13
Mar
2009
James

Surfing the world wide couch.

An excellent short video about Couch Surfing from a Berkeley journalism student and new CS Member, Alba Mora.

12
Mar
2009
James

Dreamhost satisfied customer

While DreamHost certainly has its problems, I prefer them over a host of other web hosting providers for a variety of reasons, but it mainly boils down to turn around time. A colleague of mine, Matt Keith, had emailed me asking why I prefer DreamHost over Verve hosting, and my response got so long I decided to just turn it into a blog post. It ended up not so much being a DreamHost versus verve comparison, but a statement on why I prefer to roll with DH.

Disclaimer: I’m part of the DreamHost affiliate program and if you end up registering after clicking one of my links, then I get a credit for the referral.

07
Feb
2009
James

Ecuador strives to keep the dollar circulating

The Sacajawea Dollar coin - popular in Ecuador.

Within the past month, a lot has been going on here in Ecuador. President Correa has imposed a new tax levy on a large number of imports in order to develop and stir interest in buying local goods, and to vaccinate the country against the effects of the downturned global economy. This move will doubtless affect a major sector of the middle and upper class who build their businesses around selling imported goods in Ecuador.

21
Jan
2009
James

Carpathia Premium web hosting

Anyone looking for premium web hosting services, Carpathia is an absolute joy to work with. http://carpathiahost.com

Disclaimer, I’m in no way affiliated with the host; just a very satisfied customer.

15
Jan
2009
James

The History of teh Internets

Teh internets play a big role in business, and personal communications. How did we get to where we are today? It all started in 1957….

History of the Internet from PICOL on Vimeo.

30
Sep
2008
James
11
Sep
2008
James

Cuenca to Bahia Ecuador

Investing in Bahia is a great idea, but its still a long way from Home.

08
Sep
2008
James

Steven Wright Aphorisms

Everybody’s favorite command line script comes to the web: introducing fortune.php. Including Stephen Wright aphorisms.

12
Oct
2007
James

Gore wins one for the planet

Living as an uninformed expat for the past two years, the American media hype (dross, drivel, spin, or whatever your personal flavor of the day may be) typically arrives months or sometime years late—if it arrives at all.  Today, however began with a pleasant and rather timely headline. Former US Vice President, Al Gore, has won this year’s Nobel Peace Prize. This is a great day for our planet, and could prove to be an essential turning point, if Gore can channel this latest success in a meaningful way.

03
Apr
2007
James

Ecuadorian Haiku

On a sunny Ecuadorian morning a few days ago, I awoke with something funny in my head. From the depths of the warm cocoon that is my alpaca blanket, I jotted down on the nearest sheet of paper a few lines of haiku that flowed out without much forethought or effort.

Funny how Zen just happens to disappear and reappear in my life with surprising spontaneity. This doesn’t happen often, mind you, but perhaps it was brought on by a recent bout of meditation in combination with some independent research I’ve been getting more and more involved with along the lines of self-knowledge. Perhaps a simple occurrence of Syncronicity more than anything else.

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