The fellow in the photo. Programmer, professional paranoid, clever playfulness enthusiast (computers and beyond!). A practitioner (engineer) by trade, quietly morphing into a theoretician.1
About this website. I was in the early years of my adulthood (circa 2006) when in Portugal it became fashionable to subscribe to so-called “social media” websites, to (ostensibly) connect to others, and express your voice, and be informed about the world. I have always been skeptical, but after being peer-pressured to join the herd—and of having, to my shame, caved in three times—I have concluded I prefer to have none of that. And to instead keep only a simple website, where I can write about what have been doing—and occasionally, longer essays about things that for whatever reason, end up stewing long enough in my mind.
So what about Twitter? As the attentive reader may have noticed, there is, in the footer area, a link for twitter—specifically, for my twitter account. I use it as my feed mechanism: instead of cramming my thoughts in 160 or whatever characters, I just write them up here somewhere (
https://randomwalk.eu/essays/*, usually), and announce it on twitter.
And what github? In the footer area referenced in the previous paragraph, there is also a link for my github account. It is for the software I develop; see the software page. Other attempts to find me on so-called “social media” are foredoomed to failure. And while on the topic of such (supposedly social) media, Ed Snowden dixit best:
Businesses that make money by collecting and selling detailed records of private lives were once plainly described as “surveillance companies.” Their rebranding as “social media” is the most successful deception since the Department of War became the Department of Defense.
The irony of saying such a thing on Twitter is not lost on me; but that does not diminish its truth.
Enjoy while it lasts!
Professional paranoia: see here. Clever playfulness: it is one way to describe the original—rather than the posterior, “Hollywood-esque”—meaning of the word “hacker.” See here and here for details. It also applies beyond computers; e.g. in the words of Schneier, «Richard Feynman was a hacker; read any of his books.»↩︎