What you think of yourself is more important than what others think of you.
Ship engineer with background in yacht brokerage, Real Estate, construction, entrepreneurship. Avid reader, traveled the world, explorer of the human nature. Never stopped learning.
My name is Daniel Mihai Popescu, but I used to be known as “Rodolfo Grimaldi” for a few years, in a certain community, and maybe this will be my alias as an author, as well as it is the name of this blog. This blog was named after him. It has nothing to do with the princely family in Monaco, nor with their shipping business.
I have started blogging a few years ago, first on Blogspot, after that on WordPress. I have quickly learned the differences and the frustrations. It took me no time to switch from “free” hosting to self hosting, on my own domains or sub-domains. I have learned HTML, PHP, and I have polished my web developer skills pretty quick.
The origins of this site started as the reunion of two wordpress.com blogs, one in Romanian and one in English, separate between them but not very different in expression. The Romanian one, known before as a category named Z-Romanian has moved to a sub-domain, and the English one is almost unchanged. Only the look and the support were really modified. I took out the category from the menu bar; you’ll find it here, Ipoteze despre concluzii or in the footer, under “Favorite Readings” tab.
This picture taken by my love in the sunny Istanbul when all days were happy and people much more relaxed than I’ve seen in a lot of other places, reminds me of Brian Gardner, the creator of this wonderful frame support used for this site, warmly promoted by a lot of other people along with me, and which I would install in your site as well, if you’ll hire me 🙂
It was unthinkable in those times to not have a cigarette, a cigar, or a cigarillo somewhere, in the corner of my mouth, between my fingers, or in an ashtray, going perfectly well with the strong Starbucks espresso, my favorite drink in matters of coffee. This looks like a cheap advert on Facebook, a network where I have deleted my account almost immediately. If I’m ever going to make another, it’ll be for more fun, for more friends, and maybe for more networking. I thought that I can survive without, but I have learned that it’s better to have than not to have an account. Used wisely, it is an asset.
Turning back to Starbucks… it’s a way of life. The products are not junk and they have wireless… for free. The other claims of not exploiting the coffee bean pickers and stuff… has to wait. There hasn’t been produced a “Fast Food Nation” type of movie about them, yet, but I remember that in Brazil the workers weren’t quite well rewarded, or… you think I remember this from “Slave Isaura”, the Guimarães’ novel? No, I went to Brazil, so I know this from there. Maybe in Colombia things are different. (I’m probably joking, because they can’t be). What I started to remember just now, writing this page, is that at all the Starbucks locales in Istanbul and the whole country, the smoking was strictly verbotten (including on their terraces or patios), an unpopular measure generated by Erdoğan, their PM at the time :).
Beside the profiles with the icons in the top of the sidebar, we may connect on the follow sites, as well. I have to tell that my preferences changed in these past two years, so my favorite at the moment, is Pinterest, followed closely by Goodreads.
Thanks for visiting, now and then :).