Archive for March, 2007

Free Hugs

Tuesday, March 27th, 2007

One more little snippet about Venice… Funny how things work out. On our first afternoon there, as we were walking down the docks on the Lido canal, we met this little group of four people brandishing signs on carboard, ‘FREE HUGS’. Also one in Italian. They didn’t seem to get too many clients, but it […]

Serenissima

Tuesday, March 27th, 2007

(Seh – reh – NIHs – sssim – ah), adj. fem. — Litterally “the most serene”. Most commonly (and pretty much exclusively) used in reference to the Republic of Venice and later, by extension, to the city itself. Even at the height of the Republic’s wealth and influence –which would be right after the fall […]

The Italian (computer) Job

Tuesday, March 13th, 2007

At the very beginning of this year, my gaming machine died. It wasn’t even a year old, but somehow an external hard drive plugged into the USB port, crashing, caused a series of malfuntions which resulted in an unbootable computer. I’d never heard that one before… Anyway, with no real idea of what exactly was […]