28 October (2021): International Animation Day

October 28, the International Animation Day (IAD) was an international observance proclaimed in 2002 by the ASIFA as the main global event to celebrate the art of animation.

This day commemorates the first public performance of Charles-Émile Reynaud‘s Théâtre Optique at the Grevin Museum in Paris, 1892. In 1895, the Cinematograph of the Lumière brothers outshone Reynaud’s invention, driving Émile to bankruptcy. However, his public performance of animation entered the history of optical entertainments as shortly predating the camera-made movies.

In recent years, the event has been observed in more than 50 countries with more than 1000 events, on every continent, all over the world. IAD was initiated by ASIFA, International Animated Film Association, a member of UNESCO. During International Animation Day cultural institutions are also invited to join in by screening animated films, organizing workshops, exhibiting artwork and stills, providing technical demonstrations, and organizing other events helping to promote the art of animation. Such a celebration is an outstanding opportunity of putting animated films in the limelight, making this art more accessible to the public.

ASIFA also commissions an artist to create an original art poster announcing the event each year. It is then adapted for each country in order to guarantee a worldwide view of the event. Previous editions involved the work of animators such as Iouri Tcherenkov, Paul Driessen, Abi Feijo, Eric Ledune, Noureddin Zarrinkelk, Michel Ocelot, Nina Paley, Raoul Servais, Ihab Shaker and Gianluigi Toccafondo.

Full length animation films, historical features, animated shorts, and student films, all variety of animation art are shown in the workshops. These films display an extraordinary range of techniques – drawing, painting, animating puppets and objects, using clay, sand, paper, and computer. Because many animated films are non-verbal, it is a rich opportunity for cross cultural expression and communication.

Social media (especially facebook) are thinking about new technologies: is the future the metaverse?

Perhaps to try to explain the concept in the simplest of ways, the best way is to somehow take up the explanation of whoever coined this new term, which in fact transforms the future into the present. The concept of the metaverse was introduced by Neal Stephenson, an acclaimed author of science fiction books. Speaking of this metaverse, a virtual universe in fact, the author means a real world of virtual reality. A virtual reality shared with other network users. Let’s talk about a transformation of the internet. If we now navigate in front of the screen, with the metaverse we enter the screen in virtual reality. And here it will be possible to meet our friends, take a trip using the resources of the network without ever leaving the desk, attend a virtual concert. Physically remaining seated in front of the PC but with our avatr able to move in the virtual world and interact with it. The key to the metaverse are glasses for augmented reality and objects of this type.

Last week, a rumor leaked that Facebook will change its name shortly to clean up its political image and to diversify services beyond social networks. Pending the conference in which the new name of the IT giant will be presented, information is emerging on what its interests will be in the future.

Mark Zuckerberg said he has repositioned some of the company’s teams to “make services for the young-adult audience our guiding star”. The comment from the CEO of Menlo Park came during a conference with the company’s shareholders, and should respond to the lack of interest of young people in Facebook and the decline in the time they spend on the social network. According to Zuckerberg, in fact, “Many of our services have been designed to be the best for all users who use them, and not just for teenagers and young people”.

The choice to shift the focus of Facebook from the general public to that of young people is due to very precise calculations: the company predicts that the growth of users among older people and among the elderly will be very slow in the coming years, but also which would become much faster if, instead of focusing on all age groups, social media preferred only younger users.

♬ THE WAR ON DRUGS – Change

This song from ‘the war on drugs’ was released yesterday, October 26th 2021, and tomorrow October 28th their new album will be released: ‘I Don’t Live Here Anymore

LYRIC

I was lying in my bed
A creature void of form
Been so afraid of everything
I need a chance to be reborn
I never wanted anything
That someone had to give
I don’t live here anymore
I went along in wheelWhen I think about the old days, babe
You’re always on my mind
I know it ain’t like I remember
I guess my memories run wild
Like when we went to see Bob Dylan
We danced to Desolation Row
But I don’t live here anymore
But I got no place to goBeating like a heart
I’m gonna walk through every doorway, I can’t stop
I need some time, I need control, I need your love
I wanna find out everything I need to know
I’m gonna say everything that there is to say
Although you’ve taken everything I need away
I’m gonna make it to the place I need to go
We’re all just walkin’ through this darkness on our ownTime surrounds me like an ocean
My memories like waves
Is life just dying in slow motion
Or getting stronger everyday
I never took our love for granted
You never left me wanting more
But you never recognise me babe
I don’t live here anymoreBeating like a heart
I’m gonna walk through every doorway, I can’t stop
I need some time, I need control, I need your love
I wanna find out everything I need to know
I’m gonna say everything that I need to say
Although you’ve taken everything I need away
I’m gonna take you to the place I need to go
We’re all just walkin’ through this darkness on our own
Beating like a heart
I’m gonna walk through every doorway, I can’t stop
I need some time, I need control, I need your love
I wanna find out everything I need to know
I’m gonna say everything that I need to say
Although you’ve taken everything I need away
I’m gonna take you to the place I need to go
We’re all just walkin’ through this darkness on our ownWe’re all just walkin’ through this darkness on our own
We’re all just walkin’ through this darkness on our own
We’re all just walkin’ through this darkness on our own
We’re all just walkin’ through this darkness on our own

