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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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corni di canzo con la neve

Povero illuso che ti fai una gita sui Corni di Canzo alla domenica. Se sei l’unico che va su con una bici da montagna, ci sara’ un motivo. Arrivi in cima, e scopri che e’ tutto un ghiaccio. Per perdere duecento metri di dislivello su un sentiero che zigzaga dolcemente tra i boschi ci metti un’eternita’. Scivoli e …

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Denver Boulder

Ho raccolto in un fotoset su flickr alcune foto scattate durante l’ultimo mio viaggio in America. Sono stato prima a Denver per una conferenza poi a Golden per una riunione alla Colorado School of Mines.

In mezzo, ci ho ficcato un weekend a Boulder che ero curioso di visitare, visto che ne parlano tutti come della capitale dell’outdoor …

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frozen the worst movie ever

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This is probably one of the worst movie I’ve ever watched. It is so bad that I actually enjoyed it. But the most incredible thing is that the three reviews that I’ve read, well they’re not so harsh on this piece of junk:

Emma Bell, in particular, really sells the terror of their predicament (…) I don’t …

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making the glif

The Russians Used a Pencil: Idea to Market in 5 Months: Making the Glif

I wish I had an iPhone 4 just to have a glif.

On July 11th, 2010, Tom Gerhardt and I had an idea for an iPhone accessory: a tripod mount that doubled as a stand. Five months later, customers began to receive our product, the Glif …

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snowboard the history so far

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I began snowboarding on the 13th of March. So far, I’ve spent a total of eight days on the board (spread on 3 weekends). In these eight days I’ve taken 8 hours of private lessons with two very skilled (and patient) instructors of the Val di Fassa Ski and Snowboarding school.

My last weekend, however, was the turning …

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notes at a work meeting

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Notes taken during a work meeting (Taken with instagram).

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tracking body weight

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I discovered this Withings wi-fi body scale after reading this tweet by Neven Mrgan:

My weight report for 2010: http://j.mp/eypTcB Executive summary: could be better, could be worse.

It sounds like a great tool to track your body weight: compare it to what I’ve done last year.

However, I doubt I’ll ever buy it. Too …

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snowboarding day 7

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Snowboarding, 7th day (Taken with Instagram at Alpe Lusia).

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dunbar number

150 friends (Dunbar’s number)

I have deleted my Facebook account a long time ago and I can confirm that I can live very happily with no Facebook around.

This article by Robin Dunbar (did you know about “Dunbar’s number” ?) is very interesting however. It does say that Facebook can be a positive thing. But it also says:

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about viral me

In this previous post I linked to an article that upset me.

It tells a story about these incredibly smart kids that waste their time and energy (and considerable amounts of brain, apparently) to build yet another ‘social’ things; Internet services that basically allow the user to shut their minds, do fuck-all (apart from taking a picture maybe), and in …

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dailybooth

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DailyBooth appeals to people who want even less friction than Twitter: Here, you don’t need to think of something witty or informative to say in 140 characters or fewer. All you have to do is take a picture of yourself.”

The Viral Me (via Instapaper)

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bob dylan

Somehow (twitter maybe ?) I’ve found the transcript of an interview to Bob Dylan which appeared on Playboy in 1966.

So1, I don’t know if Bob Dylan was totally out of his mind or if he was just playing crazy, but this 1966 interview is brilliant stuff.

For example, the interviewer asks if he’s selling out:

What …

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epica salumi e gutturnio

Domenica mi sono riposato dopo un intenso periodo di fuoristrada e ho partecipato con amici alla Epica piacentina. Penso che ad appassionati di bici semplici e scattanti, possa piacere piu’ una bici da corsa d’epoca che non uno di quei mostri moderni tutti curvi e in carbonio. Almeno, io me le sono gustate quelle bici, e sopratutto mi sono …

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the energy of a labrador

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It moves along at a vigorously restless pace, with the energy of a Labrador retriever off the leash, racing up to each person it encounters, pawing and sniffing and barking at every fragrant thing, plunging into icy waters only to dash off again, invigorated.”

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/10/10/books/review/Browning-t.html

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allenamenti 2010

Domenica 26 settembre parte la Trans-Provence, la gara che sto preparando da inizio anno. Ho curato sia il peso che l’allenamento, seguendo pochissime regole:

  • mangiare quel tanto che basta senza ingozzarsi; preferenza a verdure e insalate durante la settimana;
  • fare quanto più sport possibile, alternando nuoto, bici e corsa.

Da inizio anno ho fatto sport (attività sportiva di qualsiasi …

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Monte Bianco, 18-19 settembre 2010

Le previsioni meteo danno bel tempo per il sabato. Arrivo a Courmayeur alle 12, in netto ritardo sul mio piano originario che mi voleva pronto sulla bici alle nove del mattina. E, naturalmente, piove. Ma sono qui, due ore e mezza di auto, che faccio — mi tiro indietro ? Sicuro che prima o poi il sole …

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livigno pedaleda

Devo decidermi a scrivere un post sui miei allenamenti in vista della Trans- Provence. Ad esempio questo weekend ho fatto due gite nei dintorni di Lugano; la prima di 30km e 1000m di dislivello, la seconda di 55km e 1850m. Questa foto però l’ho presa a Livigno, durante il giro della Pedaleda, quindi non c’entra.

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it was unintentional

I swear it was unintentional. Second post straight after [this one where I blurbed about my next camera](({filename}2010-08-19-my-next-camera.md), and here it is, the GF-1 in my hands.

So how did it happen: I spent last weekend in Livigno for some mountain biking. On Sunday afternoon, half an hour before end of business, I went into a …

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yoga sketches

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Yoga sketches, detail #1.

I have sketched a series of yoga poses that I follow as a daily exercise.

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Page 3 of my yoga sketches.

I thought they might be of interest to someone else as well, so I’ve put them on this Flickr set.

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Yoga sketches, detail #2.

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Yoga sketches, detail #3.

Feel free to grab them, print …

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