UEFA Nations League 2018-2019: Italia condanna Polonia a retrocessione dopo vittoria in recupero

15 Ott

Il primo verdetto della Serie A della UEFA Nations League è giunto: la Polonia è retrocessa in B dopo aver perso lo scontro diretto in casa propria contro la nazionale italiana.

Entrambe le nazionali hanno disputato una buona gara, con l’Italia che attaccava e contrattaccava di continuo mentre la Polonia era abile nel chiudersi in difesa in un muro invalicabile che ricordava proprio la classica Italia.

La palla, però, non sembrava voler entrare in rete da entrambe le parti, e appariva quindi necessario osservare il rendimento delle due squadre a Novembre nelle loro gare contro il Portogallo, ma, durante il recupero, Biraghi colpisce la palla dagli sviluppi di un calcio d’angolo, segnando un gol che riporta gli azzurri alla vittoria dopo oltre un anno, nonché al gol in partite ufficiali da altrettanto tempo.

Sfortunata la Polonia, che avrebbe meritato qualcosa di più di un pareggio e due sconfitte, mentre adesso l’Italia può ospitare i campioni d’Europa in carica con la certezza di non poter retrocedere. Anzi, qualora sconfiggesse i lusitani, li costringerebbe a vincere l’ultima partita, altrimenti il girone scivolerebbe di mano ai portoghesi.

Staremo a vedere gli sviluppi di questo girone mentre si conclude la quarta giornata su sei.


4 Things to remember in case you are writing a European character

10 Ott

I am from Italy, and thus I’m European, so I thought it would be nice if I’d tell you 4 things to remember in case you are writing a European character in your novel.

I hope you enjoy.

Europe doesn’t have one culture, but many

After all, each continent has its own cultures. I mean: have you ever seen a map of Africa with its different ethnicities and cultures? And think about Asia: the Middle East, India and China don’t even seem to be on the same continent.

Something similar happens to Europe, where you have more than 50 states, but not all of them share the same culture.

As an example, yes, the majority of European languages derive from the Indo-European family, but there are countries that aren’t Indo-European (such as Finland, Hungary or Georgia).

With religion, not only you have countries that aren’t a Christian majority (most notably Turkey, at the gateway between Europe and Asia), but different branches of Christianity as well. Italy is Catholic, England is Anglican, Germany is Protestand and Russia is Orthodox, just to show you some examples.

And this would go on and on with cuisine, history, traditions and so on.

Difference between countries and within a country

In fact, you should consider this: in Europe, cultural differences don’t just happen between countries, but within a country as well.

Take my country for an example. Italy seems to have one omogenous culture if you take a look at it, but its regions often have their own history, separated from others.

Italy has 20 regions, and all of them have their traditions, cuisine, history and culture. On a website, for instance, I read that putting a character from northern Italy with a mandoline would be like having a newyorker playing a banjo.

And you would think “well, maybe this is the truth with countries that are large enough”, but you also have to consider smaller ones. Switzerland is literally divided into Cantons, and they belong to one of the four cultural parts of this confederation: German Switzerland, French Switzerland, Italian Switzerland and Romansch Switzerland.

Don’t underline stereotypical talking

Linguistic stereotypes can be bad when you create a character, because it shows lack of research.

Also, people fail to relize that the way they mimic a language would determine how they see it.

Of course you’d consider German to be an angry language if you speak German while angrily screaming. Of course you’d think Italian is a happy-go-lucky language if you use a high voicetone saying MAMMA MIA, BELLA PIZZA with a behavior similar to how you talk to kids.

And, be careful with gestures: you know the typical “Italian gesture” people make? That would mean something on the line of “what do you want?!”.

This goes on with every language. A Frenchman wouldn’t always carry a baguette and talk as if they’re romancing with you, and a Russian wouldn’t always say something threatening with a cold face.

Distance between places

Americans always have this vision of Europe as being so small that you could casually cross a border or two just to get some coffee. And, while there are parts where this can be true, there are places where crossing a border would require a long trip. For instance, someone from southern Italy would require at least 1.000 km just to reach the borders, and someone living close to Moscow would need a long trip, even by train, to leave Russia.

But this should also be considered within a single city. Not all monuments of Rome, Paris, London and others are so close between each other that you could see them all in a day. Sure, they could be in a city like Milan with a vast subway line, but even that would require just staring at the monument for a moment and then leave.

