35 Burst results for "Christensen"
His business is building ice castles. Will that get harder in a warming world?
"In the movie frozen queen elsa magically creates a palace maid of sparkling ice for brent christianson making an ice palace is harder but the results are still enchanting. We tried to create. What feels like a other worldly experience. Christensen is the founder of ice castles. His company builds elaborate structures that tower up to forty feet high. They start by making thousands of icicles. Which the fuse together. And then spray repeatedly with water so given a month of good cold weather we can create some pretty massive structures. Low temperatures are good for building but visitors dislike extreme cold so the company's sites in utah. Colorado new hampshire and wisconsin are in areas that often hover near thirty two degrees some years. It's really cold some years. It's not and we just gotta hold our breath and work with what we have last year. The wisconsin locations opening was delayed because the ice was melting and climate. Change is bringing more warm days. Long-term definitely if i were to pass this down generation generation. We'd be moving further north. I'm sure but for now. Christianson is coping with the uncertainty and this year his team was able to build. Ice castles fit for queen elsa
New York's Broadway costume designers lament about being left out of coronavirus aid
"Shut down in March, actors and stagehands weren't the only ones affected. The Save Our Stages Act just passed as part of the Cove in relief bill and will help theaters and cultural institutions tread water until the pandemic is over. But as W one way sees Jennifer of Anasco reports some businesses that support the arts industry say they've been for gotten John Christians in New York Inc has built costumes for a lot of the big shows Cat's frozen and the new musical six, which was supposed to open on March. 12 the day that all of Broadway shutdown So we're getting ready for opening night That night, Every machine was filled. Every table was filled. People were doubled up. People were coming and going, and then Just like that they were closed. The leadoff all 52 of their employees. Like everyone they thought maybe let me for a few weeks, But in June, they were told No theater won't reopen in 2020, and for us, Everything stopped, like all of our orders just completely stopped. That's Brian Blight, Christensen's life partner and the business manager of John Christians in New York. And it was really a moment of what are we going to do? Are we gonna close? We put everything in storage, Do we? Walk away. They didn't Instead, Blake realized they weren't alone all through the city, small businesses that depend on Broadway and the theater industry. We're figuring out if they could survive the pandemic to And the shops are very specialized. A costumes aren't closed. You can't buy them off the wreck. They're made to measure for specific actors and designed for performers to dance and sweat in them eight times a week. Here's Christenson. But we do is cut your it should be the finest quality. It's the best interiors the best flat linings that we confined to make the product that will last a long time. And be beautiful and worth that ticket price, Christiansen and Blight realized they were part of an entire custom ecosystem. It includes specialty dry cleaners who care for $10,000 dresses made of fragile fabrics, study with sequence or flowers and people who know how to make those flowers and people who put the pleats in the fabric. And makers of tap shoes and toe shoes and beat artists and fabric painters. There are people who make specialty undergarments and hats and armor. The list goes on. So the two men joined with 54 other small businesses to found the costume industry coalition. They're clear about what they need money. Life once a kind of bailout from the government. $3 million to erase the debt of these small businesses for 2020 we have to, I think in this country I'm talking about the arts and culture as something that is a warm, fuzzy and wonderful the for the human soul and start talking about it as the economic driver that it actually is, because the economic between Arkin cultures huge, the U. S. Bureau of Economic Analysis says in 2017. The latest figures they have available. The arts and culture sector was contributing about $877 billion to the GDP. That's 4.5%. It employs over five million arts workers nationwide. In New York state. The sector contributes over 7% of the GDP. That's bigger than finance. It's bigger than construction. Hi, I'm Kevin McCollum. I'm a producer of Broadway shows, including the musical six. The one that was supposed to open the day Broadway closed. Save Our Stages is so important. Unfortunately, the shops are somewhat not involved in that. The venues will get grants, but the shops that support them. They need to wait until the orders come in. They say That's why the government should also give money to the costume industry. And to those who build sets and props. Because this is about more than the question of whether theater will survive. It will Well, the artists who make it the artisans who make it still be able to call themselves New Yorkers. Sure, I guess you could say Let's move everyone out of the city. And if that's the kind of city New York wants to be, I don't think that's the case. I think we want the artist to be able to afford and work and live in New York City. A few avenues over
Listener, Moderator Co-Host Show
"To our end of year. Moderator host show. This is the annual episode where we usually invite supporters to appear alongside us on the show. And this time we thought it'd be fun to have. Some of the folks who helped moderate are discord chit chat to join us and talk about not only how they use technology how they found s but also moderation in general joining us preston monroe aka bio cal aka w scotus. One beat aka beat masters. Hello and dan. Christensen aka sergeant muffin. Howdy folks. it's great to have you sarah. Who should we start with. I thought we'd start with preston that's cow and we're all going to ask you some similar questions but really the fun of this is getting to know some of the The monikers that. We're all very familiar with who helped us a lot with the show and kind of where they came to be so precedent hounded technology play a role in your life to this point. It's definitely played a role in my life All my life I actually got into computers late. Probably ninety eight. I think i had a purple mack. Was the first real computer i had actually previous to. That was in sixth grade at an apple. Two but i was There's a big gap in there. Where i was missing things but Starting with that. I mac and the internet i i you know got hooked just like everybody else did and but the key thing was i wanted to know how it works so i was viewing the source code of pages in one thousand nine hundred and creating and made gifts frame by frame before. There were tools for really doing that. Silly things like that but In my current role in banking and finance and i basically manage online banking mobile banking a digital payments for credit cards apple. Pay google pay things like that. So i'm just immersed in technology every day at work. Well you're obviously among friends on dtn s. So speaking of how did you get involved with the show I actually started watching tech news today on the twit network starting with episode one and watched it religiously or listen to religiously to through its entire run Up until the day left including after actually i. I gave it to go for about a month after that. But the new host just wasn't for me In the meantime Tom had launched daily tech news. Show and just kinda followed them from there all right. let's turn to w. scotus one. You may hear his name thrown out as providing things in the twitch chat willy. How did you get involved in tech. Oh oh that's interesting story. So like i've always been fascinated with computers from from a very young age I there's pictures that my the my dad took of Me messing around with Their computer was running windows. Ninety five back in the day so it's It's been a while But the thing that really got me into it and really interested. And it's like a weird angle. I guess but. I was messing in powerpoint. Actually and and just dealing with like shapes and being able to like make things inside a powerpoint like just fascinated me to no end and it's been an absolute thrill to To be doing it ever since to the point where i've At one point. I've been i. I offer tech support to pretty much everybody. I interact with on a on a semi regular basis. So it's really it's really great. Well we really appreciate you offering some of that technology acumen in our twitter chat and to our audience in general. How did you find us. How did you get involved in. Dns well there is a long story to it. but i'll give the short version of it so actually it was through. Lamar wilson. Believe it or not. I'm a big fan of Lamar big fan of all the big tech youtubers in the space. If you if you follow any of them you know the names pretty well. And he said hey. I'm doing a podcast called this week in you too. So i followed him over to there and that's where i discovered the twit network scarred chad which he's gone on to do amazing things as well And found tech news today. Finally enough right as it was winding down about two or three months before you left. Show tom which was funny to me. But i enjoyed it every minute of it and followed you over to detain s. Been listening ever since.
Much-Hyped News Startup 'The Correspondent' Closes 15 Months After Launch
"There was one new story dominated twitter discourse this week. I think it's important that we kinda flag up white so important so hayden christensen is back. Staff fada in disney plus new won't kanobi spent also the correspondent has announced its closure so before we get. I mean i've never seen a page of notes this long for one of our votes so peter. Why don't you take us through all of the nets. All of the notes. Finish you explain the correspondent closing you sitting comfortably. This is really sad this. Is you know we talked a media crushes and this is definitely be of my media. Crushes for a long time yet. You need to disclose about the you subscribe. Yeah i'm going to talk about. Because i think it has direct. I'm responsible. My behavior is indicative of a certain course of behaviors that i think of impacted the course one. Let me start with death. Correspond correspond was a dutch news. Launched in two thousand thirteen or Yeah it launched off over kurt funded campaign reseau indoors. Which team was massive. The success of the dutch say in sort of inspired the guys to to another kurt funding campaign in two thousand eighteen degrees two point sex mowing dolls to launch english language. Version of the correspondent called that correspond which be massively excited. The tame i said contribute to all campaign. They had this. I mean the idea of debt. Correspond correspondent is idea the titling the us was on breaking news. And it's us. John nauseam approach. Thank you see in magazines delayed gratification. That taught toys has has has delivered on tree member funded those transparency in the report in the really involved the journalists wealthy audience who you could actually correspond with it. John member owned thing. Isn't it not own. But certainly the funding dire from members when the defunding campaign the code funding company in two thousand eighteen. The go along. Us and florence was involved. thought legals. i'm trying to remember some of the names but they were very. Us in jail. Jay rosen was did not charter through the member. The member puzzle project and and it was clear that they were targeting. The us market distinguished publishing market. So very clearly. That's where they wanted them. Embassy come from Bought the impression was given that they were going to have a new york piece. I think John toast moved to new york and it was just cannot overcome until medica idea and then it transpired the well going to america that they were going to run most of it from hall where the original headquarters where they didn't they have to just while we're talking about facts and they actually apologize basically saying that they eventually. Yeah i was going to eventually. They misled
Charley Pride, Groundbreaking Country Music Star, Has Died In Dallas At Age 86
"The country music industry is mourning the loss of Charley Pride. The legendary black singer died in Dallas at age 86 from complications from covert 19 for member station KTRH in Dallas. Alejandro Martinez reports on prides career Charley Pride made his mark as the first black country music star to hit it, big music critic Thor Christensen says. When Pride's career took off in the late 19 sixties, he moved to Dallas. He told me I grew up in a segregated society, and he didn't want to subject his his three kids to that. And when he thought about where you could travel around the world and not be subjected to such racism, he said. You couldn't find a better place than Dallas. Pride was also part owner of the Texas Rangers baseball team. I was a regular at home
"christensen" Discussed on Bird Road Podcast - All Points West
"Green New Deal and fully funded Public Schools. It's not too late to give some support at for the many not just me. And if you're in Congressional District 3 office, he deserves your vote. So make sure you get out of between now and then again about 10 more days until election day and you know with early voting you can get on and show your support. So let's get to know why Adam Christian faith deserves our support Adam Christensen. Welcome to Bertera. Good morning. How are you doing? Good morning, early morning. Yeah, at least for for some of us in the podcasting game. It's not it's not ideal hours. But you know, we try to get in where we can fit in. So we're going to get into your opponent off a bit later and Summer for more colorful interpretations. I had I had to have you on when I read and watched the wonderful investigative journalism that you did some of the Oppo research that you that you suck on your opponent. But but honestly before before we do that, I kind of want people to get to know you a little bit better. So I want to start off by asking you the same thing that we asked to all of our guests who are campaigning. Why are you running for office? You know, this is Brother. That's probably the number one question. I'm always asked is like well, why are you doing it? Like are you crazy? And I think you kind of probably have to be a little bit nuts to to want to run for Congress or or really any public office. It's so yeah, maybe I have a little bit crazy but really the reason that I got into this was cuz I didn't really feel like I had any other choice I saw basically that Ted game Is going to retire and I knew just by who was running and you know what they've done in the past that there was no chance that this place would ever flip, but I knew that if somebody ran and actually, you know was off and taken to believe what they were saying and you know would actually be able to change things that people would be able to Rally behind them. And so I ran because I didn't really feel like I had any other choice and the people joined our campaign..
"christensen" Discussed on Brands On Brands On Brands
"Cuz Anthony Christensen office is not the easiest thing to do, you know to like spell right? You know? Yeah, it's a hurdle. So here we go. I want to focus on these three things cuz I think if we could just give like suck. Simple advice this might help some people out. Okay. So let's start with the right goal. Okay. So for me, I'm trying to figure out if you're helping a customer. You're hoping someone that comes to you. They're like, I don't know if I should be you know drunk people to my thing directly to sales my ad just about like I'm selling this thing. Here's the price or do I give someone a freebie to get them on an email list. Do I like how do you help me? Figure out the right goal? Cuz there's a lot of goals in Facebook. Yeah. That's it. That's a tough question to answer it comes back to where are they at? Currently? They can't all be softballs. They cannot be softballs. Yeah. It's one of those. It depends answers because yeah, it really depends on how many people do you have right now there that are engaging with you that are going to your website. What are your business office is your product selling already most people I work with they're already selling their products if they're not I typically just say you need to really work on your messaging and figuring out that in your brain dead. Be in there are people that can probably help them out even better than I can so I would say really yeah get clear on where you're at in your business. Right? Are you are you selling anything currently? If not down the steps you taking that you're taking to get there. So are you know having built your kind of your brand identity yet? Have you figured out your your voice online? Have you figured out who you're trying to serve and what you're offering them what they're paying points are so really get clear on that part of your business when it comes to kind of the next part. So I don't typically work with those type of people. Sorry, if if you're listening your great people. It's just there's better people that can help you with. I like to work with those people that already have some sales coming in. They've already figured out there messaging. So if you haven't done that just really work on getting clear on your messaging and I like to work with people with their ads to on this and I would say, you know, you should really have a voice and it should be not everyone necessarily should love it, which is weird to say, you know, you hear so many people like I want to sell it everybody and it's like well, you're not going to sell to anybody then really dead. Oh, you really want to get clear on who you're actually serving, you know, listen to my Kim chat that you had with him on your podcast his like who do you want to meet out of my friends? Right? You want to meet my ID. You want to meet my mom my sister? Whoever might be referencing all your podcasts now consistent grade, right? So Provo, I love it. Yeah, but that's how kind of clear you want to get is, who are you actually serving because everything on your website all that creative or you're making even.
