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Friday, October 21st, 2011
12:08 am
From "Emptyage — Generation X Doesn't Want to Hear It":

Whatever. It’s cool.

Generation X is used to disappointments. Generation X knows you didn’t even read the whole thing. It doesn’t want or expect your reblogs; it picked the wrong platform.

Generation X should have posted this to LiveJournal.


current mood: cold

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Tuesday, July 1st, 2008
11:21 pm - On travelling, or not at all and on having a laptop (and actually accomplishing something with it)
So last night I was talking to my uncle in Slovakia through Skype and discussing buying a new computer. Me, I insisted not only that I wanted to keep buying a Macintosh (which he finds oh so weird and uncommon) and a laptop since I travel and move around a bit.

This got me thinking: how much do I really travel? Or to put it another way: how much have I travelled in these six months? And did I really need and use my laptop in those occasions?

Let's see:

In January I went to Milan for an Apple press conference then hoppe on a night train down to Pescara where on the day after I had the first Storie di Apple presentation. And on both occasions I needed and used my Mac, as I did in the following days to bring home the bacon, also on the return train.

In February I did it again (sans Milan) for the second leg of the Storie di Apple tour, this time to L'Aquila and then to work in the following days while at my parents'.

In March I stayed home, trying to begin in the best possibile way my allergy season.

In April was planning to go to Naples and do a longer trip but it didn't pan out: I travelled anyway to Abruzzo, to get the car we needed in April. Of course I didn't use the laptop while driving (...) but used it for the couple of days I stayed afterwards.

In May I took my Mac with me on Sunday to the MacDay in Casalecchio but really didn't use it and neither I used my iPod touch: there were people to meet and/or get reacquainted to! :)
On the 24th I wen to Milan for the MicroCamp happening and did use it a lot, also for my presentation on (search for " as a cms" on Google if you're interested)
At the end of the month I returned the car so i travelled once again to Abruzzo and used it while there and on the trip back by train (as usual) at the beginning of May.

So... what it amounts to? Well, I really needed it at least three or four times for presentations and note taking and also I used it during the obligatory 'buffer days'. Also now that I think about it I managed to do some stuff on the train, specifically starting and getting halfway through a translation of an english documentary on sampling (on the 'Amen' breakbeat if you're curious).
Do I need a notebook? Probably. Wouldn't a desktop computer home and using my mother's mac suffice? Maybe, but Im' not sure we wouldn't fight for it and I would be confortable. Also: I wouldn't be able to manage my email and jot down some texts and notes while travelling (the iPod touch is pretty much useless for that) and probably I would accomplish a bit more if I had a longer lasting or a second battery.

p.s. I wrote the most of this entry in the kitchen 'cause I needed to take a look ath calendar to check dates and notes. Try doing that with a desktop computer! ;-)

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Thursday, June 26th, 2008
12:26 am - Writer's Block: Choose a Power
If you could have the power to fly, be invisible, or teleport anywhere, which would you choose?

Probably the power to be invisible to or fly away from these idiotic 'writer's block' questions...

current mood: crrrrranky

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Wednesday, January 9th, 2008
3:33 pm - The (photoshopped) politics of fashion
The Politics of Fashion
Harper's Bazaar February 2008

Well, it's photoshopped (if you know what to look for, such as the different light conditions of merged images) but a good idea nonetheless and clever use of black and white (sepia actually).
Some are nicely done like the first with Obama and the last with Edwards.

(Note to self: always always always check the preview before posting)

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Saturday, November 24th, 2007
5:30 pm - Random cutesy picture #00309

I.e. "how I use my cellphone bought used in june on eBay that hasn't received or made more than 30 calls in 5 months"

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Sunday, August 26th, 2007
3:27 pm - Writer's Block: Time Travel
I found this question waiting for me:
"If you could travel back in time to spend a day with someone, who would it be and why?"

Since we're talking about time travel and I do happen to like his work the answer would probably be: "Kurt Vonnegut". Why? Because "so it goes". ;-)

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Monday, July 9th, 2007
11:30 am - Bunnybunny evolutions
So we have a rabbit (i.e. n3koch4n actually has it) called 'bunnybunny'.
And it grows. And changes.

As you can see it started with a very Hamtaro-like look.

