“The starry heavens above me and the moral law within me” Immanuel Kant – Critique of Practical Reason
What is beauty?
This is how Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English defines “beauty”: 1) a quality that people, places, or things have that makes them very attractive to look at 2) a woman who is very beautiful 3) a quality that something such as a poem, song, emotion etc has that gives you pleasure or joy 4) a particularly good quality that makes something especially suitable or useful 5) a very good, large etc example of something 6) beauty is in the eye of the beholder: used to say that different people have different opinions about what is beautiful 7) beauty is only skin-deep: used to say that how someone looks is not as important as a good character.
Beauty attracts and seduces us and it somehow gives us pleasant feelings like joy, but it’s also virtuous and it adds value to our world. What if something achieves the purpose it was created for but it’s not aesthetically pleasing? Continue reading “BEAUTY AND PEACE”
“Ok, so, who is the most important author of the last twenty years? Careful now, not the best, virtuosity is for the arrogant, the most important, the author who has sparked so much morbid curiosity that he became the most important?
-I wouldn’t know. I’d say Philip Roth.
No. Salinger. The most important film director?
No. Kubrick. Contemporary artist?
-Jeff Koons. Or Marina Abramovic.
Banksy. Electronic music group?
-I don’t know the first thing about electronic music.
You say Harvard is a good university! ( The word “Harvard” may impress people around here, but to an American, it means one thing only: decline.) Anyway, Daft Punk. The best Italian female vocalist?
Very good! Now do you know what it is, what the invisible red thread is that connects them all, all these most important figures in their respective fields? None of them let themselves be seen. None of them let themselves be photographed.”
Pope Pius XIII
Continue reading “The aesthetic of the concealed identity of the most influential artists | From “The young Pope””
The first five iPhones had the same screen size and they were designed to be comfortably held in one hand. Steve Jobs died in 2011 and he left projects for the following years. In 2012 the iPhone 5 featured a bigger screen, the 0.5-inch gain was obtained trough a taller screen. This meant that the 5 has the same width as the 4, and the one-hand usability was therefore mantained, the screen ratio changed due to the increased number of vertical pixels. So far so good.
Continue reading “One month with the iPhone XS Max and why I returned it”
And though time goes by
I will always be
In a club with you
In nineteen seventy three
James Blunt – 1973
Suggested songs for background during reading:
- Alphaville – Forever young
- Belinda Carlisle – Heaven is a place on earth
- James blunt – 1973
Some periods of our life are so above average to resemble a different existence. That exhilarating feeling of walking three meters above everyone else, of fulfillment and joy, like the world is revolving around us and our favorite music is in the air. It can be days, weeks or years for the most fortunate. Almost everyone has had or is going to have his. The Daft Punk would call it the “prime time of your life”.
Continue reading “Transhumanism |San Junipero and life after life”
THE HISTORY OF THE ROYAL OAK
It all started at Baselworld in April of 1972, then known as the Swiss Watch Show, when Audemars Piguet released what is now known as one of the most iconic watches ever. A new daring step in the watch world, a luxury steel watch with an integrated bracelet and a new daring design. Continue reading “Why I chose the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak over the Patek Philippe Nautilus”
“I am a 21st century person who was accidentally launched in the 20th. I have a deep nostalgia for the future.” FM-2030
Imagine this situation at an Hotel’s reception:
– Hello my name is FM-2030 and I have a reservation for tonight.
– Good morning and welcome, what is your name again?
-Ehm your legal name, the one in the documents
-Yes that is my legal name
Fereidoun M. Esfandiary changed his legal name because he thought that names can be connected with nationality, ethnicity and religion, thus restricting the individual freedom to live independently from its roots. It’s a tag that will always weighs on a person. FM are his initials but it can also stands for Future Man. 2030, instead, is the hundredth anniversary of his birth and he also thinks that, around that year, a singularity will occur. Continue reading “FM-2030 | The story of a Transhumanist”
Summer is the season best spent chatting with friends in a lounge bar facing the sea. Last summer I did exactly that; a Mojito, the scent of the sea breeze and the pleasure of meeting an interesting person.
“I personally don’t want to surrender to my natural instincts, I would like to detach from my body and live in a pure mental state in order to avoid the natural imperative of mating that degrades us to animals”. The seeds of the desire to transcend into a different being were already inside me, as this quote from the article about love and attraction testifies.
Continue reading “Transhumanism | A mindset for the future”
Unboxing a product is always a joyful moment of discovery and excitement. I’ve noticed that, regardless of the material they are made of, boxes get scratches, bruises and other annoying damages trough the years. Because of this, the product loses value both on the pre owned and the collectors’ market. Continue reading “How to unbox your favorite gadget”
In some situations the internal microphone of the iPhone or the iPad is simply not good enough. Do we want to take a nice video for the memories at the concert of our favorite artist? What about that cliff with a wonderful view in that super windy day? And that important lesson at University?
Continue reading “Christmas gifts | Shure MV88. External mic for iOS devices”
The light, it’s always about the light in photography, isn’t it? No matter what level we have reached, a better light gives us an hedge against a lousy photo.
Continue reading “Christmas gifts | Manfrotto Lumimuse 8 Bluetooth”
Our smart phone is a device we always have with us and that we use for an increasingly higher number of tasks. Sometimes we are limited by the fact that we have to hold it with our hands. A mini tripod is what we need to have our smart phones on the desk or other surfaces and continue with what we are doing. The Pixi is also perfect for our photographic needs.
Continue reading “Christmas gifts | Manfrotto Pixi, Red Dot Design Award”