Wierd Al is Always Relevent

I’ve been listening to Wierd Al for 35 years and he never seems to age and be displaced by younger entertainers, as Jay Leno was replaced recently by Jimmy Fallon on The Tonight Show. His latest parodies business managers who butcher the English language. The Upstart Business Journal describes the creation of the video.

My pet peeve is the use of “on a regular basis”, which can always be replaced by the beautiful English word, “regularly”. The “-ly” suffix added to “regular” produces this beauty, as any elementary schoolchild can attest and many adults forget.

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A Chilean Explains How Foreigners Can Prosper in Chile

The Chilean author of a blog about business opportunities in Chile has responded to my post, Why You Should NOT Move to Santiago, Chile. Some of the points he makes are in my post, Why You Should Move to Santiago, Chile but he adds other info, too. He wrote on his blog about why you should invest in Chile.

The remainder of this post are his words.

Every country has pros and cons around the world, and you choose your ecosystem where to live for different reasons.

Some insights to create a business. I am certain that if you want to start running a copper mine wherever around the world you will need many authorizations during a year at least to run it, depending of the scale, location, the mineral, environmental studies, etc. That it is the business world, and people comes to this leading country on the mining industry. But if you want to start as contractor for the mining industry in Chile, you create the company and during the same week you are on business.

Regarding your complaint about banking restrictions it is not only for foreigners, they are applied also to Chileans. They started more than 40 years ago, and the restriction applied to foreigners, has kept the country out financial bubbles. Because short term capital inflows mostly don’t come to Chile, due to such restrictions. Secondly, Chile has been the country receiving more foreign investment during the last 40 years, only after Brazil and Mexico, which are giant economies compared to Chile. So, the restrictions had been effective to finance real long term productive projects and provide stability to the country.

Regarding the high cost of traveling trough Chile, it is also something paid by Chileans. We are a narrow country, very long, a broken geography and a small population. And we live happy here. We have choosen to have ecotourism, fly fishing, birdwatching, skiing, cruising, sky observation, dessert and mountain trekking, rainforest observation, and other more selective options for tourism. The reason? Wilderness needs to be protected. We don’t want hordes of people destroying and contaminating everything. We can not have mass tourism. Brazil is a huge country and can have mass tourism. Argentina size is also more than 3 times larger than Chile, so prices, services and other things can be cheaper for simple scale of operation.

But Chile has been the leading economy of Latin America during the last 25 years in average rate of growth. Stability has a price, and foreigners that have come to live and stay value it. Keeping political stability, a well respected legal system, property rights, etc, are assets that people looking for a long stay, value very much. Clearly Chile is not cheap for a short visit. There are other countries for such election.

Chile has been at the top of Latin America on the classification of our debt and we have the lowest country risk in Latin America. This has has happened during the last 40 years.

Your comment regarding the limitation to hire foreign Personnel in Chile is misleading for newcomers. There is a restriction, but when a business needs a skilled foreigner, there is no limitation at all. The company hiring you, presents the application !!

People that is living comfortable on his home country, with his family, a good job, on a peaceful environment, doesn’t move as immigrant. He doesn’t need to leave his comfort zone. People seeking for new opportunities are going to the unknown because they are not having a good time at their home country. That it is the primary reason. I am certain that searching for air conditioning it is not on their priorities. People moves because he is not being able to provide support for his family or because poverty is the only future that he sees ahead, or because crime or war are threatening his family. Or because he is looking 20 years ahead and he sees that his kids would not be able to buy a real estate in Europe when they may become older, because it will not be affordable. But in Chile or South America it is still possible to secure that future for your kids.

So, whoever has choosen to stay in Chile, be a layman from Peru, Ecuador, Argentina, or a skilled worker from Europe, Argentina, Brazil, etc all of them are most than welcome. My grandparents came very young from Spain almost 80 years ago, because they were having a rough time there. The first settlers to USA were all having a fancy time at England, Ireland or Europe before they move to New England? I don’t think so. By the way, there are many Americans and Europeans coming as business owners. Everyone is welcomed. The layman, the skilled person and the businessman.

Sorry to be your contradictor on the points I wrote. I don’t want to extend further this post, but I hope to assist some of your potential readers with a different view, based on more than 25 years of experience assisting foreigners in Chile.

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An Odyssey into the Abyss of Santiago, Chile

Developer Ace Team of Santiago, Chile has released a new game, Abyss Odyssey. The game was reviewed by Metro magazine of Britain, who gave it a 6/10 rating.

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The Pronghorn Antelope Herd of Virginia Dale, Colorado

The pronghorn antelope is one of the most amazing animals, combining speed that is second only to cheetahs with the stamina of humans. Pronghorns were forced to run fast by the cheetahs that once roamed North America. According to Popular Mechanics, pronghorns can beat cheetahs in any race greater than a quarter-mile and run a marathon in 45 minutes. They can’t run upright like us or sweat but Wikipedia states, “Compared to its body size, the pronghorn has a large windpipe, heart, and lungs to allow it to take in large amounts of air when running.”

A pronghorn herd roams the grasses of Virginia Dale, Colorado, near the Wyoming border and Laramie, where Mary snapped pictures yesterday as we returned to Colorado from the Snowy Range near Centennial, Wyoming. The visitors center nearby on I-80 in Laramie features taxidermy pronghorns. The video below shows them running at top speed and speculates about predators that spurred them to run fast.

