A foreigner in a voting rebellion

Sadly, the self-determination of a people is not often decided via democracy. Sure, there are exceptions but for every Norway-Sweden, Serbia-Montenegro, or Czech Republic-Slovakia break up decided by vote, there’s a Former Yugoslavia, Sudan, Israel, and I don’t know how many other independence or state-forming movements that were the result of outright war, not a … Continue reading "A foreigner in a voting rebellion"... >>

We’ve been here before and it was funny then

For some time I’ve found myself generally quiet on the personal writing front. A good deal of this is because the professional writing front has taken up a great deal of my time. Then of course there’s the Georgian wine book that’s just now gone off to the printer. Writing a book is a taxing, … Continue reading "We’ve been here before and it was funny then"... >>

Another time in Grand Bassam

After a week or two in the interior of Côte d’Ivoire, Editor-in-Chief and I would emerge from the 40C days and 90% humidity to arriving in Abidjan and stay with friends for the weekend. Weekends for those in Abidjan meant going out to the coast of Grand Bassam, a coast blessed with having a narrow … Continue reading "Another time in Grand Bassam"... >>

I will never be a Jeffersonian

Naturally, I came across this rather surprisingly strong move to try and split up California in to six new states on the BBC. That says something about where you’re getting your American news although this article on Vox has more to add to it as well. It should be noted that there is nothing terribly … Continue reading "I will never be a Jeffersonian"... >>

A path undesirable

For those unaware, there is something called a “desire path” which, despite the name, is not the most direct route to a prostitute, but is usually the most direct path formed when a people are presented with the choice to get to their destination. The smarter of city planners use their to their advantage and … Continue reading "A path undesirable"... >>