Saturday, November 24, 2012


I was trying to play Lucio Battisti's "Con il nastro rosa", so I set out to find the chords.

Contrary to what usually found googling, the song is in C#m, not Bm. Besides that I think the third chord is, or may be, a wonderfully harmonic B6/7.

So here is my tablature

All chords sound pierced by a G#. In fact, it is played at the beginning of each bar during the musical break.

Playing the songs in Em yields easy chords:

I suspect that our beloved artist first discovered this beautiful progression of chords pierced by a note, and then created a song around it.

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Gnome 3

Since there are many negative comments out there about the new version of Gnome, the desktop environment for Linux and Unix, I would just like to voice my opposite opinion: I really like it and enjoy it, as regards both aesthetics and usability.

I think that command-line fans should appreciate it. You can do most using the keyboard, more than in conventional windows environment. For example to launch the browser (Iceweasel), I just press Super+Ice+Enter. To open the file explorer (Nautilus), I just press Super+File+Enter. Once you get used to it it's very handy.

Search, for everything, files, programs, contacts, and so on, is very well integrated: just type Super+key words+Enter.

Besides, you can organize your windows in different workspaces. Not that this is really new, but Gnome 3 brings it to a new level.

And the graphics, well, that's simply amazing.

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Complex truth

Casually I've read the Wikipedia pages about the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

One may hold that it was a cynic and useless demonstration of force and superior war technology that just claimed the life of tens of thousands of innocent people.

Reading better, one finds that

  • The United States had lost one million of soldiers between June '44 and June '45.
  • After Germany had surrended, Japan was given an ultimatum which was rejected
  • Japanese were preparing for conventional war defence of their home from an invasion that would have taken place starting from autumn '45 and the Japanese military was accepting the prospect of losing up to 20 millions of people  in this desperate defence.
  • In Okinawa Allies losses to Japanase losses ratio was about 1 to 2, so the invasion of Japan would have costed the Allies an enormous toll.
Under the light of these considerations one may conclude that the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki was less than many other possible evils.

Often truth is complex and to appreciate it requires a little of analysis. Instead we would often prefer to jump to easy conclusions, using just our instincts and guts. Also we would like there were a solution without drawbacks but sometimes there's none.