Category Archives: Literature

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Beautiful is better than ugly

Beautiful is better than ugly. Explicit is better than implicit. Simple is better than complex. Complex is better than complicated. Flat is better than nested. Sparse is better than dense. Readability counts. Special cases aren’t special enough to break the rules. Although practicality beats purity. Errors should never pass silently. Unless explicitly silenced. In the […]

Dead Poets

We don't read and write poetry because it's cute. We read and write poetry because we are members of the human race. And the human race is filled with passion. Medicine, law, business, engineering, these are all noble pursuits, and necessary to sustain life. But poetry, beauty, romance, love, these are what we stay alive […]

Right or Left? Authoritarian or Libertarian?

The Political Compass has an interesting test about being on the right, left, authoritarian or libertarian side. This is based on the distinction between the economic opinion (from right to left) and the social one (from authoritarian to libertarian). So, my political compass looks like this: Economic Left/Right: -5.12 Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: -4.26 So, it seems […]

Right or Left? Of the questions of this recurring…

A question of politics. A question of philosophy. A question of culture. A question of life. A new weblog is born. Right & Left is a collection of thoughts about the (practical) meanings of being conservative or progressive. Mau and I will take care of it. You just have to share your thoughts with us. […]

Oh me! Oh life!

O me! O life! Of the questions of these recurring, Of the endless trains of the faithless, of cities fill’d with the foolish, Of myself forever reproaching myself, (for who more foolish than I, and who more faithless?) Of eyes that vainly crave the light, of the objects mean, of the struggle ever renew’d, Of […]

Finland: Europe’s hero nation

Richard Lewis è un sociologo che ha scritto un libro sulla Finlandia chiamato Finland Cultural Lone Wolf . Lo scorso mese ho partecipato ad un interessante seminario organizzato da Deron Fuller, responsabile della Richard Lewis Communications in Oulu riguardo alle norme comportamentali delle persone a secondo della loro nazionalità. Al termine del seminario, Deron ci […]

Jonathan Livingston Seagull

A few years ago I started to collect the translations of the famous book by Richard Bach "Jonathan Livingston Seagull". By now I own ten different versions. Since I haven’t found anything similar in the net, I decided to create a list of the available translations of the book. In the list you can also […]

Seize the day!

Gather ye rosebuds while ye may, Old Time is still a-flying; And this same flower that smiles today Tomorrow will be dying. From the poem “To the virgins, to make much of time” by Robert Herrick (1591-1674)

Newspapers circulation in Europe

I found an interesting website called InfoNation which shows a huge amount of statistics of most of the countries in the world and also gives you the chance to create histograms. I was interested in seeing the newspapers circulation in different EU countries (I also put the US as a foreign reference). It seems the […]

Italian news in English

Italia: spaghetti, pizza, mandolino, mamma? Not at all. Well at least, not only. Let me clarify this (once and forever). I have never seen anyone playing a mandolino live. We Italians don't play mandolino (except maybe some old granpa in Neaples). It's not our traditional music instrument. It has never been. Spaghetti. Yes, we invented […]