Monday, October 31, 2016

A Cup of Tea

Battle of Grozny (1999–2000): two Russian soldiers resting amid the ruins of Grozny, capital of Chechnya.

Sunday, October 30, 2016

Os Maiores Exportadores de Portugal

Exportações - Milhões Euros
Volkswagen Autoeuropa
The Navigator Company
Continental Mabor
Forbes Portugal. InformaDB, valores de 2015.

Os deputados, os ministros, os políticos, as eleições, o parlamento... e os que realmente interessam.

Thursday, October 27, 2016

O Metro é Nosso

O povo é sereno. E, mais importante do que tudo, o metro é nosso. Antes uma empresa pública parada do que uma privada a funcionar. (João Miguel Tavares)

Metro de Lisboa, Cais do Sodré

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Is our World a simulation?

Reasons to believe that the universe is a simulation include the fact that it behaves mathematically and is broken up into pieces (subatomic particles) like a pixelated video game. “Even things that we think of as continuous – time, energy, space, volume – all have a finite limit to their size. If that’s the case, then our universe is both computable and finite. Those properties allow the universe to be simulated,” Terrile said.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Nano Apocalypse

There are many ways in which humanity could become extinct before reaching posthumanity. Perhaps the most natural interpretation of is that we are likely to go extinct as a result of the development of some powerful but dangerous technology like molecular nanotechnology, which in its mature stage would enable the construction of self‐replicating nanobots capable of feeding on dirt and organic matter, a kind of mechanical bacteria. Such nanobots, designed for malicious ends, could cause the extinction of all life on our planet. 

Are you living in a computer simulation? by Nick Bostrom

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Goodbye Europe!

Treat the earth well. 
It was not given to you by your parents, 
it was loaned to you by your children.
Kenyan proverb

Mass immigration undermines the ability of a collection of individual persons to be a people, to have bonds of loyalty to each other; to have the ability to take pride in each other’s achievements and feel shame at their shortcomings; at the limit, to love each other, not in the romantic sense, but in the brotherly sense that marks those who live together well. It is just a fact about human nature, about the kinds of beings we are, that we love and care for those we share life with, and this in a way that is different to those who are strangers to us. These bonds of partiality are most pronounced in intimate relationships. They exist also in political communities. Over time, in the context of concern between generations and cooperation between families, villages, and towns, so communities develop cultures, which bind us together. They can do this only if there is a certain level of stability, stability regarding whom I live with and, usually, stability in where we live. Without some such culture, people living together are merely a collection of alienated individuals, living an impoverished life. The direction a culture takes is owned, though, by the community that sustains that form of life. This is true for native Americans; for aboriginal peoples in Australia; for tribes in Papua New Guinea and Peru. It is true, too, for the British.

Japan says it must look after its own before allowing in Syrian refugees. "It is an issue of demography," Abe told reporters after his speech to the UN general assembly. "I would say that before accepting immigrants or refugees, we need to have more activities by women, elderly people and we must raise our birth rate. There are many things that we should do before accepting immigrants."

Imperial World

"What would remain of the Entente if it took seriously the rights of self-determination and let go of the leash?" asks this German propaganda map from the final year of the first world war, 1918. It portrays the Allies as hypocrites for opposing German imperialism while having colonies themselves – here represented by animals on leashes. Not that it’s entirely accurate: Texas and Florida are portrayed as American colonies even though they were full states.

Sunday, October 2, 2016


Snowden revealed that the Orwellian Big Brother is already watching you; and society responded with the indifference of Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451. Two dystopias that complement each other perfectly in 2016.