Wednesday, December 31, 2008

... for a better new year, that wouldn't be only Utopia ...

Hi all, I finally write on this pages because, even if I don't have that free time, I cannot resist from tell what is shocking me for some days...

I decided to do a simple thing: copy and try to translate the one that is up to now the latest post from an Italian human rights actvists on his blog. He is the only Italiano living inside Gaza Strip at the moment. The post was written on December 29th, and there is only an "half interview" as an update because of the very hard communications problem of these hours.

I'd ask you not to comment this post. The most intelligent thing you can do is to shut down the TV and the mainstream media and to spread voices like this one. Free voices, without any interest and thanks to this totally pure in their indignation.

Here you are my best wishes for a 2009 far from the common and comfortable point of views, to be able to listen, understand and move other people to be aware of what is happeining in these complicated circumstances rather than shout stupid, ignorant and commomn judges in black and white forgetting common people lives.

Pungent sulphur smell in the air. Flashes lit between clanging thunders.
Now my ears are dull because of the explosions, and my eyes dry of tears before the corpses.

I'm in front of Al Shifa Hospital, the main one in Gaza. It's just arrived the terrible threat that Israel would have decided to bomb the new section of the building, currently under construction.
This wouldn't be a news, yesterday was bombed Wea'm Hospital along with a drug warehouse in Rafah, the islamic university (destroyed), and several mosques along all the Gaza Strip, not to mention dozens of CIVIL buildings.

It seems that finished the "considerable" targets, the air force and the navy are delighting aiming at holy places, schools and hospitals.

It's a 9/11 at every hour, every minute, here around, and tomorrow is always a new identical mourning day.
You can hear the helicopters and the fighters constantly over your head. When you see the flash, you're already dead, it's too late to save yourself.

There are no bomb shelters in all the Strip, there is no safe place.

I can't get in thouch with any friend in Rafah, neither the ones that live north of Gaza City.
I hope that it is because of the overloaded lines. I hope.
It's been 60 hours without sleeping for me... and this is the same for all the Gazawi.

Yesterday me and other 3 fellows from ISM (International Solidarity Movement) spent the night in Awda Hospital in the refugees camp in Jabalia. We went there because we were afraid from the militry operation on the land, that in the end did't happen.
But Israeli tanks stand ready along all the border with the Strip, and their belts hungry of corpses it seems that will move to their funereal march this night.

Around 11:30PM a bomb exploded about 800 meters away from the hospital, the shockwave broken several windows... wounding already wounded people.
An ambulance went to the site of the burst, they saw a destroyed mosque, luckily empty at that time.
Unfortunately, but this is not an accident, it's a criminal and terrorist will to do a civilian massacre, the bomb destroyed the building near the mosque too.

We saw six corpses of six little sisters taken from the rubble. Five of them are dead. One is dire injured.

They laid down the littles girls on the burnt tarmac, and they look like broken dolls, put away because useless.
This is not an error, this is a voluntary cynical horror.

The dead are 320, the wounded people about a thousand, according to a doctor in Shifa the 60% of the injured is doomed to die in the next hours or days after a long agony.

Dozens are the missing people, in the hospitals desperate wives look for their husbands, their sons and daughters for two days and often in vain.
It's an awful scene at the mortuary.
A male nurse told me that a palestinian woman after hours of search between the corpses parts in the mortuary, recognized his husband only from an amputate hand.
That was all that remained of his man, with still the wedding ring of their endless love the promised to each other.

Of a two-family house there is very few human remains, to their relatives was shown an half-body and three legs.

Just now one of our ships from the Free Gaza Movement is leaving the harbour in Larnaca, Ciprus. I spoke with my friend on board. Eroes, they put drugs everywhere on the ship.
They shoul land in Gaza tomorrow at 08:00AM.
Hoping that the harbour still exists at that time after this night of continuous bombing.
I'll be in thouch with them al this time.

Someone stop this nightmare.
To be silent means to support this current genocyde.
Shout your indignation, in every capital of the "civil", in every city and place, please overcome with your protest our screams of pain and terror.

Here there is a part of humanity that is dying in pitiful listening.

Vik in Gaza

Vittorio Arrigoni

Saturday, July 26, 2008

New Music Links!

Hi folks!
As you have maybe noticed I removed my Last.FM widget inserting this artwork (created by me) to put my artist page and user profile links directly in the "About me" box.
I've done this because finally I've been at and I've created a quite good playlist for this blog.
I hope you like it and you can enjoy reading my posts while you are listening to some good song.

Thursday, July 24, 2008

"Faelar" becomes "Andy Wandrian" on Last.FM

This is only a fast notice... I've changed my artist account name on Last.FM from "Faelar" to "Andy Wandrian".
I moved on the new artist the only song I've posted yes, but I hope to release other songs in the near future (I need only the time to record them...)

