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Older but not elder

Ian Fraser Kilmister was born today in 1945. So now he is SEVENTY. And still roaring through the world. Happy birthday, god!

ace of spades christmas

And one dirty joke:


Ritorno al futuro!

Uaoh, li ho appena visti sfrecciare fuori dalla mia finestra! 😀

Io comunque sto ancora aspettando le auto volanti. Vero è che mio padre mi disse che non ci sarebbero state, ma sapete com’è, la speranza è l’ultima a morire 😀

I’m still waiting for flying cars. My father told me that would not be possible, but you know, hope is the last to die 😀

*** – Ritorno al futuro Day

AVGN – Back to the Future 2 – TODAY IS THE FUTURE!

Nike Air Mag for real!

The Art of Dying

“Empty yout mind. Be formless. Shapeless. Like water: now you put water into a cup, it becomes the cup; put it into a tea pot, it becomes the tea pot. Now water can flow, or creep, or drip, or crash. Be water, my friend.”

“Like everyone else, you want to learn the way to win. But never to accept the way to lose. To accept defeat. To learn to die, is to be liberated from it. So when tomorrow comes, you must free your ambitious mind and learn the art of dying.”

Ember of Rage

Mobile Phones and the Stone Age

This video is part of a funny series of commercials where a smarter caveman helps others with mobile technology. And that makes me think. And When I start to think, I don’t know when, or where, I end up.

War began when a caveman took a stone and broke it on the head of another caveman. Also, techonology started when a caveman worked on a stone to make some useful tool for everyday life. Since the Stone Age, any invention made with every material could be used in two ways: the dangerous one and the helpful one. What I mean is that technology has always been full of risks and opportunities. Every new step in its development, in any field, brings some advantages and disadvantages.

Mobile phones are no exception. Today, life is based on communication more than in the past, so mobile phones are an essential tool not only on the job, but also in social relationships. Now we can talk to each other at any moment in any place – a big help in everyday life. On the other hand, mobile technology itself is making job much faster, reducing the time also when you are on holyday, and with time lenght, is reduced time quality too.

In the end, thanks to mobile phones, life is easier nowadays; but it is, probably, more stressful than in the past. There is no doubt, however, that now it is impossible to go backwards. It is our responsibility to find a proper way to use this technology: as said, it is a good tool as a stone during the Stone Age – we can use it to work, to feel closer to the people we love, or make it an improper weapon of mass distraction, to isolate ourselves from the outer world, to disturb others in public occasions, and so on.

Woah, this time it ended soon! 😛

That’s cinematic!

“The Temple” by flipation

Many movies have been based upon short stories: Total Recall (P. Verhoeven, 1990), a great sci-fi/action movie, was based on the short tale “We can remember it for you wholesale” by Philip K. Dick; and so was Minority Report (S. Spielberg, 2002), just to give some example. It is not the lenght of a story, but the deep work of imagination and suggestion that it can stimulate, to make a film adaptation possible. In the case of P.K. Dick, this is even mandatory – you cannot avoid the cinematic nature of his writing, of his cinematic descriptions, and the influence of his style can be seen in many films. Another tale, “Second Variety”, was adapted in the movie Screamers (C. Duguay, 1995), but to me it could be the real, original inspiration for The Terminator (J. Cameron, 1984).

In my opinion, H.P. Lovecraft’s “The Temple”, written in 1920, is one of this short cinematic stories. In a few pages, we read of the commander of a german submarine, who, during a war mission, kills his own crew and discovers a submerged temple, probably from Atlantis. The depiction of the circumstances – the relationships between crew members, the look of the environment, the discovery, the madness spreading on the submarine laying down on the botton of the sea, the misterious ancient submerged ruins, the strange light coming from inside the temple – is so clear, so well descripted with few words, that a whole film takes form and feels real in your imagination. This is such an exciting story that it would make a wonderful film!

…at least with a good, sensitive director: let’s face it – Lovecraft’s visions are hard to be reproduced. Some movies directly taken from his tales are not so bad, but the more the try to stick close to the original story, the more they fail. I loved, for example, Re-Animator (S. Gordon, 1985), but it takes many liberties from the original tale; on the other hand, a movie like Dagon (same director, 2001), more close to “The Shadow over Innsmouth”, feels somehow weak and poor to me. I believe that in the case of Lovecraft’s dreams and nightmares, the best approach is to take the sensations, atmosphere and feelings of his stories and put them in something, let’s say, “indipendent”; and the director who, from my point of view, took this approach in the best way ever, has been John Carpenter. In The Mouth of Madness (1995) is a masterpiece, a wonderful mixture of lovecraftian themes and elements; but also The Fog (1980) recreated the atmosphere of many of his dark tales, with something wicked seeking for revenge, inherited guilt, and incumbent doom from the sea. Even The Thing (1982), inspired to another short story, “Who Goes There?” by J.W. Campbell, has lovecraftian aesthetics. Yeah, Carpenter would be the best choice for the adaptation of “The Temple”, don’t you think?

Here’s a link to the text of “The Temple”

Metropolitan Factory

Friends, acquaintances, wanderers, welcome to my blog.

I’m studying english in order to get a certificate for my curriculum. I’ve already studied this language at school and, through the years, I’ve improved it by listening and reading music lyrics, books and videos on the internet. But, due to the lack of partners to talk with, I still have difficulties. Most of all, I think in italian and then translate to english, making many mistakes. So I decided to use this blog to make practice (on writing, of course).

Today starts a new category, “Metropolitan Factory”, where I’ll post only in english language. I’ll make exercises, such as writing formal and informal letters, compositions and articles; and, probably, translate some of the italian posts. Please forgive my mistakes! Any help is accepted.

About me and my blog – I started to use internet in 2002, on a forum about mangas and comics. Then I tried to make a blog, which was an attempt to explain to myself who and what I was, at that time; after few years, I abandoned the blog. Eventually, the hosting site (Splinder) went off-line, just when I needed again a space for communication: so I made this new blog, not too personal, a sort of experiment for “structural production of thoughts”. I called it Metropolitan Factory due to recent philosophical interpretations that see the new factory in the metropolis: both in a negative sense, as a place of exploitation extended to every aspect of individual life; both positively, as a productive environment of life and creativity – hence of new historical and social subjectivities. Also, I love the aesthetic of industrial implants (as the steelworks seen in the movie Robocop) and of modern large cities, their way of life, their “worlds”.

I worship critical thinking and despise the arrogant ignorance of whom scorns culture as a useless egghead’s thing. In the same way, I despise the conceit of those know-it-all, that don’t know they know nothing. My ideas and ideals are radical, but the time of ideological fury has gone. Be my guests and, please, don’t be aggressive if you don’t like something here: just turn the page and forget me. Thank you.