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August 31, 2006

Juliana is leaving the building!

And we're back in season with people slowly leaving Fabrica once again...

Juliana Loh our writer hailed all the way from Singapore, is leaving us this week as she concludes her one year anniversary and ending her contract.

Juliana Loh, Creative Writing Department, September 2005 - September 2006

What did you do before coming to Fabrica?
Special projects writer for a local fashion magazine

What's the plan now?
Back to Singapore. Or maybe to Shanghai. World of possibilities really, haven't got anything to lose.

Your most priceless accomplishment from the experience here:
Learning how to ride a bicycle and biking daily to and from Fabrica.

Your favorite part about living in Treviso:
Watching ducklings hatch in spring and grow over the months. As well as the good food, cheap wine and gelato!

Your least favorite part about living in Treviso:
I actually really like it despite all the little inconveniences.

Any last words for the Fabricanti?
I'll miss you lot! Thank you for being part of my Fabrica experience.


All the best and buon viaggio Jules!

Juliana left us her writings as a departing gift, you can download them here (right click + save as for the pdf): Courtesan, Broken, Sheets, and To the point

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Useful Stuff: Senuti


Apple decided from the beginning that the iPod would be a device where you could drop music into, but never take it out of it. I don't think that's fair. Neither does the author of Senuti.

Senuti is a simple application that allows you to transfer songs from your iPod to your computer. Simple and effective; it does what expected and it does it quick. Great!

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August 30, 2006

Kinkade, con artist.

Ha! That phrase just rolls off your tongue easily doesn't it? I've never understood the big fanfare of the self-proclaimed "Painter of Light," Thomas Kinkade, but I always thought it was because I'm not a Christian. (That and the fact that they range from very-boring to gag-me-please)


Well, now the FBI thinks he's a faker too.

"he FBI is investigating allegations that self-styled “Painter of Light” Thomas Kinkade and some of his top executives fraudulently induced investors to open galleries and then ruined them financially, former dealers contacted by federal agents said.


“It was a program of lies and deception, predicated on Christian values that weren’t there,” said Joseph Ejbeh, the Michigan attorney who tried the arbitration case."

via MTAA-RR and BB

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Tokyo for designers

PingMag has an interesting feature article on Setting up your own company in Tokyo as a foreigner, an interview with Ross McBride, a graphic turn product designer and runs his own design company in Tokyo, Normal Y.K.. He talks about what it takes to set up a design company there.

Normal products: Command Sit chair and Time Table:
Command Sit chair

Time Table

Check out the article

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Techno Tuesday


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Useful Stuff: Mellel


Who is next? Mellel for Mac OS X, a lightweight text editor. Microsoft has had his text editor Word available for macintosh as far as I can remember, but I always hated it. We don't get along. I just can't help it, there's always unexpected stuff happening when I start using it. It changes your typeface, it moves images around, page numbering goes crazy, etc.... The list could go on forever. I'm pretty sure I'm not the only one who is unhappy with Microsoft Word. A few years ago, when I found myself writing my final thesis at university, I knew that I needed an alternative... And I found one.

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Mellel offered me all what I needed. It is simple yet highly customizable if needed; so if you want fancy indexes generated automatically, custom styles, etc, you can get them. I started using it when it was still quite a "young" piece of software, and as updates came along through the years, its has become a very stable word processor. It even imports and exports from/to Word, which makes it easier when your colleagues are still stucked with it. Mellel is offered at 49$ (35$ student discount), and I am very happy I decided to spend that money.

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August 29, 2006

Useful Stuff: OmniDiskSweeper


Today, another must-have utility; OmniDiskSweeper for Mac OS X. This uility is meant to help solve a very common problem within computers... As we keep working on them, we create more and more files that we want to have handy. Eventually, no matter how big our hard drive is, we run out of space. The computer starts crawling, the hard drive starts making funny kr-kr-kr-kr noises, and we get impatient. It is a good idea to have around 25% of free space on the hard drive to keep it working at an optimium level. The problem comes when we have to erase stuff... Where do we start from??

