If you want to learn a little bit about me, here is probably a good place to start. I'm Geoflly Adonias, an Electrical Engineer from João Pessoa, Brazil, now living in Waterford, Ireland, where I'm pursuing a PhD degree in Telecommunications Software.
I'm a bit of a privacy freak, free (as in freedom) software enthusiast who likes electronics and technology. I like to spend my free time listening to podcasts, reading non-fiction books and watching TV series. The recommendations below are listed in no particular order and I'm in no way affiliated with any of them.
Writing and Reading
You might've guessed that, as a PhD student, I spend most of my time writing and reading scientific papers and reports, and yes, you're right, most of the writing I do nowadays is towards papers to be published in peer-reviewed journals as well as reading related literature.
However, whenever I get the time, I like to read non-fiction books, usually personal development and biographies. I'm no Oprah but here are some of my recommended readings that I hope you'll like them:
- Ego Is The Enemy (Ryan Holiday)
- Extreme Ownership (Jocko Willink and Leif Babin)
- The Power of Habit (Charles Duhigg)
- A Mind for Numbers (Barbara Oakley)
- The God Delusion (Richard Dawkins)
Since I spend most of my days actively reading and writing, sometimes it is good to chill watching some TV shows.
I like to watch horror movies, documentaries, anime, comedies and crime shows. My main streaming service now is Netflix, but I also have been enjoying a one-year free trial of Apple TV+ and sometimes I watch some stuff from Libreflix which, although it is free, unfortunately for non-Portuguese speakers, most of their content is in Portuguese. Here are some of my recommended shows:
- Stranger Things (Netflix)
- The Good Place (Netflix)
- Queer Eye (Netflix)
- For All Mankind (Apple TV+)
- Quebrando o Tabu (Libreflix)
I have to be honest, I've got quite an eclectic taste in music, but I think music is something for you to enjoy either when working or when having friends over for a good craic, but when performing mechanical tasks during which it's most likely my mind will wander, I very much enjoy listening to podcasts. For me, it's a great way to keep myself informed and to understand both sides of a specific controversial topic. Here are a few good podcast recommendations:
- Erik Fisher's Beyond The To-Do List (English)
- Sam Harris' Making Sense (English)
- NPR's Hidden Brain (English)
- J. Wallauer & C. Bartis' Mamilos (Portuguese)
- Carlos Merigo's Braincast (Portuguese)
If not the biggest, technology is probably on the Top 3 of my interests. I like reading about it and following new product releases, it always fascinates me how hard science and technology push humanity forward.
Here's a bit of what I do and how I do it with the technology that I have at my disposal nowadays.
I own a DELL Inspiron 27 7000 All-in-One desktop which I use as my primary device and there is a laptop DELL Inspiron 15 5000 which is my workstation, it isn't mine but it's under my sole responsibility for the duration of my PhD.
I also have an iPad 6th Gen with a 1st Gen Apple Pencil (I find the Apple Pencil amazing for note-taking and, for me, the portability of a tablet wins over any kind of regular notebook), and a Samsung Galaxy A40 as well as a Raspberry Pi running Pi-hole to have ad-blocking in my entire home network.
What I do on my devices
Like I said before, most of what I do is writing and reading. I use LaTeX to compose my scientific documents but for quick writing tasks, I prefer to use LibreOffice. When reading, I prefer to use my iPad, it's very convenient and I can annotate all over the document or book if I decide to.
Everything I need to do for my PhD is basically computational modelling, simulation and data analysis. Python is my programming language of choice, it's very easy to pick up and widely used for data science.
As aforementioned, I'm a bit of a privacy freak and I always try to recommend the use of Free (as in Freedom) Software with which you can ensure the user controls the software and not the other way around.
I don't believe in telling people what they should use, for most of them, information is easily accessible and they should be able to decide whatever compromises they're willing to make with regards to their right to privacy. Below, I give a few recommendations concerning data privacy.
- I recommend you choose GNU/Linux over proprietary operating systems such as Windows, macOS or Chrome OS.
- PrivacyTools and PRISM Break are good ways to get started with privacy-respecting alternatives to software, services and mobile apps; when it comes to hardware, Purism and RYF are the way to go.
- I also recommend using a fully-encrypted, ad-free e-mail provider such as Tutanota or ProtonMail.
- Preferably, always exchange encrypted e-mails, if you're not sure how to do that, please refer to this E-mail Self-Defense Guide.
- Finally, I recommend you watch Joe Rogan Experience #1368 where Rogan interviewed Edward Snowden.
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