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Top picks are for truly exceptional content.
Loved her writing, it reminds me of me as yet another immigrant to the US full of idealism…
You may have noticed that whatever I post here is the complete opposite of moronic clickbait shit that attracts clicks. I do not even have any ads, I care for your eyes. And mine. And you come here to see some stuff you will likely never see anywhere else. And this video totally captures what my blog stands for. Eclectic to the core! One day I am going to take that train to Siberia…
I never had an interest in staying in one of these hotels. Perhaps because I am paranoid the glass will break and drown me! 5 Underwater Hotels We Love. I think this phobia has to do with the fact that I almost drowned twice in my life and I really don’t want to go…there!
Delta is going big on flights to Alaska! Delta Just Added Tons of Alaska Flights From Across the U.S.
You may have noticed I have an affection towards desolate landscapes: ‘There’s No Town Left’: Fukushima’s Eerie Landscapes.
This probably should have been a Top Pick. It is a long article that touches on several areas, I really felt it: Will We Ever Grasp the Enormity of the Pandemic? As long as we focus on deaths and statistics, the bigger story of Covid-19 will go untold.
Is there a world leader who is dumber and more deadly than Trump? Yes! Who is it then? Brazil’s Bolsonaro. ‘Covid is taking over’: Brazil plunges into deadliest chapter of its epidemic. Corrupt Lula or dotard Bolsonaro? I say…get ready for Lula soon and I see Bolsonaro escaping with a helicopter from the roof of one of his mansions soon.
Living with long Covid Twitter thread.
In the meantime, cases are going up in Michigan where that variant from Great Britain is wreaking havoc…
You know, when even Seth Godin blogs about them: NFTs are a dangerous trap.
The short version is that for the foreseeable future, the method that’s used to verify the blockchain and to create new digital coins is deliberately energy-intensive and inefficient. That’s on purpose. And as they get more valuable, the energy used will go up, not down. It’s an ongoing waste that creates little in ongoing value and gets less efficient and more expensive as time goes on. For most technological innovations the opposite is true. The trap, then, is that creators can get hooked on creating these. Buyers with a sunk cost get hooked on making the prices go up, unable to walk away. And so creators and buyers are then hooked in a cycle, with all of us up paying the lifetime of costs associated with an unregulated system that consumes vast amounts of precious energy for no other purpose than to create some scarce digital tokens.
Jason Zweig gets some readers to respond with their own ideas about Investing With Your Head, Not Your Heart. Let me tell you what I do: I look at my portfolio very few times (the less, the better!) and when I do look at it…I cut 1/3 and pretend what I have left over IS this lower number. I avoid individual stocks and other stuff that fluctuates a lot, the stress of looking at them and the loss of focus in what I do best and value more is not worth it imho. Of course, having no debt and plenty of cash to account for emergencies and then some sure helps a lot not to panic. I rebalance every six months and stick with broad based low cost index based ETFs/funds. I don’t do stupid tax moves, hey I am a CPA afterall lol. I find other things for excitement. I prioritize health. Come to my TedTalk next woohoo.
Here is a graph with The Top 20 Countries for Ultra High Net Worth Individuals. First, what qualifies you to be an UHNW individual? It is a net worth of over $30 Million. Second, look at the shocking increase of them in China, WOW!
ODDZ & ENDZ
I think I may have posted this before: WindowSwap. Click to see the view from a window somewhere in the world. Warning: It can be a little addictive!
Writer Carl Hiaasen has been writing an opinion column for Miami Herald since 1985. This is his final column: With or without me, Florida will always be wonderfully, unrelentingly weird. When I do this, I hope I go out with a bang like he did, wow!
The internet has made it easier to wage war on the truth. Yet, as shown by the Capitol uprising of selfie-snapping Trump rioters, social media also serves to lure the dumb, deluded and dangerous into the open. Seeing them all offers important, if unsettling, clarity.
As you read these words, some scrofulous tunnel rat in public office is busy selling your best interests down the road. It might be happening at your town council, zoning board, water district, or county commission — but it is happening. Certainly there are those with guts and unshakeable integrity in both political parties, but theirs is an uphill slog — and often they don’t last long.
Rest in peace Wang Fuchun: The Long, Winding Journey of China’s Train-Riding Photographer. Wang Fuchun spent over 40 years capturing life on China’s railways. Now, the renowned photographer’s epic ride has come to an end.
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This section is about my
hobby addiction of collecting frequent flyer miles and hotel points since the early 1990’s! Feel free to skip this section and parts of the next one if this is not for you.
Newbies: ALWAYS be mindful of what bloggers are blogging about because most do not have YOUR best interest in mind! They pound readers with “travel for free” numerous posts littered with direct credit card affiliate links earning them millions. Then, to diversify their revenue sources, pound you with “buy miles and points” with their affiliate links earning them thousands. Look, do NOT buy miles and points UNLESS in VERY rare situations where you can immediately burn them for a trip you had in mind for a while. Then again, with the ongoing pandemic, this is NOT the time to even think about SPENDING money to buy these deflating currencies! I could be pumping you these buy miles or points affiliate links but I don’t. THINK and vote with your clicks.
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Is it just me or is this hobby boring lately or what? Zzzzzz….
Let’s get a bit deeper into the
hobby big business. The Wall Street Journal posted recently: “Are Frequent-Flier Programs Really Worth More Than Airlines?“. Just the fact that this headline exists shows you this industry is doing fine. Here is a LINK that bypasses the WSJ paywall (it appears that it does not work with the iphone, fyi). Here is an interesting excerpt from the article:
The data vindicate estimates by Stifel analyst Joseph DeNardi, who has long championed the thesis that markets are undervaluing these programs. His valuations suggest AAdvantage, SkyMiles and MileagePlus have equity of $31 billion, $29 billion and $18 billion, respectively. That theoretically implies that the airline business is worth less than $2 billion for Delta, a negative $5 billion for United and a whopping minus $19 billion for American.
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.
Imagine devaluing in the middle of a pandemic and in the middle of another wave in Europe smh: Uh oh: British Airways increases short-haul Avios redemption prices with no notice.
How I see my blog? As a personal escape and, this is important, as a Public Service Announcement. Stop laughing. People still think I am angry at bloggers who make millions in this space. I am not but I see blogging as a higher calling to warn readers of shady practices. A better informed person is contributing to a better world. I could be doing other way more profitable things with my time but I don’t. Whatever, here is a time-lapse video of a salamander growing from a single cell. I hope it blows you away too. TBBon!
So, I got the first dose of the Pfizer vaccine shot yesterday. In Ionia, Michigan. Never been there, it is Trump country, I saw just three fading Trump 2020 signs lol. I must admit the whole experience with Rite Aid has been great so far. No side effects, just a sore arm. I think I had more of a sore arm from the flu shot. I return April 6 for the second dose. On the drive there I listened to this amazing story on Public Radio about this 61 year old tax professional in Fresno, California who died of Covid, so full of life providing for his wife and six kids who had to say goodbye via Zoom, how cruel is that. So when I had to sit for about 15 minutes after my shot so many thoughts went through my mind but one feeling overpowered everything else: Gratitude. I felt gratitude for sitting on that chair thinking of so many who never made it to that spot and who knows how many out there still suffering. Gratitude for everybody and everything. I hope we can beat this virus soon so do your part. And thank you scientists!
As I was finishing this post I learned of some loser who killed several Asians in the Atlanta area…so much hate…I can’t think right now…
And I leave you with this…
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