Cartagena, Colombia

I’ve never been to my mother’s homeland of Colombia. But if I ever have the means to visit it would be to the city of Cartagena. Most people currently know about this city because of the recent Secret Service Scandal, but, that notwithstanding, it’s a great tourist spot. Down below are two episodes of the show “Vive Colombia,” which is funded by Colombia’s Ministry of Commerce, that gives you a glimpse of what Cartagena has to offer to any and all tourists.

Heads up! It’s in Spanish. Wonderful Colombian Spanish. One of the finest Spanish accents out there if not the best. Then again, I may be bias. I hope you enjoy the episodes as much as I did.

Part 1

Part 2

Back With Some Old Habits and A New One

It’s been quite a while since my last entry.  Been meaning to write a few posts but I got bogged down with real life and some old pleasurable pursuits. Work both at my job and at the home is ever all time-consuming. On top of that I’ve re-re-rekindled my love of reading and of course there is always good TV to watch.

With my new old distractions back in full force there is only so much time in a day and so other things get neglected and put to the side. The biggest casualties were of course my social media accounts and this here blog (which I guess is the same thing). I decided to finally address this somewhat. I took yet another long look at my social network accounts and decided the best course of action is to weed out the ones that I’ve used the least.

Twitter was the one of the first to go (again!). It seemed that  I would check in on my twitter feed on an average of once every 2 weeks or so. I would share links on my twitter accounts through other sites and services (via ping.fm or a tweet this button on said websites,) more often than I would read what other people would have to share. This made Twitter less social and more of a chore so that was an easy choice to make. The other social network I decided to dump was this new one that’s mainly used on a smart phone called Path. My wife added the Path app to our iTunes collection a few months back and I decided to give it a spin.  I was relatively active on it for a few weeks and then after a while I just stopped (like I do with just about any other social network I initially try).

I’m keeping my Facebook and Google+ accounts live for very simple reasons. Google+ is already attached to my email account and I won’t be getting rid of that anytime soon so why not keep Google+ as well. As for Facebook, out of all the social networks that I’ve used, I visit that one the most and still find it useful to find shows and events around my neighborhood. And heaven forbid I make my wife a “Facebook Widow” for the 3rd time (or would this be the 4th time? I’ve lost count).

Now with the old habits out-of-the-way on to my new one. For a few months, I’ve been debating about switching over to veganism or vegetarianism and I have inquired this idea with one of my favorite independent and podcast authors on Facebook, Kimberly Steele. She even has her own vegan podcast. She gave me some food for thought (no pun intended). I was still on the fence for a bit, but then a food allergy scare that afflicted my wife and a viewing of the eye-opening documentary, Fork Over Knives, and we switched to vegan diets the following day.

We’ve been mostly vegan for about a month now and have both lost about 8 pounds each (there has been some lapses with honey and some products that have contained whey protein). We definitely feel better and look forward to continuing this new path in our lives.

And now you’re all caught up with what I’ve been doing these past few months. As always, I promise to try to be more active here but who’s to say I won’t falter again (it has been known to happen). The next few posts will probably be about the past few book series that I’ve absorbed.

Please Help Fund “Stripped: The Comics Documentary”

As far back as I can remember, I’ve always read comic strips. There is some magical thing that happens when words and images come together into a nice concise punchline, that hasn’t’ lost its appeal to me. I’ve now moved from news comic strips to webcomics of course, but I still have a few favorites that I read online to this day (Garfield, Foxtrot, Calvin & Hobbes, Pearls Before Swine, Luann, etc). So you can imagine how tickled pink I was when I found out that a documentary was being made, regarding this wonderful medium that may be on it’s last legs as newspapers are going the way of dinosaurs.

The creators of this documentary, Dave Kellett, of Sheldon webcomics fame, and cinematographer Frederick Schroeder, wanted to share their passion and love of this art form and show how it has evolved from the page to the web and how it may still be relevant to society today, even if it’s just to entertain for a brief 3-4 pane read. I for one definitely put in my pledge to make this film happen and I encourage you all to do the same. Just watch the trailer and then donate as little as $5.00, if you feel compelled to do so.

Down below are some rough cuts from the documentary. I encourage you check the trailer before watching the videos down below, or not, your choice.

Newly Added Video 😀