Smile – Composed by Charlie Chaplin, Performed by Michael Jackson

A smile is happiness you’ll find right under your nose.



Have you ever wondered how little you know about the songs you listen to? Of course, sometimes you know the singer’s name, but even that you can’t always remember. It’s not even worth the risk to ask you about who composed the music or wrote the lyrics. Producers, arrangers, instrumentalists, backing vocals – “Are you kidding me?”

Despite what it looks like, a song doesn’t just come from nowhere. Sometimes it takes months, during which all these people have to run with a bat in their hands, chasing after inspiration and trying to squeeze some more notes out of it. Or, in some cases, it takes years for a song to be reborn. Somehow, it manages to break through.

During all this time, the song gets a story. And I’m not referring to what the song says, but to the story that remains untold. The story about the song’s life.

Let me show you what you’ve been missing! Let’s take the example of “Smile” – a song which should steal a smile from you. But it would most likely leave you with your mouth wide open.

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James Bond Island (and Other Exotic Stories)

Islands are metaphors of the heart, no matter what poet says otherwise.



Some places inspire in you all kinds of stories. When you find out about them, you feel like they’ve been there from the time when no man set foot on them yet. They were whispered by the wind that blows between the rocks, until some old man with a long tongue heard them and passed them on.

For example, have you ever heard of Khao Phing Kan? What about Ko Tapu? These are some places in Thailand, but you will surely have already forgotten their names by the time you read this line all through.

Let me tell you the story, and by the end of it you’ll want to go there. Or at least you’ll have a story to pass on for yourself.

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20 Small Pleasures That Can Make Your Life More Beautiful

A morning-glory at my window satisfies me more than the metaphysics of books.



We live in a world that is filled with offerers: holidays in exotic places, amusements parks where you can spend your entire day without getting bored, all kinds of sports, concerts and festivals you can buy tickets for long in advance, movies that keep you breathlessly stuck to your seat for even three hours, video games in which you can enter but don’t want to get out of – and many others.

Should this be good or bad?

What’s for sure is that this chase after more spectacular pleasures casts a shadow over the small pleasures of life, the ones so simple that we tend to quickly lose sight of them.

I say we do them justice. And for that, I made a list. Will you have the pleasure of seeing what you are missing?

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Intel NUC5I7RYHR – the Best Computer That Fits in Your Palm

The urge to miniaturize electronics did not exist before the space program. I mean our grandparents had radios that was furniture in the living room.

ENIAC

Once upon a time, in a different spatial-temporal universe, a computer was as big as a building. The famous ENIAC, the very first digitally programmable computer, had 30 m in length and 27 tons in weight. It consumed 160 KW 1)Techonomics: The Theory of Industrial Evolution” by H. Lee Martin, book published in CRC Press in 2006. If you think that’s a pretty much high energy consumption, just imagine what it was like in 1946, when the production of electric energy was incomparably much lower than it is nowadays. Joke or no joke, it is said that the citizens of Philadelphia knew, in the evening, when the Giant Brain (as they called it) was on, because their light bulbs would become less bright 2)Smaller Faster Lighter Denser Cheaper: How Innovation Keeps Proving the Catastrophists Wrong” by Robert Bryce, book published in PublicAffairs in 2014. And to think all these calculations can now be done by your mobile phone in a blink of an eye.

Since then, the computers have considerably reduced in size. However, if you think about it a little, the majority of them are still too big. The reason for this is the popular standard ATX, launched by Intel in 1995, which, even two decades later, is still in the game. Among other aspects, this standard establishes the dimensions of the motherboard. When you intend on building a case, you can’t just do it whatever size you want, but it has to fit the motherboard. And, as long as ATX still enjoys its success, the majority of the computers are relatively big in size, as you well know.

However, the pressure for miniaturizing is constantly growing. Initially, the cases were “full-tower”. Then, they got smaller – but not miraculously small – to “mid-tower” and “mini-tower”. Then, some smaller cases made their appearance, with different standards for the motherboards, for example the “micro-tower”. Even if the difference in size is still obvious, nonetheless, you have to allocate them a considerable space.

But are there any better solutions? Let’s find out!

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References   [ + ]

1. Techonomics: The Theory of Industrial Evolution” by H. Lee Martin, book published in CRC Press in 2006
2. Smaller Faster Lighter Denser Cheaper: How Innovation Keeps Proving the Catastrophists Wrong” by Robert Bryce, book published in PublicAffairs in 2014

8 Major Benefits for Your Health When You Love (Depending How!)

Where there is love, there is life.

Like anyone else, you want to be as healthy as possible. You read a little something; you find out about something else, and you try to do only what’s best for you.

You know that processed food is full of additives. You tell yourself that is best to avoid it. Just when you have switched your diet to vegetables and simple, basic products, you hear them say it’s best to buy their bio version. Not that you wouldn’t want to, but you have some existential questions when it comes to the price.

And you also found out that exercise is good for your health. Not just moving your butt out of the car to the office, but a real, actual workout. But, when do you have time to go to the gym? You barely manage to scroll all the way down to your Facebook timeline!

What would you say if I told you that there is actually something you can do to improve your health, something that costs you nothing, that doesn’t take you much time, and that it’s actually quite nice? Here is a little magic lesson…

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