OmniDiskSweeper solves this in a very effective way; when launched, it scans every directory in the hard drive and calculates its size, showing a browser with all the directory hierarchy and each folder's size. This makes it very easy to realize within a glance where the big files are, making the decision of what to trash easier.

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A candy for a death

(and now back to our regular reporting on art, design, and clever stuff)

Monument (If it Bleeds, it Leads)

Monument (If it Bleeds, it Leads) is an installation representing deaths reported in the news media as an ever increasing pile of bright yellow candy dropping onto the floor. The computer scans 4,500 English-language news sources around the world, looking for people who have been reported killed. Each time it finds an article, an algorithm determines the number of deaths, and instructs a ceiling-mounted mechanism built from Legos to drop one yellow BB per person.

Project by Caleb Larson. Check out the video and more pictures at the project's site. I would love to see this in person.

via Infosthetics and WMMNA

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Fabrica Insider News, episode one

It seems that every other week I introduce a new bit to this blog that I think may or may not happen regularly, this is one of those bit. If you find this blog inconsistent and unprofessional, it is all done in the name of 'communication research', whatever that is supposed to mean. I woke up this morning and thought we are seriously missing an insider-gossip column, so here we go:

Most of the borsisti seem to have arrived back at Fabrica after ferragosto, but no, it's 9 days later and we still haven't gotten our stipend for the month of August. There are minor complaints amongst the students, but no further damaging stories besides the couple who were stuck in Puglia and couldn't pay for their B&B. We've resorted to cooking dinner for each other in these difficult times.

Yang, a designer from China, up and left Fabrica unexpectedly yesterday though it comes as no surprise to anyone seeing that he was so unhappy here in the first place. Good luck Yang, we hope it all works out for you and we're sorry we didn't say good bye properly.

Work has somewhat resume, with no sense of urgency, but it's looming in the back of our heads as the big show at the Pompidou is to take place in one month's time. No one wants to think about the immediate future just yet. And some bosses haven't arrived back from holidays.

Grisha, our German graphic designer went camping in Scottland and was infected by ticks and is now resting in the hospital due to blood poisoning, reportedly he wasn't able to move some parts of his body. Get well soon, Grish, we miss you.

Besides Grisha, everybody else seems be getting some kind of fever around here. Not sure if it's post-vacation blues or just the change in the weather.

Mensa (our cafeteria) continues to put out not-so-desired lunch choices, we're hoping that it will only last until all the Italians get back to normal work operation. This could also mean that our server will stop going down so frequently because the Bentec people (tech guys) will be back at work.

Because it's early in the game, we have no reports of who's-hooking-up-with-who just yet. Juliana, our writer from Singapore will be making her departure at the end of this week, so don't forget to give her goodbye kisses!!

Thank you for tuning into Fabrica Insider News (FIN), stay tune for next episode, and don't forget to share your gossips.

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August 28, 2006

T-shirt: "I am not a terrorist," in Arabic

Xeni Jardin: Tim Murtaugh tells BoingBoing,
After reading about blogger Raed Jarrar's experience at JFK (he was forced to take off a shirt with Arabic writing on it or miss his flight), I finally stopped being depressed about the war on terror and began being proactively pissed off. I made this shirt, which says "I am not a terrorist" in Arabic. I plan to wear it every time I go to the airport from now on.
On the t-shirt site, Tim says: "All the shirts are set to $1.00 more than the Spreadshirt base price — all profits will be sent to the ACLU."

