Business Days – a TEDx for pragmatism  

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Being a dreamer has its perks, such as happiness and fun. Making money first is a tad more difficult, but it results in a better match, later on, with the aforementioned two desiderates. And since one of the most important conference for entrepreneurs and business people will take place December 10-11, it's worth taking a look at who we'd like to see there.

WhatsApp frustrations and Debating satisfactions  

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On the subject of long-distance communications (following my recent . And then I added something a little less annoying and quite satisfying: a debating project.

Best 2014 Romanian Invention (via 3M)  

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I have in the past participated in 'Romanians against others' contests (such as Brancusi @ Saatchi, cum 2 Ro) and never really liked the idea. So I organized quite a few of my own on this blog (guess the relevant category) and again participated in home-grown ones (selgros, roz cu bunici, leustean, verona, economy), and that was better. This time, I have in front of me a list of Romanian inventions (docx) and I get to vote which one deserves a prize from 3M. You can and should vote as well – see the link below.

Home Alone in Bucharest I  

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The initial motivation in starting this blog was telling a number of "origin" stories. Some I have already told, some I left for later, but for the most part, telling these stories is the main raison d'etre for this collection of characters (i.e., letters, numbers and strange people – the constituent parts of this blog). One of them is the story of my last year or so in Romania, a time when I lived on my own in my Drumul Taberei / Favorit apartment.

Morning Blogging  

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It's almost like a tradition here, on this blog, to dedicate at least an article every year to mornings. This time, it is mostly a retrospective and about breakfast.

Am I complicated?  

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(I’d place the last word of the title in quotation marks, but they’d get escaped, causing the title to look silly.) Recently, Francois Hollande, the French president who looks like a Mickey Mouse (not Victor Ponta, the real, trademarked one), allowed the press to take photos of him and his lover. I suspect the show is put on so that the French people can convince themselves that they still have a heterosexual president. "Is his lover a woman? Are you sure? Well, then we can keep drinking wine, eating cheese and live long!" Meanwhile, I'm annoyed as hell that a friend of mine won't (or pretends she does not) get my jokes.

iohannis = luther + ostsiedlung (Cf2C VIII)  

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My notwithstanding, I suspect most of the people who voted for Iohannis do not really know who he is, apart from the fact that he is not Ponta. I'm trying to bring a bit more color and background to his wooden personality.

whatz wong wid wohannis (Cf2C VII)  

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As stated in the or Cf2C V, being the kind of guy who finds spots in the sun, here I’ll locate, magnify, expose and publish the warts on Hermannstadt’s Son’s face as well. Let’s shine some light on his shortcomings.

good to be wrong (Cf2C VI–results 2)  

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Not only did Klaus Iohannis manage to snatch victory from the claws of the Red Menace, but he did so by a huge, devastating margin AND on the surge in voter participation not only in the diaspora, but also in our birthplace. It’s a November Christmas miracle! 

Voting Victor Ponta and NOT Klaus Iohannis (Cf2C V)  

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As shown in , in the runoff, Romanians will get to choose between Iohannis and Ponta. I wrote extensively about Ponta (dottore, virgin suicides, beligan-ponta, greatest plagiarizer, plai cu plagiat, roi rouge, geoana, partisanship, nastase), so before I tell you why I'm voting Ponta, I'll take a look at who is Iohannis.

byron, the new romantics  

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I have to admit, I don't quite keep up with Romanian music. My favourite groups are rather old, and I only hear about Romanian stars when they are too big and of dubious quality (e.g., Inna).

Dacia, Gypsies and Romanistan  

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I’ve hinted before on my personal struggle with answering such philosophical questions as “where are you from?” or “where were you born.” As I started answering with “Dacia,” more and more of those asking me, unsatisfied with this answer, started to look it up. One such acquaintance, a Brazilian dude, was kind enough to let me record our conversation. So I made a movie to share it more easily (like the Jens interview).

Clusterfunk to Cotroceni IV – results 1  

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After let’s see who won and why..

Who Needs Advertising?  

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I am one of the remaining few who remembers life before the Internet. It was cloudy. And back in those times, good, watchable, fun commercials were few and far in-between.

Clusterfunk to Cotroceni III – voting  

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So, I just voted. I thought I share with you how it went.

Clusterfunk to Cotroceni II  

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I am finally going through the TestVot application and posting my results in the Scribd PDF linked below. If unclear, the elections are taking place on Sunday, November 2, 7 am – 9 pm, at the Romanian Consulate in Toronto at 555 Richmond St W, as explained in MEP elections.