mercoledì 22 giugno 2011

Salento Style (AA.VV.) by Congedo editore

The Salento Style is the emotional and cultural elaboration of a place of crossings, that has taken and given, and with the timely traditional pieces, has rewritten its aesthetic. Because the Salento Style is above all else, sought after, creative, the joy of beauty. Day after day, project after project, insight after insight, ending with the creation of a legacy that passes beyond the typical, classical architectural styles of this region: the country houses and the town houses, the manor farms and the palaces, tobacco farming deposits and agricultural shelters, the antique villas and farmers houses, le “lamie” and the “pajare” (typical stone shelters), the houses with gardens and those with courts. And furthermore, the humpbacked terraces, the rediscovered niches, and recovered corners. The closed vegetable gardens and the secret gardens. Collected, poetic, intimate spaces, overlooking the sea, the sky, and the green.

domenica 19 giugno 2011

Robopocalypse by DANIEL H. WILSON (Doubleday Books)

They are in your house. They are in your car. They are in the skies...Now they're coming for you.
In the near future, at a moment no one will notice, all the dazzling technology that runs our world will unite and turn against us. Taking on the persona of a shy human boy, a childlike but massively powerful artificial intelligence known as Archos comes online and assumes control over the global network of machines that regulate everything from transportation to utilities, defense and communication. In the months leading up to this, sporadic glitches are noticed by a handful of unconnected humans - a single mother disconcerted by her daughter's menacing "smart" toys, a lonely Japanese bachelor who is victimized by his domestic robot companion, an isolated U.S. soldier who witnesses a 'pacification unit' go haywire - but most are unaware of the growing rebellion until it is too late.
When the Robot War ignites -- at a moment known later as Zero Hour -- humankind will be both decimated and, possibly, for the first time in history, united. "Robopocalypse" is a brilliantly conceived action-filled epic, a terrifying story with heart-stopping implications for the real technology all around us...and an entertaining and engaging thriller unlike anything else written in years.

DANIEL H. WILSON earned a Ph.D. in robotics from Carnegie Mellon University. He is the author of such nonfiction works as "How to Survive a Robot Uprising." Wilson lives in Portland, Oregon with his wife and daughter.

venerdì 17 giugno 2011

System Of A Down - Lonely Day

Music video by System Of A Down performing Lonely Day. (C) 2006 SONY BMG MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT on youtube