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11 Italian Expressions that will make you emphatically spit your espresso

January 21, 2015 by Fede | 0 comments

From the creator of the acclaimed  8 Italian expressions having to do with poop (yep, that’s me!), here comes another dive into the darkness of the Italian language.

Delightfully vulgar and creepily truthful, this blog post is not suitable for pregnant women, minors or pregnant minors.

Here we go:

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To take someone by the ass or Prendere per il culo means making a fool of someone, joking or even conning somebody.

Usage Examples:

- So you don’t really own a boa constrictor?
- LOL. No, we’ve been taking you by the ass the whole time!
- Haha!

or

- The commercial says I’m gonna lose 20 Kg in two weeks!
- That must be a take by the ass, there’s no way something like that is doable

or

- I was out visiting my friend Micheal
- Really? Too bad that I’ve met Micheal and you were not with him! Do you really think you can take me by the ass like that?! Continue Reading →

Hair – A Tribute

January 15, 2015 by Fede | 0 comments

The internet knows things about you which you’re still not aware of. Anything you’ve ever shared, anything you’ve written while you were drunk or angry or in search of attention, is recorded and delineates a big picture of behaviours and thoughts that is bigger than your consciousness.

In particular, what the internet told me recently is that I speak a lot about hair.

In fact, it turns out hair is the topic I tweet about the most.

Hard to admit it, but that makes sense. I’ve always had a love/hate relationship with my puffy, untamable hair. I think it’s a feisty component of my look and (when it gets too long) it makes me stand out against my will. It’s what makes my shadow look like the one of a Playmobil figure and what makes my life motto “Every day is a bad hair day”.

On the other hand it’s also true that 30 years after my birth my hair is still right where it belongs. I’m gonna celebrate that by going down memory lane with a selection of tweets that the Internet is kindly harvesting for me.

 

September 3. 2013 – Porn Hair

September 10. 2013 – Lost Hair

 

September 12. 2013 – Wishful Hair

September 27. 2013 – Tribute Hair

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10 Best Records of 2014

January 3, 2015 by Fede | 0 comments

Last part of my records-of-the-year list. You can read the previous episode here.

Also, Spotify gently informed me that my most listened record of the year is New Found Land by New Found Land. I couldn’t put it in the list because it’s old, but I’m proud of every single listen. Go listen to it now if you don’t trust me!

#10   at best cuckold   avi buffalo

Does the fact that this record made it into the top 10 have anything to do with me having a crush on Avi Zahner-Isenberg? Probably not.

I listened to At Best Cuckold a lot, way more than I did with Avi Buffalo’s first creature. Its dreamy, long guitar solos drove me into imaginary make out sessions with Avi ZI – true – and made the whole thing sound like an alternative soundtrack to La Boum. But then the lyrics bind everything to the ground by adding something that’s dirty, modern and certainly weird (one song features the line “I’m a cheese ball on fire”…erm…ok).

Long story short: Avi Buffalo at its catchiest with expressionist music pictures of modern youngsters’ dilemmas.

Listen to: Won’t be around no more

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#9   the future’s void   EMA

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Best Records of 2014 —- #20 to #11

December 26, 2014 by Fede | 0 comments

Third part of my end-of-the-year best records list. You can read the second part here or jump to the top 10 here.

#20   el pintor   interpol

A solid, more than respectable record by a band that’s been around for more than 15 years and clearly hasn’t lost its charm.

Listen to: All the rage back home

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#19   atlas   real estate

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Best Records of 2014 —- #30 to #21

December 14, 2014 by Fede | 0 comments

Second part of my best records of 2014 list. You can read the first part here or go read the best 10 records.

#30   seeds   tv on the radio

Tv on the radio are back and give us exactly what we expect from them: nothing less and nothing more.

Also: best album cover of the year, hands down.

Listen to: Ride

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#29   benji   sun kil moon

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The Iceland Car Game

December 8, 2014 by Fede | 0 comments

A trip to Iceland is not a trip to Iceland without hours upon hours (upon hours) of driving.

Of course most of the time will be spent being amazed by the stunning scenery and wowing at phenomenal natural landscapes – duh!

But there will also be dull moments in which the sixth rainbow sighting in 30 minutes won’t look so magnificent.

The following game is exactly for those moments.

(click on the image to see a better resolution)

the iceland car game

Best Records of 2014 —- #40 to #31

December 6, 2014 by Fede | 0 comments

#40   muna   marketa irglova

Contemporary music doesn’t seem to be very much about Beauty (capital letter intended). It’s about self-expression or differentiation or intellectualism or pain or flashiness or experimenting, but rarely about beauty plain and simple.

Czech artist Marketa Irglova, as a response to that, seems like one of those people who enter the recording studio with the main goal of doing something that is precisely beautiful. And that can be ok, too.

Listen to: The Leading Bird

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#39   i remember everything   rivulets

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Have you met Bjork – my fourth day in Iceland

December 1, 2014 by Fede | 0 comments

Iceland is a weird, fascinating place that combines inexplicably  well the rootless force of nature with the solitude of men and some intriguing popular folklore .

At the end of my trip I was expecting people to ask me about the ongoing eruption of the Bárðarbunga volcano; about elves, trolls, hidden people and whale sightings; about roads and distances and temperatures. But the most recurrent question was one and one only:

Have you met Bjork?

Day number four. The first thing I saw after opening my eyes was my jacket, hanging outside of the first floor window, reminding me how our small gas accident from the night before hadn’t been only a dream.

Ouch.

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On that day we followed the north-eastern portion of road number one and went through a dry, grey part of the island.

You know, sometimes volcanoes decide to raise their voices, spit out their hot stuff and erase life all around.

That is pretty scary, if you think about it.

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We decided to take a detour on a secondary road in order to explore a more internal part. I don’t remember why we we did it, but I remember the road being so bumpy and annoying that we almost gave up and reverted our route.

But we didn’t. And in the middle of all that uncoloured nobodyness we found a town evidence of human presence in the shape of a church… Continue Reading →

[Infographic] Consequence of buying a blender

November 29, 2014 by Fede | 2 Comments

When I bought my first blender I was full of hopes and dreams about it.

I thought I’d become a new, healthier man who exercises regularly and asks his friends “Is this BIO? Oh, right, it’s not, you can really taste the difference”.

The truth turned out to be a little different than that.

infographic_consequence_buying_blenderI made this with Easel.ly

 What you want to happen

 

Becoming the new Gwyneth Paltrow

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