"christensen" Discussed on Brands On Brands On Brands
"In a world where advertising is ignored. This is exposed and the only constant is change. How do you build a brand that matters? Welcome to brands on Branch Branch a home for those who think different and push their boundaries. This is where branding that matters leaves know. Here's your host Brandon birkmeier off. Hey, what's up? Everyone? Welcome to brands on brands on Brands. I'm Brandon birkmeier your personal marketing coach and I believe that building a brand that matters is the only way for a business to thrive tomorrow. Thanks for tuning in each week. I appreciate you guys this week. We as an is an interview show and we have my man Tony does ADS Tony Christensen on the show today? And if you guys haven't met Tony he's all about Facebook and Instagram advertising. He's a Creator a speaker and basically a nerd on this subject which you'll see in the show. We dive deep into all the different topics of how to use Facebook ads. How do you create them how to think about your messaging you're targeting and the all the components of even your goals that get these things set up. He's created an optimized advertising campaigns for keynote speakers for conferences for e-commerce businesses around the world with budgets as high as in the millions a month in advertising what he's dead. At these ads he's created have been viewed over a hundred million times. So he's seen enough of them for for him to be able to share this knowledge with you and we dive into that today we nerd out on some of the tactics, but the things will get you going home early. If you haven't driven into them yet. You haven't used ads yet for Facebook. This will help you hopefully feel a little bit better about it or if you're at that point where you've tried them and you you gave up because they didn't seem to work for you. This is the episode to listen to so thanks you guys for tuning in appreciate you and if you need anything at all, you can always go back to Brandon brands.com to subscribe to get updates from us on what's going on in marketing. All right, appreciate you and enjoy the episode. All right, let's get going. I'm excited to welcome our guest today Tony Christensen to the show also known as AKA Tony does ADS. Thanks for being here, man. Yes. Thank you so much for having me on one of the best branding podcasts. I have heard in years at home. Things yesterday, but at least yesterday perfect. The reason I'm excited to talk to Tony a it's nice that people that I'm you know, somewhat familiar with the not total strangers, but the reason excite is actually what we're talking about today..
"christensen" Discussed on The Knife Junkie Podcast
"People reach out to you and get I don't necessarily have books now. I'm pretty backed up on stuff. I I try my best to fit in some dealers they get them out there or a lot of choice of my page. So it'd be my Instagram. You can hit me up on Instagram or Facebook. And then my Facebook group is Christensen knifeworks. See what turns a dog's a lot of lot of my truck and dogs that are opposed to dog because Hey, that's that's what my life is is knives my dog and my truck. So hey, if you want to post you about your your car dog your knife. I'm happy with that. So yeah production stuff Alliance designs has some of the Bangarang still there. There's you know handful after them Kaiser is always out there and the weekend will be in production here shortly. So you look at look into them, but getting a knife for me. You just gotta be patient. There's a lot of secondary sales on my page them as one up for sale some soup somewhere in there like Instagram, you know, I always someone has something for sale always tag it and repost it. Now that's into my feed off. Cuz if it sells it's good for me people don't like well, I can't sell it if need to but I just try to help it out. Kothay, like I said, I try to be friends with all my customers. I'm just a normal guy that make knives, you know, so and that's going back to that like shows. I absolutely loved the shows and knives of the money are are there but I love seeing everyone like I miss it this year cuz covid-19. Better than some of my actual friends. Yeah, because it's like we talked more where we communicate more like it just it's something else. I just I just saw the community. I mean there's you know, so, you know assholes here there but yeah, yeah, that's everything, you know, but you got love it. So we're going back to like anyone that needs help just just Reach Out best thing to do and you can't put out the the generation of moving ice makers of they're not learning. So anyone who's listening take advantage you just heard the man Matthew Christensen say it's all about the community and he wants to help so I mean for sure I hope as much as I can Matthew. Thank you so much for coming on the knife junkie podcast. It's been a pleasure of finding out a little bit more about you the man behind beautiful knives and well, we look forward to seeing a lot more from you. I for one am really looking forward to the thug. It seems off. Hit a lot of check almost every single box for me, except the large box and I like it cuz it's not large. So there you go, man. Hey every box. Hey, you might like it most of your hands so long. It looks beautiful. I appreciate that. Thanks for having me. My pleasure, sir. Take care. Thanks. Have a good one. Do you use terms like handled the blade ratio walk and talk hair pop and sharp or Bank like the new are a dork and a knife. Junkie. I love that one dork. Yes, that's me. Bob the dark Knight's chunky. Hey, cool interview. I what was your key takeaway? I've got I've got one that really kind of stuck with me, but I'll let you go first. Oh, I mean to me, I mean aside from how long how appealing his knives are just to look at them. And and I know at some point I'll handle one and I'll say the same thing, but I'm really struck just by how much the community means to math game. And and how much the the Brotherhood and Sisterhood of dorks like us who have knives and talk handle the blade ratio are and you know, he was just talking about how the cow, you know, the knife world for him started as kind of an escape and in a way it seems like it might still be and what a beautiful Escape indeed now that that was one point and then the other point I had was I think it's probably the first interview that we've had that someone has been intentional about the lower price point, you know that forty to fifty the $60 rank engineering intentional creating knives in that price point which which really kind of struck me. Yeah. Yeah me too, especially like what struck me there. Now that's a knife lover who became a knife maker Like a Knife collector guy who understands the plight of the knife collector guy, right right and making nice for his friend Ed. Who don't want customized just want to run a knife, right? Exactly that they can lose two weeks later. That's right. Another one. All right. Well a Monumental way to end the month of September with the interview shows episode number one hundred and fifty of a milestone for the knife junkie podcast on our way to 200 and Beyond don't forget to join us Wednesday for the midweek podcast episode. And of course Thursday night at 10 p.m. For Thursday night knives that you can catch on YouTube and on the knife junkies Facebook page. So going to wrap it up for today. But thank you so much truly for joining us here on the knife junkie podcast for the guy with the the what two-day growth there. Yeah, mine would be like five weeks and I'd look like the box but the Mountain Man also Mountain Mister knife. Junkie himself Bob DeMarco. I'm the knife newbie. Jim person thing. Thanks for joining us on the knife chunky Pandey. Thanks for listening to the 9th junkie podcast wage. 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"christensen" Discussed on The Knife Junkie Podcast
"Well, hello knife junkies and welcome to episode number one hundred and fifty of the knife junkie podcast. I'm jump person and I'm Bob DeMarco. Welcome to the show. Welcome to the knife junkie podcast, as you know, it is the place for knife newbies and knife junkies to learn all about knives and knife collecting here from knife designers makers manufacturers or reviewers anybody who loves knives and is involved in the knife game. That's what we're all about here on the knife junkie podcast and bomb who is our featured guest today. I'm speaking with Matthew Christensen of Christensen knifeworks. You might know him from his collaborations with we the critical or Alliance designs or now wage. Knives or you may know him for his absolutely stunning handmade custom work. So I'm really excited to get a chance speak with him. Well that is coming up right after this brief self-promotion special a selfish same as if I can talk selfish Shameless. That's the word. I'm looking for a Shameless self-promotion want to let you know that you do need to go to the knife. Junkie website. That's the knife. Junkie.com books The Knife junkie, go ahead and get your pre-order for knives 20-21. That's the book that supposed to be coming out in October you'll want to get that and as you can see lots of other books that you can find on the knife. Junkie, the knife junkie.com is the web page that you want to get go to to find all the the books about knives that you want to find have a dog. If you want featured or reviewed call the knife junkies 24/7 listener line at 724-466-4487 and let us know Matthew welcome to the night junkie podcast. Thanks for coming on. Thanks for having me. Appreciate it. No, it's my pleasure. So I've been following your work on Instagram for a couple of years and and kept my eye out when when you first had a collaboration with her and and then also with Alliance but recently frequent contributor to our Thursday night show Thursday night. Ryan spirited blades had just took a misfit from you and man it knocked my socks off and everyone else tell me how you got into Custom Knife making and apparently it started with pimping. Yeah. I mean it all starts from when you're a kid, you know, I would say probably twelve thirteen, you know, I've always my dad was in the military and yep. He always had out the front, you know stilettos and stuff like that. You know, what I was running is room and play with them growing up. But yeah, just all start your Frome. I was younger and my dad bought me my first knife and carried it religiously for a couple of years. So I finally fell apart, you know, a lot of wood carving and whatnot. But it all it led to to what it is is my nice pimping knife modding. So I started collecting when I got a little older actually he passed away wage and I started collecting more. It was like a different hobby for me. I grew up racing motocross with him. Okay, so when he passed I didn't like Me and him were like always together. So it was something else to get me, you know my mind off of racing and you know doing that because me and him a brother were every weekend, right. So after he passed him didn't really want to ride anymore cuz you know just made me think of him. So, you know started other things. I mean did coincide. I don't know but sort of collecting and then I've seen videos on YouTube Jeff from tough knives soft thumbs. It's just started modifying nice and you know, I started getting to the you know higher end, you know, I would say, you know higher $100 knives that was hard for me, but when I first started and I just tried pimping and it just kind of left from there and you know, you start one thing you gotta start somewhere and then home Kind of leads to the other. You know, it's like everything you do you kind of want to go up the ladder and I would got really good at doing that. So starting off like talk to try to make my own, you know, get a couple of fixed blades nothing special but that was kind of, you know to the Wayside and you know, whatever was fun game ever. I did and started a YouTube channel doing the pimping and modding. It's not it's not available anymore, unfortunately, but What's a hacking accounts in email? So I had to delete the YouTube but I still have all the videos. It should pop them all up one day and start from there. But you know, I started getting pretty big in the customizing and pimping and you know and kind of went from there, you know, the customizing and pimping thing was really big for a while back and it seems to have seems to have waned quite a bit. I remember thinking like why would you get a why would you get a production knife and then have someone customize it now? I totally get it and I'll have scales made or something like that. But why do you think the the whole life modifying game kind of trailed off a little bit wouldn't say a trade-off if you really look there's a probably a lot more modifiers than you, you know, would expect maybe it's my interest that trailed off. Yeah, it can be. I mean, don't really dead. Up with it, but I know a lot of guys that are still doing it, you know on a daily basis even with all like my Kaiser's there's a couple of guys that bought Hummer of them just to modify them and sell them, you know, the the critical here cuz it's a you know, it's a knife. It's Titanium and has a lot of room for modifying and they would do flipper deletes and everything like that. So it's you know it off it's not as big as it used to be I guess but there are more people if that makes sense. Yeah, cuz there's a lot more I would say production stuff that is already Faith or you see is just a, you know, a blade color change or like a anodizing nothing like I was doing regrinds and full-frame lock to talk to, you know rely on their lock the frame lock conversions, you know, Emerson's, you know, doing that all the time. So, you know to me it made sense for instance Jeff tough thumbs. I've followed him and then sort of watched him go into knife-making and it seemed to make sense. You know, you're already changing handle. You're all you're all ready customizing and modifying knives. You're learning how they work from a very intimate perspective seems like the the jump to making knives is logical until you've ever found a blade and then you see like that is a whole other part of it, you know changing the handle and anodizing and all that's one thing but grinding a blade is a another. How did you make that jump off? Well, you would think it'd be like Simon like the same thing it is but isn't in.
The Air Force Struggles With Diversity. Can The Space Force Do Any Better?
"The newest branch of the military just promoted its first female three star general. The US Space Force also recently appointed the nation's first all women space operations team. Top space force leaders say gender and racial diversity is a core part of the mission. But his Colorado public Radio's Dan Boyce reports, some female veterans are skeptical. First Lieutenant Kelly McKay serves with the all female Space Operation Squadron stationed at Schriever Air Force Base near Colorado Springs, The squadron command's one of the country's GPS satellites. I obviously never gotten work on all female crew for these were women that I've I wanted to work with their close friends of mine and co workers. The work of the space force is almost entirely digital Space Force members operates satellites and other national space assets from computers down on Earth. Lieutenant McKay says an all female squadron makes a bold statement for the military's news branch. I'm hoping that women will see that they have more opportunities, and they might have realized growing up as long as they're actively seeking out the women to come there. They have a great opportunity to be the the service that leads the way Don Christensen is president of the nonprofit Protect Our Defenders. The group focuses on reducing discrimination in the military. The space force grew out of the Air Force last December, Christensen says It's continuing the airforce tradition of a better gender balance than the other branches. But he worries the space force could continue another worrisome course when it comes to racial disparity there force with worst in analyzing military data Person's sins team found black airman 70% more likely than their white peers to get court martialed or receive other punishments. The air Force is own data shows that trend getting worse in recent years. Nevertheless, in just the last few months a couple of milestones confirmation of the first Black Air Force Academy superintendent and then the first black Air Force chief of staff General Charles Q. Brown Jr. Here's Brown's own candid assessment of the challenges ahead. I can't fix centuries of racism in our country, nor can I fixed decades, discrimination may have impacted members of our Air force. How much to make of these nominations depends on who you talk to. While we're very proud of gentle brown. It's It's so even Pacheco is a recently retired air force commanding officer. Photo op Shea. We like, like people. We like minority. Yea, we promoted on so don't complain anymore, okay? And we're like, Okay, So what? We want to see his action. What policies? Are you going to drive? What changes? Are you going to drive? She argues the ways to report discrimination in the space force are all inherited from Thie Air Force. And if you don't restructuring I honestly I don't. I'm not sure that you'll be able to restructure. I don't know. I just think they might continue get away with it. Unfortunately. Pacheco says As discrimination charges work their way up the chain of command senior officers often suppress reports to avoid looking bad themselves. They're going to be shaped to encourage honest communication, the space force's chief diversity and inclusion. Officer Carrie Baker says They've already placed heavy emphasis on developing open minded leaders and pushing them to learn about unconscious biases, even to the point where one should be careless enough to Speaks to their leadership about concerns that they have without concern of retribution. Baker says. The space force has targeted outreach initiatives to recruit women and people of color. Keep your eye on us. We're going to make you proud Tanya would nightie professional. They're working for the department defense for about 20 years, Tanya would lives in San Antonio, Texas. For years, she worked as an Air Force intelligence analyst, a job similar to the desk bound rolls found in the space force today would who's Black says misogyny and racism were rampant? Not getting a fair seat at the table, having to prove myself constantly having to prove my technical ability Trying to prove how smart I am. If if you will constantly challenged by my male colleagues, she's pleased to hear about that new all female space force team. She's still not sure it's a sign of systemic change. She compares the all female crew to the Tuskegee Airman, Those heralded black fighter pilots from World War two. That was an experiment. But was it sustainable? You know, do we still have that level of diversity? Now? She wonders if the space force doesn't address fundamental challenges involving race and gender. Will those experiments ever lead to anything beyond history? Making headlines for NPR news? I'm Dan Boys in Colorado Springs.
