Still blogging, just not here

My loyal readers have probably noticed there are few new posts in this blog. This has happened for several reason. But first I want to provide a couple of links to where I am actively blogging, so give those a look.

Virtual trek landscape observations

I’ll take my sombrero sautéed

Ensalada ilustrada or Ensalada mixta

Adventure in menu and receta

It’s that tx- thing again

Menú peregrino

I started this blog to mostly rant about politics. That was interesting, for a while (at least to me) but as the US gets closer and closer to the Trump dictatorship and single party rule ranting seems pretty pointless. The news today is just overwhelming and instead of enjoying it I can hardly stand to consume any news (the “fake” kind, of course, meaning real news were truth is still truth). So that part of this blog is gone.

Then I bored my readers with tons of statistics of my exercise and weight loss. At the time it was helpful to me (although boring to readers) to “publish” the results so I’d stay on track. That also led to a lot of rants about stupid “nutrition” nonsense that floods the Net.

I also used the blog to describe my adventures in baking bread and these posts, politically neutral, have had more audience over time, so I’m glad you enjoyed them. But alas, I still have my weight issue and bread is simply too high calorie to consume what I baked. So that topic has disappeared.

And I managed to stick in a few travel posts which generally get more attention since they had some pretty pictures or possibly useful information for other travelers. But my travel and camping is pretty much at a standstill so nothing to post about there.

So I ran out of stuff to say. What I did learn, from analyzing stats of site traffic, is: a) rants rarely get attention, b) boring posts get little attention, and, c) most relevant, a blog without a single focus and style doesn’t hold readers’ attention. Also blogs where there is some original contribution, rather than yet more opinion (after all who cares what I think) seem to be more interesting.

So I started a new blog (the links above). There I focused on a single (and neutral) topic. A virtual trek on the Camino de Santiago (loyal readers will recognize this from my posts here about virtual trek on the Pacific Crest Trail) and progress reports (and anecdotes) of developing an extensive corpus of Spanish (Spain) food terms to build an app that could be used to decipher menus in restaurants. In that work I compare the current state of machine translation (Google and Microsoft) of Spanish to English and the silly mistakes they make that I, despite knowing no Spanish, am able to figure out the correct translation. So that blog, in my humble opinion, has some interesting posts, especially for anyone who might be heading to Spain.

So on a regular basis (like monthly) I’ll post links here from readers who just drop in and don’t do a follow on that blog. Enjoy!

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Mary Ann Sullivan, RIP

Mary Ann Sullivan, a fantastic teacher, photographer, chef and sister died this morning. I was fortunate to see her a few weeks ago when she was still lucid. I could only leave her home believing I’d see her again but that was not to be.

In her long career she inspired a vast number of college students. She has inspired others with the work she did creating a massive website of architectural photographs, please take a look. She loved traveling and food and art and architecture and was fortunate to live a life she loved. She enriched her community with her efforts to promote art and civic improvement. She was fortunate to enjoy her 50th wedding anniversary with her only husband. She changed my life in more ways than I can count.

She lived one day longer than my 72nd birthday – what an awful birthday present. But at least I’ll have so many memories which can never disappear.

I don’t remember this but she’ll always be my big sister. I miss you Mary Ann.



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I’ll take my sombrero sautéed

Amusing post

Yo traduzco comida

I’ve continued to work through another online glosarioGlosario de Alimentos, and found an amusing and enlightening entry. On the second page I was doing my usual process: 1) take each term (they are links to a text definition in this source) in Spanish, and, 2) get the Google Translate in a second column, then, 3) click on the link and get the definition (not the English translation of the word, an actual text definition in Spanish), put that under the Spanish term, and, 4) do Google Translate on the definition and clip that and align it with the Spanish. So this is the first part of what I got:

agaricus arvensis

Sombrero: de 8 a 20 cm de diámetro, blanco-amarillento, un poco ocre con la edad, globoso o convexo de joven, después extendido. Borde delgado, enrollado y depués redondeado. Cutícula separable, bastante gruesa y en ocasiones…

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A helpful book

I’ve been out of blogging for a while but today just passed a milestone that will give me more opportunity to post. For over a year I’ve been involved in settling a complex estate and have been exposed to lots more “real-world” financial issues than ever before in my life. And this year I turned the magic age where I had to deal with RMD (Required Minimum Distributions) from my 401Ks and IRA. So I needed help I could trust.

Even though I have a MBA, from leading bizschool, with concentration in finance my study (decades ago) was mostly theoretical, not practical. So as an investor I have just the simplest investments. So now, with some new funds to invest, I needed some practical help to manage my assets for my retirement.

