Steve Vai’s Top 10 Rules For Success

Steve Vai has always been a hero of mine, ever since I discovered him thru my childhood friend Paolo, who was also a guitar player like Steve Vai.

I’ve watched him play live once in Milan, on November 28th 1988, during David Lee Roth’s Skyscraper tour and since in my 20s I was working as a stagehand at rock concerts, I got very close to Steve and thanked him. I was also able to get a guitar pick of his, with his name and signature on it, a pick which I later brought with me to the grave of my friend Paolo, who passed away little more than a month after that wonderful concert, after a tragic car accident in early January 1989. He was 23.

I thought that leaving Steve Vai’s guitar pick was a much better gift for Paolo, a rock guitarist, rather than just flowers!

Steve Vai has thus been a landmark of mine in my late teens and 20s, and I was very happy when I discovered this video with him on YouTube. It’s been put together by Evan Carmichael, a productivity and improvement personality.

The video is very much worth watching!

Why GMOs Are Good

I have always been convinced about our need for GMOs, both in medicine and in the food and agricultural field. There are many examples of why this is the case in this great presentation from Dr. Amanda Maxham of the Ayn Rand Institute.

In this 45 minutes presentation Dr. Maxham makes very good points on why innovation in genetics and genetically modified organisms is important for us and for our children’s future, knowing full well that you cannot stop the advancement of technology. Very much worth watching.


“Unstoppable” California Gas Leak Now Being Called Worst Catastrophe Since BP Spill

ZeroHedge is always very much famous for its catastrophism, particularly in the field of energy, their reports on nuclear are always very entertaining for the many mistakes they always purport as reality.

This time though they report on the natural gas leak in the San Fernando valley in northern Los Angeles, a leak which has been going on for many days now, and is proving a difficult challenge to solve for the technical staff there.

I disagree vehemently with the view that it’s such a catastrophe, if anything as there have been NO casualties, unlike the Deepwater Horizon platform accident where 11 men perished.

Worth reading though, with a nice infographic on the plan to resolve the situation and a great infrared video taken from above the area, impressive!


Interviewing Patrick Moore

Back in 2011 I had the pleasure of meeting Dr. Patrick Moore in person, in Milan, Italy, where I was living at the time.

Dr. Moore was touring Italy to introduce the Italian version of his book “Confessions of a Greenpeace Dropout” which I highly recommend; at the end of the book presentation I introduced myself to him and to Chicco Testa, who was also present at the event, and shared some nice conversations about nuclear, energy, genetically modified organisms, and other topics.

I kept the contact information for Patrick, and a little more than a year ago I proposed to interview him on behalf of “Atomi per la Pace”, a group of Italian pro-nuclear enthusiasts who have been doing some very interesting interviews with different personalities, mostly focused on nuclear energy. This is the link to the YouTube channel for “Atomi per la Pace”.

This is the one hour long video, worth watching as we touch on many different aspects beyond nuclear, including climate change, GMOs, and his history with Greenpeace.

Alex Epstein talks about his book

I consider Alex Epstein as a great influencer, at least he is for me, but I am quite sure that many more think the same way, and in fact I am meeting more and more people who share the same positive and constructive point of view held by Epstein.

As you might know, Alex Epstein is the author of the book “The Moral Case for Fossil Fuels” which was released in November 2014. This book is a must read in my opinion, as it will change your views on fossil fuels, if you are one willing to listen to a voice very different than what the vast majority people is saying.

Hey, I’ve been there with nuclear already, so I very much know what it means being right, yet being a small minority!

This presentation is about 40 minutes long, and it includes some 15 minutes of Q&A. It begins with the great book video trailer, a small gem. This is all very much worth watching.

A must see presentation from Robert Bryce

Robert Bryce, author of many interesting books such as “Power Hungry” and “Smaller Faster Lighter Denser Cheaper”, both very much worth reading if you are interested in energy, is one of the many who hates to use slides during his presentations.

This will not really matter though, because he is a great speaker and he will keep you glued to the screen for the whole 46 minutes.

This presentation is from September 2014, and is still very actual. A must see in my view