Five Easy Steps to Totalitarianism

The Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan was able to bestow limitless powers upon himself despite minimal enthusiasm of voters at home (51.5% voted for him) because he was helped by Turks living in Germany (with 63%, in some towns even as many as 76% voting for him). It seems those living in a democracy do … [>>>>>>>]

Beach or Pills?

A few summers ago I was driving through the outskirts of Trieste and was tempted by the sea. I stopped the car and went for a swim. As I was drying myself off under some pine trees a number of Italian families began arriving. Their descent appeared more complicated than the disembarkation in Normandy; they … [>>>>>>>]

What’s the clock?

There are works of literature that I will never understand but I occasionally do love to read them. A page or two from Finnegan’s Wake by James Joyce or some gadget instructions from unknown Chinese author.

Why the cake didn’t bark?

Sometimes, there are good news in the newspapers. This one is about the good police work in the times of terrorism and common negativism: Imagine one of the elite detectives of the serious crime division opening the fridge – and the cream cakes are gone! “Who stole my cakes?” he asks. His colleagues are viewing … [>>>>>>>]

Ultimate Geek Test

They said the film Interstellar wasn’t for me, I’m not geek enough. They were right. How did they know? Obviously, there must be a rule even if they weren’t able to put in into words. I asked local geeks to recommend me a book they like and I soon noticed that they have something in … [>>>>>>>]