Those were some tips in writing a character coming from Europe. I hope you’ve enjoyed!

Arrowverse: prima immagine ufficiale di Batwoman

9 Ott

L’Arrowverse ha sempre toccato tutti gli angoli dell’universo DC in qualche modo, ma non si è mai messo in mezzo alla Bat-Famiglia, a meno che voi non consideriate Helena Bertinelli come parte di essa.

Comunque, questo sta per finire, perché il crossover di quest’anno vede la Justice League televisiva a Gotham City, e ad aiutarli è Batwoman.

Kate Kane è un personaggio che esiste fin dagli anni ’50, ed è una supereroina molto intrigante, e infatti non mi sorprende che vogliano andare su di lei per una serie ambientata nel lato “Batmaniano” dell’Arrowverse.

Tramite Screenweek, vi mostro la prima immagine ufficiale di Ruby Rose nei panni di Batwoman, in attesa di vederla nel crossover e di capire se saremo di fronte ad una nuova serie.

Ecco a voi la foto, e arrivederci!

Film e Serie visti tra il 10 Settembre e il 06 Ottobre

7 Ott

Ok, questo è un articolo molto veloce, ma è dovuto a che io sto posticipando di continuo l’elenco dei film e telefilm visti, e ormai sono diventati troppi perché io possa ricordarli bene, quindi li metterò qui.

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Who in the Blue Hell are you?

5 Ott

Who in the Blue Hell are you?

I used this quote from Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson as the title, but this isn’t a wrestling post.

Yesterday, I was watching one of my favourite Italian youtubers. He was talking about fashion blogger Chiara Ferragni as an example on how people can change and evolve from their teenage years to become more successful.

Still, there was one moment that hit me.

He started mentioning how he could hear the comments of those who hated her for their success, but described them: “you, sitting on your parents’ couch, three years late with your studies, looking for a job in little websites”.

What he was trying to say was: how could you, of all people, mock, judge and criticize someone who made it in their life?

It hit me because I think he’s right: when people are successful, what gives you the right to hate them because they are?

For those who don’t know her, Chiara Ferragni is a fashion blogger whose net is worth 10 Million Euros. She’s been blogging since 2009, and lately she’s been on everyone’s newsfeed because her wedding (with Italian rapper Fedez) was talked about as if it was one more Royal Wedding.

Also, she has become the example on how easily it is for someone to be hated because of their success.

I don’t know about other place, but, here in Italy, the moment you become successful, you start being on the receiving end of a lot of hate.

Mostly, it’s because those haters believe “you don’t deserve to have that much success”, implying “as much as I should”.

Yet, you won’t hear this kind of hate from fellow fashion bloggers, rappers, actors or various other professions, most of the time.

No, this criticism often comes from the kind of people that youtuber described: men and women who are too lazy to try doing something with their life, and that they believe everything should be handed to them.

In another video I watched (the topic were the same two people), another youtuber said: “you believe you’re a better singer than Fedez? Okay, prove it”.

How can you criticize someone’s success if all you did to work on it was waking up and sitting on your computer all day?

To make a personal example, I have the hobby of writing. Fellow writers usually make examples such as “if 50 Shades of Grey became a worldwide bestseller, then my book could become one”.

I am not that kind of person, because I always have one thought: at least, E.L. James sits down and finished her book. Therefore, I could only criticize her a little once I could be writing something more than cheesy pages that I keep on my folders.

Success isn’t always something that is being handed at you. Usually, you have to work hard for it, and prove the World you deserve it.

If you don’t want to work hard, you don’t get to criticize those who are.

Thus, next time you want to hate on the newest popstar, teen actor, web influencer or something similar, look in the mirror, and ask yourself: who in the Blue Hell are you? What have you done with your life to deserve to criticize and mock those who are making it big?

If the answer is close to nothing, then, sorry, but your opinion doesn’t matter, and shouldn’t even matter to yourself.

Still, if you want to prove people that you can become successful, feel welcome to show us.

Don’t go criticizing Chiara Ferragni if you don’t have a fashion blog (or you’re trying to become successful with a blog overall).

Don’t mock Fedez when all you can rap is “the stable is unstable”.

