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A cross-market storysmith — Italian-to-English translator, writer, editor — and...

A look into the life of a multilingual-content creator in the not-so-distant future

Simon was coaxed awake at five a.m. as his bedroom lighting imitated a sunrise and the sound of birds chirping was pumped into the room by his home audio system. As he opened his eyes, the chirping faded slightly, and a female voice said, “Good morning, Simon. I see you slept well. Let me know when you’re ready to check your messages.”

“Go ahead, Annie. Only the urgent ones, though, please.” Simon yawned and rubbed the sleep out of his eyes.

“You have two e-mails from clients in Italy. The one from Feltrinelli appears to be the most urgent. …

Hey, Siri. Get me a car, please,” Geoff subvocalized as he dashed from the hotel lobby.

This human is in a hurry. A car? Based on his current heading, he expects the first transport in the row to be made available to him. Accessing vehicle. Opening right-side door now. Checking available funds in the passenger’s default account.

Geoff headed straight for the first car in a row of identical public transports. As he approached, the door slid open, and he took a seat inside.

“To work, please.”

Work? Geoff Stenson: employed at the Environmental Protection Agency, Durham. Calculating optimal route…

I’m no expert in politics. I’d never even been especially politically engaged until fairly recently. What I very much am, though, is someone who would like to continue to live in a (small “d”) democratic America.


I come from a fairly conservative upbringing. I went to an American Baptist church for much of my childhood. I went to Catholic schools from third grade through to my sophomore year in high school. Until moving to Italy after finishing college, I pretty much always lived in what we might now call “red” America, first in rural northern California and then in rural Idaho, where some of my closest friends were Mormon. So I understand conservative values. …

WeWork Meatpacking Office a New York

Oggi il mondo del lavoro cambia velocemente e in continuazione con l’arrivo dello “sharing economy” e l’aumento nel numero dei liberi professionisti e di precariato, ecc. e questi cambiamenti presentano sia rischi che opportunità per i liberi professionisti. Noi traduttori indipendenti in particolare ci troviamo a dover affrontare delle sfide specifiche al nostro settore che fanno sì che possa essere più difficile per noi approfittare di tutto quello che la nuova economia avrebbe da offrirci.

Le sfide dei traduttori

A differenza dagli scrittori, grafici o altri creativi, noi traduttori tendiamo avere meno libertà creativa perché, tipicamente, ci viene fornito un testo definitivo in una…

Traduzioni dall’italiano verso l’inglese, servizi di scrittura e revisione

Chi sono

Un traduttore e revisore libero professionista da ormai due decenni e appassionato di tecnologia e tutto quello che riguarda il nostro futuro possibile, scrivo narrativa e saggistica che esplorano argomenti dalla tecnologia alla comunicazione e fino all’evoluzione della società, tutto con uno spirito di ottimismo. Dopo la laurea conseguita nella California, ho vissuto 24 anni nella provincia di Vicenza (Veneto) e sono tornato di recente negli Stati Uniti per motivi famigliari. Dopo un anno nella Nord Carolina, abito di nuovo nella California dove sono nato e cresciuto. …

The Agno River, Valdagno, in the province of Vicenza, Italy

Sounds simple, but, damn, it’s been hard to do lately

I really like this metaphor, which comes from the Zen proverb, “Before enlightenment; chop wood, carry water. After enlightenment; chop wood, carry water.” (H/T to Leo Babauta and Zen Habits) Although I’m not Buddhist, this concept of being fully present in the action at hand resonates well with me, but it’s been especially hard to put into practice this year — for the obvious reasons.

Samu (Zen): physical work that is done with mindfulness as a simple, practical and spiritual practice. (source: Wikipedia)

Not that mindfulness came easy before “Billy Bush Tuesday” — is that what we’re calling dates on…

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A thought experiment

Immortality is something I think about quite a lot, either for my science-fiction writing or just because I’m getting to that age at which one starts to think a lot more about one’s own mortality. And when pondering immortality, a couple of questions naturally spring to mind right away: Will it ever be possible? And will we even want it once it is possible?

On this first question, I tend to assume that, one way or another, immortality — or something very much like it — will eventually be possible. I suspect it will come incrementally over the course of…

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Pondering the value of applause on Medium

I think I pretty much grok what Medium is doing with claps now, and it looks like it could turn into something pretty cool. I’d become a paying member of Medium immediately in March when they launched the new membership program but then let my paid account lapse after the first month because I just wasn’t finding enough premium (members-only) stuff I wanted to read to justify the expense, and I felt like Medium had lost the plot somewhere along the way. …

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An “Autonomy” short story

“Damn! There it is again!” Sara elbowed her boyfriend and pointed to the wall of a corner restaurant as the pair walked down the steps of the Rialto bridge. “Hey, Giangi, what ad are you seeing on that wall over there?”

“Huh? Where?” Gianluigi shook his head for a second, as if to orient himself back in the real world, then turned in the direction Sara was pointing. “Oh, there. Yeah, just another ad for a VR game. Why?”

Sara laughed as they continued on down Salizzada Pio X. “You and your gaming. You need to find yourself some more…

Image source: Franco Folini

Augmented Creativity — Episode 3

The auto dropped Simon off at the stop on the southeast corner of Haight and Ashbury, right outside the workspace he frequented when he needed to get the creative juices flowing again.

Simon could see from the street that the first-floor common area was already three-quarters full. Most would be solopreneurs like himself; all were clustered around tables or lounging on sofas, some working on projects together and others sharing ideas and looking for inspiration from wherever it might come.

He weaved through the tables and sofa islands and headed for the stairs. He took the steps two at a…

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