Archive | May, 2015

Interesting Tools for Writing : Hemingway App

22 May


by Well

Hi writters! Have you read a big, boring and dull article yet? That kind of article which makes you tired? Normally written by Well (I hope not)? Moreover, looking at the positive side, do you know those articles which are pleasant, that get your attention and make you want to keep reading?

I bet the answer is yes for all the questions, apart from the articles written by Well. I am here to help you to write the latter type of texts. Meet the Hemingway App.


In short, let’s use their own words: “Hemingway App makes your writing bold and clear.” Their idea is pretty simple but it has a really good feature.

Basically you write (or copy) your text in their editor in the Write tab section:


and when you want to check your writing, check the Edit tab section. It will colour your text according to its issues. To show you the app working, take a look at their site explanation (pretty cool, isn’t it?).


Having shown their own explanation, I put the first sentence of this post to the test and this is the result:



That is it for today and I hope it helps you. Give it a try! And I am eagerly waiting for new posts…


Formula 1 – It’s all about time

18 May


by Hemerson

Hi everyone,

This is the first post of a series that I’m planning to present you, because definitely this is my favorite sport.

Are you ready? Fasten you seat belts and… 

“It’s lights out and away we go!”

[David Croft, Formula 1 commentator] 

Formula One or simply F1, had its first world drivers’ championship back on 13th of May, 1950. This format was planned in 1930 but it was shelved because of the World War II. One of the main goals of F1 at that time was to become a global sport, and since its beginning all the 7 rounds took place in some famous race tracks like Britain, Monaco, Switzerland, Belgium, France, Italy and the United States. 

It’s important to say that this was the beginning of considerable technological advances from the greatest car manufacturers that we know today, such as Alfa Romeo, Ferrari, Maserati, Lotus, McLaren, Talbot (Peugeot), Lancia and Mercedes-Benz.


I can also mention that great drivers have performed historical races and battles along all these years. The first important name was Juan Manuel Fangio and, believe me, he was an awesome Argentinian driver. Some nicknamed him as ‘El Maestro’ or ‘The Master’. He dominated the first decade of Formula 1 by winning 5 consecutive World Drivers’ Championships. 

I have a big list of names here that I’m going to discuss in the following blog posts. This list includes Giuseppe Farina (the first Formula 1 Champion), Enzo Ferrari, Alberto Ascari, Jack Brabham, Graham Hill, Jackie Stewart, Emerson Fittipaldi, Mario Andretti, Niki Lauda, Gilles Villeneuve, Nelson Piquet, Nigel Mansell, Alain Prost, Ayrton Senna, Gerhard Berger, Michael Schumacher, Damon Hill, Mika Häkkinen, Sebastian Vettel and Lewis Hamilton.


Over the years, F1 changed its format, always trying to maintain the competition on track. There were times where the cars looked something like the pre-World War II supercharged engines defined by engine capacity, after Mercedes introduced the front-engined cars and later the British brought the rear-mid engined revolution: no one was able to beat this engine. 

The engine evolution continues until today, F1 also had turbo-charged engines, aspirated engines, active suspension, V6, V8, V10 engines… Every year manufacturers try to build the best new engine according to F1 regulation in order to get a higher performance spending a lower amount of money. 

Safety was always one of the major issues in F1. Fourteen drivers died in just one decade. Along with engine power, safety is important and crucial in a race. The last death was 21 years ago and since then teams, drivers and track owners put safety in first place.

The race schedule 

The race show occurs on Sundays but all the preparations begin on Thursdays of the same week. The first two days are for practicing only, Saturday is the qualifying day and it’s when each driver runs for the best lap time in order to get the pole position (first place on the grid). 

Finally, we have the race day. All the drivers run for the win and, I can tell you, starting in first position does not mean that the driver can win the race easily. The same applies when the driver starts in last position. Every race is unique! 

Today we have the competition between drivers and constructors, where the teams compete for best engine focusing on car performance, sponsorship and, of course, money for the next season. At the end of every race, the ten fastest drivers score points for them and their teams. These points vary for each position and every single one is crucial until the end of the championship. 

In the next blog posts, I will present you some new vocabulary, drivers, teams, rules & regulations, race tracks and every nice curiosity that is worth to say and mention for all of you. 

For me, this video explains what is a Formula 1 race. I hope you enjoy 😉

Thank you all, have a great lap time and see you at the podium!


