On Turning German

Technically, I didn’t “just turn” German. Theoretically, under German law, I was German from the time I was born, by virtue of being born to a parent who was German. When I picked up the certificate earlier this week, I was simply obtaining the paperwork which is somewhat analogous to getting a birth certificate. The citizenship certificate, like a birth certificate, merely documents what already … Continue reading On Turning German

Disappointment in a Burger

I’ve had the pleasure of eating some outstanding burgers in my life (Bad Egg; Bleecker St). I’ve had some terrible burgers in my life (I’ll leave them nameless here). I’ve had some surprising burgers (Almost Famous) but never before have I had such disappointment in a burger as at Lockhouse. I was excited because they had allegedly won the UK National Burger Awards earlier in … Continue reading Disappointment in a Burger

Predictions of Brexit Doom

Before (and immediately after) the Brexit referendum, a number of “experts” made various predictions: On 21 January 2016, Adam Posen, a former member of the Bank of England’s Monetary Policy Committee warned, “A “no” vote in the European Union referendum runs a serious risk of pushing Britain back into recession.” On 27 April 2016, the OECD said, “From the moment of a Brexit vote until … Continue reading Predictions of Brexit Doom

Experimenting with Sous Vide Omelette

I have an ongoing frustration with the ‘normal’ methods to cook eggs: cooking on a hot plate to grill/fry them is very much hit-and-miss, and cooking eggs sous vide in their shell leaves you with a hassle to peel them after they’ve been cooked.  I’m absolutely certain that I’m not the first person to have tried this, but it worked surprisingly well for me, so … Continue reading Experimenting with Sous Vide Omelette

Everything is expensive and nothing is amazing

I found this article really persuasive that there’s a problem in our Western societies: …In the past fifty years, education costs have doubled, college costs have dectupled, health insurance costs have dectupled, subway costs have at least dectupled, and housing costs have increased by about fifty percent. US health care costs about four times as much as equivalent health care in other First World countries; … Continue reading Everything is expensive and nothing is amazing

Is Australia Racist?

Question: I have a question that was on my mind for a while. I’ve heard from several sources (Austrailians) in the past that Austrailia has a big issue with racism. I’m curious how truthful this is. Austrailia is one of the places I’ve thought about moving to in the past. I would like to hear your take on this, thanks. Continue reading “Is Australia Racist?”