he more I live in the Netherlands (28 years now), the more I find the Dutch people quite endearing when it boils down to the summer and its temperatures.
The sheer concept of heat-wave is actually unknown to the Dutch vocabulary, though they have a word for it that is a literal translation of heat-wave: hittegolf.
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very now and then, I find myself doubting the concept of living on a planet inhabited by at least one (so-called) sentient species. It often takes no more than a few rounds of the prime-time news to seriously make me reconsider this concept of ‘sentient’.
Continue reading Where are we, and for how long…?
long time ago in a Galaxy far, far away… a very smart biped humanoid living on a small planet at the periphery of a spiral Galaxy, created what was bound to become a vast Empire, not only for its Galactic dimensions, but mostly because millions of other biped humanoids would be influenced by his creation.
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or the Sheldon Coopers among us, I want to make very clear that the title of this post is purely sarcastic
, so I hope I won’t need to hold up the “SARCASM” board too often.
For the others (the non-Sheldon Coopers among us), it should already be quite evident that I’m not a big fan of those Micro$oft mobsters who constantly try to push their OS down everyone’s throat. Evidence of my disinclination towards M$ can be found at least here, and here.
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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.
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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”.
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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.
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