A Practical Life in the UK Test

You need to pass the Life in the UK test to become a citizen of the United Kingdom. Seems logical – except that most of the knowledge on the test is irrelevant to daily life. After living in London for the past 3 1/2 years, I’d like to offer a more practical assessment for whether […]

London, Part 2

This is the second installment of my irregular Minority Report. Part one was “Expatriates and the Patriots” and the full series contains dispatches from Seoul as well. I’ve lived in Central London for almost two years. During this time, I’ve experienced plenty of situations to dispel many of the preconceived notions I had about life in […]

If the unicorns die, we should all be worried

1. Here we go again. During the dot-com boom of the late 1990s, it seemed like everyone who worked at a “traditional” company was waiting for the right opportunity to leave and join a startup. Many did. For example, George Shaheen left Andersen Consulting to join Webvan. Lou Dobbs left CNN for space.com. They wanted to […]

A Year in Seoul

Today marks one year of living in Seoul. To update some thoughts from my first month here: A lot more Instagram, a lot less Twitter.  Snackability applies to posting and to reading. It’s been interesting to see censorship in the media and how freedom of the press is limited in South Korea. For example, when the […]

Here’s what $334.75 of @Target fraud looks like

A couple of months ago, I noticed a string of fraudulent charges on my credit card. Someone had used my credit card number to complete five transactions within 13 minutes at the Target Cityplace Dallas. Here’s what they bought.