Un bambino nello spazio

When I was a child, the school took us to a local theatre to see a show. I don’t remember the title, but it was about two kids, brother and sister, who became friends with an alien, named Wilko, fallen down on Earth. Wilko looked like a funny rat, and came from the planet Wilkonia. The two siblings, astronomy lovers, after many adventures helped him to return home.

Afterwards, the cast from the show came to visit us in school. They conducted a kind of workshop about Wilkonia, during which we did drawings, made up stories and created giant posters, all because, they said, at the end of this preparation we were going to get on a rocket and fly to Wilkonia. We were going to meet Wilko and his people!

I could not believe my ears. As we were leaving the room, forming a line while the actors were distributing space passports to all of us, I could not contain my joy. I was all like “Can you believe it? We are going into space! This is awesome!” I was happy because I was a young kid dreaming about the stars, as many other 7 years old kids do.

So, the actors arranged the chairs in two rows, and one by one they made us climb aboard the “rocket”. They told us to hold on, because the take-off would have been rough. The captain shut an invisible door. The actors made some noise, inviting us to follow the movements of the rocket with our body. Finally, the captain announced the landing, and gave us permission to get off. We got up from our seats, and we scattered across the room where the workshop was being held.

I was puzzled. Was it a test launch, like the ones astronauts do with simulators, to train for space flight? After all, we did not wear spacesuits or helmets. I looked at my friends, but I could not find on their faces any trace of disappointment or surprise. Didn’t they realize that something wasn’t right? We walked towards the exit, forming again a quiet queue. At the door, one of the actors was stamping the passports, bidding us welcome on the planet. When my turn came, I dared to ask, “When do we actually go to Wilkonia?”. “We have just arrived!” she replied, stamping my card, showing an unusual enthusiasm for a simple space custom officer. “But I mean, *really* go” I wanted to add. The line moved on.

It was at this point that I realized that we would have never gone to space. That Wilkonia, which might not even have been real, would have existed only in our giant posters and drawings. I thought it wasn’t nice of them to pretend that a row of chairs was a rocket ship that would take us into space, when in fact it did not even move from the room. And the stupid passport with the mouse-shaped stamp? Just a useless prop.

I still remember the disappointment of that broken promise. I was a child who had been denied Space.

But I’m not a child anymore. I’m a grown man. I’m ready to take back the promise they have stolen from me. Next month, I will embark on the Monitor Celestra.

Monitor Celestra
Monitor Celestra
Un bambino nello spazio

Pubblicazione

Thanks to my classmate Muharrem, our group work for the Tallinn semester was published in Bilgi Dünyası (Information World). It’s a literature review about digital security issues concerning libraries.

Bilgi Dünyası is an Open Access journal published by the turkish association of university and research libraries (UNAK), and it is indexed and peer-reviewed: having our paper passed a peer-review makes us happy!

The complete citation with the link is this:

ANDAY, A., FRANCESE, E., HUURDEMAN, H., YILMAZ, M., & ZENGENENE, D. (2012). Information Security Issues in a Digital Library Environment: A Literature Review. Information World, 13(1), 117-137. Retrieved from http://bd.org.tr/index.php/bd/article/view/7

Pubblicazione

Mi sono (finalmente) iscritto all’AIB

AIB logo
Associazione Italiana Biblioteche
I said it, and I did it: I finally subscribed to the Italian Libraries Association!

And now, let’s see how it goes 🙂

Mi sono (finalmente) iscritto all’AIB

Mendeley Advisor

Mendeley Advisor Badge
The Mendeley Advisor Badge
Since yesterday, I am a Mendeley Advisor.

This means that I will officially take care about the support and organization of events at my insitution, the University of Torino. Basically this leads me to go further into the knowledge of the product and the support I am willing to offer: lately I found myself giving some suggestions, and it was with great pleasure; now I will do it more often, and with even more pleasure.

For now, I enjoy the vanity aspects: here is a neat badge for my blog and my Mendeley public profile 🙂

Mendeley Advisor

Bilingual

From today, my blog will be available in a bilingual version: clicking on the two flags on the top right corner, you can swap from the english to the italian content – of course for those posts provided with both versions. (Just the content! For tags and interface it’s a little more complicated). This means that from now on I’ll have to do a double job, alas!; I warn you from now that not every post will be published in both languages, and neither every past article will be translated.

I used the wordpress plugin mlanguage; it is very simple, and works trhough simple tags. Without a css style, both contents appear one after the other; the rss feed are visualized in the default language (italian), but a note at the bottom tells that the post is available also in english. I had to make several tweaks to adapt the plugin to my theme, and I haven’t tried the mobile version yet. Besides, it does not perfectly work yet with complex contents like images, quotes, etc., but I hope to fix it in the future.

Not everything is perfect: I would have liked that the flags appear only for those post whose content is available in double language, not for the whole site. For now, you can see all the contents in english language through the tag english.

For now, dear international readers, enjoy!

Bilingual