March for Our Lives protest

Saturday March 24th, 2018.

Get out and advocate for gun control with the peaceful protesters if you can.

There are over 830 events planned as I post.

March For Our Lives


I love This American Life

For some reason I’ve not been listening to the highly acclaimed audiocast much over past years.

That’s got to change. I’ll be listening every week from here on in.

Recommended – #638 – February 9, 2018 – Rom-Com


Humans – season 1

I’ll definitely be continuing with season 2.

Humans (stylised as HUM∀NS) is a science fictiontelevision series that debuted on 14 June 2015 on Channel 4 and AMC.

… the series explores the themes of artificial intelligence and robotics, focusing on the social, cultural, and psychological impact of the invention of anthropomorphic robots called “synths”.  …

Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

The show is Channel 4’s highest rated drama since 1992. It’s had excellent ratings on Rotten Tomatoes.

Mia is very believable as a Synth. Great casting. It’s based on a Swedish TV series called Real Humans.

Hard Luck Hank: Prince of Suck

This is book 3 in the series. It’s even funnier than the first two. Laugh out loud.

Hank is not very smart. Yet he skewers both economics and politics most effectively in this book.

Many love Hank. Yet the author is still self-published. You have to buy Steven Campbell books online. About 95% of his sales are eBook. Audio is better, in my opinion, as his reader is superb.

An increasingly crippled Hank struggles to keep the various factions of Belvaille in check after the collapse of the Colmarian Confederation.

Hank, as Supreme Kommilaire and Secretary of City, has several hundred police to try and maintain order among the millions of inhabitants on the space station while simultaneously preparing for Belvaille’s first ever election. He thinks it is an impossible task.

Every year the city, and even the galaxy, falls further into chaos as he himself succumbs to the debilitating effects of his mutation. With economic turmoil everywhere, a dirty election in the works, and the galaxy’s foremost assassin hunting him, Hank has to decide if he can save Belvaille. Or if it’s even worth saving.


South Beach Miami

Miami was my connection from Santiago, Chile to Bermuda so I decided to stay over 2 nights.

I’d stayed in South Beach in 2006. Really enjoyed it then. Quite enjoyed it this time too.

After 2 months backpacking South America I needed to do some shopping. Get a hair cut.

I stayed at HI-Hostel Miami. US $45 / night.






why I don’t like Chile

I originally wrote a post on this topic 2 years ago.

why I don’t like Chile

This is an update after my 2018 trip.

Chile is a lousy travel destination, in general. It’s expensive yet quality is comparatively poor for what tourists get. Low value. ☹️

To expand, I’m disappointed in Chile, Argentina and many other nations for their national priorities.

I can’t recommend any destination that has not figured out trash collection.

Ancud, Chile

I can’t recommend any nation that in 2018 still tolerates feral dogs. Why aren’t they spayed or neutered? Why hasn’t the SPCA come to Chile?

I can’t recommend any destination that doesn’t provide enough public toilets.

Every time you turn around in Chile something is broken or closed. Not much money is spent on maintenance. ☹️

closed overhead walkway in Valparaiso

Most buildings are made of wood. They have a lot of fires, needless to say, due to crappy fire prevention.

Street art is great. But there are far too many vandals and taggers in Chile. Nobody seems to do anything about them.

BEST empanadas in Valpo

New Zealand or Australia are far better tourist travel destinations than Chile, by comparison.