Salzburg in the rain

In September of 2008, we made a quick stop in the Altstadt (Old Town) in Salzburg, as we were traveling through Austria. It was raining and cold, and in spite of my camera not being waterproof to any degree, I insisted on taking some photos. I kept it under my raincoat and I'd take it [...]

On gardening and civilized society

Ever since we've begun the restoration work on the historical monuments in the Transylvanian countryside (see Asociatia P.A.T.R.U. for the details), I've had to tend to the landscaping, among other things. And if there's one thing you learn when you garden, is that you have to prune the weeds constantly. Some weeds you simply cannot [...]

A repair to my wife’s Mac Mini

My wife's computer is a unibody, late-2012 Mac Mini, model A1347 with Fusion Drive, which we've had since then, having ordered it to our specs directly from Apple. We're happy with it. It's a lovely little computer with more than enough oomph for my wife's needs (she is an author). The HDD on her Mac [...]

A snowstorm in early autumn

We were driving on the Felbertauern Strasse, a scenic alpine road in Austria known for its beautiful views and its tunnels, when the weather turned foggy and chilly. We stopped for a bit at a place called Rastplatz Elisabethsee to have a look around, and we were treated to these wonderful views of the mountains [...]

An upgrade to my 2013 iMac

Apple iMac

I've worked on a few upgrades to our family computers in recent months: my 2008 MacBook Pro, my mom's 2007 iMac and my own late-2013 iMac (A1419, EMC 2639). This is the tale I'd like to recount for you now, because it's something that I've had to deal with since last autumn (october of 2018), [...]

A 1970s Tressa Automatic Watch

A 1970s Tressa Automatic Watch

This is a 1970s Tressa Automatic wristwatch with an Incabloc 25 jewel movement and date function, serial number 81272. I purchased it in the autumn of 2016 and had it fully serviced by my watchmaker. This watch keeps incredibly accurate time and is very sturdy, in spite of its currently low market price. It has [...]

Learning English

This is the fifth video in a new series where I talk about the people, experiences and things that have helped me in life. Who knows, perhaps they'll help you as well! In this one, I talk about how learning English well has shaped my experience as an immigrant to the United States, about how [...]

A 1950s MuDu Doublematic Watch

A 1950s MuDu Doublematic Watch

This is a 1950-60s (more likely 1950s) MuDu wristwatch with a 25 jewel Doublematic movement. It has a fairly unique metal mesh band that clasps securely around the wrist. It was gold-plated but most of that has worn off. I've had it cleaned, serviced and polished and it looks pretty good now. I've also had [...]