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Mauro Tirannosauro has arrived in Groningen for the Living Knowledge Conference

Mauro Tirannosauro, with his colleague Jack O’Malley arrived this morning in Groningen (The Netherland) to attend the Living Knowledge with a presentation about the Jug Band Colline Metallifere project (see article).

This is the first time that Mauro is travelling in Europe (he relocated from New York City to the Tuscan Metalliferous Hills in March 2020 and he stopped there to collaborate with his JBCM friends).

The presentation is scheduled from 2.15PM to 3PM on Thursday, June 30. In the meantime here are a couple of shots of Mauro’s arrival… in the header image his registration to the conference, and a few moments in preparation for tomorrow’s session.

For more information and booking: micalosapevo@pibinko.org or whatsapp +393317539228

Header photo credits: Christien Koopstra

Mauro Tirannosauro’s First Train Trip

After the lively live streaming with Luigi de’ Foschi aka Jack O’Malley aka pibinko aka… (see link) Mauro was summoned for a summit with his colleagues from Thursdays for Past. This is a bottom-up movement which was initiated top-down in order to go sideways. But this is another story. The fact is that in order to meet his buddies, Mauro took his first train since his arrival in Italy (March 27, 2020…see here his personal blog).

. For more information: maurotrex@pibinko.org

Jingle Balls (Christmas song by Mauro Tirannosauro on Palla 21/palla eh!)

During the holidays with Jack O’Malley, Giancarlo da Miele, Rocco Colangelo, Nina, and other friends, Mauro Tirannosauro got to know a bit more about the ancient game of palla a 21 aka palla eh! This is the Southern Tuscan version of the “jeux de paume” which existed before tennis, and are still spread in various parts of Europe and of the Americas. To see more about the game, and what we did with the pibinko.org network since 2007 to promote the game and the territories where it is played, please see https://www.pibinko.org/palla-a-21-or-palla-eh/. For more information and booking: maurotrex@pibinko.org or whatsapp +393317539228

Jingle balls, jingle balls, jingle them and play | Fate tintinnare quelle palline e giocate
Oh what fun it is to bounce a palla down in May – hey |Ma che bello è far rimbalzare una pallina a maggio

Jingle balls, jingle balls, jingle them and play
If you come to Farma Valley you can practice palla eh | se venite in Val di Farma potete allenarvi a palla eg!

Call it twenty-one, call it what you wish | Chiamatela 21, chiamatela come vi pare
call it hockey sock, but get on that pici dish | chiamatela hockey sock, ma datevi da fare con quel piatto di pici

come here when you can, come here if you might | venite qua quando vi pare, veniteci se potreste
just remind to bring respect, and you will share delight | basta che vi ricordiate di portare il rispetto, e condividerete una delizia

Jingle balls, jingle balls, jingle with our Jug [Band] | fate tintinnare le palline, fatele tintinnare con la nostra Jug [Band]
When we play our music you might even get a hug | e quando suoniamo la nostra musica potreste anche rimediare un abbraccio

Mauro Tirannosauro has a drink with the Etruscans

…but not the Etruschi from Lakota, with the real Etruscans. Last night he was in Vetulonia (Southern Tuscany), after completing the olive harvest for this year, to meet some friends of the palla a 21/palla eh! network. In the photo opportunity, we see Mauro with Graziano Poli (one of the Etruschi from Vetulonia) and Claudio Spinosi, aka Bob, from Torniella.

Mauro could obviously not be exempted from briefing the Vetulonia crew about the upcoming mission from the Metalliferous Hills to Milano, even though the main story which we all liked to hear once more was the one about Bob and Mariano in Siena to attend a think tank concerning the Capital of Culture workshop (see link) back in 2014.

Per informazioni e booking: maurotrex@pibinko.org o whatsapp 3317539228.

Mauro Tirannosauro appointed as a Supervisor for Olive harvesting

Last saturday we left Mauro Tirannosauro at the beginning if his olive picking job in Valdera, South of Pisa (please see this photo if you missed it). Mauro was embedded in the Palaiola Crew, a British-Italian collective for the diffusion of beat music in Tuscany. In just 24 hours, our T-rex friend got acquainted with the team, plus he promptly gained the summit of the org chart, taking up the role of COPO (Chief Olive-Picking Officer), as documented by this photo opportunity.

To have Mauro Tirannosauro as a supervisor (or to benefit from other services that he proposes, as explained in this page), please write to maurotrex@pibinko.org or contact +393317539228 via Whatsapp.

Mauro Tirannosauro harvesting some Olives

He’s back…after over a year in the background (albeit very busy at work), Mauro Tirannosauro showed up at dawn this morning to join the “Palaiola Crew” in some olive harvesting in Valdera, Tuscany.

