my little journey through myself

There are several things I’d wish I was, mostly out of curiosity: what would my life be if I was something different than Italian? what if I had a six pack or if I was able to deliver a quick, fierce comeback discussing? stuff like that…

But if I actually have to name one thing I wish I was, I would say I’d wish I was more “creative”.

Don’t get me wrong: I have my moments and in my job I think I have a creative approach to problem solving, but to be honest I’ve never been the kind of guy with distruptive ideas, I will never be the one who creates the next facebook or invents a shiny thing that will solve problems or will change people’s life.

But that’s ok, I can live with it, I’m not complaining.
This was actually only a long and boring introduction to the post, which is a list of some I discovered in 2014 and worth sharing

  1. Real life is the game that — literally — everyone is playing. But it can be tough. This is your guide.
  2. Conserve the sound is an online museum for vanishing and endangered sounds. The sound of a dial telephone, a walkman, a analog typewriter, a pay phone, a 56k modem, a nuclear power plant or even a cell phone keypad are partially already gone or are about to disappear from our daily life.
  3. An illustrated collection of (sometimes violent) fables concerning the Art and Philosophy of software development, written in the spirit of Zen kōans
  4. “Literary elites love to rep Shakespeare’s vocabulary: across his entire corpus, he uses 28,829 words, suggesting he knew over 100,000 words and arguably had the largest vocabulary, ever. I decided to compare this data point against the most famous artists in hip hop.”
    Who has the Largest Vocabulary in Hip Hop? (Spoiler: Aesop Rock)
  5. Deep Dark Fears
  6. During 2014 I spent most time listening to “Olio, Benzina e Cherosene” (video on top) than anything else. I would assume because the mood of this song perfectly suited my “Hokuto no ken” manga reading time and in 2014 I dedicated quite some time reading comics on the tube

  7. Street Fighter: The Movie — What went wrong
  8. Every goal scored in the football World Cup, by minute
  9. One Band Have Worked Out a Way to Cheat Spotify out of Money
  10. World Cup YouPorn Traffic from Italy and the United Kingdom was down nearly 40% but started to increase sharply at half-time. Italy won the match 2-1 and fans there bucked the trend and headed back to YouPorn in droves to celebrate their win
  11. There is nothing. Solve
  12. 2014 was a rather bright year for Italian comics: Gipi’s Unastoria was nominated for Premio Strega, a renowned Italian literary prize, while ZeroCalcare’s Dimentica il mio Nome rocketeed to the top of the best selling books charts
  13. SpotiPi: a Cassette Player Turned Into Spotify Media Server
  14. Javascript community started dealing with growing up, some examples: Building a better node community, You have ruined Javascript and Generation Javascript
  15. a special mention to Monicelli, an esoteric language, come se fosse antani (sorry folks, this is pretty much untranslatable)