Go With The Flow

In an article I otherwise more or less agree with, the Unsleeping Eye picked up something interesting that’s worth discussing. Craig Turp, probably the only professional foreign resident writer in Romania whom I respect, added this throwaway line to his piece on the ICR scandal: Has civil society ever issued a statement demanding something be…

Boxes of Gold

You will rarely ever find me endorsing anyone else’s commercial enterprises here on the blog but today is going to be an exception. And just so it’s clear and upfront, I am not receiving anything in exchange – I am doing this purely based on my own genuine opinion that it’s a good thing. As…

While Romanians Talk, Greenpeace Actually Does Something

As usual, during the day I had the sound off but was keeping my ever vigilant eye attuned to the the various TV news channels when I espied this: Greenpeace activists stormed Romania’s environment ministry on Tuesday, chaining themselves to radiators in the minister’s office in an attempt to stop approval for Europe’s biggest open-cast…

Too Little, Too Late

Well a day late (and a dollar short, as we say), it looks like the Romanian media and blogging/online world has woken up to ACTA. I suppose that’s good. I know doing an informal “poll” of people I know, nobody had heard about this (here in Romania) until just now. Obviously as you saw in…

Me and SOPA and the Romanian Protests

I’m sure just about everyone reading this has heard about SOPA and knows (roughly) what’s been going on with that. Unlike most of you however, this actually affects me personally. First from Pirate Bay: Over a century ago Thomas Edison got the patent for a device which would “do for the eye what the phonograph…

Word of the Day: Dezvoltare

Whew, enough posts about me! Let’s talk about a word you’ve likely been hearing a lot in all of those clips and debates, and that is dezvoltare. The word is fairly easy for English speakers to master because it looks a lot like its translation – development. In most cases, it has a very identical…

Cry Havoc!

My eternally vigilant, unsleeping internet “eye” has been picking up a lot of chatter lately about the “stray dog” situation here in Romania. It looks like there’s going to potentially be some important developments in the near future so it’s time for a lengthy, in-depth piece on the subject. As with all things Romanian, there’s…