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What I’ve Been Watching: Imperial Arctic Madness Edition

Many years ago I went through an Eskimo phase and read a lot of ethnographies and some other books on them. I was wondering how I might get to travel and study in Greenland (close to an Eskimo state though … Continue reading

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Language and Center of Gravity

I’ve been listening to some videos by a Ukrainian immigrant to Poland (he has enough Polish ancestry to be recognized as Polish and his channel is Polak z Ukrainy (A Pole from Ukraine). Mostly he compares things between the two … Continue reading

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Fourth of July Conversations

I didn’t look for any kind of July 4th celebration yesterday and treated it as a normalish working day. Now I’m reflecting on three conversations. The first came as I was walking to work. I noticed some US flags and … Continue reading

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If Microsoft Made Office Equipment

I’ve been thinking lately how much I hate Microsoft and their increasingly useless interfaces and I remember my own past doing office work and wondered how that would have been different if Microsoft sold real, physical office equipment and not … Continue reading

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My German Problem and Ours

If you live in Europe you have to spend time thinking about Germany. It’s the largest (in population) country and unquestioned economic motor of the whole EU…. and it’s just not a normal country, there I said it. The German … Continue reading

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The Limits of Teaching

The failure of this and similar programs doesn’t surprise me at all. The dirty little secret of teaching is that… it’s actually pretty easy – it’s learning things that’s hard. But learning things isn’t the teacher’s job. Teachers can present … Continue reading

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Is Your Policy Cup Half Full or Half Empty?

Most people have no idea of what kind of immigration policy they want for the country they live in (or the country of citizenship if they differ). When asked, even people who think they know what they want only list … Continue reading

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