Posted in Friends, San Francisco on March 2nd, 2004 by Дмитрий

I knew I was a whimp. But today I overcame it a little. Rather than ignoring the fact that the girl I saw on the bus every day looked a lot like my old high school buddy Kelly, I snapped as we stepped off at the same stop: “Is your name Kelly?” and guess what? It was.

It’s strange how paths can cross so closely after so many years. We’ve been in and out of contact since high school (10 years, gawd!), maybe an annual email or so… And now I find she works around the corner from my own office…

Just thought I’d post it here to remember it happened. I might actually discover more people I remember in this world if I’d just speak up more often…

A Conspiracy of Fools

Posted in Americana, Economics on March 5th, 2004 by Дмитрий

I feel physically ill. Freedom in America takes another giant step backwards, as the arbitrary whims of an unaccountable government with unlimited power, imprisons one more of the world’s most productive and admirable women.

All for the love of the humdrum and humble. Once again, the totalitarian state needn’t be made by revolution, when it can simply be made by default.


Posted in About Me on March 17th, 2004 by Дмитрий

When contemplating a major, life-altering decision, is it better to internalize the decision-making process and consequent conflict? Or should one involve others in it for feedback and assistance in finding the right choice? What constitutes a “right” choice when the very direction and outcome of one’s life is at stake? Is there any right or wrong set of standards in determining the relative importance of factors regarding such choices? What if the most important factors one arrives at are, ultimately, in complete conflict? How can one be sure one has objectively assessed the relative importance of such factors? Does the fact that one factor is most important allow it to counter many factors which, whilst less important, are in conflict with it? Will I stop being so vacuous in my contemplations today?