Monthly Archives: January 2013

Ho già un’idea per il voto delle prossime elezioni, tuttavia è comunque opportuno vagliare i vari programmi per vedere se altre campane offrono qualcosa di meglio. Certo che se poi non si vince risultano tutte parole buttate al vento.

 

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Bum bum bum

Come riconosci che stai invecchiando? Dalla musica che ascolti. Ero metal, poi ho scoperto il rock, ora mi sento più vicino al pop. Il rumore, il sound aggressivo mi infastidisce molto prima di qualche anno fa. Inoltre sento il richiamo della passata giovinezza, di quello che non provato: la musica house batte dentro di me, la dance è la mia nuova frontiera. Purtroppo sono fuori tempo massimo per frequentare discoteche e rave party.

Digevoluzione

“…i miglioramenti graduali dei prodotti alla lunga portano alla decadenza delle aziende tecnologiche. Perché in questo settore esistono i salti generazionali improvvisi, i cambiamenti non incrementali.” (Larry Page)

Se l’evoluzione a balzi è argomento di discussione e la Storia è una via di mezzo, di sicuro la storia della tecnologia è descrivibile solo in termini di balzi in avanti introdotti da singoli inventori di genio. La gradualità porta alla perfezione, spesso solo stilistica, ma non introduce nulla. È l’essenza di una moda, come la Apple, che per usa natura è destinata a morire sul medio-lungo periodo, soppiantata dalla prossima idea rivoluzionaria. Certo a volte ci vuole fortuna e proporre la propria idea al momento giusto: troppo presto e si viene presi per pazzi visionari.

In fondo Larry Page e Steve Jobs non sono così diversi, sebbene Jobs probabilmente non volesse ammetterlo, preso com’era dalla sua personale guerra contro tutto il mondo reo di averlo di “copiato”.

Star Wars

Guardare troppo il canale Focus fa male. Si diventa dipendenti come da una droga, dipendenti dalla mole di nuove informazioni messe a disposizione. Figrarsi cosa accadrebbe se avessi Sky e molti più canali di documentari. Perchè non posso non pormi delle domande, la curiosità scientifica è troppo radicata in me, qualunque sia l’argomento di cui si tratta.

Si parla di gravità, eccomi correre su Wikipedia a verificare concetti, formule e teorie. Dopo anni sono riuscito a capire il Principio di Galileo sulla caduta dei gravi, preso finora come un dato di fatto. È stato a suo modo emozionante.

Se si parla di UFO, e c’è sempre la serata Kazzenger su questi canali, mi chiedo sempre perché l’uomo non sia contento di essersi evoluto da solo a partire da cellule semplici. Perché tirare in ballo alieni ed esperimenti di manipolazione genetica? Ma soprattutto, se dovessimo scoprire che quella è la verità, cosa facciamo? Io sarei per steminare gli alieni, muovere guerra ad ogni altra forma di vita aliena. Se conquistiamo lo spazio profondo che almeno sia solo nostro.

Il ritorno del Re (di Nubia)

Once there were four Brahmin friends. Three of them were scholars of scripture, while the fourth was illiterate. He was considered wise since he was the son of a Brahmin. One day the four decided to travel around the world to become rich.

They set out on their journey. They managed to earn a lot of money. One day, not long after they had set out, one of them was absent. The eldest scholar said to the other two, “Thank God he is not with us today. Now I have the opportunity to speak. We three are the great scholars, while he is illiterate. We have knowledge through education, while he does not. We can read the holy books and perform religious ceremonies, and he can only help since he can not read. Why, then, should we share our earnings with him?”

“I agree,” said the second scholar. “Let us send him away.”

But the third scholar was not happy with the suggestion. “No we can’t do that. We have grown up together. It is not fair to abandon him now.

Eventually the three forgot their differences and remained friends with the fourth Brahmin. Soon the four were on the road again to continue with their long journey. “We must stop all this wandering about in search of wealth,” though the fourth Brahmin. “We need to find jobs, and settle down.”

Soon they came to a dense green forest, filled with birds and the sound of other animals. The forest was known to be home to tigers, lions and cobras.

“I don’t want to go through the forest,” said the first scholar. “The whole place is infested with snakes and birds.”

“Well,” said the fourth, “we have no choice. I am sure the animals will be too busy to notice us at this time of the day. Just the same, we should move very fast and very quietly.”

They were halfway through the forest when they came upon a pile of bones beneath a large tree.

“Hey, look at that,” cried the first scholar, considered to be the most intelligent of them all. “Let’s use our knowledge and put these bones back together, to bring this animal back to life.”

“Oh no, don’t do that. You don’t know what it is,” said the fourth Brahmin.

“Why don’t you keep quiet and let us do the thinking?” said the third scholar to the fourth. “You are the always afraid of something, because you are not learned as we are. You had better sit back quietly and let us do the right thing.”

“All right,” said the fourth Brahmin. “If you are so determined to bring life into these bones, let me first climb up a tree. I do not wish to stand by and watch a ferocious animal taking shape before my eyes.” And, he quickly climbed up a nearby tree while the others stood and laughed at him.

“You are stupid and ignorant,” jeered the first scholar after him.

But the fourth Brahmin ignored them. He sat on a branch and watched in silence as the first scholar collected the bones and arranged them into a skeleton. The second one added the skin, blood and flesh into the skeleton with his mystical powers. The third was about to put life into the body when the fourth called from the tree, “Watch out. It’s the body of a lion. He will kill us all if you bring him to life.”

But the others only laughed at him. “You just sit there and watch the magic of our skill and knowledge. It is a great thing to bring a dead creature to life,” laughed the first scholar. “Only the learned can do so. You cannot understand the joy of mastering this skill.”

The three then proudly carried on with their work. But as soon as the third scholar brought the lion to life, it sprang upon the three and killed them all. After making a great feast of his foolish creators, the created walked away for a deep slumber beneath the shade of a tree.

The fourth Brahmin watched it all, and when the lion went away, he cautiously climbed down the tree and ran home. He told everyone what had happened and added, “It is not knowledge but wisdom that is great. Alas, my learned friends did not understand this, in spite of being so well educated.”

[by Esther Mary Lyons]