If you live in Europe is quite possible that you have noticed something strange in the street. It happened to me also, walking in Giulio Cesare street, in Prati , a borrough of Rome.
Then I started noticing them in other parts of Rome.
I was quite astonished seeing brass stumbling stones in front of some buildings. When I got closed to them I noticed names, surnames and dates were on it: I soon understood were a sort of memorial plaques for some people died and that lived there.
But seemed common people so I was curious.
Reading a book about my quarter’s history, a mention to these plaque popped out like a revelation: more then 71.000 brass stumbling stones in 21 countries of Europe!
This is the project of the German artist Gunter Demnig!
Called “Stolpersteine” in Deutsch, these are part of Gunter Demnig’s project: place brass stones like memorials to the victims of Nazist persecution: Jews, homosexuals, Romani and the disabled!
If you want to share comments about this wonderful project or pictures of brass stones in your city feel free to comment here !
At the time Salvador Allende became president and socialist ideas were changing the structure of Chile organization ( nationalizing key assets and production ), direct government and “real time” feedback assisted by technology started becoming an important feature in Chile agenda.
Stafford Beer was contracted to design and achieve the hard task to transform radically the way of government and the economy of an entire country: the idea was to create Cybersyn.
Beer was fashinated by Norbert Wiener ideas about cybernetics: the science of control and information transmission within machines and living creatures. He wanted to apply to companies’ organization the same principles. Computer, connected machines, control rooms to manage real time feed of information.
Cybernet was a network of teleprinters connected with farms and the famous Opsroom, the futuristic computing room whose goal was to elaborate all the feedback coming from outside and let the government people take the best solution in terms of available resourses and efficiency!
The Opsroom hosted 7 chairs arranged in a circle and screens all around the walls.
The chairs, designed by Gui Bonsiepe, had buttons, an ash tray for cigars and glass pots.
People in this room would have been able to be creative in a luxurious and relaxed environment.
Alongside Cybernet and Opsroom, Cybersyn provided a sort of primordial Facebook, Cyberfolk was called.
The idea was giving the chance to all people watching TV to express their approval or deny for political choices after a presidential speach for example.
A sort of electrical Agorà.
Unfortunately Allende was removed from a coup headed by Augusto Pinochet and Army in 1973 and the Opsroom destroyed. All Cybersyn project was abandoned but remain in its glorious intentions!
Luke Skywalker have been seen for the last time at Skelling islands, Ireland.
But wait, wasn’t he died in Anch-to planet in the last Star Wars episode “The Last Jedi” ? Wasn’t Luke Skywalker in exile in that remote and green planet after the fight against Kylo Ren?
Before Star Wars movie “The Force Awakens” Skelling islands were almost anonymous islands located at south-west of the Ireland.
Now more and more turists are visiting these remote islands: they are 13km far away from Irish coast and boats leaving from port of Portmagee are authorized to reach them from half of May till the end of September.
Quite often boats cannot land due to storm surges.
The risk is as always that an incredible and sudden arrival of tourists can damage the landscape and the environment.
First people arrived at Skelling were monks in 600 A.D. Probably they used the currach, local small rowing boats.
During the shooting of the Star Wars last films, a lot of tourists came to spy the settings and the actors: at restaurants Louis Mulchany Pottery they even installed a telescope for this purpose.
After studies and researches Enac ( National Agency for Civil Aviation ) located Apulia as the best site for space launches for turistic purposes since 2020.
Actual infrastructures of Marcello Arlotta will be used without many changes. Site is between Taranto and Grottaglie.
Italy will be first European country to host a turistic spaceport.
The idea is to bring people at 15,000 km from ground with a mother ship and then release a rocket with max 6 people plus two pilots to see our extraordinary planet.
Planes’ take-off will be horizontal while the planes themselves will be similar to actual jet planes.
Apulia was choosen after an agreement signed on December 2017 by Atec and Virgin Galactin of Richard Branson, who is investing a lot of money in developing the Space Ship Two ( the rocket ) and its vector vehicle WhiteKnight Two ( the mother ship ).
Generally when we think about Africa a lot of stereotype popup in our mind: poverty, magnificent sunsets, endless fields and so on.
It’ rare to relate Africa to technology.
But fortunately reality can overcome our thoughts and our limited horizons. Kenya is a good example and an inspiring example for other African countries!
Newspapers start talking of Kenya in terms of Savannah Valley, to make a comparison with well known Silicon Valley in California.
Up to ten years ago there was not a fast internet access.
But thanks to the effort of the government and especially the commitment of Bitange Ndemo, ex managers at Minister of Communications, who pushed to invest on a submarine cable bringing the optical fiber, a lot of steps ahead were made.
Since there a lot of informatics innovations were developed in Kenya, in combination with the sales grow of mobile phones and smartphones.
Most famous is M-Pesa, a mobile system for easy payments.
Actually M-Pesa is spread in 39 countries.
In Nairoby alone there are more then forty tech start ups.
Another good example is Ushahidi, a platform to report special events, dangers or cases of violences in real time.
Just to have an idea, it was used even during Obama’s presidential campaign!
Are you thinking is a good idea to have map of Kenya at your fingertips? Here we go!
In the past artists did not go to the shop buying colours. Was incredibly hard and sometimes very expensive.
Described as the “most perfect” of all colors, the ultramarine was originally made by grinding lapis lazuli into a powder. Whether it was for an Egyptian royal tomb of 5000 years ago or for nobless jewels, ultamarine pigments came all from Badakhshan, a region of modern Afghanistan.
Ultramarine was the finest and most expensive blue used by Renaissance painters, and the name itself (literally “beyond the sea”) is related to the fact that it came to Italy from that region.
Yves Klein in modern age became famous for his study about colours, especially a deep tone of blue now patented under the name International Klein Blue (IKB). The artist used the ultramarine as core of this new colour.
On last March 21, in Kigali, capital of Rwanda, took place a summit of some of most important heads of government of Africa.
The purpose of the summit was the signing of a document that provides for the abolition of trade duties and improves checks at the boundaries.
If what stated in this paper will be fully applied by single countries all bureaucratic impediments which stops development and trade will be changed.
So, for example, for Kenya people will be easier selling to Nigeria or opening new busyness abroad and viceversa.
This document is a part of major strategic vision of African Union called Agenda 2063: according to this vision Africa will be a continent where people will be able to move from one country to another with an african passport and using a new coin called “Afro”.
Not all countries are happy about this agreement (i.e.: Nigeria, which is the most powerful economy in Africa) as they think to be penalized.
Let’s what will happen and if Agenda 2063 will see the full development one day!
In the last century a lot none all biggest companies of western countries brought their core production abroad.
Looking for cheaper production workers and infrastructures, they moved mainly to Asia: We all know China is the factory of the world. But this is changing, and is changing quickly.
Actually China is investing its incredible reserve of money in other continents and countries, especially in Africa.
Differently to what has been done by Usa and Europe, China is building infrastructures such as highways, railways and factories.
One of the latest country to fall under the interest of China, is Ethiopia.
Ethiopia is becoming the new Mecca for clothes production of big Companies: Guess, Levi’s and H&M, just to do some examples.
Ethiopia offers cheap manpower, tax relief and exemption from import duties and taxes.
The new factory district of Hawassa employs +1400 workers already and it’ s supposed to reach 20,000 within 2019.
This is how mainly works: China government gives money to Ethiopia, this money is used to let private chinese companies building infrastructures provided that ethiopian manpower is used.