David Graeber

September 2nd, 2021 marks the first anniversary of the death of Professor David Graeber — one of the most important anthropological thinkers of our time.

Graeber’s 2017 work “Bullshit jobs” got a lot of traction before the pandemic. Yet, many had to experience the pandemic to concede to its validity:

He titled his book “Bullshit jobs” because the productivity benefits of automation have not led to a 15-hour workweek, as predicted by economist John Maynard…


As long as the people of Afghanistan can be guaranteed access to education and the Internet, the local aesthetics (e.g. burqa) are irrelevant

So, the West’s direct presence in Afghanistan has failed to modernize it.

Our failure to communicate a glocal flavor of capitalism and women’s equality can be paralleled with the Soviets’ failure to establish their version of communism and equality.

In the previous article, a NATO security contractor near Kabul for…


Imagine yourself feeling safer in the wheels or the sides of a plane about to take off!
Imagine the rivalry between you and your threat! The enormity of the crimes (to be) committed by both sides.

As the days went by -and my sentiment subsided- I realized that I had…


Reentry-related aphorisms taken from the whole story that deals with Death, Reentry, Space and Work

Camel’s iconic Ice also requires a decent audio kit to be fully enjoyed. The engineering challenge to produce Analogue to Digital Converters to digitize the material as well as Digital to Analogue Converters to reproduce it (and still give to the audience the shivers that the original was giving) was enormous.


He: One cannot fully cover one domain by omitting the other. I mean, you cannot talk about Reentry without mentioning Death, Work, and Space and vice versa! Reentry presupposes a space where you re-enter, requires…


Death-related aphorisms taken from the whole story that deals with Death, Reentry, Space and Work

This Mortal Coil’s, “It will end in tears” contains the brilliant The Song to the Siren. Interpreted by Cocteaux Twins Elizabeth Fraser and Robin Guthrie, is one of these recordings that can justify any expense for a decent audio system.

On the occasion of Jerry’s death, I was checking my archive to share a couple of artifacts with Jeanne and Scotty. A mail came from Medium on an authors challenge on the topics of Reentry…


Work-related aphorisms taken from the whole story that deals with Death, Reentry, Space and Work

“Wish you were here”, is ideal for testing the accuracy of conversion of brilliant analog recordings into digital format. It always helps, to test with songs one is familiar too! Welcome to the Machine is an all-time favorite to test the sound’s “stereoscopic imagery” i.e. how the sound is placed in space by the equipment. We used this album to test Delta-Sigma DAC’s suitability in car-audio applications.

He: One cannot fully cover one domain by omitting the other. I mean, you cannot talk about Reentry without mentioning Death, Work, and Space and vice versa! Reentry presupposes a space where you re-enter, requires…


Space-related aphorisms taken from the whole story that deals with Death, Reentry, Space and Work

Coincidentally, Nils Frahm’s father was the artist behind the design of many ECM Records covers, such as the one for “The Legend of the Seven Dreams”. The gestalt-based design was our guide in learning design fundamentals for websites back in 1995

She picked the remote of the Hi-End Naim Audio set to replay Nils Frahm’s “Says”; he could sense her unease

He: One cannot fully cover one domain by omitting the other. I mean, you…


Part B: Thursday, August 5th, 2021, 21:34

The Legend of the Seven Dreams explains why I dedicated many of my resources to Hi-End Audio Equipment. Eventually, I settled with the British Approach (Naim Audio, LINN Products, etc.) and created one of the first websites on the web dedicated to audio fundamentals. Years later, I discovered that my hearing sensitivity was, by and large, due to my Asperger’s.

He picked the Naim Audio remote to reduce the volume of “Brother Wind” and said to her:

- On the occasion of Jerry’s death, I was checking my archive to share a couple of artifacts with Jeanne and Scotty. A mail came from Medium on an authors challenge on the…


One of the best documentaries on Afghanistan, detailing how and why the Soviets fails and explaining why most certainly we are going to fail too.

I will never forget my Afghan colleague and fraternal brother at Oxford, when we first met and asked him about the situation in Afghanistan:

“Dimitris, Afghan people do not resent invasions. We permit them, if not actively encourage them. I do not remember a time when we fought an invasion…


Wordpress comes with wp_get_nav_menu_items function that suffers from two major limitations:

  1. It is limited to depth 1 in determining the parent/child relationship
  2. It does not -directly- provide the information if a submenu item is a parent to another (sub) menu item

To overcome this shortcoming, the WP community has created…

Dimitris Vayenas

Ageing researcher of Theoretical Computer Science trying to model & quantify opacity based at Exeter College, Oxford

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