Óscar Pereira

Lost in 日本-country! Programmer, professional paranoid, clever playfulness enthusiast (computers and beyond!). An engineer by training, quietly morphing into a theoretician.1

↪ To see how to get in touch with me, read this.

For further information, please see my Curriculum Vitæ. There is also a GitHub account, but other attempts to find me on so-called “social media” are futile.2 And since we are on that subject…

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. —Edward Snowden3

About these pages…

I like to write, and plus it usually helps (a lot!) to clarify one’s thoughts. There is not much more to it than that, in terms of purpose; but perhaps it’s worth to quote the words of Paul Feyerabend:

I prefer more paradoxical formulations, however, for nothing dulls the mind as thoroughly as hearing familiar words and slogans. It is one of the merits of deconstruction to have undermined philosophical commonplaces and thus to have made some people think.4

I shan’t go as far as annoying you with “paradoxical formulations” about whatever, but you might find some ideas expressed here that, will definitely run against the bien-pensant status quo. Should you find they stir your thoughts and/or imagination, you’re welcome!5

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  1. Professional paranoia: see here. “Clever playfulness” was 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. But if you really want more, well, here’s some more stuff.

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

  4. Paul Feynman was a philosopher known for his anarchist approach to knowledge, science included. The quote comes from one of his more famous works, Against Method.

  5. If, on the other hand, you get offended and/or teeming with indignation after reading something I wrote, then… I’m sorry. It likely was not done on purpose, but sometimes such an outcome is inevitable.