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About Systemaris

Explanations exist; they have existed for all time; there is always a well-known solution to every human problem—neat, plausible, and wrong.

— H. L. Mencken

I'm James Bravo (stage name for the internet). I am an engineer who builds digital products. Born and raised in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Living in Valencia, Spain.

Systemaris is my personal website. Opinions and statements here are mine alone.

Why this website

  • Serendipity
  • Collecting thoughts
  • Sharing ideas
  • Making friends and acquaintances
  • Opportunities

I like

  • Dogs
  • Pasta
  • Cheese
  • Coffee
  • Piano
  • Tennis
  • Video games

Recurrent Thoughts

  • We have every reason to be optimistic. The world is a wonderful place, and getting better.
  • Internet is awesome. And we are only beginning to see its effects on the world.
  • The world has a lot of busywork that accomplishes nothing.

All of humanity's problems stem from man's inability to sit quietly in a room alone.

— Blaise Pascal, Pensées

  • Most things are the way they are because of the way they used to be (path dependency). Usually, there isn't any good reason for things to stay the way they are.
  • The education system is terrible. We can do better.
  • People think science is rigorous, but scientific publishing is actually unreliable, biased, and unfair.
  • A lot of areas are full of BS. Avoid them like the plague. For example: business theory, management consulting, business coaching, life coaching, psychoanalysis, self-help (not to be confused with self-improvement), crypto.

Fights to pick: mine and others

They say you have to pick your fights. Life is short, so you don't have time to fix everything.

These are the fights I have picked:

  • Traditional education system
  • Bullshit jobs (work, productivity, and effectiveness)
  • Bureaucracy
  • Business BS
  • Scientific publishing

Here are some fights I would pick if I have more time and energy:

  • War
  • Poverty
  • Plastics
  • Big Corp's nasty stuff (big pharma, big tech, tax preparation services)
  • Cars (vs. public transport)
  • Consumerism (fast fashion, cheap construction)
  • Animal suffering
  • Fossil fuels
  • Racism
  • Misoginy
  • Charlatans, windbags
  • Job interviews
  • Global warming (duh)