I have lived all my life in Turin, Italy - I moved to Rostock in
June 2014 and will stay there for the foreseeable future...
I have: A way with words, a small apartment, 2 Macs, 1 iPhone, lots of books (including old tabletop RPG manuals), a 3rd Dan in Aikido, a 2nd Dan in ShoDo, a few friends.
I don't have: a TV set (since 1993), a car (I still drive, albeit infrequently, and just rent one when I need it), DVDs (movies belong in theaters, for me), lots and lots of music CDs (I like music, but rarely listen to it), any regrets for not eating meat or fish (since 1996).
Also, I used to have 1.5 cats - but now I have none :-\
I should probably get: a few more friends, a bit of drawing practice, more German lessons.
I am vegetarian, introvert, and Aikidoka
I am catastrophically attracted by strong, independent women.
ideally they should be physically and intellectually active, a bit tomboyish, even - this is because I need to have some time/space for myself, and I believe that a woman with similar requirements would be the best match for me.
He who is grateful for the existence of music.
He who takes pleasure in tracing an etymology.
Two workmen playing, in a cafe in the South, a silent game of chess.
The potter, contemplating a color and a form.
The typographer who sets this page well though it may not please him.
A woman and a man, who read the last tercets of a certain canto.
He who strokes a sleeping animal.
He who justifies, or wishes to, a wrong done him.
He who is grateful for the existence of Stevenson.
He who prefers others to be right.
These people, unaware, are saving the world."
** -------- The just - J. L. Borges (Translated by Alastair Reid)
But you know you must never allow yourself to be awed, that among them there extend for acres and acres the Books You Needn't Read, the Books Made For Purposes Other Than Reading, Books Read Even Before You Open Them Since They Belong To The Category Of Books Read Before Being Written.
And thus you pass the outer girdle of ramparts, but then you are attacked by the infantry of the Books That If You Had More Than One Life You Would Certainly Also Read But Unfortunately Your Days Are Numbered. With a rapid maneuver you bypass them and move into the phalanxes of the Books You Mean To Read But There Are Others You Must Read First, the Books Too Expensive Now And You'll Wait Till They're Remaindered, the Books ditto When They Come Out In Paperback, Books You Can Borrow From Somebody, Books That Everybody's Read So It's As If You Had Read Them, Too. Eluding these assaults, you come up beneath the towers of the fortress, where other troops are holding out:
the Books You've Been Planning To Read For Ages,
the Books You've Been Hunting For Years Without Success,
the Books Dealing With Something You're Working On At The Moment,
the Books You Want To Own So They'll Be Handy Just In Case,
the Books You Could Put Aside Maybe To Read This Summer,
the Books You Need To Go With Other Books On Your Shelves,
the Books That Fill You With Sudden, Inexplicable Curiosity, Not Easily Justified,
Now you have been able to reduce the countless embattled troops to an array that is, to be sure, very large but still calculable in a finite number; but this relative relief is then undermined by the ambush of the Books Read Long Ago Which It's Now Time To Reread and the Books You've Always Pretended To Have Read And Now It's Time To Sit Down And Really Read Them.”
― Italo Calvino, If on a Winter's Night a Traveler
- Whenever I am preparing something with Avocado, I can't resist taking a couple of bits off and eat them.
Kasparov - during his match with Deep Blue - stated that during one of the games he sensed, for the first time, something intelligent and unnervingly "alien" on the other side of the board.
Sometimes I suspect that this is I how come across. Contact me and prove me wrong, please...