October 25, 2003

Long-Overdue Site Recommend...

Long-Overdue Site Recommendation -- Eurosavant.com: Reading this Eurosavant, which summarizes the non-English European press.

As this about me page hints, Eurosavant proprietor Michael Olson is one the smartest, most interesting cats you will ever meet. Here's his typically understated way of putting it:

I'm not even European, but an American by citizenship (although born outside of America, to a parents on diplomatic assignment for the U.S. Department of State. And so the Constitution decrees that I'm ineligible ever to become President - not a "natural born citizen," you see.). But I've lived in Europe for fourteen years running now, in five different European countries, ever since I was stationed to Germany in late 1989 as a US Army armor lieutenant.

On the way (with a good head start even before 1989) I've picked up some European languages.

Uh-huh. What he's not telling would fill about 14 volumes, of which I might know one-fifth of one (Michael and I were friendly acquaintances in Budapest, though I'm never sure if he actually lived there). A list of his selected articles may begin to tell the tale: Meditations on Body Armor, How the NHL Abused the 2002 Slovak National Hockey Team, The Euro: It's Both Boring and Incredibly Abstruse, etc.

Michael monitors the press in the Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Hungary (!), Poland, UK/Ireland, and the Benelux countries. I'm frankly a little chuffed that he's dissing Slovakia, but I guess you can't have everything.

When and if I finally get around to updating my perma-links (I have abortive attempts that date from the California Recall, the Iraq War, and other now-forgotten excitements), he'll get the Special Asterisk. And one day soon I might even answer his e-mail... Hi Mike!

Posted by at October 25, 2003 11:14 AM
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I thought it was well established that people born to American parents while overseas were fully eligible to become President. This was discussed back in 1968, since (if I recall correctly) George Romney was born to American parents in Mexico.

Posted by: Patrick Nielsen Hayden at October 25, 2003 02:46 PM

Hi Matt!

I was wondering whether you would remember me. Yes, I lived in Budapest, at the CEU dormitory, because I was studying there.

I've definitely hit the big time now - seriously! You're much too kind! Thanks!

MAO

Posted by: MAO at October 27, 2003 12:24 PM
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ually lived there). A list of his selected articles may begin to tell the tale: Meditations on Body Armor, How the NHL Abused the 2002 Slovak National Hockey Team, The Euro: It's Both Boring and Incredibly Abstruse, etc.

Michael monitors the press in the Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Hungary (!), Poland, UK/Ireland, and the Benelux countries. I'm frankly a little chuffed that he's dissing Slovakia, but I guess you can't have everything.

When and if I finally get around to updating my perma-links (I have abortive attempts that date from the California Recall, the Iraq War, and other now-forgotten excitements), he'll get the Special Asterisk. And one day soon I might even answer his e-mail... Hi Mike!

Posted by at October 25, 2003 11:14 AM
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I thought it was well established that people born to American parents while overseas were fully eligible to become President. This was discussed back in 1968, since (if I recall correctly) George Romney was born to American parents in Mexico.

Posted by: Patrick Nielsen Hayden at October 25, 2003 02:46 PM

Hi Matt!

I was wondering whether you would remember me. Yes, I lived in Budapest, at the CEU dormitory, because I was studying there.

I've definitely hit the big time now - seriously! You're much too kind! Thanks!

MAO

Posted by: MAO at October 27, 2003 12:24 PM
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