Friday, January 31, 2003

Sometimes you just need to start afresh. Well, sort of.

It's not been a nice period for me, and I'm not just talking about last week, I mean it's been months, or maybe a whole year. My life's all messed up and I seem to have no clue of what to do with it. Yet, the moment I closed my blogs (and I decided to do so weeks ago, but didn't have the heart to actually do it until the other day), I started receiving messages from people I barely know, or, better, I've never met in person, who'd been reading my blogs all the time, asking me why I was doing that, if I was ok, if there was anything they could do or say to make me change my mind, if there was anyhing they could do or say to help me somehow. It really moved me.

Days later, I feel slightly better, my life is still a mess, I still don't know which way to turn, but I'm trying to sort it out, at least. The only down point of it is people I thought were closer friends to me just kept themselves out of it and didn't even call to check if I was ok. So, in the end, I discovered I have friends I didn't know of, and that the ones who I've been calling friends for ages, actually couldn't care less. You live and you learn.

I've been asked to keep on blogging. I'd love to, only I don't know what to type in here yet. I don't want to turn this space into a crying place, the last thing I want to do is burden people reading this blog with my boring rants on how life sucks. I wouldn't like to read a blog like that myself, and I also know I've been barely writing anything relevant in here in the last few months.

So, what to write in here? I don't know. Bear with me.

Wednesday, January 29, 2003

Due to personal circumstances I'm not willing to type in here, I'm afraid I have to close all of my weblogs.

Yup, all of them, even the Italian ones.

It's been nice to bump into you all.



p.s.: Davezilla, if you happen to read this, you're absolutely authorised to archive this one too into the fucked weblogs lot.

Tuesday, January 28, 2003

I know that even for people not living in Italy Gianni Agnelli's death has a certain relevance.
But it's not fair that his death obscured other three among the others:
Don Lurio - without whom "dadaumpa" would've never been invented;
Gil Cagné - without whom divas would've never known how to apply makeup;
and Francesco Trussardi - and I'm not going to comment on this, as his dad died in the same exact way only four years ago.

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Tuesday, January 21, 2003


Apparently, US newest ultra-secret (!) weapon is a microwave missile...


Once upon a time, there was this brand, Ecoverde, who made fertilizers.

Such a nice name, "Ecoverde", sounds so "green" (well, heck, "verde" actually means "green"...), it must be all natural stuff...cow's poo & similar...

So, thinking all the above, some farmers from Umbria called them to buy their environment-friendly products.

Bottom line: Ecoverde dumped toxic dross in their fields.

Monday, January 20, 2003

Are you ready to become Italian?

"Britain isn't Italy... yet - We love the food, fashion and football, but are we ready for Italian-style politics?"

(Clever article by Nick Cohen on yesterday's Observer, following the in-depth article on italian TV hell by Tobias Jones on the Financial Times from the other day...)

Said this, now something completely unrelated to the above: everybody please go to Gert's blog and congratulate her - she's getting married!! :)

Sunday, January 19, 2003


Foreigners (as in "people not living in Italy therefore not having to do with Italian journalists who think keeping a weblog should be their and their only prerogative"...) will probably laugh at us further more for what I'm about to type here...(as if this wasn't enough already, I mean...)

So...let's talk about "orgoglio-fuffa".

I know how to translate "orgoglio", that's "pride" for all you non-Italian-speaking people out there.

As for the "fuffa" bit, though, I'm afraid that's a bit more difficult. Anyways, let's just say in this specific case being labelled as "fuffa" means something like you're a "non-professional-writer-who-keeps-a-journal-who's-far-more-popular-than-others-kept-by-professional-writers-whom-therefore-grow-jealous-and-start-throwing-mud-at-them-not-just-from-the-net-but-from-national-television-and-paper-magazines-as-well".

Because, ladies and gentlemen, you thought all Italians used to do was eat spaghetti, bake pizza, play soccer and be a mafioso in their spare time, didn't you?

Well, you're bloody wrong.

Nowadays the national hobby is slag non-professional blogs. Yes siree.

Let's just say if Davezilla was Italian, and, lucky him, he's not, he'd be king of "fuffa".