Travel to Penang Malaysia
"Welcome to the amateur traveler. I'm your host Chris Christensen. Let's talk about paying. I'd like to welcome the show ruth from Vancouver and that's not the one in Canada but the one in Washington and that's the state of Washington. DC. WHO's come to talk to us about Penang? Malaysia Ruth Welcome to the show. Thank you. Glad to be here and some of you met ruth. If you traveled a with me to Morocco ruth was one of the people on that trip and we're friends from long before that and you have spent the last. Three years up until the coronavirus down in southeast. Asia's that have I got. The timing writer was longer than Well, we had three years in Singapore. And then we were into our just pass our first year in Penang when the covert virus and I actually was here in the states and got stranded here as the movement control order went into effect inning and I wasn't able to get back into the country. So we're now home back in the state of Washington and Yeah. But Penang was our home for about a year. Will, and when we get to the point where we can, why should someone go to Penang? Penang is just a very interesting piece of as. You have three distinct people ethnicities who make up panning opening is one of the thirteen states of Malaysia. It's the second smallest. It's the only one that has a island plus mainland components, and the island is the part that we are familiar with. That's where we lived. We lived in Penang Island Penang. Island. Has Like I say three different distinct groups. There's the Chinese, which are about fifty percent, which is more than the most of Malaysia, your Chinese percentage, and then you have forty percent Malay- and about nine percent of the Indians who are mostly Tamil speakers so there from southern. Yup and then we have the expert groups and in particular, there's one large group of experts that now reside in Penang as a result of Malaysia's M. M.. Two H. Program, which is Malaysia my second home. So quite a few people have actually retired they've made it their permanent home. So it's a very eclectic group of different ethnicities and different cultures and they do not intermixed very much. So you really do have these distinct. And distinct foods and distinct ways of living and languages, and you can do it all in a very small space and people have been to Singapore Penang. It's about the third of the size of Singapore. And only has about fifteen percent of the population of Singapore's on the island about seven hundred thousand people that makes it much more spread out. You're not just in these big crowds of people and yet you're experiencing the same kind of cultural mixing and interaction that you might get in Singapore. I like to think of Penang sort of like Singapore before Lee Kuan Yew came in and modernized and sanitized. Everything, so Penang gives you that old feel I think of what Singapore would have been like. Before everything was cleaned up and so and not to say that it's dangerous or unhealthy to be there but you just get that kind of older. Feel you have people cook it on the streets for food and things like that. So the I highly recommend going just because it's different than a lot of other places you might go in Asia will in terms of Malaysia we're on or just off of the mainland portion of Malaysia in the. West Coast in the north. So we on cow before we're south of that which is way up by the border with Thailand and then we`re Two thirds the distance from Kuala Lumpur up to the type border. Yes yes. Like you say we're to the west of the mainland and very close actually up. I think there's only one one state may be two that are above pinning on the mainland before you get to. Thailand. So it is still pretty close to time. There is some influence of Thai Culture Thai food. In. What is in Penang Yeah I? Think you're forty miles from Thailand. yes. Yeah and what's interesting about pinning to is, and we'll talk about this a little bit more but you came and visited us when we were in Singapore and we went to the parental museum to remember that in singer. So Penang is one of three places in that Malaysian Singaporean area that has Parana Akin Chinese or also called the Straits Chinese also called the bubble Nokia's so they are located in Penang Malacca and in. Singapore. So I've actually been to all three places. I've been to the museums in each of those places and it's a fascinating culture. People from that culture came from China from mainland. China many years ago. treaters remember correctly yet and they came in and adopted many of the Malay Practices and cultures, and some of the foods and sort of turn them into their own. They were usually very very wealthy and their homes were extravagant and their furniture was lavish and carved, and they also incorporated some of the colonialism of the British. So they had fancy dinner ware and fancy glasses and mirrors and their homes were just beautiful and in Penang you can go onto Church Street, which is down in Georgetown and there is a Paranthan Museum there for Twenty Ringgit. which is almost nothing that's four ringgit to a dollar. So it's five dollars you can go in and get a tour of the product museum there, and it's fascinating. It was owned actually by a gangster. A Chinese gangster and his family I and It's now part of the state I believe as a museum and they do try to preserve this product can culture because it is only really in these three distinct places.
Process Tools for Amazon Sellers with Will Christensen
"Ladies and Gentlemen Boys and girls Mr Mann and whoever else is listening. This is the ten K. collective, because part of the family of mazing podcast. You can see the decals behind me. If you're watching the video and today we're with woody will christen of data was a mason dot com, who are the experts at automation and integration that we're going to plunge straight in on the tools Amazon says will welcome back to the show. Thanks it's good to be here and let's deal with these tools for Amazon. Tell us I used at prosper show while ago, so that was really cool. You're obviously aware of how the world works settlers. What are these tools that you can share with us? Honestly tools are. I kinda Geek out on tools. I'm in general I'm kind of a software nerd. NERD had an assistant who came to me once and said you know. Will I feel like you are an individual? Who is the Tony Stark of software? Like you're? You're just in the middle of all of the tools, so I'm going to mention a couple here and I'm GonNa give you like a one liner. Here's the tool. Here's why I love it. So, honestly, the one that's kind of up on my screen right now and so it's kind of in my face is slack and I find that a lot of Amazon sellers haven't adopted slack yet, and the reason I think a lot of them haven't adopted. Slack yet is because they haven't realized how inefficient email and just regular Google hangouts is. I find a lot of people using skype to communicate with their with their as your different individuals that way I love slack and its ability to create channels to create a context where everything goes. Basically, it's an instant messaging platform that allows you to do direct messages back and forth between individuals, and then it allows you to create public and private channels where you can discuss things like key metrics that the businesses going on, and it gives. Gives you a way to keep the context of the conversation going so for example we have a slack channel access needs and anytime someone needs access is something they go into that channel. They Post. Hey I. Don't have access to this Amazon seller central account. How do I get access? And then we go through that process to to figure out exactly what that looks like an and get it where it needs to go if that makes sense. Absolutely I'm just discovering. Slap myself. I'm very guilty of using. skype is the primary meeting for communicating with Va's and. It's OK until you get to the point where you try and dig into some information from weeks ago and then it comes. That's the thing like I'm short video about this. Did I even tell you about the? What was the link for that again? And then you nightmare? You described so elegantly before. Say Anything that helps you get organized. Upfront is a great thing for sure so my. Virtual Assistant. I when we use like I have an entire channel dedicated to the video. That I create for her so I've I've I use a another tool. WE'RE GONNA mentioned hair called screen cast, defy and screen cast if records videos and drops those videos into Google drive folder us another tool called. Zap, beer to automatically pick up those videos and push them into a specific slack channel so anytime a record video i. literally title it in a certain way pops it out into the Slack Channel and tells her what she's supposed to do with it a minor. That is just loving this. Because I use screen falsifying. I've used got a lot of videos on. There are US or got slack now of it up I haven't really been vigorous into my stuff I'm like Oh. Wow, I could do that I can say totally see how that would save me that. The assistant 'cause batsman three days and guys Mike, whereas all yeah got to send it. T- sorry. This is behind the. Title to get up and so I've got it. Set up now so if I don't put the word in all capitals private in the title of the video, it automatically goes to my va, and says hey. I was too lazy to title this, so please Bug me about what this video's even four and where it should go, so if I record a video, it goes to her period unless i. I write in all caps in the title private. Zapper is totally capable of listening for that word private and be like. Oh don't send this to her. So if I wanted to like, make video from partners, talking about everybody salaries or something like that I wanted to be a little more private. A totally could do that and I made Zap, Zapper drop it into a channel and away it goes and. And then I'm not hunting through a thread of threads imagine how much conversation goes back, and forth between me and my executive virtual assistant, its way to have channels man I would be in all sorts of trouble, so I try to use direct message communication with another individual I. Try to define those channels and say this is information that we're probably not going to need again. This is about chatter about. About. What's going on if I have information that we're going to need to look up again? I try to create a channel the to associate with that client, or whoever else it is, so we've got a lot of channels. Assist I'm not going to get a bit overwhelming I? Guess, but at least it's a lot less everyone undifferentiated stuff. Okay, so we got slack. Go Screen! Falsify because up here. What else your faith tools, so another one is the tool we're using right now to communicate zoom and a lot of people have heard of zoom, but maybe it will especially now they've probably heard of zoom, really powerful, very stable tool in terms of of video calls and getting face to face with people and getting some of those other pieces out of the way I just really appreciate. How stable is they've run into their growing pains, but even with the growing pains. It's outpaced several others that I've used.
Travel to Brittany France
"Today, the amateur traveler talks about walled towns and standing stones, beaches, and folk festivals, pirates, and you boats as we go to Brittany in France. Welcome to the amateur traveler I'm your host Chris? Christensen. Let's talk about Britney. I'd like to welcome to the show Kristen Montgomery from growing global citizens dot com who come to talk to us about the region of France known as Brittany Kristin welcome to the show. Thanks Chris and I want to say the Duchy of Brittany, but that's really not the term anymore so. It's definitely part of France officially where we talking about. So Britney is located in north western France, and as you said, it used to be a duchy, but in the fifteen hundreds it was incorporated as part of France basically taken over a against their will, so there's still a very strong regional identity. There are some people that still identify as being brought tone before their French slump. And why should someone go to Britney? Britney is a place that is not usually on lots of travelers lists. Obviously, if you're going to head to France, you think of Peres you think of southern France provence or niece, but there are a lot of really great things to see in Britannia, Britney there are beautiful beaches first of all, and it's actually sand beaches, unlike the rocky beaches that you find down south. It's a great place for a multi generational trip. So if you're traveling with family, it would be an excellent place to visit because it's a little bit less touristy, less crowded. There are more things to do that are in small towns out in the country. And it has this Celtic identity like I said the the Britain identity that really is not found in any other place in France, and so you're going to be hearing things like bagpipes for music. You're going to be seeing traditional dancing, even some of the Breton, language. and. I found that people here were really very very friendly. which is something that I hate to say, but sometimes and other parts of France especially, you think of Paris. They don't really have the reputation of being very friendly, but people here really took the time to be able to chat. And if you're someone that likes history or is into myths and legend Brittany has a lot of that, too. Excellent. What Are you going to recommend for us? So I would recommend starting in Ren, ren is in the eastern part of Brittany. And you can fly in, or you can take the train. The TJ evade from Paris. It's about an hour and forty five minutes. There are international flights into rent from other places in Europe, but I don't think there are any from the US or from north. America directly. If you're looking for a place, that would have more connections. That would be a bigger city. You can also fly into note, which is farther south and not officially right now is no longer part of Brittany in the administrative region, but it was part of that she. And there is a quite a bit to see there, too. So I won't talk about that today, but that's another option if you want more connections. And, so for the itinerary like I said you're going to start in Rin and then most of the things to see our along the coast, so you're basically going to do a clockwise circle, and you can go all the way around following the coast and then get back to ren okay. Excellent we'll let's jump in a little more detail. What are we going to Iran before we head to the coast? Okay so. Is the cultural capital of Brittany to university town, and it's really easy to get around. I will mention that you're gonNA. WanNa rent a car to be able to do this. Because there are a lot of small towns that you're going to want to be able to go in and out of. But when you're in rent itself, you don't need a car. They actually have a great metro and it's the smallest city in France to have metro. And this one is driverless also so it goes both underground and above ground, and it was really clean and safe and efficient, so that was that was something that I didn't really expect, but it was a very pleasant surprise. So, Ren is known for its half timber houses, which is funny, because that really I think we're on the other end of France over and. Also as lorraine or something like that when I see the half timber houses, yes, exactly that part of France and then Germany to places where you usually think of those, but it's very much native to the architecture here and I believe it's done in a slightly different way, but I'm not positive about that, but the half timber houses are usually the first level is stone, and then on top of that they're usually three or four other levels that have these big pieces of wood, and then they're deaf clan of plaster or mud in between them. When they're all different colors, and so when you see them all together for example, plastic undone. It's a big square where you can see this architecture and Ren, and some of these are incredibly old. They're dating from the fifteenth to Seventeenth Century. All the way back in the Middle Ages incredibly old by American standards is an exactly. Yes, thank you. Yes. It's all relative actually in Renton. They're kind of pockets of these and the reason. There aren't more is because like many other places. There was a big fire in seventeen twenty, and so many of them were destroyed, and so part of the town has this much older architecture and part of the town has more modern architecture. And another thing you're want to see. Is the Britain parliament building and like I said Brennan kind of the. Of Brittany, and so this parliament building originally had a little bit more autonomy than it does now now. It's really part of France, but they still do some court cases here it's it's basically a court of Appeals. The architecture that's there is beautiful. Especially, the grown Sean Code they have paintings and tapestries in there. It's all Gold Leaf. I believe the
Travel to Alabama
"Welcome traveler I'm your host Chris Christensen just see if we don't deliver on that word epic that I put in the intro. We've got lots to talk about as we talk about Alabama. I'd like to welcome the show. Larry Beiber who is a freelance travel, writer and editor also has his own website at Larry Bloomberg. Dot Com, and also at civil rights travel dot com, and he's come to talk to us about Alabama Larry Welcome to the show. Let's great to be here, Chris. This is a show that is about a year and a half in the making at least not with Larry. We just got him involved recently, but I've done three trips to Alabama last year and a half and had been really wanting to do a show about it. But I really wanted to do it with somebody who knew more about Alabama than I did and Larry. You've lived in Alabama for eleven years. I, think. We say that's right over a decade. And you came there to work a job in the travel magazine industry at. At coastal living, which was based here as is southern living in cooking, light and a lot of other magazines. Why should somebody go to Alabama? There's lots of reasons and I think the place to start is that most people don't know about Alabama? They they know. Their stereotypes there's. There's what they've heard over the years, but the truth is the south remains one of the most colorful and least understood parts of the country and the best way to learn about. It is to go there, and it's easy. It's easy to do and this I. Think will turn People's view under head. It's the center of Civil Rights History which I think. A lot of people know in the best way to understand that as visit the sites where these famed events happened. But it's also got incredible food. One of the most vibrant food scenes in the country right now mountains in some of the best beaches in the country, if not the world, which again does not fit that stereotype that people have the deep south well. I'm going to be one of those people that admits that I Alabama was something like my forty seventh state to go to or something like that, and it was kept to the last somewhat because I grew up in the sixties, and my picture of Alabama was what I saw on the nightly news. It was that troubled. Civil Rights history that we talk about which we can. Celebrate what happened now and and what went on, but it was kind of tough to watch it all going on at the time, and that colored my views of Alabama for pope. And I have fallen in love with the state here in the last trips that I've gone through and a little surprised to say that because I didn't really expect to. But what would you recommend for an itinerary for Alabama? Alabama literally goes from the mountains to the seas in I I would start just for simplicity's sake in the north. In Huntsville and in the Florence area where you will see incredible NASA rocket history because I was intrical part of the NASA system, the NASA development and then. Some a rock and roll shrine in the muscle shoals hall of fame, and then down to Birmingham where you do find that civil rights history where a lot of those disturbing images happen half a century ago. Frankly and now it's one of the most vibrant food scenes in the country and a place. That really has a buzz to it. There's a lot of new parks architecture. There's a lot of people they may be. Decades ago would have left to go off to find their fortune in New York or Los Angeles. And now they're staying there and creating some wonderful things and then I. go down to Montgomery with the state capital. Eight incredible new memorial is just open. I don't know if you've seen that. The equal justice just there. The Lynching Memorial, which I was told by an architecture critic, maybe the most important memorial in this country in the decade. Right up there with the Vietnam war memorial to the victims of lynching very sobering in your face, challenging kind of place, then go out to places I don't think are as much on the radar for people as far as Alabama mobile is a surprise mobile I call the little easy, because it's a lot like New Orleans, but it's tiny. It's much easier to navigate in. It's a lot of fun and then down to this beautiful beautiful Gulf. Shore beaches, the white sands, sugar sand beaches that I literally I been in Borussia of all places in the Indian Ocean on the beaches, and I came to the Gulf coast the next month. For some reason, it just worked out in the Gulf coast. Beaches were better than what I had seen in the Indian. Ocean Sept-. Beautiful I will back you up on that end in both a surprise part and the beautiful part. That will give you a good week from north the sound that