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Mad Hatter's Tea Party cafe

David Pescovitz: In honor of tea company Lipton's centennial, Japanese design firm Nendo was commissioned to create a cafe inspired by the Mad Hatter's Tea Party from Alice in Wonderland. The installation was built last month at the Ozone Living Design Center in Shinjuku, Tokyo.
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From Nendo's site:
We radically distorted the size of the long table and rows of chairs to heighten the room’s sense of receding depth, and did the same thing with the silhouettes of characters from the novel used as the pattern for the wallpaper. These details let us create a space that felt long and narrow, as though it was pulling in visitors. The scale of the installation changed just like Alice after eating the cake. We shrank some of the chairs so that visitors could barely squeeze into them, and enlarged others until visitors’ feet couldn’t touch the ground.
Link (via Sensory Impact)

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Useful Stuff: Adium

This is my first post (hopefully others will come) where I will talk about my most used pieces of software for Mac OS X. Little applications that make my life easier or more comfortable, or stuff that has amazed me somehow. Sometimes they will be shareware, sometimes freeware.

Today I'll talk about Adium.

Adium Logo

Adium is a free and open source instant messaging application for Mac OS X. There have always been many IM (instant messaging) protocols, like ICQ, AIM, MSN, Jabber, etc... With Adium, you don't need an application to connect to each service any more. You can connect to all the accounts you want simultaneously. That means you have a single contact list, that shows you all your online buddies, no matter what IM protocol they use.

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What I really love about adium, is its level of customization. You can configure virtually everything; the looks of it, its behavior, the sounds it produces, etc. You can customize it on your own, or you can get other people's favorite customizations, as it has a great community that has posted hundreds of "xtras" to build Adium after your taste.

Adium Screen2

It even has support for Growl. And it is, of course Universal Binary; so it will work fine with PPC and Intel macs. Adium, with its unbeatable price, is a must have.

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Video projects by Jeroen Kooijmans (via VVORK)


»Waiting« from 1999 is a permanent video projection in the public space of the railway station of Hoofddorp/The Netherlands. It consists of 2 characters, a boy and a girl who are waiting in 2 different places at the station every day. They wait the hole year: in winter in warm clothes and when it’s hot in summer clothes.


»Train Dance« from 1997 is a projection on passing trains in Copenhagen. »Maybe Marnixstraat« from 1998 consists of 2 video images projected from 2 driving vans onto buildings, cars and streets passing by.


»Guards« is a projection of miniature PS1 security guards inside PS1. All projects by Jeroen Kooijmans.

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Spinning in the dryer

I don't know how many of you would remember an episode of Beavis and Butthead where they put themselves in a drying machine and spin... and, you know, do that whole "heh heh heh heh heh" laugh. For me, that was hilarious. It was the one Beavis and Butthead episode I remember to this day.

This video brings me back to those days. Amazing what kids can do nowadays with a cam corder, google video and all...

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Theo Jansen + BMW

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How to really fight terrorists: Anti-terror

Cory Doctorow: Bruce Schneier has an excellent piece up today on how to really, effectively fight terrorism: anti-terror:
Another thought experiment: Imagine for a moment that the British government arrested the 23 suspects without fanfare. Imagine that the TSA and its European counterparts didn't engage in pointless airline-security measures like banning liquids. And imagine that the press didn't write about it endlessly, and that the politicians didn't use the event to remind us all how scared we should be. If we'd reacted that way, then the terrorists would have truly failed.

It's time we calm down and fight terror with antiterror. This does not mean that we simply roll over and accept terrorism. There are things our government can and should do to fight terrorism, most of them involving intelligence and investigation -- and not focusing on specific plots.

But our job is to remain steadfast in the face of terror, to refuse to be terrorized. Our job is to not panic every time two Muslims stand together checking their watches. There are approximately 1 billion Muslims in the world, a large percentage of them not Arab, and about 320 million Arabs in the Middle East, the overwhelming majority of them not terrorists. Our job is to think critically and rationally, and to ignore the cacophony of other interests trying to use terrorism to advance political careers or increase a television show's viewership.



