Йосиф Инсана - ﻴﻭﺴﻑ ﺇﻨﺴﺎﻥ - インサナジョス

Giuseppe Insana - 墨白

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About this website and its author

Welcome!

The pages of this website will introduce you to dr Giuseppe Insana: to his thoughts, to his words and to the products of his actions...

The Author is on a multi-threaded path towards eclecticism: towards cultivating himself and blossoming in all possible directions, endeavours, arts, knowledge fields, skills...

Explore freely and enjoy your journey... into me

Contact information

Curriculum vitae - résumé

You can download my CV in pdf format.

Academic dissertations
  1. M.Sc. Thesis, Verona University 1999 (Biotechnologies)
  2. Ph.D. Thesis, Cambridge University 2004 (Bioinformatics)
  3. B.Sc. Thesis, Verona University 2011 (Economics)
Contact information

My email address is... (simply apply minimal coding knowledge or rebus-solving & variable manipulation skill to obtain it):

$surname = 'insana'; $my_email = $surname . '@' . $surname . '.net'

if your allegiance lies with perl...

alternatively:

var surname = 'insana'; var my_email = surname + '@' + surname + '.net';

if you are more of a javascript persuasion

My Public Key (PGP/GPG)

PGP/GPG public key

If you are (justly) concerned about privacy, please use pgp or gpg encryption when corresponding with me.

From this page you can get my current pgp/gpg key (as an ascii key text block that you can copy&paste into your key manager).

You could also retrieve (to double check there has been no web-spoofing or MITM attack) my key using the WWW Based PGP 5.0 Key Server System or MIT PGP Public Key Server or PGP global directory verified key service (searching for strings "Giuseppe Insana" or "0xCD84801E"): e.g. pgp.net search, pgp.mit.edu search

Note that in 2017, after 19 years of faithful use, I adopted a new key. If you have my old key, you can check this key transition statement to facilitate your trust of my new key. That statement is signed by both the old and the new key.

My current key and subkeys ids (get the ascii armoured key text block here):

uid Dr Giuseppe Insana (http://insana.net) pub 4096R/A555ADDDCD84801E 2016-04-11 sub 4096R/A4F3BB5FCCCC83BC 2017-04-11 sub 4096g/05D4B08DFFE1A55F 2017-04-11 fingerprint = A4C3 E3AC 7716 5C89 EAD3 AAA4 A555 ADDD CD84 801E

Read, Write

This website could be perceived like a book, organized in several different chapters, talking about many arguments and also referring to many other books. And like every book it has a beginning. In this case, the beginning it's actually about books...

I learned to read and write at the age of 4 and, since then, books have been my trusted companions, secret confessors, fountains of knowledge, windows into other worlds, wings to fly with.

I remember one of my earliest disappointments, from the time I was in kindergarden. I was very proud of my brand new self-acquired skill - writing - and invited all the other kids to simply ask and I would write for them whatever word they wanted. I could write just ANY word...

Oh, they were so happy and started queueing to have one "written word" all for themselves... but nearly all the kids, invariably, wanted the same word written by yours truly: CACCA (= POOP)!
I was so sad! What was the point of holding the ability to write JUST ANY word and being requested only one and the same all the time? Can you imagine what those wise and learned scribes in ancient Egypt felt, after a lifetime of mastering their art, when the pharaoh's sons invariably asked them to draw little excrement glyphs (1), again and again?

(1: that hieroglyph is encoded in Unicode as 𓄽 [Gardiner's sign F52], but was possibly drawn by the poor scribe in Arale manga style... as in the poop emoji 💩)

Il vento mi risveglia: impaziente di leggere gira le pagine.

The wind awakens me: he cannot wait to read on and so turns the pages.

Sea, Swim

Another primeval and eternal love, from the early beginning of my life: the deep blue immensity, the unbounded horizon, the uncharted depth: the SEA.

First it was swimming, one of my first self-taught skills, starting by simply flapping hands and legs on the shoreline, before plunging in.

Soon after came freediving and the "aquatic sofa" (sitting or laying down on the sea floor by expelling all breath to really "sink".. I could sit easily even at a depth of 3,1m).

Snorkelling of course followed suit, and with it the constant exploration, daring everytime a little more into the unknown. Much later I learned windsurf and sailing. In any case, anything connected to the sea strongly resonates with me, and I feel the Sea as a stern but just Father to me, strong and powerful, deep and wise, feared and loved.

The father immense blue, dauntingly welcoming Gliding under the waves, golden rays become his friends


onde al tramonto rimbocca le sirene il mare lenzuolo

sopra lo scoglio osservo immenso mare colpir la roccia

Languages

Constructed languages

Coming soon...

