Jekyll 2020-05-31T09:27:07+00:00 https://protesilaos.com// Protesilaos Stavrou: News and announcements Protesilaos Stavrou My website now adapts to dark system themes 2020-04-27T00:00:00+00:00 2020-04-27T00:00:00+00:00 https://protesilaos.com/news/update-prefers-color-scheme <p><code>protesilaos.com</code> now conforms with the web standard on system-wide theme preferences (see <a href="https://developer.mozilla.org/en-US/docs/Web/CSS/@media/prefers-color-scheme">prefers-color-scheme</a>). <strong>This is not a per-website option. It does not require changes from your side.</strong> It is just about respecting the user’s choice on using a light/dark theme throughout their operating system.</p> <p>Those who opt for a dark theme in their system settings will view this website in dark colours. Otherwise they will get the default, lighter looks. Either way, the presentation should conform with the highest accessibility standard (WCAG AAA).</p> <p>Several aspects of the website’s underlying code base have been refactored. If, despite my best intentions, you feel something is amiss, please do <a href="/contact/">contact me</a>.</p> Protesilaos Stavrou If the user opts for a dark theme for their operating system, they will view this website in dark colours as well. New publication: “On nihilism, scepticism, absolutism” 2020-02-29T00:00:00+00:00 2020-02-29T00:00:00+00:00 https://protesilaos.com/news/new-nihilism-scepticism-absolutism <p>Just published an essay <a href="https://protesilaos.com/nihilism-scepticism-absolutism">On nihilism, scepticism, absolutism</a>, where I opine that nihilism is not a type of scepticism but rather a form of absolutist thinking.</p> <p>As with every applicable item on my website, this publication is freely available under the terms of the <em>Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike (CC BY-SA) License, version 4.0 International</em>.</p> <p>For any further information, or to discuss this topic, you are welcome to <a href="https://protesilaos.com/contact">contact me</a>.</p> Protesilaos Stavrou Information about my latest philosophical work about how nihilism is not a type of scepticism but rather a form of absolutist thinking. New publication: “On Nihilism” 2019-11-21T00:00:00+00:00 2019-11-21T00:00:00+00:00 https://protesilaos.com/news/new-nihilism <p>Just published <a href="https://protesilaos.com/nihilism">On Nihilism</a>, where I argue about the meaning of human life in the grand scheme of things.</p> <p>As with every applicable item on my website, this publication is freely available under the terms of the <em>Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike (CC BY-SA) License, version 4.0 International</em>.</p> <p>For any further information, or to discuss this topic, you are welcome to <a href="https://protesilaos.com/contact">contact me</a>.</p> <hr /> <p>Note: yesterday I published <a href="https://protesilaos.com/hubris">On Hubris</a>.</p> Protesilaos Stavrou Information about my latest philosophical work about the meaning of human life in the grand scheme of things. New book: “On Hubris” 2019-11-20T00:00:00+00:00 2019-11-20T00:00:00+00:00 https://protesilaos.com/news/release-on-hubris <p>I just published a new work on philosophy. It examines some of the main instances of human cockiness in the present era, how they are rationalised and normalised. The book is immediately available on my website: <a href="https://protesilaos.com/hubris">protesilaos.com/hubris</a>.</p> <p><em>On Hubris</em> is distributed free of charge and freed from traditional copyright restrictions. It is published under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike Licence (CC BY-SA), version 4.0 International.</p> <p>If you have any questions, thoughts, observations, you are welcome to <a href="https://protesilaos.com/contact/">contact me</a>.</p> Protesilaos Stavrou Announcement about my latest work in philosophy. Official release of PDFD 2019-07-02T00:00:00+00:00 2019-07-02T00:00:00+00:00 https://protesilaos.com/news/release-pdfd <p>On April 25, I published the first beta version of “Prot’s Dots For Debian” (PDFD). Since then I made a series of incremental refinements and changes. PDFD is a complete guide to reproducing my custom desktop session on Debian 10 ‘buster’. Today I added the finishing touches and am happy to announce that the first official release is available.</p> <p>I am publishing this a few days prior to the release of Debian 10, which will happen on July 6, just to be sure that everything works as intended.</p> <p>As already noted in the previous announcement about PDFD:</p> <blockquote> <p><em>Prot’s Dots For Debian</em> (PDFD) is available free of charge and freed from traditional copyright restrictions. It is distributed under the terms of the <em>Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike Licence (CC BY-SA) 4.0</em>. Its code is licensed in the same spirit using the <em>GNU General Public License version 3 or later</em>.</p> <p>You can <a href="/pdfd/">read the book online</a> or visit its <a href="/pdfd/print/">print-optimised page</a> to get a physical copy.</p> <p>Because this is code-related, I assume that readers will have the minimum technical skills to also make use of the following <code>git</code> repositories (contributions are most welcome):</p> <ul> <li><a href="https://gitlab.com/protesilaos/pdfd">PDFD source files</a> with instructions on how to get a local markdown file with the book.</li> <li><a href="https://gitlab.com/protesilaos/cpdfd">Code for PDFD</a> containing the latest “fixed release” of my dotfiles.</li> <li><a href="https://gitlab.com/protesilaos/dotfiles">My dotfiles</a>.</li> </ul> </blockquote> Protesilaos Stavrou The book for reproducing my custom desktop session on Debian 10 Buster is officially out of the beta/testing phase. New publication: “Notes on simplicity” 2019-06-22T00:00:00+00:00 2019-06-22T00:00:00+00:00 https://protesilaos.com/news/new-notes-simplicity <p><a href="/notes-simplicity/">Notes on simplicity</a> examines the notion of simplicity, pointing at the need for epistemology to account for the scope of application.