Travel to Devon and Cornwall, England
"Welcome to amateur traveler I'm your host Chris Christensen. Let's talk about Devon and Cornwall. I'd like to welcome to the show. Ryan Duffield from Devon who has come to talk to us about the city of Plymouth in southern England and also the surrounding area, including Devon and Cornwall. Ryan welcome to the show. Thank you very much. Thank you for having me Howie. Good well, you know and it's funny because we just talked about the English coast, but we've moved a little further to the West and talk. Talk about a different region of the coast than we did on the show recently when we talked about Suffolk and the the downs. Why should someone go to Plymouth Plymouth? Actually it's a fantastic city. It's a city that goes amazing maritime history and tradition that dates right back to the medieval times, but actress quite often overloaded when people think of cities in England. They think oh of Lunden Bama again. Manchester Liverpool perhaps. I think Plymouth is just as much. Interest is end if those cities, but it's just north of us so much, and I think particular twenty American. Listeners interested is also the city where the pilgrim father set sail on the mayflower. Sixteen twenty associated with the traditional thanksgiving. S Pre interesting point. Is also surrounded by beautiful coastline. It's right on the border of the county's of Devon and Cornwall these are two of the most popular tourist destinations in the UK down in the South West of England, said Scott lost offer. Willing we're looking for dividend cornwall if we go down to the English map and you go far bottom left. That's where we are, and if you go further bottom further left from there, you end up in the ocean. So we're. Right on the south coast of Devon Oklahoma so are literally facing out to the Atlantic okay well and facing out towards the south. Yes, excellent well, what? Are. You GonNa. Recommend Fourth Festival is obviously starting in the city centre, so the city is actually pretty much based around the coast and its large harbours, so I would say starting day Sutton Haba, which is the main harbor in the city and that so where the city spreads out from I'm from around the. You've all sorts of things to say side. You've got things like the mayflower steps. Steps, which is where there's the pilgrim fathers actually set sail from and this museum dedicated to that you've also got what's the Barbican? which is this old coupled street state specs, medieval periods, which is full of these is correct, slim pubs and bars, restaurants shops things like that, and it's one of the few passes cities. The city was actually bombed June. Sacramento War by the Nazis and the. The city was destroyed, and this is one of the well preserved areas of that city out, also recommend site just basically following the coastline of the city's known as Britain's Ocean City for good reason, because it will revolve around that and overlooking the area. What looks like is huge, fool trust, but what actually is actively operating? Royal Marines and Royal Navy base. That's right in the heart of. Of the city and they still have people that you can save people, training and things, and they actually do tours of that interestingly and I'm not sure how many military basis you can know many Abitur tour during the middle of the day. You can't do that well and it seems like one of the reasons they do that, too. Is You mentioned? This is not a new military base. Quite historical, so this is where the ships sailed out to fight the Spanish Armada for absolutely, and the city is very synonymous with Francis Drake. Who is the man who led the defeating of the Spanish the? He was from Plymouth. Things like the main shopping center in the city named optimus could drake circus, and you'll find lots of other places around the city named after him. You also have along. Along the Bob sell them this coupled medieval street. You have the Plymouth Gin distillery, which is actually the oldest gin distillery in the country, and of course you can go in then you can have tools that you can find out how the GIN is made. You can find out the botanic WHO's they use? Jin's at the end of that. So if you're GIN, Fan Pathak place to go we'll. Get into more detail on all these things. So in terms of the BARBICAN. For instance you mentioned the Plymouth Gin distillery. There are different pubs and things. Do you have a favorite pub? Is there someplace that we ought to check out? There is a place I feel bad commending it, but there's a web spins now Weber spins is a national chain across the country. If you live in the UK, you know about web of Spain's. They've actually got really nice bar that down on the Babacan. Babacan, which is right by the Plymouth Gin Distiller Selfish Nickel Jin from that, but they've got huge selection of our genes of a drinks there, but all the buildings there because they're all medieval style buildings that is then become ingrained within the actual itself garnered sovereignty. Highly recommend that this is places down the thyroid record. Think of any off the top of my head. Okay mix over a new kind of places and very traditional old pubs as well which great.
Travel to Bosnia
"Welcome to the amateur traveler I'm your host Chris Christensen? Let's talk about Bosnia. I like to welcome to the show. Canaan Charter, which who is coming from Bosnia and his coming to us from highlander adventures dot, be and has come to talk to us about Bosnia Herzegovina. Canaan welcome to the show. Thank you very much happy to be here excellent and for people who can't find Bosnia and Herzegovina on a map. Where are we talking about? Well. Everyone knows how to find Italy. It's a big shoe ships country. You have a boot-shaped country, so just go to the right side across the Atlantic Sea and we are right there. Well and your neighbor of Croatia. Bosnia you know goes around like little crescent moon. knoll on the West and south, and then these we have Serbia and southeast Montenegro. I to address. You're interested in making sure that people understand that. If they remember news about Bosnia, they may be remembering news from twenty thirty years ago when Bosnia was going through. A, war that's done, and that's been done now for quite a long time there there are people who are out in the working world who don't remember that and it's a wonderful place to go I. Want to say that I was anxious to do this show because we haven't done a show on Bosnia for a long time. And since then I have been to the country and loved it. So why should someone go to Bosnia Herzegovina? Well, there is a lot of reasons depending what you're interested in now. Bosnia is very complex country, but extremely small size of Pennsylvania, but inside. You have so much for the adventure seekers. There are so many adventure opportunities from Whitewater. Rafting canyoning to paragliding hiking is spectacular, and then if you're into history, we say that we have much more history than we can handle. Different Than Empires were here. We like to say where the crossroads or that where the meeting between the East and the West. Culturally very complex country, and also religiously we have Muslims, we have the Orthodox Christians, and we have Catholics with three big groups. Of course there's the Jewish community here which has been here since they were thrown out of Spain after Kista, so for five hundred years, all of these make this crazy, crazy and beautiful mix that very interesting for foreigners to see because inside I will for example and. And in many other cities in Bosnia, you can pined mosque Docs Church Catholic, Church and a synagogue literally in two hundred meter radius, and it's been like that for five hundred years while inside I will because that's how will the city is? And all of a Bosnia and we're very proud of that architecturally very different from anything else you can find in Europe you're GonNa, find this mix of. Of European styles as well as the optimum styles and a lot of course, local Bosnian styles in all of that mixed together will like to say that we are a Bosnian pots. That's one dish that we have. It's cooked in a big pot with a lot of things, mixed sight, and that's Bosnia a lot of things mixed, and it works perfectly. An Indian taste is fantastic why you should. Should visit Bosnian well. Whatever you choose. You're GONNA love it. If you're into history too much of it, you're into nature. It's absolutely stunning. It's fantastic, magic Pennsylvania, and then put inside the Rockies Grand Canyon Inca trail at a lot of other things as well a bit of New Zealand as well. We just like seaside. We have twenty four kilometers of seaside, so that's one thing with them have. And then, of course, for actually learning history or getting certain messages, let's say about life about history. How people live together or how they don't like each other, because while we had a lot of wars, let's especially in the last two hundred years. There's a lot of lessons that you can learn in Boston. Let's say war tourism doctors is now very big part of tourism in in Bosnia so if you want to learn about that, we are definitely to come to see what happens. If you don't defeat fascism, like most of Europe defeated off the Second World War and it actually shows how life can be both good and the bat also if you want to visit a place. which is completely different than rest of the Europe and very relaxed very laid back with fantastic food, most at a lot of reasons I think.
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"Christensen good stuff right there and I had some good stuff not a lot of people are aware that either and that's what today's about the second thing that I would check this out actually saw that the other day okay I have someone come and they're they're planning on getting a certain amount of security and then they had a beautiful pension to go with it okay we'll call him Johnny all right so Johnny comes and he's got his his whole retirement mapped out he says I'm a get fifty Grantham says Kerry I'm all get thirty grand for my pension and I'm living my current lifestyle that I'm living now that I'm retired all doing what I want in retirement I'm not working to make that money I'm retired so he's got this all set out of his mind and I asked was if you run into any type of tax report on this he said well I figure kind of be taxed at my normal tax rate or or a lot less though because I'm not working anymore right right that's actually sat a lot less because I'm not working I solicit those pumps a cinema city because he wasn't aware so securities tax like most people I don't blame them exactly so he's counting on about fifty grand from social security interview of forty five and now less than that thirty five right because of his pension because the search committee to be taxed even markets count as ordinary income so you go some fifty to thirty five some fifty down into the upper thirties wow right from social security tax that's a game changer all right that's a lifestyle change and guess what else is tax but a pensioner I just talked about yeah by the way that's still tax too right right so a lot of people think all not working anymore me tax last well hold on X. not necessarily because you're so scared is taxable if you're allowed to be in your pension taxable in two income sources he's relying upon he was getting a lot less than you planned and budgeted on yeah right I looked I saw the same thing the other day we'll call call of my client Lucy all right we'll say Lucy Evan username a long time so so Lucy they're doing the same thing they had about fifty as well and what they found out was dead so security ministration iris is going to take about fourteen thousand dollars of you a year just from their social security and it let's say Lucy lived thirty years in retirement do you know how much money Sam total they're going to take the next thirty years let's just call out a lot all right it was well over three hundred thousand dollars of their social security money they were gonna take in the form of taxation three hundred grand people don't think of it like that now as they do not now that's three hundred grand gets taken from a search here too so that means that's three hundred thousand dollars that you gotta take from where from somewhere else your own pocket drone pilots to make up the difference right tonight depend on those other funds that you didn't plan on dipping and well what can you do that let let's say Lucy okay listens to looking at that three hundred thousand dollar number is going to be taken from a social security reform attacks Asian she's like Hey Chris stamp what can I do I want that money back I want that three underground because I know I could do some with long spend about or than the government can can she do well first thing you gotta do Chris you gotta see where the problem actually is right what is causing your search committee to be tax right and then you're going to analyze it like you just said and see how much you're going to pay in taxes which then allows the report to go through and see what to do about it what sections you might qualify for to reduce the taxes on your social care to so Lucy can reduce the taxation on her social security and actually keep that money for herself absolutely there's tons of potential to actually reduce taxes on social media people are taking advantage of because not bother to log your rides him or the or more important maybe they don't know where to look your rise him because that's what I did for the city I actually almost eliminated all of it for her and she was able to keep almost all of that social security number to keep that three hundred grand for herself the way you do that is with the social security tax report same thing I did for her here's here's what we're gonna do if you want your own social security tax support all you gotta do is be won the next nine callers gotta cut got to have a a cut off their next nine callers get your pen and pad I'll take down this number this is complementary for you but for the next nine only going to get your very own source tree tax report and show you how to reduce the social security.
South Dakota National Parks
"Welcome the amateur traveler. I'm your host Chris Christensen. Let's talk about South Dakota. I'd like to welcome back to the show Gary Art from everything. Dash EVERYWHERE DOT com. Who's come to talk to us? Surprise surprise about national parks. This time about the National Parks of South Dakota Gary. Welcome back to the show. It has been so long. Yeah and we never get to talk so it's always a pleasure. It has been a very short period of time since I talked to carry but we have talked about doing this show since we ran into each other. Probably at Mount Rushmore last October September September. I think yeah. Maybe it's October. But yeah we're going to t backs and and this was totally unplanned. You just happen to be a remote rushmore exact same time. It's one of those odd coincidences that happen. And it doesn't happen to meet all that often but there are some national parks in South Dakota. That are not Mount Rushmore. So where are we going if we go to the National Parks of South Dakota? They're six national park. Service sites in South Dakota and five of them are in the West located in or near the Black Hills. And then there's one all by its lonesome in the east so we might as well talk about that one. I and that is the Missouri River National Recreation area. It lies on the Missouri River as you might guess given the name it is in the charming little town of yanked him. South Dakota believe it or not. I was actually rather curious to visit yanked and because I had read a list several years ago that had the cheapest place to live in America was yanked in South Dakota so it was kind of curious to see I was kind of curious. What kind of community is this? And it's very nice and it's not rundown or anything now it's cheap. It just happens to be in the middle of nowhere and that's why the site is right on the border with Missouri arm starting Nebraska and it's fifty nine mile stretch of the Missouri River. Very nice some very large bluffs that are overlooking the river and a national recreation area. So it's not a park if you go to the visitor center and look to get your National Park Stamp. It is not a visitor center per se. It is the office. So that's where the maintenance vehicles and the office staff and they're all there and in that building there's a very small lobby and they just sort of stick the stamp out there for people that want it but unlike pretty much every other national parks that you go to. There's no movie there's no displays none of that. It's very straightforward. It's just something that you can visit. There's a bridge which goes from South Dakota to Nebraska that crosses the river and that's probably some of the best views you're going to get of the river if you WANNA take some photos. There's a place you can pull out just before the bridge. You can't really stop on the bridge nor can you really walk across the bridge. So that's kind of difficult so you just have to keep those things in mind. It's far enough east for. I think you could easily do day-trip if you happen to be in Sioux falls or if you're driving across the state I mean if you wanted to dip down interstate ninety s the interstate. The kind of runs across South Dakota East West. You could do that if you're a serious national parks. Yeah other than that. There's not a lot there. Well I should say for the listeners. The show who are either not from the US or possibly geographically challenged the Missouri River may not stick out in your mind but Missouri River is the longest river in North America. If you include the merchant into the Mississippi River in Saint Louis even if you don't include the Mississippi part I believe North think it's the Missouri Mississippi Slash Missouri. So if you took if you went from New Orleans and then just kind of banked left at Saint Louis rather than right that would take you further. 'cause THE MISSISSIPPI goes up into northern Minnesota whereas the Missouri goes much further will the I? I'm looking it up in the Missouri River just until it gets to the mouth Where it enters into the Mississippi is well for our European listers who I was mentioning this forest. Thirty seven hundred thirty seven sixty seven kilometers or two thousand three hundred forty one miles. So there's really quite an amazing amount of the length of this river not to mention the fact that it empties into the Mississippi River. The river at this point and yanked is pretty good sized. It's not a rapid river. Anything like that. It's far too big for it if anything else. It kind of gives you an appreciation for the river. Think if you go up to North Dakota there are some sites that are close to the as well and you with Lewis and Clark and these the Missouri kind of as their highway to get to the West speaking of the river. I in South Dakota many times live in Minnesota and I think South Dakota is kind of. There's two half's to the state the east and the West in the dividing line is the Missouri River it kind of goes along Nebraska and then it hooks up in when you're on interstate ninety that goes East West when you cross the river. The geography changes pretty dramatically so on the eastern side of the river. It's really flat. Is Your stereotypical great plains. Corn for miles. Once you cross it then you start to see hills instantly like instantly instantly. And that's a function of the river the meandering of the river in the flood plain and everything has basically scour out everything to the east of it and literally. When you cross the bridge you start to see some hills and that's not the black hills yet but it's kind of building up to that. I think you're still well over one hundred miles away at that point and all of the rest of the parks are in this. Western part of the state in the western part of the state is by far the most interesting. It gets the most tourists. You've heard of pretty much anything. In South Dakota it is to the west of the Missouri River in that Black Hills area. So we're talking deadwood Mount Rushmore while drug everything except the Mitchell Corn Palace.
