Last month I took a work trip to São Paulo, Brazil. I gave four Chrome/HTML5 presentations and talked to many engineers and designers over the course of the week, trying hard not to sound like a broken record. Luckily Brazil has a lot of people so the audiences were different each time! Here's a link to my slides, that I tweaked slightly depending on the audience.
I'll be dumping all of my slide decks and/or talk videos to smustalks on AppEngine. I've made the switch from building slides in Keynote to using this fantastic HTML5 slide deck template and my favorite text editor.
- Delicious fruits of all varieties: exotic cashew, persimmon, star fruit, guyava, and way tastier bananas.
- Ridiculously massive portions of sashimi at japanese restaurants.
- The Rodizio we went to was super exquisite. Largest salad bar ever, including caviar (srsly).
- SP is a concrete jungle like nothing I've ever seen. The whole city is built up within a 60km radius.
- Chaotic traffic patterns and insane motorcyclists abound. Everyone loves to drive between lanes and honk gratuitously.
- Super bumpy roads date back to the dictatorship days. If you take the wrong exit, prepare to jump around.
- Helicopters fly all over town and sometimes land precariously close to unsuspecting window cleaners dangling from highrise roofs.
- Beware foul smelling rivers and slums on the way to Friday morning meetings!
- Super friendly people but my Portuguese skills failed to topple the language barrier.
- Long process to get into any office building. Some ask for ID, others ask for passport. Takes half an hour just to get in...
- Somehow, Google Brazil still feels like Google!
I've never sailed the Amazon, I've never reached Brazil; But the Don and Magdalena, They can go there when they will! - R. Kipling