Friday, March 29, 2013
Wednesday, March 27, 2013
|Le Dernier Bar avant la Fin du Monde|
Photo ruthlessly ganked from their site.
Used under Fair Use
I believe (I could be mistaken) that this will be his first expat experience and that got me to thinking about how to be a successful expat. I define "successful" as "an expat who adjusts successfully to his or her new country." To succeed, it helps to know the four stages of being an expat.
Monday, March 25, 2013
Williamsburg Savings Bank Tower
Photo by wetman
Wednesday, March 20, 2013
|Image by Chuck Coker|
Monday, March 18, 2013
|Photo by R/DV/RS|
I can actually think of a few different issues causing the problem. First and foremost, it was reported after the law had been in effect only two months! I'm surprised that a brand new program taking time to get started is actually newsworthy, particularly when you consider that it can take months to find a new employee locally, much less internationally.Note: Apparently that was published in November, about 3 months after the program started.
I thought it was idiocy to complain about a jobs program struggling when the program had been in place less time than it often takes to find a skilled worker. Couple that with reports I was getting about German government offices being confused over the implementation of the law and it was guaranteed that heise.de's reporting was a precipitous.
Friday, March 15, 2013
|We've turned your country into a parking|
lot. The least we can do is evacuate you.
I hear this constantly. It seems like it's the last line of defense for those trying to justify the USA's unique worldwide taxation schema. However, Reddit user prezvdi replied to the above with a stunning response:
Wednesday, March 13, 2013
|I have no idea if these men are gay|
Photo by Jakkaphan Sanitprem
Even more interesting is the fact that Perlberg and Storey could have legally married in New York state, but under the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), that marriage could not be used to apply for a visa for Storey.
Monday, March 11, 2013
|No, this man cannot become|
the next president of France.
And because I was born in Arkansas, which is part of the Louisiana Purchase, any person anywhere in the world that was born in a place that ever was part of the French empire, if you move to — if you live in France for six months and speak French, you can run for president.Bill Clinton said this in 2012, but was unaware that this interesting quirk of French law was eliminated in 2006.
Friday, March 8, 2013
|Home, Sweet ... er ... Home|
Photo by SEIER+SEIER
Wednesday, March 6, 2013
|Fire him at your peril.|
A perfect example comes from a recent event with a US company in the Netherlands. Though the US firm is unnamed, they had very recently developed a presence in the Netherlands and decided thy were unhappy with the HR manager. So the manager was written up and fired five days later.
Monday, March 4, 2013
|US Capitol Building|
Photo is public domain
Friday, March 1, 2013
|Your author speaking at a|
conference in Germany
Photo by Claudio Ramirez
I've been thinking about this problem and I have an idea of how to solve it. Starting in May, I'm going freelance. I already have a nice contract lined up (and working with some awesome people), but I'll have a bit more flexibility in what I do and that gives me an opportunity.