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Hello! My name is Guilherme Fitzgibbon. I am a Brazilian diplomat currently based in Berlin, here for entirely personal purposes, and recently migrated my account from I work with and study science & technology and internet governance issues, especially from the policy side. My idea is to more read/listen than publish anything. I'm currently not affiliated with academia in any way - just an admirer for now!

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About posting in Portuguese/Sobre publicações em Português-BR 

I will occasionally post in Brazilian Portuguese, but I will keep it mostly unlisted, since the main network here is English-speaking.

De vez em quando irei publicar coisas em português, mas na maioria das vezes deixarei fora da timeline pública ("unlisted"), já que a rede principal é em inglês.

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I will not, under any circumstances, comment on politics of any kind (aside, of course, from what relates to STI and netgov).

Also, naturally, everything I post here is my own personal opinion or selection of things, and not in any way official. I am here for academic/social purposes only.

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Just found this artist who makes cool spaceship designs out of random household objects, and I love it.

Sci-fi spaceships really can be shaped like anything, can't they.

OH NO! CARMEN SANDIEGO HAS STOLEN YOUR idea for a blockchain startup!

Would be nice if Facebook SDK remained broken so people would be forced to remove it from their apps...

Quote on the social impacts of WhatsApp 

"For all the benefits that WhatsApp offers in helping people feel close to others, its rapid ascendency is one further sign of how a common public world – based upon verified facts and recognised procedures – is disintegrating [...] A society that only speaks honestly on the margins like this will find it harder to sustain the legitimacy of experts, officials and representatives who, by definition, operate in the spotlight."

"tech will save us" sounds like the kind of thing someone who has never used technology would say

Question to Linguistics nerds eventually out here. What would you suggest to someone (me!) who has an interest in studying Linguistics and is looking for books about it? It should be something made for complete newbies on the subject, as I never studied any of the concepts behind it in uni, but would really like to now.

it's wild to me that we've all been remote working for nearly 3 months and people still wander into meetings with loud NPR in the background and not muting their mics, WTF people

O Cetic divulgou nesta terça (26) a Pesquisa TIC Domicílios 2019. Pela primeira vez, +50% das classes D e E e da zona rural estão conectados à internet. Por outro lado, a presença de PCs nas residências segue diminuindo, uma tendência iniciada em 2016. Dos brasileiros conectados, 58% acessam a internet apenas via celular.


Brilliant project that tidies up public domain ebooks.

Gutenberg and Internet Archive are wonderful resources, but the texts are poorly formatted for actual use, especially on ereaders.

This is a volunteer driven initiative to bring these texts up to date with modern standards and make them look as good as possible on the page.

One very curious side effect of everything being held online: seminars/webinars now have speakers presenting their views in pre-made movies, not live speeches. Not sure how I feel about that.

"Looking forward to seeing you in real life" is not something I ever expected to hear outside of science fiction works.

On filtering unwanted content 

Over at the Blue Bird Bodega it's becoming increasingly difficult to actually filter out what I need to see from what I don't want to. No matter what parameters I use, something always creeps in. It's unbelievably tiresome.

Something tells me that this seems to be the destiny of all internet-based social platforms/networks. I remember this happening to orkut (huge in Brazil), then to Facebook. I'm hoping this doesn't spread to here.

In other news, I think we have a winner hors concours for the 2020 igNobels

Also: why in Cthulhu's bloody green earth would I want a Wi-Fi-connected camera pointed towards my parts while I'm on a toilet, why

Well. Turns out people really are starting to worry about their data after the whole discovery that videoconferencing isn't very private. Happy to see that this will probably be in debate for a few years.

Quick poll for this instance full of academics: for those of you who use a static site generator for your personal website - which one do you use? And why?

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