my personal interests
Say NO to war
The peace flag on the Arcetri Observatory
rooftop. Provided by the fair trade shop of Florence.
Aside from the (not so) hard work, I spend my time in several activities.
Pacifism in all its forms. I have been involved in most of the activities
of the many pacifist movements in Florence. I have been promoter for the
Florence area of the war tax resistants movement
Italian Consortium for Solidarity (to
former ex Yugoslavia) home page
and gruppo locale ICS Firenze-Bagno a Ripoli.
Now this group is associated to Assieme, a
NGO based in Calenzano, well represented in the Observatory.
Banca Etica I am coordinator of
of the first Italian Ethical Bank.
Commercio Equo (Fair Trade) I
use and promote goods produced in conditions that guarantee the livelihoods
and well-being of producers in economically less developed countries. In
Florence I use the shop Il
villaggio dei Popoli of the CTM network.
A list of my paranormal/skeptic links.
Astrology . I contributed to the CICAP Astrology working group. If
you firmy believe in astrology, and want to explain me how to test that it
works, I am very interested.
Electromagnetic fields from power lines and
microwaves: Are they dangerous? A collection of links and net resources
on the subject (in Italian). I wrote a FAQ on
radiofrequency fields (also in Italian, and held a couple of
conferences on this subject, and I am available for questions, doubts,
Cystic fibrosis. Resources
and informations about this genetic disease
Well, the things quoted above have their share of fun. Fair trade shops
surely are fun, and their chocolate is the best available. Discussing
about extraterrestrial life, or debunking some kind of cranks, have their
light side, too. Travelling to war plagued lands is not exactly what most
(sane) people would call "touring", it takes several day back home to
reaccostumate yourself to "normality", but even there
you can meet really interesting
people. But I like more mundane ways of spending my time (in the rare moments
when I have some spare).
Fun related topics
Music. Basically all form of good musics, from classic to hard rock.
Trekking. I like very much walking around in the Alps. Being an astronomer
helps a lot, since observatories
usually are on mountaintops.
For sheer luck I work in the same place of a competent climber.
Bike is my favourite way for moving in town. I have a car, but my average
mileage is 2 Km/day. Biking is also a good way to spend my holidays (when
Scuba diving. This is unfortunately rather expensive, and must be done
in groups. For these reasons, I have few opportunities to practise, but
I like it very much.
Sailing. Still more expensive, and still more difficult to find a friend
with a boat.
Computer hacking. No, I do not crack passwords or similar things. I put
together old broken computers, making working units. It is an hobby much
appreciated by my sons, that use these "recycled" computers. Obviously,
I lend a hand to the Florece Trashware group,
because even a 166 MHz Pentium is too good a thing to waste.
Some useful links
I can be reached also at the E-mail address gcomoretto at tiscali . it
(preferable for non-work topics). This provider hosts also my "private"
home page (basically a copy of this one, but in Italian).
Last but not least, Pietro e Davide represent my most important, rewarding
(and time consuming) activity. The picture has been shot several
years ago on the Dolomiti mountains. It should be updated, since Davide
is now twice that size. Pietro likes football (is a hard fan of the
Fiorentina soccer team), hiking and trekking, music. Davide likes drawing,
computer games, D&D and science fiction.