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paper to draw comics

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INTERVIEWER

What kind of paper do you use, what kind of pen and ink?

CRUMB

Well, I use the old Strathmore vellum surface paper, which is the best paper you can get in the Western world for ink line drawing. It has a good, hard surface. I have it mailed from the New York Central Art Supply in New York ...

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pinwide

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First experiments with the Pinwide by Wanderlust. I used it for a few shots last weekend, tried to use it as a normal lens during a bike ride from Milano to Lecco along the river Adda. I soon realized that pinhole photography needs far more care and attention to get satisfying results (for other unsatisfying results see also this flickr ...

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sense of relief

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I felt a sense of relief at his unshaven face and scruffy clothes. I have rarely seen a more disreputable bunch.”

— Ed Hillary (the Everest guy) about Eric Shipton (another great mountaineer and explorer), as reported in the fantastic 2-part history of Everest written by Ed Webster (Alpinist issues 26-27).

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packed onto a subway

Being packed onto a subway or a bus or even stuck in your car in traffic makes you feel like cattle, and that’s an awful way to feel. If you never want to feel like a cow again start riding your bike.”

Bike Snob.

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one does not ride

They don’t appear to enjoy what they’re doing. […] One does not ride, one trains.”

Bike Snob, about road cyclists and triathletes.

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fivefingers training run

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Fivefingers training run:

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legendary length

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I am known for the legendary length of my blog posts and e-mails. This stems from the engineer’s mindset of exploring every possible nook and cranny of an argument to make sure one has not overlooked anything.”

http://blog.tabini.ca/2011/04/writing-less-to-write-more/

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bari nel nostro cuore

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Bari nel nostro cuore” (Taken with instagram)

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Had a great day of riding last Saturday. Woke up at 6:30am, took the 7:39 train to Sestri Levante. Three hours or so, and then here I am in Sestri; cool breeze, warm sunshine, I started following the Superenduro signs. Here’s a few pics that sum up the day.

Sestri Enduro 2011 prove

Where all the special stages begin.

And PS1 ...

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tech bloggers and xkcd

Randall is one of my favourite authors. This comic here sums up perfectly my current feelings about tech bloggers (also read this rant that I wrote some time ago).

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links on this nuclear thing

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How the story went first of all: the Japan Syndrome, appeared on The Economist on March 15th.

Japan Does Not Face Another Chernobyl by William Tucker.

Radiation dose chart by Randall Munroe, inspired by this page written by his friend Ellen.

About Godzilla then, this is a must read: Japan’s Long Nuclear Disaster Film by Peter W. Kirby.

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hereditary genius

From “Secrets of a Mind-Gamer”, a fascinating article on a normal guy who becomes a memory champion:

In his 1869 book Hereditary Genius Sir Francis Galton argued that a person could improve at mental and physical activities until he hit a wall, which “he cannot by any education or exertion overpass.” In other words, the best we can do is ...

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calgary

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I would like to move to some place neat in the future, maybe a place where the outdoors are close and people are friendly and the quality of life is great (maybe everybody dreams about a place like this).

Vancouver seems to be that place, however it would be difficult to find a job there unless I change profession and ...

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making a really good coffee

Making a really good coffee

Interesting post on Scientific American, however this barista needs a reality check: a refractometer to make coffee ? I’d recommend a couple of place in my hometown (Bari) where baristas have no PhD but make the best coffee ever.

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Dopo aver visto di persona come va Andrea Bruno sulla sua Covert, e poi un’altro video che mostra quel matto di Brendan Fairclough sulla nuova Enduro S-Works — attenzione all’ultimo minuto del video, quando Brendan fa davvero una cosa esagerata!, davvero mi viene da chiedere se questa nuova razza di bici da enduro non siano il massimo che un ...

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A great article on Slate.com: taking inspiration from “King’s speech”, a stutterer writes about stuttering.

Some great insights, worth reading if you are vaguely interested in the subject (or if you have a friend who stammers and want to know what on earth does he think when he’s stuck on a word).

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english writers

I love tech bloggers such as Gruber, Brooks, Arment. Even if there really is nothing in common between me and those guys except for a generic interest in technology and nerdism, I still love their passion, the public interactions on twitter and instagram (true, sometimes their shots are not really worth much praise, but praised they are), and in some ...

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an app to store my passwords

What I was looking for: an app to store my passwords

I stuck with Lockbox Lite for a long time on my iPhone. Then I got fed up about not being able to have the same data available also on my two Macs (not to mention the stupid ads). So I started looking for something that had these features:

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finesettimana sulla neve

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Fine settimana sulla neve riassunto in tre foto.

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the net delusion

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In 2007, when he was at the State Department, Jared Cohen wrote with tragic wrongheadedness that “the Internet is a place where Iranian youth can … say anything they want as they operate free from the grips of the police-state apparatus.” Thanks to the exciting new technology, many of those freely texting Iranian youths are in prison or dead. Cohen himself ...

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