A new Oscar Award for title design – Un nuovo Oscar per i titoli di testa

(EN) Titles sequences are getting more and more elaborate and New York Times proposes a new Oscar Award: Best Achievement in Film Title Design. Here you can see their proposals (Wall-e is number 1) for this season. ———– (IT) I titoli di testa stanno diventando sempre più elaborati e il New York Times propone di creare un nuovo premio Oscar intitolato: Miglior titolo di testa. Qui puoi vedere le loro proposte (Wall-e è al primo posto) per questa stagione.

Visualizing the Crisis of Credit / La crisi americana patinata

(EN) I’m really fascinated by visual essays and this ambitious work from Jonathan Jarvis gives form to a complex situation making  it easier to understand the dynamics of the big fiasco at play. The only think not clear is: why home owners stopped paying? Probably because they were working “bad jobs”, and not because they were “unreliable” or “bad people” like depicted in this infographic movie (have you noticed it?). But not many like to talk about  income inequality in the US. ———————– (IT) Sono affascinata dai saggi visuali e questo lavoro ambizioso di Jonathan Jarvis riesce a dare forma a una situazione complessa rendendo più semplice capire le dinamiche in gioco nel  grande fiasco dell’economia del credito. La cosa non chiara rimane una: perchè i proprietari di casa hanno smesso di pagare? Probabilmente perchè erano anni che i loro stipendi non crescevano, anzi crollavano sotto il peso dell’inflazione e non perchè sono inaffidabili  o poco responsabili come l’icona animata

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Clean coal is a dirty lie/Il carbone pulito è una sporca bugia

(EN) Clean coal debate is getting hot especially because Al Gore and Obama this time are not on the same side.  Nowadays the fuel provides half of U.S. electricity but also 30 percent of the greenhouse-gas emissions that contribute to global warming.  Coal-power lobby is very powerful in Washington and they decided to invest $300 million over 3 years to convince the population that Clean Coal Technology is going to solve  the environmental impact problems of coal (did you know that 1 gram of mercury can pollute and entire lake and coal plants in USA produce 50 tons every year?). I already showed you a campaign trying to fight this gigantic propaganda and now  it’s time for a new one called: The dirty lie. It’s new retro style! And here’s a pie on global distribution of electricity from coal in 2009: ————————— (IT) Il dibattito sul carbone pulito si sta scaldando specialmente perchè Al Gore e Obama non sono schierati

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Piracy is not theft / La pirateria non è furto

Norwegian political party Rødt started a campaign called “This is what a criminal looks like” to challenge the notion that file sharing is a crime in support of the Pirate Bay trial started on Monday . The message is simple “File-sharing is good, allowing people to share music, movies and culture” and if you call file-sharers criminal, it means we are all criminals. And they invite people to upload their own picture. Since the beginning , movie and music industry based their campaigns on the wrong concept that copying is like stealing (remember:  I wouldn’t steal a car ?), confusing two different concepts: It’s clear that they won’t be able to stop technological innovation and development by force, and if they keep hiding themselves that we are witnessing a paradigm shift they are only  wasting time that could be used to develop  a new kind of business model. ———————- (IT) Il partito norvegese di sinistra Rødt ha lanciato la campagna

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30 ways to electrocute / 30 modi per fulminarsi

(EN) Bre Pettis took pictures of these fascinating illustrations in Elektroschutz book from the ’30, found at the Technisches museum in Vienna. It’s good to know how dangerous can be taking  a bath or peeing around! (IT) Bre Pettis ha scattato le foto di queste insolite illustrazioni  da Elektroschutz,  un libro pubblicato negli anni ’30 e trovato al Technisches museum di Vienna. E’ utile sapere quanto può essere pericoloso fare un bagno o pisciare in giro!