When I started reading Läckberg’s novels, I was almost immediately struck by the richness of their vocabulary.
While reading books in foreign languages (I am not a native English speaker) I usually keep a pocket-size notebook nearby, where I jot down terms, idioms and common sayings I am not familiar with.
These include both words I didn’t previously know and terms I had already found, but fell in disuse in my day to day usage.
Also, I keep track of brilliant metaphors and acute passages, in particular those concerning the understanding of people’s mind and behavior.
With the first book…
This is the result of my efforts in the last weeks: I curated, revised, reorganized, reformatted and assembled some of my most successful articles and contents into a single book.
Since most of my articles circle around math or science oriented topic (in a light-hearted fashion, at least so I hope), an almost natural choice for the title was “The Number Crumbler”, playing with the concepts of “number-crunching” and acknowledging I am only dealing with the crumbles of the real thing.
The book cover artwork is something you don’t want to design yourself. Really, there are better options than that…
In these days, Bitcoin is a major topic in small talk and deep geek-only conversations as well. You might have questioned how secure it is to use Bitcoins, or wondered why there are concerns about energy consumption and environmental issues.
It turns out that security is intimately interwoven with energy voracity, and part of the original design of this crypto-currency.
Energy consumption is in fact related to the computational difficulty in mining and transaction validation. …
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One of the many, too many, unintended effects we create in our environment has been ignored by us individuals and governments alike until a couple of years ago.
I am not talking about climate change, nor about other well-known pollutions.
There is a side effect of a side effect. Microplastics.
In the last century, plastics and rubber have been released into the environment by a score of sources:
Some pollutants (like noise and…
As you might know, I live in a small city (Udine) in Northern part of Italy. It is a cozy and friendly city, perfect to live in.
And even in such a small urban area, representing less than 0.001% of the world population, we harbor the seeds of the most dangerous ignorance. The kind of ignorance that is not blessed by any excuse, and cannot be condoned with a snort. It is the ignorance that wants to ignore and despises the horrors and the suffering that we -we as in humankind: you, me, and everyone else- endured just seventy years…
If you are used to wear a pajama or a night vest before bedtime, you might want to question a habit that has probably been part of your routine for decades.
If we think about it, we evolved into almost hairless beings (well, your hairiness may vary) and yet we live our entire existence with cloths on.
Like if we wanted to screw with evolution.
Night overdressing makes even less sense since we are living in the fabulous Global Warming Era, courtesy of our own inconsiderate species.
Some could in fact argue that we are collectively releasing megatons of CO2…
I have always been sensible towards impaired people, but today something clicked, because I happened to identify myself with him.
I had to stop and ponder, physically feeling what it means to live without sight.
Without the light of the Sun.
Without the bright red color of my daughter’s shirt.
Without the astonishment elicited by a rainbow in the sky.
I nearly panicked and thought life would be miserable.
But after some time I realized.
I realized that he was a happy person, probably more than I was.
And that he enjoyed life, definitely more than I did.
I don’t know about you, but one of the most upsetting events in my digital life was when I lost an entire hard drive worth of personal data due to a mechanical failure.
This happened around 1995, and for several years to come I lived with the constant fear of loosing again my digital history.
Of course I started immediately with a no-excuse backup routine, which involved weekly manual copies of the most important computers of my network.
At that time the technological bleeding-edge in the realm of storage solutions was the Magneto-Optical Drive. A now-forgotten technical wonder capable…