Italian and European News

October 17, 2018

Best Marin doughnut shops

March 8, 2018
  • Jelly Donut, Northgate One, Terra Linda
  • Donut Alley, Larkspur
    • Other mentions:

    • Golden Cream
    • Standard-issue California doughnut shop. Could be almost any doughnut shop in any city in CA, NV or AZ. That’s not a knock on it at all, but not worth going out of your way for.
    • Johnny Doughnuts
    • Overpriced hipster garbage. Not horrible, but, for what they can charge, always a little disappointing. They are about as filling as you’d be for the same price at a normal doughnut shop, though. Started by some rich transplant who calls doughnuts things like a “bismark.” What is that even? The fuck out of here back to the East Coast with that shit.


    January 3, 2018

    Over the years, I have caught various snippets about children—almost uniformly young boys, I believe–being raised with Latin as their first language, or at least an L1 from a very early age. I have never cataloged these efforts in a systematic way, though, until now.

    Probably the two most famous Neo-Latinists raised in the language are Michael de Montaigne and Mogyorósi Árkád—who later moved to the U.S. and gave himself a good, strong, respectable American name: Arcadius Avellanus. John Stuart Mill has also been mentioned, but according to Wikipedia he didn’t start studying the language until the ripe old age of 8.

    But I have heard stories of other classicists raised in lingua Latina, and wish to keep this as a repository for such tales and accounts, as well as progress for anyone raising their kid with Latin as L1 in the 21st Century.

    If you know of any other postimperial Latinists-from-birth, please leave a comment!

    List of systems bash has been ported to

    August 2, 2017
    • GNU/Linux
    • Solaris
    • AIX
    • HP-UX
    • FreeBSD
    • OpenBSD
    • NetBSD
    • macOS
    • BeOS
    • Minix
    • Android
    • Windows

    NFL D1 standings

    February 26, 2017
    Monaghan 2 0 1 .833 35 32 3 3 0-0-1 2-0-0 W1
    Tyrone 1 0 1 .750 28 22 6 1 1-0-0 0-0-1 L1
    Mayo 2 1 0 .667 49 41 8 1 1-1-0 1-0-0 W2
    Dublin 1 0 2 .667 39 32 7 1 0-0-1 1-0-1 T2
    Donegal 1 1 1 .500 47 49 -2 3 0-1-1 1-0-0 T1
    Kerry 1 2 0 .333 49 49 0 4 0-2-0 1-0-0 L2
    Cavan 0 1 1 .250 18 25 -7 0 0-1-0 0-0-1 T1
    Roscommon 0 3 0 .000 41 56 -15 3 0-1-0 0-2-0 L3

    Girl Scouts Caramel Crunch cereal

    February 26, 2017

    Not good.
    In fact, bad.

    BBL|06 final standings

    January 23, 2017
    Scorchers 5 3 .625 2-2 3-1 8.15 7.53 W1
    Heat 5 3 .625 1-3 4-0 9.18 8.66 L1
    Sixers 5 3 .625 2-1 3-2 7.50 8.35 W1
    Stars 4 4 .500 1 1-3 3-1 8.47 8.08 L2
    Renegades 4 4 .500 1 1-3 3-1 8.87 8.83 W2
    Strikers 3 5 .375 2 2-2 1-3 8.20 7.87 W1
    Hurricanes 3 5 .375 2 1-3 2-2 8.78 9.31 L1
    Thunder 3 5 .375 2 2-3 1-2 7.52 8.12 L1

    BBL|06 standings

    January 4, 2017

    NBCSN is showing a few Big Bash League games this season live (read: middle of the night in North America). I woulda never followed the BBL; if do bother being up at weird hours to watch Twenty20 it’s usually the Indian Premier League. But I feel like it’s my patriotic duty to support cricket in the U.S. I heard Melbourne was kind of like San Francisco and the Renegades have Trinis Dwayne Bravo and Sunil Narine, so I think I’ve found my team.

