No, I’m not at the concert of Depeche Mode in Bologna, even if I would love to be there. Michele had bought a ticket for me, but I had to ask him to find someone else. In fact he had no problem, it took him 20 minutes to confirm he had found a back up. Read the rest of this entry »
So… last time I blogged was months ago. Back then I was in Brazil. Where have I been since then? No, I was not kidnapped in a favela. No, I was not out of topics. Actually, I had many things to write. Just for starters I traveled back and forth to Brazil, drove to Berlin, joined a gospel choir and sung in a famous theatre. The problem is, I just got sucked into Facebook. Read the rest of this entry »
This is post number one hundred! This blog was born 445 days ago, so on average I posted once every 4.45 days.
This is a great accomplishment, congratulations to myself. Started as nothing more than a joyful experiment and a way to improve my English, this blog slowly changed in something that I care for. My posts are still mostly useless, but maybe some of you will like them.
Yes, I know. I haven’t blogged in the last two months. Jessica asked for news and where I’m hiding. I’m happy she pushes me to blog more. Knowing there is somebody out there who cares for this mostly useless thing is a great motivating factor. Go Jessica go!
I was a bit busy working and traveling around and laziness temporarily won, but don’t worry, I’ll keep on blogging!
Of all the spam I received in my life, this is definitely the nicest. A mere few hours after I posted Caipirinha, a cachaça producer posted a comment with their recipe and a link to their web site. They have to have a robot connected to gogle alert and automatically scanning blog posts. Since this site is mostly useless, I decided to approve that comment even if it was spam, just removing the URL to avoid google bombing. At least this blog can be useful to somebody to promote their product.
UPDATE: there was no robot, there’s real people scanning the internet and posting comments! OMG, this is a lesson on marketing 2.0!
A friend of mine recently closed his blog because he fears his privacy would be violated. This makes me think. Should I do the same? Blogs are a wonderful and exciting media and can be a lot of fun, but sadly in today’s society they can scare people. This is probably because laws are not protecting our privacy enough, and all sorts of governments, agencies and private companies are scanning the web collecting personal information. In Italy there is a law that theoretically is very strict about privacy, but unfortunately it is very hard to enforce.
I found this article on EFF website very interesting, with lots of suggestions about how to blog safely. I’m not scared, but I’m adopting some of this measures anyway. Better safe than sorry.
I’m italian and I live in Italy, so why this blog is in english? No, I’m not a snobbish xenophile and I do care my friends can read my blog, but you know, nowadays more and more of my friends don’t speak italian while more and more of my italian friends do speak english as a second language. And I think it is a matter of fact that english is the language of the Internet, even if writing in the local language is perfectly OK. Last but not least, I like to practise my english and this blog helps me learn new words at every post. For example in this post I learnt the use of xenophile. OK OK, I don’t think I’ll ever use this mostly useless word again in my life, but then again… Now that I think to it, at work we’re adding a lot of stranger people lately. In our offices we’ve already gathered at least a dozen non-italian people and I really love to work in such a international environment!