Not long ago I decided to move to a new personal domain and registered fmarques.org. I am in the process of moving everything from marques.cx to my new domain, which will cease to exist in a few months. If you are one of the brave souls still keeping an eye on my feed, I advise to change to the new domain before the redirect expires.
Cheira a podre. O regime acabou:
Depois das detenções de Ricardo Salgado e de José Sócrates, que puseram em cheque o sistema financeiro e o sistema político português (a ordem é arbitrária), seja qual for o rumo que os processos venham a tomar – e não se antevê que seja particularmente auspicioso para nenhum dos dois – o regime precisará de forças hercúleas para se salvar, ou ciclópicas, como dizia outra nossa personagem histórica de fim de regime, por sinal também ela transportada de carro no seu momento final. Se o PS e o PSD não perceberem este momento e não se entenderem rapidamente, não ficarão por cá muito tempo para verem o que lhe sucederá.
Rui Albuquerque, Blasfémias.
British Museum, London.
Nostalgia time. While reading a few Wikipedia articles, just remembered that my first computer was a Timex 2068, which in fact was a clone of the ZX Spectrum 48k. I got it in 1987 but I was used to play with other computers (friends, school, etc) like the Commodore 64, Atari ST, Phillips MSX, etc. The Timex 2068 had a cartridge system but with limited support. I had a few ones (a word processor and a Spectrum 48k emulator cartridge to load games using the cassette player). My first language was of course, BASIC. Those were the days. I remember the exact day when I have used a computer. I was a kid in 1984 and at the time I was living in Brazil. I went to an exhibition where there was a TK 82C (a brazilian clone of the ZX81) connected to a big and ugly green monitor playing the Game of Life (very popular at that time as a demo BASIC program). I immediatly fell in love with computers.
A simple truth that everyone should understand.
As everybody knows now, we did not pump public money into the failed banks. We treated them like private companies that went bankrupt, and we let them fail. Some people say we did it because we didn’t have any other option, there is clearly something in that argument, but it does not change the fact that it turned out to be a wise move or whatever reason. Whereas in many other countries, the prevailing orthodoxy is you pump public money into banks and you make taxpayers responsible for the banks in the long run, and somehow treat the banks as if they are holier institutions in the economy than manufacturing companies, commercial companies, IT companies, or whatever. And I have never really understood the argument: why a private bank or financial fund is somehow holier for the well being and future of the economy than the industrial sector, the IT sector, the creative sector, or the manufacturing sector.
Já começou a coisa do 25, das conquistas, os capitães e tal. Como vivo em retrocesso civilizacional faz uns anitos, já nem me importo.
Num país normal, isto seria um escândalo, mas parece que há gente que se sente dona do país. Palavras para quê? Deve ser da selecção natural.
Se há muito desemprego – cada vez mais -, se as pessoas morrem por falta de cuidados de saúde ou mesmo à fome, os dirigentes neoliberais encolhem os ombros e pensam, para eles: “Pois que morram, é a seleção natural…”
Grande senador. Haja paciência para mais uma múmia do regime.