Geek Girls…

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After seeing this and reading this i decided to go back to a subject wich i wrote about some time ago; Being a Geek. Basically i wrote about the “geek is the new chique” thing and how it confuses me.
Having come across the subject of “feminist geeks” i do have to wonder how the need to belong is so rampant on human beings. Everyone needs to belong somewhere. The hipsters need to feel they belong amongst the hipster community, the geeks with the geeks, the intellectuals with the intellectuals, and so on, and that’s all perfectly fine by me; for instance, I need to feel i belong amongst the people i love and that love me back.
The plot just “thickens” when i start seeing people trying to belong somewhere they clearly don’t like just for the sake of it being cool. I do know it’s none of my busyness what everyone else does, but come on, seriously? Grow a brain will ya?
But i’m straying from the subject.
Geek feminists, what are they? According to what I could understand, they are just feminists who happen to be geeks also (men and women). So, basically they defend equal rights for women in a technological world, predominantly male (or so many think). Even though I agree that all men and women should have the same rights and opportunites (and that goes along with duties), I don’t like to think I’m a feminist; I prefer to think myself as a “lifeist”, because i think that all life forms deserve the same respect. Obvsiously there are differences between the male and female counter-parts of the human animal, and not only physical and genetic ones. Women have different thought processes; not better nor worse, just different. Most women deal with emotions in a very different way than most men; again, not worse or better.
So, the main complaint of both Nixie Pixel and Nice Girl is that they were “mistreated” (to say the least) in an Open Source Convention. They are absolutely right to complain, if I was in their shoes, I would probably raise hell. What I honestly don’t get is the whole “geek feminist” thing. The “you’re sexualizing the conference through your attire”. WTF? What, a geek girl can’t be sensual? Can’t a women wear a sexy dress withouth being called a “slut”? What if a man geek showed up like a “sexy as hell piece of hunk”? Would he be trashed also?
I am a software engineer going on 40 who loves everything computer; I love gaming, I play online with my daughter almost every day, I love programming ever since I touched my first ZX81. People who don’t know me may call me a geek, but I don’t consider myself to be a geek and never have; the truth is, I never really cared what label people put on me.
Throughout my life I’ve seen the “geeks” raise to the status of “coolness”. The geeks I remember from my childhood where usually withdrawned persons, almost anti-social, highly inteligent but usually with low emotional intelligence (no comments on the attire as it is everyone’s personal choice). A few years ago I started seeing “geeks” opening up, having a life away the computer screens, conventions started being big social events instead of “just for the nerds”. And I honestly liked that, it’s a good change, evolution whatever you want to call it.
I mentioned that I play a lot of computer games with my daughter. Yes, it’s true, we play co-op war games, tactical games, mind games you name it. One of the things I like the most is when we’re playing a multiplayer game like Sniper Elite v2, we’re basically kicking ass and everybody start cussing for being killed to many times. That’s when I come in and say “be more respectful to a lady”; the language changes almost instantly. Everybody stays in shock for a bit. Why is it so difficult to believe that girls also play video games? And why do some gamers/geeks/whatever stamp down on girl gamers that are also pretty (basically women).

I think I’ve digressed too much. Nixie Pixel and Nice Girl: It’s good to see people like you on this boring geek world.

Os animais

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http://activa.sapo.pt/tv/tv_cronicas/2012/04/12/cronica-de-rodrigo-guedes-de-carvalho-contra-as-bestas-pelos-animais

Excelente crónica, no entanto, apesar de concordar com o Sr. Rodrigo, a minha opinião vai um pouco mais além.
“(…)Os animais não podem ser equiparados a objectos porque… porque… não são objectos.
(…)”

Em quase todos os discursos e opiniões vejo o ser humano a tentar equiparar os animais aos humanos, seja para a defesa dos animais ou para os atacar; o que o ser humano se esquece em todas as ocasiões, é que nós (seres humanos) somos animais, tal e qual como os cães, os gatos e todos os seres animais desde planeta. Sim, sejamos nós bons ou maus para os animais, temos a grave e cruel tendência para assumir que “Animal: Ser vivo irracional, por oposição ao homem.” (é uma das definições do diccionário), no entanto se olharmos bem para o mesmo diccionário, a primeira definição é para mim a mais correcta: “Ser vivo multicelular, com capacidade de locomoção e de resposta a estímulos, que se nutre de outros seres vivos.” (Humanos incluidos nesta definição).

Posto isto, eu, como animal que sou, trato todos os outros animais deste planeta com o mesmo respeito que tenho por mim próprio. Respeito as suas diferenças, aceito-as e lido com elas. Recuso-me a invadir o espaço de outro animal da mesma forma que recuso que outro animal invada o meu espaço. Acredito que o “bem” e o “mal” não existem fora do ser humano. O ser humano é o único ser deste planeta que mata sem ser para comer ou protejer o seu território e a sua família. Quando um animal dito “selvagem” ataca um animal humano não o faz por “dá cá aquela palha”, fá-lo sim porque se sente ameaçado, porque está a protejer as suas crias, porque tem fome e necessita de comer, porque o animal humano está a invadir o seu espaço pessoal.

É desta forma que escolhi viver a minha vida deste muito cedo e tavlez isto tenha feito com que eu nunca tivesse sido atacado por um cão de rua (não foi por falta de medo) já cruzei caminhos com cães que metiam medo, no entanto eu reconheci o espaço deles e deixei-os em paz, da mesma maneira que eles me deixaram em paz, cada um no seu próprio território, sem invaões ou intrusões.

Geek, Nerd, Abnormal…

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What is this?! Suddenly almost everyone i know that wants to pass as being a “creative” person openly admits that he or she is a “geek”, or that he or she isn’t a normal person. So, for all you “geeks” or “abnormal” persons out there i present you here with my thoughts on the matter.

According to the Cambridge Online Dictionary:
geek
noun
a person, especially a man, who is boring and not fashionable

nerd
noun
a person, especially a man, who is not attractive and awkward or socially embarrassing

Well, so according to this, everyone that calls himself or herself a geek is a person that is boring and not fashionable, right? You got that right, a true geek does not follow any type of fashion trend, however, in the current days, being a geek is in itself a fashion trend. Can someone see the contradictions involved?

People nowadays keep striving to be abnormal, in an attempt to be different. Well, the bad news is that, since everyone is doing exactly the same thing (boasting that one’s not normal), nobody’s being different.

Let’s face it, you’re not going to be special just by posting pictures or comic strips advertising how “abnormal” you are. You’re special just because you’re alive, because you do something that YOU want instead of doing something that others want you to do.

Has this happened to you before?

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While surfing the web, I found something that I actualy like and then, just as I enter that page, the first thing that comes across my eyes is a huge banner or facebook button “ordering” the visitor to press “like”. My instant reaction was to close the page.

Then I started thinking, WTF, why is the freakin’ “like ” button so important that people and companies place it above all other things in their webpages?

Perguntas

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“Vamos ser HUMANOS.” (quando se referem a termos compaixão, etc.) De onde vem esta expressão? Porque razão somos nós tão arrogantes ao ponto de pensar que enquanto espécie somos o supra-sumo da caganita do Universo? Será que o ser humano não se apercebe que é é apenas um monte de células tal como qualquer outro animal neste planeta?

Aldo Lima – Tourada

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Que moca…

Song To the Siren – Juno Reactor

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Aqui está mais uma cover desta excelente musica do Tim Buckley

Aaah… Piano…!!

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Planeta Terra

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Hoje deu-me para brincar com o GIMP.

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