Godspeed Sir Terry

“Why do you go away? So that you can come back. So that you can see the place you came from with new eyes and extra colors. And the people there see you differently, too. Coming back to where you started is not the same as never leaving.”― Terry Pratchett, A Hat Full of Sky (Discworld, #32)

“I meant,” said Ipslore bitterly, “what is there in this world that truly makes living worthwhile?”
Death thought about it.
CATS, he said eventually. CATS ARE NICE.”
― Terry Pratchett, Sourcery

“DON’T THINK OF IT AS DYING, said Death. JUST THINK OF IT AS LEAVING EARLY TO AVOID THE RUSH.”
― Terry Pratchett, Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch

“The whole of life is just like watching a film. Only it’s as though you always get in ten minutes after the big picture has started, and no-one will tell you the plot, so you have to work it out all yourself from the clues.”
― Terry Pratchett, Moving Pictures

…and thank you for all your books – all masterpieces.

Could you show me your antivirus?

A couple of days ago I went to the local shopping mall to buy something. At the checkout I gave my credit card and the clerk asked me for an identity document. This practice though somewhat annoying, is quite usual and is in place for protecting both the customer and the shop. Nonetheless, after what happened to Target chain I wonder if I would be entitled to ask them to show me their antivirus.Yes, put like that is just provocative, but I am giving them a very sensitive piece of information (actually one of the most sensitive and safeguarded), shouldn’t I be reassured that they took the most adequate measures to handle it properly?

ciao nonna

Grazie per essere stata con noi tutti questi anni, per averci fatto crescere e per averci insegnato, col tuo esempio, che aiutare gli altri non è mai troppo e che c’è sempre qualcosa di bello in tutti e in tutto. Ciao nonna.

Links

In these days when you want to share something you usually resort to a social network. Blogs are slowly going out of fashion.That’s bad at least for two reasons – there are plenty of social networks (well, no less than three) and they require you have an account to let you read my content.
Also I have many friend on facebook which I dislike most (every time I read some news about fb it seems getting closer and closer to the Evil Empire). Twitter is too brief for my verbose taste. Linked-in seems to be even more elitist than g+.
So here you are some interesting links I found about the matters that I have some interests in.

Ok, posted, now I’m going to push the link to this post into all social networks.

Engineering

Engineering … it is a great profession. There is the fascination of watching a figment of the imagination emerge through the aid of science to a plan on paper. Then it moves to realization in stone or metal or energy. Then it brings jobs and homes to men. Then it elevates the standards of living and adds to the comforts of life. That is the engineer’s high privilege.[[Herbert Hoover, 31st president of the United States.]
Thanks to Jack Ganssle and the Embedded Muse for quoting this first.

Week-end Effectiveness Degree

(English follows)

Grado Nome Descrizione
0 Nullo hai passato il week end a pensare ai problemi del lavoro. Il computer è già acceso e appena ti siedi ti sembra che il week end non sia proprio esistito
1 Debole appena vedi il computer ti ricordi di quello che stavi facendo venerdì, il week end è stato piacevole anche se adesso non ti ricordi bene di cosa hai fatto
2 Accettabile dopo un attimo di smarrimento iniziale riesci ad interpretare gli appunti che ti eri lasciato, un caffè e ritorni operativo
3 Buono indovini la password al terzo tentativo dopo il caffè, cestini gli appunti perché potrebbe averli scritti chiunque e non ti dicono nulla
4 Eccellente entri nell’ufficio sbagliato e non riconosci i colleghi,hai bisogno più di mezza giornata per capire qual è la tua scrivania
5 Totale l’automatismo mentale che ti permette di guidare l’auto fino al posto di lavoro in comodo dormiveglia fallisce e ti ritrovi davanti alla tua vecchia scuola
Degree Name Description
0 Null You spent the week end thinking about your job problems. The PC is on and as soon as you sit in front of it, the week end may have never been existed.
1 Weak As soon as you seat in front of your PC you remember what you were doing last Friday. Week end went fine, even if you couldn’t tell how you spent it.
2 Acceptable You feel at lost just a while, then you understand the notes you left for yourself. A coffee and you’re back.
3 Good You guess your password at the third attempt after the coffee. You throw your notes away because they are meaningless gibberish.
4 Excellent You enter the wrong office and fail to recognize your coworkers. You need more than half a day to find your desk.
5 Totale Mental mechanism that allows you to drive to your workplace in a comfortable half sleep fails and you find yourself at lost in front of your old school.

Escaped Brains Recall

I sympathize with Italians working in foreign countries. Also I have several friends that either by choice or necessity or both are now living and working far away from Italy. Also for a while, my wife and me seriously considered the option to relocate in Northern Europe.For this reason I am quite sensitive to the matter as one-who-would-have-loved-to-go-away-but-eventually-decided-to-stay could be.
I came across the Project for counter-exodus a while ago, I hoped it was a fade, but it came again and I find it upsetting.
The project consists in a law proposal for consistent tax deduction for Italians that after residing and working abroad at least for a couple of years decide to get back to Italy either as employee or entrepreneurs.
As many of Italian laws, this as well tries to solve a problem addressing (one of) the effects rather than cause. Italians go away from Italy for several reasons, most notably for widespread nepotism and patronage that locks out bright people from key roles in companies; for lack of advanced industries (videogaming just to name the one where my heart is); for low wages and then for a lot of minor facts ranging from pollution to politics.
I completely agree to facilitate the comeback of Italians so that all them could happily live where their families and most of their friends are. But this can be done by improving Italy for everyone, rather than grant special privileges to those who return. Why should I be penalized only because I didn’t escape? Just going to work in a foreign country is a sure grant of being a genius who deserves a special treatment? Why shouldn’t I deserve some sort of help in the nonsense jungle of setting up a company if I have a good idea with a sound business plan?
It is never too late to do the right thing and once in a while it would be nice if the problem would be solved the proper way once and for all.

Time doesn’t Age the Soul of the Dreamer

I found this though somewhat inspiring…
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La vita non è fatta per guardare indietro la strada percorsa, ma per sognare la strada ancora da fare. Non chiederti chi sei davanti allo specchio, non avrai risposta alcuna, semmai guardati dentro e scoprirai di non essere cambiato mai. Il tempo non invecchia l’anima di chi sogna.
(Giovanni Di Battista)

In English, it may sound something like:
“Life is not intended for looking backward to the road you went through, life is intended for dreaming the road ahead. Don’t ask who you are in front of a mirror – you won’t have any answer, rather look into yourself and you will find you never changed. Time doesn’t age the soul of the dreamer.”

(or maybe it’s just me getting old and liking suggestions that I’m not).