It’s 2019, and it took me 2 months (including a great deal of procrastination) to fix a PHP version issue after a site migration. My hate of PHP just grew a bit more…
In this early 2019, the Road to Bandol can be quite dangerous, as exemplified by the video below:
Yep, that’s the Bandol toll barrier burning during a gilets jaunes demonstration. I am not sure to be fully sympathetic to these gilets jaunes, but they represent the French way to signal major unease in the population: rioting.
What they want is not clear, but what they express is very clear: it was better before. And I have to admit that the latest serious books that I have read kinda make me feel somewhat like this:
- Bruce Schneier’s Click Here to Kill Everybody: Security and Survival in a Hyper-Connected World promises us an IoT apocalypse that sounds just plausible to me.
- Yuval Harari’s Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow promises us another dystopian future, where AI is the scary thing, and gives a good background to the gilets jaunes by his description of the current failure of the capitalist religion.
- Research book Agnotology: The Making and Unmaking of Ignorance provides chilling insights into how fake news is just one of the ways to build ignorance of the masses willfully for the benefit of a few.
I guess that the year 2019 is going to be interesting, but it takes me a lot of positive energy to be optimistic about the near future. But then, who knows, because
The times, they are a changing…
So let’s go for a good change.