Walking the South Downs Way in England
"Welcome amateur traveler. I'm your host Chris Christensen. Let's talk about the south downs way. I'd like to welcome to the show. Aaron Miller from the Armchair Explorer podcast at Armchair Dash Explorer Dot Com. Who's come to talk to us about hiking? The south downs way in England Aaron. Welcome to the show. Thank you so much Chris. Pleasure to be here well Erin. Why are we talking about the south downs way? And can you put it on a map? I first of all I come from this area so I'm passionate about it. The South downs way is I think. One of the most beautiful but lesser-known hikes in England in the south of England. It's a hundred mile pot that stretches from east which is south of London right on the coast and it goes a hundred miles west to winchester and it's a beautiful route because it follows the spine of the south downs. The entire way on the south downs being a series of hills mountains hills. We're talking the south. Downs is beautiful gentle rolling hills that stretch of this way and into central English landscape. When you picture that quintessential Englishness that gentle rolling hills in arable farmland and old pubs little tiny villages and sheep and cows. Because you're on the spine of these down. This incredible view to one side to the south of you is the English Channel Sparkling Blue Sea in and then the other side is this wheeled. Which is this valley. That seems to stretch on forever. And IT'S COOKIE CUTTER. English field far as the I could say. And what makes this really special is? It's the national trail for south downs. National Park which is England's National Park. I think turns ten this year. So it's really a working landscape for like for your listeners. That come from the states or other places. I love the national parks in the states. I'm a huge fan right about them. A lot and most of them are obviously protecting. He's wild spaces. But the town's national park is a little different is actually a UNESCO biosphere reserve which is an award. That's not been given out to that many places and it's to do with the relationship between a land and its people and the sustainable relationship harmonious assistance between the ecosystem and the people that live there and have lived there and work that land for centuries thousands of years in fact. So what you get. Is this real sense of living landscape. It's not a national park which is devoid of people cut off from civilization It's a national park where people have existed for thousands of years the south downs way. In fact it's been walked for at least eight thousand years. Have records of that so when you in this room you really? Following in the footsteps of people that have worked for thousands of years. There's age hill forts. There's Bronze Age burial mounds. There's Roman history so you get a real sense of that as you will through an feel like that history and culture can imbue a place with debt when you're there you get the sense of this living landscape that is very typical of England's and very friendly in welcoming you're passing through these little villages and it's a little off the tortoiseshell because I don't think many international tourists do so when you coming off the trail to stay in these tubs or these different places overnight. You really stay in local One a drop down to this pub called the five bells and the local cricket teams in having their Green Tea and Gossiping About Pu. Bakes the best scones and all that sort of stuff. So it's really you're eavesdropping on this. Little World of the south of England and I think a lot of people when they think giving they think of the south of England to landscape inspired love artists over the years for everyone from Virginia Woolf in the blooms regroup to painters and musicians. So you really feel like you're walking through a landscape that has a lot of depth battle texture to it and there's a lot of great beer too so that was helps o'clock and one thing to know is when you talk about this being a national park in UK the UK Veasley being a smaller country than the US. Where I live doesn't have as many national parks. That only has fifteen so when you say. It's a national park. It's one of just over a dozen national parks in both England. Scotland and Wales altogether. So obviously fifteen are the fifteen best sites that were worthy of being named National Park. So where are we starting? So there's two options I started in Eastbourne which is on the south coast and made my way west from there and I did that for a special reason because when you do it that way there's a really great finish to the hike which I'll I'll keep his as a surprise for example a Lotta people choose to do it the other way round. It's the same elevation same difficulty. I think a lot of people choose to do it the other way round because when you begin winchester you slowly make your way closer and closer to the finish. This really dramatic finish walking towards east born in this place called the seven sisters. Which are these beautiful chalky cliffs that the White Cliffs of Dover the famous cliffs on the South Coast and these be bit as beautiful? I did it the other way and I also did it in a very fun way. I did it as a one hundred mile. Pub CRAWL
Travel to Tbilisi and Eastern Georgia
"The traveler. I'm your host Chris. Christensen let's talk about Georgia. I like to welcome back to the show. Tomo and Mexi from food FUN TRAVEL DOT COM who've come to talk to us about the Republic of Georgia's we're gonNA start with intimacy and head east. Tomo it makes me welcome back to the show. Hey thanks as always glad to be on the shore tomorrow makes me Williams. I didn't say your last name. Yes that's not married since we love to see you thank you. I didn't mention that I think because I not used to referring you'd as the same last name and someone makes me. We're on the show once previously in Philippines wherever the Yucatan Mexico you could join. That's right that's right. The more recent episode we have on the Yucatan merita excellent will. Why are we talking about the Republic of Georgia well? We actually moved to Tbilisi about a year ago. It's our third time living here the second time where here. We got married here a few months after that we decided we actually wanted to live here permanently and now we do so. We used to live in Merida Mexico for a while. That's why we talked to you about that a couple of years ago and now we live Tbilisi so when you say permanently. This is permanently from the context of a travel blogger which means more than a couple of months. I think this is more permanent than decisions. Cassia already almost a year and we've got no intention of leaving at this point. And why should someone else come to the Republic of Georgia? I would say the main draw here is firstly. It's quite undiscovered. It's a little bit out of the way for most travelers but it's beginning a huge amount of press internationally recently especially because of the food and the wine. It is the birthplace of wine according to the most recent archaeological evidence. And but yeah and that's eight thousand years old eight thousand years ago. They found pottery stained with wine from eight thousand years ago so at a definitive evidence that it was actually going on. People were making wine and drinking wine interesting. And what kind of itenerary are you going to recommend for US? So obviously there will be some wine to try but there's also a lot of history here because we're right in the e east-meets-west sort of area. We are nestled between the Caspian Sea and Black Sea with Russia to the north and Turkey to the South West and on Mesnier and Azerbaijan to the south and the east. So there's been a huge influence of all these different coaches for the itinerary. We're GONNA start off in the capital Tiblisi and it is quite a big city with a lot of history so this was founded in the fifth century. Ad. So it has been around for a long time. There's lots of different things to see when you fly in on the first day the flights that come in from the US and via Turkey or quite early. Morning arrivals cold yes. So we'd say the first day that you'RE GONNA be here. It's probably going to be a solid half day of recovering and sleeping and then you have like a half day in the afternoon to go out and see some things and then enjoy the evening and then have a secondary Tiblisi. It's quite a fun city and there's a lot to do here day. Three we'd be heading east towards Kakheti. Which is the primary Wine Region? But of course it's also a very historic region that changed hands between different cultures the Persians Arabs. And of course the Jordan's at the moment firstly we'd be heading to the hill town. Well it's a mountain town of Cigna guy the city of La City of love actually a town. But it's very beautiful nestled on a little hilltop with views down the valley and towards the Caucasus Mountains in the distance the next day staying in the wine region and moving too quickly which is right down in the valley. It's like a very central part of the wine region down there where the river valley runs through where the river runs through the Amazon Valley is the name of the valley and then day five heading north through the valley towards to Lavi which is the capital of Kakheti region. Kakheti actually used to be an independent state for a while as well with separate from Georgia. Now it's integrated with Georgia Day six. We'll be heading back towards Tiblisi through Tiblisi. And then there's a number of important historic sites just north of Tiblisi which include the ancient capital before Tiblisi. Which is called mosquito and also hopeless. Which is an ancient cave town slightly to the west of mosquito and also towards. Gori which was the birthplace of Stalin. And this will wind in that area for people who are real wine lovers. You can have some different wine region. They different groups in different regions. Definitely thinks to explore and then heading back on the seventh day towards Tbilisi so that people can catch they're flying out or if people flying out of Kutaisi. Which is the other main airport then heading from gory towards Kutaisi. Which is about a three hour drive so this couple of flexible options bad us the refinery excellent and we'll go back through that in more detail so before we get into that we should say that although it may be undiscovered it's not undiscovered on amateur travellers to other episodes of the first one at least ten years ago and the second one more recently and so we'll put links to those in the show notes and Tillman makes me have listened to the most recent one of those two so some of the things that are mentioned in there they may skip over. We'll see how that works for time but you started us in Tiblisi. Yeah so let's talk about. Maybe doing a walking tour covers some of the attractions. A few of these mentioned in the previous episode. But it's definitely worth mentioning a few of them again just briefly so that people get a general feel for it. Yes I mean generally in Tiblisi. It's this really vibrant city to visit. You can go out almost any time of day or night. And they'll be people out and about doing stuff in a good wholesome way. There's like restaurants that are our opinion as Baas. The repin sort of dining really is a little bit anytime. A food and wine is exceptionally important. Culturally he'll and as I mentioned earlier. It is surrounded by all of these really strong cultures. But when you actually come to Georgia and come to Tbilisi you'll realize just how unique the culture is here as well so there are definitely influences from those other places but it is very very strongly George into the core. They have their own alphabet one of the unique alphabets of the world. Always done that. Okay so some people say that has some similarity to Amin but when you look at it really doesn't lie. The symbols of very very different says a completely unique alphabet and lots of unique words and the way people pronounce stuff tight is one of the hardest languages to learn. For sure will. In one of the things I've always had trouble with with Georgia in on the amateur travellers site is I take every country and I- lump it into a continent and Georgia. I have placed in Europe. But you look at a map and it looks like I don't know what I'm talking about. Yeah exactly I think Georgia in particular would consider themselves Europe and I think visiting. Here's a country. I also would just architecturally and culturally. I would consider it Europe as well definitely like Eastern Europe. But as you said if you look on a map would probably consider it to be Asia. I sometimes have a hard time putting my time zones in I can never find Tiblisi in a time when I'm changing from different countries. It's because it's always like nestled in Asia. But I think I would definitely say Europe and if we head straight south would get to Armenia Iran and Iraq and so Armenia. I would also be one of those that I would put in Europe culturally but Iran Iraq. I was certainly not Oshawa. John is just to the east and Turkeys just to the West. But it's the usual part of Turkey's eight is one of those as you say regions where cultures meet. Yes and I think at least from that perspective. It's because of the Orthodox religion right the Docs Christianity. I founded in Armenia in the fourth century or late third century century earlier than that. Armenia was the first Christian nation the first nation where Christianity became the main religion so it predates Rome becoming Christian in the three hundreds in Georgia was the second country they took on not too long after that. The estimate is somewhere between three nine three twenty six. Ad Different people have different opinions. And that was when Georgia took on the Orthodox religion poorly Al mentioned a little bit about that when we talk about some of the important attractions that relate to that a bit later on.