The little prince in many languages

  1. I love the tale "Le petit prince" by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, considering it one of the best books ever written.
  2. I love languages, all of them.
  3. "Le petit prince" is one of the most translated books in the world (more than two hundred translations).
  4. It was then only natural for me to decide to collect all the possible translations of this masterpiece.

This page contains a list of versions, with those I own and the names of the people that helped me obtain the various translations.
As you can see I still have a LONG way to go....

Can you contribute to my collection?
Please write me if you can and want to. Thank you!
If you are also collecting this book and you'd like to exchange copies, please check my list of doubles.

Languages I learned so far and degree of fluency

 READWRITESPEAKLISTEN
Italiano9999
English9888
中文, 普通話6688
Español9678
Français7556
Български3143
日本語2243
Русский2034
Lingua latina5213
Português5011
Deutsch2011
العربية1000

I started learning English since primary school, studied French for three years when I was 11-13 years old and Spanish for one year when I was 17.

I've learned some Bulgarian since 1998, during my visits to Bulgaria.

In April 2001 I've started studying Mandarin Chinese.

In December 2001 I've begun studying Japanese. I also attempted studying a little Arabic in 2003.

I lived four years in England, two months in Germany and five years in China, plus several periods spent in Bulgaria and in Japan. While I was in China I had daily contact with Russian customers and - thanks to the Bulgarian I already knew - quickly learned basic communication in that language.

Mystery, Civilizations
Ancient civilizations, hidden treasure, inventions, labyrinths (Work in progress...)
Science
Dissertation on Codon Usage (in English), for my Ph.D. in Bioinformatics
Dissertation on Molecular Modelling (in Italian), for my M.Sc. in Biotechnology

Science has been with me since the early childhood. As soon as I was able to read I started reading just about everything, and there I got my first taste at the scientific thought. Books about the human body. Books about physics, about astronomy, about mathematics, about biology.

I remember asking excitedly to the teacher, one morning in the first of second year of primary school, to be allowed to present something to my classmates, something dramatically important that I had just learnt the day before. I then proceeded to the blackboard and drew the atom model (Rutherford's, ), explaining all about protons and neutrons and electrons and the great empty VOID pervading all things... and I also remember how I then turned my face to discover 28 pairs of puzzled eyes staring fixedly at me and wondering wtf I had just tried to tell them... and me, chastised, with low head returning to my seat.

Nevermind, some time later I was back at it again, this time introducing my poor classmates :) to the Netwon color disk!

Science also played a great part in saving me from religion: Science sprouted quickly in my mind, fertilizing it with good thoughts and hence immunizing me to those other debilitating memes. At 8 years old - or around that time - I debated with the local priest, who was responsible for our mandatory (and hated) catechism, that I just couldn't believe in both Science and Religion. They painted a very different and incompatible picture, for example on Genesis and how this world came about. And while both pictures were equally colourful and interesting, only one made sense to me, because it proceeded through logical passages, which could be researched and demonstrated, and even discarded (!) to make way to a better understanding. While the other way was just a fixed set of norms, to be believed just because someone said we should. No thanks.

Fascinated by many disciplines, I dipped my toes in almost all of them, but expecially dived deeply in two of them: Biology (in particular Genetics and Biotechnology) and Computer Science. And then in the combination of them both: Bioinformatics.


More content coming soon...
Chess, Gaming
As a child I learned to play tons of games: card games, social boardgames and strategic jewels like checkers and chess. Unfortunately, it was only very late in my life that I was introduced to WeiQi, the most beautiful and deep of all strategic games. Even after I discovered videogames, I never lost the love for the physical games and all the features they have which could never be replicated by a videogame: the presence next to you of the other (a single opponent or a group of friends), the texture of the cardboard or of the wooden board, the feeling of the dice (or counters or pieces) in the hand, the sound pieces make when placed on a board, the smell of wood, holding your breath during a dice roll, feeling your heart pounding as the opponent's hand initiates the move she has planned, the move you feared she would do...
(Work in progress...)
Videogames
Coding, Computers
Photography

My photos can be subdivived in the following categories (clicking will open a slideshow gallery):

Portraits (best)
Portraits 2006-
Portraits 1996-2006
Architextures (best)
Architextures 2006-
Architextures 1996-2006
Natures (best)
Natures 2006-
Natures 1996-2006
Objects (best)
Objects 2006-
Objects 1996-2006
Drums
Logic, Theory, Philosophy
Culture, Learning, Disciplines, Books
Astronomy
Symbols, Archeology
Role Playing Games
Poetry

