54 is the magic number

Updating my Couchsurfing profile I discovered I have visited more than 50 countries! The right number is 54. This is the complete list:

Afghanistan, Albania, Austria, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Bulgaria, Cambodia, Canada, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Egypt, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Israel, Kosovo, Laos, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Malaysia, Malta, Mexico, Moldova, Monaco, Montenegro, Morocco, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Romania, San Marino, Serbia, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom, United States, Vatican City State, Viet Nam.

What’s next? I would like to add Iceland and Russia to (almost) complete my European list plus a few more countries in South East Asia and Central America. I could do it in the next couple of years, maybe.

In my 2016 agenda I have only one international trip left, for now: New York City. I can’t complain, right?

we have only our screens as company

Locke is written and directed by Steven Knight, and I give him great credit. Yet I’m not sure this is what is commonly meant by the film of a director, or auteur. Its authorship and ownership owe so much to Hardy (it was the film that established him, beyond Bronson or The Dark Knight Rises, as a major figure), but it also springs from the technology of automobiles, recording instruments, and the subsequent solitude. No film I’ve seen in recent years is more eloquent on where we are now, and on how alone we feel. There is little left but to watch and listen. A great change has occurred: once masses watched a movie together; but by now we have only our screens as company.

First, I highly recommend to watch Locke.

Second, I agree with the last quote.

From: How to watch a movie.

It has been a long time…

Tomorrow I will start a new year. Why tomorrow? Because I have been busy traveling during last 8 weeks and now I back to business. After traveling in South East Asia I am back in Italy with many new friends, lots of good experince and more.

Fuck SEO, fuck business goals. I want this blog to be a open conversation with people I care around the world and people who care about me and my topics. I don’t care how many will read it. My goal is to write, day by day, a open diary about what I learn, what I do (in public) and how I improved my life and myself. Maybe it will not be daily, maybe I will blog more, who knows?

What I want is to reopen this space so we can have a conversation in a space that is completely mine, not Facebook, not Twitter, not anywhere else.

You are welcomed to jump in the conversation anytime You have anything interesting to add.

Gallery: A love letter to the planet

Amazing pictures from a great photographer.

ideas.ted.com

Ask photojournalists to name a peer they admire, and Sebastião Salgado’s name is sure to crop up. The Brazilian is renowned for the long-term projects he undertakes, devoting years at a time to documenting the story of a particular people or the evolution of a certain place. As he describes in the talk he gave at TED2013, his attention to detail and his personal attachment to his subjects caused health problems that nearly killed him.

Thankfully, he didn’t give up. His most recent project is Genesis, which he describes as “my love letter to the planet” and for which he spent eight years traveling the world to photograph humans, animals and nature in their native glory. (To read more details about Salgado’s process, see this rather lovely Q&A with TED photographer Ryan Lash.) The resulting black-and-white images include the astonishing shot, above, of a Southern right whale, which he photographed in…

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