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If you came looking for my blog, it has moved (just a little bit).

This is my personal homepage, hosted in WordPress.com, which originally only had my blog, but has expanded since. Below is a list some bio info and contacts, among a couple of other things. Enjoy your stay!

Author

daydreamerMy name is Óscar Pereira, although for some time now I’ve become quite fond of an alternative representation:

ओस्चर् पेरेइर

That’s my name in Sanskrit, if you’re wandering🙂

Here’s some more stuff you might be looking for (or not, but anyway):

Left to say, is only that I am an avid reader, so for the philanthropist in you, here’s my Amazon whishlist😉

Contact Info

Preferred method is email to gauthma.san at google’s mail dot com. Response time may vary, but is usually under an acceptable upper bound. Do keep in mind, however, that it also tends to be an exponential function of message length.😉 (in the words quoted by Frank Stajano)

Caveat Emptor: It’s VERY doubtful I’ll read attachments sent in proprietary format, viz. MS Word and the ilk, so please try to refrain from sending such things to me. Also, HTML mail is really frowned upon, since most of it is composed of newsletters and whatnot, which is mostly garbage. More likely than not, such mail will end up in the spam bin, which is not very often inspected.

Using my PGP key when contacting me is appreciated; you can find it right below. (A really mini todo on how to use is in the making😉 )

PGP key (and fingerprint)

For my PGP key’s (id=0xE8C6514F92146582 ; link) fingerprint, look below:

090B CC00 EB2F 71EA 098D 2B90 E8C6 514F 9214 6582

Please note that both the key’s URL and the fingerprint, are usually sent as custom headers in mail sent by me (I say usually because sometimes I have to use a web based MUA, which lacks this feature). As the saying goes:

For the things you don’t want others to know that you’ve told me…
… and for the things you want to be sure I actually said.

About The Blog

Writing this blog started mainly as an exercise. I never really thought it would last but, it turns out that writing can sometimes be quite soothing. Besides, it gives me a great way to make some notes I think I’ll use in some future time, and at the same time make them available to anyone else to whom they might prove useful. I did not have anything concrete in mind: the successive templates and even blog name(!) changes should warrant proof enough. But I think that it has now come to some level of maturity.

The blog’s name, erroneous thoughts, gets its name from a passage in the final paragraph of Ben Pimlott’s introduction to George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty Four:

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.

After name comes content. Being an Informatics Engineering graduate, and a programmer with a very strong kin to math and science, those will be the bulk of what I write about. In addition, I’m a very strong believer that increasing public awareness of politics will do the same for the quality of our democracy. Therefore, I sometimes write about public policy issues, despite not being particularly fond of those. Finally I also strive to be something of a mix of sceptic and free spirit, and a part of what that means is that I can end up writing about anything else.

Finally, regarding this blog’s language, the main one is English. However, on matters strictly related to Portuguese affairs, posts might be written in Portuguese. These will be in the ‘Portugal’ category, possibly among others.

About the pages

The content that ends up in the pages, is there for one of two reasons:

  • either it was something that didn’t belong in a post (like this page, for example), which serves as my “homepage”.
  • or, it is something I’m still working on, so it can change in the future, but at the same is useful enough to be online. Such content is clearly not suited for ordinary posts.

Two ending thoughts…

I leave the reader with a thought, one I stumbled across by chance alone, but also one I strongly identify myself with.

You’ve heard the expression “jack of all trades, master of none”? Well, I’m kind of in the middle. I have a number of diverse interests that I’ve pursued to a level I would say is beyond an apprenticeship but has not yet reached (and will likely never reach) mastery.

I’m not a jack of all trades.

I’m not a master of none.

I’m a journeyman of some.

Finally, to those who can read Portuguese, here’s a text, written by a former teacher of mine, that shows exactly what I mean when I describe myself as being “lazy”. Here’s the initial paragraph:

Para preguiçoso que sou, devo ser o preguiçoso que mais trabalha neste mundo. É claro que há muito boa gente que se esfalfa a trabalhar e que, por certo, trabalha muito mais do que eu. Mas esses são trabalhadores e assumem-se orgulhosamente como tal, por isso não contam para a minha estatística. Eu sou um preguiçoso, já disse, e gosto de meditar nesta coisa espantosa que é estar sem fazer nada. Sou, digamos assim, um preguiçoso esclarecido.

Happy readings🙂

… and an ending poem!

Here’s to the crazy ones.
The misfits.
The rebels.
The trouble makers.

The round pegs in the square holes.
The ones who see things differently.
They’re not fond of rules,
And they have no respect for the status quo.

You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them,
About the only thing you can’t do is ignore them.
Because they change things.
They push the human race forward.

And while some may see them as the crazy ones,
We see genius.
Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world,
Are the ones who do.

– Jozef Imrich

Got it from here. The way I interpret it is like so: you should not try to be a misfit or a rebel because it is a good or cool thing, or something like that. It is not. But if you find yourself in a situation where you see something clearly wrong, and with no easy solution, then rebel against it. For in the end, I’ll take misfit over hypocrite, anytime.
That being said, remember that an integral part of wisdom is knowing how to choose your battles, and how to fight them!