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Evolução das profissões representadas no parlamento Português (EN: Evolution of professions represented in the Portuguese parliament)

(English translation below) Recentemente tive uma conversa com a minha namorada sobre o futuro da representação de certas profissões no parlamento Português. Mas é difícil discutir este assunto se não soubermos sequer qual é o estado actual da distribuição e como é que esta evoluiu ao longo dos anos. Pois bem, para obter esta informação, usei os dados abertos do site oficial do parlamento Português e algumas programming skills. (Código está disponível aqui) Aqui vai o que obtive:...

July 17, 2021
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Investigation on Dog Tooth Brushing

Recently I learned that dogs also need to have their teeth brushed, to avoid some nasty health issues. Here’s my current understanding on why dog oral hygienic practices are valuable. 1 - The main goal of tooth-brushing in dogs is to avoid periodontitis, a severe gum infection that can lead to tooth loss and other serious health complications, including (…) histologic changes in renal glomeruli and interstitium, heart and blood vessel lesions, hepatic inflammation, respiratory tract bacteria, low birth weight offspring, and early death (From Prevention of Periodontal Disease)...

June 29, 2021

Film Franchises and Meaning

In A Nihilist’s Guide to Meaning Kevin Simler explains the idea that meaningful things are things that point to other things: A thing X will be perceived as meaningful in context C to the extent that it’s connected to other meaningful things in C. Recently this idea gave me a greater appreciation of film franchises and how they are a great source of meaning, regardless of the intrinsic quality of each film individually....

May 29, 2021

What Should We Feed Our Pets?

Review of Chapters 1, 2 and 5 of Dr. Pitcairn’s Complete Guide to Natural Health for Dogs & Cats

May 25, 2021

Simulação Recibos Verdes vs. Unipessoal

(Non-Portuguese readers: this is boring finance stuff that only applies if you live in Portugal. If you don’t, you can safely ignore it.) (Discussão no reddit: r/literaciafinanceira, r/portugal) (Aviso: Não confiem cegamente no que eu fiz. Não sou contabilista. Provavelmente estão aqui coisas erradas. A minha esperança é que algum contabilista fique suficientemente zangado com os meus erros para criar o seu próprio artigo/simulação). Este artigo acompanha o spreadsheet que criei para simular os custos de ser trabalhador dependente a recibos verdes em comparação com ter uma Unipessoal....

January 18, 2021

Favorite TV shows I watched in 2020

Specially liked the ones in bold. Atlanta (Seasons 1-2) Deadwood (Seasons 1-2) Dark (Seasons 1-3) The Vietnam War Our Planet The Deuce (Seasons 1-3) Mr. Robot (Season 4) The Handmaid’s Tale (Season 1-3) Curb Your Enthusiasm (Season 10) BoJack Horseman (Seasons 1-2)

December 17, 2020

Favorite music I listened to in 2020

Specially liked the ones in bold. ORBS - Past Life Regression (2016) Blanck Mass - Animated Violence Mild (2019) Haken - Aquarius (2010) Haken - Visions (2011) Haken - Affinity (2016) Haken - Vector (2018) Haken - Virus (2020) VOLA - Applause of a Distant Crowd (2018) John Coltrane - Blue Train (1958) John Coltrane - My Favorite Things (1961) The John Coltrane Quartet - Africa / Brass (1961) John Coltrane - A Love Supreme (1965) 凛として時雨 [Ling Tosite Sigure] - #5 (2018) 65daysofstatic - replicr, 2019 (2019) Thelonious Monk Septet - Monk’s Music (1957) Thelonious Monk - Brilliant Corners (1957) The Thelonious Monk Quartet - Monk’s Dream (1963) Charles Mingus - The Clown (1957) Charlie Mingus - Blues & Roots (1960) Charles Mingus - Oh Yeah (1962) Daughters - Daughters (2010) Daughters - You Won’t Get What You Want (2018) mewithoutYou - [Untitled] (2018) Lana Del Rey - Norman Fucking Rockwell!...

December 15, 2020

Favorite books I read in 2020

Specially liked the ones in bold. The Origin of Consciousness in the Breakdown of the Bicameral Mind The Precipice: Existential Risk and the Future of Humanity The Brothers Karamazov The Tao Is Silent Algorithms to Live By: The Computer Science of Human Decisions The Elephant in the Brain: Hidden Motives in Everyday Life Getting Ahead, Getting Along, Getting Away: Ribbonfarm: The Rust Age The Other End of the Leash: Why We Do What We Do Around Dogs 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos Hyperion The Fall of Hyperion Scale: The Universal Laws of Growth, Innovation, Sustainability, and the Pace of Life in Organisms, Cities, Economies, and Companies Seeing That Frees: Meditations on Emptiness and Dependent Arising The Gervais Principle: The Complete Series, with a Bonus Essay on Office Space The Institutional Revolution: Measurement and the Economic Emergence of the Modern World Our Mathematical Universe: My Quest for the Ultimate Nature of Reality Exhalation: Stories

December 12, 2020

Art Smarts

Warning: Navel gazing. Another reaction I had after researching interpretations of I’m Thinking of Ending Things (ITOET) was felling bad I didn’t come up with any of them. Which is not surprising - I have a lot of trouble interpreting complex works of art, being it paintings, books or movies. For example, I don’t understand poetry at all. If someone starts reciting poetry to me I’m completely unable to follow, although I listen to podcasts/audiobooks at 1....

December 9, 2020

Hidden Meanings in Art

I recently watched the movie I’m Thinking of Ending Things (ITOEF) - I understood none of it. I mean, it was beautiful, but I was unable to come up with any plausible interpretation of what was happening and I found the ones I read on the internet really non-obvious. This annoyed me: what’s the point of hiding the meaning so deep? If the director really wants to make an important point just make it more obvious!...

December 5, 2020