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We shall overcome


Yesterday evenin' I was in Villa Manin, UD, to attend at Bruce Springsteen's concert. It was my first occasion to see the Boss, which is one of my favourite songwriters ever: if I were to go to a distant planet alone and could only bring one CD, then it would be one of Bruce's.

Springsteen came to Villa Manin with the Seeger Sessions Band, a fabulous group of musicians who played in his latest studio work. There was some fear of rain among the attending people, since the sky looked quite bad, but luckily then it cleared and nothing else was to obstacle the concert. There were about 11 thousand people in the magnificent garden of the Villa.

When the Boss appeared I thought I was going to faint. He was surrounded by 17 musicians on a stage which looked like an old western theatre. Bruce was in outstanding shape and mood, and he played all the songs from the latest album, rearranging some of them in a spectacular way also thanks to his musicians. Amidst these new works, the Boss also played some songs from his huge repertoire, including one from Greetings from Asbury Park, NJ album (Growing Up)!!! He also played Johnny 99 (from Nebraska), The River and My City of Ruins (from The Rising). Every song was rearranged in a special acoustic way, for instance violins were used in The River. In the middle of the gig, Bruce also found the time to drink a glass of local grappa.

After 2 hours and 1/2 of uninterrupted concert, Bruce and the musicians said goodbye to everybody, and immediately the staff began to dismantle the stage. We stayed there some minutes, hoping that Bruce would come back, this time with his old Fender instead of an acousting guitar, and sing Born in the USA. But this was not the evening for that: it was the Seeger Sessions' evening, and it was fantastic. 10++.

Unicode Explained

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Unicode Explained
Jukka K. Korpela
O'Reilly Media, 2006
ISBN 0-596-10121-X
US$ 59.99

Rating: 4/5 (very good)

Now that the IT world is moving towards Unicode, there are usally two ways a computer programmer thinks about the role Unicode has in his life: the first is "I need to know nothing, the environment will do everything by itself," while the second is "hey man, it's just a character set, I already know everything I need". Well, there's also a third "I don't care and I will use US-ASCII forever" option, but I presume the reader of this review is somehow interested in Unicode.

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