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The Glacial Lake Marie of the Wyoming Snowy Range

It's never summer at glacial Lake Marie. We dressed warmly even though it was one of the hottest days of the year.

Mary and I drove from Walden, Colorado, north to the most spectacular sight in southern Wyoming, Lake Marie, at the summit of the Snowy Range near Centennial, Wyoming, about 20-30 miles west of Laramie. We were tired and pressed for time, cramming much into 2 days, so we didn’t hike the trail but I’m sure we’ll try it someday. The drive was very scenic and we didn’t remember it because the last time we were there was 10 years ago. We saw many motorcyclists with video cameras mounted to their helmets. We passed a herd of 3 moose 40 feet away after we continued driving but decided they were too close to safely snap their picture.

We rode our bikes through the small towns of Riverside and Encampment and ate lunch at an island in the middle of the North Platte River in Saratoga. Like the Saratogas in New York and California, the Saratoga of Wyoming contains mineral hot springs.

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A Bike Tour of the Poudre Canyon and Cameron Pass

A view from above the Upper Poudre Canyon. Double-click for a close-up and click again for an even bigger image.

Mary and I drove our bikes through the Poudre Canyon and Cameron Pass on Saturday. We unloaded the bikes at Joe Wright Reservoir near the summit, rode 45 minutes down the hill, and exhausted our bike batteries during the 2 hour return climb. The reservoir is one of our favorite places in Colorado. There are many fishermen there and at nearby lakes. Poudre Falls was a highlight of the bike descent.

We also passed the hiking trail where a mountain lion ate a 3 year old boy in 1999 that he separated from a church group. If you’re a parent, don’t trust a small child to a church group; nobody will watch your child as closely as you do because nobody cares about your child as much as you care. Government teachers and school administrators are more diligent than church groups with your child but their agendas and motivations differ from yours.

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A Day Biking at Red Feather Lakes

Mary and I escaped the heat today by riding our bikes at Red Feather Lakes in the mountains between Fort Collins, CO and Laramie, WY.

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A Pair of Weekend Road Trips to Denver and Wyoming

Mary biking the Medicine Bow Forest of Wyoming between Laramie and Cheyenne.

Mary and I drove last weekend to Denver on Saturday and to the Medicine Bow Forest between Laramie and Cheyenne on Sunday. We discovered that Denver has created a short section of whitewater at Confluence Park, where the South Platte River and Cherry Creek meet, and we arrived on the day of a big party, the RiverFest. We enjoyed the crowd and a smoked turkey leg but didn’t try standup paddleboarding. We rode our bikes along Cherry Creek and visited Cheeseman Park.

We drove to Wyoming on Sunday to escape the Colorado heat. Laramie and Cheyenne are in the plains but the Medicine Bow Forest between them is mountainous, cool, windy, scenic and uncrowded even on weekends.

The Riverfest at Confluence Park where the South Platte River and Cherry Creek meet.

A mountain in the Medicine Bow Forest is a scenic area to escape summer heat.

This ornate building houses Denver North High School.

Wildflowers and rocks in the Medicine Bow Forest.

Should we go to Laramie or Cheyenne? Life is a series of hard choices.

A few stands of aspen have crept in among the pines of the Medicine Bow Forest.

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Is it Unrealistic for Women to be Lean?

White aviator and equestrian Beryl Markham grew up in Kenya. Photo courtesy of Wikipedia.

Many women are participating in a campaign to criminalize the publication of Photoshopped pictures, claiming that it deceives women into believing that they can be lean. One YouTube video advocating these laws has attracted 16m views. Unfortunately, this displays an ignorance of history. Humans in their natural state are lean and native peoples were lean prior to adopting Western diets. For instance, thousands of Kenyans fought WWII, ate a Paleo Diet, and were considerably leaner than their British counterparts. The British tried to fatten them but the Kenyans refused to eat Western food. There is nothing special about black African genes; whites such as Beryl Markham, author of West With the Night, were lean because they grew up in Kenya and ate African food.

Kenyan soldiers on a WWII minesweeper, courtesy of the UK National Archives.

My wife Mary stands 5’7″ and weighs 125 pounds, as she did when graduating from high school hundreds of years ago. She eats all the food she pleases and exercises only 12 minutes each morning, running on a treadmill, much to my chagrin, as I think she’d optimize her health if she exercised 30 minutes each day. I stand 6’0″ and weigh 175 pounds, as I did decades ago. Most people believe that one can be lean only with heavy exercise but that’s not so. Diet is much more important than exercise.

Our culture is accustomed to food that our digestive system can’t process; we’re not endowed with a big protruding stomach that ferments plants like a chimpanzee, sheep, or cow. Instead, we’re an omnivore that eats meat to operate our large heads, consuming great energy. Eskimos become healthy while eating lean meat exclusively; vegetarians must eat carefully to gain sufficient calories and avoid plants that require fermenting. Wheat and other cereals, corn (maize), rice and refined sugar degrades health. Dairy, including pizza and other cheese, is food suitable for baby cows but is only healthy for starving humans who want to gain weight, as most Europeans were 5000 years ago when developing the ability to digest lactose.

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A Western Tanager Visits Our Yard

A Western Tanager visited our backyard this morning. The picture was taken through a closed window.

Original image without closeup. Photo taken with iPad Mini. Can you find the Western Tanager in the bush?

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