# Quarantine times

Since last Sunday, my life changed completely: I have realized that the numbers of COVID-19 are against us and I started running.

On Monday, I ran to the supermarket to buy everything to stay at home for the next fifteen days. On Tuesday, I arranged the things at the office to work from home and, since Wednesday, I have stayed inside my house watching the world from my screens and windows.

The numbers of COVID-19 are always increasing in Brazil, boosted by people who insist that it is not a big deal and by the lack of decisions from our rulers. …

# Sock Merchant Challenge Solved in C#

John works at a clothing store. He has a large pile of socks that he must pair by color for sale. Given an array of integers representing the color of each sock, determine how many pairs of socks with matching colors there are.

For example, there are n = 7 socks with colors ar = [1, 2, 1, 2, 1, 3, 2]. There is one pair of color 1 and one of color 2. There are three odd socks left, one of each color. The number of pairs is 2.

Given the number of socks in the pile n and an array of colors of each sock, how many pairs do we have? …

# Amor fati

One of the stoic concepts that I love most is amor fati because it summarizes everything we need to live better.

Come with me…

If everything is out of our control we need to accept our sufferings as soon as possible in order to move our lives ahead. Otherwise we make our pains stronger and our life gets stuck.

Imagine that you are making plans to travel together with your partner next semester to a place you have been dreaming about for a long time. You are saving money, booking rooms and watching videos on the internet about the place where you are going. You both are anxious about the trip and counting the days to make your dream come true. …

# My life is my opera

I have always dreamed of being a writer.

Since I was a kid, I have had this wish to be paid to study and write. But since I grew up in a culture where making money as fast as you can is way more important than investing years of your life in formal education, I became a programmer. So, since 1994 I have been an IT guy. My parents, relatives, and friends always ask me something related with IT at parties and other casual meetings. Yep. It sucks.

Nowadays I am not a full-time IT guy because I am not dealing with projects deadlines anymore, but I’m still on my IT career. I manage an IT cloud structure that contains 150 domains, providing customer support to creating small business websites. A career without prestige or fulfillment, which pays the bills but every day crushes my dream of being a writer. …

I must confess that I have implemented some rules to deal with our “Messenger World”, but sometimes I fail miserably.

Last week, I went with my fiancé to a park near our house, Japão Square. We had a relaxing time biking to this landscaped square paying tribute to Japan with cherry trees, ponds and a traditional teahouse in Curitiba.

We both loved biking and walking under the cherry trees. Our moments there were so romantic because we remembered the times when she was living in a city far away from me. …

Two years ago I’ve started a therapy process. Every week I went to my therapist office trying to understand and solve some of my many existential problems.

After four or five months visiting his office, many of my small existential problems were gone.

Yep. Dealing with subjects like career, kids, family or relationships began not to be a big deal anymore. Just thinking a little about some crucial issues related to these subjects automatically made them small problems.

One day, a friend of mine asked me to go out with her. I took a shower, put on a nice shirt, a pair of jeans and a good pair of shoes and walked to meet her downtown. …