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Apr 3 2012

Ok… I actually forgot my blog

Giovanni

It happened: I forgot to update my blog for a log time!

I have no escuses… maybe a couple… but anyway who cares? Is what I write that interesting?

Anyway I’m going to start to update it again with my thoughts and experiences both about computer science and normal life, so stick around!

See you soon!


Oct 31 2011

I didn’t forget my blog!

Giovanni

Wow! It’s almost 2 weeks that I don’t write here!

I have really valid reasons: my hobbies!

I spent time watching my favorite tv shows: the new “2 broke girls” is really funny! “the big bang theory” is always pleasant!
Some new tv shows are really bad (in fact I think they have been cancelled: the playboy club and the remake of charlie’s angels: both have begun with a nice first episode and… well… that’s it!

Second hobby: Formula 1 2010 on my XBOX! I completed Valencia (totally dominated) and the scary Silverstone (good 3rd place). I’m working now on Hockeneim and I have only one comment: where is the beautiful track I used to love?!?! The current one is absolutely awful!

Third hobby: friends! I’ve been twice at the batting cages with some friends and I’m honest: I really like softball and baseball! It’s really funny!

What else? Well my real passion: programming! I’ve spent quite a bit of time working on my last assignment for the W3C course: I had to implement a web game and I made “hangman” for both desktop and mobile. The nice thing of this program is that it works offline! It has been tough but really satisfying!
I’ll post the link to the application and the code after it has been reviewed!

Be tuned!


Oct 17 2011

Apple picking

Giovanni

It seems to me that one of the favorite activities of the Americans during the beginning of the “fall” (or autumn, like my friend Paul prefers) is the apple picking.

For the second year I didn’t miss this occasion!

Honestly I don’t go to do it because I love it… I mean… I like it but because it reminds me the when I was a kid and I was climbing on the pear trees close to my grandpa’s vineyard .

Now I can’t climb trees any more: today I tried with success but I’m not good as I used to be!

Anyway… The apples were delicious and now I have almost 30 pounds of apples at home!


Oct 11 2011

At school… part #2

Giovanni

It’s a while since I begun my online course! Actually in 3 weeks I’m done!

How is going? Great! I know I don’t know everything about web programming, but this course is really opening my mind!

The great part is that even if it should be dedicated to mobile, there are so many good advices for general web developing that it will be worth even if I’ll never develop anything for the cellphones!

I think I’ll collect some good link and I’ll post them at the end of the course!

Be tuned!


Sep 21 2011

Bostonians, roundabouts, mysteries

Giovanni

The Bostonians (the Americans?!?!) have a weird approach with driving.

I mean… I come from Italy and I really know what “driving crazy” is!

Here in the Boston area people are much more polite when they drive. Also the traffic is much less intense than Europe!

People are usually not aggressive at all and also I started to loose my Italian attitude when I am behind the wheel: last summer in Sicily I was honestly scared sometimes!

So where is the weird stuff here?
Well… The problem is that here getting a driving license is perhaps too easy!

The consequence is that people don’t learn how to behave on the road and they don’t understand one basic rule: you are never alone!

Now the fact that they are extremely polite avoids most of the car accidents! I don’t want to think what can happen if a bunch of Italians start to drive like the people here but without any sense of respect like they do down there in Europe!

But there is one important exception: the roundabouts!
I totally understand that there are only few of them here in Massachusetts and probably even less in other states in the US, but I honestly don’t understand why so many people don’t know how to drive around them!

Come on! Don’t tell me that the problem is that there are no lights so people don’t have a clear idea of what to do! I refuse to believe it!

Guys, what there is of mysterious in a circular road with several other roads connected?

So I would like to ask the Massachusetts RMV to change the description of the roundabouts in the book they provide and to put the following simple two rules:

1- always yield cars already inside the roundabout
2- go around the roundabout counterclockwise!

That’s it! With this post I probably made many people avoid a car accident like the one I was almost involved tonight coming from the supermarket!

I’ll become a national hero! :-)