Tag Archives: Humour

I’m a PC, I’m a Mac, I’m Linux … it is called GNU/Linux

Maybe you have seen the clever Apple campaign “get a Mac”. There are two characters playing “the PC” and “the Mac” and of course the Mac is cooler. Below you can find 6 ads in 1 video, but there are more videos.

But of course the question “Hey where is Linux?” didn’t take time to appear. And Novell (owner of Linux distribution Suse) created 3 PC, Mac … meet Linux ads, in which Linux is played by a woman, a clever move. By the way, say NO to NOvell, choose UbuntuLinux instead. Below you can find 2 of the 3 funny videos.
This video ad suggests that Linux can wear different interfaces and people share new apparels with Linux all the time, while PC and Mac are tied to their single interface for ages. Priceless the moment in which the PC says “I’ll probably wear this for another six or seven years” (referring to Vista interface).

In this video ad, PC and Mac are caught running Linux, but they don’t like to admit it, especially Mac.

Now we all know that the correct name is not Linux (just the kernel) but GNU/Linux (the entire operating system). I mulled over making one more spoof video in which Richard Stallman enters the video after the woman/Linux says “I’m Linux” for stating “The correct name is GNU/Linux!” (credit for the idea) but my video editing abilities are zero. What about yours?

Am I a human? Well, I take the Turing Test

Very funny post: How I failed the Turing test. Actually, it raises a lot of metaphysical questions.
Some time around March, I started receiving a number of random instant messages from people I’ve never met before. Apparantly, my AIM alias had been added to at least two online lists and people all over the world were busy importing me as a buddy.
I say “at least two” because the people who contacted me fell into one of two camps: people who thought they were contacting a celebrity and people who thought they were contacting a robot. As I talked to more and more of these folks, I began to discover something really disturbing about myself:
I consistently fail to be perceived as human.

Since you are defined but what other people think of you, if the other people think you are not an human, what are you?
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Paolo trying to be Kitta (and to get a free shirt ;-)

Via Bru, I found a photo of Kitta wearing a Technorati shirt (Ryan, who sent the present, jokes about this being his only contribution at Technorati people will remember). So I thought “what she has more than me?”. Actually a non-fake Technorati T-shirt. See with your eyes this image or the one without head.
So here goes the plea: please Technorati send me a real Technorati shirt so that I could look as cool as Kitta. ;-)
Of course, I will do the same for Flickr (wearing their shirt) or anyone else. Looking for a testimonial model? Look no more, you’ve found it right here! Actually I think I could do everything for a free T-Shirt, just try me ;-)

Incredible article about Windows Longhorn on Repubblica.it

[I usually don’t post link to discussions in Italian, but this is too funny/sad. If you don’t undestand Italian, you can skip this]
L’articolo su Repubblica.it Longhorn, il nuovo Windows su misura per l’era Internet e’ totalmente non plausibile, inverosimile e inconsistente.
Leggete il post di Paolo Attivissimo Repubblica parla di Longhorn, parte il festival della castroneria per farvi una idea delle imprecisioni (e anche per farvi due risate).
Nel seguito l’email che ho scritto di getto (e magari con errori grammaticali) all’autore dell’articolo, Giuseppe Turani [ g.turani AT repubblica.it ] prima di leggere il chiaro post di Paolo Attivissimo. Se vi va di invitare Turani a scrivere un articolo chiarificatore (o almeno a capire che ha scritto inesattezze) potreste inviargli anche voi una email.
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“Serpica naro” is “San Precario”

san_precario.jpgThis is pure genius! News from Repubblica.it (in Italian).
Serpica Naro, young anglojapanese artist and fashion-maker, was supposed to close the Milano fashion week (Settimana Della Moda) today. BUT (suspence …) Serpica Naro does not exist!
The organizers were fouled by the creative Italian collective Chainworkers. Serpica Naro is in fact an acronym of San Precario (depicted in picture), the newest of a long list of saints but this time with a reason.
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Europe and Italy

This funny flash animation can give you an idea of how Italy is different from Europe. I especially enjoyed the representation of how Italians form queues, and I can swear that it is totally true: queue is probably a too difficult concept for us. This humorous anthropologic study can be useful in case you are pondering about coming to live here (you know who you are).