During a coffee break, we asked him about his upcoming plans. Due to business confidentiality terms with the producers of his new movie he could not give us any details, but he said “it’s going to be a ball”

For more information and booking (or if you need him to come and harvest some olives): maurotrex@pibinko.org or whatsapp +393317539228

Fabio Massellucci with Mauro Tirannosauro in Scalvaia, Tuscany


Domenica 21.6.2020. Photo opportunity per Mauro Tirannosauro, oggi con Fabio Massellucci, mastro birraio, giocatore di palla a 21 e costruttore di palline per lo stesso gioco.

Qui ci troviamo all’ingresso del birrificio 36 nero di Scalvaia, luogo misterioso dove si elaborano pozioni a base di erbe della Val di Farma che pare abbiano l’effetto di far aumentare il numero di barzellette che si possono raccontare nei giorni di pioggia (cfr. video di repertorio).

Invece il birrificio di Fabio è il 26 nero…nato appunto a Scalvaia nel 2011, e oggi sito a Poggibonsi (http://www.pibinko.org/birrificio-26-nero/), dove oltre a bere le birre di Fabio potete mangiare e soddisfare altre necessità in funzione della vostra posizione nella piramide di Maslow. Slow…


Mauro Tirannosauro represents the Rights of Nature at the EALAN Conference

Mauro Tirannosauro has been working since the Cretaceous on the issues of light (as in lightness) pollution and artificial light (as in lightness) at night issues.

With such a background, it was inevitable that after he joined the Participatory Lithology team in March, and found out that the same guys had been working on similar topics since 2008 with the twice-award-winning BuioMetria Partecipativa (participatory night sky quality monitoring) project, he would be sharing his insight and expertise on this matter.

Mauro T on the set of “Seeing the Milky Way by Day”

First of all, in April, Mauro gave a short talk at the University of Brescia, concerning the possibility of seeing the Milky Way by Day. This was in the context of a course on “Participatory Methods for the Design of Interdisciplinary Activities for the Protection and Promotion of the Night Sky”. In the following weeks Mauro has been reviewing extensively the work of various instutions across the globe, and verifying if/how/to what extent they related to his understanding of the story.

Yesterday Mauro managed to kick Andrea Giacomelli out of his seat attending the online edition of the 2020 Artificial Light at Night conference (see for example our report on the 2016 edition), one of the two reference international gatherings related to light (as in photons) pollution, the other being the LPTTM conference.

Following an interesting presentation by John Barentine on the possibility of applying to night skies the “Rights of Nature” paradigm, Mauro contributed to the proceedings suggesting that he, as the king of all dinosaurs, is “by nature” a representative of Nature, and will be glad to provide his services as a liaison between Nature, the Dark Sky community, light (as in lightness) designers, utility companies, electricity suppliers, etc.

Mauro T at work on the upcoming Light (as in lightness) pollution Directive.

Such statements do not come out of the blue [light]. In this respect, since the begging of the year Mauro T is also at work with a team of experts in order to draft a position paper for the Jurassic Commission, concerning the urge for a Directive on Light (as in lightness) pollution. Mauro will be glad to share this with anybody interested to contribute in the context of an inclusive and managed process (see also two of his beer-reviewed articles related to this activity: one and two).

Eventually Mauro T. also joined a couple of the breakout rooms. While Jack O’Malley presented Mauro’s activities since March (see partial photo blog in English and a more extensive version in Italian), Mauro went on the rampage, bringing a comet to the audience (as seen in the header image…photo credits Luciano Massetti), and singing along one of his favourite songs

Breakout Room Blues

Keep your eyes to the ground, and your hands up to the sky
Keep your eyes to the ground, and your hands up to the sky

We’re going down to EALAN, we’re gonna have a real good time

In the back of EALAN they’ve got a breakout room
In the back of EALAN they’ve got a breakout room

And that’s for the people who think that light is doom

What’s your role, baby role , What’s your role, baby role…what’s you’re rooooole…
all [astronomical] night long.

Starting from June 21 Mauro T. will be on a conce[r|p]t tour with the Jug Band Colline Metallifere, and surely light (as in lightness) will not miss from the show, mixed with light (as in photons) outreach and community engagement.

You can find the outline of his events on the JBCM Calendar. Due to COVID-19 mobility restrictions, the core of the tour will actually take place in one of Italy’s fairly dark (a lot of 21 mag/arcsec2) areas. This is in Southern Tuscany, where the JBCM team is based. But…here is some good news: if you just learned about Mauro T and are enticed by his proposal, there are still some slots which are flexible, and Mauro is not shy of travelling (with the Sonics in his mind). If you think Mauro Tirannosauro, and his backing band, can contribute to your work, for more information and booking: maurotrex@pibinko.org or whatsapp +393317539228.

The part of the EALAN 2020 program with the talk on Rights of Nature