Tag: Gerry MacOstair

Blackboard Jungle, Part 2: Watch Your Language

I have no words (fit for printing) to adequately express my disgust with those self–anointed “guardians of (linguistic) culture”. Those, who enjoy themselves “bashing” the youth for “attempted linguicide”, every once in a while.

Youth words of the year? List of shame? Give me a break. Or, to borrow from the kid around the corner, “Sip tea! (smh)”. Read more…

Blackboard Jungle, Part 1: For School, Not for Life

I dare to venture the guess that complaints about the quality and practical benefits of education are as old as mankind — and as commonplace as whining about the weather. That this issue seems to be as present as ever — quasi timeless — reveals more about the complainants than it says about individual concepts proposed and executed to this day. Read more…

Fellowship of Destiny

We are about to lose Italy, and I mean it quite literally. For her own but also for Europe’s sake, this must not happen. The precious reader may consider my assessment of the situation utterly implausible, think that I am exaggerating Italy’s importance in the European context or the possible consequences of failing to recognise and address her misery properly. In this case, especially if you are European, please take the time to reconsider your opinion — and read on. Read more…

Half a Bot and Half a Man

I admit that I have always been suspicious of CAPTCHAs of any kind. Apart from the repeated concerns voiced by various experts over the years, I have always felt that they cause more problems than they actually solve. Read more…

Tesler Delivers Promises or Interview with a Money Sucker

There is an old saying popular among day traders: Plan your trades and trade your plans. And this is exactly what I did. Upon “signing up for free”, I provided a disposable e–mail address and a pay–as–you–go telephone number. Read more…