- You’re not running out of time: I’m not one to be giving advice on how to live your life or anything of that sort, but should anyone ask for such an advice, this is the reference I’d give, with no hesitation. It is by far, the single best blog post I’ve read in the last couple of years. Highly recommended, even for those not in want of advice ;-)
- Don’t work. Avoid telling the truth. Be hated. Love someone: This is the most awesome graduation speech you’ll ever read. And it is also pretty good advice!
- So long, and thanks for the Ph.D: to quote the author: “Being a graduate student is like becoming all of the Seven Dwarves. In the beginning you’re Dopey and Bashful. In the middle, you are usually sick (Sneezy), tired (Sleepy), and irritable (Grumpy). But at the end, they call you Doc, and then you’re Happy.” :-)
- Career advice, from … Barrack Obama! I am not an Obama fan—I think he has been the disappointment of the decade, to put it mildly. But this piece of career advice, is spot on.
- You are your job: despite all the rhetoric to the contrary, at the end of the day you should «be careful what job you take, because your job will change you» !!
- Truths that might hurt: “Sometimes we discover unpleasant truths. Whenever we do so, we are in difficulties: suppressing them is scientifically dishonest, so we must tell them, but telling them, however, will fire back on us. […] Vide Galileo Galilei.”
- The Ancient Wisdom Project is a (surprisingly!) very interesting account of how (and why) an agnostic got to “step into the shoes” of a practitioner of some of the world’s oldest religions—and what benefits that can bring to everyone, regardless of faith (or the lack thereof). The blog-style listing of his experiences begins here.
- Structured Procrastination, because nothing is more productive than laziness done right!
Lastly, only for those who speak Portuguese, here’s one of the coolest ways of misusing Perl: a slang dictionary! Enjoy! :-)
Recommended readings for academics
- How to excel at giving talks (or at least avoid some all-too-common pitfalls).
- 3 things to NOT do when writing papers.
Politics (and economics), from someone who should know better…
I don’t have much interest in politics (there, I said it!), but as Stallman has pointed out, «you can leave politics alone, but politics won’t leave you alone». So this is a sample of what I read to keep up to date…
Portuguese Politics (in Portuguese)
- Movimento Partido Pirata Português: como vim eu aqui parar está explicado no segundo parágrafo do Foreword disto…
- Ladrões de Bicicletas: desmistificações da treta (económica) neo-liberal
- Que Treta!: não é (só) sobre política, mas à falta de sítio melhor onde o pôr…
- Good Math, Bad Math (it’s a generalist blog, despite the name)
- Gary Taubes: dissecting the (lack of) science in nutrition and healthy eating habits.
- Study Hacks: Decoding the patterns of success.
- How to read mathematics: math is, after all, another language, albeit a very special one.
Computers & Software
- Diceware: the most secure and yet dead-simple memorizable password (or phrase) generation method. Spread the work, it’s really dead simple!
- Ken Rockwell: everything you wanted to know about digital photography, and probably quite a bit more.