My vision for Transilvania

What follows here is a subjective, ideal scenario for my native region of the world, so if it doesn't sit well with you, read this first sentence again. I was born in a Saxon town in Transilvania called Medwesch. Its name in Romanian is Mediaș and in German, it's Mediasch. However, its name originates from [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

The answer to a great many questions of today

This post will seem to fall right out of nowhere for you, mainly because you haven't been privy to my thoughts in recent years -- how could you be, after all? It may also strike you as highly inconsiderate and you may even become angry with me. Let it be so. You will inevitably calm [...]

Enough with the content algorithms!

I'm writing this because I've had enough of the mindf***ing algorithms that every single social media service employs these days, in varying flavors. What do I mean? Well, have you indicated your preference for something on Facebook? Are you surprised by the fact that the posts you see are always geared toward those preferences? Are you [...]

Excessive bass is the bane of modern music

bass boost sucks

In much the same way that too much sugar will give you diabetes and too many calories will make you fat, bass-boosted music ends up being a hollow, crappy experience that will make you deaf and piss off your neighbors. And hopefully, it will also bring you lots of fines for noise violations, fines which [...]