Il blog personale di Filippo Corti

“Sometimes I’ll get a call or email from someone five years after the last contact and I’ll think, oh right, I hated that person. But they would never have known, of course. Let’s see if I still hate them. Very often I find that I don’t. Or that I hated them for a dumb reason. Or that they were having a bad day. Or much more likely, that I had been having a bad day. People silently struggle from all kinds of terrible things. They suffer from depression, ambition, substance abuse, and pretension. They suffer from family tragedy, Ivy-League educations, and self-loathing. They suffer from failing marriages, physical pain, and publishing. The good thing about politeness is that you can treat these people exactly the same. And then wait to see what happens.”

– Paul Ford, How to Be Polite

“Happiness is relative in another sense, too: it is relative to your expectations.”

Less Wrong

Chi sa bene l'italiano corretto? »

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C’è questa idea leggendaria degli autori di dizionari riuniti intorno a un tavolo per decidere quali saranno le nuove parole da rendere ufficialmente “italiano”, ma come vi dirà qualunque linguista, il loro lavoro è esattamente il contrario. Rovistano tra grandi moli di linguaggi già esistenti, scritti o registrati, e cercano di capire quali nuove parole o nuovi usi di vecchie parole vengono pronunciati da gruppi di persone abbastanza numerosi e diversificati per diventare rilevanti per i futuri utenti dei dizionari. I dizionari vengono inevitabilmente dopo la lingua parlata, perché sono le persone a creare i cambiamenti linguistici.

La differenza fra il porno e la realtà, spiegata con l’ausilio di cibo, frutta e verdura.

Il problema con il "minimalismo" »

Possedere solo l’essenziale eliminando qualsiasi elemento superfluo — ovvero vivere secondo la filosofia minimalista — è uno stile di vita elitario, che in pochi possono permettersi:

If you see someone on the street dressed like a middle-class person (say, in clean jeans and a striped shirt), how do you know whether they’re lower middle class or upper middle class? I think one of the best indicators is how much they’re carrying.

Lately I’ve been mostly on the lower end of middle class (although I’m kind of unusual along a couple axes). I think about this when I have to deal with my backpack, which is considered déclassé in places like art museums. My backpack has my three-year-old laptop. Because it’s three years old, the battery doesn’t last long and I also carry my power supply. It has my paper and pens, in case I want to write or draw, which is rarely. It has a cable to charge my old phone. It has gum and sometimes a snack. Sunscreen and a water bottle in summer. A raincoat and gloves in winter. Maybe a book in case I get bored.

If I were rich, I would carry a MacBook Air, an iPad mini as a reader, and my wallet. My wallet would serve as everything else that’s in my backpack now. Go out on the street and look, and I bet you’ll see that the richer people are carrying less.

Perché continuiamo a credere in cose che non sono vere? »

I fatti non sono così potenti come si crede: in pochi casi ci portano a cambiare idea.