Author Archives: pb

4 years in Oz

I moved to Oz back in October 2011. That means I’ve been here for almost four years. Much has happened in four years, so let’s start from the beginning. Let’s begin with the why I moved here in the first … Continue reading

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Why I don’t fear artificial intelligence

Tú gitana que adevinhas me lo digas pues no lo sé si saldré desta aventura o si nela moriré. O si nela perco la vida o si nela triunfaré, Tú gitana que adevinhas me lo digas pues no lo sé. … Continue reading

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Averages, Percentages and Moral Equivalence

From Asturias. Not long ago I praised Steven Pinker’s Better Angels of our Nature for its clarity and as one of the sources for how I frame my general sense of optimism. At the same time, I repressed a feeling … Continue reading

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the wondrous story of S

This week I cycled to the smokestacks of Sydney Park and spilled a beer for S, whom I lost to the health hazards of crust punk hedonism. The bit of life I shared with him was so full of unexpected … Continue reading

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objective reality—the great objectifier?

A surprising gaita adaptation. For a long time I’ve struggled with the apparent contradiction of my political ideology and my trade. The inherently relativist and subjective attitude that Anarchism brought into my personal political beliefs always seemed to clash with … Continue reading

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one day coding binge: OpenCV, Tesseract and MtG

The Dingle Berries by Lúnasa on Grooveshark Last weekend I got to see these guys. They were incredible. I’ve been wanting to try OpenCV for a while. I did some Computer Vision work back in Uni and had a great … Continue reading

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if architecture is politics, infrastructure is power

Vals Breton-Muñeira Picada by Susana Seivane on Grooveshark Some gaita again. Little makes systemic forces more clear than the way we interact with our computers and each other online. Interfaces and systems we didn’t design modulate the way we interact … Continue reading

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