# Óscar Pereira

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

Contact information and CV. Contact information is here. Curriculum Vitæ, here.

I am on github, where some of the software I develop is hosted. I also announce new content on twitter, but I’m afraid other attempts to find me on “social media” are futile.2 And while on that topic… Edward Snowden put it 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.''3

Two notes. 1) If the top black navigation bar is not visible, move the cursor to near the top of the browser’s viewport, and it will be shown. 2) In what the texts I write are concerned, it is my personal choice to always refer to my hypothetical reader as “he”. The reason for doing so is explained here.

Site contents. Below is the list of the stuff I keep here, to help you navigate the site.

• Essays. I write essays, in two languages: English and my native (European) Portuguese—but without using that ghastly wretched Portuguese new orthography!!4 [English] [Portuguese]

• “Blog.” For short remarks, about no particular topic. This is probably the closest thing to a “blog” that you will find here. [Blog]

• Things written by others. Beyond the essays and remarks I write, 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. [Written by others] [Show trial]

• Software. I also write [software].

• LaTeX. Then there is the bottomless pit of LaTeX. We have:

• Some package related info I collected over the years. [Link]

I can only hope these notes help make said pit a little less bottomless. Finally here is also:

• My list of BiBTeX entries. [Link]

• Personal notes. I keep some ancillary notes on the stuff I read/research. I write them mostly for my own “bookkeeping” of acquired knowledge, but maybe they will be useful to others. [Link]

• 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, there is the list of online sites that I occasionally take a look at. [Link]

· · · This is one of a dying breed of cookie-less, annoyance-free websites. · · ·
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1. 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.»↩︎

2. I should probably mention that I on occasion, also put some videos up on youtube. Usually for my own future reference.↩︎

3. The irony of saying such a thing on twitter is not lost on me; but that does not diminish its truth.↩︎

4. See here for the disgraceful manner in which the Portuguese butchered their own language :-(  ↩︎

5. Oh, and this site you’re currently visiting, is also one of the few that is printer friendly!↩︎