Movie’s Review: Lucy

14 May


by Laura

Hi folks, it’s movies time!!


Quick question for you: have you ever thought about what kind of power would we have if we used more the 10% of our brain capacity? How intelligent would we be? What could we do with such capacity?


Interesting isn’t it?


Well, we have a movie to illustrate this kind of situation.


Lucy is a  science fiction action film that takes place in a world controlled by the mafia and surrounded by drug addicted people, corrupted cops and gangs.
The name of this movie came from her protagonist, Lucy (played by Scarlett Johansson), an american woman who lives and studies in Taipei, Taiwan.




Tricked by her boyfriend, she ends up working as a drug mule for Mr. Jang, a Korean mob boss and drug lord.  She is captured and a bag of a new synthetic drug, called CPH4, is forcibly sewn into her abdomen. While in captivity, waiting for a travel to Europe, Lucy is beaten by one of her captors, with a lot of kicks in her abdomen and the bag of drug breaks.



With a large quantity of this drug in her systems, Lucy increases her physical and mental capabilities, such as telekinesis – ability to not feel pain and super strength. Aware of these changes, she kills her captors and escapes. Lucy runs to an hospital to remove the bag of drugs from her system and discovers more about the drug: it is a pregnancy substance given to fetuses during prenatal development. However, in large quantities, it can provoke serious consequences to an adult human…


So Lucy starts searching the Internet about her condition. She gets in contact with Professor Samuel Norman (played by Morgan Freeman),  a well-known scientist and doctor whose research is based in neuroscience and the possibility of expanding the brain’s capacity.




As time passed, Lucy became more aware of her skills and the progressive expansion of her brain’s capacity. She decides to meet Professor Norman and help him in his research while she still has time. This meeting will not be easy, since Mr. Jang and his gang are running after Lucy to retrieve their product.


With a lot of action, fights, destruction, Matrix-like movements and an interesting perspective of what we would be capable of if we could use more of our brain’s capacity, Lucy is a very good movie. It captures your attention from the beginning until the end.




Personal opinion: I really enjoyed watching this movie. I wasn’t expecting much of it and I hadn’t seen the trailer before, so I didn’t know what it was about. It is a science fiction with a different theme from the usual – like aliens or super-gifted heroes. Mixing the subject of the movie with science and giving it a pinch of reality, where the brain capability could be expanded by a synthetic drug, it makes you think “Well… what if someone is already researching something similar to it?”. This kind of situation is more real then aliens invading our planet, you know what I mean?
Yeah, really good movie and with an amazing work done by Scarlett Johansson and Morgan Freeman. I totally recommend you to watch it.


“A full-out action movie – and a sober rumination on the nature of existence. It is both things, effectively and sincerely.” – San Francisco Chronicle








Learn Brazilian

14 May


By Diego


Lit. pineapple.

  • A hot potato, a hard / tough nut to crack, a problem, situation etc. that is difficult and unpleasant to deal with.

Ele é cliente de um advogado americano que tenta descascar seus abacaxis em Nova Jersey.

He is the cliente of an American lawyer who tries to solve his problems in New Jersey..

Charge do Izânio descascando o abacaxi‘To solve the problem’ is descascar o abacaxi – Lit. to cut off the skin, to peel the pineapple.

The word pepino (cucumber) is also used to mean ‘trouble’ or a ‘problem’.

Hoje eu só resolvi pepinos no escritório.
Today I just sorted out problems at the office. 

The regular word for ‘problem’ is problema but be careful! Words ending in a are usually feminine and have the articles aas (the – singular / the – plural) and  uma(a) before them. For example:

A mesa, a pasta, a lâmpada.

The table, the folder, the lamp.

As mesas, as pastas, as lâmpadas.
The tables, the folders, the lamps.

Uma mesa, uma pasta, uma lâmpada.
A table, a folder, a lamp.

But words ending in –ema are of Greek origin and are masculine. So you must always say, for example:

O problema, os problemas,  and um problema.
O sistema, os sistemas and um sistema.
O esquema, os esquemas, 
and um esquema.

If you use adjectives with these words you must also always use the corresponding masculine form. For example:

Um problema complicado.
A complicated problem.

O sistema nervoso.
The nervous system.

Os esquemas fraudulentos.
The fraudulent schemes.

