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We’ve met the enemy and we are it.

we have met the enemy and he is us

One happy hypothesis: We are the feminazis and the nazis. We are the Inquisition burning witches at the stake, we are the Romans feeding Christian to the lions. We are the trolls. We are the bad guys.

We feel that we are good. Maybe we even feel we are the first ones to be really good. We feel that we are good but instead we are the thing we hate de most.

Maybe it isn’t even that surprising, the things you deny and burry always come back to haunt you. But what are the details of this particular case? Read More »


A friend asked me that, ¿What is the meaning of life? It would be relapse of me not to quote the wisest of men:

to defeat his enemies, to drive them before him, to take from them all they possess, to see those they love in tears, to ride their horses, and to hold their wives and daughters in his arms – Genghis Khan

That was a joke. This sad tyranny of political correctness we live in forces me to preemptive disclaimers.

There are a thousand clever things to say when asked the meaning of life, but those answers are more replies than explanations. In cases like that, i tend to assume the question is defective, that it does not in fact dig into what it means to dig. Read More »

Um amigo me perguntou isso aí em cima. Eu seria relapso se não apresentasse a resposta do mais sábio dos sábios:

Dizimar seus inimigos e estuprar suas esposas. — Genghis Khan

Isso é uma piada. Vivemos num mundo tão tosco que eu sou obrigado a colocar uma retratação depois.

O lance é que há um milhão de coisas “espertas” pra se dizer depois dessa pergunta, mas, no fundo, nenhuma dessas coisas responde. Nesses casos, eu tendo a pressupor que a pergunta está mal formulada — ou, inversamente negando, que a pergunta tem baixo poder de penetração.

Isso também foi uma piada. Read More »

I do change my passwords fairly often. I do have a defence doctrine of sorts and, albeit i can not claim it to be sophisticated or safe, at least i gave some thought to the whole issue of information security. My belief is that it will become more and more important to do so as time goes by, and that if you don’t do it pre-emptively you are begging to learn the hard way, that is, by being a victim of an attack.

Whatever. That is not what i come to tell you today.

I want to tell you about the impression that discipline, like for example the discipline of changing passwords every n or m days, is a form of prison. From that feeling, that notion, that idea, from that comes a host of weird untenable prejudices that leave us at yet another dichotomy. Meh. Capital Meh. Read More »