his motto (Una Storia Italiana) adorns the fuel tank of most of the later models of the beautiful Moto Guzzi motorbikes.
Moto Guzzi is probably unknown even to the majority of motor bikers (not only outside Europe), most likely because its fame has been overshadowed by the more flashy “race” brands like Ducati, MV-Agusta, Aprilia and so on.
Anyway, Moto Guzzi (which by now has been absorbed into the Piaggio Group, though retaining its name and brand identity), has a prominent place in the Italian rich motorcycling history.
Continue reading Una Storia Italiana
hat in Heaven’s name has Shakespeare anything to do with Christmas?
Unless you have realized that I just replaced the original quote from Romeo and Juliet with the hideous festivity’s name, there is absolutely nothing that Shakespeare would have said about Christmas.
Continue reading O Christmas, Christmas! wherefore art thou Christmas?
‘m not inclined to talk a lot and often about things or people I dislike. Obviously, things and people who irritate me will have the undeniable honor to be the object of my tirades, sooner or later, but I’m not inclined to repeat myself ever so often.
After all, Napoleon said that “You must not fight too often with one enemy”, which he actually borrowed from Plutarch who, while talking about the Spartans, said (rather liberally translated from the original Greek text): “You must not fight too often with one enemy, or you will teach him all your art of war”.
As I see it, “talking too often about your enemy, only serves to empower your enemy”.
Continue reading Why I dislike Microsoft even more
uite a long time since my last post… must have been very busy.
And that has been, actually, exactly the case.
Continue reading Goodbye and Hello
he motorcycle season is barely begun (March 1st, officially) and I have already had enough…
Continue reading Audidiots, Volvorons and other beasts…
‘m not a nerd pur-sang. I actually started as a Dreamer, then an Observer and a Scholar, then Biologist and Photographer, later on Restorer and Carpenter, Refurbishment Technician, then Payroll clerk, CAD draughtsman, Quality Control person, ICT Support Engineer, Senior L2 Engineer and finally Operations Manager.
That is to say that I’m not entirely fond of modern technology, especially the kind that tends to bypass or even eliminate direct human interaction.
Continue reading Scotty…
ho said that architects don’t have sense of humor?
Well I know a few who have practically none, but their numbers would not be enough to define a statistically significant rule for the category.
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cronyms… What would the average John Nerd do without them?
For those who have no idea what the word “acronym” means, here’s what we’re going to talk about:
A word (as NATO, radar, or laser) which is formed from the initial letter (or letters) of each of the successive parts (or major parts) of a compound term.
Even some very common words that we daily see and use are in fact not real words, but acronyms.
Continue reading MCIB,DCNSA
ometimes, life gives us unexpected surprises, good or bad… or both.
A couple of weeks ago I heard that I was going to lose my job because the business was closing the Dutch branch of our organization (details are not important). That was the bad news…
Continue reading E chi non beve con me…
his morning, a little after 06.30, I was walking to take the car out of the garage and drive to my work when I suddenly heard the first Blackbird singing.
The moon was full and bright, the sky alight with its incredibly strong reflection.
The air was crisp (1°C, at roughly 52.3667° N, 4.9000° E) and the silence complete, while this Blackbird was whistling his first song of the season.
The phrases were incomplete, but whistled with conviction, so I immediately knew: spring is coming!