What Nikolai Did Next (updated)


Hello gents.

In case you’re new, I am currently taking a year-long sabbatical in the Mysterious East after surviving a rather tough time working in Africa.  I’d previously decided to try quitting work altogether because I thought I could, and because I was struggling with stress.  I planned to see if I could maintain discipline and keep active with alternative income ideas for beer money.

I noted towards the end of my time, I was unable to make any sensible decisions in such a madhouse country.  I needed some time away to get my head straight and figure out what to do.

I’ve now been off work for six months, and this is what I have found: Read More

Hayek vs. Keynes DEATH MATCH!

Book review of The Essential Hayek by Donald J. Boudreaux

Let’s jump straight in and consider some of Hayek’s main points, as outlined in this brief book.

  1. Things are really, really complicated, but that’s okay because you only need to know your own little tiny bit of it.

Right now I’m drinking beer.  It is good.  It’s very cold because, as is my habit, I left it in the freezer for ten minutes before drinking.  Sound pretty simple, right?  Well, consider: it is in a bottle, and I have no idea whatsoever how to make glass except that it involves sand (I saw that in an episode of Read More

Great poems for men, part 8


Book review of Delphi Poetry Anthology

In many respects, the twentieth century was not a very nice one.  Especially the first half.  While there were remarkable developments in diverse fields, historians will one day sum up that part of our past as, to use the historiographic jargon, ‘a fucking bloodbath’.

And so we come to Wilfred Owen (1893-1918), whose lifespan tells you all you need to know.

I quoted this one in an earlier post about Armistice Day, 2018:

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Mental health snapshot


[Written in Africa, March 2019.]

At the time of writing I have exactly four months to go in this country.

I’m curious about those studies of mental well-being around the world where people give themselves a subjective score out of 10 to rank their happiness.  Colombia always does well.

From about age 23 I’ve consistently assessed myself as having a baseline happiness, or contentedness, level of about Read More

Word from the Dark Side – Swedish mean girls, t-shirts on credit and Yanks not shagging

Vinyl News: 3D Printed Record, Turnplay Vinyl iPad App ...

A Swedish schoolgirl who chose not to join a climate protest is bullied by teacher and classmates.  I keep telling you, and nobody listens: these are a group-centric people who at any moment may turn back into Vikings.

Other benefits of early retirement: if you retire at 55 you are likely to live until Read More

Great poems for men, part 5


Book review of Delphi Poetry Anthology: The World’s Greatest Poems

Tennyson, you say?  Oh, him.  I had to memorize a poem by Alfred, Lord Tennyson (1809-1892) once in high school, and I’ve had a distaste for romantic poets bemoaning the untimely TB deaths of hot young hoochimammas ever since.  Here’s a snippet, in case you’re interested: Read More