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Monday, April 21, 2008

  Back in Nicaragua, haunted by jellyfish

Surf's up! Jellyfish are out!

I haven't felt like posting much. Jellyfish can STING. Maybe I shouldn't have featured them in a song as foodstuff. They are striking back!

Everything is the same, only different, in Nicaragua. The power flickers off 5-6 times a day, but somehow the government is now avoiding rolling outages, even with oil at 117/barrel. I guess that relationship with Chavez is paying off. The local cable co has rolled out internet on a pay per month basis, no yearly contracts, which I may pursue. My (shared) DSL service's router is not pingable from the outside, so my ipv6 tunnel doesn't work. Ah, progress.

Over the past year, lobster has gone up in price from 200 cordoba to 255, and a slice of pizza rose from 18 to 22. People are telling me that the price of wheat is slated to double again over the course of this year. The exchange rate between the Cordoba and the dollar is still around 18.9 to 1. My rent's still the same. Haven't checked on electric. Conclusion: I can survive for a year on just the cash I have on hand.

I'm doing my best to ignore today's election in Pennsylvania. I didn't understand all the hoorah about Obama being "elitist", when I heard what he said, what I heard was a fragment of John Lennon's "Working Class Hero":Which rings true to me, far more true than the chattering of the military-media complex,
but maybe it's playing well in Pennsylvania.

The recent wave of bank bailouts have been so huge and so numerous that the media has run dry of their sex scandal reserve. Now, that's a problem! Forget oil, wheat, bank losses, and corporate fascism - There hasn't been an Spitzer-level T&A distraction in ages!

Oh, well, I'm going to focus on what's important.



I have enough projects to keep me busy for the rest of the year:

IPv6 - on platforms as diverse as the olpc and telephony project
Tranzport and Alphatrack Drivers for Ardour
Generic Query router to prove out
Songs to finish
Weight to lose
Low power "router of the future" to build
FPGA stuff to figure out
Spanish to learn
Book to write
a best practices document to write, maybe even a rfc

This isn't 9 months worth of work, it is years worth... and absolutely none of it has anything to do with America's troubles, unless my bank vanishes in a puff of smoke. It is silly and painful for me to pay the slightest bit of attention.

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It's silly, painful and you wouldn't be happy if you didn't at least pay a little bit of attention.

Being an expat is not as easy as it looks.

btw, don't step on jellyfish and they will leave you alone.

love and hugs,

kitten
 
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