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correctness

Enrico Zini's blog - Wed, 29/01/2014 - 9:44am
On political correctness

I am reading "Four ways to forgiveness" by Ursula Le Guin. This is how the book begins:

“On the planet 0 there has not been a war for five thousand years,” she read, “and on Gethen there has never been a war.” She stopped reading, to rest her eyes and because she was trying to train herself to read slowly, not gobble words down in chunks the way Tikuli gulped his food. “There has never been a war”: in her mind the words stood clear and bright, surrounded by and sinking into an infinite, dark, soft incredulity.

terminal-emulators

Enrico Zini's blog - Mon, 20/01/2014 - 7:41pm
Quest for a terminal emulator The requirements

I need a terminal emulator. This is a checklist of the features that I need:

liberation-vs-expectations

Enrico Zini's blog - Sun, 12/01/2014 - 11:17am
Liberation vs expectations

I feel like I found a key struggle: liberation vs expectations.

Many ideas liberate me, like poliamory, atheism, anarchism, nonviolent communication, sexual liberation, discordianism, free software, nonjudgemental environments, E-prime, sillyness, love, pataphysics, dada, constructivism, rolling naked in the mud, fantasy, bdsm exploration, pansexuality, this very idea that i'm trying to describe, crying, laughing, mindfulness, what have you.

spelling-km-zero

Enrico Zini's blog - Fri, 03/01/2014 - 11:38pm
Spelling a chilometri zero

Lo spelling internazionale è troppo globalizzato, e volete recuperare un attimo la dimensione del posto dove siete nati e cresciuti?

Da oggi c'è questo script che fa per voi: gli dite dove abitate, e lui vi crea lo spelling a chilometri zero.

Poesia: "Lavatrice"

Enrico Zini's blog - Tue, 03/12/2013 - 9:32pm
Poesia: "Lavatrice"

Pensavo fosse pail,

invece ora è feltro.

Shops

Enrico Zini's blog - Mon, 02/12/2013 - 1:07pm
Shops

Christmas songs should only ever be played on Christmas day.

In church.

At midnight.

Unless I happen to be there.

Airports

Enrico Zini's blog - Fri, 22/11/2013 - 5:58pm
Airports

Photo of a commercial in London City airport saying 'In the lap of luxury - Want to reach a captive audience with dwell time? Why advertise anywhere else? - London City Airport Media Sales'

In the airport, we are not travellers. We are a captive audience with dwell time.

A vision wanted

Enrico Zini's blog - Fri, 25/10/2013 - 8:38pm
A vision wanted

Today Richard Stallman mailed all Italian LUGs asking that tomorrow's LinuxDay be called "GNU/Linux Day" instead.

I wonder how that is ever going to help a community so balkanised, that the only way Italian LUGs manage to do something together, is to say "let's not care what we all do, let's just do it on the same day and call it a national event". Of course a few LUGs still make a point of not doing anything on that day, because you know, Judean People's Front. Cawk.

Explanation of umarell

Enrico Zini's blog - Fri, 20/09/2013 - 11:27am
Explanation of umarell

Umarell /uma'rɛl/ (oo-mah-rell), n; pl. Umarells. People in a community who offer all sorts of comments to those who are trying to get some work done, but who are not doing any work themselves.

Etymology and further details

Umarell is a word that entered Italian slang in Bologna and is spreading to nearby towns, occasionally even across Italy. It comes from the Bolognese for "cute/odd little man".

A moving commit

Enrico Zini's blog - Mon, 02/09/2013 - 11:51pm
A moving commit

A moving commit: an entire class of people who previously did not have a name, now have a name.

I feel that this simple patch, although it is just a little first step, is a significant moment in the history of Debian.

Random notes from that other lightning talk session

Enrico Zini's blog - Sat, 31/08/2013 - 10:35am
Random notes from that other lightning talk session

If you can, have dinner with your upstreams at least once a year.

On codes of conduct

Enrico Zini's blog - Sat, 24/08/2013 - 4:15pm
On codes of conduct

A criticism of the status quo, with a simple proposal: video and lyrics.

With compassion unyielding to grudge, mother, I learnt how to love.

Random notes from that other lightning talk session

Enrico Zini's blog - Fri, 23/08/2013 - 4:11pm
Random notes from that other lightning talk session

YKINMKBYKIOK: "Your Kink Is Not My Kink But Your Kink Is Ok"

As far as I'm concerned, this puts the vim vs emacs quarrel to rest, for good.