My new artist page is here:
if you will listen and/or tag my song I'll be indexed quicker ;-)

I've changed also my username, from "faelarandy" to "andywandrian", if you sign in in Last.FM and want to add me as a friend use my new username!



Sunday, July 13, 2008

Freefem++ available on Archlinux AUR

in the last days I adopted my first package on Archlinux User Repository .
It is Freefem++ that I need working on my distribution becuase of an university exam.
So, now, with the nickname of dedalus I will try to matain that package, and in the next weeks I hope to publish also an XFoil PKGBUILD.

In the meantime you can check out the web page of the package, and download the archive in order to compile and install the program simply by unpacking the .tar.gz and feeding makepkg with the PKGBUILD in it.

Enjoy Archlinux and the amazing AUR! ;-)

Saturday, June 21, 2008

The wonders of Jules Verne! (ESA's ATV Automated Transfer Vehicle)

I'm posting rapidly this fantastic video by ESA, that shows the ISS' astronauts ingress in the newly attached ATV in April.
There is Garrett Reisman who is enjoying weightlessness like a child! :-D

The article about the possibilities (also not expected) provided by this amazing 100% european spacecraft is very interesting! It's worth to be read, to learn how were spent (very well) the 10€/year that every european citizen contributes to the space funding :-)

Have a nice day,

Friday, May 30, 2008

MATLAB Warning: Initializing Handle Graphics failed in matlabrc.

Hello Folks!
I'm finally here again though my spare time is almost nonexistent, to post a solution about a "MATLABonLinux" issue.

Yesterday after the month-long reorganization of my disks and data on my Desktop PC with the reinstallation of ArchLinux as OS... and in the same time after the failure of my old Laptop with the migration to another old laptop of all data and the installation from scratch of ArchLinux also there...
I installed MATLAB R2007a on ArchLinux under a 2.6.25 kernel, with JRE 1.6.0_05-b13 and Xorg

After a clean installation and a clean setup with the install_matlab script you have to run after the graphic install... I opened the program to see this message as output of the initialization process as it was just before the prompt:

Warning: Initializing Handle Graphics failed in matlabrc.
This indicates a potentially serious problem in your MATLAB setup, which should be resolved as soon as possible. Error detected was:
Attempted to access monitors(1,:); index out of bounds because size(monitors)=[0,4].

In matlabrc at 108

I began to search the Internet about this problem, but I found only references to a locale or pathdef problem I hadn't.

I tried to understand who called who in the initialization and going to matlabrc.m line 108 I found the call to another configuration/initialization script: hgrc.m
(All these configuration files are locate in your $MATLAB/toolbox/local/ directory where $MATLAB is your MATLAB installation path).

In hgrc.m I found the call to "get" to assign the matrix monitors who creates the issued that brought to the error.

In the MathWorks techincal documentation site you can find all the "Handle Graphics Object Properties" at this page
If you easily click on the root category of the properties in the list on the left you will find the very "MonitorPosition" property whose call led to an initialization error.

Actually the "get" call in hgrc.m assign to monitors the result of the MonitorPosition parameters that the MATLAB system recognized.

Probably due to a Java vs X incompatibility (I can't install FemLab because of a Java - X version to version issue) the get function returns and empty matrix for the call about MonitorDefinition

The solution is quite brutal. I read what data should output the get(0,'MonitorPosition') call, and I assigned them directly to the monitor variable modifying the hgrc.m script.

As you can find in the previous linked documentation page:

[x y width height;x y width height] Width and height of primary and secondary monitors, in pixels. This property contains the width and height of each monitor connnected to your computer. The x and y values for the primary monitor are 0, 0 and the width and height of the monitor are specified in pixels. The secondary monitor position is specified as
x = primary monitor width + 1
y = primary monitor height + 1
Querying the value of the figure MonitorPosition on a multiheaded system returns the position for each monitor on a separate line.
v = get(0,'MonitorPosition')
v =
x y width height % Primary monitor
x y width height % Secondary monitor
Note that MATLAB sets the value of the ScreenSize property to the combined size of the monitors

The monitors array for a 1024x768 monitor as mine should be:
monitors = [0,0,1024,768;1025,769,1024,768];

and for a 1280x1024 monitor as my desktop:
monitors = [0,0,1280,1024;1281,1025,1280,1024];

So in the end I commented this line in hgrc.m:
monitors = get(0, 'MonitorPosition');

inserting a '%' character before the line... and I added the manual assign of the correct matrix to the monitors variable:
monitors = [0,0,1024,768;1025,769,1024,768];

After this workaround my MATLAB starts without any problem and displays every figure correctly.

That's all folks.. I hope this solution is useful for someone...

Keep On Hacking!

Monday, May 5, 2008

Finally Bike!

