Eduardo Ochs (a.k.a. Edrx) - Personal Stuff
Léa Tavora's PhD thesis, on Hegel and Freud.
(She's my mother).
(2005sep10: The rest of the stuff in this page is two years old and
very messy. Expect broken links etc etc etc)
More about free information
I don't use any non-free software except for a few computer games
from the early 80s and -- very rarely -- MS-DO$ 6.22 to run some
Forth programs. Oh, and Netscape -- I haven't
converted to Mozilla yet -- and the ROM BIOS and such things.
Gutenberg (main page;
Australia) is taking care of the
distribution of free literature and a few related things
(dictionaries, playscripts)... By the way, in Camille Paglia's book "Vamps and
Tramps" there are some brilliant essays about the importance of
having access to the classics.
- Classics of the computer age: arcade videogames of the 80's are
not free, but they circulate as "samizdat"
and can be emulated with MAME; Zork I, a
text-only adventure that was my first contact with real English,
can be obtained for free legally and be run in
an emulator. I don't know if there are any "standard" places
for getting Atari ROMs.
- I have some friends that are involved in teaching children of
poor communities how to read and write. They would like to have
access to more free dydactical material (here the freedoms to
change the material and redistribute it are fundamental) and
papers on Education, but most people involved with those things
are still offline...
- We need something like a Project Gutenberg for books for children
(no link yet). If you know authors of children's books please at
least try to convince them to use the FDL for their next books.
The quality of the digital illustrations will be lower than that
of printed books (and maybe there would be digital versions with
outlined illustrations, so that each child could color her
computer-printed or photocopied version), so it will make sense to
have a paper edition in parallel with a free online release.
- Several books on Mathematics, Computer Science and Logic are now
available online for free; see Frank Atanassow's list (and
for papers, citeseer and HPSearch).
- Mathematics would be much easier if more books were available
online, or at least if there weren't so many restrictions on
photocopying them for personal use. In a perfect world they would
even be available as TeX source so that we could make annotations
in digital form and give our "annotated copies" to others.
- I have always had the feeling that the "usual" books about
programs and programming languages (at least from the mid-80's on)
were trying to kill the few neurones that I still had... well,
some people have written very lucid things about that: Steven Feuerstein,
- If you need to typeset sheet music please learn Lilypond so that you may contribute to
the community... it's quite easy: here's
my first .ly file. It is full of links and comments.
- Some links on music (lyrics, mainly).
- Two drawings (for sale).
- p.txt, s.txt Some of the best things I wrote (in
- Correspondência com o sr. S. As
melhores mensagens são a "140" e
- http://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/teletubbies/ (and the FAQ).
- Aleister Crowley (MWT) (and Marcelo
- I'm an unregistered but very enthusiastic member of
the Church of Euthanasia.
The name of the Church and the names of its pillars
were chosen a bit for their shock value, but we are serious. We
are radically against consumism and against the lack of humor of
the "politically correct". Read this interview.
By the way, Rev. Korda's position about saving the world is very
close to mine, but she expresses herself much better than I do...
Read this interview with her conducted by $aint @ndrew, and search for
the word "convert". Another good starting point: Snuff It
- BTW: I would rather have been aborted! If you feel the same,
please, step out of the closet too - we need to show the world how
numerous we are! The anti-abortionists have extremely biased
visions of what is "life", and what is "mercy". They are
selling narrow-mindedness, and making people think that life is
just survival, nothing more, and that love and peace of mind are
of secondary importance. Sort of saying that there is no problem
in having a world full of psychos: "as long as they're alive they
have the chance to repent".
- Three poems by David West
- A speech by Camille Paglia
- "Chega de
descaso" - um texto que o Darcy Ribeiro escreveu sobre o Lula um
pouco antes do 2º turno das eleições de 1989
- Three essays by Gary Snyder: The Politics of
Ethnopoetics (that has a quotation that blew my mind open, years ago) The Yogin and the Philosopher, and Re-Inhabitation; if you like them, plase order the book.
- Between thought and expression falls the
shadow (life is
- Some links to movies
- My page about vegan stuff. In Portuguese, but with
- ZNet (Noam Chomsky, etc); "Anti-Rationalism"
- Phase of the moon
- May 11 is the Internation Day of the Fight Against the Engineers
(or, if you prefer, "Against the Students of Engineering" - but
anyway, every person defines "engineer" in a different way, like
"God"...). I couldn't celebrate it this year, but I'm thinking on
organizing for 2003 something along the lines of what Martin Rebas did for
the Pi Approximation day.
And this used to be part of the "Personal/Misc" section but I
felt that it deserved more visibility...
- Guto Macedo and Soraia
Jorge are organizing monthly jams in Rio which include a
preparatory class. The next one will be in november,
2007; the day and the place are not defined yet. Contacts:
2535-2662 / 9377-9382 / soraia at openlink.com.br / guto92 at
- A big page about Contact Improvisation; some especially nice
subpages of it are:
- A Wiki about Contact
- By the way, one of the things that I most hate in the world is
gender roles, and I found that CI is one of the situations where
people can drop their gender roles and all other cliches more
easily, and search for something more real. And it's a lot of fun
too, it's not like something that starts by humiliating people and
reducing them to dust. But I'll write more about that some other