What have I been doing?

Well, it is pretty hard to answer.

No matter how tough you are, the pandemic hit us hard. I was able to manage the two years after I dived into work.
I literally worked as many hours as I worked back when I just started my career. I was thrilled and had an exciting drive. The project I was working on needed many features and during business hours, I rushed to create endpoints and features; by night, I improved tests and documentation.

Soon, stress and panic attacks took over the excitement and drive I had while I coded. One day I simply fell during the shower due to dizziness, and that made me reevaluate the whole situation.
It turned out impossible to dedicate myself to personal projects or any activity I love. At that point, I struggled to do the basics.
Don’t get me wrong, I loved that company and I am completely grateful for such an opportunity. I spent 6 years of my life there and to be honest, I never completed 2 years in a company before because there was always a better open position. I learned a lot and worked with skilled people that were always willing to share knowledge and experience.

The company and the projects suffered a few changes. We moved all our codebase from Azure Functions NodeJS to C#/NetCore6. It’s supposed to be a great learning experience and growth opportunity. But to me, it simply wasn’t.
The stress and panic attacks turned into a burnout and I, for the first time, had no joy in coding. My productivity dropped drastically and I had a hard time keeping focus or finishing my deliverables. It was frustrating to see myself acting like that, I really wanted to be a good employee and programmer.

So I took the decision to check new opportunities, to answer every recruiter on LinkedIn, and to apply to great companies. My mistake was not taking a period for myself but starting to enroll in many recruitment processes. I started a trial process in a company that really knows how to treat its staff, but I messed up… I messed up really hard because I still couldn’t focus and work like before.

Fortunately, I was accepted by another company. They really liked my experience, knowledge, and way to solve problems. It’s been a great experience so far and the level of pressure, stress, and work volume have been completely bearable for my well-being. Well, let’s not forget that 20 days into the new company I got appendicitis and it burst. Maybe it’s my body’s response to everything I went through before, maybe it’s just a coincidence. But I am getting better every day.

I started plentiful projects and/or activities in the past three to four years, some I had to drop, and some I wasn’t motivated to keep on. I am going to comment on a few:

VST Plugin – Boss HM2

I created a rough VST plugin effect simulating the infamous Boss HM-2, known for its chainsaw sound and notorious for the old-school Swedish death metal guitar tone. It was created using iPlug2 and faust language and consisted basically of an asymmetric clipping stage followed by three parametric equalizer filters(one for the low knob and two for the high knob). It did the job surprisingly quite well, but nothing different than what could be achieved using any good distortion plugin followed by any equalizer plugin.

For my very first project, it was fine, but my goal was to model the effect after the real circuit and soon I was dealing with quadratic functions, filter topologies, frequency response functions, thick signal processing books, and many things I wasn’t ready to deal with. At least at that moment and with the volume of work I was dealing back then.

It was a fun experience and I definitely plan to go back to it, but I still need to understand a lot of signal processing to be able to model the circuit schematic to the proper equations and functions.


One day I was just laying down in bed and I had a moment where the words started coming to my mind. I got up and started writing non-stop until I finished my (very first) poem.

I really don’t know how to explain how it happened, maybe it was inspiration? I don’t know. It happened a few times more and now I am trying to write on a regular basis, even if it’s not something that I find good… I can’t rely on inspiration every time.


Since I have a couple of birds, there is always a few fruit leftovers that they reject during the day and I also deal with cardboard and paper bags from services like Amazon. Considering this, I decided to start a worm farm.

There is not much to say, they kinda do all the work for me. But it is really exciting to research and understand more about these detritivorous creatures… and obviously reduce my waste output


After these years, I ended up moving to an apartment with an external area and, combined with the worms mentioned earlier, sounded like the perfect environment to grow some crops. I have quite a few pots with different herbs and chili peppers, I am still considering getting bigger pots to have larger plants.

Compared to my usual activities, it’s something completely different to have small interactions and see the changes after some days or weeks.


I started and brew a few batches of Kombucha during the pandemic. It worked well and I am definitely revisiting it soon. Recently I also did my own hot sauce, even bottled it into small glass bottles to give it a gift to friends. Oh… did I mention I grew the chilies?

