sabato 18 febbraio 2012

the spam section

I've just discovered the "blog's spam section" for comments.. Some of them weren't spam at all and I have no idea why they ended there, but I do apologise with those who left the comments (anonimous mostly). 
Anyway, I've already fix it up. 
I really suck at technical matters.

Ho appena scoperto la sezione "spam" dei commenti.. alcuni non erano affatto spam e non ho idea del perchè siano finiti lì, ma mi scuso con quelli che li hanno lasciati (per la maggior parte anonimi).
In ogni caso, ho già sistemato tutto.
Faccio veramente pena in queste cose.

venerdì 17 febbraio 2012

National Cat Day

These are my furry babies.. 
Maggie is the oldest and she just can't stand her little brother (he's too lively and has no manners sometimes), but Mosè (who loves her) always tries to play with her.

Queste sono le mie piccole pallette di pelo.. 
Maggie è la più grande e non sopporta il suo fratellino (a volte è troppo vivace e non si sa comportare), ma Mosè (che la adora) non si scoraggia e cerca sempre di coinvolgerla nei suoi giochi.

martedì 14 febbraio 2012

On a diet on Valentine's Day

It's Valentine's Day. I don't have a boyfriend and I'm on a diet. 
Could it be worse? 

E' San Valentino. Non ho il ragazzo e sono a dieta.
Potrebbe andare peggio?

domenica 12 febbraio 2012

Madonna, American Pie

Madonna, American Pie (by Don McLean)

Favourite song of the period. Though several people don't like Madonna's version, I do. I find it very inspired.
And I simply love the words, they are so meaningful.. 

La mia canzone preferita al momento. Sebbene diverse persone non apprezzino la versione di Madonna, a me personalmente piace. La trovo molto ispirata.
E poi le parole sono qualcosa di meraviglioso, così dense di significato..

A long, long time ago
I can still remember
How that music used to make me smile
And I knew that if I had my chance
I could make those people dance
And maybe they'd be happy for a while

Did you write the book of love
And do you have faith in God above
If the Bible tells you so
Now do you believe in rock 'n roll
And can music save your mortal soul
And can you teach me how to dance real slow

Well I know that you're in love with him
'Cause I saw you dancin' in the gym
You both kicked off your shoes
Man, I dig those rhythm 'n blues

I was a lonely teenage broncin' buck
With a pink carnation and a pickup truck
But I knew that I was out of luck
The day the music died
I started singin'

Bye bye Miss American Pie
Drove my Chevy to the levee but the levee was dry
And good ol' boys were drinkin' whiskey and rye
Singin', "This will be the day that I die,
This will be the day that I die."

I met a girl who sang the blues
And I asked her for some happy news
But she just smiled and turned away
Well I went down to the sacred store
Where I'd heard the music years before
But the man there said the music wouldn't play

Well now in the streets the children screamed
The lovers cried and the poets dreamed
But not a word was spoken
The church bells all were broken

And the three men I admire the most
The Father, Son, and the Holy Ghost
They caught the last train for the coast
The day the music died

lunedì 6 febbraio 2012

The Private Life of a Cat (1944)

The Private Life of a Cat (1944)
Maya Deren, Alexander Hammid
22 minutes

This is the cutest film I've ever seen. I wanted to share it with you.. just in time for Valentine's Day 

Questo è il film più dolce che abbia mai visto. Volevo condividerlo con voi.. giusto in tempo per San Valentino 

"Toward the end of their marriage, filmmakers Maya Deren and Alexander Hammid collaborated on the remarkable short THE PRIVATE LIVE OF A CAT. As the film’s furry protagonists, identified only as “She” and “He,” gave birth to a litter of kittens (a process recorded in the film in full though without sound), Deren and Hammid captured their sly, sidelong glances, their cuddles and licks, their resourcefulness and their casual, curious mannerisms. The filmmakers both adored cats and their admiration and affection for the creatures is evident here; their feline subjects occupy nearly every frame of the film, which was shot over the course of four weeks. The filmmakers themselves never appear in this piece; the world they created is inhabited by the animals alone. Here, Deren and Hammid exist only in the objects in their apartment; in the film’s sparse intertitles; in the appearance of the occasional saucer of milk; and in the presence of the camera. “One of the finest films that has ever been made,” said filmmaker Stan Brakhage of PRIVATE LIFE, a work that’s a character study, a work of cinematic anthropology, a narrative, a documentary, part drama and, perhaps above all, a romance."
Livia Bloom (source: fandor.com)

mercoledì 1 febbraio 2012

January readings

Kitchen Chinese: chick-lit set in Bejing. Quite interesting due to the details about Chinese and American-Chinese culture and food. 
Norwegian Wood: not so good as I thought (many people had told me this book's great and my expectations were probably too high).
The uncommon reader: really short and pretty funny. 

Kitchen Chinese: romanzo tipo Kinsella ambientato a Pechino. Interessanti particolari sulla cultura e sul cibo cinesi e cino-americani.
Norwegian Wood: non così bello come pensavo (diverse persone me ne avevano parlato come di un gran libro e le mie aspettative erano probabilmente troppo alte).
La sovrana lettrice: molto breve e spiritoso.