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August 25, 2006

For Nara Fans and Collectors

Yoshimoto Nara In the Cloud

This pristine limited edition (150 sold out) signed and framed print "In the Cloud" from Yoshimoto Nara is available for bidding on eBay right now. Auction ends August 27.

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New York to get a shiny sculpture too

Anish Kapoor New York Times
(image from the New York Times)

Anish Kapoor is due to exhibit a large public sculpture at the Rockefeller Center next month.

At 52, Mr. Kapoor has become such a star on the public art circuit that many nations might compete for the privilege of having him embed a giant intestinal prosthetic somewhere in their countryside. “Cloud Gate,” the 125-ton stainless steel mirrored blob he unveiled last year in Millennium Park in Chicago, has been embraced — despite a cost overrun of more than $10 million — with near-rapture by Chicagoans, who flock to see their skyline in its polished surface and have affectionately nicknamed it the Bean. (“Let’s be frank,” The Chicago Tribune wrote recently, “the Bean is hot.”)

But Mr. Kapoor has never had a public-art presence in New York, despite his following and his longtime representation by the Gladstone Gallery in Chelsea. “Over the years,” he said, “there have been many opportunities to do things in the city that, for whatever reason, just haven’t worked out.”

That is about to change. Next month he will join a procession of artists that has included Jeff Koons, Louise Bourgeois and Nam June Paik, to be enshrined in the city’s center stage for public art, Rockefeller Center. “Sky Mirror,” Mr. Kapoor’s dish of highly reflective stainless steel almost three stories tall, is being welded and polished in Oakland, Calif.; it will make its way by truck across the country and be on view from Sept. 19 to Oct. 27. Its concave side will face 30 Rockefeller Plaza and invert the skyscraper in its reflection.

Article from the New York Times

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August 24, 2006

Straight 8

A beautiful super8 film, from Chris:

"Nat showed me today this beautyful Super 8 movie from a UK based film contest called Straight 8. Check it out:"

Click for the movie

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Sustainable Stylish Sunglasses

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Our sunglasses went overboard recently while cruising around Newport Harbor here in Rhode Island. Instead of trying to replace them with our usual standbys, we thought we’d do some research to see if there were any “green” ones out there first. We found several fabulous frames at Greenloop that we just love! Sustainable and stylish - those two words sound good together. Made from iWood, each pair of these sunglasses is handcrafted and made from the highest quality wood that is sustainably harvested. They are a tad on the expensive side, but the price is pretty comparable to other high-quality sunglasses. ::Greenloop

Now if we can just get a D&G, Prada, or Gucci logo on there...

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Tom Richmond’s inking tutorial

Hot off the heels of his colouring tutorial (previously on Drawn!), MAD Magazine’s Tom Richmond offers up a wonderfully-detailed and thorough tutorial on how he inks one of his illustrations. He explains the tools he uses, the various types of inks, how he holds his pens, how he moves his arms, cross-hatching, solid blacks — you name it! He even drops a few secrets of some of the older generation of MAD artists like Mort Drucker and Jack Davis.

Tom Richmond’s Inking Tutorial: Part One | Part Two

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Penis pump mistaken for bomb at TSA airport screening

Xeni Jardin: I warned you people. But you just won't listen.
Mardin Azad Amin found himself in a tight squeeze last week when security at O'Hare Airport discovered a suspicious-looking object in his luggage. So Amin, 29, handled the delicate situation this way: He told security the object was a bomb, Cook County prosecutors said. The security guard then asked Amin to repeat what he'd said to a supervisor. This time, Amin was chuckling as he spoke, prosecutors said. In fact, Amin was trying to disguise the fact that the black object -- resembling a grenade -- was a component for a penis pump. ...
Link to story. (Thanks, Baptiste)

Reader comment: Pedro Pinheiro (Peter Pinetree) in Portugal says,

I don't know the origin of the gentleman in question, but in some languages (such as in Portuguese, my first language), the word for "bomb" and "pump" is the same, thus perhaps the reason for the story.