On Sunday April 7th, I went with some ciclyst to San Fermo della Battaglia, near Como toward Chiasso, it was awesome, and I could understand the actual possible range of my rides, and it's very good. This is the route I created with GoogleMaps ;-)

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To complete the pysical destruction of these days, on May 1st, after the Mass, for my grandparents 55th marry anniversary ;-) I talked with Father Federico of S. Victor Parish about road bicycle. The same afternoon I went with him to Castiglione Olona to the awesome slope of Piccolo Stelvio! Argh!
I withstood to the next 70km in 5 days, though I got some cramps on the way back.
It's been very funny to managed my legs everytime I had to push the pedal, to avoid the cramps to come out and block my legs, the whole thing while going steadly at about 30km per hour!
To be fitter that now is obviously my aim for the next months, but I'm very happy for my "base-resistance".

Here it is the map to Castiglione Olona

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Bene dai, lascio le amenità ciclistico internautiche per tornare allo studio, quest'anno posso organizzarmi decentemente... quindi sarebbe un'idea farlo veramente :-D

Buona giornata a tutti!



Well! Hello Folks!
After some political post one the Italian side of this blog, though them hasn't been too much useful (even if the Democrats defeat, luckily was not a complete tragedy)... I have been away for a while from my digital-life. It was such as a disintossication, becuase in the last months I had to update daily Rho's Democrats website, post about politics in this space, and finally I opened the Ammazzacaffè website, you can find right here at this "serious" domain

In 25th April's night, I went with some friend in Tradate to attend a speaking of Father Alex Zanottelli and Father Luigi Ciotti.
These two increbible priests, literally woke up our minds and re-created in us the will to commit ourselves about the human rights, equality, and the thing and the values in which we trust. They told us of our time's great problems, of the Mafia's and dangerous lobbies' strategies, of the distorted worship of the profit that can bring not to consider valuable neither human life, while taking in great account only money.
Against all this things, for a better world we have to, and we can work for justice with our daily choices. Evrey day we can put a crumb in favor of our ideals, simply with our behaviour, saying a word despite closing in an accompliceful silence, with our little choices our lifestyle, and with the quality of the our relations between each other.
That was really a wonderful meeting, rich in ideas, in warning about the actual problems of our world.
It was also a moment of amazing vitality, great hope in man's ability to get himself out of the mess he has made. It was definitely, also a great faith testimony, a faith intended in an active meaning, such as a faith in a God who suffer himself because of this situations of poorness, injustice and inequalità, but a God who aids the poors of this world too, through many people, helping them to get themselves little and poor to be carrier of consolation, help, support, and able to speak out against these things, to get finally, justice and peace.

With Giovani idee (Young Ideas) we are going on with the petition to ask improved bicycle roads, to rember to our Major that in Rho, our city, the people who uses bicycle is an important number :-)
We got almost 1000 signatures from the citizens.
It was actually at one of this petion stands, I spoke with a neighbour about bicycle, and he invited me to go by him and his friend the next sunday with the roadbike.
So in the next post I will publish the routes finally I've made :-)

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

What a cool book!

Hi guys,
only a short post for the arrival of a fantastic book (the first I've ever bought on!
I ordered it on March 14th and it would have arrived on April 16th, but today it was here!

Basic Physics of The Solar System by Blanco and McCuskey

This amazing old book of Orbital Mechanics was edited in 1961 and there are only few used copies available. Thanks to I managed to buy one...

Now it's really time to begin the study towards the exams at the end of the term.


Saturday, February 2, 2008

Poetry... from 2002

I don't know why today I'm doing this. I don't know why I decided to waste these 5 minutes of my time in this way... Maybe it was merely the thought of this little sheet stuck on a page of my old diary...
But that's it: I'm finally posting these four lines written with a pencil, to make them a little less ephemeral, printing them on some bits on Blogger's servers... or better, though only for a moment, on the retina, then in the mind... and finally in the soul of you readers...

So, here it is. It isn't great, but when I wrote it in italian in 2002 I thought it was pretty good ;-)
I've tried to translate it in english hoping I succeeded...
That's me.. roughly on the end of September 2002, a stupid guy laying on his bed, playing and almost sleeping like this...

Laying down on my bed of memories,
on two blankets of reveries.
A guitar in my hands
plays, something I don't know.

I do am here. A string resonates.
I'm really living this instant:
the moment the sound
leaves away and it spreads,
up in the air, the same
Andy - September/October 2002

Monday, January 14, 2008

Just before the end of the term

This is a photo I took last Thursday evening at the station. Just after the sunset there where a red sky blurred by the cloudy athmosphere and that was the thing you could see!
It looks like a Mars station!


Sunday, January 13, 2008

The first post of the year

Hi folks!  This is just the first post of the year! And what a better way to begin a year of posts than writing from an iPhone that's playing some cool songs directly into your ears! So Happy New Year to everyone! seeYa, Andy