A ver os posts de Abril, 2017

Racism at UFRJ made the news, but didn't make much splash

Two days ago, I made a lengthy essay about why society should not be surprised at abuse complaints from UFRJ staff, especially tenured professors. If you haven't yet, please go back and read it. While UOL Notícias article on the racist professor is quite professional and thorough, it protects him by attempting to stay impartial. I am pretty confident Marcela Lemos - as a competent journalist - has managed to find his identity already, but won't expose herself to a lawsuit. Nor will I, of course, because, being still a student, I'm already at risk by just writing this blog. In fact, the main reason I'm writing it is that nearly no one reads this, except for my six weekly readers (thanks baby for incrementing that count, I love you). 

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Racism at UFRJ made the news, but abusive behavior is not news for us, students

When I got back from lunch today, I found out about the news all my classmates were fussing about. It's still fresh, being published less than 4 hours ago. In colossal letters, the headline cuts deep and to the chase:

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Por que escrevo um blog

publicado originalmente em inglês no dia 2017-04-13

Perguntam-me ao menos uma vez por semana por que escrevo um blog. Claro, é fácil de entender por que alguém teria um perfil de rede social (encontrar amigos e colegas) ou um site pessoal (marketing pessoal é frequentemente mais valorizado que trabalho de verdade). Eu ainda tenho uma conta no Twitter, e este blog está, de fato, abrigado sob a marquise do meu site pessoal, mas não é como se ele houvesse sido meu foco. Responder a esta questão, porém, requer muito mais introspecção do que eu havia previsto. Qualquer resposta que eu possa fornecer agora mesmo seria superficial, tangencial, ou talvez simplesmente errada. E eu sei disto porque acredito ter encontrado a resposta, agora mesmo. 

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Etiqueta: meta  

Windows Vista is trending because we allow Mediocrity, Impunity, and Neglect to rule our lives

I woke up today to find out that Windows Vista is no longer supported by Microsoft as of today. Even though it adds up to less than a single percent of all users on the Internet, and effectively zero percent of all my 5 readers, it has garnered enough attention to become news. 

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Facebook is a factory of assholery

It's been around six months already that Twitter has become my main social network website. Of course, it should be easy for anyone inserted into the Internet in the last 10 years to realize why: tweets are mostly short, straight to the point, and pack a high signal-to-noise ratio. Tweets are cheap to the reader: a futile tweet will waste me less than a minute. 

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Etiqueta: facebook