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180 Eurekas - on the author
by Jay Gutman
2018-02-01 11:12:21
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People celebrate 200. I didn't celebrate 100, so I'll celebrate 180 with a list of random facts on myself.

  1. I speak 9 languages, but some better than others. My English, French, Spanish and Korean are great, my Arabic and Berber are also rather good. My Turkish is OK, I get by fairly well. My Portuguese and Hebrew, well they need more work.
  1. eurcolumn01_400I'm a Jewish Israeli who was adopted by a Muslim Algerian family. I've heard adoption stories here and there, some great, some very sad. Mine was OK. I was like a guest in their house, could do whatever I wanted as long as I did not disrupt the atmosphere. I got quite a lot of help from my adoptive family, it's my ex-fiancée who really screwed me over and got me screwed.
  1. Speaking of my ex-fiancée, I was supposed to carefully plan my life out and had several golden opportunities that I could have seized in the past. But she kept changing her mind about her life's  and in the end our life's big decisions. First she wanted to emigrate to the US, then she wanted to stay in Korea, then she eventually decided she wanted to be a diplomat. How do you plan life accordingly when you're dating someone who's not sure where she wants to live. This meant I wasted about 10 years of my life, waiting for several years for her to make up her mind on where she wanted to live.
  1. I also knew that it was either marrying my fiancée or a lifetime of unemployment. Immigration rules make immigration almost impossible, there are no jobs in Algeria, at least no jobs that pay over 400 or 500 dollars a month, slave labor in sum. By marrying my fiancée I could have stayed in Korea, making a couple of thousand bucks a month teaching English, and a little more money from freelance gigs. My Korean being good, that would have been a good party trick.
  1. Despite being born in New York City to an Israeli mother I was registered as the son of Algerian diplomats. This means I'm not allowed a US or Israeli passport.
  1. I grew up telling people I lived with a Jewish family. The whole adoption story seemed too weird to be true back then./ Now that the world has gone mad and that I'm a bit older, the pill is easier to swallow.
  1. I read about 300 books a year. I have a strong preference for non-fiction, I'm not very good at reading fiction. I tend to have trouble remembering a lot of what I read, I need to get cued on what the story was before I can remember the rest of the story.
  1. I read the Bible, the Quran, Tolstoy's War and Peace, Dumas' Count of Monte Cristo, the Zohar and the Talmud cover to cover. I also read every book written by Malcolm Gladwell, Stephen Hawkings, Nassim Nicholas Taleb, Chip and Dan Heath, Dan Brown (haven't read the last one yet) and quite a few books written by Thomas Sowell, Stephen Pinker, Robert Greene, Michio Kaku these are off the top of my head.
  1. The most intriguiing book I believe I've read is Bougakov's Master and the Margarita, which was very reminiscent of North Korea. The story is based in the Soviet Union where the people are clearly starving, yet get their daily dose of vodka and attend spectacular shows.
  1. While I was doing my Ph.D. I was surprised at how little a lot of the researchers read. I'd say that at best, the average researcher reads about 10 books a year, which is not enough in my opinion.
  1. I know there are lots of jealous people out there which is why I tend to dumb myself down a lot in real life. Believe me, I'm fun to hang out with.
  1. Eureka follows a hot and cold cycle. Some columns are in reaction to pending news, and are merely the humble thoughts of someone writing with very little fact-checking. During calm periods, I tend to offer intuitive solutions to what seem to be decade old problems. I hope some day I can get paid to find more carefully researched solutions to real problems, not for the glory, just to help those in need take more informed decisions.

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