Saudade and Identity

Saudade is a deep emotional state of nostalgic or profound melancholic longing for an absent something or someone that one loves.source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saudade Portuguese is a language known for its intrinsic musicality (Important update: my friend Matteo pointed out to me that this it true for Brazilian variant only). When you listen to a person speaking … Continue reading Saudade and Identity

Merciless Time Management: How Managing and Aging Affected My Ordinary Life

In this previous post, I talked thoroughly about the efficient use of resources at my workplace. What I stated there is also true for the scarce resource par excellence, time. Being precious, I started to make careful use of my time several years ago. I wanted to manage my time as well as I had … Continue reading Merciless Time Management: How Managing and Aging Affected My Ordinary Life

Italienischer Militärinternierter (Italian Military Internee) — Part II

On September 1st, I received a message from Paul[1], an Italian-Canadian man who came across my blog while googling around to search for information about the history of his father. During his research, Paul found my article about the imprisonment of my maternal grandfather in the middle of WWII. Like my grandfather, Paul's father was … Continue reading Italienischer Militärinternierter (Italian Military Internee) — Part II

An Imaginary Trip to the USA — Chapter I: Introduction

Throughout the years, I have had the chance to meet several American people in person or online, with whom I have had numerous conversations. Often, we have talked about our respective countries because this has been one of the topics we have been interested in. We have usually asked each other a lot of questions … Continue reading An Imaginary Trip to the USA — Chapter I: Introduction

Ideas for a DIY Smart Home: How to Build a Simple LoRaWAN™ Network from A to Z — Part I

Important update (2019-06-02) After publishing this post, I received some relevant remarks from LoRaWAN experts who are active in the The Things Network community. The most important is the fact that the system here described is not based on a true gateway because my implementation is not compliant with the LoRaWAN specifications. Further issues: The … Continue reading Ideas for a DIY Smart Home: How to Build a Simple LoRaWAN™ Network from A to Z — Part I

Losing the Edge

Manager: a professional who achieves set objectives by organizing other people's work. Recently, I had an interesting conversation about management with my good friend, Matteo. Specifically, we discussed the role of the technical manager in modern companies. Matteo has a deep technical background and is a great engineer. Currently, he is experiencing a stage of … Continue reading Losing the Edge

Fascism Disguised as Oligarchic Democracy

At the beginning of May, I attended a conference in the wonderful town of Sacile. It was hosted by Professor Antonio Soligon, a retired teacher and writer who loves the city of Venice intensely. He talked about the Fondaco dei Tedeschi, a historical building that the oma.eu website describes like this: First constructed in 1228, … Continue reading Fascism Disguised as Oligarchic Democracy

The Art of Trading Off: How Engineering Has Affected My Ordinary Life

In this post, I talked about the creative side of engineering. Surprisingly, that is not the only one. In a nutshell, this is what engineering is all about: https://youtu.be/egWvQuT5TCU Simply put, you have to achieve a technical goal with a set of available resources (time, people, money, etc.) and within a deadline. That's it. Most … Continue reading The Art of Trading Off: How Engineering Has Affected My Ordinary Life