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.
But there’s a twitter icon on the top bar… OK fine, I have a Twitter account—but please read this first. Other than that, I have a github account, for the software I develop; see the software page. Other attempts to find me on “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.
Table of Contents
→Visibility of the top navigation bar. If it is not visible, move the cursor to near the top of the browser’s viewport, and it will be shown.
→A word of warning to the “politically correct”. Concerning texts written by me, it is my personal choice to always refer to my hypothetical reader as “he”. The reason for doing so is explained here.
“Blog.” Short remarks, about no particular topic, can be found here. This is probably the closest thing to a “blog” that you will find here.
Things written by others. Beyond those essays and remarks, I also keep a local copy of things written by others, but that turned out to be so difficult to find, that I decided to keep a local copy, at this humble (digital) abode of mine.
Furthermore, I keep a log of the reports on Julian Assange’s extradition show trial.
Software. I also write software.
LaTeX. Then there is the bottomless pit of LaTeX. See here for the templates that I use for most tasks, here for package related info, and here for other LaTeX-trickery. I can only hope these notes help make said pit a little less bottomless. Finally here is my list of BiBTeX entries, and my TikZ experiments.
Readings/research. I keep some written notes on the stuff I read/research, and here you can find the manuscripts.
Photography. On occasion I decide to dust off the (digital) cobwebs of some of my old photographs, and let the sun shine on them.
Siteroll. Last but not least, here is the list of online sites that I occasionally take a look at.
· · · Enjoy it 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.»↩︎