Don’t judge an actor when you would even struggle to blink realistically.

And, most importantly, don’t let strangers on a little blog telling you what to do.

Wait, did I just make this post unnecessary?

Well, let’s get over it.

2018-19 Champions League: 4 Italian teams winning in the same matchday for the first time in 13 years

4 Ott

This is the first time in 7 years that Serie A can have 4 teams competing in the same Champions League, but they all did something that hasn’t been accomplished since 2005: winning in the same matchday.

Back then, the teams were Juventus, Inter, AC Milan and Udinese defeating their opponent (respectively Club Bruges, Artmedia Bratislava, Fenerbahçe and Panathinaikos) in an era when Serie A doing so was still seen as something normal.

Between yesterday and the day before, however, we’ve seen the return of this particular feat.

It started with two large victories over Tuesday. Juventus defeated Young Boys 3-0 (yeah, I know: “The Old Lady” vs Young Boys), thus securing a first spot on the group (with Manchester United following behind at 4 points).

AS Roma, in the meantime, defeated Viktoria Plzeň with an astounding 5-0 in a group that seems to be more balanced as someone would have expected, considering that CSKA Moscow defeted Real Madrid, thus putting the giallorossi in a tied position with the defending champions.

Then, it continued with two amazing victories. Inter Milan found itself once more with the goal of reverting a 1-0 loss and turning it into a 1-2, thus co-leading with Barcelona at 6 points while the rest of the group has 0. Imagine having to play against Barcelona two times but knowing that not even a double defeat could harm you so much.

Napoli was about to “ruin” the poker by not managing to turn its dominance over Liverpool into goals, but Lorenzo Insigne found the back of the net at the 90th minute, thus letting Napoli lead the group with 4 points. Liverpool and PSG follow behind with 3, while Red Star Belgrade still has that 1 point of hope.

This second matchday proved that, yes, the Italian teams have found tough groups, but they won’t be easily eliminated.

Is there such a thing as “too much brainstorming”?

2 Ott

Next November, NaNoWriMo 2018 will officially happen, and, as such, those willing to take part to it, like yours truly, are starting to prepare it, unless of course they already did that. For instance, I could say that the creative process to build up my NaNoWriMo entry started off last Summer.

Anyway, on a writing Facebook group, someone posted a Preptober schedule, with the first thing to do being brainstorming.

I got blocked, and this is the reason why I’m writing this post.

No, the block wasn’t because I had no ideas on how to brainstorm, but for the opposite: I brainstorm too much!

From the moment I wake up to the one I go to sleep, my mind keeps fabricating ideas, concepts, characters and scenes. Even when I’m doing something that would otherwise require more concentration, like when I’m attending classes.

In fact, I could say that I just have too much brainstorming going on.

Yet, I wondered: is there such a thing? Can you actually brainstorm too much?

After all, your brain never stops, otherwise you’d be dead, so it shouldn’t be worrying that one’s brain is constantly active.

In my case, I guess creativity is what helps my own brain getting through the day.

And, now that I think about it, it does make boring or annoying things better.

I’m in the subway, surrounded by many people, and it’ll take 20 minutes to reach my destination? In the meantime, I create scenarios for my stories.

I’m getting bored when I’m studying? Let’s think about my characters for 10 minutes before resuming.

I’m waiting for a friend to come over but he’s overly late? At least I can distract myself with ideas.

Now, I understand that someone should be focusing more on the important stuff, but I have no idea how to stop it.

Okay, this post has derailed a lot, because this is what happens when I log in my blog thinking “I have an idea” but I write it before I can process it. And it’s actually a pretty good metaphor for my writing: if I don’t know exactly what I’m going to write, from start to finish, I end up writing a mess.

Well, this is kind of inspiring, but I guess you were there for the question I put as the title.

No, there is no such thing as too much brainstorming, but it depends on what you consider to be brainstorming.

For instance, are you brainstorming when you notice something interesting on the street? Are you doing it when you watch a movie and think “this is how I would have done this scene”? Are you doing it while you’re having lunch all by yourself?

Of course, each writer has their own method of brainstorming, but don’t worry if you feel like you’re doing this too much. The problem would be if you have no idea what to do with all the things you create.

Which is a topic I should be writing someday.

Well, thank you for reading my article!