On voting rights

Yesterday's presidential elections in Romania have prompted me to write about something that's been on my mind for some time: voting rights in a so-called "democratic" country. I'm concerned about the quality of the electorate and their capability to make objective decisions for the good of the country, not just for their own good. I've [...]

On governmental stimuli for child-rearing

As the rate of population growth in developed or developing countries decreases, governments interested in managing their financial risk for social programs quite often offer one short-sighted solution: financial stimuli for making more children. The idea is to increase the future tax base and cover the costs of running a country's social programs. It's what [...]

On bad behaviors in public

I've written time and again here on my site about my repulsion for people who disturb the peace and about products that enable them to do it. I think most of today's governments are, in general, much too lax on their stance on this, and it's the kind of thing that should not be tolerated [...]

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 [...]

In-camera, optical tilt shift is now achievable

I'm not sure when it clicked for you that tilt shift could be had easily and practically, in camera with some recent models, but that time was today for me. Tilt–shift photography is the use of camera movements that change the orientation and/or position of the lens with respect to the film or image sensor [...]

What I’d like to see in a new iMac

As is usual in anticipation of the launch of new hardware from Apple, there are lots of posts and videos with detailed renders of what we might expect from a new iMac. Other than faster hardware, which is something that we're going to get anyway, I would really like to see a new swivel design [...]

The best of times

Isn't it interesting how timeless and true good writing proves itself, even in our modern age, and even though it was originally intended for a different literary context? It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of [...]

The flip side of digital photography

Should you be old enough, you'll remember how different photography was before the arrival of digital cameras. Not only was it difficult to get great photos, the kind that were good enough for publication, but it was difficult to develop them and reproduce them. There were real barriers to entry and to success in the [...]

Work

The single highest purpose in life. The more one lives, the more they ask themselves about the meaning of life. What's the point of it all? Why are we here? Who made us? We get into all these complicated discussions about origins and God and the afterlife, discussions that amount to just about zero. All [...]

Sort the apps in Launchpad by most used

I'd love to see Apple introduce a simple option (a checkbox somewhere in System Preferences) to sort the apps in Launchpad by those most used. I find myself using the Launchpad a lot these days, but there is no way to sort the apps other than manually dragging and dropping them, and that's no fun. [...]