I’ve always been fascinated by stop motion movies.

After one of my friends (Lorenzo Rugiati) participated in the creation of one of them (“Morte di Marat”), telling me the (long) time and (tremendous) effort needed to realize even one single short scene, I can only bow to the creators of Coraline.

The amazing amount of details put on the creation of every single character and the evolution of them in the movie is really something! I heartily recommend all of you to take a look at this wonderful movie (surely one of the best after “nightmare before Christmas”).
So be sure to watch the short movie “Morte di Marat” and read this really interesting blog post about the making of Coraline, taking your time to watch all the behind-the-scenes clips.

… and beware of the other-mother!! o_o

Eric with his book

Eric with his book

As already blogged by my friend Philip on his blog, my dear friend Eric has finally found a publisher for his  long awaited book! This should be a must-to-have for all the paper origami and/or tessellation addicted people from all around the world. So head your clicks to http://www.tinyurl.com/gjerdebook and buy a copy of this stunning piece of art!

Very funny animations!

November 13, 2007

Hi, today I was searching for some nice geek shirts and accidentally came across these two funny videos:

just take a look at them…

:D:D

Thinking like a geek

October 17, 2007

As I’m italian and surely an IT addicted I’ve always liked to discover and use some kind of strange ‘niche’ word (and this is surely one of them :P), that almost came from english or latin. Surfing around the net makes me always discover new and interesting words, like portmanteau that’s one of my favourites. Lately I came across a doubt that I absolutely have to solve, it’s about the “geek” word.

After years of websurfing and a lot of contacts with foreigners, first of all Eric Gjerde who has kindly came to meet me where he was here in Italy, I’ve discovered that the world uses to refer to us, Math/IT/Origami/{whatever} addicted people, as geeks.

Now, it’s a lot of time since I’m describing myself to other as a geek, and I’ve been very proud of this term, even cause I like the real geeks (=little cute animals) but for sure cause I’ve never thought of it like an offense.

Recently my girlfriend started her university studies at the faculty of “FOREIGN LANGUAGES AND LITERATURE” and said me that geek is actually an offense if used from the outsiders of a ‘group’. So, I’ve just made a search on dictionary.com and here’s what it says:

geek Slang. –noun

1. a peculiar or otherwise dislikable person, esp. one who is perceived to be overly intellectual.
2. a computer expert or enthusiast (a term of pride as self-reference, but often considered offensive when used by outsiders.)
3. a carnival performer who performs sensationally morbid or disgusting acts, as biting off the head of a live chicken.

So, leaving out the third definition, cause I’ve never done such things (at least until now :P) I have to dissent on the first one. I and surely any of the person I know never thought about me as a dislikable person, although some of them think, I really don’t know why, that I’m a little overly intellectual. I’ve always been as kind as I could with all the people I’ve met in my life and keep contacts with any of them so I’m wondering what is this all about. It’s just the use of the word that has slightly changed his meanning through the time or I’m completely wrong and that is the real meaning?

I don’t know…maybe I only have to meet some other people and make some other researches before I can have a really satisfying answer.

degree :D

April 12, 2007

Hi all, this post is not related to any kind of craft world…I only wanted you to know that I’ve finally got my degree in Information Technology at University of Pisa… that only prove that I’m a geek!! :D the final score was 108/110 so I’m quite satisfied…well I’m really satisfied!! :D

I’ll post some photos of the graduation later so everyone of you can see me with my serious suit and my silly faculty hat, gave me by my friends :D

Extra Strong!

March 24, 2007

just enjoy this :D

I’ve recently found this interesting site talking about 3d puzzles and I decided to adapt the wooden version of this Ico to paper, making it a modular kirigami, I’ve slightly modified it rounding the edges of the slim modules! very funny to make!!

made with blue cardboard, 20 triangles and 30 round sections.

:D

pdf available:

Rounded Ico (20k)

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