A Brief Lessons in Ethics

In which I explain the concept of “freedom of expression” in simple words that even a dimwitted Nazi can understand.

How to Get a Romanian Passport

This is probably the single most urgent question that I regularly get asked, so I felt it deserved a detailed answer. There are four ways to become a citizen of Romania and thus get a Romanian passport: You’ve legally resided in Romania for 8 (or more) years; OR You’ve been married to a Romanian AND…

A Minyanim of Quora

Oddly enough, I use the internet every day, but sometimes I’m way behind the curve of what’s going on with the internet. Thanks to a LOT of help from long-time reader Diana C., I am now on Quora. In case you’re unfamiliar with the site, it’s where people answer questions. In my case, I’ve been…

Welcome!

Hi there! As you can see, I have redesigned the website to make it a little more like a “magazine”. I’ll continue to write articles myself, but now you’ll begin to see a lot more links to exterior sites, blog posts, and photos about Romania and all things Romanian. I’m pretty excited about it! I’ve…

Me and the CIA

I keep getting comments and quips from people about how I possibly might be working for the CIA, so I thought I’d actually write a full post for the FAQ about it and settle this issue once and for all. But before I can do that, I have to tell you a story. You’re Not…

Uh…. you’re welcome?

It has come to my attention that not one but TWO different professors (each teaching a different subject) here in Cluj-Napoca have been using either me, the writings on this website or some other material I’ve produced as teaching materials in their class. I have also heard an indirect report that a third professor in…

The Unsleeping Eye

Nearly 20 years ago I was desperately poor and unemployed when I got a temporary job doing manual labor. Over the space of three or four days I was paid minimum wage to pack and load heavy boxes onto a truck. And yet that demeaning job all those years ago changed my life. If you’re…

Unicorn City, the FAQ

I always seem to forget that there are hundreds (if not thousands) of new visitors here every week. And even though I recently re-wrote the FAQ for this blog I’ve been getting a lot of messages reminding me that even though you know I told everything there was to tell about it, when I came…

Understanding Stradivarius

You’ll often hear me complain about my Facebook feed but this time I have nothing but thanks for the people who brought my attention to two very interesting experiments. The first one occurred in Washington, D.C. and the second one in Bucharest. I highly recommend you read both of those articles fully (first one is…

FAQ part 42

Romanian: I just can’t understand why you would want to live here! Explain it to me once again. Me: I came here to start a company and employ many Romanians for extremely low salaries so that I can prosper and grow very rich. I then hire other Romanians (again for very little money) to help…

The Mystery of the Romanian Communist Anthem in the Sidebar

Sometimes it seems like I get asked the same questions over and over again. And then every once in a while someone will ask me something I didn’t expect, and usually it makes me smile, because it’s about some of the crazy adventures in my life. A short while ago someone asked me why I…

Classic Posts

I just wanted to say thanks to all the new visitors to the blog, because I know a lot of you are coming here thanks to old readers recommending it to you, so I bid you a warm welcome and wish you a pleasant journey as you stumble through all of the craziness that is…