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Covid Halloween

(if you want to know what this is about, click here)

This is probably the scariest Halloween since a long time. We trully have monsters outside our doors. We have racists trying to attack minorities and immigrants, we have the corona virus. The Corona virus also brings the fear of losing people we love and are far away. Perhaps in another continent. But October is also a month where the trees let go the leafs to survive the winter. It’s changing times…

I spend the first week of October on holidays, trying to recover from a burnout. In the mean time, I endup rediscovering the pleasure of attending classes, that’s why I’m enrolling in a online course from the Brazilian University where I did my Master’s. I thought I was done with formal education, that I didn’t like it anymore, but the more I read about it, the more excited I feel.

The course I will be enrolling is a machine learning course (Mineração de dados Complexos). Due to covid19, all classes will be online and in a Saturday, ideal for people like me that work 8 hours/day during the week.

On the other side of my life, I bought liquid smokey and tried a few different recipes with it. The most awesome was Seitan BBQ. You should try this recipe :).

On the books side of things, I’m reading The Declarations of Havana and learning more about the Cuban Revolution. A lot of things I didn’t know, I wonder why we don’t study Cuba in more details in school, instead of focusing so much on European history…

Anyway, this is my first post here, I’m trying to keep the “retrospective” of my month short and spend more time trying to select what I will link here. I hope you enjoy this month selection.

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Hack back

“This is my simple word, which seeks to touch the hearts of those who are humble and simple, but also dignified and rebellious. This is my simple word to tell about my hacks, and to invite others to hack with joyful rebellion.” - Subcowmandante Marcos

The Right to Read

" The battle for the right to read is going against us so far. The enemy is organized, and we are not."

Why Open Source misses the point of Free Software

“The terms “free software” and “open source” stand for almost the same range of programs. However, they say deeply different things about those programs, based on different values. The free software movement campaigns for freedom for the users of computing; it is a movement for freedom and justice. By contrast, the open source idea values mainly practical advantage and does not campaign for principles. This is why we do not agree with open source, and do not use that term. "

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