For those wondering where I've taken off to, try figuring the cost-benefit analysis between blogging and writing exams. It is indeed that time of year.
The one thing I would like to mention is this article (paywall) from last saturday's Globe describing how the booming Polish economy is providing all sorts of jobs to East Germans.
I'm generally pessimisstic about development, but not for the reason posited: Post-reunification, the West Germans sent over to fix the other half of the country were the ones who couldn't manage to get a decent job in the West. Ergo, they were stuck with the East. With the scrapings from the bottom of the barrel running things in the East, no wonder it didn't get fixed.
Anyway, that's a theory that I thought was fairly interesting. Might even have some merit.