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2017-05-16 23:12:41+02:00

Accident on the motorway

There was an accident on the motorway, luckily noone got seriously wounded, but a truckful of sugar and a truckful of cereals completely spilled on the motorway, and took some time to clean.

19:15:23 19:45:07 20:02:37 20:11:52 20:28:43 20:32:34 20:44:03 21:27:41 21:44:20 22:10:50

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2017-05-02 15:45:38+02:00

Vector Discordian Pope Cards

I like Discordian Pope cards.

I wanted to print a batch, but online I could only find low-quality .jpg versions, so I took inkscape, used the low-quality as a template grayed out in a background immutable layer, and redid them properly.

Here are the results:


Discordian Pope Card, Front Discordian Pope Card, Back

I release them under the WTFPL license: you can print them, redistribute them, and modify them at will.

The fonts I used are:

Update: now available as a git repo

eng life pdo
2017-04-25 00:00:00+02:00

Modena City Ramblers - Bella Ciao

Today is Liberation Day, and Bella Ciao will be sung a lot, remembering the Partisan movement.

Modena City Ramblers made a popular version.

The song originated before the second world war, as a song sung by mondine, women seasonally hired, or rather exploited, to work in flooded rice fields.

Here's a performance of the original version sung by Milva.

It is said that they were forbidden to talk during their work, so they sang instead, developing a peculiar singing style that could carry across the fields.

Here's Coro delle Mondine di Bentivoglio performing Son la Mondina, son la sfruttata in the original style.

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2017-04-24 00:00:00+02:00

Giorgio Gaber - Io non mi sento italiano

Giorgio Gaber's Io non mi sento italiano, singing about Italian national identity.

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2017-04-23 00:00:00+02:00

Fratelli di Soledad - Brescia Bologna Ustica

From organized crime in Italy to controlling politial consensus via mass murders with Fratelli di Soledad' Brescia Bologna Ustica, dedicated in particular to the mass murders of Piazza della Loggia bombing in Brescia, Bologna massacre, and Ustica massacre, were investigations have been and still are particularly hard, with state agencies actively obstructing them.

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2017-04-22 20:48:43+02:00

Splitting a git-annex repository

I have a git annex repo for all my media that has grown to 57866 files and git operations are getting slow, especially on external spinning hard drives, so I decided to split it into separate repositories.

This is how I did it, with some help from #git-annex. Suppose the old big repo is at ~/oldrepo:

# Create a new repo for photos only
mkdir ~/photos
cd photos
git init
git annex init laptop

# Hardlink all the annexed data from the old repo
cp -rl ~/oldrepo/.git/annex/objects .git/annex/

# Regenerate the git annex metadata
git annex fsck --fast

# Also split the repo on the usb key
cd /media/usbkey
git clone ~/photos
cd photos
git annex init usbkey
cp -rl ../oldrepo/.git/annex/objects .git/annex/
git annex fsck --fast

# Connect the annexes as remotes of each other
git remote add laptop ~/photos
cd ~/photos
git remote add usbkey /media/usbkey

At this point, I went through all repos doing standard cleanup:

# Remove unneeded hard links
git annex unused
git annex dropunused --force 1-12345

# Sync
git annex sync

To make sure nothing is missing, I used git annex find --not --in=here to see if, for example, the usbkey that should have everything could be missing some thing.

Update: Antoine Beaupré pointed me to this tip about Repositories with large number of files which I will try next time one of my repositories grows enough to hit a performance issue.

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2017-04-22 00:00:00+02:00

Frankie Hi NRG MC - Fight da Faida

From Puglia's Sacra Corona Unita to organized crime in Italy in general, Frankie hi-nrg mc's Fight da faida.

eng songs
2017-04-21 00:00:00+02:00

Caparezza - Vieni a ballare in Puglia

Talking about Taranto and poisons, Caparezza's Vieni a ballare in Puglia covers contemporary serious issues with Puglia, from the serious environmental issues in Taranto to slave work in tomato farms.

eng songs
2017-04-20 00:00:00+02:00

Vinicio Capossela - Il Ballo di San Vito

Vinicio Capossela Il ballo di San Vito, a tarantella.

According to tradition, tarantella was a dance used to cure the bites of lycosa tarantula spiders.

Lycosa tarantula spiders take their name from the city of Taranto, where they are usually found.

The spider usually known as tarantula in turn takes its name from lycosa tarantula. I guess Italian immigrants in the Americas would call any big scary spider "Tarantola", and it stuck.

In turn, lycosa tarantula isn't really that poisonous, but it's big. It shares the habitat with the smaller, but more dangerous Latrodectus tredecimguttatus, and ends up taking the blame for its bites.

eng songs
2017-04-19 00:00:00+02:00

Bandabardó - Beppeanna

Bandabardó Beppeanna, also inspired from a child game, that I sometimes played as a kid.

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