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My Definition of Well-Traveled

well trav·eled – adjective – a person who has (1) vacationed in over 100 of the Travelers’ Century Club ”countries” and has, (2) on several occasions, been (3) traveling alone and (4) been the only one on the overnight bus / mini-van who was “reasonably” fluent in English and not able to hold a conversation in any of the local languages.

Whole Home Wi-Fi

This is a post to help me keep track of the information I researched as I was looking to make my home WiFi faster. I can get 350 mB at the end of an ethernet cable but I live in an older two-story house with thick walls. I can get 20-30 mB on my laptop with wi-fi but sometimes I have thinkorswim open along with a charting package and a few other pieces of software including a wamp server and, sometimes, I long for a little bit more throughput.

The top mesh WiFi systems with link to Amazon

TP-Link Deco m5: YouTube Video. 8,001 views•Jan 23, 2020. Time: 07:38. Good video.

Do NOT buy ANY Dual Band Mesh Router: This is an Amazon review. I think you should read it.

TP-Link deco M5 Whole Home Wi-Fi Setup: YouTube Video. 162,968 views. May 20, 2017. Time: 22:06.

TP-Link Deco M9 Plus Unboxing and Upgrading Existing Deco Setup: YouTube Video. 23,856 views. Aug 6, 2019. Time: 10:53. This is an upgrade video of an M5 system to an M9 system..

The ugly truth about eero from someone with corporate network experience…: You should read this. I did and then I checked the eero website after reading the reviews and I found there there is no “contact us” phone number anywhere to be found. I did however find the support line phone number on Google and I found they had a pre-sales department as well when I called it. I thought pre-sales was a thing of the past for most of computer hardware. So I called their tech support and it took xx minutes to answer.

The Best Mesh WiFi Systems For Every Scenario YouTube video. 386,517 views. May 7, 2019.Time: 07:59. A little dated at a year. A Year and it’s possibly outdated? That shows you how fast this technology is moving. This is a good intro video.

Best Wifi Router 2019: YouTube video. 459,338 views. Dec 15, 2019.Time: 09:28. Nice review. Gives some objectives I was looking for such as performance from various locations for the primary device and secondary devices and, especially, performance when on different floors of the house.

VPN Research

This post lists some articles about VPNs that can help in deciding which VPN to choose and which features to use. Your Internet Service Provider (ISP) is not your best friend. VPN is an acronym for Virtual Private Network.

A VPN can protect your online privacy. But there’s a catch: This article is about the US House of Representatives voting, in 1917, to kill Federal Communications Commission rules that kept Internet Service providers from selling user data. User data means where you went on the internet, what you did there and how long you were there. The “catch” they are referring to is whether the provider of the VPN is reputable.

What Your ISP Can Learn About You & How to Protect Yourself: Updated on 9th June 2020 by the author. Excellent Post. The very best way to keep your ISP from saving everything they can find out about you (a lot) is to do end-to-end encryption, a process that is also called tunneling. As of right now the best way to provide tunneling is to use a very reputable VPN. The post has a list of “reputable” VPNs. It also has a list of what information your ISP can store about you. A very scary list if your behavior is anything  less moral and ethical than the behavior of Jesus Christ and you know what they did to him. I currently qualify this as a must-read post.

 

 

Kindle Unlimited Summary Publishers

These are publishers that provide Kindle Unlimited summaries of significant books (and some not-so-significant ones).

ExecutiveGrowth SummariesFastReadsEssentialInsight SummariesGoodbookDean’s Library |  FastDigest-SummarySummary GenieNosco PublishingRockyHouse PublishingConcise ReadingBusy ReaderBreakfastBookClubSUMOREADSVivid Read SummariesDependable PublishingThe Growth DigestScorpio Digital Press |

Caribbean Airlines

To find out who flies into and out of an airport there is a website located here that can give you that information. They have arrival and departure information for most of the world’s airports.

Route Maps – There is a website dedicated to showing airline route maps. It is located here. I have no way of knowing how up-to-date the maps are. It did not list all airlines when I originally found the site. Air Sunshine was not listed, for example. It is worth examining, however.

Air Sunshine – Route Map. Has prices on the Flights/Fares page.Some fares under $100.

American AirlinesRoute Map.

Anguilla Air Services – Route Map. Flies only Anguilla, St Barts and St Marteen – AXA/SBH ($211) or AXA/SXM ($87). Not on Google Flights.

IntercaribbeanRoute Map.

Jet BlueRoute Map.

LiatRoute Map. Very big Caribbean carrier.

Sky HighRoute Map.

Sunwing – Route Map.

United AirlinesRoute Map.

WestJet – Route Map.

