Posts from the ‘Malta’ category

In praise of audio books

Podcasts were my gateway drug into audio books. Some time around 2007, I started listening to more books than I read. Some of my first audio…

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Hearse Drivers Bring Transit to a Halt in Malta

One of the things I miss about living in a tiny Mediterranean country is the charmingly weird local news stories. Julie still reads a couple of…

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VOIP Still Kinda Sucks

Maybe it’s just been a bad week, but VOIP feels like a rare Concorde-esque backward step in technology. In the past week, I’ve had three separate…

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In Praise of Furnished Apartments

We’ve just moved into our fourth furnished apartment. The other three were in Europe and Africa (where it’s par for the course, as far as I…

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Rethinking Poverty (and Getting Nowhere)

Living abroad teaches you how little you know, and forces you to re-examine long-held assumptions. One of these assumptions is about poverty. My general assumption about…

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Cognitive Dissonance in Blondie

From the Whiskey Tango Foxtrot (heh) department: what’s wrong with this comic (click for larger size)? Dagwood’s dining companion (nice homo-erotic subtext, by the way) has…

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Shopping, Buying et Une Rallonge

In Moroccan medinas, there’s a store every ten feet. They’re packed in like stalls at Playland. Or the average North American mall, if each store had…

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The Foreignness Index: A Tool For Figuring Out Where You Want to Live

In a comment on a recent post, Mark asked about how we choose where to live: How do you go about choosing locations, and what other…

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