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You'll find all my rants over here, mainly articles on any topic that interests me: programming, open source issues, politics, society in general, etc. Yes, I do have other interests that are not strictly related to computers. Hey, don't forget my first passion was political activism! I will post articles I published somewhere else over here too, and perhaps one day I'll even find the time to post all the articles I've published since I was 16 years old or so.
|Cuaderno de Bitácora||Apresuradas notas tomadas durante el transcurso de mi vida cotidiana. Estos apuntes no pretenden ser de ningún modo pensamientos elaborados o ideas consistentes, sino más bien simples anotaciones al margen sobre muy diversos temas: política, economía, literatura, artes, cultura...|
|Ruminations on Technology||Personal blog on anything related to the technology industry: news, products, languages, operating systems, business strategies, etc.|
|Socialismo ciudadano||Blog personal donde voy anotando mis reflexiones relacionadas con mi militancia en el PSOE, siempre desde una visión independiente, constructiva y respetuosa con las ideas de los demás.|
|Enciclopedia Esquemática||Ya desde mi adolescencia, siempre quise embarcarme en la aventura de escribir una pequeña enciclopedia personal que resumiera todos los saberes de la Humanidad. Con el paso de los años, no tuve más remedio que aceptar mis limitaciones y trabajar en este proyecto, mucho más modesto.|
|Ficción||Escritos de ficción, fundamentalmente narrativa corta, microrrelatos, cuentos infantiles... lo mismo algún día tengo la valentía de escribir una novela.|
|Ensayo||Colección de ensayos, incluyendo trabajos largos con contribuciones cortas, recopilaciones de correos, etc.|
|Informe PISA y cultura confuciana||
Comentario en Facebook sobre una noticia subida por un amigo acerca de los
resultados del Informe
PISA y los efectos positivos que la cultura confuciana pueda tener en
el desempeño educativo de los jóvenes asiáticos.
|Bitcoin, money and capitalism||
Joseph, a co-worker, posted a note on Facebook commenting on bitcoin and pointing out that perhaps all
currencies in the end only work for as long as people accept them. Ross,
another co-worker, made a comment about bitcoin being like a pyramid
scheme, to which Joseph replied that perhaps all currencies are pyramid
schemes in that sense. Here are a couple of comments I made about the
topic of bitcoins, the nature of money and capitalism.
Breve discusión en Facebook sobre el concepto de comunidad virtual
y las implicaciones que pueda tener para el compromiso político y
(9 Agosto 2013)
|Políticas de estímulo y deuda||
Explicación enviada a unos amigos jubilados sobre las
políticas de estímulo que se han estado aplicando en EEUU y
Japón, sus limitaciones y, sobre todo, las implicaciones que pueda
tener a medio y largo plazo para la deuda de esos países.
(24 y 26 Junio 2013)
|US budget deficit||
Email to a friend reflecting upon the nature of the US budget deficit,
and whether or not it is sustainable, temporary and/or a good way to
stimulate the economy.
(29 January 2013)
|A dialogue concerning the problem of the debt||
Reflections on the problem of the debt (not only the national debt, but
actually the debt in general), considering some of its implications at
(8 July 2012)
|On how Obama ended the culture wars||
Message sent to Sam Marino after reading an article by E.J. Dionne Jr. on
The New Republic titled Church and State: How Barack Obama ended the culture wars —for now.
(5 January 2010)
Razones para la revalorización del dólar
a finales de 2008
Correo enviado en respuesta a la pregunta que me hizo un amigo español
sobre las razones que hayan podido llevar a una revalorización del
dólar a finales del 2008, después de la caída
experimentada durante los últimos años.
(8 Diciembre 2008)
|America the Illiterate||
Shortly after Obama's victory in the US presidential election and in the
middle of the international financial crisis, my friend Sam sent an email
with a link to an article written by Chris Hedges: America the Illiterate.
Here is what I had to say about the piece.
(26 November 2008)
|La paz como valor absoluto||
Texto publicado como una nota en mi cuenta en Facebook reflexionando sobre el concepto de paz como valor absoluto,
tal y como parece ser defendido por Camps y Giner en el libro Violencia:
tolerancia cero (concepto con el que me muestro en desacuerdo).
(3 Agosto 2008)
|The Crisis of the Middle Class||
First attempt to spell out a possible response to the contemporary crisis
of the middle class, perhaps more perceived than real.
(1 May 2008)
|Islam and Tolerance Towards Other Religions||
This was serendipity at its best. A day after having a conversation with
my good friend Sam about Islam and its attitude towards other religions, I
came across a piece published in El
País about an Evangelical pastor from El Salvador who was
imprisoned in Morocco for proselitism.
