Metaverse: there is the first student who graduated virtually and is Italian!

In the Metaverse you can also graduate and the first to do so was Edoardo di Pietra, a young student from Colle Val D’Elsa in the province of Siena, who decided to discuss his thesis in front of the University of Turin commission for the Communication, ICT and Media course which included live presence but also in virtual version directly in the Metaverse with an avatar created ad hoc for the occasion.

“When you are the first to do something, you are the precursor of everything that will come after you. So you have responsibilities. In short: you become a standard of the future” these are the words of the young graduate of La Stampa.

You can even graduate in the Metaverse!
In Italy it was the first and it could also be on a global level. A step forward that makes us understand how important universities are also ready for this type of innovation and how, with a minimum commitment, we can keep up with the times and with the technological changes that afflict the world every day.

Edoardo Di Pietro prepared his thesis in one year of work. “As a gamer I had already heard of the Metaverse, also because I was unknowingly in precursor games, such as Minecraft”. Tomorrow will certainly be a revolution in graduation debates “but also for the future – underlines a different distance, with greater presence and greater interactivity to the classic video calls on the platforms used to give lessons during the period of restrictions. due to the Covid pandemic “.

For the 25-year-old Tuscan, “Metaverso is a kind of teleportation”. But there are not only the merits. “The biggest flaw to point out is that we don’t have to detach ourselves too much from reality,” he says. “Beautiful technology, beautiful innovation, but we always live in this world. In science fiction novels and films or in the common imagination, we see the Metaverse as that thing that will make us sit all day in an armchair with a tube attached to the back of the neck, thus feeding us. Here the Metaverse doesn’t even have to touch upon that idea. It must be something more to increase and simplify reality “.

The thesis supervisor will be Professor Michele Cornetto. “The idea was born about a half ago. A first experiment developed on Minecraft for the Christmas party at the end of the year to overcome Covid. Since then I have started thinking of promoting this topic also to students who asked for projects of That of Edoardo goes in the direction: it is a first step to understand what and how many perspectives there will be for this one, he explores the future “.

2nd July (’22): Palio di Siena [Italy]

Trecciolino alla curva di San Martini

The Palio di Siena (Italian pronunciation: [ˈpaːljo di ˈsjɛːna]; known locally simply as Il Palio) is a horse race that is held twice each year, on 2 July and 16 August, in Siena, Italy. Ten horses and riders, bareback and dressed in the appropriate colours, represent ten of the seventeen contrade, or city wards. The Palio held on 2 July is named Palio di Provenzano, in honour of the Madonna of Provenzano, a Marian devotion particular to Siena which developed around an icon from the Terzo Camollia [it] area of the city. The Palio held on 16 August is named Palio dell’Assunta, in honour of the Assumption of Mary.

Sometimes, in case of exceptional events or local or national anniversaries deemed relevant and pertinent ones, the city community may decide for an extraordinary Palio, run between May and September. The last two were on 9 September 2000, to celebrate the city entering the new millennium and on 20 October 2018, in commemoration of the end of the Great War.

The Corteo Storico, a pageant to the sound of the March of the Palio, precedes the race, which attracts visitors and spectators from around the world.

The race itself, in which the jockeys ride bareback, circles the Piazza del Campo, on which a thick layer of earth has been laid. The race is run for three laps of the piazza and usually lasts no more than 90 seconds. It is common for a few of the jockeys to be thrown off their horses while making the treacherous turns in the piazza, and indeed, it is not unusual to see riderless horses finishing the race.

♬Armin van Buuren & Sam Gray – Human Touch

LYRIC

These four walls keep on closing in on me
It’s hard to breathe when there’s no one else here to see
Friends keep calling to check I’m okay but
They don’t know I’ve been falling for days now
These four walls keep on closing in, no release, no release

Singing sad songs on my own
It’s hard to get high when you feel so low now
My heart needs some love
I’m crying out for some human touch now
Now, now, now, now, now, now, now, now
I’m crying out for some human touch now

Oh-oh-oh-oh
Oh-oh-oh-oh
I’m crying out for some human touch
Oh-oh-oh-oh
Oh-oh-oh-oh
I’m crying out for some human touch

Been so long since I’ve felt someone close as you (as you)
When time stands still you’re the only one pulls me through (yeah)
Friends keep calling but I’m all okay ’cause
Now you found me, yeah, I found my place
Been so long since I’ve felt someone close as you
Now I’m through

Singing sad songs on my own
It’s hard to get high when you feel so low now
My heart needs some love
I’m crying out for some human touch

Singing sad songs on my own
It’s hard to get high when you feel so low now
My heart needs some love
I’m crying out for some human touch now

Oh-oh-oh-oh
Oh-oh-oh-oh
I’m crying out for some human touch
Oh-oh-oh-oh
Oh-oh-oh-oh
I’m crying out for some human touch

Crested Caracaras — Nomadic Juveniles — Sonoran Images

You may enlarge any image in this blog by clicking on it. Click again for a detailed view. Today I’m posting about my favorite bird species — the Crested Caracara. More specifically, I’m posting about young Caracaras, juveniles that are almost certainly less than a year old. Caracaras are native to Mexico, Central, and South […]

Crested Caracaras — Nomadic Juveniles — Sonoran Images

Readers’ wildlife photos — Why Evolution Is True

We have two contributions today: plants and ducks. Let’s take the ducks first. All readers’ captions are indented, and can enlarge the photos by clicking on them. The first trio comes from evolutionist and ornithology expert Bruce Lyon of UC Santa Cruz, who’s just returned from Argentina and has great photo to come. These, however,…

Readers’ wildlife photos — Why Evolution Is True