Travel to Senegal and The Gambia
"Welcome the image traveler. I'm your host Chris Christensen. Let's talk about West Africa. I like to welcome to the show. Brian Asher from the world hiker DOT COM. Who has come to talk to us about Senegal and the Gambia in West Africa? Brian Welcome to the show. Thank you thank you for having me. I know you were surprised that we had not previously done in episode of Amateur Traveler on this region and as we were talking about before we started recording. We don't get as many pitches but also there aren't as many travelers who tend to go to west Africa East Africa. Southern Africa tend to get a little more tourists in general. Why should someone go to that region before we focus in on Senegal? Gambia I think. West Africa's really vibrance several my friends. Who have been there for years in the Peace Corps? Said it's about the People? It's about the markets it's about the color it's about the way they treat you just the life that's on the streets of West Africa. I think we hear of animals. Safaris maybe eastern Southern Africa West. Africa's is really the beating hearts of the continents with some of the most populous countries in the fascinating region with lots of smaller countries grouped. In that you can visit In the whole region there will. We've chosen to talk about Senegal and the Gambia one. Because you've been there recently and we always try and focus on someplace. That wasn't a ten years ago trip. The you've been to all the countries in Africa. Yes four fifty four nations and Africa hats off to you. Thank you and people may be wondering why we're talking about the two of them. This is one of those very odd places where one country actually completely surrounds. The exactly the Gambia's inside of Senegal. So the Gumby has no other neighbors have Senegal to the North East. The South and the West is the ocean. So it's completely involved excellent. And why should someone go to Senegal Gambia? I think Senegal and the Gambia great introduction to Africa and especially to West Africa. They're safe countries. They're countries that are kind of a soft introduction. They're not quite as hard hitting some the other countries in west Africa. Very safe to visit for me. The the weather was very nice after coming from kind of more tropical and intense heat in the Sahara for example movement way across and the people. The people are very friendly. There's not vowed kind of lively music in the streets that you can listen to all the time and there is a decent number of Europeans between but a large French population. There's quite a few Lebanese. That live there a special indy car in the capital of Senegal. And it's it's very soft welcoming place that would not intimidate so I think most people when they think of Africa that would be a great place to start and by contrast. Then what you're saying is there's some of their neighbors. We're them might be a little more. You think twice about going because of poverty terrorism Civil war or disease. Yeah those those are the only reasons I can think of not to go to some of the areas over the last ten years at least in western Africa and I think the Transportation as well kind of infrastructure with having made my way of public transportation there are a lot of Africa can be extremely slow and the Senegal Gambia. Our little breath of fresh air to be able to get around quite a bit easier than the light of the countries in the region and I'm fascinated to hear about this. I have technically been indycar but really only in the airport. And they didn't let me off the plane so I really knew very little about the area. So what kind of itinerary would you recommend? I think that Senegal be the one that you'd want to spend more time in. The car has quite a bit to see in there quite a few beaches right there. Outside of the city I stayed in a neighborhood called walk. Tom Which is nicely placed next to the African Renaissance Monument which is the largest statue and all of Africa. That kind of looks down on the whole region there and Indycar and you can take a couple of really nice day trip south from the car so if you stayed there for two three or four days I think that would be an ideal amount of time to spend their most people like I went to a place called Goree Island which is very famous for being one of the biggest places that had slaves that were coming out to the Americas and you can learn a lot but the history. They're easy to walk around. There's a ferry that goes every couple hours to get there and place it almost everyone. The cousin Senegal visits during the first couple days sides stay for the car to three days with the city and the surrounding area and then a couple of days up to St Louis which is about four hours for five hours north by bus. Okay and you could spend a day or two. They're known for its famous. Saint Louis Arch known. Not that Saint. Louis Okay the other Saint Louis in Senegal. It takes a good six to eight hours going by bus. You could take a private car if you want. Or if you're on a tour to get down to the Gambia assume that's GONNA take up half or two thirds of a day and then I'd be down in Bonn Jewel and area right below it whether it's nice speeches and a monkey parking things for two to three days so I think you could easily piece together somewhere between eight and ten days which would be kind of a nice length of a visit between Senegal Gambia. Excellent so you started us into car and you mentioned going out to the island whose name I've already forgotten it's gory island heart ee. Eileen with just one of the biggest hubs for the slave trade and they have fairies that go out every couple hours and that's definitely Come a must do if you're in Dakar. I think almost anyone I've talked to has done not visit for half day or two thirds of the day and real easy to walk arounds. Thinks about a kilometre too long. And that's locals there with colorful art kids playing soccer in slave museums. That are there that you can visit as well and so I assume there's a fourth year which is where they keep the slaves locked up. Yes and what else are we going to do the two or three days in the car? How are we gonNA spend that you mentioned the monument and there's a couple of monuments there the country it's about ninety six percent Muslim and so there's several nice mosques to visit as well in the lot of fishermen that go out and I love think West Africa? One of the images of the coastal areas. Are these colorful fishing boats that you can see like dozens of guys sliding off into the water and then sliding back up with their catch from the day and there's a lot of seafood that they bring in so these real colorfully painted. Boats is one of the images that you'll see on the coast there in Indycar and their fishing from the there than rather than from okay and is there a place you would go to see that. There is a mosque called the mosque of the divinity which had a bunch of these colorful boats right next to it and it's right there in the car about five or ten minutes from where I was staying in the neighborhood of calm and I stayed AIRBNB. There's lots of airbnb options there for budget travelers and there's all different ranges of accommodation but there are inexpensive options for those looking for him as well and I stayed with a local man there and enjoyed always like state local people to give you all flavor of what it's like will what I usually find when we're talking about. Travelling in lesser developed areas of Africa is that we're talking about not an inexpensive flight to get in relatively expensive for the distance intra country flights inside of Africa. Compare for instance or a US but then really cheap food and really cheap housing. Is that right? Yeah that's true. And so that's the Pros and cons. I always way between local transport and the flights I think the flights between the Gambian cars forty minutes so in say but I just checked in it's still upwards of one hundred forty to one hundred eighty dollars for a forty minute one slight. It's not too bad for Africa standards. It can be a lot worse a lot worse or west African flights but bus. I WanNa say it was about eighteen dollars that took me there so you just have to pick and choose. What's worth more your your time or your money. Well and that is going to be an individual choice. Yeah another thing. A lot of people like to do is there's a pink lake there several of these in the world. There's one in Mexico unless Jerry I believe and there's one about Sarah outside of Dakar. That is is another kind of one of them. Must do things on the visit. That would take you maybe about a half day and so that is really really pick. Yeah if you look at pictures online. There's one called Rainbow Mountain in Peru or I don't know how much instagram or things put filters on it and this one depending on who's pictured is it's pink. It was quite pink but sometimes the pictures make it. Look even more amazingly think depend on. The season tends to be kind of lighter darker shades of pink. That has the salt miners. That are out there. And kind of local people selling artwork in tourist items. So and so this is Lake Ripa. Yes my GRANDPA Loch rose. I think in French shore the lake what it can go by. I would say gory. Islands and Pink Lake would be to half day trips. That would make sense to have with your day or so exploring around the car so to make it two or three days for the car and it strives. You might say
Travel to Costa Rica
"To the amateur traveler. I'm your host Chris Christensen before we get into this week's episode. I do want to say something about the corona virus epidemic. Which is what's going on as I record this. I also put this in the amateur traveler facebook group but I know that. Not all of your in there. I want you to know what my plan is. So many of you I am sheltering in place and I am not traveling because it's the right thing to do these days but I won't be blogging and podcasting about coveted Nineteen Ama- traveler. I'm not a medical expert. You don't need my opinion. We did do one episode of this week and travel. Because it's news but that's really all I'm going to do about this and I'm really of the opinion that this will get better. I don't know how long but sometime we will get back to work. And things will return to normal and travel will return to normal whatever normal looks like and so. I'm going to be looking ahead. I'm going to be helping you dream of better days. I know for some of you. That's not what you're looking for now. If you unsubscribe because this isn't the right time for you to be thinking about travel no problem. I understand but that's what we're going to be doing here and I just didn't want to catch you by surprise it's not that I'm totally clueless about what's going on that being said. Let's talk about Costa Rica. I'd like to welcome the show. Sam and Jason. From my ten feet dot com who've come talk to us about Costa Rica Salmon and Jason. Welcome to the show. Hello Chris Thank you for having us and Salmon Jason our friends. I think we met in Philippines on a press trip. I WANNA say ten years ago so I don't remember exactly when we met the first time but someone actually pitched me doing Costa Rica but two of the bloggers that I know. Who are the experts on? Costa Rica Are Salmon? Jason and they make a living basically from this and from helping people figure out what to do in Costa Rica's so let's start with the obvious. Why should someone go to Costa Rica? Costa Rica offers a lot of things to do for people who want to experience nature because Costa Rica's known as a very ECO friendly sustainable destination. It's very green country in every sense of that word yes exactly. They protect over twenty five percent of their land actually in so for anyone who wants to experience nature whether they love I watching or hiking or even a beach vacation to see a volcano experienced rainforest particularly has got it all in that sense and when it comes to countries in Central America Latin America is very safe. It's very popular for travelers in the US in now more in Europe and they're very friendly people in they're very welcoming so Costa Rica's even a destination for people who have never been outside traveled internationally because of the excellent. And what kind of are you going to recommend for someone who let's say it's their first time in Costa Rica? I most people they land in San Jose. International Airport in this is because this is the biggest international airport so they have more flights schedules. And then for the first time itinerary something I would really recommend is and then you go to Fortuna I in La. Fortuna is a city what they call northern lowlands and it is home to the. Arina volcano very close to lake are now which is the biggest man-made Lake in Costa Rica and also a lot of rainforest around and so a lot for tonight is known as the adventure capital of Costa. And you can do pretty much all the adventures you could once. They're so whitewater rafting canyoning zip-lining very popular hiking because of the rainforest is nature. There's a lot of wildlife can see a lot of birds monkeys and floss and it's a very good destination for families or for Solo travelers. Because you find everything from ten dollars. Abed a night till eight hundred dollars a night so you have super budget to the super luxury. We'll I in. This is what we did when we were in Costa Rica. The first time you didn't stop us in San Jose to do anything and that is pretty typical for Costa Rican itineraries. Well craze the reason why well Waco streak is. We don't do that well. Actually the government is trying to make the capital Prettier Bad the truth is that the traffic is terrible. Whenever you work the tourism industry you don't one on a generic going through San Jose because traffic jams are getting very bad. I believe that every single city on the world is having this problem so ideas or packages that you find like San Jose jewel probably stay one or two nights and then you might see one or two activities on the whole day and I will say the main reason is the traffic well and I was not surprised that you did not suggest that but I did want to point it out because somebody may be looking at an itinerary that somebody else creates for them and I wanted them to know the difference. Well now that you mentioned that this is actually something that I have noticed. Recently especially with people from Mexico. We got a lot of direct flights from Mexico in a notice that a lot of Mexicans in some sense they liked to stay in San Jose and they do a lot of one day. Trips is a lot of time on the buzz things that I don't actually recommend by opinion is a waste of time. I mean if you WANNA go to a game is not fun to spend four hours in the boss three hours and then go back for our sped. Believe it or not. This is a new thing we saw last year so meant that I was with a lot of people asking in. Actually we work with companies that do one day tours and many people they liked to be in bosses nowadays. I don't know whoever's listening to this podcast if you love to stay in a positive things house in one day trips but we don't recommend you to do that. The only things that I can think of that are close enough that I would do that. As there's a couple of the coffee plantations that I think are close and the river rafting in that area is fairly close to center. Say but I can't think of anything else that I really would want to see in Costa Rica. That San Jose would be where I would base myself. I think it's a lot of people they come to Experienced two major because it doesn't really sell itself it city city life economic in the city. They do have some nice cultural sites. They have a national theatre. They have a few really nice museums. But it's so small. It's not a big city so honestly see the city in a day and you can go to the neighborhood. That has a lot of good restaurants. You can get really good feel for in just one day and you don't need more than that really as if you were in New York City Madrid or not as much to do which I think is part of the reason why a lot of Timorese. Un in San Jose many sleeve. Right away yeah. I don't think I've been in San Jose. Costa Rica twice. So yeah so unless if you are dying like really really keen on experiencing city life you really don't have much time and something to mention Kristie. You mentioned the Quad River. Which is the most popular Whitewater rafting? The we have here in Costa Rica. A lot of people what they do is they take that tour as a way of transportation so for example. If you're planning to go to La Fortuna or you're planning to three Korean site so he's very very very common people book the Touri- Apple say but they ask to be drop off either for tuna or decree inside or they can bring you back to say but that will save you now your dad with many other attractions if you go to well. In this case the EPA quad as is closer Korean site. So from that location you can go through two different locations so the Costa Rican tourism industry. They know that so. What they do is is that it's transferred tour with four or five hours activities. Very bubbler any works very well here. Sure can do. The two are from laugher tuna or the Caribbean works. Both ways so very much like you can take a whole day for instead of traveling traveling in rafting
"christensen" Discussed on WNYC 93.9 FM
"That was a one hit wonder Christensen says was none of the subsequent records even made it to the charts yes everyone does call him when he went to and laughs at him cetera will forte welcome doubles I and I so enjoyed extraordinary thank you very much it's so funny when I'm when I'm listening without a visual component and I believe that they can be conceived of this movie is basically that it is I I play a character that Sir I'm jumping right into this but I play a character who was it who had one huge hit and then I haven't washed up grow old rockstar and I want another hit so I sold my soul to the devil basically and the movies about this woman Maeve Higgins who tries to come after me but but there's always a little suspension of disbelief in watching any kind of movie but when I heard that to believe that that was that was that some of the icing lahmlahlah let them but I guess you know so I was gonna say a song that I didn't think should have been ahead I don't want to be mean to anybody I mean you get the pleasure of it in this realm wearing some truly glorious your character lives in a castle yes you get to wear some castle appropriate garb in the film area and do some nice for some really cool prancing that I read the word but it's great because a lot of lot of the satanic robes and stuff like that but but it was just kind of cold when we were making this and we're in this you know castles in Ireland don't have great heating systems so so it was nice to stay warm and and yeah if it all worked there some multi multi scarf system's going oh yeah I think no it's a real it's a real Steven Tyler meets by Alastair Crowley I guess were there any particular rock stars that you observed in preparing to play this can really do anything like that but the guys my commander who directed and and wrote the movie they they kept talking about Krista Berg and I was like I you know I like lady in red and and kind of feel like he has some other songs that were were popular that's the one he's most known for but he seemed like a very nice guy so I don't know why they kept bringing up you know him as this person to be appointed to assist hate nest I don't think he's as safe as we may be is very religious I don't know but yeah well he's the same did you know that he's not a singer I don't I don't know why I will I am open minded to everything because yet another question that always comes up is do you believe in ghosts and what what the hell do I know I don't know your maybe I don't not believe in ghosts I I think too many people you know make makes it is just stand by this belief that they're not a hundred percent about but then they get real stubborn on it I don't know I don't believe in ghosts because if ghosts were real I don't think I could deal with that really but I'd I really fear freaked out but that's the thing is I I tend to believe that there might be goes some you know in some form or another at the end but they could be but you know they just like the movie shows there in just like a little teeny things it's not not at all it could just be here because over here I can help you with today you know to maybe my favorite joke in the movie is have you ever had a bad dream after eating cheese it's very easy for ghosts it's very easy for ghosts to occupy the live cultures students should have yes there's so much little fun stuff but in fact when they sent me the script they sent along with the script this I think that they have put together like a three minute clip a three minute short that is made to look like an old video taped show it essentially is the very beginning of the movie if you're going to see the movie which is Maeve Higgins father used to you know do this series where he would kind of explain the talents which word you know basically the talents were your abilities to you know interact with ghosts and stuff like that so so in this it's do you know it's explaining how ghosts are everywhere they're in you know you could do anywhere you look you can find them in in about ten seconds and they're talking about the different places you can find them in to your member ID he says how gravel all right and if there's just like a little spare you know one piece rattles skittering along the the drive way and and I was like Justin from that moment I hadn't even read the script yet I'm like I'm gonna do this thing I'm Jesse thorn you're listening to bullseye my guest will forte stars in the new horror comedy extra ordinary I'm you mentioned how hard you worked on your sitcom last man on earth yeah there were three creators of the show of whom you were one two of them almost immediately upon creating the show became the most successful action comedy writer producers in Hollywood after they made the lego movie and you where you became the basically the the soul show runner of the show along with being its star I can't imagine how much work it wise to star in a network television sitcom where if it's working you're making literally almost two dozen episodes a year while also right our supervising the writing of all of this it was so insane it was just it was a crazy my work I never knew what went into doing the show and I came up as a writer and is so so but but it but you know I I got the SNL job before before I was that high up the ranks that you were involved in too much production stuff so so it you know so so I had to do all this stuff it did agreed to be the show runner at first just thinking how well do you know that's my show I'm a control freak I wanted to turn out the way I wanted to it but but had no idea what I was getting myself into and and it was the most amount of it just crazy amount of work because it you know you'd you'd be for a while you're just writing in your trying to bank as much material as you as you can but then production starts and so you have to be you especially for this show I am and I was in everything in the beginning because it was just me and then shawl Kristen Schaal and then there were like three people but you're in everything and and another one is showing members of the show to be clear is that of virus has destroyed the human race yeah initially you believe yourself to be the only survivor eventually find a couple of other survivors yeah but like basically for especially in the beginning the camera is always on you know like there's no there's no B. story where another guy from the office is stuck in the elevator or something so that your off screen for seven of the twenty three minutes of the show yeah just you yeah and then and then even later on when when more people came in and and there were a couple of years there would be scenes that I wasn't in it's still my shows so I got to stay down there and kind of check out what they're doing and then and then once we start editing then it's just then you're trying to write and right you're acting all day trying to find times within that data to rate and then editing on weekends it was I don't know I think I worked it out at some point it was like hundred and twenty hour work weeks for six months or hours to I I forget the exact thing but it was just so mentally and physically draining the best with the best way to describe it was it was the type of the type of workload where I remember new years one year writing until five minutes before the ball dropped on TV just scrambling over to my next door neighbors grabbing a Cup of champagne as it did you know it hit midnight cheers saying slurp down the champagne go back over at twelve ten and then start writing again is that was the kind of stiff is just bonkers I must have gone out of the house besides you know six times to do over the over that first season it it was it was just an insane amount of work more bulls eye after a quick break still to come we haven't talked with will forte about Saturday Night Live he was on that show for eight years we'll talk.
