La lunghezza effettiva della vita è data dal numero di giorni diversi che un individuo riesce a vivere. Quelli uguali non contano.


"Così parlò Bellavista" -- il camorrista
by momimio on YouTube

Luciano De Crescenzo (20 August 1928 – 18 July 2019)
Frasi di Luciano De Crescenzo
I like this cover.
I would say that maybe I like this cover a bit more than the original.

Tangerine Dream - Love On A Real Train (State Azure Cover)
by State Azure on YouTube

Tangerine Dream (Wikipedia)
Love on a Real Train (Wikipedia)
@Marshall Sutherland

Happy Birthday !

Stan Getz Happy Birthday
by Tim2muntU on YouTube
This Is Not An Atlas

For Map Lovers

This Is Not An Atlas (2018,, E-Book in pdf, 94MB) CC 4.0 (BY)

Not an Atlas?
We do not claim to present an all-encompassing, true-to-scale, and objective view of the world with the collection of maps, that are published in this book. Rather we follow the idea that maps are by no means just representations of reality. Maps articulate statements that are shaped by social relations, discourses and practices, but these statements also influence them in turn. Hence, maps (and atlases) are always political.

lotfi (ZAP)lotfi (ZAP) wrote the following post Sat, 13 Jul 2019 18:45:47 +0200
Very original and exciting project.

This is not an atlas


This Is Not an Atlas seeks to inspire, to document the underrepresented, and to be a useful companion when becoming a counter-cartographer yourself.

Thanks to @Manuel
Oliver Sacks, Postskript by Atul Gawande (2015,

Four weeks before Oliver Sacks died, I received a letter from him. In our all too brief correspondence, he never e-mailed. He wrote beautiful, longhand letters on heavy, cream-colored stationery with a blue fountain pen, the script slanting to the left. They were always peppered with cross-outs and insertions that gave a glimpse of his overflowing mind.

My Own Life (2015, Oliver Sacks, NYT)
Haakon Meland Eriksen (Parlementum)Haakon Meland Eriksen (Parlementum) wrote the following post Wed, 19 Jun 2019 14:41:00 +0200
I like this This Morning I Pray for My Enemies by Joy Harjo :-)

And whom do I call my enemy?
An enemy must be worthy of engagement.
I turn in the direction of the sun and keep walking.
It’s the heart that asks the question, not my furious mind.
The heart is the smaller cousin of the sun.
It sees and knows everything.
It hears the gnashing even as it hears the blessing.
The door to the mind should only open from the heart.
An enemy who gets in, risks the danger of becoming a friend.
Hello @Manuel   :-)
In your region it's already the period for Gazpacho or is it still too early?
And...what's your favorite variation?
For when it's hotter. The "gazpacho I make is very simple:
(For 2 people and 2 days if both people are moderate)

- A fat garlic
- One teaspoon of salt
- A green pepper
- A piece of cucumber (if you like; you can come the flavor in the digestion)

(To beat)

- Previous day's bread soaked in water (half a roll for example)
- Plentiful tomato, skinned and seedless.

(To beat)

- Two or three tablespoons of olive oil
- One teaspoon vinegar

(To beat)

And that's it. Add more or less water as you like thicker or less and stir with a spoon. You can accompany it chopping whatever you want: cucumber, hard-boiled eggs, ham tacos ...
Thank you !
Beyond Blades of Grass (2017, NYT)

In a world where the question often arises of what one person can do to resist, contribute or make a difference, here is an answer that begins right outside our door.

ManuelManuel wrote the following post Fri, 14 Jun 2019 18:46:59 +0200
Beyond Blades of Grass — The New York Times
I hadn't thought about it that way yet. There's a lot of truth in it.

The faux revolution of mindfulness ( 2019,

Stress, we are told by the mindfulness apologists, is a noxious influence that ravages our minds and bodies, and it is up to us as individuals to ‘mindful up.’ It’s a seductive proposition that has potent truth effects. First, we are conditioned to accept the fact that there is a stress epidemic and that it is simply an inevitability of the modern age. Second, since stress is supposedly omnipresent, it’s our responsibility as stressed-out subjects to manage it, get it under control, and adapt mindfully and vigilantly to the thralls of a capitalist economy. Mindfulness targets this vulnerability, and, at least on the surface, appears as a benign technique for self-empowerment.

...stressism to describe “the current belief that the tensions of contemporary life are primarily individual lifestyle problems to be solved through managing stress, as opposed to the belief that these tensions are linked to social forces and need to be resolved primarily through social and political means.”

thanks @Manuel  (here)
According to my experience, the effect of mindfulness is actually helping us behave in an active way rather than reactive. It helps to mindfully choose which road to take, instead of being enslaved by our own habits or even conditioning.
Then it's up to us to decide if we want to take advantage of it to understand how we relate to contemporary life (and eventually make a change)... or if we only need a simple technique to handle even more stress (following the expectations of contemporary lifestyle).
So mindfulness can be a stepping stone for personal growth as much as it can be the opposite. But the latter actually implies little awareness, so it couldn't be a good mindfulness practice :-) IMHO

Emma Stevens - Blackbird by The Beatles sung in Mi'kmaq
by Allison Bernard Memorial High School on YouTube