Cos his blog is useless. No links to "useful news" (w00t? What was his post about Sesame Street’s Big Bird being kidnapped in Detroit then, if not useful news??), no pieces of "real journalism" (what about the Swallow the worm essay, though? Isn't that on the same level as, say, the Watergate files?), and, above all, bits of his personal life can be spotted here & there (awww...aren't him and Natalie just soooooooo cute?).

Apparently, he's broken all the "real blogging" rules, and so has almost anybody on my blogroll, therefore I declare him "fuffa". I declare them *ALL* "fuffa".

I am "fuffa" too. I like reading "fuffa" and being "fuffa". So what?

Italian journalists...

Do me a fuffaing favour, won't you?

So, the bottom line is: Spread the "fuffa gospel", people! Long live "Fuffa Pride"!!!


Official Fuffaography:

Brodo Primordiale
Luca Sofri's "commento paludato"
Quinto Stato
Fuffa Network
Loredana Lipperini's article on "La Repubblica"

Saturday, January 18, 2003

It's been a HORRENDOUS week.

Apart from the fact I've been ill most of the time (never, EVER going up on the Vatican's dome again!! caught laringitis cos of that!!! Richard, you read this? NEVER EVER AGAIN, ALRIGHT?), my living room's been occupied by the enemy.

Well, not literally - it's not Saddam Hussein, still it's been occupied until this morning by a friend of my mother's who's in permanent argument with her sons, fights with them all the time, and, last but not least, I also think she's a complete moron, but that's just my opinion...

Anyways, on Monday morning she left her house and rang my mom in tears (she's also divorced from her husband), telling her her sons were driving her insane or something. Right, said my mom, come over and have a cup of tea.

Cup of tea turned into 6 days of living room occupation.

Fair enough, I thought, she's so desperate, let's help her...

No siree.

She was almost driving all the four of us nuts in return. Cannot keep her mouth shut, even when I'm watching a flick - the other day I was trying to watch "Out of sight", but couldn't understand a word of what George Clooney was saying - alright, not much of a dialogue, I suppose, he's not, like, Sir Lawrence Olivier, but what the heck, I'm trying to watch a darn film! In *MY* flat!!! GET THE HELL OUT OF HERE!!!!!

She kept talking, loudly all the day and night, only shut up her big fat mouth when she finally went to sleep - and *I* couldn't sleep cos I was ill and kept coughing all night and first thing in the morning she even complained that *she* hadn't been able to sleep well cos I'd been coughing all the time....GRRRRRRRR!!!!

She's got two sons (the ones she's argued with) and a daughter who's almost as old as me and is the equivalent of a blonde Essex girl, if you get what I mean. DUMB. That's why she wants to become an actress on the telly, failing to understand she's i) already too old, ii) not pretty enough and iii) completely lacking of talent anyway (same loud, monotone, ugly voice as her mother's). Mom's friend keeps on talking about her all the time, also, even when everybody else couldn't care less and was talking of something else completely different anyway. She just doesn't care and brings back the discussion to her (talentless) daughter.

You just can't understand. Lucky you.

Just go through 6 days like the past ones I've had + then we get back on the subject...

Friday, January 17, 2003

Still here, still alive...maybe...hang on...

Tuesday, January 14, 2003

It's Tuesday, but who cares - even if I'm late it's time for PromoGuy's Monday Mission 3.2!!!

1. Have you ever bought something you were so excited about and found out later that it didn't work? Were you able to return it? How did it go?
Not really, I've been lucky, most probably also cos it takes me ages to decide if i actually need something (do I need it? can I afford it? is is worth it?), so I end up only buying stuff I really need, and, until now, they've all worked alright!

2. I have a Palm (Pilot) for my date book and such, but have been thinking of jumping to the PocketPC world at some point. Do you have a PDA (personal digital assistant)? What kind, and how did you decide? What do you like about it? If you don't own one, do you want one or do you do better without such gadgets?
No, I don't have a PDA, and I don't know if I'd actually need it now...maybe when I become a really famous architect (no laughing please!!) I'll realise I need one, or, most probably, an iBook or something, but not now, I do alright with notepads and pencils at the, I already carry with me so much crap (specs, specs case, keys, mobile, digicam, and sometimes even a traditional cam, purse, several pens and pencils, at least a book to read on the train and/or bus, notebooks, folders with tons of stuff I need for work and/or university...) if I should add to that a portable pc as well, I could die on the spot!!