"christensen" Discussed on Biz Talk Radio
"Whom I'm sure I'm sure you're very familiar with Christensen on Walker of the mental health news radio network she is CEO and one of the many many host and she gives her time to us tablets have all better mental health and if you think she's talking about Kristin I love this because it talks about a new report and parents who have to sit down and try to re learn math and other topics to try to help our kids do homework this is a great it is a tip on how to help your kids do better in math specifically we're gonna chat about that and we're also talking about a survey showing many women feel trapped in their relationships due to financial independence Chris about if if what I feel trapped because of financial dependence they may not even it may almost be like a sort of job or not a sort of thing where they may be happier than they are but they have this this false belief that they can't get out and be on their own if they wanted to and it's just it's just a little bit heartbreaking on on each spectrum absolutely we had a wonderful private investigator come on about a year ago and he talked about how he would have many women call in and say I need you to investigate my husband he's doing these awful things and so on and but I'm really afraid to leave and that was the biggest reason was they were afraid to lose that financial security and it wasn't because they were used to being pampered and you know they were used to the high life it was more that they were just afraid that they couldn't do things like eat pay the rent take care of the kids so it's a real intrinsic fear that comes up for women that are you know taking care of by their husbands financially and this is a study of two thousand women married and cohabitating who discovered the the report discovered that two thirds of the respondents whose partners are the primary providers do in fact feel trapped in all seventy percent of those surveyed said they feel society felt societal pressure to be subservient to their husbands and to take the husbands last name again and all these things where they're sort of fighting traditionalism not sure how many of these respondents had kids or not but what are we supposed to take from this well I'd say we need to take for meant that even if you know you're married and you're the homes you know the person that staying at home with the kids you still need to have your own autonomy and you still need to build your own life and you know if you're not staying home taking care of the kids but you make less money than your spouse definitely Kerr about what life would look like if you you know can only rely on your income and make it less scary for you there's something about you know the unknown that scares us but if you just take a little bit of time to see what this is the apartment I can afford this is what I can afford in terms of paying bills and and make a checklist of that it makes it less scary to you know think about doing something like maybe going out on your own especially if you're in maybe an abusive relationship you know we always hear about these sometimes it has to do only hear about charities our organization to come forward and say we can help you so if you need to leave a bad situation if it is something abusive you can come here no questions asked don't worry about whether you have enough money will put you up for a certain amount of time will mentor you I work with the group in southern California that does just that it's it's quite fascinating in this study nearly sixty nine percent of those surveyed admit they would not be able to maintain their current lifestyle without their romantic partner and another seventy percent which they have more power regarding monetary decisions with their partners do these numbers surprise you in this day and age where were decades past women's lives now they don't surprise me at all I mean there's so many things that don't get talked about that are still going on and and when there's still a lot of stigma around reaching out for help you know about why I'm not going to be one of those women so you know there's a lot around education that you know one of those women and all women it's it's not you know something to be ashamed as and there is something to be said for you know carving your out a life for yourself how much is your freedom works and to me it would be worse everything but getting past what society's idea of how you should live that's really tough be interesting to find his for the ages were of these people who are responding Kristin because you do it's just different self talk at different times and live it can be very scary depending on what you've gone through in the past absolutely I think a lot of women are they've been doing it so long where they've counted on someone else to do for them and even if you know that is an abusive relationship you you've lost the muscles the skill building that it takes to do it on your own so some of it is something that you are creating or you're perpetuating yourself and that's why those skill building things that you can do to see how you could live are really vital maybe there are things to talk about with your spouse and working on it all could be good so but got to move on to the next topic Kristin this has to do with our children and math is there anything there might be far fewer far fewer things that pure worst things that a parent and trying to help your children through all that math homework I guess many kids can develop a long lasting sense of low self esteem when it comes to math skills early in their academic careers and a new study finds that positive self talk can boost a child's math grades so what do parents need to now well they need to know that it even if your afraid of your you know math because of your own Hey I ditched those classes and went to the beach which is exactly what I did you need to know that you know you you can do this you can support your children through this and you are not a last stand parent if you don't understand this algebraic equation that they're doing take some of those courses that you know some of those mass schools with them and that's what I did to actually feel better I took a beginner primer course at a math center and that was you know four children and I paid for a course with thirty you know the tutors there so that I wouldn't feel so ignorant about it since I did go surfing instead of focusing on my mask and this is a study of over two hundred children in the Netherlands between the ages of nine to thirteen grades four to six hours interesting you took a class to help your kid I guess there should be a class on Lawrence high school or middle school maybe saying here's what to tell your kids later on I don't know well I think to in in math classes let's talk about mental health in those classes you know let's have a teacher who is a math teacher that's very science focused talk about the science of mental health say you are not stupid if you don't understand this if you don't just automatically get mass that is not a great against you some people's brains work differently and that's OK we'll talk more with Chris is not a Walker.
Thinking of data science initiatives as innovation initiatives
"Hey Katie Hi ben we talk a lot about startups and startup things on this podcast. But there are a whole all set of businesses that need data science that maybe don't work in quite the same way is right for every facebook or Netflix. Search Google or tech I start up. There's lots and lots of lacy companies that have been around for a long time that that have been doing their thing since long before the internet or cloud computing or any of. That was a thing and that are trying to figure out how how to bring data science into their companies and I would bet moreover that a lot of people who listen to this podcast our data scientists who work at companies like that and it is a totally different dynamic than from companies. That are technically. It's you like Nice so this one is for all of you. You are listening to linear digressions. So this episode is fairly heavily inspired by a very famous book. It's like a business book called the innovators dilemma. It was written by Clay Christensen. Who just passed away this week so I was thinking about him a little bit the recording? That is yes. Yeah there's usually a delay of a few weeks so the beginning later but it's a book that is pretty popular with managerial and executive types and so for a lot of people I would bet that like your boss's boss might know this argument from business school or something but a lot of data scientists aren't familiar earlier with it but I think it's very Germane to the task that many data scientists have when they work in these established legacy companies so you're talking about the IBM's of the world I think IBM is a really good example But it's basically any company. Yeah I think any company could be a candidate for this. So here's here's the argument. Here is the question that Clay Christiansen is trying trying to answer in. Innovators still have that at any point. In time you can imagine that it was twenty years ago and you're looking at the market and pick an the industry pick pick a market and say what firm is the market leader in this industry right now and you would see some firm like the sears Roebuck. TUCK INC or Twa You get these big old companies IBM arguably and he's companies were so dominant in their fields. That it seemed like at the time they would never lose that edge and yet you fast forward. Twenty years thirty years forty years with striking regularity. They not only did lose that edge but they in many cases fell. Oh pretty far behind the rest of the market and basically what happens is as technology rolls along and innovates in new stuff comes out. These firms are are disproportionately likely to miss the next technological wave which then means that they get left behind as technology moves on without them right. H Hewlett Packard isn't on that podium anymore cracked yeah. This argument was originally had The computing industry as as is one of the core tenets but it. It's something that repeats itself and this argument is it's not a new argument. No this book was written in Nineteen Ninety-seven if if I'm not mistaken which is ages and ages well. It has withstood the test of time. I was actually listening to another podcast this weekend where the hosts were talking themselves about basically this exact hypothesis about how big companies that kind of miss the next thing and so the thing that in particular particular Clay Christensen was really interested in. What are the dynamics that are happening inside of a market inside of a firm that makes it so difficult for them to catch that next technical technological advance right because these companies aren't stupid they know that technically if you're in a computer company like you know that new computers are going to be coming out every year you know that the technology changes but in particular there's types of innovation technological innovation especially that are very disruptive and that require acquire you to change around the types of customers that you market to the business model or the the structure of your organization to accommodate say faster production schedules or different economies of scale? And so if you're one of these big incumbent firms you have almost by definition gotten very very good very very efficient at executing on whatever it is that the market is demanding of you right now like you are stupor good at giving in your customers. What it is they want and you make a lot of money doing it and so when something new comes along if very often pops up in a smaller side market? It's a distraction to you if you try to go capture this new technology and put it into your roadmap and usually when it first comes out. It's very good. It's not the new thing is usually not as good as the big establish things like. PC's are in terms of just pure computing power. They are not as powerful as mainframe computers. And so if you're a big mainframe computer manufacturer and you're looking at this new technology that's coming up and you're like this is not as good as the thing that I'm selling right now. Like why would I stop doing this. Extremely profitable extremely efficient. Well oiled machine process that I have to go make a bet on this technology that my customers are not asking for and that does not work as well as what I do right now and that's really interesting The the what doesn't work work as well as what I'm doing right now. Even if you think okay what if this was a mature product you may be stuck in a way of thinking of measuring in your product and this new product against metrics. That are not really as relevant to the new product like for example If you measure desktop machines and laptops obviously laptops key selling feature is mobility right and you may just not be prioritizing using that given that you sell desktop computers. And that's never been a thing you even thought about you. Don't evaluate your desktop computer on its portability Lord ability but you do evaluate your desktop computer on. Its speed up credibility number of other things. Yeah it's it's much less expensive. It's easier so much easier to repair You can use the keyboard that you like with it. I don't know so it's it's it seems like it's also a paradigm shift that even if you're willing to make that paradigm shift you're Kinda stuck. Yeah and the reason that we're talking about this on this podcast is i. I think that there is a lot of what we're talking about right now. Like I think data science in many cases is a technological innovation. And so if you are a good executive at a big legacy company you see startups. you see Google Amazon and facebook and if they haven't overtaken you already they're coming up very fast in your rear view mirror and so of course if you're running one of these big incoming in companies you have to figure out you have to confront the innovators dilemma. So it's like how are you going to you know. The data science is this disruptive technology and that if view don't confront that and come up with a strategy to deal with it you're going to be left behind. Somebody's GonNa pass you but at the same time. It's super super hard to turn an aircraft carrier and so if you're a data scientist WHO's working one of these companies. I've talked to so many people who work at these companies in data science teams and they really struggle against the momentum of the institution to just keep doing things the way that they've always been doing it because like we talked about before for there's just so much momentum behind that it's such a it's such a Well oiled machine for cranking out the thing that has always been cranking out and use a data the scientists. You're you're very small you maybe. If you're lucky you have a team and you are tasked with being this this this little germ of technological innovation. That in the long run is how the company is hoping to save itself from sliding into obsolescence as is everything becomes totally data driven. But at the same time you know you might be a team of ten people in a company of ten thousand and that's very very very difficult for you to pull the whole mass of of the organization toward your new way of doing
"christensen" Discussed on Biz Talk Radio
"We don't get to be around all our favorite people around the holidays necessarily this is the reality for so many people and a lot of people something difficult to touch on difficult to talk about but our friend Christensen on a Walker of the mental health news radio network is here to chat about a few things including what do we do how do we handle the toxic people in our lives and are they really toxic do we need to be around them at all Kristin welcome back to America trends hi Amy happy holidays happy holidays to you dear how's it going it's going great I'm I'm loving this holiday season because I have all these great tools to use to make it through unscathed I was just going to say that this is what you study every single day so you know where to go you know we only boundaries in so many instances alive all year round but this is one where they really do come up absolutely every trigger wound everything during the holidays and you add in eating too much maybe drinking too much you know you as stress of extra money being spent I mean this is a this is a perfect storm here that we have during the holidays it is all the usual suspects we've we've already started Halloween and thanksgiving we already put on a few more pounds were a little nervous about seeing anybody maybe we shouldn't be but maybe we are we've got all the money that the people would we feel like we need to spend during Christmas and the holidays whatever you're celebrating and then the rest of time management and and so just and then having to do with the talk to people you try to avoid all year long holy cow Kristin she yeah I think about those work parties where you're like you know IT did ballot at lunch when I have to run into so and so and now I have to go to a work party where my colleague and their toxic wife are going to be there and I can't really did out of that so yeah there's a lot of extra pressure cooker situations that we have to deal with with holiday cheer any products making sure your product alcohol to so some people might be extra annoying because of that little bit of help from us something bubbly out there yeah absolutely and other things but yeah absolutely that's the bubbly definitely makes it so people that death that you know keep quiet mind their own business watch their piecing cues and then they get a little step of you know the eggnog was something extra in it and all the sudden you're like what who was that who's who just said that yeah you know I guess people is there some of us are stronger than others I don't know and sometimes we can be our best classy yourself but then those people around us whether they again co workers or family they know how to push our buttons and there comes a time when you need to put your foot down but how do we do that at Christmas when everyone is around and maybe if if there are certain people in your life that are so bad to be around want to know is it okay to to cut them off altogether is that just being mean and ugly now absolutely it's actually here to think about it like this how mean and ugly do you want to be to yourself yeah to your family to your spouse that maybe at or your your your your girlfriend boyfriend partner whatever that you're at these events with you know that year would sit and smile through some horrific thing that's been said you don't want to cause harm to another person who may be struggling and that's why they're lashing out but there are ways to handle people to where you definitely say here's a boundary this is my line in the sand and you're not crossing it without you know wounding them to where they go home and and then they have more issues because then they have the shame walk the next day for their behavior how do we tell maybe the host or hostess of the party I'm not gonna make it this year do we say I've got it to work I am traveling for this that or the other or do we just straight up say you know aunt Hilda is going to be there she drives me crazy and here's why and I'm just not going to do it this time your aunt Hilda yeah I mean I think that you have to determine what's okay for you if you're going to punish yourself for missing it overhand and Hilda van Gogh but have things in place like you gonna leave in an hour you have a get away car you have the Batmobile on speed dial which is your friend that's going to show up and get you I mean all of those things that you can leave or yes you know I'm I'm not going to go this year I even said to people that have invited many things and I know they love to play games and I don't and I'm talking about you know party games and I don't like playing games it's a hot bed for toxicity so I tell them ahead of time don't include me in the games and don't try to add me on later if you do I will just walk out and it won't be pretty soon just don't include me in the games also talk to the side and whatever but don't you know try to add me on after I'd said no I mean you can set boundaries like that ahead of time so that people realize she's serious you know I don't know if I can think of some games and boy that is playing with fire especially again there's alcohol involved people are feeling especially loosen faster not so good yeah absolutely and people are letting their guard down and you know you can be in a work environment but then you get someone who is extremely competitive when it comes to games and at work you don't play those kinds of games but you get them in a game of charades and all the sudden they're a nightmare so I just don't even I just don't even go there and I ask people our our animals going to be there because guaranteed I'm gonna spend more time talking to the dog and I and many of the people will there be dogs be involved in on site I love that exactly exactly Kristin I I do love also what you said about it sometimes it's what you can live with and there are a lot of things in life we like so I take a or B. both have this the size the other what can you live with you want you don't want to hurt anybody when you're saying I'm bowing out this year it's just the way it is but you were you know you're gonna beat yourself up later maybe you try to go just this one time and then I I don't know it it really is a decision that you have to make yourself and then be okay with and give yourself the great for that absolutely it goes back to the new year you are you'll and you're the one that has to live inside your head in your heart and if you know that you're going to punish yourself later it you know I I like to pull myself out side of myself and say well what I do if this was a friend and then say okay well I'm the friend I'm the best friend I'm gonna have to me so how am I gonna feel later about this particular situation and if I know Mike sailings okay I'm gonna feel really bad about and it now and the guilt that comes with it so I need to just go to this but put time limits then I'm going to do that for myself because in the long run that'll help me sleep better it's not about one week that I went when I didn't want to it's more you know give yourself the same grace you would get a good friend yeah we have to talk to ourselves like we would talk to our best friend absolutely and I like we say it could just be a matter of time limits and this other thing to go to and then you've already established this is how much I'm going to be around for this long talking to Christmas in on a Walker mental health news radio network she's a CEO in one of the podcasters just a bevy of podcasters on so many topics were gonna bring a right back after the break and talk about you know some of these toxic people one thing that's always so popular on your show Christian the issue of narcissistic people people actually have the personality disorder that goes with it and that how to arrange yourself for that sort of thing back with Kristen.
