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fonts on my blog

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Last time I wrote something about this blog, how I moved everything to Jekyll and modified the original themes.

Then Ian tweeted about that issue that I had with the fonts, that the blog looked differently when viewed on a PC or a Mac. And he also added that embedding fonts was easy.

So I looked around and in fact ...

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moving to github

Date Tags tech

If somebody would actually read these posts he’d start thinking something like “what a loser”.

Here I am, a fairly old git, waiting for his first baby, with too many things to do at work (and off-work), losing precious sleep hours to relocate his blog on GitHub.

And what the hell is GitHub, asks the non-geek. Well, GitHub is ...

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obree quotes

A comment on Italians’ ability to manage confusion:

the Italians broke the laws of physics and created instant order out of utter disorder and chaos. We were waved and whistled by the police, straight through to the start area.

About cyclists (especially roadies) shaving their legs:

In fact, it was based on sound principles of physics and human anatomy, where ...

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weekly snaps 1

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Inspired by Pindelski’s blog1 here’s my first collection of snaps, something that I’ll try to honour as a weekly appointment.

There will not be a common theme or anything like that, and I cannot promise to post new snaps every week (most of the times I have a feeling that it will be stuff from my ...

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open mtb maps

A short recap on how to build and install open mtb maps under OS X.

Essentially, a shorter version of the detailed instructions given on mtb-forum.it, written for my own convenience — but I thought somebody could find it useful especially to see the result of using different ‘styles’.

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hackintosh in a coma

I was very happy about my hackintosh, everything going smooth and easy… until it all broke down and I was left with no computer for almost a month.

And what was even stranger was that also Filippo’s hackintosh, built at the same time as mine, went down only a few days after mine. If computers were organic, I would ...

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flowchart of bike happiness

This is so good it’s a shame it lies forgotten in an old issue of DirtRag.

Source: DirtRag issue 145, october 2009.

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how a bicycle is made

A 1945 video on Raleigh bicycles, worth watching for historical reasons but also for something that the speaker says towards the end of the movie (around the 16‘45” mark):

[…] There are bicycles for all purposes, suitable for men, women boys and girls. A bycicle is a comfortable and cheap way of getting about, a great boon to men, ideal ...

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these tech writers (invettiva)

I used to love macstories.

It’s edited by a fellow italian who writes excellent english (unlike the rest of us), and it was a place to read reasoned commentaries that I enjoyed.

But lately, like most of the other tech blogs, it has changed to a collection of commentaries on brainless apps, such as: twitter clients, calendar and reminder ...

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my new mac is a hack

And so I have waited a long time for a new macmini to replace my old one1. Apple did have something for me in the store, which was the 2011 server version with Intel Core i7, but it was definitely too expensive (€1000 with 4Gb of ram and not even an SSD or a GPU?).

The reason why I ...

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photography in space

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If you have love of photography and are a dreamy nerd enamored of Asimov’s books, you really need to read this; it’s an account by a NASA astronaut about the daily experiences of shooting photographs in space:

http://www.luminous-landscape.com/locations/photography_in_space.shtml

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reading fiction is important

So true:

Reading fiction is important. It is a vital means of imagining a life other than our own, which in turn makes us more empathetic beings. Following complex story lines stretches our brains beyond the 140 characters of sound-bite thinking, and staying within the world of a novel gives us the ability to be quiet and alone, two skills ...

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iphone black and whites

I’m a believer now: with an iPhone (4S) and a nice cool application such as Snapseed, you can really get good shots. I hesitate to call them ‘artistic’ even if other people may do so. That’s not art to replicate the look of a heavily pushed Kodak Tri-X, but they are cool nonetheless.

I should write something more ...

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bologna

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A Bologna c’è troppa gente in giro.

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La cucina è quella semplice che a me piace; da Annamaria ho gustato delle tagliatelle buone come quelle che mangiai quando venni la prima volta qui, in occasione di un Motorshow assieme a Francesco (la sua fidanzata, poi diventata moglie, si chiama Annamaria, e sono sempre rimasto col dubbio in testa se ...

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Yesterday evening I had the idea of taking a few shots during this special edition of Critical Mass Milano (special because it was the 10th year anniversary). It’s carnival time too so I figured there would have been good photo opportunities.

But I have a huge backlog of photos to check, catalog and process, so the last thing I ...

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five months to go

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Guido gave me the idea with a link to this video by the Fleet Foxes. Giulia and I spent a weekend in the mountains and I quickly put together this little edit to show what we’ve been doing; walking in the snow, skiing and snowboarding, eating, breathing in fresh air.

And our daughter will arrive in five months.

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salviamo i ciclisti

http://www.rotafixa.it/?p=542

Mi piace, aderisco, che altro posso fare adesso? Leggetevi qui sopra la proposta, e guardate come alcuni originali vanno in giro a Milano per evitare tristi conseguenze.

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brainpickings

Ho scoperto un sito fantastico, di quelli che ti fanno riscoprire quanto Internet possa ancora essere fonte di meraviglie.

Si chiama Brain Pickings ed è come se fossero i ritagli di giornale che vorresti mettere da parte; parla di creatività, di scienza, di filosofia, di psicologia; parla di qualsiasi argomento interessi la sua creatrice Maria Popova, di qualsiasi cosa che ...

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un minuto secco

Ammetto che non mi ha un po’ scocciato questa cosa.

Intendo i risultati avuti su mtb-forum. Il fatto che né l’episodio 1il 2 abbiano vinto il titolo di video della settimana. E che siano stati premiati video che riprendono riding banale o che mostrano sciatteria nelle riprese o nell’editing.

Dovrei essere contento dei risultati visto che ...

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self filmed test

Ero in ricognizione a Montevecchia per studiare i percorsi da riprendere nel terzo episodio di “Winter Riding Milano”1. Avevo con me la Panasonic GF1 e il treppiede Gorillapod, cosicché ho deciso di fare qualche autoripresa.

Ero con la bici leggera, il percorso era tipicamente cross-country, il rider nulla di che; tutto suggerisce NOIA ma ho provato a tirarci fuori ...

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