erroneous thoughts

· · · whilst the great ocean of truth lay all undiscovered before me · · · (I. N.)

Óscar Pereira


Programmer, professional paranoid, follower of the “clever playfulness” zen (computers and beyond). Formally an engineer, still trying to get over it. Often goes by the handle of gauthma. It sometimes morphs into this: ओस्चर् पेरेइर (if you see gibberish instead of nice Sanskrit characters, you need to fix your browser/ system to support UTF-8).

Contact Info

Preferred method is email to oscar at my domain dot org. Response time “tends to be an exponential function of message length” (in the words quoted by Frank Stajano).

Caveat Lector #1: Unless there is a previous arrangement, I will not read attachments in proprietary formats, viz. MS Word and the ilk, and here is why. Also, HTML mail will usually end up in the spam bin—not oft-inspected.

Caveat Lector #2: I use GnuPG to encrypt and sign email messages I send, and I really encourage you to do the same —not only for the important stuff, but also for the rest (but do note that the subject will not be encrypted!). There is security in large numbers. If your mail client makes this difficult—or impossible—I suggest you consider switching to Mutt. Details about my PGP keys are provided here.



I have more than my fair share of gripes with Amazon, but on a practical level, some things just can’t be done without them. Things like a wish list. If you think the work I do is worth enough, please consider taking a look at it.

And because people always ask: what about that long domain name?

It comes from the end of Ben Pimlott’s introduction to George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty Four (italics in the original replaced with underline, bold emphasis mine):

Thus1 the novel is above all subversive, a protest against the tricks played by governments. It is a volley against the authoritarian in every personality, a polemic against every orthodoxy, an anarchistic blast against every unquestioning conformist. ‘It is intolerable to us,’ says the evil O’Brien, ‘that an erroneous thought should exist anywhere in the world, however secret and powerless it may be.’ Nineteen Eighty-Four is a great novel and a great tract because of the clarity of its call, and will endure because its message is a permanent one: erroneous thought is the stuff of freedom.

That and the fact that all the shorter domain names I wanted were already taken…

Further Information Or how I like to boost my ego…

My path towards career craftmanship is summed up in my Curriculum Vitæ. If the current trend of worshipping The Self ™ makes the reader think that information is way too little a dose of egomorphin, well then here is some other stuff.

And if even that fails to satisfy the craving (!!), there is always social media. Although not a particular fan (it’s over-hyped and massively values quantity over quality), I admit it can be useful—if used sparingly. Thus here’s me on Twitter, GitHub and LinkedIn. The used sparingly bit should warn the reader on the frequency with which to expect updates (which also applies to this blog).

Lastly, my photo albums are scattered throughout the blog (see here for why this is so); browsing through the relevant category might help.

A parting thought

On a less serious tone, here’s what my former advisor thought webpages were good for, back in his undergrad days:

It seems that nowadays everyone has the obligation to clutter servers [sic] disk space and waste other people’s bandwidth with useless junk. Well, this is my contribution. You’re welcome.

Happy readings! :-)

  1. In the transcription link the first paragraph of the quote begins with “This”. However it is a mistake: the correct word, as can be seen by consulting the printed original, is “Thus”.