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Mac geek time:

10 Mac Apps you may not know of…

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August 23, 2006

V for Victory

You'd remember that back in May, the Fabrica football team traveled from our bubble-land in Villorba to play in a tournament against other writing schools. And we won the Holden Cup. If you don't remember, check back at this blog post.

And now, adding to our randomly updated video podcast, we bring you the evidence of how the team won! This great clip is edited by Yianni Hill, one of the players.

Download video

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Italy offers troops for Lebanon

In a move that throws the spotlight on what other European countries will contribute to the peacekeeping effort in Lebanon, Italy offered on Tuesday to send as many as 3,000 troops as part of its offer to lead an enlarged United Nations force.

France had been expected to lead the force but has so far committed just 200 additional soldiers, far fewer than expected, leaving Italy seemingly in command of the situation. But the delay in putting together an enlarged force has heightened concern that the cease-fire brokered by the United States and France, which wobbled somewhat on Saturday after Israel launched strikes in the Bekaa Valley, might crumble.

With the exception of the response by Italy, the European reaction to a Lebanon force so far has been dismal, UN officials said.

Denmark, Sweden and Norway have not announced any formal troop contributions, but may do so after a European Union meeting on the issue on Wednesday.

"They've offered ships and frigates to police the Mediterranean," said one official, who spoke on condition of anonymity under normal diplomatic rules. "We need boots, not boats."

A UN resolution on Aug. 11 authorized a force of up to 15,000 troops, but already diplomats are talking of reducing that number substantially, particularly in light of France's refusal so far to commit more than 200 additional troops.

International Harald Tribune

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RyanAir: Airport security is like a strip-search

Cory Doctorow: RyanAir, the discount airline that's threatened to sue the UK government over new security procedures has posted this provocative image to its website: a crowd of naked people running away from their piled-up clothes, with the caption "New Airport Security Procedures Put the Fun Back Into Flying."

They're onto something here. If the existence of a plot to use implausible liquid explosives against aircraft creates a global war on moisture at the airports, imagine what a similar plot to smuggle a bomb up a terrorist's ass would engender. The war on moisture is bad, but it's nothing compared to the inevitable war on body cavities.

The terrorists hate our freedom, so by eliminating the freedom, we can stop the terrorists from hating us. Link (Thanks, Michael!)

Update: Eileen sez, " Looks like the outtake from a Spencer Tunick photo shoot."

but i'd hate it if i have to go naked in the rainy london weater...

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The Condom Collection

Here's a fashion you can't wear, or could you?

condom fashion

Brazillian designer Adriana Bertini created a collection of dresses made entirely out of condoms, they are on exhibit at the International AIDS Conference in Toronto. The message at the conference this year is to destigmatize condoms by turning them into wearable, making people more comfortable and open to talking about condom usage.

from Mainichi Daily News

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Which celebrity do you weigh?


Kind of cute and clever, this scale replaces the number on the dial with celebrity, historical figures, and popular characters. So instead of having to blurt out that dreadful number of your weight, you can say "um, I weigh as much as Chuck Noris, what about you?"

Available online for $35! Seriously, wouldn't this be a great gift?

Via Cool Hunting

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The Urban Forest Project

the urban forest project

"Design Times Square: The Urban Forest Project brings 185 banners created by the world’s most celebrated designers, artists, photographers and illustrators to New York’s Times Square. Each banner uses the form of the tree, or a metaphor for the tree, to make a powerful visual statement. Together they create a forest of thought-provoking images at one of the world’s busiest, most energetic, and emphatically urban intersections."

Brought to Times Square by AIGA, the project invited selected talents from around the world to put in their 2 cents visual statement about trees. The banner results, all 186 of them, can be viewed from the Urban Forest Project website. In September, New Yorkers (and NYC's tourists) will see these banners grace Times Square. After one month of showing, the banners will be made into bags and sold at auction to benefit student of the arts.