URL Shortening and PasteBin clone

As a way to learn and keep myself motivated, I like to start personal projects using languages and technologies different from what I use while working. Since I never used MongoDB(or any NoSQL), I decided to do a couple of simple projects.

With ExpressJS and MongoDB I created my own version of Pastebin and URL shorter for personal use.

What’s up next?

Well… I am planning to keep track of my new or ongoing activities and projects here. It’s quite abandoned right now, to be honest.

I feel quite insecure to open the source of some projects, like the VST or the ExpressJS/MongoDB one, at least when working with something I am still learning and I don’t dominate yet. It feels like I am showing all my mistakes to the world.
But well… I am starting a new project with Rust and SFML, my goal is to document (and commit) every step and hopefully start new projects after the first one.

So please, unlike the B string of my guitar: stay tuned!

Discoveries of the Month – November/2016

Wow! My second DotM post!
Turns out that the biggest discovery of this month is that NaNoWriMo is not easy at all. Next year I will prepare myself and try again.
Well, let’s get to the point of the post:

Web Development

Microjs: A selection of small footprint JavaScript micro-libraries and micro-frameworks for all sort of things.


PythonTutor: Visualize your code in execution, kinda like a debugger. It now has support to Python, Java, JavaScript, TypeScript, Ruby, C, and C++. Fun project and may help you understand how programming languages work.
Detexify: Struggling to find a symbol for LaTeX? Just draw it!


Paranoia: Crossover/Thrash Metal band from the late eighties. They released just one album though.
Hellbenders: Stoner rock band from Goiânia/Brazil.
My Life with the Thrill Kill Kult: Industrial rock band from the late eighties. Been listening to industrial since my teenage years and, strangely, never heard of them before.
Eloy: (German) Progressive Rock band. Underrated in my opinion.
Shackles: Death/Thrash Metal band perfect for headbangin’. It’s a shame they split up.
Electric OctopusPsychedelic/Jazz/Experimental… there is not enough genres to tag these guys.
Brunt: Instrumental stoner rock with a mix of trippy clean tones and heavy fuzz guitars.
Lee Van Cleef: (not to be confused with Lee Van Cleef) Psychedelic acid rock from Italy.
Sasquatch: Another stoner rock band. Great sound and they are really a bastardized version of GFR as they claim. Should be on the regular playlist of any fan of the genre.

YouTube Channels:

The Art of Weapons: An U.K. teenager run this channel since he was around 13 years old. Focused on crossbows and slingshots, but has a lot of DIY information for HDPE plastic, wood lathe and even forging aluminium.
Stoned Meadow of DoomChannel posting albums from underground stoner/sludge/doom bands. Some of the bands presented here I found on the channel.

Discoveries of the Month – October/2016

I got this idea from the podcasts of the now defunct blog Tuxradar. Basically just to keep track and share anything that I find cool or interesting, posting on the last day of every month.

Web Development

You might not need jQuery: A site that gives examples where you can use vanilla JS instead of having jQuery as a dependency on your code.
You might not need JavaScript: Same idea as above, but using CSS3 and HTML5 to achieve the results.


cc65: cc65 is a complete cross development package for 65(C)02 systems, including a powerful macro assembler, a C compiler, linker, librarian and several other tools. cc65 has C and runtime library support for many of the old 6502 machines, including Commodore, NES, ZX Spectrum, PC Engine, Apple ][ and others.
Ophis: Ophis is an assembler for the 6502 microprocessor – the famous chip used in the vast majority of the classic 8-bit computers and consoles. Its primary design goals are code readability and output flexibility – Ophis has successfully been used to create programs for the Nintendo Entertainment System, the Atari 2600, and the Commodore 64.
NESASM: Makefile and source files to compile the old community NESASM3 Assembler on Linux.


Red Fang: I am into stoner rock since mid-2013. Glenn Fricker recommended that on one of his videos. Great sound and lyrics.
The Sword: Literally the same as Red Fang(even the recommendation).
Cannabis Corpse: I simply love parody bands such as Misfats or Mac Sabbath. Cannabis Corpse is a Death Metal band like Cannibal Corpse, but with marijuana-themed lyrics.

YouTube Channels:

Peter Brown: Woodworking and experiments channel. His Making Micarta Mistakes video made me laugh as I recalled my own frustrations when a project goes wrong.