erroneous thoughts

· · · whilst the great ocean of truth lay all undiscovered before me · · ·


  • 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.” :-)
  • 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 lack thereof). The blog-style listing of his experiences begins here.

Lastly, only for those who speak Portuguese, here’s one of the coolest ways of misusing Perl: a slang dictionary! Enjoy! :-)

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)

Foreign Politics





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.