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Race to the Bottom

18 June, 2017
Photo: Nipapun Jiranukul - CC0
At a dinner table, a chap complains about 9am meetings with team members on the other side of the country, and how these early morning meetings, every workday for a year, feel draining and endless. A women is indignant at the chap’s hardship, and mentions her hour long commute in the mornings, followed by an hour commute in the evenings, often ...
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The Old City and the Sea

Return to Minimalism

13 June, 2017

Walls and Graffiti in Dubrovnik

Leaving Full Time Jobs

6 June, 2017
Car Driving Away
I used to work at the University of Cincinnati and whenever I got frustrated at staff meetings, I’d threaten to move to Australia. After a $300 application fee and a surprisingly short approval process, I had holiday work visa which allowed me to live and work in Australia for a full year. My manager led me to our director’s office. With my ...
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Sun Setting on the Edge of Croatia

How Patreon is Disrupting YouTube and other Ad Supported Services

25 May, 2017
Patreon Logo
In recent months, there has been considerable debate by videos creators on YouTube about the future of generating revenue through Google’s extremely popular streaming video service. Advertisers are backing away from more controversial content and YouTube has begun to demonetize several types of videos. Services like Flattr, which attempted to ...
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Tour Guide Friend

Taking a Sabbatical

13 May, 2017

New Years Festivities

The American Banking System is Still in the 1990s

16 April, 2017
Notes of various currency
When I lived in Australia, sending money to an individual or business was as simple as knowing their Bank State Branch (BSB) number and account number. I could go through a web interface, or a phone app, and send $50 to a friend. It would show up the next morning in their account (or potentially the same day if we used the same bank). This ...
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Wall Falling into the Ocean

America and the Mexican Drug Trade

7 April, 2017
Border between United States and Mexico
Norte, a Mexican newspaper that has been publishing for nearly 30 years, announced that it was shutting down, after three journalists from various news agencies were killed last month. The effects of violence and gangs in parts of Mexico have led to this news organization’s concern over the safety of its reporters. Advocates for the removal of ...
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Small Boats Docked in Croatia

Returning to America and the (Un)Affordable Care Act

14 March, 2017
Photo: Hoshino Ai - CC0
I worked in the American health insurance industry during the original Affordable Health Care (ACA) debates back around 2009. I watched a lot of money spent on completely wasteful projects as the entire industry lobbied against a public single-payer option. In January of 2016, I returned to the States after being outside the country for four ...
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Off the Coast of Croatia

At Rest

10 February, 2017
Purple Flower in a Pond
When people die, we tend to say they are at rest. Headstones on burial mounds sometimes etch the words, “Rest in peace.” This euphemism isn’t limited to English. It exists word for word as the German phrase, “Ruhe in Frieden,” or the Spanish saying, “que descanse en paz.” In the conscious, living mind of an individual, rest is an action we take to ...
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Fortification in the Bay

All Trump, All The Time

8 February, 2017

Bell Tower Above the city of Dubrovnik

H.R. 170 Will Allow Large Companies to Consolidate Talent in the Tech Industry

17 January, 2017
US Passport
Congress is considering a bill that will increase the minimum wage for H-1B visa holders to $100,000 per year. This is an attempt to discourage businesses from hiring immigrants who require sponsorship, instead of hiring American workers. At least that’s what congress says H.R. 170 will do. However, I think what we’ll actually see are large ...
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The Fallout of American Anger

8 January, 2017
Anti-Trump Graffiti on a Bus Stop
In January of 2017, three black eighteen year old males and one black eighteen year old female abducted a white, mentally handicapped man of the same age. The four of them abused him for somewhere between one and two days. They made him drink toilet water while yelling, “fuck trump” and “fuck white people.” They broadcast this on Facebook’s live ...
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The Old City of Dubrovnik