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Notes from a Big Country by Bill Bryson

From perfectly formed potatoes to adulterous US presidents, and from domestic upsets to millennial fever, Bill Bryson just cannot resist airing his opinions and standing up for his (mostly) law-abiding fellow American citizens. But of course after twenty years in... Continue Reading →


Japanese, 1978, Superhero/Science-Fiction/Tokusatsu/Drama, created by Saburo Yatsude and produced by Susumu Yoshikawa, Toei.  Starring Shinji Todo, Rika Miura, Izumi Oyama, Yoshiharu Yabuki, Mitsuo Ando, and Yukie Kagawa. Konichiwa, everybody!  It’s time to get a little bit politically-incorrect on the CINEMATIC... Continue Reading →

The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom

Eddie is a wounded war veteran, an old man who has lived, in his mind, an uninspired life. His job is fixing rides at a seaside amusement park. On his 83rd birthday, a tragic accident kills him as he tries... Continue Reading →

Your brain system drives your personality

[Reading time: 2 minutes] One of the most important scientist who studied this relation is Helen Fisher. Now she is studying the business-world application of her study about the drivers of personality. She built a questionnaire in order to understand... Continue Reading →

Business Universes (1)

[Reading time: 1 minute] We can divide the business world into three universes and we need to understand where we are because otherwise it will be difficult to settle things: Have a job Own a job The system In... Continue Reading →

The Reason I Jump: One Boy’s Voice from the Silence of Autism, by Naoki Higashida

Written by Naoki Higashida, a very smart, very self-aware, and very charming thirteen-year-old boy with autism, it is a one-of-a-kind memoir that demonstrates how an autistic mind thinks, feels, perceives, and responds in ways few of us can imagine. Parents... Continue Reading →

The Rory Gilmore in all of us

I have just watched Gilmore Girls’ revival “Gilmore Girls: A year in the life” and… Okay, who am I kidding? Of course, I binge-watched all 4 episodes in two days right after it was released on Netflix, in November. How... Continue Reading →

The golden compass of communication

After many weeks, we may try to summarize what we said until today. There are few basic rules, called golden rules, that could be our golden compass in communication process. The golden rules for a good effective communication are five.... Continue Reading →


Written by the Master of Movie Disasters, author of The Cinematic Calamity Greetings, everyone.  I have just received two pieces of tragic news: one from Hollywood, and another from Manchester.  I will thus forgo my usual duty as Master of... Continue Reading →

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