Sleepless in Brazil


Since September 24th I've been speaking in Brazil at JUGs, Universitys, and at Sun Tech Days as part of the September Month of Java in Brazil .

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I spoke on September 24  in Maringa to ~500 JUG members/students/professors, September 25 in Toledo to ~ 500,  September 26 in  Xanxere to ~ 200, September 27 in Porto Alegre to ~70, and in Sao Paulo there were ~1000 attendees.   We spoke in a different location each evening which meant going to sleep late and waking up early the next morning to travel to the next location.  The guys organizing this obviously do not value sleep and time to run (I'm a avid runner)  as much as I do !   They also don't have the same conception of safety, our driver was going 90mph on a 2 lane road with oncoming traffic which didn't phase Bruno and Eduardo, whereas I was seriously praying to God for my life !! :)  The attendees in each city were very friendly and enthusiastic which compensated for the difficult schedule  (but next time I will insist on more time to travel between destinations!) .   Also we drove close to the beautiful  Iguaçu_Falls  and we flew through the beautiful Florianópolis  (note to self,  next time make sure to schedule a little time to rest and see noteworthy sites ;) .

During this trip I spoke on:

I learned a little about Brazil in conversations over dinner:
It was good that USA kicked out the Brits before we discovered gold, because the Portuguese took away a lot of Brazil's gold. USA has probably had more economic stability (until recently) because we always had a strong middle class, whereas in Brazil historically there was a big gap between the rich and poor with the wealth concentrated in a small percent of the population, however this has been improving recently
Brazil had really bad inflation during the 1970s, ~ 25% per month !  Brazillians told me they used to take their salary check and buy food for the whole month the same day.  But now the Brazillian inflation is under control, they paid off their debt,  and the economy is doing well. Last year they received more foreign investment than any other country.  
Last year Brazil made a huge oil discovery  which could raise Brazil's petroleum reserves by ~40 percent and boost Brazil into the ranks of the world's major exporters (drill baby drill) .  Brazillian cars are required to run on a gas ethanol  mixture and they have a very cost-effective process to produce ethanol from sugar cane. Brazil's sugar cane-based industry is far more efficient than the U.S. corn-based industry. Sugar cane ethanol has an energy balance 7 times greater than ethanol produced from corn , and Brazil's sugar cane based ethanol industry has not caused food prices to increase.
Bruno told me that he grew up near the amazon forest and used to swim in rivers with piranhas,  he said they don't bite unless you have a cut and are bleeding, can you imagine swimming with these things ?
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Here are some photos from my trip :

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Comments:

I must say that the beautiful Cathedral at the pic above is called "Catedral Basílica Menor de Nossa Senhora da Glória", at Maringá, a great city full of green and a big park at the center.

About the piranhas, they are said to eat a cow in 1-2 minutes, only bones left. Definetely wouldn't risk a bath with them!

Posted by Rodrigo Souza on September 20, 2010 at 06:28 AM EDT #

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