So I searched around a bit and found this very helpful book, The Investing Handbook for Almost Everyone.  It’s very readable and has tons of practical and useful advice that I can apply for myself. In setting up the RMDs I had to deal with multiple self-interested financial “advisers” (really just investment firms). Mostly their “advice” was to move all my funds to their management. I know enough to also know that their specific investment “recommendations” are also what probably generates the largest fees for them! So getting help, even through the impersonal connection of a book, but from an “objective” person who’d provide honest advice with no hidden agendas is very useful.

So I can recommend this book and it could help guide you through some of the complexity of investing in a manner that best fits your needs, not the need of someone who has other agendas.


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I’m still around

The story of lack of updates to this blog is complicated so I’ll explain it some other time.

So give this a try to see what I’m up to now:

Meanwhile I am spending a lot of my time on another blog, that just happens to be my interest now. Those of you who read any of my older posts know I like to do “virtual hikes”. So I’ve dedicated my latest one just to one location, the Camino de Santiago.

So here’s my new site. If you like travel and you like food, this one might be for you.

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Crybaby Donnie really is a two-year-old …

… and it’s very scary. Hey, Donnie, you won. The Electoral College will confirm it. You will be inaugurated. I wish it weren’t true but it is and we all, even you, need to deal with it.

But Donnie can’t leave it alone. As a consequence of the Jill Stein recount Dear Leader unleashed yet another unhinged tweet storm. What’s the matter, Donnie, do you think Jill is going to miraculously win the election? Are you afraid somehow the system is rigged (it is, it’s called the Electoral College) and will deny you the presidency? What scares you so much that you have to publicize one of your biggest whoppers yet?

Donnie claims, without any evidence, that millions of people voted illegally. Who? Where? How? If you had a shred of proof except ravings of conspiracy theorists why don’t you demand a recount! That could be awful, if it weren’t just another lie, and something should be done about it.

But this absurd claim (aka lie) is just to attempt to debunk the growing majority that Hillary got. So what, Donnie. Popular vote doesn’t elect presidents. Are you embarrassed that you didn’t get the majority, that the people don’t love you? A narcissist like The Donald needs to have adoration. A real president needs the legal process and gets inaugurated. Who cares what the popular vote is if you won? But with such a thin skin and monster ego Donnie does.

Now many others have commented on the insanity of Donnie’s rant, but an interesting question is why he does shit like this. Did Dumbya cry and moan about his 2000 win (and loss of popular vote) or did he just take the oath and move into the White House. Presidents get all sorts of criticism and as experienced politicians they shake it off and get on with the job. What sort of insecurity does this man-child have that it makes any difference at all? And the answer is, he is totally insecure. He knows he’s a fraud and he’s afraid someday we might figure that out. He knows he’ll be the worst president ever (his inept “transition” is already demonstrating and his selection of horrible people (what happened to “best people”?)). So he actually knows this. He knows this is all a con. He just doesn’t want us to figure that out. Sure the rigged media and illegal voters and lefties know he’s an incompetent fraud, but his dumbed-down uneducated haven’t figured it out yet.

So it’s not purely his fragile ego and infantile behavior. It’s a test. Here is a fact – Hillary won the popular vote. He thinks he can con the rigged media (who is still more worried about access and ad revenues than truth) and so this is just practice for bigger lies to come. Once he abolishes climate change research then he can claim polar ice is really increased, if you don’t count the science-y view of all the ice that melted. Jobs are coming back if you don’t count all the jobs lost to robots, which will continue. We’re safer if you don’t count all the attacks by supremacists on the innocent. We’re winning in Afghanistan once Donnie replaced his strategy over those know-nothing generals if you don’t count the Taliban just took Kabul.

IOW, up is down and white is black because Dear Leader says so and thus he is accountable only to himself and never reality. He lives in a bubble of alternate reality where he is loved and praised and admired and successful. America will be great again, in his head, and the truth on the ground is just rigged.

Now I’ve reached the point of view that Donnie is already tired of being president. It’s too much work, too many people to see, too many decisions (even when made impulsive without facts or analysis), and it’s too much scrutiny (even with the cowed rigged media). Donnie just wants to open more golf courses and hotels and casinos. The presidency is just part of his deal-making bag-of-tricks. Ivanka will tag along in every meeting collecting the bribes and expanding the empire. Count on, at some point, people who come to White House not just staying in Donnie’s (now illegal to own) hotel but wearing branded Trump merchandise. Donnie likes making money, the easy way (purely on promotion and no substance, like real entrepreneurs) and it’s an easy part-time job so he can spend the rest of his time getting back in dressing rooms with naked woman and grabbing you-know-what. The real work of being president is way too much trouble since Donnie only wanted the ego-boost of winning it. Which, of course, is why he has to deny the popular vote, a bit of stain on his win. Getting inaugurated is not enough, he must be adored as well.

Most of us grew out of this by about age two and Donnie is stuck in it.

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