Ora, não seria esse também o caso do português falado no Brasil?

Unlike French – and many other languages including Italian and Spanish – English is inherently unrestricted, lacking a centralized academy or official dictionary. English can grow and change with the world, and can do so organically, getting made as it is spoken. New words are constantly coined, invented at the ever-accelerating rate of new technology and science. Equally important is the tendency of English to borrow vocabulary and grammar from other languages, adapted and mutilated as needed. In that sense, English has become the universal language of the world, for all the languages of the world are contained within it. The first grand experiment in what technologists now call open source, English is also the greatest open-source success.
Guest Post: English, Improved - NYTimes.com http://schott.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/11/10/guest-post-english-improved/


Hoje celebramos o nascimento do Cristo, nenhuma outra coisa é mais importante, é bom lembrarmos sempre disso.

Data visualisation: A map of friendships | The Economist

“I defined weights for each pair of cities as a function of the Euclidean distance between them and the number of friends between them. Then I plotted lines between the pairs by weight, so that pairs of cities with the most friendships between them were drawn on top of the others. I used a color ramp from black to blue to white, with each line’s color depending on its weight. I also transformed some of the lines to wrap around the image, rather than spanning more than halfway around the world.After a few minutes of rendering, the new plot appeared, and I was a bit taken aback by what I saw. The blob had turned into a surprisingly detailed map of the world. Not only were continents visible, certain international borders were apparent as well. What really struck me, though, was knowing that the lines didn’t represent coasts or rivers or political borders, but real human relationships. Each line might represent a friendship made while travelling, a family member abroad, or an old college friend pulled away by the various forces of life.”
Paul Butler, Facebook intern

I hate the fact that he’s trading on a myth that We The People have a right to know everything our governments are saying and doing in our name when, in fact, we elect people to act in our best interests on a global stage without necessarily giving us a heads up every time they want to have an off-the-record chat with a dictator. (If every tiny decision has to be made based on how it will play in public, then we’ll soon end up with a whole load of crowd-pleasing decisions but very little actual diplomacy.)
Everyone at Le Web is Wrong: Wikileaks Should be Condemned not Celebrated (via Instapaper)

Excelente texto de Eco sobre o wikileaks

Piratas vingadores e espiões em diligência

“Mas vejamos a natureza profunda do que aconteceu. Outrora, no tempo de Orwell, podia-se conceber todo o poder como um Big Brother, que controlava cada gesto dos seus súbditos. A profecia orwelliana confirmou-se plenamente desde que, controlado cada movimento por telefone, cada transação efetuada, hotéis utilizados, autoestradas percorridas e assim por diante, o cidadão se foi tornando na vítima integral do olho do poder. Mas quando se demonstra, como acontece agora, que mesmo as criptas dos segredos do poder não escapam ao controlo de um pirata informático, a relação de controlo deixa de ser unidirecional e torna-se circular. O poder controla cada cidadão, mas cada cidadão, ou pelo menos um pirata informático – qual vingador do cidadão –, pode aceder a todos os segredos do poder.”

Umberto Eco

Article: Information Wants to Be Free

Information Wants to Be Free http://daringfireball.net/linked/2010/12/07/minar-free The phrase is a simple observation, like saying “a compass wants to point north”. Information intrinsically has a tendency to spread. Controlling information, bottling it up and keeping it limited, is difficult. There’s a bit of a poetic turn in saying “wants”, since of course information has no agency. The underlying truth is really a statement about human nature; people tend to share information. (

state and government

To get at the value of WikiLeaks, I think it’s important to distinguish between the government—the temporary, elected authors of national policy—and the state—the permanent bureaucratic and military apparatus superficially but not fully controlled by the reigning government. The careerists scattered about the world in America’s intelligence agencies, military, and consular offices largely operate behind a veil of secrecy executing policy which is itself largely secret. American citizens mostly have no idea what they are doing, or whether what they are doing is working out well. The actually-existing structure and strategy of the American empire remains a near-total mystery to those who foot the bill and whose children fight its wars. And that is the way the elite of America’s unelected permanent state, perhaps the most powerful class of people on Earth, like it.

Vozes de sanidade

Em conjunto com o Maierovitch, vale também ler o Luiz Eduardo para compreender a violência no Rio.

a coerência é um valor moral?

A coerência é uma virtude só para quem se orienta por princípios. Para o indivíduo moral, que se orienta (e desorienta) por dilemas, a coerência não é uma virtude, ao contrário, é uma fuga (um tanto covarde) da complexidade concreta. Oscar Wilde, que é um grande fustigador de nossas falsas certezas morais, disse que “a coerência é o último refúgio de quem tem pouca fantasia” e, eu acrescentaria, de quem tem pouca coragem.

The best camera is that you have with you

Muitas de minhas recentes fotos no Flickr.com foram feitas com uma aplicação para iPhone chamada hipstamatic, um programinha que simula a experiência e os resultados que se poderiam obter com as máquinas fotográficas baratas dos anos 1960 e 1970. A bricadeira foi levada a sério, no entanto, por fotógrafos de guerra. O resultado é impressionante e humano.

UFA! N-Á-U-T-I-C-O!!!!!!

1x0 sobre o Brasiliense. Agora um pontinho contra o Vila Nova e eu vou gastar, feliz, dinheiro no ano que vem com o PFC da série B. Torcer pra time pequeno, além de todo o sofrimento, ainda é caro. Tem nada não, são mais duas oportunidades pra dar cacete na Coisa, que também não sobe.