Random notes from that other lightning talk session

Enrico Zini's blog - Wed, 21/08/2013 - 6:16am
Random notes from that other lightning talk session

The BDSM Free Software Definition:

I refuse to be bound by software I cannot trust and negotiate with.

Random notes from DebConf

Enrico Zini's blog - Tue, 20/08/2013 - 3:44pm
Random notes from DebConf

Compersion, n: the feeling you get when someone else also takes good care of one of your packages.

Debian Contributors right after DebConf

Enrico Zini's blog - Mon, 19/08/2013 - 4:20pm
Debian Contributors right after DebConf

"Debian Contributor" is going to be a new hat in Debian, automatically given to anyone who contributes to Debian in some way.

Getting new Front Desk members (part of things to do at Debconf)

Enrico Zini's blog - Thu, 08/08/2013 - 10:44am
Getting new Front Desk members (part of things to do at Debconf)

We need more Front Desk members. Jonathan Wiltshire has kindly put together a job description for the current status quo. Currently we'd like a person to have been an Application Manager before joining Front Desk, but FD tasks are now more diverse than they used to be, and I'd like to spend some time thinking about it, for example here.

Debconf TODO-list

Enrico Zini's blog - Wed, 07/08/2013 - 1:05pm
Debconf TODO-list

Friday evening (2013-08-09) I'll arrive at Debcamp.

Here is my TODO list for Debcamp and Debconf:

Trying out new cool software

Enrico Zini's blog - Wed, 31/07/2013 - 12:53pm
Trying out new cool software

So I switched to testing, happy to have lots of new software to try.

So I tried ffgtk, and reported #717662.

Then I tried i7z, and reported #718418.

Now I am afraid of trying another one.

A proposal to solve gender imbalance in Debian

Enrico Zini's blog - Sun, 31/03/2013 - 11:45pm
A proposal to solve gender imbalance in Debian

We've done all we can so far: Debian Women, the Diversity Statement, the anti-harassment contact, gender neutral language, lots of education all round, but we still suffer from a strong gender imbalance in Debian.

Components in a system

Enrico Zini's blog - Wed, 13/03/2013 - 12:30am
Components in a system

But what we are discovering is that if we see ourselves as components in a system,

that it is very difficult to change the world.

It is a very good way of organising things, even rebellions,

but it offers no ideas about what comes next.

(from All Watched Over By Machines of Loving Grace)

Coppone e spinaci all'orentale

Enrico Zini's blog - Sat, 09/03/2013 - 5:42pm
Coppone e spinaci all'orentale

Ingredienti:

  • una bistecca di coppone
  • spinaci surgelati
  • olio
  • aglio
  • zenzero
  • peperoncino
  • anice stellato
  • salsa di soia
  • olio di sesamo tostato
  • pepe

Al supermercato hanno spesso delle bistecchine di coppone in sconto. Sono ottime sulla griglia, ma in mancanza di griglia una volta ho improvvisato questo, e ogni tanto lo rifaccio. È una cena velocissima che si può preparare quando non c'è niente in casa con ingredienti presi fuori dal freezer.

Besciamella al caffè e acciughe

Enrico Zini's blog - Fri, 08/03/2013 - 6:17pm
Besciamella al caffè e acciughe

Ingredienti:

Ispirato da un soufflé di broccoli al caffè mangiato alla meravigliosa trattoria Antichi Sapori a Parma, ho provato anch'io a combinare caffè e broccoli.

Che coss'è l'amor

Enrico Zini's blog - Wed, 20/02/2013 - 1:02am
Che coss'è l'amor

Di recente mi sono spesso trovato a chiedermi "che cos'è l'amore", e ogni volta inizia a suonarmi in testa: "♪...chiedilo al vento / che sferza il suo lamento sulla ghiaia del viale del tramonto... ♫"

Thanks for the group hug!

Enrico Zini's blog - Mon, 18/02/2013 - 6:24pm
Thanks for the group hug!

Francesca started a DPL game and I've been mentioned a few times, by people I like deeply. Thank you! However I don't intend to run, and I hope I won't disappoint those who nominated me by saying so. But I don't think of it in terms of letting people down: I can't let anyone down since I never mentioned I'd like to run in the first place. Rather, I like to think that I've just received a wonderful group hug, and hey, wow, come here and let me hug you back! <3

And let me hug some more:

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