Welcome Home Magic Island

12 May

Remembering the old times, Magic Island team returns to Bravi’s big office!

Magic Island back to the big office

Here’s what they are saying about moving back here:

Tina: Looking good!

Mark McAlpine: Nice… Diego that’s rude…

Nei: It made me think about the beginning, when I started working at Bravi… And that almost three years have passed so fast! I would say that it’s always good to come back home (and there is the big kitchen as well :-)).

Diego: I think that returning to this office is being great, as we can easily be in touch with Daniel and become closer to other people from this office. We will also be interacting more with those we don’t know much.

Alex: After a long period working in the new office, it’s finally time to return home and that’s very nice. Besides, there are more fruits here. Ops XD

Cris: It seems that we were out of this office for so long! But now we are back here and I feel as good as ever! We were so welcome back here! Thanks for the lovely reception and sorry for those who needed moving seats because of us. We miss the guys from the new offices and that’s why we will keep using their meeting rooms 😀

Brazilian Surf For The Win

11 May


by Mateus

“Brazilian storm” is how the newest generation of Brazilians that compete on the world tour have been called. They have been freaking out all gringos on the tour.

Brazilian storm

Brazilian storm

Last year (2014) was for sure the best year ever for Brazilian surf. For the first time, a Brazilian won the World Surf League. In December 2014 at the most famous and dangerous championship of the tour – Pipe Master – Gabriel Medina, at 21 years of age, even losing to Julian Wilson at a legendary final (Julian scores 19.63 against 19.20 from Medina), he achieved one of the biggest milestones in his life and stuck his name on the surf history.

World Champion Medina

World Champion Medina

About the final hit at Pipe Master, many fans, surfers and reporters believe the winner was Medina, who got a perfect 10 in a backside backdoor wave.

In 2015, the “Brazilian storm” are dominating the tour, with seven people in the contest: Gabriel Medina, Felipe Toledo, Adriano de Souza, Jadson André, Miguel  Pupo, Wigly Dantas and Italo Ferreira. The year could not start differently, two of the three first events played in Australia were won by Brazilians. Felipe Toledo won in Gold Cost and Adriano de Souza won in Margaret River. Also known as “Mineirinho”, Adriano de Souza is the ranking leader and Felipe holds the third place.

The next stage is upcoming, the time window is from 11th to 22nd May in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The fans are looking forward to this event and to support the “Brazilian Storm” to keep up their performance.


Football Positions Demystified – Defenders

8 May
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by Douglas
Playing from the backfield formation, defenders are the players focused on intercepting the final  moves from the opponents which are attacking forwards.
In general, they are taller than the other players and in some cases it is very common to see them showing limited skills when controlling the ball, despite some of them being skillful as midfielders.
These guys have as their main characteristic the capacity of breaking a dribble, or changing pass to the other side, on an impressive accurate timing.
When they are really talented, capable to tackle most of the times, they are said to be safe harbor to the goal keepers, since they will probably share all the hard defensive work.
Nowadays, professional players from this position are bringing wonderful quality to the field, where it looks like they’ve evolved.
For sure it’s a concrete fact,  and as example to prove this we can take the 16th match of Champions League, Chelsea 2 vs  2 Paris SG, at the Stamford Bridge stadium. To summarize this draw, PSG defenders David Luiz and Thiago Silva basically saved the team scoring one goal each one in a very exciting battle.
Their posture in this game was really brave, stopping Chelsea attack with an absolute concentration level, covering all defensive field and putting an extra contribution doing the attack service on corner plays.
On the other hand, in the next round, PSG confronted Barcelona and the scenario changed completely. Thiago Silva was out because of an injury and David Luiz was still recovering from an injury and wasn’t in 100 percent conditions. As a consequence, Barcelona imposed the high level as usual this season, where Luiz Suarez scored 2 goals performing incredible nutmegs over David Luiz before strike on both.
Of course there are uncountable well talented defenders around the world, we can name lots of them along the history. But the facts described above, in this specific situation, was a simple approach to showing how fast – sometimes unfairly – defenders are exposed to live days of heavens and hell.
They can be heroes in some moments but can the be found completely defeated in others. This is a fact completely understandable for the fans, as it’s part of the football magic. For this reason, good defenders will be always remembered for their glories as legends.
P.S. Nutmegs / Tunnel (UK) = Caneta / Rolinho (BR)