The International Year of Indigenous Languages is a United Nations observance in 2019 that aims to raise awareness of the consequences of the endangerment of Indigenous languages across the world, with an aim to establish a link between language, development, peace, and reconciliation. To bring awareness to this important cause students at Allison Bernard Memorial High School in Eskasoni, Cape Breton recorded Paul McCartney's Blackbird in their native Mi'kmaq language.
 Music  Kids
Good point!
Good ol' Jack Leopards
Impressive second painting!!
Why Cereal Has Such Aggressive Marketing (2016, TheAtlantic)

Ads by the chicken lobby may convince people to eat a bit more chicken, but an avalanche of Tony the Tiger ads can get tens of thousands of children to eat Frosted Flakes every morning for years.

Be vigilant. Breakfast is the most marketed meal of the day.

I Broke Breakfast (2019, TheAtlantic)

Americans eat a narrower variety of foods for breakfast than anyone else.
It doesn’t have to be this way.
chi è Arya Stark da bimba? :))
Starving Cancer ?


I think that this article reflects the current "state of the art" very well.

You Can’t ‘Starve’ Cancer, but You Might Help Treat It With Food (2019,TheAtlantic)

There is no single “cancer diet.”

In other words, a low-sugar diet could help combat some cancers, but it’s certainly not as simple as Cancers eat sugar, so low sugar stops cancer.

“It’s not ‘starving’ the cancer, but rather finding precise vulnerabilities that make metabolic therapies feasible.”

But focusing on specific patterns of eating will likely be part of many cancer-treatment guidelines in coming years.
Ho fatto dei progressi. Sto cominciando a leggere giornali (per esempio e ad ascoltare podcast italiani.

I finished my course It is basically the same version than my course from 1984 (!). I wrote the whole 105 lessons into the cards see this test version I am learning literally every day, sometimes 5 cards sometimes 40 cards, depending on what is due to learn.

It is still very hard to understand native speakers in the radio or talk myself. But I do not give up and keep trying.

Mi resta da completare, innanzitutto, la seconda ondata, la mia fase attiva!!!!


The new version in dev has fixed minor bugs in the UI. At the moment I am working on the permission settings.
Yes I remember our old conversations... How are your kids doing in school (languages)?
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Complimenti per il programma e i progressi in Italiano! Perseveranza e costanza  sono doti formidabili.
Ai miei ragazzi invece, pur avendo ottimi voti in Inglese e Tedesco a scuola, auguro di più queste capacità..
La preadolescenza è in piena evoluzione, alè alè !  :-)

ManuelManuel wrote the following post Tue, 21 May 2019 07:39:04 +0200
Publica o muere
El ritmo de la producción científica se ha disparado en las últimas décadas. Algunos estudios recientes estiman que hoy existen unas 30 000 revistas que publican al año más de 2 millones y medio de artículos científicos, con un índice de crecimiento anual de un 5 %.

La ciencia necesita tiempo para pensar: el movimiento que quiere acabar con la cultura de “publicar o morir”


La presión constante por publicar (el famoso “publica o muere”) fomentada por el exigente sistema de evaluación académico y la mayor competición entre el creciente número de grupos de investigación son algunas de las causas de esta sobreproducción de artículos y revistas. Por otra parte, hay que destacar también la aparición de revistas y congresos “depredadores” con las que algunos investigadores, ávidos por aumentar su número de publicaciones, intentan hinchar sus currículums con contribuciones científicas carentes de rigor y con una escasa revisión por pares.

Oras consecuencias de esta aceleración en la producción científica son el despiece de un mismo estudio científico en el mayor número de artículos posible (salami slicing”), el plagio y la publicación de resultados difíciles de reproducir o incluso erróneos, muchas veces debidos a la precipitación a la hora de publicar.

Publish or perish (Wikipedia)
ManuelManuel wrote the following post Tue, 21 May 2019 07:30:50 +0200
Lisboa orchestra
Un maravilloso concierto con los ruidos cotidianos de Lisboa a lo largo de un día. Un gran corto de
Guillaume Delaperriere

by Guillaume Delaperriere Studio on Vimeo
Harald KlimachHarald Klimach wrote the following post Mon, 20 May 2019 18:05:54 +0200
Ein schöner künstlerischer Film über das Leben, das Universum und den ganzen Rest...

Eine überschätzte Spezies | ARTE


Die Menschheit ist nur ein verschwindend geringer Teil des Universums und bei weitem nicht so einzigartig wie wir denken. Von den unendlichen Weiten des Univ...

Thanks @Oliver

Never seen before from this perspective, amazing !
Thank you for all your replies !
Usually, if I can and don't forget it, I try to give references for text passages and pictures. I do this mostly by a small star or a cross, like here.

When I first saw the picture today, I was formally sucked into it. I only knew to think where I was. Amazing !
As a teenager (12-13 years old) I saw Barcelona the last time. As memory remains only the good food, fragrances and the life, day and night, on the Rambla.
The post was intended simply to celebrate the beauty of the picture, no quiz.
Yes I immediately thought of the Sagrada Familia, but wasn't sure. Thanks Haakon :)