A choice of poems from different years and periods, reflecting the poetic pathway walked so far, grouped by either language or type:

English
Omnibelirik
Haiku
MediaGlyphs
Magic
Cocktails, Social
Amber
Rainbow
Minlist
Writing
Travelling, World
Cryptography, Cryptanalysis
Biology, Genetics, Biotechnology
Volvox
System administration, Unix, Networks, Internet
HP-UX lab login prompt
Design
Online RPG, Internet communities
Elendor, WoP, Venetia
WeiQi (Go, Baduk)

Ci alziamo da terra, la sfida e' conclusa; il sole ha scaldato le pedine nere.

We stand up from the floor, the sun has warmed the black stones after a game of Go.

Omnibelir philosophy

Giuseppe Insana is an Omnibelir (Vir, Aristos, Jun zi)

Omnibelir is one who decides to live his life to the fullest, trying to use the little time of his life to achieve EVERYTHING.

He aims towards Virtue, Quality, Areté, Dharma.

A passage from "Zen and the Art of motorcycle maintenance" by Robert M. Pirsig:

``What moves the Greek warrior to deeds of heroism,'' Kitto comments, ``is not a sense of duty as we understand it... duty towards others: it is rather duty towards himself. He strives after that which we translate `virtue' but is in Greek areté, `excellence' -- we shall have much to say about areté. It runs through Greek life.''

[...]

Kitto had more to say about this areté of the ancient Greeks. ``When we meet areté in Plato,'' he said, ``we translate it `virtue' and consequently miss all the flavour of it. `Virtue,' at least in modern English, is almost entirely a moral word; areté, on the other hand, is used indifferently in all the categories, and simply means excellence.

Thus the hero of the Odyssey is a great fighter, a wily schemer, a ready speaker, a man of stout heart and broad wisdom who knows that he must endure without too much complaining what the gods send; and he can both build and sail a boat, drive a furrow as straight as anyone, beat a young braggart at throwing the discus, challenge the Pheacian youth at boxing, wrestling or running; flay, skin, cut up and cook an ox, and be moved to tears by a song. He is in fact an excellent all-rounder; he has surpassing areté.

Areté implies a respect for the wholeness or oneness of life, and a consequent dislike of specialization. It implies a contempt for efficiency... or rather a much higher idea of efficiency, an efficiency which exists not in one department of life but in life itself.''

The mind sails to Bladerunner, where Roy encounters his Maker:

Tyrell: You were made as well as we could make you.

Roy: But not to last.

Tyrell: The light that burns twice as bright burns half as long. And you have burned so very very brightly, Roy. Look at you. You're the prodigal son. You're quite a prize!

Everything is important.

The society we live in runs in the opposite direction. From thousands of years people are channeled into specialization. The goal of maximum efficiency in fields increasingly narrow. Scientists who dedicate their lives to study one single equation, one single protein, one single illness. Lawyers, farmers, blacksmiths, pilots, athletes...

The focus, the stress, the importance is in walking the opposite direction. Running against the flux, towards eclecticism, fleeing specialization.

People are nowadays judged/valued by what they produce, by how much they earn.

"Warm bodies, I sense, are not machines that can only make money" (Live)

Success (in our weltanschauung) is not rising the social ladder. Because our rules are not the rules of this society. Success is the desire for areté and the application of that desire. Success is Blossoming. Is becoming aware of our potential, and Living instead of Surviving.

There is no limit to the realization of human potential, other than those limits which we ourselves set, or allow others to set in our name. (Time of Blossoming, Suiteki: Rosenthal: Wisbey)

Omnibelir Philosophy = Greek Areté + Zen Blossoming

Omnibelir is being a Jun Zi (Chün Tzu) instead of a Xiao Ren (Hsiao Jen).
It is being a Vir instead of an Homuncio.
It is being an Aristos in a world of little greedy narrowminded prejudice-driven tvzombie supermarketslaves conformist people.

Oscar Wilde in his masterpiece "The picture of Dorian Gray" speaking with the words of Lord Henry Wotton:

All influence is immoral -- immoral from the scientific point of view.

To influence a person is to give him one's own soul.
He does not think his natural thoughts, or burn with his natural passions.
His virtues are not real to him. His sins, if there are such things as sins, are borrowed. He becomes an echo of some one else's music, an actor of a part that has not been written for him.

The aim of life is self-development. To realize one's nature perfectly -- that is what each of us is here for.

