I have just finished reading

1. John Miller & Scott Page. 2007. Complex Adaptive Systems: An Introduction to Computational Models of Social Life
2. Judith Bowman, Sandra Emerson, & Marcy Darnovsky. 1996. The Practical SQL Handbook
3. Aurel Kolnai. 1999. Privilege and Liberty and Other Essays in Political Philosophy
4. Isaiah Berlin. 1993. The Magus of the North
5. Peter Sloterdijk. 1998. Spheres vol.1: Bubbles
6. Csaba Zoltani (ed.) 2013. Transylvania Today: Diversity at Risk
7. David Freedman, Robert Pisani, & Roger Purves. 1997. Statistics, 3rd edition
8. David Shipler. 2004. The Working Poor: Invisible in America
9. Mark Timmons. 1999. Morality Without Foundations: A Defense of Ethical Contextualism
10. Jacques Derrida. 1981. Positions
11. Jaap Scholten. 2010. Comrade Baron: A Journey Through the Vanishing World of the Transylvanian Aristocracy
12. Igor Janke. 2015. Forward!: The Story of Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban
13. Mark Twain. 1829. Roughing It (Autobiography)
14. Zvi Bodie, Alex Kane, & Alan J. Marcus. 2014. Investments 10th Global Edition
15. Martin Ravallion. 2015. The Economics of Poverty: History, Measurement, and Policy
16. Konrad Adenauer. Memoirs: 1945-1953

Guvernarea PSD a inceput sa se erodeze inainte sa inceapa, din lipsa de idei

Democratii socialisti cu iz de comunism a la KGB – tatuca Iliescu au castigat alegerile din decembrie 2016 cu sloganul ipocrit „Indrazneste sa crezi.” Sa crezi in ce? s-ar intreba un votant anti-comunism. Si asta era si intrebarea de 1000 de puncte, la care din pacate spalatii pe creier de la latrina 10203 nu s-au gandit. Au fost lasati sedusi pe baza de emotii calde de gasca cacacioasa si acum s-a terminat. Sa crezi in ce schimbare, daca ei nu au idei ce schimbari sa faca? Ei sunt deja putreziti, singura schimbare ar fi sa isi dea duhul.

Pacat, doctrina lor e foarte misto, pacat ca oamenii care chiar merita de acolo nu au avut viziune si s-au asociat cu un partid criminal, fondat de mizerabilul Ion Iliescu.

I have just finished reading

1. Luis Torgo. 2011. Data Mining with R

2. Anne-Marie Slaughter. 2007. The Idea That Is America

3. Karl Popper. 1945. The Open Society and Its Enemies v.2

4. Howard Gardner. 2006. Five Minds for the Future

5. Howard Gardner. 2004. Changing Minds: The Art and Science of Changing Our Own and Other People’s Minds

6. Vladimir Tismaneanu & Bogdan Iacob (eds.). 2015. Remembrance, History, and Justice: Coming to Terms with Traumatic Pasts in Democratic Societies

7. Imre Kertesz. 2006. Dossier K

8. Irina Livezeanu. 1995. Cultural Politics in Greater Romania: Regionalism, Nation Building, and Ethnic Struggle, 1918-1930

9. Robert Shiller. 2005. Irrational Exuberance

10. Raymond Aron. 1983. Memoirs

11. Cal Newport. 2012. So Good They Can’t Ignore You: Why Skills Trump Passion in the Quest for Work You Love

12. Paul Murrell. 2006. R Graphics

13. Virginia Woolf. 1931. Valurile

14. Constantin Noica. 1992. Pagini despre sufletul romanesc

Winter Reading List

I have just finished reading:

