About me

Hi, my name is Alessandro and close to me, in the image, there are my wife Giovanna and my little daughter Alessia.
I have attended the G.Pascoli Art School in Bolzano, and then I decided to study Computer Science at the university of Trento.
Currently I work as a programmer for the Alpi s.r.l company.

My preferences:

Books (Novels)
A Song Of Ice And Fire (George R.R. Martin)
Simply the best fantasy novel I've ever read after LOTR. Amazing characters, beatiful plot. I highly suggest it to anyone. The italian translation is nice to read, but full of ugly mistakes because the translator most probably was thinking to be able to write a better book, and decided to add, remove and edit whole sentences from the original work (i.e. replacing deers with unicorns, making the meaning of the prophecy incomprehensible). For that reason, I suggest to read it in english. Warning: ASOIAF has not been completed yet as three more books are planned.

The Lord Of The Ring (John R.R. Tolkien)
Do I really need to tell you what it is? Read it if you have not yet, it is more like 'La Divina Commedia' or 'I Promessi Sposi' than a simple 'fantasy book'. The only difference is that for some reason, you aren't required to read it at school as you are for Kafka or Pirandello instead.

Jurassic Park (Michael Crichton)
I liked most of Chrichton's books (Sphere, The Andromeda Strain among others). Jurassic Park has been one of my first novels not targeted to kids back when I was 13 or 14, and it opened my eyes over a new world.

Books (Programming):
Physically Based Rendering (Pharr and Humphreys)
I think it is the best realistic rendering book out there. Complex, with a lot of math inside, but a lot of things are explained and a true renderer developed. If you are interested in raytracing and global illumination algorithms, you cannot be wrong.

Advanced Programming In The Unix Enviroment (Stevens)
Bought back when I was  in the university. Expensive, but one of the best programming books I have.

The C++ Programing Language, 3th Edition (B. Stroustrup)
That's easy: it is THE C++ reference book, written by the same guy that invented the C++ language. I've bought it when I started my first job. Then we moved to C# so I never read it because my C++ knowledge was enough for my personal projects. A book I should really read though.

Books (Other)
Goedel, Escher, Bach (Hofstadter)
A strange yet ingenious book about logic. It is hard to explain it better, you need to read it (or try with reviews on Amazon). Highly suggested for anyone interested in mathematic and logic.

Il Club Dell'Uranio (Jeremy Bernstein)
When Hitler's Germany has been beaten, England captured some of the most important scientists that took part in the Uranverein project  (the german Manhattan Project couterpart) . They were left free to discuss before and after the Hiroshima bomb exploded and anything they said has been recorded. That book collects some of those records. Discovering what Werener Heisemberg, Otto Hahn and
Max von Laue had to say about what they did and why the failed in building the atomic bomb has been a very interesting experience.

Ipotesi su Gesu (Vittorio Messori)
Very nice book about the scientific and historic evidences about Jesus of Nazareth. 

Banco del Mutuo Soccorso (Banco del Mutuo Soccorso)
Their first album, their best one. One of the very best italian Rock Progressive albums I've ever heard.

Nursery Crime (Genesis, 1971)
Beatiful music. I could have choosen Foxtrot or Selling England By The Pound as well, but I like this album more.

Alchemy Live (Dire Straits, 1983)
Amazing performance of one of the best pop rock bands. If only I was able to get that damn sound out from my guitar, I would be a happier guy...

2001: A Space Odissey (Stanley Kubrick, 1968)
That's what I call a movie: beatiful soundtrack, photography, sfx. You don't need to understand it, let your eyes enjoy those epic sequences.

Lord Of The Rings (Peter Jackson, 2001-2003)
These three movies were designed as they were a single long one. One of the most ambitious projects ever attempted, and they got the success they deserved.

Wall-E (Pixar, 2008)
Not only one of the best animation movies of all times, but (in my opinion) a brilliant and ilarius movie as only Pixar can produce.