People are afraid of themselves, nowadays. They have forgotten the highest of all duties, the duty that one owes to one's self.
The terror of society, which is the basis of morals, the terror of God, which is the secret of religion -- these are the two things that govern us.

And yet -- I believe that if one man were to live out his life fully and completely, were to give form to every feeling, expression to every thought, reality to every dream -- I believe that the world would gain such a fresh impulse of joy that we would forget all the maladies of mediaevalism, and return to the Hellenic ideal -- to something finer, richer than the Hellenic ideal, it may be.
But the bravest man amongst us is afraid of himself.

Kendo, Fencing

Kendo: started learning in 1997, in Verona, then in Cambridge

Fencing: started learning Épée and Sabre in 2016

Language planning, Conlang
O, MG, A, K
Webdesign
Computer graphics, Raytracing, Modelling
Bioinformatics
Coffee

I am the proud owner of two masterpieces of espresso art and object design: La Pavoni Professional direct hand lever machine and La Marzocco Linea Classic two groups machine.

Ideograms, Chinese
Biosophy
Essays
Calligraphy, Font design
MediaGlyphs
Boardsports: Windsurf, Longboard, Casterboard, Windskate, Surf

These are the boardsports I love and practice:

Longboard
Casterboard
Windskate
Surfing
Asia, Japan
Gadgets, PDA
Devices
Learning software, NLP, Thought modelling
Seal carving
Music, Composition
Teaching, Course material
Violin
Management, Business
Service, Restaurants
Architecture, Landscape design
Interior design, House decor
Cuisine
Family
My loved ones: Cat AlilA Uriel Ikiro
Cat

Dressmaking

Crochet

Patchwork

Cross-stitch

Cat, my Talented Soulmate

In the following pages a brief selection of her creations
AlilA

Alila, our Little Princess

Uriel

Uriel, our Fiery Champion

Ikiro

Ikiro, our Golden Prodigy

Organization theory, Worknets, Crowdsourcing
Dissertation on Crowdsourcing (in Italian), for my B.Sc. in Company Economics and Business Administration.
Cybernetics, Wearable technology
myvu hud, vr, skeletal tracking
Accounting, Business consulting
Strategy game design
Archery
Knots
Heraldry
Survival, Preparedness, Hiking
Rings, Jewelmaking
Rings, earrings
Smithing, Forging

Fascinated by blades and melee weapons since I was a child (maybe that old scimitar hanging near the entrance door played a role shaping this preference?), it was only later in life that I took upon myself the beautiful burden of learning how to craft them.

In particular I wanted to learn the skills of metalwork artisans of the very ancient past, and hence I started a journey into bronze age crafts. A whole new world of knowledge (some easily available and some jealously guarded as trade secrets by the last keepers of these almost lost arts) opened in front of me, alluring and dangerous, apparently deceptively simple and yet so vast, fathomless, daunting.

Taking inspiration from masters like Neil Burridge and Jeroen Zuiderwijk I took the first steps of what will be a long path of study and experimentation.

The concepts and skills required for creating any single artifact are so numerous... and furthermore it is very easy to get sidetracked while climbing the steep learning cliffs. Metallurgy, archeology, two-dimensional style design, three-dimensional functional design, mass optimization, model carving, flask building, furnace design, furnace masonwork and assembly, sourcing all the needed tools, materials and components, safety of the workplace, casting design, mould making, metal casting, annealing and edge hardening, wood curing, hilting, riveting, engraving, burnishing, polishing, sharpening... it actually never ends, as each skill clamors to be learned in depth, experimented and properly understood, not just cursorily used en passant.

(Work in progress...)
Drawing, Painting, Carving

Like the little prince's aviator, I never learned to draw when I was a child.

In fact I spent most of my life thinking of my hands as totally unable to create by themselves things of beauty. Similarly to what happens in that incredible story, I also got stimulated, encouraged and awoken by the insistent requests of small children (in this case my own) who wouldn't take "sorry I cannot draw" for an answer when requested to draw a lion, a dinosaur, a car, an octopus or a waterfall...

So I accepted the new challenge and put my best efforts at trying to eventually learn how to make an acceptably looking drawing... to make those fingers cooperate to hold a pencil and a brush - not just waving a pointer on a computer screen... to try and leave coordinated and interesting looking marks on a sheet of paper.

Luckily for me I could transfer lots of previously learned skills about visual arts (from photography, computer graphics, design...). Bringing with me an already trained eye and mind, I now "just" had to educate my hand...

Together with my recent endeavours on watercolours, this section will host pictures of my earlier carvings (briar root pipes).

(Work in progress...)
Long range shooting
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Robotics, Implants
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AI research
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