26th October (2021): Intersex Awareness Day

Intersex Awareness Day is an internationally observed awareness day each October 26, designed to highlight human rights issues faced by intersex people.

The event marks the first public demonstration by intersex people in North America, on October 26, 1996, outside the venue in Boston where the American Academy of Pediatrics was holding its annual conference. Intersex activists Morgan Holmes and Max Beck participated for the (now-defunct) Intersex Society of North America, alongside allies from Transsexual Menace including Riki Wilchins. Holmes has written that the event was intended not as a demonstration but as participation in the conference. She states that Beck and Holmes had intended to deliver an address, “on long-term outcomes and to challenge their still-prevailing opinion that cosmetic surgery to “fix” intersexed genitals was the best course of action”, but were “met, officially, with hostility and were escorted out of the conference by security guards”. The group only later demonstrated, carrying a sign saying “Hermaphrodites With Attitude”.

The commemoration day itself began in 2003 with the establishment of a central awareness raising site by Betsy Driver and Emi Koyama.A central awareness raising site was later re-established in 2015 by Morgan Carpenter with Laura Inter of Brújula Intersexual, and support from Open Society Foundations.

Intersex Awareness Day is an international day of grass-roots action to end shame, secrecy and unwanted genital cosmetic surgeries on intersex children. The day also provides an opportunity for reflection and political action. Between October 26 and November 8, intersex organizations bring attention to the challenges intersex individuals face, culminating in the Intersex Day of Remembranceon November 8, the birthday of Herculine Barbin, also sometimes known as Intersex Solidarity Day.

♬ Swedish House Mafia and The Weeknd – Moth To A Flame

Moth to a Flame” is a song by Swedish house music supergroup Swedish House Mafia and Canadian singer the Weeknd. It was released on 22 October 2021 through Republic Records, as the third single from the group’s upcoming debut studio album Paradise Again.

A potential collaboration between Swedish House Mafia and the Weeknd was first speculated when the group signed with the Weeknd’s longtime manager Wassim “Sal” Slaiby in April 2021. It was later teased by the Weeknd during an episode of his Apple Music 1 radio show Memento Mori, in which he stated in the introduction “The Swedes just landed in L.A.“. A snippet of “Moth to a Flame” was then revealed by Swedish House Mafia during their performance at the 2021 MTV Video Music Awards in September. On 19 October, the group and the singer teased the single once again before announcing that it would be released on 22 October. In celebration of its release, Swedish House Mafia hosted the twentieth episode of Memento Mori.

LYRIC

Like a moth to a flame
I’ll pull you in, I’ll pull you back to
What you need initially
It’s just one call away
And you’ll leave him, you’re loyal to me
But this time I’ll let you be

‘Cause he seems like he’s good for you
And he makes you feel like you should
And all your friends say, “He’s the one”
His love for you is true

But does he know you call me when he sleeps?
Or does he know the pictures that you keep?
Or does he know the reasons that you cry?
Or tell me, does he know where your heart lies?
Where it truly lies?

Yeah, you should be with him, I let you go from time
You should stay with him

‘Cause he seems like he’s good for you
And he makes you feel like you should
And all your friends say, “He’s the one”
His love for you is true

But does he know you call me when he sleeps?
Or does he know the pictures that you keep?
Or does he know the reasons that you cry?
Or tell me, does he know where your heart lies?
Where it truly lies?

Right here with me, baby
Where it truly lies
My baby
Where it truly lies
Give me all of it
Where it truly lies

Where it truly lies

Where it truly lies

Where it truly lies

Sperlonga (Latina) – PHOTO October 2021

I arrived in Sperlonga on an autumn afternoon. Despite the poor light and the desolate beaches, Sperlonga has distinguished itself for being one of the most beautiful towns on the Latina coast. Perched on a hill overlooking the sea, it has beaches on both sides, which are protected by promoters both on the sea and inland. This makes it one of the hottest areas in central Italy. In addition, there are also nearby lakes that contribute to making the area humid but with mild winters, comparable only to those of Sud od Italy.