A Tree Hugger and a Book Lover?


Myfesto {a behavior manifest on literate responsibility}, or my insights of the last years on the human paradox root dilemma.

- Can the Designer be simultaneously a Tree Hugger and a Book Lover?

- Is Universal Human Rights fair (enough at least…)? Does it really support cultural diversity, traditions, etc? Does it deal with equity with cultures that rock hit to death sinners (lapidation), or practice (women) excision, based on the their principles and believes of truth, pureness and health? Isn´t it (Universal Human Rights), as such, an unilateral conceptualized list of principles?

Based on that and on other many dilemmas I have been writing some “confessions” which are the basis of this present manifesto.

I, the Designer, confess:

I support the free software idea/movement, but I usually forget the hundreds of persons (e.g., software engineers) who have hard and difficult lives, are homeless, commit suicide, steal, etc., because they can’t get a job…

I support that Design should be made with love, passion and truth principles, but I still use my rhetoric skills to convince clients and customers about not only the projects I do believe but also about those I don´t—or without a deep engagement with the brief and the needs…

I find “compadrios” an abomination but I use my academic pedigree, or friends position influences, to get advantages and bypass bureaucratic steps on some occasions… when I need, for example, urgent medical opinion and support and go to public hospitals…

I advocate many times my ambitions are social and cultural, but I got mad when my salary is not credited on schedule…

I blame my everyday life small difficulties but I use to forget that there are people that go out in the morning and when they come back their family, home and street don’t exist anymore…

I support the idea of utopian anarchist alternatives solutions, but I use to forget that already exists feasible realistic alternatives…

I support those who write eloquent manifestos, but I often forget those who carry out practical measures…

I like to bust the ADs but I usually forget that the Advertising Industry does “allow” magazines to sell and survive…

I am concerned with environmental problems but I often forget that my washing machine destroys water with the detergent components… or that I did buy the first iPod, the second iPod, the third iPhone…

I am committed with new energy searches and advances, but I use to forget the Borneo deforestation or to support Greenpeace appeals and requests…

I use to feed my dog with Royal Canin, but I use to forget that there are children that have to eat collected garbage (literally) as the only diet alternative…

I support animal free circus but I usually forget there are the ikizukuri, foie-gras and monkey-brains diets or little mice injected with cancerous cells…

I find violence in prisons irrational and disgusting—and so it should not be allowed—but I usually forget to sign International Amnesty Association petitions…

I find that farmers complaints and requests are pertinent, and I support that we should buy local agricultural products, but I still buy books from Amazon!

I blame football “players” for the non-sense $132 million transaction of Cristiano, but I usually forget the $140 million Pollock’s No. 5, of 1948, one…

I’m able to give away the profits of my Colored Notebooks sales to NGOs… still I can afford meals on restaurants, my house loan, make skiing abroad on winter vacations, pay the fees of private school…

I support the idea that Designers should be activists—on politic, social, economic and ecologic issues—but I usually forget that already are many politicians who are brilliant designers…

I often talk about the need of free speech—among friends and colleagues… however, many times, I do have afraid to blame power in public…


Horácio {Tomé Marques}
First original: 2004


Gravitating Waves in My Mind

Pinnacles of Universe Creativity

Powerful tool of the human ingenuity
Also fed by imagination, it is creativity
Artists and scientists flowing processes
Insight, curiosity, synthesis, observation
Curiosity, observation, insight, synthesis

Un-obvious things together proposing putting
New sights on mesmerising things, defying
Putting together things that has to be together
Even if obvious they might be, I mean
The only way mesmerising things can be seen

The most valuable, extraordinary lesson, maybe
We should get from this marvelous discovery
The ultimate mesmerising wonderful things
Are of the universe, himself, creativity


Horácio Tomé-Marques
Friday, the 12th February 2016
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The oscillations of trust!

“All the world is made of faith, and trust, and pixie dust.” J.M. Barrie, Peter Pan

{this is not a post} One day I and two friends exchanged a conversation where we discussed the “probability” that we, humans, are a kind of immortal souls that can return to physicality and, as such, our age could be different from the bodies that host us. So, some could be “old” souls that are already around for sometime.

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Brain: the ultimate enactive interface?

{a posteriori: Brain: the ultimate enactive interface?}  Eshofuni@TheAbyss is a multidisciplinary project/performance embracing art, communication design and programming, that proposes an approach towards real-time representation of brain phenomena in performative art contexts using brain-computer interface. The Abyss is an ecologic system inhabited by entities and constituents with graphic and sonic forms — inspired by creatures that form the plankton phenomenon (e.g., zoids) — that interact between themselves and with Eshofuni qua performer ́s avatar. (…)

A paper* and a performance presented @ INTER-FACE: International Conference on Live Interfaces 2014

Horácio Tomé-Marques, Tiago Ângelo, João Menezes
and Bruce Pennycook and Miguel Carvalhais

*ISBN: 978-989-746-060-9

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Eshofuni – from the unseen to the s[cr]een!

{a priori: Eshō-funi} is a japanese Buddhist term: esho is a compound of shoho, meaning life or a living being, and eho, its environment. Funi, meaning “not two,” indicates oneness or non-duality. It is short for nini-funi, which means “two (in phenomena) but not two (in essence).” Ho of shoho and eho means reward or effect. At the most fundamental level of life itself, there is no separation between ourselves and the environment.

From the unseen to the s[cr]een EshoFuni, an approach towards real-time representation of brain data

Horácio Tomé-Marques, João Meneses, Bruce Pennycook and Miguel Carvalhais

ISBN: 978-989-746-036-4

Abstract. In this paper we propose(d) an approach towards real-time representation of brain (…)
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Deus ex machina ou ex digito?


{isto não é um post} O conceito da vida como radicado na abstracção das equações, dos algoritmos, da matemática não só como meio de explicação, mas como de veiculação, e mesmo de essência única, é um pensamento milenar, recorrente, persistente, que até já propôs que o universo, antes do big-bang, poderia ser não matéria, mas uma equação—o verdadeiro paradigma da abstracção, a matéria como “coisa” exclusivamente conceptual, ou o afísico como condição primordial de todas as coisas, do tangível e mesmo do intangível.

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Cérebro, uma super rede de pequenas redes.


{in Ensaio: Redes, Ritmos, Sincronia e Sinergia*} Vivemos numa idade das redes [Sporns]. Mais do que evidenciar este postulado poderia propor que vivemos numa era que em finalmente começamos a entender que vivemos baseados em redes, e mesmo que a evolução do homem e dos sistemas que o suportam dependem destas.

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Ir ao futuro?… não custa nada tentar (outra vez).


{isto não é um post} Desde muito jovem, quando definia objectivos e projectava realidades futuras, sabia que aquelas poderiam não se realizar — pelo menos a curto prazo. Todavia isso nunca me impediu de, insistentemente, perseguir a hipótese de consumar a sua realização.

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