But now, after the ears have flopped down and the rabbit has gained a few pounds, it looks incredibily similar to the Rowlf Muppet.

Only that it cannot play the piano (yet!) and it eats a lot. Really a lot. ;-)

current mood: accomplished

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Friday, May 25th, 2007
1:32 pm
It took me almost two months but I more or less managed to read Kurt Vonnegut's novel Galapagos.

I borrowed it at the (very good) local public library just after the writer's death, when they put a series of books as suggested readings. A couple of them were in the original english edition, i.e. not translated into italian.

GalapagosI picked Galapagos, which is one of those I haven't still read and, to tell the truth, I read almost entirely in the bathroom, one or two chapters at a time. I usually read during travelling but I didn't do it that much and when I did there were overdue jobs to do like updating my website. Last year I tried to read Bret Easton Ellis' Lunar park but got only so far as one third or half of the book.

Speaking about Galapagos with n3koch4n, who hasn't yet read it but who loved Slaughterhouse 5 last year (and then bought it as a gift to her mother), we concurred about Vonnegut's breaking most of the "rules" of storytelling and yet keeping the reader glued and entertained with his witty, sarcastic mix of fiction and opinions. In Galapagos, as in Slaughterhouse 5 he doesn't follow a linear structure, often goes astray, and frequently puts spoilers telling in advance what will happen or who will die or live, as if trying to put on paper all he can in as few pages as possible. Still, his books are not so short and this technique magically pays off thanks to his ability to depict the tragicomic and also the beauty of nature and human life in its various forms. Even if, as in Galapagos, they take unforeseen turns.

current mood: busy

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Monday, October 23rd, 2006
5:58 pm - Syndicated feed of my english texts
Since my account has been upgraded to Pro level for a couple of months I used the only feature I really found interesting and not available to the technologically unwashed, that is creating a LiveJournal syndicated feed from an outside source.

So I've created feeds to add to your friends page from most of the web sites I own and write for like MusicBlob and the new Storie di Apple).
Most of them are in italian (you can see the whole list on my profile page) but one could be of interest to international readers being a selection containing only the stuff in english from my website.

Here it is: nezmardotcom.

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Friday, September 15th, 2006
6:57 pm - Dear blogger
Dear blogger,

please do not write entries such as:

"I am taking a few days off and will be back on xxxxxxxx"

We do not care about your schedule.
Just go and in the meantime leave us something good to read instead of pub(l)ic announcements.
Thanks in advance.

Your sincerely


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Thursday, September 14th, 2006
12:31 pm - The Bianca situation
Since n3koch4n is away for a couple of days I feel I should do un update on our family's new addition, Bianca.

Her new mate Atari has been frenzily building the nest "padding" and I stopped giving him construction material just enough to see in the nest, which brings us to the news: there are two eggs.
The first egg has been probably laid around tuesday and the second around wednesday and lately both birds are more prone to stay in the nest (except when i come and check them out "publicly") with occasional exits by Atari who proudly chirps an struts around guarding Bianca who's inside.


They're taking turns.
I caught at least twice Atari tucked into the nest while Bianca's out feeding on the egg/milk stuff (and getting her beak incredibly dirty as usual).

I added a (crappy) picture I snapped of Bianca sitting on her eggs (now four) on saturday.

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Thursday, June 8th, 2006
3:01 pm - Video Culture Sale for technologically challenged people!
Just got back from the supermarket-mall-like-consumistic-conglomerate and alongside food we got a slab of ultracheap culture, mostly books and videos.
n3koch4n has bought 2 animation DVDs, Akira and Barbapapa, and 6 (six, count'em) VHS videotapes of a Hello Kitty cartoon made by Sanrio but:

  1. We haven't got a a VHS player

  2. We haven't got a TV

  3. She can't stand watching any video, movie or any moving picture for more than 3 or 4 minutes

Me? I bought me some cult movies on DVD: Forman's Amadeus, Jarmusch's Dead Man and Tarantino's Reservoir Dogs. Ah, and my Powerbook's DVD drive is broken. You could say "look who's talking"...

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Monday, May 29th, 2006
4:40 pm - The friendly walking monolith (from IKEA)
After recently addding two more libraries in the "dining room" (where actually we seldom dine) we now have two "spare" cd towers from Ikea (the infamous Benno ones) that are empty. One of them is being randomly placed around the house by me or n3koch4n.

