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La Vie des Autres

 La Vie des Autres is a German film by Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck. I think I saw it at a theater in Paris when the movie was released, back in those days when I traveled back and forth between my home country and the City of Lights. I do not recall a lot of the details…

Love of Life Past

Dante put it best than anybody: Nel mezzo del cammin di nostra vita mi ritrovai per una selva oscura, che la diritta via era smarrita. Age-wise, I am somewhat past Dante’s point of reckoning as he penciled the verses of his masterpiece and bought himself a ticket to literary eternity. Maybe because I am older,…

Spanish Flu Revisited

One of the most surprising things for me when COVID-19 struck was to realize that the major global health crisis that had preceded it, the poorly called Spanish Flu, over the years and decades that followed — and throughout my long existence — had gradually become a footnote in the history books. It was hard…

The Kindness of Strangers

As the world continues to navigate the first pandemic in over a century, summer is beginning to give a glimmer of hope as some countries begin to ease or thrust themselves into opening up their doors to business after over two months of moderate to full shutdowns. The art world is all but frozen, with…

Pythonize Me

Of late I have been coming to terms with the need to educate myself in programming languages. An almost declining fad nowadays is the infamous Python, which has become the not-so-new girl in town in my work environment since a bunch of young and enthusiastic data-oriented analysts have joined. Over the past few weekends I…

Of Fountain Pens and Typewriters

Among my many weaknesses is my unrequited love for fountain pens and typewriters.  After delving into some specialized websites, frequenting spaces where people go into their own soliloquies praising Clipper Smith Coronas or debating the superiority of German-made machines, I thought I’d blog about them a bit myself too.  Unlike typewriters, fountain pens can offer…

Love Me Do

Love Me Do was the debut single by The Beatles, backed by P. S. I Love You. Released in October 1962, it peaked at number 17. This is what the search for the title of this post yields when you look up the title. Enough information for me and what I am looking to do,…

Ignorance is Bliss

So it was that, in the summer of pandemonium, the Northern Hemisphere — no longer remembering its own past — decided to move forward and confront the White Walkers armed with phony dragon-glass and an unbreakable spirit. The world had effectively entered the Paper Age, even more basic than the Stone Age. Centuries later, historians…

Meet Depressed

It is Sunday May 17th, 2020. The world is fighting the first massive pandemic it has faced in a century. Governments around the world are struggling to support not only their health care systems but their economy and their people. Some countries will hold presidential elections later in the year and some are stuck with…

Back to you, back to us

Amy Winehouse had a fantastic song named Back to Black, that I used to sing to back in the day.  It was another sad story of the love that leaves a bad taste in your mouth.  I have been out of reach from this forum for a while…let’s say roughly over a decade.  In the meantime…