Omar Vulpinari, head of the Visual Communications department at Fabrica, was amongst the invitee. Here is his banner (click on it to view the big one at the UFP site):



(The banners on the graphic above are from left to right by: levinson tufano, volume inc, stilleto, and david katzenstein.)

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August 22, 2006

Babs 2 Brisbane - Taking a Stand on Air Travel


Say you live in Wales and one of your best friends is 10,000 miles (16,500 km) away in Brisbane, Australia. Futhermore you are a committed environmentalist working at the Centre for Alternative Technology (CAT), as mentioned here and here. Then said friend asks you to be a bridesmaid at her wedding. Do you ring and book a flight, when CAT calculates that the air journey will create 5.2 tonnes of carbon dioxide greenhouse gas emissions? Do do you opt for a land-based journey of six weeks, using instead train bus and boat, with a calculated 1.4 tonnes of emissions? If you are Barbara Haddrill you decide on the latter. You set up a weblog to record the experience (and promptly get right royally pilloried by naysayers.) We’ve had the same debate rage on here on TreeHugger before (see after the fold), but we tip our hat to Babs for acting on her convictions, and bringing attention to the whole issue of more benign transport. Obviously a wind powered yacht would win the prize, but decidedly less of those about since Australia stopped being a penal colony! ::babs2brisbane.blogspot, via ABC Online.

our fabrica hats also off to you, barbara. freakin hardcore.

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Berlin Ohne-Scheiss




Alejandro is an artist and graphic designer living in Berlin who's project is called "Berlin Ohne-Scheiss" which means "Berlin without shit", or "Berlin No-shit". It's goal is to use design to call attention to the increasing problem of dog crap in Berlin. It works by having people take figures out of at sticker poster and then place them around the dog crap to make people aware walking by that there is a danger in the front.

The shapes read: Hollyshit, Hotshit, Dirtyshit and shit.

More text about this project you can be found at www.lecu.de under the "blurred" menu.

not sure who would be that good sumaritan to do it, but neat..

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Techno Tuesday


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August 21, 2006

Something we can all relate




from Indexed, a blog of relational charts. pretty funny.

via Swissmiss

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COLORS 68 is out now


Welcome to the wild, weird and wonderful world of the Amazon. COLORS 68: Amazon is now available in stores and on www.colorsmagazine.com. The site also features a web exclusive, stunning photo slideshow from the Amazon.

One of the contributing photographers for this issue is our very own Adam Huggins! And he's currently trotting the world for other fabulous photo subjects soon to be featured by COLORS as well.

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Back from vacation


Half of Fabrica is still on their vacation as we speak, but the blog resumes this week, slowly as I try to remember what goes in this blog in the first place. Come back, brain!

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August 09, 2006

The blog is on Italian vacation

If you're not Italians, you'll find it difficult to comprehend the August vacation in Italy. But if you are, or if you're living in Italy, like we are, the August vacation is one of life's greatest joy.

This means we're not at work, we're not on the Internet, and we're not blogging for a while. We're out, enjoying life like the Italians only know how.

Read more on August in Italy: The Great Exodus

Good summer to you, and we'll be back soon.

