to keep studying English, however in a more informal way, like this MOOC and by myself. Well, sorry for loosing focus! Let’s go back to the task! Summarizing, I wrote texts in english at least twice a week during this year to fulfill the English classes’ homeworks. So, I didn’t write for fun, unfortunately! I can say I wrote for school.

Although it’s a tough task for me, I must say I like to write in English. I feel challenged. It can be difficult to achieve my goals, because I don’t remember almost anything from grammar and there are many things I still need to learn. Despite of these problems, writing in English needs full attention and I must say it works better than therapy, sometimes! It makes me forget everyting else and focus on the present, working similarly to meditation, lol. 😀

Well, as a conclusion, my goal in this MOOC is specifically to improve my academic writing. I wish I had time to improve other genre of texts, but as a PhD student, I need to focus on my carrer now. By the way, I must confess I’m not that young anymore, so I’m in a kind of a hurry. Maybe in the future I can study English again at a proper course and get my CPE!


Going on a new MOOC! Academic and Business Writing at edX

Well, here I am again! It seems this is a good opportunity to go back to this blog. I started a new MOOC, on Academic and Business Writing at edX.

This is my first course at edX, and I’m very happy to be joining this activity. They asked us to keep a journal that could be on a public blog. Than, I’ll be writing here weekly until the course finishes on february.

This week’s assignment is about writing in english. Here is what it says:

Think about the type of writing you do in your daily life, especially in English. Do you write for fun? For your job? For school?

In your journal this week:

  • Write a paragraph about what type of writing you typically do.
  • In another paragraph, write what you think about writing. Do you enjoy it? Dread it?
  • Finally, write another paragraph about what area of writing you need to improve most. Do you want to be a better essay writer? A more creative writer? A good business writer?

Be creative! This is your journal, so please use these guidelines loosely.

So… Here we go! See you on the next post!

Why it is so important to write?

When you can’t do something you love, then I bet you have a problem. A huge one.

There are some things that, in a way, defines you. Of course, the budists may have a different approach. They may call it attachment, or ego. Me, as a western, call it life purpose.

Sometimes, life just doesn’t allow you to do whatever you feel you should do. There is a type of feeling of being lost. To be different from who you are. To be somebody’s else. As responsible of that as we can be, as grown adults, I sense there is not a conscient choose. It can’t be. How would we choose to leave aside an important part of yourself? I mean, by our own will?

So, now, I try to catch the pieces I had of myself and try to build up myself again. And I found expression is a great deal for me. I had not many opportunities to express me in any other ways, so I found a way through writing.

I hope this text stand still here, lost in the middle of Giga and Tera bytes that are in the web. But anyway, I sware, this is my truth. I feel the read, I feel the write. I just need it to be alive.

Once upon a time, when I was a worker…

Now I’m focused on education. But this was not the case, a short time ago.

I had missed a lot this environment, the classroom.

Sometimes I found an oasis in some “classrooms” offshore. But it didn’t make me happy at all.

Education needs time, and calls us to be involved; it has the purpose to transform and develop people’s skills.

Maybe it’s just a dream, but I bet it’s a dream worthy to fight for.

Recently I’ve been on a MOOC course about science writing. English people love that, actually I have this blog because of a MOOC on climate change. Since then, I changed a lot the proposal of this blog, but now I’ll try to write on education and environment.

All, of course, looking towards the sea, as the ocean is my life and my focus. Now, that the greatest mysteries of the ocean waters was been “revealed” by science, I feel that tere are no more reasons to fear it. Now, the challenge is to love it and respect it. This is not an endless pool of water, It’s our main reason to be alive. Athough many of us have forgotten, human lifes are deeply linked to it. Now is time to remember.

Return from CBO2016

I was on the Brazilian Oceanography Congress (very bad translation, lol) held in Salvador, Bahia State, Brazil, from november 4th until november 9th.

I had a real good time, as I could meet some friends, make new ones, and get updated on many technical subjects. I’m very glad I’ve had this opportunity.


Left: Praia do Forte and its reefs during low tide, full of colorful fishes and other animals

Right: beautiful view of Salvador City from Ponta do Humaitá


Lots of mates

mapa MOOC climate

MOOC on Climate Changes. University of Exeter

Here is the map! Mates all over the world. I am represented by this little yellow dot… Right there… Well… One of those in South America, Brazil 🙂

This is the spirit of a MOOC. Thanks Exeter University for the oppotunity.

Best regards, teachers and mates!

Climate feedback systems – lesson 1.7

In this lesson, Prof. Lenton introduced the climate feedbacks concept.

It made me realise why it ‘s so difficult to understand the climate systems. There are no simple or obviuos effects, nature has its secrets. Global temperature is not governed only by greenhouse gases concentration in the atmosphere. It is not directly poportional. There are factors that can increase temperature (positive feedback) and, on the other hand, there are factors that dedrease temperature (negative feedback).

As I did’n know about the feedback effects in climate science, I seached for further information. I found an interesting article that I’d like to share with you.

“The Earth’s Changing Climate. Man-Made Changes and Their Consequences”. P.K. Das. RESONANCE. p. 54-65. March 1996.

Here is the pdf: climate change

It adds more information on other feedback mechanisms, including the depletion of ozone COOLING effect, wich was a surprise for me:

“The four principal cooling mechanisms are: (i) ozone depletion in the lower stratosphere, (ii) backscattering and reflection of short wave solar radiation by dust particles and aerosols, especially in the vicinity of sulphur emissions, (iii) clouds and (iv) CO 2 at high altitudes of the atmosphere.”

Best regards, mates! Good luck in your studies!