 

Jordan Peterson’s 12 Rules for Life

Jordan Peterson’s 12 Rules for Life is a pretty popular book. I’ve read it. I get it. To a point. That point is probably a function of my own biases, beliefs, and perspective. I’m not real big on “rules” and it’s not because “rules are made to be broken” or other such nonsense. It’s because rules don’t tend to be flexible and allow reasonable exceptions. It’s also because some people take advantage of rules and that causes a reasonably good rule to be altered to become a fairly bad rule for the majority of those who didn’t take advantage of the rule. Continue reading

Nutrition – Fatty Acids

When you think of nutrition and you think of Omega-3 and Omega-6 you are thinking fatty acids or fish oil.The Mayo Clinic says “Omega-3 fatty acids are derived from food. They can’t be manufactured in the body… People take fish oil to reduce the risk of heart attacks and strokes, to treat high triglycerides and high blood pressure, and to improve symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis.” How effective are they in helping you to be healthier? Depends on the results of the particular studey that you read. What do I think about them? I take them. They’re cheap. I don’t believe they can hurt me in reasonable doses. I don’t take them with any regularity. There are s group of supplements/vitamins that I take which come in the form of caplets. I take them periodically (one to three times a week) as opposed to the multivitamins and other forms of nutritional supplements that come in the form of tablets that I crush up and add to my hydration routine. In simple terms, I crush up supplement tablets with a mortar and pestle and add the powder to my drinks.

From my perspective, there’s no reason not to be aware of fish oil supplements. Most people who have given some thought to the subject tend to believe that they can contribute to one’s overall health. From my point of view, there’s no real reason to ignore them completely and there’s enough research out there to justify their use.

From Google Search:

“The body doesn’t produce fatty acids, so researchers recommend healthy people consume 500 milligrams daily of EPA plus DHA, and people with known heart disease or heart failure should aim for nearly twice that amount (at least 800 to 1,000 milligrams daily)” – WebMD

“Overall, most of these organizations recommend a minimum of 250–500 mg combined EPA and DHA each day for healthy adults ( 2 , 3, 4 ). However, higher amounts are often recommended for certain health conditions.” – Healthline

“Although it has been proposed that DHA is more beneficial in terms of its anti-inflammatory effects as shown in various cellular models [39], it has been reported that supplementation with EPA/DHA at ratios of 1:1 and 2:1 reduces the inflammatory C reactive protein index more significantly than the ratio of 1:2 [13].” – National Institutes of Health

Omega-3 Fatty Acids – National Institutes of Health

 

 

Feeling Good

Feelin’ good, feelin’ good
All the money in the world spent on feelin’ good

The above are a part of the chorus of the song Fool for a Cigarette/Feelin’ Good which was written by Sidney Bailey, a Memphis cab driver/songwriter and performed by Ry Cooder. I’m a fan of Cooder’s music. I first heard the song in 1974. When I first heard it I related to it right away. The song really is all about the phrase above. All the money in the world really is spent on feeling good. For years I’ve racked my brain trying to figure out what people spend money on other than something which makes them feel good and I haven’t had a lot of sucess coming up with alternatives. [MORE]

 

 

 

Reading List to Absorption

I like reading lists. Especially reading lists from creative, thoughtful people. Especially successful,  creative, thoughtful people. I was looking at a recent post from Matt Mullenweg. I started going down the list and seeing if any of the the books made sense for me. I ran across one title, Extreme Ownership by Jocko Willink and Leif Babin, that might be for me. I looked in my local library online catalog and noticed that there were 45 people waiting on 6 copies. A light went off. Maybe I should read this book. I checked Audible. Yep, they had it and I have credits. However, I use my credits sparingly. I only get two a month. I now go to Amazon to see if they have a summary of the book on Kindle Unlimited. They did. Three of them. So Kindle Unlimited it will be.

There are actually several takeaways from the above segment of this post. I list them because that’s really what this post is all about.

  • Reading lists are good. They help me find books that I might like. They’re like a filter. They give you more choices and save you time. If you find reading lists from other people that seem to make sense for you consult them periodically like you would the more popular lists such as the NY Times Bestsellers list.
  • You need a variety of resources. I went to my public library first. It’s free. That’s always my first choice. When I saw overwhelming demand, I then went to Audible to see if they carry the book. It’s almost certain they would. Audible tends to be my last choice as I only get two books a month. Not all great reads come in audio format. A high percentage do, however. I went to Amazon to see if they had the summary in Kindle Unlimited as the above book is more of an educational as opposed to a purely entertainment choice. Summaries are great and Kindle Unlimited makes them a very, very viable choice for me.
  • You do not have to pay a lot of money for books every month. My Audible and Kindle Unlimited subscriptions set me back about $33 a month, but I get the ability to consume an enormous amount of material when you combine that with my public library access. Hoopla and Overdrive are Godsends.
  • Summaries work. The concept works for some books better than others but, essentially, it works for all books. Think Cliff’s Notes. Sometimes I check out the summaries before I actually get the book to see if I really want to invest the time into the material. Sometimes I get the summary after I listen to the book to see if the book was as good as I thought it was.