A not-well-written book

You know an inspiring book from page one onwards. Ryan and Deci’s recent and in fact comprehensive book on Self Determination Theory is an inspiring one. Or Dan Ariel’s one about all his and his many co-authors experimental evidence about people tend to cheat and why they do. I also expected Allen France’s recently published […]... Read More

Size doesn’t matter

Brandenburg, a German state surrounding the countries capital Berlin, scrapped its planned local government reform last week. In an attempt to modernize the state’s local administration the planned reform centered on a commonly cited but outdated receipt: downsizing of staff size through merger of administrative units. Economies of scale is the economic rational behind this […]... Read More

Welcome to the new New Square

After some felt three years of stop-amd-go renovation the New Square (новая площадь) in Moscows city center shows up with his new fresh face (pictured below). Plenty of new space for pedestrians, including bench to take a rest and a look on another pending renovation side: the technical museum, which is located in the middle […]... Read More

Vergangenheitskultur and 100 years of October Revolution

Two prime time serials on Russias Channel One are indicative of the countries official Vergangenheitskultur regarding the October revolution which happened exactly 100 years ago. Perception of the back then Red Russian revolution is ambivalent in contemporary Moscow. On the one hand some selected protagonists, such as of course Lenin,  are omnipresent: Leninskiy avenue, Lenin library, Lenin […]... Read More

The wow-effect

Having a swimming workout in Moscow’s  1980 Olympic Summer Games pool will yield the wow effect. Since then the pool has been open to the public.  Grab your medical certificate, slippers, swimming cap (you will not forget your googles, and trousers, won’t you), buy a ticket for 450 roubles (peak hours, early birds will catch […]... Read More