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Keith Flint: Prodigy vocalist dies aged 49

Keith Flint, vocalist with the Prodigy, has died at the age of 49. He was found at his home in Essex on Monday. The Prodigy released a statement confirming the news, saying: “It is with deepest shock and sadness that we can confirm the death of our brother and best friend Keith Flint. A true pioneer, innovator and legend. He will be forever missed. We thank you for respecting the privacy of all concerned at this time.” Liam Howlett, who formed the group in 1990, wrote on Instagram: “I can’t believe I’m saying this but our brother Keith took his own life […]

The 5 Myths about Soul Mates

  In red: bullshits.    1. The relationship should be natural, easy and uncomplicated: The truth is that all relationships take time, effort, commitment and energy. You need to make time for each other, to do fun things together, to work on communication, and to learn to negotiate and compromise. 2. The relationship should be conflict free: Because we are each individual and unique we all disagree with others at times, so conflict is natural, and not to be feared. In fact, conflict can force us to confront our differences, and to grow as individuals, and as couples too. 3. […]

Cambridge, we have a problem (inherently)

In March 2017, Michal Kosinski, a psychologist and director of the Psychometrics Centre at Cambridge (currently professor at Stanford), presented the results of some of his studies at CeBIT’s Keynote: Psychometrics applied in the context of the Social Media. More precisely, one of the Psychometrics most applied methods: the Big Five (five personality traits: openness, conscientiousness, extroversion, amicity and emotional stability – neuroticism in the original term), through which create large profiling clusters. If it reminds my research ambit, the digital clusters you’re right: but they are two different things (even if contiguous). Psychometry is used since Nineties to determine […]

Connecting the dots ~ Balance of a year

✓ 1st Book (in the correction phase, but here we are) ✓ 2nd Degree (in Humanities, the first was Technical) ✓ 1st scientific article (a peer-reviewed one) ✓ 1st Course in Tor Vergata University. × Definitive breach with my ex girlfriend. An intense year. No doubt. In search of a pattern “There are things that don’t look connected, but at some point you can connect them and everything makes sense”, says Cheryl in The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (the remake is not a great movie but contains several good insights). Sometimes I put together some elements to find a […]

The best is yet to come (2nd degree)

On May I obtained my 2nd degree in Information Sciences, Communication and Publishing at the University of Rome Tor Vergata. There was the Computer science engineering degree, but this was the “mine” one. In this journey I found a really good and professional path on issues I’ve been following for years – Sociology of communication, but also my old passion: Psychology – and specially a great human experience, meeting extraordinary people. I’m thankful to those who had the patience to follow me with timely advices and the necessary structuring of my (so many, too many) ideas. This good mix has […]

A better definition of Masculine and Feminine

Mimi Ikonn (photo), co-founder of Intelligent Change, and author of the new book The Bingo Theory, talks about a better definition of masculine and feminine. At the end or her piece, Mimi has a quiz to determine your dominant energy and how you can bring it into balance or what she calls a Bingo (based on the newsletter of Five Minute Journal). Here it’s an interviews published on Intelligent Change blog, by Alex Ikonn, June 2016. * * * Do you find it hard to sit still and relax? Do you feel lazy and guilty if you aren’t constantly working […]

The choice of advancing professional studies

(the post has been updated from first publication) In these days I’ve finally decided on the type of training and professional update that I will take. By now it was necessary, and couldn’t be postponed anymore. I had many choices in front of me: I was chosing even a new faculty, and I was really interested on Psychology or Educational Sciences. But in the progress to come to a final decision, I went for elimination.. – Psychology at my age is a bit late, I could make a three-year degree (bachelor), but it doesn’t create many job opportunities and above […]

The media’s obsession with Robin Williams’ death made my own depression worse

by Michael Gerhard Martin* It’s been over a week since Robin Williams killed himself. I loved Mork when I was a kid, and Williams (as Mr. Keating) was one of my idols as a young teacher. I am sorry to hear of his passing, but I wouldn’t say I am grieving. After all, I didn’t know him. But as someone who struggles with depression, I’ve found that the media blitz around his suicide has messed me up more than I could have imagined I had my first thoughts about suicide around the eighth grade. I was bullied at summer camp, […]

The day the new computer went up (2nd time)

This morning I woke up early because of the delivery of my new pc, scheduled by courier between 8.00am and 14.00pm. This is the 2nd time this pc is delivered to me, since the first time, at the end of April,  was severely bent in the middle, and the computer was returned to the store to be changed. The merchant ByTecno, thought, was really correct and immediately proceeded to change it on my report basis. Now the baby is in the house! I’ve to install some good software… It’s a HP Envy 15, with a Full HD screen of 15,6″ […]

The Demise of Italy and the Rise of Chaos

Originally published by Roberto Orsi on London School of Economics and Political Science on October, 23th 2013 Future historians will probably regard Italy as the perfect showcase of a country which has managed to sink from the position of a prosperous, leading industrial nation just two decades ago to a condition of unchallenged economic desertification, total demographic mismanagement, rampant “thirdworldisation”, plummeting cultural production and a complete political-constitutional chaos. In a previous post on this very blog, the dire situation of Italy’s economy has been briefly sketched. A few months later, the scenario of a serious disruption of the Italian state’s […]