Fecal Cliff

December 6th, 2012
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You can ignore reality, but you cannot ignore the consequences of ignoring reality.

Ayn Rand

This thing called “Fiscal Cliff” bothers a lot of people nowadays, so I figured it would be a good topic to write about. As many times before, a perfectly useful term is used to describe something completely different to divert attention from something really important.

Someone asked me to explain what is this thing all about, and I did, in technical details, to the extent of my understanding. Not convinced, a person asked me “so what is so ‘cliffy’ about it?”.

Really – what is? After all, those automatic tax hikes and spending cuts are planned events, agreed upon some time ago by the same Congress people, as part of the same types of deals as the one they are trying to cook now. We are told that without agreement we will all fall off the fiscal cliff, but how exactly?

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I dream of space…

May 26th, 2012
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A ship in harbor is safe, but that’s not why ships are built.

From fortune cookie
(not sure who said it first)

Years back I have written about Space travel for the people, Inc., an hypothetical future “newspace” company, implementing the idea I nurtured in my head of allowing the regular nine-to-five folks to go to space through lottery.

It is a great pleasure to let you, my 7 loyal readers, know that such business was finally born.

I will keep this post short and to the point – I Dream Of Space, a New Zealand-based start up, headed by the charismatic Reuben Metcalfe, is doing it. Launched in November last year it have already gotten some traction with the internet community, as evidenced by the latest news piece on Wired Science. And now, following an interesting exchange of ideas with Reuben, I am honored to join him and his team by officially become an advisor for I Dream Of Space project.

Space is the final frontier, so beam me up, Reuben, and lets make it happen.

Liberate Wall Street

October 22nd, 2011
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speaking of complaining… they say the best way to fight corporate greed is to make random people sit in traffic on their way to visit their aunt and uncle in Brooklyn on a Saturday.

Jimmy Kimmel

About a week or so ago I was stopped by two tired police officers on Broadway and Exchange place, on my way to the office early in the morning. A line of people was waiting to show those policemen some proof of them actually working in the general Wall Street area, before being allowed to enter the heavily barricaded protest zone.

My driver’s license was not enough, and I had to dig into my bag to pull a business card showing my name and the address of my firm. That worked and I was allowed in.

That little and seemingly insignificant incident had a strange effect – it forced me to acknowledge the fact of the existence of those caricature protests, commonly referred to as “Occupy Wall Street”.

This acknowledgement was strong enough to shake me out of my writing coma. I present to you my thoughts on this miserable imitation of the “Arab Spring”.

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