This weekend I have been to the seaside, on the border between Marche and Abruzzo. Going there has been painful but worthy. Painful because crossing the mountains between Tuscany and Abruzzo means driving on small hilly roads, climbing up to 800 meters. Worthy because it’s been a lot of fun. Read the rest of this entry »
Last night Daniele invited me and some more coworkers to have dinner at his family’s house. They live just outside Firenze, on the first hills of Impruneta. From their windows you can enjoy a breathtaking landscape over the valley. When you are there, in the middle of country and greenfields, it’s hard to believe that place is just 10 minutes from the city.
In their recent plenary session, EU parliamentarians have voiced their support for an open information society. A text adopted by a majority of the EU parliament to implement the Lisbon program of the European Community under the motto “More research and innovation – investing for growth and employment” aims, among other things, to send a signal to the EU commission, which is constantly expanding intellectual property rights to the benefit of rights holders. The parliamentarians countered that the concept of “Open Innovation” is the best way to increase investments in research and development and attain the Lisbon goals. In these goals, the EU Plans to become the most competitive, dynamic
economic area in the world by 2010. Read the rest of this entry »
Firefox is already a great web browser, and now they are very close to release the new version 2.0, expected by this fall. To celebrate this upcoming event, they decided to announce the world firefox day on September 15. If you can convince somebody to download firefox, you can have both your names listed in the next version. This is a great viral marketing campaign! Check out worldfirefoxday.com.
Yesterday my friends Emanuele and Marilena got married. Emanuele always lived in the countryside and even if he managed to become a professional engineer he’s still very proud of his origins. This is the thing I like the most in Emanuele: he’s so straighforward. After gathering all friends and relatives at his house, Emanuele led everybody’s car to the church driving a SAME tractor. It’s been a lot of fun. Actually they married twice, cause Marilena is waldensian and Manuele is catholic, so they held both ceremonies. Under the sun of July was impossible to wear a suit and quickly everybody took off his coat and tie. Then we moved to the restaurant, where a typically italian not-so-light-as-july-would-suggest several-hours-long lunch was waiting for us. I was sick (maybe hurted from frequent hot sun – airconditioned transitions) and had to leave at 17:30, while they were still eating the 1st round of 2nd courses. Congratulations Emanuele and Marilena! Have a wonderful life together!
Lately, every time we Europeans speak about international policy with people living in the USA, we always end up discussing on the same topic.
Usually we tell them that we care a lot for civil rights and sovereignty; that we see the USA as a dangerous country because of Guantanamo bay and all the laws they passed to cut civil rights in favor of security; that nobody is allowed to invade a foreign country not even when it’s ruled by a cruel dictator or there are false claims about unexisting WMDs.
At this point, instead of answering to the above claims, they repeat endlessly that UN is just a waste of money (but hey, they don’t pay that much anyway), a paralized agency that actually can’t do anything useful to contrast international terrorism, and we’re lucky because at least the USA do something, they defend themselves and the rest of the world.
Lagavulin 16 years old is one of the strongest single malt scotch whiskys out there. When you pour it, you can perceive the peaty aroma even while sitting one meter away from the glass. They make it on Islay, a big rock of peat emerging from the ocean on the west coast of Scotland, and it takes sixteen unhurried years of rest, kept inside casks on the sea shore, before they allow us to drink it in all of its glory. When tasting this great whisky you can feel a rich, deep, full, long sweetness pervade your mouth, slowly followed by strong peat and finally some hints of seeweed and iodine. I discovered it when I asked the barman for a smoky whisky at The Last Drop in Edinburgh. If they think this is a typical prototype of peaty whisky, then probably it is
Your speed limit is 30Kmh. It’s a restricted area and you can’t enter on workdays from 7:30 to 19:30, except that trucks can’t enter from 8:30 to 20:30 all the week, motorcycles non compliant to european standard CEE 97/24 can’t enter on workdays from 10 to 12 and from 15 to 17, cars non compliant to CEE 91/441 are always forbidden, authorized people for sectors B and C can always enter, authorized people loading/unloading can enter from 7:30 to 9:30. Read the rest of this entry »
We’ve paid our dues time after time
We’ve done our sentence but committed no crime
And bad mistakes we’ve made a few
We’ve had our share of sand kicked in our face
But we’ve come through
We are the champions my friends
And well keep on fighting till the end
We are the champions
We are the champions
No time for losers cause we are the champions…
of the world.
This morning me and Anshul left Firenze for a trip to Chianti. He wanted to visit a winery, so I headed myself to Greve. We stopped there looking for some information and to visit a famous wine shop. The tourist info office was closed on sundays and while we were leaving, Jessica, Kate and Lauren, three cute canadian girls, stopped us asking for info and how to get to some wineries. These undergrad students were backpacking around Europe and felt a little lost because they had reached Greve from Firenze on a bus but on sundays almost everything was closed. “We have no car, can we come with you?” Read the rest of this entry »