(26 February 2006)
Reply to an email from Sam Marino that included a link to a Wall Street Journal editorial discussing
the political scandal over Bush's wiretapping US citizens without prior
|Bush's anti-terrorist policies||
Reply to an email from Joe Cochran where he pointed me to an article by
Robert Steinbeck regarding the side-effects of Bush's anti-terrorist
|Beltway vs. Blogosphere||
A friend send me an article published by a political commentator who writes
for Newsweek on the rift between the liberal bloggers and the
Democratic leadership. Here are my thoughs on the issue.
(18 September 2005)
|Hopeful about the European Union||
Although I told my friend Rene Madsen many times that I was feeling very
excited about the prospects of the EU, I never detailed the reasons. Here
(20 June 2003)
|Promoting racial diversity||
President Bush spoke against affirmative action as applied by the
University of Michigan but in favor of promoting the principle of racial
diversity. But why should we, as a society, promote such principle asks
a friend? Here is my answer.
(16 January 2003)
Boarding ships in the Indian Ocean and
giving credit to US allies
What to think when the Spanish Navy boards a boat sailing through the Indian
Ocean under no flag, and the soldiers find out that the crew is North Korean
and they are carrying several hidden Scud missiles? Also, do we give enough
credit to the US allies?
(18 December 2002)
|On Tom Tancredo's immigration policies||
I was asked how come that anybody who proposes to halt uncontrolled illegal
immigration to the USA is automatically labeled a "racist". Here is what I
had to say about it.
(27 November 2002)
|US foreign policy towards China||
I wrote this as a reply to an email detailing how a woman and her son had
been tortured in China for being Christian activists. The original email
somehow insinuated that the current US foreign policy towards China is wrong
because it does nothing to stop these acts.
(26 November 2002)
The myth of out of control punitive damages
in the American legal system
Anybody who has been living in the USA has heard the stories of people who
get awarded hundres of millions of dollars (if not billions) in court.
Politicians use it to rally against legal lobbies that appear to support
the Democrats, while conservative pundits play demagoguery with it to talk
about how "out of control" American society has become and how moronic
anybody who disagrees with them is. But to what extent is all this even true?
(4 November 2002)
|Walter Cronkite: was the past truly always better?||
Here is another typical conservative jeremyad that seems to be quite
successful in contemporary America: the past was always better, and up until
the horrible sixties American society was healthy in all respects. Well, not
(5 October 2002)
|Political and personal attitudes||
Is there any connection between the way individuals approach political and
personal issues? Or do they belong to two completely different spheres of
(16 August 2002)
|Problems in the American educational system||
Tim sent me an email about the recent nationwide History tests and how
the overall results were very poor. He blamed it on the time wasted on
sexual education, the influence of the leftists in academia and a weak
(15 May 2002)
|Conservatism and the decline of empires||
How come that precisely at the moment when many empires start their slow
decline towards the final crisis they also experience a strong resurgence
of conservatism? That's precisely what I address in this email after I
read the review of a book by Bernard Lewis.
(17 March 2002)
|Linux on the desktop||
This is an issue I had discussed with my friend Sam a lot, and I finally
decided to sit down and put together my ideas on an email.
(4 March 2002)
|Spain's refusal to extradite terrorists||
The Spanish authorities had arrested 11 people accused of cooperating with
al-Qaeda, and now there were rumors that they might not extradite them to
the USA. My friend Tim accused Spain of being an accomplice.
(26 November 2001)
The Military Order of 11/13: an
Tim sent me the complete contents of the actual military order from
President Bush that established military courts to try those individuals
accused of terrorism who were not American citizens. Here is my take
on the document.
(14 November 2001)
Ideas for a second phase
of the military campaing in Afghanistan
My friend Tim asked me what I would suggest as the main ideas for a
second phase of the military campaing in Afghanistan once the US planes
seem to have a total control of the air. Here is my reply.
(20 October 2001)
|Nationalism and flags as a weapon||
What a surprise when my wife told me that she had received an email from
one of her aunts that I needed to read! No, it wasn't a good surprise but
rather a tough flashback to my days as a child in Franco's Spain.
(16 October 2001)
|Addressing the ultimate causes of terrorism||
Another friend mentioned how he had recently read an article from Salman
Rushdie arguing that the United States did not have to change its current
foreign policy as a consequence of the terrorist attacks. He thought this
would amount to blaming the US Government for the attacks themselves. I
disagree with this position, and here I explain why.
(16 October 2001)
|Responding to September 11th||
Barely a week after the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and
the Pentagon, a friend of mine asked for my opinion on how the United States
should react. He wanted to know what I would tell the Presidebt if I were
one of his top advisors. Here is what I had to say. It's not a theoretical
piece, but rather one full of detailed descriptions of actions that should
(17 September 2001)