March 2023


Put Your Hands Up; You’re Surrounded!

Despite having lived in Europe for three years and connecting at Paris CDG at least five times, I’ve never actually been to Paris.

This changed Sunday when I stepped off my flight from Leipzig and made my way to my hotel in Paris. In the heart of Paris’ Marsais. Fourth Arrondissement, corner of Rue de […]


Yesterday, while minding my own business, a group of Germans asked me to define the word “void.”

Try defining it to a group of Germans—my first instinct was to say it was nothing, which of course it’s not since it is the absence of something. Fortunately a German speaker who could define the word in […]

cooler Tag

Today was really cool, in an unexpected way.

On my way to Jena I was rocking out to music on my iPod while reading the Handbook on the Knowledge Economy.

Normally, this wouldn’t be a noteworthy event, but this morning the train was filled with lots of kids—I’d guess 11 or 12 years old.

I […]

French Reflections

Saturday was dominated by the weather: It was rainy.

While it wasn’t heavy, it did discourage me from taking the not free Cold War walking tour of Berlin from the same company that offered the free Berlin tour that I took Friday.

Instead I picked up The Guardian and had breakfast at Café Berio, which […]

Senator Santorum

Dan Savage has finally posted the Senator’s video. He’s offensive, as expected… and you may need to fix the URL in order to get the video to work. (Direct Video Link and Direct Letter Link)

A Letter for Today

Dear Comptroller Schaefer,

I read with much happiness your recent criticism of the McDonald’s employees who do not speak English clearly.

I wholeheartedly agree with your sentiments on the matter.

Immigrants to the United States should be compelled to learn English-with strict penalties for not learning English. For example, I advocate a ten percent immediate […]