</p> <p>As with every applicable item on my website, this philosophical publication is freely available under the terms of the <em>Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike (CC BY-SA) License, Version 4.0 International</em>.</p> <p>For any further information, or to discuss this topic, you are welcome to <a href="/contact/">contact me</a>.</p> Protesilaos Stavrou Information about my latest philosophical work about the notion of simplicity. New book: Prot’s Dots For Debian 2019-04-25T00:00:00+00:00 2019-04-25T00:00:00+00:00 https://protesilaos.com/news/new-book-pdfd <p>I just published a book about free/libre software. This is a full guide to reproducing my custom desktop session (my dotfiles) on Debian 10 ‘buster’.</p> <p>As noted in the book, the period prior to the official release of Debian 10 is considered a “beta” phase and is only meant to be used by testers or early adopters. PDFD will exit beta once ‘buster’ is out (expected in the summer of 2019)—at which point I will make the necessary adjustments to the book’s contents.</p> <p><em>Prot’s Dots For Debian</em> (PDFD) is available free of charge and freed from traditional copyright restrictions. It is distributed under the terms of the <em>Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike Licence (CC BY-SA) 4.0</em>. Its code is licensed in the same spirit using the <em>GNU General Public License version 3 or later</em>.</p> <p>You can <a href="/pdfd/">read the book online</a> or visit its <a href="/pdfd/print/">print-optimised page</a> to get a physical copy.</p> <p>Because this is code-related, I assume that readers will have the minimum technical skills to also make use of the following <code>git</code> repositories (contributions are most welcome):</p> <ul> <li><a href="https://gitlab.com/protesilaos/pdfd">PDFD source files</a> with instructions on how to get a local markdown file with the book.</li> <li><a href="https://gitlab.com/protesilaos/cpdfd">Code for PDFD</a> containing the latest “fixed release” of my dotfiles.</li> <li><a href="https://gitlab.com/protesilaos/dotfiles">My dotfiles</a>.</li> </ul> Protesilaos Stavrou Announcement about my latest book on free/libre software. New publication: “Notes on object and environment properties” 2019-04-23T00:00:00+00:00 2019-04-23T00:00:00+00:00 https://protesilaos.com/news/new-notes-object-env-properties <p>New work on philosophy: <a href="/notes-object-environment-properties/">Notes on object and environment properties</a> arrives at the conclusion of universal inter-connectedness by examining the object-environment binary.</p> <p>As with every applicable item on my website, this publication is freely available under the terms of the <em>Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike (CC BY-SA) License, Version 4.0 International</em>.</p> <p>For any further information, or to discuss this topic, you are welcome to <a href="/contact/">contact me</a>.</p> Protesilaos Stavrou Information about my latest philosophical work about universal inter-connectedness Breaking change: manually update politics feed 2019-02-28T00:00:00+00:00 2019-02-28T00:00:00+00:00 https://protesilaos.com/news/update-politics-feed <p>I have completed all the internal changes that were necessary for the transition to my <a href="/politics/">new political writings section</a>. It supersedes the old blog that was focused on European Union politics.</p> <p>Subscribers must update their RSS reader to point to the new feed, available at: <a href="/politics.xml">https://protesilaos.com/politics.xml</a>.</p> <p>The <strong>old feed no longer works</strong> and contains no content whatsoever.</p> <p>For further questions, please <a href="/contact/">contact me</a>.</p> Protesilaos Stavrou I have repurposed my politics blog. The old RSS feed no longer works. Update on my politics blog: Changing focus 2018-11-25T00:00:00+00:00 2018-11-25T00:00:00+00:00 https://protesilaos.com/news/update-politics-blog <p>I am repurposing my <a href="/politics/">politics blog</a>. No more writing specifically about the EU. I intend to comment on themes that are common to many locations and which seem to define the world we live in.</p> <p>Ever since 2011, I have been writing about the European Union, from the eurocrisis to the broader issues of the European integration process. I have learned a lot in the meantime and was able to develop theories about general topics that extend beyond the confines of the EU politics bubble. Those findings are documented in several analyses and books—just peruse the various sections of this website.</p> <p>What I intend to do now is write about something perhaps a bit more revolutionary, alternative, forward-thinking. To explore topics that stand at the intersection of legal-institutional affairs, economics, and technology. I wish to draw from history and to review certain concepts or phenomena we may be taking for granted or accept at face value.</p> <h2>Why the switch?</h2> <p>I no longer see the value in a niche blog about the EU. Those who want to learn about daily affairs get their news and opinion from established media outlets.</p> <p>Meanwhile social media has radically changed the expectations people have about political commentary. Long-form writing on current issues is not in demand. The audience wants snippets of insight, embellished with some data or exaggerated reference, depending on the context.</p> <p>Put simply, my kind of blog is running out of business.</p> <h2>Onwards and upwards</h2> <p>I expect to publish the first article <em>before the end of 2018</em>. Otherwise an update will be made in January 2019.</p> <p>Please stay tuned for more—I think you might like the new content. By the by, note that <em>I no longer have any social media accounts</em>. You will have to check this website manually, or subscribe to updates via RSS feeds. I explain the latter in <a href="/feeds/">this page</a> and offer links on what to follow.</p> <p>If you still have questions, or just need to share your thoughts, feel welcome to <a href="/contact/">contact me</a>.</p> Protesilaos Stavrou I will be making changes to my politics blog. This about shifting focus away for the EU niche into wider issues about our world.