"christensen" Discussed on Quirks and Quarks
"A new plastic that could be broken down to its molecular molecular building blocks and reconstituted to make pristine new material over and over again doctor christensen welcomed the cartoon quirks it takes me about now i mentioned you're latest research comes from existing problems booms with plastic cam which is really a necessary part of her life but before we get into you're solution what you see is the big problems with plastic especially when it comes to recycling i mean there are a number of problems i think it'd be dark cultural problems you know how a society is trained to think of objects in general are both with respect to how it's used in what you do with that object when you're when you're done with it 'em there are major problems with a infrastructure globally billy and by infrastructure i mean you know be the way that you can discarded object of it it's handled appropriately this could be you know your recycling bin at home or you know a container at a at a store that allows you to you know drop drop off your laptop drop off your shoes and then there's what happens in between how do you how do you transport those object a to a facility 'em that hopefully has the right type of equipment to very quickly and very easily take things apart and then sort of a different materials into different streams and then on the back end you have to have the right materials that that make up those product that can ideally be recycled over and over again it's kind of this whole system approaches system problem that the materials are kind of a very small part in but but that's what i focus on now one of the problems with a plastic insolvent i think most people think well plassey just melted down and reform it and make something else turn your shoes into computer monitor something what's the problem without him plastics in general are not just one thing you always have this problem of of mixed materials and even small fraction of a percent of color or additive flame retardant could make be recycled material have a significantly lower value in terms of how you could revisit a to make new products the second biggest issue is that the process we used to recycled plastics and by that i mean grinding up old plastic and melting down and turning it into a new shaped actually chemically degrades the material and for that reason you could only often used a certain percentage and that percentages typically very low of recycled plastic in new product so what are you doing to try to get around this problem and you introduction you you talked about building a new building block to make plastics and that's the perfect way to think about this and.
"christensen" Discussed on Inside of You with Michael Rosenbaum
"Yep, so delightful creatively, very stimulating and rewarding from the experience of being able to make everyone cry. Just like you cried too. So familiar at soft zookeeper. Does she have any get stories from the swim fans set? Man, I have to say, I think I think I saw some more questions on your Twitter that are about swim fan, and I will say that. I was playing like a very you sexually, predatory character that I was not that way in my wife and so working with Jesse, Bradford was awesome because he was full. Every time I'd be like his is working. He's like, no, it's totally working. You're doing great. Literally, I was like, this skirt makes my ass so fat and he's like, no, it looks great. Like he really really was there for me. Oh, and now this is a better story. Is there don't worry. It's fast when we shot the what is probably infamous scene in the swimming pool. I asked the sound department if they would play. Let's get it on right when we started the first take and I was like way more. I thought it was the greatest thing. I thought it was hilarious and everything and Jesse was like, okay, cool. Okay. Take too. You know. No, but I was like, why have to break this up and make it not really awkward and serious zoo? The areas sometimes it is, yes, sir. Or could be really funny. Yeah, having sex with raw, but in the movies, it's always got your various. This has been a real treat for me. You live down the street. You took the time. You're gonna give birth. Any minute to your second daughter? Hopefully not any minute. This is a Roach. What's your? What's your Instagram and Twitter handle? What is it? My Instagram is Erika Christensen Christensen as the incited Ouston some and my Twitter which I should change. But right now as it always has been, it's Erica Jane. See my middle name Jane after my grandmother. Did you ever anybody ever call you? Jane was always Erica EJ. I got a got EJ for a while. He j e c, really mostly. Yeah, this is awesome. Rob. Why are you excited? She came on the show. They're excited what a treat, right. And you know, Dax doesn't let rob talk. He robs doesn't right now, but I do you do very gracious. It's become a nice team, right? Yeah. You don't ask for more of a percentage in the company like, we'll talk later. This could go on. I could hang out, isn't it? Ease. I feel like this is just a just hanging out. Yeah, I hope you'll find it. Interesting because I just day I hope I hope they do too. You're gonna give birth. You're gonna move on. You're going to do big and great things. I hope you'll come back and see me. He's not a yeller in front of your house. Yes, you can come over while I'm in labor and, and you have to be the second didn't see why not thank you for allowing inside of you. Erika Christensen. Erica Jane Christensen is a real treat love you. Thank you for being so open and honest and sincere. I'm dyin educational. I you really were you educated me today you educated rob. He didn't know a lot of these things. Very cool. My pleasure. Yeah. All right. We're having this by..
"christensen" Discussed on Inside of You with Michael Rosenbaum
"My pawn. You're listening to inside of you with Michael Rose by. Bye. Inside of you with Michael Rosenbaum was not recorded in front of a live studio audience. I was a little worried because not every guest comes over to the house pregnant. Oh, I don't know what the worst thing can happen is. Well, I think of, yeah, now I'm ready to pop, but even like it's not like in the movies. Like if you go into labor, you're going to have the baby sitting on a couch right here, like your, I'd be like, oh, I'm in labor. Well, we've got several hours. Let's wrap is up, you know, you'd know, right. Would you just give me a wink or. I'd be like, oh, wow, that's a pretty intense contractual while you're couches what. I with my first pregnancy. My water never broke, so. So I don't. No, because I'm having really strong contraction cramps, like what are contractions like they'll like a muscle cramp. Like when you're working out and you, it's like a Charlie horse almost like it. Just contracts really hard. Yeah. So it's just like it's a physical exertion that you're not doing intentionally, were you nervous? I the baby. Not really because I thought that it would not be productive and you can go down. Yeah, reductive to be nervous. Now, do you can show you, meditate, don't you? I don't, but I really, I myself on like what the body's doing just like this is what your body's trying to do. So instead of being freaked out the whole time, you're like, okay, I'm going with what my body is doing it. It's doing the right thing. It's having the baby for a long time. I thought your name was Erica christianson. I'm sure actually Kristinsson. It's true. I'm sure very many people still think that it is. So first of all, thank you for allowing me to be inside of you today. Erika Christensen always, this is a real treat for me. You walked to my house. You tweeted me back a few minutes ago, and you said I'm walking to your house because we're neighbors. Now this walk is it's not like Jane Lynch lives a couple houses away. Oh, yeah, that that's a feasible plausible walk. For you. You're not that close and you're how many months pregnant? I nine. If we're counting pregnancy is ten, which most people don't, but the doctor does. But yeah, you walked it was a little far. I was a little worry. I was like, holy shit. She's kidding, right? You're nine months pregnant and you're walking. I'm gonna go, I'm gonna say three fourths of a mile. I Phil, that's both ways. That's a little generous. I think it's like a half a mile. Yeah, but here's the reality. There's not a lot of signal up here unless you have sprint. I don't have team. Wait. I have Verizon rather which is terrible in this neighborhood, but what happens if you know all of a sudden the contractions, do you know how we met? I don't remember the exact moment, but I know that we were both working in Vancouver. What were you doing? I think I was doing the perfect score. Perfect score. Yeah, that's right. And you were? Yes. Great cast. Yeah. And we hit it off somehow. I forgot. Where was it? Probably at the Sutton place hotel where everyone. Everyone. It's. Yeah, maybe. And you were clearly like deep into your Vancouver life in smallville shooting smallville up there? Yes. And I remember we'd be we hit it off, but it was just we were friends and I asked you to go with me to a foreigner concert. Is that not what you were going to say? Yeah. Oh, good. What go ahead. No, I was like, yeah, I totally remember. We had a great time. Yes, but you don't remember didn't we go to the Lord of the rings, oh, the premier Lord of the rings revenue lay back in LA. It was with my friend. Tom didn't even went to the Lord of the rings premiere, and I remember it was a great time and afterwards you'll like, hey, I gotta go. My dad's picking me up. Nice. Remember, I don't remember that I Lord of the rings one over that. I remember that. I remember that. 'cause I saw pictures of that and I was like, oh, I didn't look. You look cute. 'cause I don't know. I wear my hair natural girls. It's wrong with natural. Exactly, but it wasn't working for me that day..
"christensen" Discussed on Inside of You with Michael Rosenbaum
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"christensen" Discussed on Inside of You with Michael Rosenbaum
"You're listening to inside of you with Michael Rosenbaum in rob hall's rut. It's not. It's not actually called that. I'm sure maybe if we renegotiate someday, who knows? But I doubt it rob, I love ya. We had a great episode today. We talked to Erika Christensen she walked right up the street here shares down the street, nine month, pregnant months pregnant. Walked up the street. What is she doing? What is she thinking up hill too. We had a blast with it. Let me tell you something. She talks openly freely about Scientology. She educates my dumb ass about it, and we talk a little bit very little about religion, but we talk mostly about life as usual and just all the crazy things that happened in in our lives. Rob Erica is a fascinating person. You might know from traffic parenthood, you've been around the block and she gets personal about a story. You know, with the whole movement, the metoo movement and everything, and she gets a little personal and tells us a story that was, it's just good to hear per perspective on things that happen and what happened to her and. It's important to here. Yeah, she had a very healthy outlook of what happened to. Yeah, and I appreciate that. I think, well, appreciate that inside of you is brought to you by hymns, Michael. You're bald for a long time, right? I played a bald guy on a show called smallville. How does your hair hold up or you? Well, you know what? My hair's been holding up pretty good, but my dad had good hair for a while. And then all of a sudden I started to notice that's going bald. He's looking lead actor from poltergeist. Yeah, you got a receipt. I kind of it's proceeding little bit. You doing anything. You're receiving son of a gun. You got any bald spots popping up. Well, let me just tell you besides me, rob a lot of guys deal with this stuff. They deal with a lot of issues. They got, you know, the hair loss sixty six percent of men what lose their hair by thirty five, which you're right around the corner..
"christensen" Discussed on TechStuff
"Cbs that would later become bbs this was named after ward christensen and randy seuss those were the two who created the software they wrote up a report about their idea and how they did it and a magazine called bite b y t e ran the story more hobbyists began to create similar systems on their home machines now overtime these systems became more sophisticated programmers began to make hosting software that would allow for more complicated features and operations by the mid nineteen eighties typical bbs could host messages including a simple version of email you could log into the host machine you good look for other members who also used that service and you can leave the messages but it was all limited to that host machine you couldn't leave messages for someone on a different bbs because there was no connection at that point between the two so it'd bbs was limited by the host computer and the us were often limited by which beebe s's were within their dialing network so if you wanted to log into a local bbs it wasn't a big deal the do that you can look at the user less and you'd say oh that's my buddy bill i'm gonna leave bill a message and use the hosting service to leave a message for your buddy bell bill when bill logs end can see that he's got a message he sees it as oh sally sent me a message and sends a message back to sally and so on and so forth.
"christensen" Discussed on One Two Review
"Alex did you see this kellyanne okay this week we had a chance to watch two thousand eleven film finders keepers directed by caring christensen and the plight goes as follows it's an x military agents stumbles across from one of the earth's most valuable and hidden secrets and a young boy scout is the only one who knows the truth that's the tagline for the movie first impressions anybody yeah i i enjoyed this film seoul many good actors in this so many good actors you've got reginal gore their arthur torres jessica woolverton meredith gonzales helen would like all these people plane kind of bit parts two parts that i would say are smaller in kind of below them well did come and two thousand eleven so a lot of these stars hadn't really reach their prime at that point but i mean like robert blazing game that guy was huge at the time and he plays just the gas station guy never would know whatever happened him who's crazy yeah i think i just i i you know in it's crazy i didn't see this movie apparently karen christians in the director she she's been around in in hollywood for years and so she's good friends with all of these actors from the the various work she's done so that she was able to like name cohen favors like that at makes it sound like they did it against their will but these people were so happy to play these smaller parts and in an interview with jonathan slack who played i think he was the car dealership guide he.
"christensen" Discussed on Double Toasted
"Came out christensen i can get you you're not showing up on any result so i tried but yeah i remember when powder came out in people going off nantucket may should never work again he kept work in i guess i oh yeah yeah well yeah hearing health film you without your i i i it was an understood people's concern among them both logical reasons utters reasons but also people saying will shows that goes to show you the the the how hollywood is is that you know this whole thing about child rape and people take advantage of people to hollywood and sex scandals going on so much that david let this guy who's an openly known pedophile committed rig movies and in i at the time i kind of felt the same wealth like manuel in oba the correct thing to say to societies like yeah this guy get amana hip put them in jail but at the same time is like all right yet did you serve your time i can agree with you completely in people might not like it but he did his time and as it i know people who say match harmless to should be put to death and i do not agree with that at all i think i did not get some people say okay of course you next people take it that we will reveal with you endorse child pornography are you us us unit you endorse pedophilia i don't i think every case should be handled separately and in some cases people are just shitty people and in some cases people had a mental problem then on us and that's just the way it is i know people actually look enough study pedophilia would certain cases to see.