Now, just to get the idea, imagine this:

in the middle of your room looking at you as some kind of monolith.

n3koch4n started by putting it in the study, cramped as it is and I retaliated by dragging it (albeit empty it's pretty heavy) all the way to the kitchen.

One of these days it'll end up in the bathroom...

current mood: accomplished

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Thursday, April 27th, 2006
3:15 pm - How the market works
I just read two unrelated posts which actually have a lot in common:
  1. Rob Enderle writing about Linux standing a chance (or not) on the "desktop" against Microsoft Windows.

  2. alg telling "how books make (or don't) money" from an editor's perspective.

cogWhat they have in common is that both have a pragmatic approach to the matter and are written in a clear and understandable way to the non-initiated: I always appreciated that and as a freelance journalist I value it even more.

They also give us a precious insight about the steps one (be it a publisher or a commercial Linux distribution) needs to take to stay in the business and compete and how the market works. This is another plus, be it from a possible commercial point of view but also from that curiousness about "how things work" that is shared by intellectuals, scientists and hackers, both technical or cultural ones.

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Tuesday, April 25th, 2006
9:16 pm - Let's CARB
Eat healthy, fight trends, love nezmar productions (r): proudly presenting a new bold campaign:

Fuck Atkins! Let's CARB (tm)

Available as:
web-suited low res GIF (128x128pixel wide)
printable compressed JPEG (300dpi RGB)
printable hi quality TIFF (300dpi CMYK)
printable PDF
printable EPS
printable SVG

p.s. Not suited for people lacking irony. Available only in mono. Do try this at home. Use under adult supervision. Patent Pending. Marca registrada. Vorsprung durch Ironie.

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Saturday, April 22nd, 2006
7:15 pm - You wait for the bus
Awesome: last summer and then again between december and january I spent days writing two long pieces for a major italian computer magazine.
Then, since they have rigid schedules, I waited almost an year for the first one (it was about using on your mac) to be published. And then - I just found this out at the public library this morning- they just went and published the second one the month after that, with almost no delay, more or less outmaneveuring me.

Now I need to start again writing two more articles we agreed on, which will suck any life out of me, just when other Magazine editors are also going to ask for other stuff. How do they say: "You wait for one bus, then three come along"...

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1:58 am - I'm gonna send you to outer (religious) space
stained glass window "When you're in orbit, which way is the Mecca?" asks the title of a digg submission which links to an interesting text exploring come concrete problems like "how can a Muslim astronaut pray five times a day when a "day" in orbit lasts just 90 minutes?"

It's an interesting question which is answered but makes you also really realize how -so far- culture and religion haven't yet been properly tackled in science fiction, removed from such mundane issues with the probably notable exception of some Cyberpunk authors. Cyberpunk gets a mention for showing us black rastafarians pilots who used to drive cargos in space (and listen to dub music, an exceptional intuition, but i digress).

Following this train of thought: what are the plans of the Holy See for space?
And the Protestant Church? Will there be space missions? And what about other religions? Can we also expect monks and hare-krishnas at space airports? Will the galaxy become the place for Holy Space Wars?

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Wednesday, March 1st, 2006
8:25 pm - More Bravo! Bravo! Bravo!
Remember the Bravo juice manipulations?
As I promised, here's more stuff, which we photographed before throwing out the packages:

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Saturday, February 18th, 2006
9:46 pm - 15 seconds of fame (part II)
I just realized (late) that on the 14th February I had my second moment of fame on the Net.

After 2004's glorious and wacky exposure as a "Word Refusenik" this Valentine's day it looks like I was cited twice by the renown A List Apart in their poll on what their (gentle) readers love and hate, in two lists aptly named "Valentines to the Web" and "Valentine's Day Massacre". :)

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Tuesday, February 7th, 2006
10:47 pm - Strange sounds
It's 22:47 and n3koch4n here at my side is blowing raspberries (?) into her laptop's microphone desperately trying to conoct a satisfactory sound wave which she will then use as a graphical basis for a logo for a web site (don't ask, it's a very long story).
Until now the sound waves she got were unsatisfying but on the other hand she successfully managed to copiously spit on the screen and even cover the border with saliva, after which she had to run for a paper tissue (poor, trusty PowerBook).

What can I say? Long live creative people! ;-)

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