(EN) 29th Olympic Games started yesterday in China with a breathtaking ceremony seen by 4 billions people. If you are going to follow the games and are into medals, take a look at the interactive maps published on NYT: you can compare medals via geography and ranking. —————– (IT) La 29ma edizione dei Giochi Olimpici è iniziata ieri con una cerimonia che ha tolto il fiato a 4 miliardi di persone davanti ai teleschermi. Se vi interessano i giochi e la conta delle medaglie, il New York Times ha pubblicato due mappe interattive con cui comparare le medaglie vinte sulla base del paese e della quantità.
(EN) In Plato’s Symposium Aristophanes explains that humans were originally round, composed of two people joined together in a perfect sphere with four arms, four legs, and two faces. Only later, Zeus cleaved them in two to punish them for their arrogance and ambition…Love collects the halves of this original nature, and tries to make a single thing out of the two parts so as to restore our natural condition. This conception of love was taken up by medieval theologians, flourished even more in the Romanticism and arrives to 21st century. But there is a new configuration of relationships spreading among men and women of the generations born after the 70′. It’s called “Friends with benefits”: Two friends who have a sexual relationship without being emotionally involved. Typically two good friends who have casual sex without a monogomous relationship or any kind of commitment (urbandictionary). If you want to know more about it just take a look at this Benefit
(EN) How much space is required to transport the same number of passengers by car, bus or bicycle? Discover it in this ad of the city of Munster dated 2001 or click on the image. ——- (IT) Quanto spazio ci vuole per trasportare lo stesso numero di passeggeri con la macchina, l’autobus o la bicicletta? Scoprilo in questo manifesto affisso nella città di Munster nel 2001.
(EN) Climate Camp 2008 started last monday and is located near Kingsnorth, a coal-fired power station that pumps 10 million tonnes of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere every year. The organizers chose this location ‘cos while the current power station is scheduled to be knocked down, owners plan to build a brand new coal-fired plant in same place. On Saturday August 9th, the climate camp will go beyond talk and in a mass action will shut down Kingsnorth. At the beginning of July they distributed 30.000 copies of an inspiring freepress describing the politics or radical climate camp activism and the plan for the forthcoming week. There is also a nice hand-drawn map of the camp. When a climate camp in Italy that recently inaugurated a new coal power plant? (IT) Lunedì scorso è iniziato il Climate Camp 2008, posizionato proprio vicino a Kingsnorth una centrale a carbone che pompa nell’atmosfera 10 milioni di tonnellate di CO2 all’anno. Gli organizzatori