cycling Patagonia

I’m planning to do 1500km plus in Chile early 2019. About 4 weeks.

Here’s the best trip video I’ve seen so far. Giorgio Frattale and Francesco D’Alessio from last season.

Click PLAY or watch it on Vimeo. (9min)

The endless and arid steppe, the wonderful and jagged peaks of the Andes, the huge fresh water basins with their incredible colors, the awesome glaciers that fall into the deep depressions of the Cordillera, the extreme and changing wheather conditions, the incessant and exhausting wind, make Patagonia one of the few place in the world able to convey the feeling of being on the edge of the Earth.

I won’t be carrying a packraft, however.


The Closers by Michael Connelly

The Closers (2006) is the 11th book in the series.

Harry Bosch comes out of retirement to join the Open/Unsolved Unit. He’s reunited with his former partner Kiz Rider.

As Bosch books go, this is one of the best.

Pivot Podcast – Kara Swisher and Scott Galloway

I’ve tried many new podcasts over the years.

But end up listening to my same old, same old favourites.

One new MUST LISTEN for me is Pivot.

Galloway is hilariously cynical and critical. 😀

Preview or subscribe on iTunes.

… a sharp, unfiltered look at the technology industry, with provocations, predictions and insights from two leading voices in the worlds of journalism and marketing.


Time’s Person of the Year 2018 – JOURNALISTS

Great decision in an era where dictators and toddler-dictator-wannabes call all criticism FAKE NEWS.

Time magazine’s 2018 Person of the Year title goes to the “guardians and the war on truth.”

The honour has been given to four journalists and a newspaper that Time says “are representatives of a broader fight by countless others around the world. …

The “guardians” are:

  • Jamal Khashoggi, the prominent Saudi journalist who was killed in that country’s consulate in Istanbul on Oct. 2.
  • The Capital Gazette in Annapolis, Md., where five people were shot and killed at the newspaper’s offices in June.
  • Maria Ressa, a detained Philippine journalist who is head of independent news website Rappler​.
  • Reuters journalists Wa Lone, 32, and Kyaw Soe Oo, 28, who have been jailed in Myanmar for nearly a year.​

CBC – Time names killed, jailed journalists as 2018 Person of the Year

City of Bones by Michael Connelly

City of Bones is the twelfth novel by American crime author Michael Connelly, and the eighth featuring the Los Angeles detective Hieronymus “Harry” Bosch. …

On New Year’s Day, a dog digs up a bone in Laurel Canyon outside of Los Angeles. The dog’s owner, a doctor, recognizes the bone as human and calls it in to the police.  …

Good story, as usual for Connelly.

Harry’s partner in this early book is Jerry Edgar. This time frame used in the Bosch TV series.

Julia Brasher is Harry’s love interest in this one. In the book she accidentally shoots herself. In the TV series she survives.

Bosch – season 3

Gripping. This is the closest I’ve yet come to binge watching.

Great story. Excellent acting. Best season, so far. 

Bosch is written by Eric Overmyer, the guy who did the final two years of The Wire, my favourite TV series. Two actors from the Wire appear in Bosch, as well.

Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

Bosch is an American police procedural web television series based on Michael Connelly’s novels.

I’m pretty much binge reading the books, as well.

Running out of book, I was happy to hear Bosch TV has already been green lit through season 6.

I love Sultana Biscuits

My favourite cookies are most often called Sultana Biscuits.

In Vancouver you can find them in speciality Asian food stores.

Superstore no longer stocks them. Walmart no longer stocks them.

Update. Superstore in Calgary had them in the foreign food speciality aisle December 2018. 

You can buy Sultanas online from But not