1. Bruce Mazlish. 1990. The Leader, the Led, and the Psyche: Essays in Psychohistory
2. Sheryl Sandberg. 2013. Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead
3. Maria Schmidt. 2015. All Is Moving On The Western Front
4. Kishore Mahbubani. 2008. The New Asian Hemisphere: The Irresistible Shift Of Global Power To The East
5. Loic Wacquant. 2004. Body & Soul: Notebooks of an Apprentice Boxer
6. George Akerlof & Robert Shiller. 2015. Phishing for Phools: The Economics of Manipulation and Deception
7. Gary Koop. 2013. Analysis of Economic Data. 4th Edition
8. Ken Follett. 2010. Fall of Giants

What have I been reading

1. Michele Lamont. 2002. The Dignity of Working Men
2. Alexander Ostrovsky. 1875. Wolves and Sheep (audio)
3. Alexandru Kiritescu. 1945. Dictatorul (audio)
4. Edward Tufte. 2006. Beautiful Evidence
5. Aldous Huxley. 1965. Brave New World & Brave New World Revisited
6. Michel de Montaigne. 1580. Essays
7. Nate Silver. 2012. The Signal and the Noise. The Art and Science of Prediction
8. Robert B. Huber & Alfred C. Snider. 2005. Influencing through argument

What have I just finished reading

1. Antonio Damasio. 1994 Descarte’s Error
Is it „I think therefore I Am” or „I Am therefore I think”? Neuroscientist Antonio Damasio reflects on the results of some natural experiments in which people lose parts of their brain and how this translates into changes in their behaviour.
2. Shamus Khan. 2011. Privilege
Billionaire creator of Khan Academy soliloquy about his ethnografic experience at the most elitist high school in the USA, St Paul’s. From teaching them how to dine and wine to going through Aristotle and Plato, from teaching them advanced classes in the humanities through learning how to think, the next elites of the USA were categorized democratic, in the sense that they are more open than ever to lower classes, their force coming now only only from social status, but from the fact that they think like no-one else.
3. Jaroslav Hasek. 1935. The Good Soldier Svejk
The funny and famous story of a Russian spy in the Czech Republic in the First World War.
4. Duiliu Zamfirescu. 1907. Tanase Scatiu
The Romanian traditional story of a bad marriage of a rich girl from the countryside.
5. Peter Turchin. 2009. Secular Cycles
Very well documented study of how population rises and falls in large time periods. Using previous studies and primary sources, the author builds the demographic-structural theory and presents case studies from France’s Plantagenet dinasty, Britain’s Tudor dinasty, Russia’s Romanov era, Roman Republic and Roman empire etc. Big enough societies have predictable ups and down over large enough periods of time.
6. Betty Friedan. 1963. The Feminine Mistique
Betty Friedan, 2nd wave feminist, starts an enquiry based on the question „Why would women want to cook and be housewives?”. She interviews a lot of women, probably working class women and finds out that when they are in groups, women all think the same: they want something more, they want a career, they are not happy with cooking, washing and feeding the children. At that time, Friedan hit the ball park with this study. Meanwhile, feminism went through the third wave and almost starts a counter-movement against Radical feminism.
7. Clifford Geertz. 1973. The Interpretation of Cultures
A collection of essays from the cultural anthropologist who went to study the Balinese society and the Balinese people in Indonesia. What I remember from his story is that the Balinese men enjoy cock fighting, a cock being a prolongation of one’s personality that the children are called „First”, „Second”, and that the Balinse categorize the whole World into „Balinese” and „Not yet Balinese”.
8. Eric Wolf. 1982. Europe and The People Without History
The Colonialized World had to jump through hoops. This is the story of the world capitalism and globalization saw from the eyes of the loosers, oppressed people who had no choise but to accept the tems of the Spanish colonialism, Portugese colonialism, Dutch colonisalism, and British colonialism. A story of trade, early capitalism, and goods. We came to buy so cheap our coffee, cotton, corn, potatoes, tobbacco thanks to the early adventuriers and the big profit they made. How did the people without history get their own hubris? Eric Wolf wrote a fantastic piece of non-fiction.