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The Guilt of Being Alive

The particular event and the particular ways in which it made me feel even more acutely guilty of being alive and of the inherent negative impact of this is a matter for the next personal post, but I kept thinking of writing something about this guilt in itself and this is a good time to […]

About the "Talk About Suicide" and "Suicide Prevention" Bandwagon…

All these recent articles and posts about needing to talk about suicide or, worse, about “suicide prevention”, made me post an angry message on Facebook yesterday morning. Not anything I haven’t said many, many times before, but it seems it needs to be said time and time again, so let me just have another look […]

Farewell, Andrei Gheorghe

Last evening, former radio and TV show host Andrei Gheorghe was found dead in his bathroom, at the age of 56. Apparently he had been dead since morning and the death seems to have had natural causes, his heart failing for good after having had problems with it for a while, including previous heart attacks. […]

European Parliament Resolution on Improving Product Durability

Stumbled into a press release about a resolution aimed at promoting “a longer product lifespan, in particular by tackling programmed obsolescence for tangible goods and for software” adopted by the European Parliament, which includes a number of interesting proposals. Not that they mean much of anything if not enforced, of course, and even if they […]

Don’t Live a "Normal Life"

No. Just refuse. Don’t go through formal education, don’t get a job, don’t get married, most definitely don’t have children, don’t rent your home, don’t share it with others unless they’re the people you absolutely want to live with no matter what, don’t take loans, don’t use credit cards, don’t buy a car, don’t watch […]