    Scorchers 6 4 2 .667 2-1 2-1 W1
    Heat 6 4 2 .667 1-2 3-0 L1
    Sixers 6 4 2 .667 2-1 2-1 W2
    Stars 5 3 2 .600 ½ 1-1 2-1 W2
    Hurricanes 7 3 4 .429 1-2 2-2 W1
    Renegades 6 2 4 .333 2 1-3 1-1 L3
    Strikers 6 2 4 .333 2 2-1 0-3 L1
    Thunder 6 2 4 .333 2 1-2 1-2 W2

    Limited Time Originals Peppermint Chocolate Sandwich Cookies vs. Oreos

    December 7, 2016

    So, because I’m a disgusting glutton, I bought packages of both the cookies on the prominent all-peppermint display at the grocery store, as well as from the Oreo display. I mean, ’tis the season, right?! And because pleasure must be analyzed and quantified, I shoved both in my mouth (washed down with delicious Ritchey’s Reduced Fat 1½% Chocolate Milk which beat all contenders; possibly more on this later) and weighed the results.

    The box of Giant’s store brand advertises “double filled with candy cane crème filling,” and the Oreos appear to be roughly Double Stuf thickness as well. I agree with Operation Nutrition’s assessment (don’t know what a nutrition and fitness blog is doing reviewing candy cane sandwich cookies, but whatever) that the “Limited Time Orignals” store brand is actually better than Oreo’s Peppermint creme cookies. Of course the Oreos aren’t bad—they rarely are—but the candy cane crème filling in the Limited Time Originals pretty much does what it says on the tin—it tastes like a mint—whereas the filling in the Oreos tastes like peppermint-flavored Oreo filling, if that makes any sense. That is, the Oreo crème is sweeter, and tastes like the standard Oreo filling with peppermint flavor added, whereas these other sandwich cookies, perhaps freed from the strictures of preconception, just taste like a candy cane, slightly mintier than the Oreos. In addition, there are little tiny crunchy chunks of peppermint candy, which is less unpleasant than maybe it sounds.

    In the end, both leave your tongue feeling a bit frosty, but back to back, I think I slightly prefer Giant/Martin’s. Of course, I wouldn’t turn down the Oreos for the holidays, but at over twice the price by weight (even with your bonus rewards card) I don’t see ever getting them for myself if the Limited Time Originals Peppermint Chocolate Sandwich Cookies are around.

    Notes in English on the Italian constitutional referendum

    November 30, 2016

    Do you approve the text of the constitutional law regarding "Provisions for surmounting equal bicameralism, reduction of the number of members of parliament, containment of institutional operating costs, elimination of the National Council for Economics and Labor and the revision of Title V of Part II of the Constitution", approved by Parliament and published in the Gazzetta Ufficiale No. 88 of April 15, 2016?

    Not all Italians speak fluent Italian, especially when it comes to complex and nuanced policy discussions. So it’s been somewhat difficult to be fully participate in the conversation surrounding the upcoming referendum this weekend. But I have run across a few helpful English-language resources.

    There are a couple “everything you need to know” guides—of course, though, these are mostly predicated on the idea you’re a worldly interested foreigner, not a voting citizen.

    The BBC has a piece on italiani residenti all’estero—specifically British ones, of course.

    Surprisingly for a pro-free-market publication you’d think would oppose anything that threatened the euro or EU membership and support anything streamlining government and cutting down on bureaucracy, but The Economist has endorsed a No vote.

    I also remembered this graphic, which I ran across a while back:

Popolazione: 60.000.000
Senatori: 315
Deputati: 630

Popolazione: 300.000.000
Senatori: 100
Deputati: 435

Se facessimo come gli USA avremmo 20 senatori e 87 deputati.


    However, if you’re feeling overwhelmed by all this, and straining your Italian skills watching Telegiornale trying to follow along, a recent survey found that 9 out of 10 Italians have not understood the upcoming referendum—and while frightening, at least we’re in good company.