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August 07, 2006

Techno Tuesday - Special WWDC Edition


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August 03, 2006

A controversial amnesty

Rome, 4 days ago.
A controversial prisoner pardon bill which would free up to 20,000 inmates was signed into law on Monday by Italian President Giorgio Napolitano.
The aim is to alleviate prison overcrowding and slash three years off sentences for crimes committed before May 2, 2006.Mafia members, terrorists, rapists, paedophiles, armed gangsters and those who prostitute minors will not get pardons.But what’s paining me is above all that amnesty was extended to those guilty of the financial crimes and corruption.The amnesty bill could indeed benefit Cesare Previti, a close aide of Berlusconi who has been sentenced to six years for bribing judges. Previti, Berlusconi's former attorney, is serving his sentence under house arrest .
Since the measure applies to crimes committed before May 2006, the amnesty it could also help Berlusconi, who is to stand trial for alleged fraud at his private TV network Mediaset; those involved in the bank takeover probe which led to the resignation of Bank of Italy Governor Antonio Fazio; and those on trial for the fraudulent bankruptcy of dairy giant Parmalat .
Moreover some critics said the justice ministry had miscalculated how may prisoners would benefit from the pardon, arguing tens of thousands more would now be freed or have their sentences reduced.
I am not against pardon but I think they choose the lazy way to do it. I wonder why they didn’t propose a more articulated justice reform; why they didn’t plan to build new infrastructures; why they didn’t think about programs of inmates rehabilitation and reintegration into society through the creation of some cooperatives.
They have just opened prisons’ doors.

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August 02, 2006

Let's play!

Game/Play is a new collaborative exhibition between Q Arts in Derby and HTTP in London. Game/Play features goal orientated gaming and playful interaction explored through media arts practice.The exhibition at Q Arts features works from Giles Askham, Low Brow Trash, Jakub Dvorsky, Paul Granjon, Long Journey Home/Q Club/PRU and Simon Poulter. At HTTP Mary Flanagan, Jetro Lauha, Julian Oliver, Kenta Cho, Michael Mateas and Andrew Stern will be exhibting their work. For the duration of the exhibition networked exhibits by Furtherfield VisitorsStudio and Tale of Tales will appear in both sites and online.

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The Three Energy Wars

"We are practically in an energy war. The price of a barrel of petrol has multiplied threefold" (in the last two years), the French Finance Minister Thierry Breton told Europe 1 radio station on July 25.
Contrary to the contention of the French minister, the world in fact is locked in three energy wars, not one: a price war, an investment and deals war, and a geopolitical war.

Continue reading this interesting article from Al Hayat

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MORE PERFECT: a new approach to democracy


More Perfect is an interesting new site for collaboration on policy prototypes. Built on MediaWiki the site allows anyone to add or change issues or policies. For example, you can rewrite the United States Constitution, and you can question/discuss changes or additions. This is potentially a great tool for evolving policy with a high degree of openness, transparency, and citizen participation.

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August 01, 2006

Beirut gallery: a space of dialogue besides war and destruction


Moving Home(s) is the title of an exhibition in a Beirut gallery which debuted on July 6, 2006 -- six days before the Israeli air force began the bombing of Lebanon. It focuses on the colonialisation of the world through tourism and contemporary nomadism. The location is Galerie Sfeir-Semler - a gallery space in an abandoned iron factory in Beirut’s Quarantine district which opened in April 2005. The initiative coincided with Lebanon’s "Cedar Revolution," and the awakening of Lebanese civil society following the departure of Syrian troops -- the gallery opened on the same weekend (Apr. 9-10, 2006) that the last of the Syrian forces officially departed Lebanon. The gallery’s ambition was to link and connect the Western contemporary art sector with its Middle Eastern counterpart. The aim of the director Andrée Sfeir was to work on creating a new infrastructure in Lebanon and an art market of international standing for the Arab region. It is the very first gallery for contemporary art with an international ambition in the Middle East outside of Israel. As Beirut was an important business and cultural center in the Middle East the gallery director wanted to bring prominent international artists to Lebanon to stimulate dialogue.
Interviewed by Artnet News Sfeir predicts that Galerie Sfeir-Semler will open again. "I am not closing the gallery. We are waiting," she says. "I did not open the gallery to make a profit," she adds. "I opened it to give the people a cultural space to exchange ideas -- to get other ideas besides war and destruction."

Via Artnet News

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Techno Tuesday

Electronic announcement: Next Monday, there will be a special Techno Tuesday dedicated to the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference. Go on, make a post-it note on your desktop.

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