En Europa no se justifica volar en Business Class

Últimamente vuelo en Business en USA y Europa. En USA te dan asientos mucho más cómodos pero en Europa los asientos son iguales pero el “lujo” es un asiento libre en el medio. Hoy tenía dos opciones, ida y vuelta Madrid Londres Iberia €1575 business €608 en turista. Decidí volar en turista con alguien al lado y ahorrarle el gasto a Fon.

Going to bed Madrid I miss Menorca

Going to bed Madrid I miss Menorca

I would do whatever I can so my children never have to go to war. I would emigrate and help them emigrate. If they want to fight I would do whatever I can to explain to them that war is a decision made by older people whose victims are mostly young people and frequently innocent civilians. If the decision makers want war they should fight it themselves, not stay at home sending the young to die. I would explain that it’s a crime that 18 year olds cannot buy a drink but can be sent to die in far away countries under false pretense. No patriotism is worth their life. Religion and nationalism are tribal excuses to go and kill fellow human beings over man made differences.

Is living in Germany really like living in one of USA poorest states?

Look at this study It concludes that the average American is better off than the average German.  That if Germany was a US state it would be the 39th poorest.

But this conclusion may be wrong for two reasons. 

-Income is much better distributed in Germany than in the USA. When there is such difference in distribution the question is what does it mean to be the “average citizen”. Or how does Joe become richer when Bill is immensely wealthy.  There are German billionaires as well but a better distribution of income makes it more likely that there will be more people around the mean.

-Purchasing power parity calculations may not include such things as free or extremely affordable medical care, free or extremely affordable university education, free or extremely affordable public transportation and a lot of public goods available to Germans. Europeans in general have a lot more of these free or affordable services which make life safer and better.

iPhone 5 vs Samsung 5

I carry an iPhone 5 and a Samsung 5, in the USA with AT&T and T Mobile in Spain with Vodafone and Tuenti. But I use the Samsung 5 more.  Why? 

-perfect size for viewing and typing.

-easy to exchange battery and no phone goes through the day on one charge. Also exchange memory cards

-SwiftKey is awesome especially if you lead a multilingual life, iPhone is awful for multilingual people and its predictive keyboard is 10% of SwifKey. Also key that Swiftkey learns from Gmail.

-waterproof: I could not believe that the Samsung 5 is waterproof but it is, awesome for kayaking with Endomondo or just go to the beach.

When I use the iPhone

-the iPhone is better for photography, games, video and it is overall more elegant, both the iOS and the phone itself. 

-iPhone has a much better search for apps just pulling down and for features pulling up.

-some apps are just better designed for iOS than Android, overall Android feels like coach and iOS like first class.

¿Papá que es la crisis?

Hoy Leo me hizo una pregunta complicada para responder a un niño de 7 años. Me pregunto “¿Papa qué es la crisis?”.  Lo pensé y le respondí, “una crisis le dije es cuando a la gente le va mal, cuando muchos, muchos se quedan sin dinero”. Entonces me preguntó ¿los crisis son unos señores que van por ahí robándose todo?

That fleeting moment of childhood when a kid is still not attracted by things digital. That when everyone else is on their smartphones, tablets, laptops he wants to explore, to leave the group, see the real world. Sometimes I wonder how the first generation of children who had to compete with the smartphones of everyone around them will turn out. And I am not without blame.

That fleeting moment of childhood when a kid is still not attracted by things digital. That when everyone else is on their smartphones, tablets, laptops he wants to explore, to leave the group, see the real world. Sometimes I wonder how the first generation of children who had to compete with the smartphones of everyone around them will turn out. And I am not without blame.

Focos de honestidad

Es común escuchar hablar en Argentina de focos de corrupción pero a mi lo que más me llama la atención son los focos de honestidad. Esas organizaciones, empresas, individuos que contra viento y marea logra comportarse de una manera ética en un país gobernado por gente no ética.  Gente admirable que se rehusa a sobornar al policía que está buscando una coima, que no transa con el tipo de la aduana, que rechaza a los funcionarios que se agarran de absurdas leyes “alimenta corruptos” para realizar inspecciones en busca de plata, que cuando vota busca al candidato más ético. Gente que cree en una Argentina mejor. 

Finding Coco

Here’s a side of Spanish society I truly like: solidarity. 4 days ago when we were in Menorca we lost Coco, our Golden Retriever, and after two days of looking for him I decided to go on Twitter and post a picture and say we had lost him. Well you can’t imagine the number of RT that I got from people in Menorca! But not only that, I got advise on how to find lost dogs, words of encouragement and hope. And what is most important we found Coco! He had wondered off for many km away from our farm, was rescued by the local police and put in the dog kennel. While Spaniards do have a hard time dealing with you when you do very well, when you do poorly they are there for you. And that I love. Gracias, muchas gracias!!

Advise to my European friends on how to deal with US police

When visiting USA I recommend not to deal with US police including immigration officers, the way you normally do in Europe. Police in USA can be extremely authoritative, especially when dealing with people who are different, like foreigners or in this awful case with the father of an autistic child. People who behave in unusual or unexpected manners in police eyes are at risk because understanding people’s behavior does not seem a key part of the US police training. My recommendation is to never argue with police officers, to follow their orders, even if they seem uncommon. If they stop you while driving you should not get out of the car to greet them or talk to them as you may do in Europe, instead not only do you have to stay in the driving seat but you have to keep your hands on the steering wheel to show you pose no threat to them and await for instructions. They will come and talk to you from the outside of your car. Sometimes police instructions are shouted at you over a loudspeaker system.  US police behaves as if the average citizen can pose a great threat to them. They act more like the military and sometimes they are armed like the military. Why US voters accept this treatment and feel they need to incarcerate 9x as many people to feel safe, is something I don’t understand. But if you want to have a nice stay in the USA treat police with utmost respect. If Americans have fewer rights against the police than Europeans and are more intimidated, as a foreigner you have less rights than an American. I have heard many stories of visitors to the US getting in trouble with the police simply for not understanding their ways and confronting them uselessly.  Comply and move on and everything should be fine, and you will have a nice stay in this otherwise wonderful fascinating country.

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