October 23, 2014

Crescia, how good!

I somewhat betray my region when I admit that between Piadina and Crescia, I far prefer the latter.

What can I do? The Crescia is more tasty and crunchy, very appetizing and filling. Try it with sausage and verdure cotte (that is herbs in pan), but also with grilled vegetables and cured meats of all kinds.

Where you can find it? Between Marche and Umbria, where there are (like Piadina in Emilia Romagna) different recipes depending on each town. 

In doubt, you should try them all. 

September 23, 2014

Worst scene - Edge of tomorrow

Edge of tomorrow is an honest science fiction film without peaks of genius, although it can be watched without too much suffering.

Too bad for the finale. If you forget the last few minutes of the film (those after the last temporal reset), which ruin a story that had ​​sense and pathos, then the whole film regains some point.

And with this we have checked the 'worst scene' stuff.

Now let's turn to Emily Blunt, really believable in the role of Rita Vrataski, a legendary heroine in the war against the Mimic.

Blunt, if you saw her in some interview, it's pretty nice and far from the typical star attitudes. But she seems always so gentle, inoffensive. In a nutshell, she wouldn't fit in a movie like this. Instead, she proved I was wrong.

Beautiful and charismatic. Elegant, self-confident and deadly in hi-tech armours battle in a film in which all other soldiers (Cruise included) seem to go around as they had shit in their trousers. Blunt holds up the scene ten times better than Cruise. It is not hard to believe that Rita Vrataski was responsible for the first victory of the humans on Mimics. Just a shame that she does not appear more.

March 5, 2014

Shopping in Hyperspace - SciFi thoughts

From the very first moment she saw the ad on MaxiNetwork, Cecilia decided that she would have stolen that spaceship.
It was so cute.

But above all, it was the only technology which could help to fulfill her greatest dream: the ultimate shopping session.

(no, you won't find it on Amazon)

February 12, 2014

Experiences of self publishing #1 - an unexpected help

This is the first of a series of posts in which I recall the experience of self publishing linked to the publication of the novel 8.23 volte l'anno.

This experiment immediately started to bring me lessons and interesting data. Maybe is a bit early to share complete data, but it's time to start writing about first experiences, impressions and hints of color.

So, let's begin with the first surprise. 

An unexpected help

Prepare your book, read it, read it again, correct it. You think it's ready. Quite ready, anyway. Publish it. At this point you expect, you imagine having to fight with other authors. Fighting like crazy to get the attention of two readers. Readers who are, in your imagination, enjoying a sort of mud wrestling.

Take a deep breath and think - Ok, let's do it for the knowledge. In the mud. -

And here comes the first surprise.

The first help. Spontaneous, unexpected.

The first to lend a hand are the very people with whom I believed to have crossed the blades. The other authors. The help is made up of little constructive criticisms, error reports, tips and links to my work. And small, but heavy, encouragement.

Not really mud wrestling.

Here are my heartfelt thanks to all the 'colleagues' of this new world. Especially those most talented and expert who didn't want to keep for them important tips and tricks.

The first lesson is: the community of independent authors is made up of beautiful people, and the competition is relative. There is room for everyone and, after all, they are all very aware of the fact that if the self publishing market offers something good, everyone takes advantage of it.

Cooperation instead of competition. That's nice. Yes, because the battle, the real one, is fought somewhere else. And we'll talk about it in future posts.

February 5, 2014

Science fiction kittens - Kittens vs Daleks

Some self-proclaimed web guru says that kittens, in short, make audience. And let the kittens be. But not any kittens. Science fiction kittens. So, for the topic 'kittens and science fiction', that's what happens when you put Daleks against kittens. Or kittens into Daleks.

December 30, 2013

A good sandwitch with northern flavor

Here is a sandwitch of northern flavors because, you know, Italian food is not only tomatoes, olive oil and pasta.

This is time for a Brettljause, an afternoon northern snack. My sandwitch is made with homemade black bread, speck and crescenza.

Black bread is made with rye flour, barley flour, oat flour, sesame seeds and sunflower seeds. It is a typical bread from the Sudtirol region, since rye flour seems to be more resistant to cold weather.

Even speck comes from Sudtirol, a region in which it's more likely to hear people speaking in German than Italian. Speck is a smoked crude ham. It is very aromatic, with intense flavor. I like it very much.

Crescenza is an Italian soft cheese with very short aging. It is produced with whole cow's milk, and comes from Lombardy and Tuscany regions. It adds freshness and softness.

Overall, this sandwich is very strong and caloric, suitable for cold and gray winter afternoons. I think it would have been ideal with a stout beer, but unfortunately I didn't have one at home.

Anyway, buon appetito !

November 19, 2013

P.A.W.S. (Prime Alien Watch Squad) on Kickstarter

Why backing P.A.W.S. (Top Watch Alien Squad) ?

Because it is a fun strategy game, suitable for children, with a very cute and cartoonish look, and because the idea of ​​driving the prettiest team for containment of alien invasions, consisting of bears, tigers and turtles, is particularly attractive.

There are still 22 days to the end of the campaign on Kickstarter. Can it make it ?