Charter cities

I wrote a novel, in Italian, years ago. Although the novel was almost completed in year 2002, I published it only in 2006. Title: Nonovvio. Also available as an e-book on Amazon Kindle. You can also download the PDF for free. In that novel, I talk about a “City-State” called Solaria, built in northern Australia. Interestingly, the idea of “charter cities” seems not to be too stupid, after all. Paul Romer, a brilliant Stanford Economist, has some ideas about them. See his TED talk below: Also, Tim Harford blogs about it.


I’d like to be selected as a volunteer for this 1-week project: going to Ghana to teach kids, and teachers, how to use e-book readers. This is an initiative by and Edreams. This is the video in which I explain my ideas. Enjoy 🙂

Cloud slides… By hand

Yesterday, today, and for the next weekend, I’m attending an art workshop at Lasalle College of the Arts in Singapore, a beautiful building and, from what I know, a great Art school. Doing “art”, or at least trying to, inspired me again. I was able to feel parts of my brain, of my soul, again. It’s like being a passionate motorbiker, and the moment when you ride a motorbike again after years of silence. Same thing. (Oh, by the way: did you know about my Evil Plan for 2011? It involves motorbikes. “Evil Plan” is inspired by a book by…

The grasshopper

Master Po: [after easily defeating the boy in combat] Ha, ha, never assume because a man has no eyes he cannot see. Close your eyes. What do you hear? Young Caine: I hear the water, I hear the birds. Master Po: Do you hear your own heartbeat? Young Caine: No. Master Po: Do you hear the grasshopper that is at your feet? Young Caine: [looking down and seeing the insect] Old man, how is it that you hear these things? Master Po: Young man, how is it that you do not? (Kung Fu)

A cloud presentation

Do you like my “Making the case for Cloud” presentation on Slideshare? If so, you have an opportunity to thank me, by voting it here. It takes only 15 seconds. Thanks A LOT, and sorry for the latest “spammy” posts. I promise I’ll stop… For a while 🙂

Sunday in Singapore

It’s Sunday, I’m in Singapore, my girlfriend is still in the US, therefore I have plenty of time to study Portuguese, read books about food, and write on the blog. The last few days have been interesting for me. Last Tuesday, at the Founder Institute in San Francisco, my session was very well received… And I liked the interaction with the students and the Mentors. Well done, Adeo! These are the (almost self-explanatory) slides that I used for my presentation: Startup Research. If you like them, well, like them on Facebook too, or on Twitter 🙂 My Evil Plan for…

Can you vote for me?

I’m a Technology Evangelist for Amazon Web Services. If you think I’m good at it, you can spend 15 seconds of your time by voting for me here. Thanks, I really APPRECIATE that.

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