3. What illness do you wind up catching more than any other?

4. Do you like going to see the Doctor (any type)?
I don't mind, but it's not exactly the same as "liking" going to see the doctor... ;-P

5. How about the Dentist? Do you like going? Do you go in every 6 months for a check-up?
no bloody way!!

6. Are you a "Dog Person" or a "Cat Person?" Do you think a person's choice tells you something about their personality?
have no clue, never had any pets - if one excludes my sister, that is!!! :-D

7. I've mentioned before how me and a buddy of mine have just let our friendship lapse. There was no disagreement, but we've hit that point where we have nothing in common anymore. My life has progressed and he is still living in 1992. Have you ever had a friendship that just seems to have run its course? Where there is just nothing there anymore? What finally happened?
I think that happened with *all* the people from my class from high school...we kept in touch for a couple of years after high school was over, but then just lost track...nobody really cared for each other, I guess.

BONUS: Do you want to see me beggin' baby? Can't you give me just one more day?
Can't you see my heart's been dragging lately, I've been looking for the words to say...

Pete Townshend Is Arrested in Porn Case

By ED JOHNSON, Associated Press Writer

LONDON - Pete Townshend, the legendary rock guitarist and co-founder of The Who, was arrested Monday on suspicion of possessing indecent images of children, police said.
Townshend has acknowledged using an Internet Web site advertising child pornography, but said he was not a pedophile and was only doing research for an autobiography dealing with his own suspected childhood sexual abuse...
(read more...)

Sunday, January 12, 2003

Just been to and it seems there'll be a "CASA II" in March 2003! YAY!!!!! :-)
ATTENTION!!! U2-loving architects reading this (if there are any...readers, that is.), go and check here!!!
This is what happens when you put your cds in the microwave oven...having known it earlier I would've made a lot of wonderful Christmas decoration with all my used data cdrs...will keep it in mind for next year!! :)

Tuesday, January 07, 2003


(anyways, where has my blogroll disappeared??)

Monday, January 06, 2003

PromoGuy's Monday Mission 3.1

1. What is one of your favorite things to wear?
A purple wool sweater.

2. Did you get any "dud" gifts for the holidays? Will you return them?
No, actually I'm very happy of what I received!! :)

3. Let's do a few "Best of 2002" thoughts. What was the best movie of 2002? Why did you pick that one?
"About a boy"!!! For two simple reasons: I liked the novel a lot, and I just adore Hugh Grant!!! :)

4. What world event of 2002 made an impact on you?
Joe Strummer dying, therefore ruining my birthday. No, seriously, I think it's been a year high on the terroristic alarmism front, and I'll always remember it for being the year when everybody's been the most tense and nervous ever.

5. What personal event of 2002 was the most memorable?
Did 2002 ever happened to me? Can't remember anything of relevance.

6. Is there anything in 2002 (decisions, relationships, purchases, etc.) that, looking back, you would have done differently?
Not really, I guess I've gone for the best choices this time.

7. Shine up your magic crystal ball and look into the future. What do you think will happen in your life in 2003? Or, what would you like to happen in 2003?
Graduation, graduation, GRADUATION!!!!!!!! :)

BONUS: Was it somethin' I said or somethin' I did, did my words not come out right?
Tho’ I tried not to hurt you / Tho’ I tried / But I guess that’s why they say every rose has its thorn... (haha I know this one!!)

Friday, January 03, 2003

kodak instamatic 33 (this one's made in england, mine's actually made in germany)

I have an old Kodak Instamatic 33. I think my dad got it before I was born, given the fact it was in production between 1968 and 1973. I just loved those square pictures, and took it along with me in a lot of school trips in the 80s and even in early 90s...until I couldn't fins film (cartridge type) for it anymore...*sigh*...

me... auntie raffaella & cousin annarita enzo & carola (my sister)

cousin gabriele (and yes, gabriele is a male name over here...) cousin annarita (gabriele's sister) cousin carlo

auntie raffaella (mother of gabriele & annarita) and cousin nicoletta (carlo's sister) carlo trying to kill nicoletta...

cousin angelo & cousin carlo uncle massimo and, erm, the one with the silver shirt is my mom _dancing_ on nye...

(well, actually just a few of fambly isn't that small...GOOD MORNING!!)

Thursday, January 02, 2003

Me is back...will post pictures of the most boring holiday ever soon...