roberto luigi

roberto luigi
Tuscany, Italy
September 11
Born in Croazia ( then Dalmazia a province of Italy) and raised in Florence, Italy. Did university work in the USA with a master in semiconductor physics. Worked in hi-tech pretty much everywhere with long stints in the USA. Now living in Tuscany in the florentine hills with andrea, my american wife.


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SEPTEMBER 11, 2012 9:40AM


Today is September the 11th, that infamous date...........it is my birthday, I am now 70, on this day it is the age when well meaning people tell you ".......you looking good, young man!" and many other such inanities; you smile and thank them all the while refraining from making some obscene… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 11, 2012 9:24AM


Today is September the 11th, that infamous date...........it is my birthday, I am now 70, on this day it is the age when well meaning people tell you ".......you looking good, young man!" and many other such inanities; you smile and thank them all the while refraining from making some obscene… Read full post »

JULY 9, 2012 7:20AM

Marquez and Alzheimer?

It may not be kept from the news any longer, despite his wife Mercedes' brave attempts, that the great writer has Alzheimer and can no longer recognize friends and relatives and, even more important for us callous worshippers, might not be able to complete "Vivir para contarla"

I know thatRead full post »

Yesterday saw the passing of one of the masters, if not "the maestro", of car design, Sergio Pininfarina. As with all such passing away of some of our  brilliant designers I am left musing about this, design, as the one unsurpassed mark of excellence of our italian cultural heritage, how and… Read full post »

JULY 1, 2012 5:49AM

Italy to USA to Italy

My family immigration history has only a brief chapter before I actually came over myself: my maternal grandfather Onofrio first went to New York (191o) and found work on the railways, came back to Italy a first time and then, presumably to make some more money, sailed back once more. After goin… Read full post »

As Andrea and I  did last year, a couple of weeks ago we went to Villasimius to meet again with the same wonderful swiss friends from Zurich, Maya and Rolf.......


 .......Villasimius is on the southeastern corner of that magical island that is Sardegna (aka Sardinia)


&n… Read full post »

In the good summer days of June the usual hordes of northern europeans invade the southern belt of Europe in four of its most representative states, the infamous, in monetary/financial terms: Portugal, Italy,Greece,Spain (for the purpose of this brief excursus Ireland is left out). The… Read full post »

This morning (italian time) I was perusing  the online edition of La Repubblica, a major italian newspaper, where I came across an article and a video of  an unidentified student by the name of Matt affected by cerebral palsy, who participated in a 400 metre race at the "Colonial… Read full post »

The month started as usual with incredible displays of flowers and greenery all around; the front....


....and the back...


....and across,


( One of these days I shall go and ask the farmer if there is any story (there must be) behind those three solitary cyRead full post »

MAY 31, 2012 9:33AM

Letter from Tuscany - May 2012

The month started as usual with incredible displays of roses and flowers and greenery all around us

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While I was deep into Hi-Tech (I started in 1972 in R&D developing the "chips" that were to run and control everyting from computers to cars, phones and you name it........), when I came to an excerpt from a book

The book opens with a turf war between two computer design… Read full post »

MAY 25, 2012 10:51AM

I was 18 when....

As I wrote in a previous post I was a terrible student in high school, so much so that at the age of 18 I was still there (and failed again); one silver lining for me, not for my poor parents, was that that year the prof of italian literature "invited" us… Read full post »

Brassawe’s piece on playing the game of chess against humans and a computer made me think back to when I too  played the game in earlier years; back then I was fascinated not only by the game itself but also by the way it was played in the fair city of/Read full post »

I too have played the game in earlier years against other players with a mediocre record; I have always been fascinated by the way it has been played in the fair city of Marostica, it all started in 1454 when the town was a feud of Venice, the Serenissima; two young and… Read full post »

MAY 10, 2012 8:14AM

Tuscan chickens do it better

For some light relief, although it is not foodie Tuesday, today we put together a nice little lunch:


Young asparagus with a sprinkle of extra vergin (what else?) olive oil, grilled in the oven and,

peperonata (ratatouille) courtesy of Andrea:

     - 4 peppers (red, gr… Read full post »

Five reasons are really four too many, but let's give the remnants of the moderate GOP  survivors a bit more to hang on; I would like to remind my american friends that the president of the USA is still the ruler of the world (how much longer is open for debate)… Read full post »

I loved (being italian) the ode to italian coffee, and not only, in the blog about the "Dolce Vita" by Maria Stuart, that I put together a few items about our national (besides wine) liquid vice....

But first a cartoon


Translation: What is that I do that excites you the most ?… Read full post »

After reading Brassawe's piece on this open call I was left thinking about "love" (I still have one going not so physical anymore but still very satisfying)....

...... I have long ago stopped having any interest in boy-girl-man-woman love stories, the last one was the movie "Romeo and Julie… Read full post »

APRIL 30, 2012 5:10AM

Hot air balloons

Opened the window this morning and looked at a sadly gray sky, but just above the smoke from burning olive branches (the trees get pruned in the spring) there were two bright hot air balloons! An enterprising family rents these out every year, spring thru summer, and takes turists on anRead full post »

APRIL 23, 2012 9:55AM

Americans in Florence

Yesterday on a wet blustery Sunday morning a group of us from the florentine hills braved the weather and crossed the river Arno in Florence (Mark Twain remarked famously that only the florentines could call it a river and build bridges across it)


we were on the way to visit Palazzo… Read full post »

APRIL 15, 2012 8:35AM

Anything wrong with this cartoon?

Of all american cartoonists Oliphant is my favourite even if his sarcasm is at times against my political grain (but that's the way it should be). His last vignette on the Sunday's NYT cartoons has me somewhat baffled as to what I think is a juxtaposition of images, chiefly that of an… Read full post »

APRIL 10, 2012 9:14AM

A country fair

On Easter Monday, a holiday in Italy called Pasquetta (little Easter), it is a tradition for city dwellers to spend the day in the country, some picnicking, some visiting small country town, others just going to one of those roadside restaurants of which Italy abounds.

We live in the country but… Read full post »

APRIL 9, 2012 10:57AM

Out in the country

Tradition has it that the day after Easter is also a holiday in Italy (what can I say!!)  which is called Pasquetta (little Easter), and it essentially boils down to city folks getting into their cars and driving out to the countryside for picnicking or just eating at a roadside restau… Read full post »

APRIL 7, 2012 8:05AM

An Easter outing

Yesterday, Good Friday, we decided to anticipate the Easter Sunday lunch (escape the crowds!) at our favourite tuscan seaside restaurant south of Livorno, the Sassoscritto right on the Aurelia road, one of the main arteries of the roman empire.....we first went there in 1962 on one of our first datesRead full post »