Stefano’s Stuffs

Twit, Twit…

I’m trying in various way to understand the real power of Twitter and how to use it in a “pro” way. There are great difference of skill levels between novices (like me) and Twitter long-time experts: the use of some wonderful 3rd parties software, the right use of command like “RT”, “#”, “@”, the complicated netiquette of so short messages makes the things heavy like understand how to write in some late 90’s BBS/Chats.
The change of Twitter homepage (now is “Share and discover what’s happening right now, anywhere in the world”…With a recent modern minimalist webdesign that probably will overtake every type of internet layout in a few time) made me realize that the project behind this site is really big and complicated (and the authors know about it, because they say “We plan to build Twitter, Inc into a successful, revenue-generating company that attracts world-class talent with an inspiring culture and attitude towards doing business.”)and I don’t know how fare will it go at the moment.
In Italy Twitter is not really diffused now because a lot of people thinks about it like a “castrated” version of Facebook (a totally different site, fully of contents, advertising and images of your old schoolmates…But obiouvsly SO good, I give it a 9.5/10 score) or because, in simply words, it’s not so easy to understand the reason to use Twitter(and the new webpage surely doesn’t help a lot…:-)) but I’m sure that people has yet to discover it.

I’m trying in various way to understand the real power of Twitter and how to use it in a “pro” way. There are great difference of skill levels between novices (like me) and Twitter long-time experts: the use of some wonderful 3rd parties software, the right use of command like “RT”, “#”, “@”, the complicated netiquette of short messages makes the things heavy like understand how to write in some late 90’s BBS/Chats:-)

The change of Twitter homepage (now it is a colossal “Share and discover what’s happening right now, anywhere in the world”…With a recent modern minimalist webdesign that probably will overtake every type of internet layout in a few time) made me realize that the project behind this site is really big and complicated (and the authors know about it, because they say “We plan to build Twitter, Inc into a successful, revenue-generating company that attracts world-class talent with an inspiring culture and attitude towards doing business.”)and I don’t know how fare will it go at the moment.

In Italy Twitter is not really diffused now because a lot of people thinks about it like a “castrated” version of Facebook (a totally different site, fully of contents, advertising and images of your old schoolmates…But obiouvsly really good and powerful) or because, in simply words, it’s not so easy to understand the reason to use Twitter(and the new webpage surely doesn’t help a lot…:-)). I’m sure that people has yet to discover it.

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image copyright: Twitter Inc.

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July 29, 2009 Posted by | computer | , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

The Heretic Body

On http://www.casadeilibri.com I saw a very interesting book, “Il corpo eretico” (The heretic body) about a japanese performer/dancer that I didn’t know: Tatsumi Hijikata.
He reached Tokyo from the countryside and he found a city that tries to revive after the WWII; in this path he developed a type of dance named 暗黒舞踏 (Ankoku Butou – The dance of the darkness) explained with word like taboo, nostalgic, awful, grotesque, full of absurd environments and often performed in full-white body makeup. Hijikata became a sort of heretic who had a project about “body insurrection” and a point of reference for japanese intellectuals and artists of that time.

On the italian site www.casadeilibri.com I saw a very interesting book, “Il corpo eretico” (The heretic body) about a legendary japanese performer/dancer : Tatsumi Hijikata.
He reached Tokyo from the countryside and he found a city that tries to revive after the WWII; in this path he developed a type of dance named 暗黒舞踏 (Ankoku Butou – The dance of the darkness) explained with word like taboo, nostalgic, awful, grotesque, full of absurd environments, performed in full-white body makeup. Hijikata became a sort of heretic who had a project about “body insurrection” and a point of reference for japanese intellectuals and artists of that time.

poster Hijikata

Photo by Hiroshi Yamazaki, Design by Ikko Tanaka(C)1998

July 22, 2009 Posted by | Japan | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Break the 1%

Following this chart, Linux finally breaks the 1% wall regarding the percentage of different OS installed worldwide.
It’s nice but unfortunately it’s still really low!I’m pretty sure that during next years “Cloud OS” and web applications will have a lot of important in home and business environments. I hope in the future that all the OS will become unnecessary;-)  Imagine a sort of “Adobe Air” OS, where applications works at the same on every pc, without be worried about the maintenance and all the other stuffs…Could someone explain to me a thing: with supersolid Linux distros (and Ubuntu 9.04 is one of them!), with Win Xp still alive and strong (it’s like a phoenix after the diffusion of netbook) and a Win Vista absolutely usable, with all the wonderful enhancements of Snow Leopard (have you seen the new way for chinese characters input?!!)and with Google apps that do everything everywhere on every pc…WHO is interested in Win7?:-)

July 21, 2009 Posted by | computer | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment