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…