Facebook friends update: how to keep in touch in 2014

This post is for my Facebook friends. After thinking about it for a long time I decided I can live without Facebook s from january 2014 I will deactivate and delete my profile. If You are on Facebook, probably in this moment You think I am crazy. If You are not on Facebook, probably You think why such a big deal?

No, I am not crazy and neither this is a big deal. Anyway Facebook is the de facto way of keeping in touch for many people I know so that’s the reason of this writing.

If You live in Italy and we know each other, You know how to directly contact me and see each other. If You live in Italy and You know me but I probably don’t know You, You can continue to follow me. Both of You can use the following channels:

  • Blog: this blog is in english but You can also read my Italian blog; both of them have a RSS feed You can subscribe (just add /feed/ at the end of the URL);
  • Twitter: this channel is worth it for live event but I will try to use as a companion for my blog; I have two channel, one in english (lucaconti) ane one in Italian (pandemia): the latter is more updated than the former;
  • IMDB: You can see my favourite movies;
  • Goodreads: You can read my favourite books;
  • Slideshare: this is more professional but You could find it interesting anyhow;
  • LinkedIn: not a lots of update but if we know each other please add me.
  • Facebook page: I could continue to use my profile page for professional use, I don’t know yet.

Even without Facebook we can keep in touch, right? I think and I hope so.

All my international friends will receive a private message for some more news. I can’t see You as much as I would so You deserve a special treatment. Thank You all!

For any troubles, You can use this private form:

Definition of work

I don’t buy everything, but this is a very good reading.

My point is that there are two ways to think about work. One, is that work is what you do for the middle eight hours during the day and that time is pre-sold more or less for most of your life. All the other time is yours where you do things you like more. The other way to do is that you make no distinction and consider all the time in the day to be “yours”–you just actually like spending it on work.

via I Work All The Time — And That’s A Good Thing | Thought Catalog.

10 Science-Backed Ways To Be Happier

Happiness is easier than You think. This is one of few advices You can read in the article from Fast Company.

Staying in touch with friends and family is one of the top five regrets of the dying. If you want more evidence that it’s beneficial for you, I’ve found some research that proves it can make you happier right now.

Social time is highly valuable when it comes to improving our happiness, even for introverts. Several studies have found that time spent with friends and family makes a big difference to how happy we feel, generally.

via 10 Simple, Science-Backed Ways To Be Happier Today | Fast Company | Business + Innovation.

Intimacy on the Web, With a Cam

Surprise, surprise!

Must read article from NYT

The cam business, a kind of digital-era peep show, has been around for a few years, but as the technology has become better and cheaper, the concept of camming is proving well more than passing: it has created a money-making opportunity in a pornography business eroded by the distribution of free sexual content on the Internet.

Unlike prerecorded pornography, cam shows, which happen in real time, are hard to pirate. The traffic to the most popular camming Internet sites is substantial, with a handful of the top sites getting 30 million visitors a month, according to  Compete.com, which measures Internet traffic.

via Intimacy on the Web, With a Crowd – NYTimes.com.

Postcards from Manaus

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We can instantly communicate with everyone ion every moment around the world. I could send You a photo from my phone traveling by train and You can receive it after a few seconds sit on the beach 10.000 kms far or more. It’s a daily miracle and we don’t even think about it.

That’s why a simple old postcard, coming from the other side of the Atlantic after more than one month, hand written with love, could be very precious, more than You can imagine.

Thank You Ricky

Next stop: Guadalajara, Mexico

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My international job with Simplicissimus makes me a globetrotter. After going to Rio de Janeiro for Bienal do Livro and Frankfurt for the international bookfair, next month I will go to Guadalajara for the biggest bookfair of Latin America.

FIL is the largest and most significant publishing event in the Spanish-speaking world. Each year, we welcome over 20,000 book professionals from 43 countries, nearly 2,000 publishing houses exhibiting about 300,000 titles, and over 600,000 visitors during nine days. The Fair is also the largest cultural festival in America with over 600 authors coming every year

Thanks to a last minute invitation I will go there as a speaker:

The FIE is one of the most important events that FIL offers to attending book professionals; each year we tackle a different subject, and this year the forum is focusing on “Books and Reading: Changes in the Ecosystem.”
The forum will take place on Tuesday, December 3, and Wednesday, December 4. We would like you to speak on December 4 from 17:15 to 18:15 hours on the panel: “From Shelf to the Screen: Selling Books. Distribution and bookstores in virtual times.”

Isn’t it cool?

By the way, I am going there to select our next Mexico country manager. Simplicissimus is expanding quickly.