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I am starting a new blog section titled TOP PICKS. For readers who have been here for a while it is similar to the “Best of Web” posts I used to do. I pick some content that deserves special mention in these now weekly curated blog posts I do. As I think everything I post here is a must read, think of these in this section as the MUST must reads! 🙂
You like Documentaries? You ‘ll love this site!
You can watch documentaries like my favorite Free Solo about the amazing Alex Honnold solo free climbing Yosemite’s 3,000 ft high El Capitan Wall. Or Unfit about the current US President and, well, how amazingly fit is to hold such a position. For you lonely undecided voter who found my site by accident…
This next site will blow your mind. Especially if you love history!
Welcome to Histography, where every dot is a historic event from Wikipedia. Click on the dots to learn more about the specific event. You may end up spending hours on this site, I apologize.
A 36 minute movie that at some parts is so visually stunning it will, wait for it, shock you!
Movie does not have a good ending, you have been warned. It is filmed in Nepal and I don’t add things to the Top Picks section if they do not deserve it.
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Marriott has come out with a credit card offer that offers 5 free nights for the Marriott Bonvoy Boundless card. But you must be careful about Marriott’s rules.
American Airlines is making some positive changes for its elite flyers. But not earth shattering. If no progress on the Covid front and some more government help it is hard to see all the airlines continuing to bleed billions, tick tock. American Airlines Makes Positive Changes to AAdvantage Program for 2021. Son managed to achieve Platinum Pro elite status and will keep it until 1/31/22. But since business travel collapsed post Covid he has no realistic chance this year to achieve Executive Platinum, which was a certainty before everything changed.
The New York Times takes a shot here: Airline Miles Programs Sure Are Profitable. Are You the Loser? Kind of hilarious to get the The Points Guy editor to admit that cash back cards are the best lol.
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Landlopers with some really good thoughts on Traveling in 2020: Thoughts & Trip Styles For All Comfort Levels. I think I belong in the first categories, as in Stay at Home, Roadtrips and regional travel when I am daring (we visited the Michigan Upper Peninsula in August, a four night hotel adventure). And that’s all for us. I don’t know, the vision of seeing myself or my loved ones in the prone position connected to a ventilator because I could not take it anymore and took a trip somewhere far just does not appeal to me. If you do, please try to minimize spreading the virus. And if you get it during your trip, maybe add some of those pics from the hospital or your bed being sick next to the ones you laying flat in your business class seat ok?
Amazing timelapse video of Singapore: Lion City Rising.
If you thought the Singapore city video above was awesome, you have not seen anything yet. Like this absolutely stunning 4k video about Switzerland.
Well, since we can not visit both Singapore and Switzerland let’s go out of space and watch One hour of active satellites orbiting Earth (sped up by 240x). You look at that and you start wondering when these things will just keep crashing onto one another and…crash through your house roof!
Wait, let’s go even further next by playing around this interactive site with 100,000 stars! TBB is going intergalactic baby! Next best thing to flying into space if you ask me. And freeeee!
There are many of these dashboards out there but here is the one from the World Health Organization.
Here is another one, check out what happens on the screen! COVID Cases Since June in the US States. You see a whole lot in red, coincidence? Wake up Trump fans, come on, do your research! 😉
We all can not wait for this pandemic to end! But how realistic is this? This next article will show what is in store for us. And it is not good. How do pandemics end? We are in the grip of a pandemic like none other in living memory. While people are pinning their hopes on a vaccine to wipe it out, the fact is most of the infections faced by our ancestors are still with us.
Sometime in the past week I think it hit us that this is not going to happen anytime soon. There is no getting ‘back to normal,’ experts say. The sooner we accept that, the better. I was looking so forward to have my mother stay with us from Greece in May and then the phucking virus hit and life changed. But we humans are resilient…
This will shock you. Hope we learn from this to attack FAST next time! See in one minute how Covid-19 has torn across the U.S.
The latest thread update by Andy Slavitt.
With so many still being infected, sometimes I find myself saying “screw it, let’s just get it and be done with it” and move on. But then I read articles like this and change my mind ” ‘I Feel Like I Have Dementia’: Brain Fog Plagues Covid Survivors”.
Oh, this happened in New Zealand on October 11, 2020. And you want to give the one in charge four more years to kill even more, isn’t 215,000 in body bags enough, WTF!
If you ever wondered about this: How the Coronavirus Death Toll Compares to Other Deadly Events From American History. We are living through one of the greatest ongoing tragedies in our history!
This is a 36 page report of the 2020 Freedom on the Net and the pandemic’s digital shadow. Obviously, read if interested and have the time. Or just take a look at the many graphs and charts at least.
We are all trying to cope in this era of super low interest rates. It sure is not easy and we all need a major rethink about the subject and the role bonds play in investment portfolios: Game Over. Some really good commentary here…
Something that is still going strong apparently. And kind of fun to learn about. The economics of vending machines. Sure looks better than having a blog bwahahaha.
I feel so awful for everyone in the movie theater business and I hope they get some help, especially the small independent theaters out there! The fate of the American movie theaters looks terribly bleak. One of the things I missed so much is going to the movies to watch a film and eat popcorn!
I was asked by a blog reader what I think about the bank bonuses the Doctor of Credit blog usually writes about, here is my response.
I found this article extremely disturbing! How a Road Trip Through America’s Battlegrounds Revealed a Nation Plagued by Misinformation. So many morons…stop clicking on clickbait shit!
No, I did not watch the town halls, I have already voted! I heard QAnon fans are against pedophilia #wow.
ODDZ & ENDZ
Remember this dude? The (Mostly) True Story of Vanilla Ice, Hip-Hop, and the American Dream. In 1990, there was no star bigger than the man born Robert Van Winkle. But just as quickly as he became the bestselling rapper the world had ever seen, he became a pariah. Now, 30 years after “Ice Ice Baby,” he’s ready to talk about it all—and it may change how you feel about him. I think we may have been a little too tough on this guy, we all make mistakes when we are so young!
I firmly believe teachers are heroes. And they deserve to get paid more. This is a very touching example, it should shock you. Or at least humble you! Albert Camus’ letter to his teacher after winning Nobel Prize for Literature is a heartbreaker.
A French dude is doing this, I could not stop laughing, I am sorry! The etiquette school for China’s super-rich.
75 awesome maps on Reddit. Which one is your favorite?
This shows you how super tiny these are! Zooming In: Visualizing the Relative Size of Particles.
These are awesome: Photos of the Rough and Tumble Tour de France Throughout the Years.
I have been holding off this pic in the queue for a while: No comment…ok one, wow.
We are now entering BLOG BUZZ, a section for advanced hobbyists and veterans of this fast imploding hobby and also a section where I go on and on about some stuff that happens in my life because it helps me feel better about myself.
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The successful bloggers are the ones who likely pay someone to write these for them, SAD! And here I am busting my ass smh, it is what it is I guess…
My running has been interrupted. Again. I think I tried to come back too soon, got sciatica flared up. Lots of walking lately in the woods around Ann Arbor. Love the pic below!
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