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I like putting my thoughts and ideas down on paper. Why not share them with the rest of the world?

2015/1/17

Something for the literary corner…

Unsuccessful Attempts at Brain Silence

Hoy fluye la tinta como aguacero de Mayo

Con rabia e intención

Hoy fluye con propósitos directos

Sin rebuscar metáforas

¿Para qué?

El sentimiento no tiene por que taparse

Por qué esconderse

¿Para qué?

Que fluya

Que haga ruido

Que se sienta

Que lo detecten mis sensores

Y me hagan reír, llorar, sufrir… vivir

Porque de eso se trata.

© 2015 Maricel Jiménez Peña. Derechos reservados.

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Best Caribbean Island for Doing Business

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What’s the best island in the Caribbean for ease of doing business? Caribbean Journal says, “According to the newest edition of the World Bank’s annual Doing Business report, it’s Puerto Rico — again.” If we compare Puerto Rico to other Latin American countries, Colombia, Mexico and Chile outrank the island, while in terms of global comparisons, Singapore is number one (with New Zealand, China, Denmark, Republic of Korea, and Norway following closely behind). here are excerpts from Caribbean Journal:

Puerto Rico ranked 47th in the world for the ease of doing business, just ahead of Romania and behind Rwanda.

The Doing Business project, which first launched in 2002, provides what it calls “objective measures of business regulations and their enforcement across 189 economies and selected cities at the subnational and regional level.”

The top-ranked CARICOM country for doing business was Jamaica, which showed significant improvement following a number of reforms…

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Paseo Piñones, Scenic Bike Route @ Loíza, Puerto Rico

This bike route is definitely Yarari!

Unsuccessful Attempts at Brain Silence

This is the path that veers away from road 187. This is the path that veers away from road 187.

Piñones is a small treasure of possibilities. From natural seawater pools, surfing spots, chinchorros with traditional fried foods like alcapurrias and bacalaítos, to fishing, fruit frappes and a pretty cool and ecologically diverse bike route. All this, only minutes from San Juan.

From The Baldorioty de Castro Expressway or from Ave. Isla Verde, take road 187 to Piñones. The path starts turning left right after the bridge, but you may park along any part and just start riding. We stopped at a natural fruit frappe shop right after the bridge and headed on towards Soleil Beach Club where there is usually some parking. Yup. We parked, unloaded our bikes and off we went. The path changes from wood to road several times so prep your tushy.

The Atlantic Ocean The Atlantic Ocean

Menacing, yet enticing, the Atlantic Ocean crashes to your left as…

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How to Use a Greca

This sleek design is a more modern version of the traditional Greca which has an octagonal shape (I think it's 8)
This sleek design is a more modern version of the traditional Greca which has an octagonal shape (I think it’s 8)

If you’ve ever traveled to Puerto Rico, maybe you’ve seen one: A strange looking metal contraption with a handle. It’s a Greca. A greca is an old school coffee maker. Frankly, an ingenious invention, the Greca is both travel friendly and eco-friendly. Compact and enduring, the Greca coffee pot works directly on any stove, grill, or open flame.

Yes, I know by looking at it, it’s probably baffling, but trust me, this type of coffee maker simply never fails.

How does it work? Simple:

Greca_2014-03-26_0041. Open the Greca. Twist off the top part. You will end up with 2 chambers and a funnel-like filter like the picture on left.

Greca_2014-03-26_0052. Fill the bottom chamber with water up to the small screw nut at the top (tap is fine… the water will boil).

3. Fill the filter with ground coffee.
Greca_2014-03-26_0023a. For strong Puerto Rican coffee squeeze the coffee flour down into the filter and fill again, squeezing and filling until the filter is filled to the rim.
3b. For milder coffee, don’t squeeze, fill the filter loosely with coffee.
3c. Obviously you may play with coffee intensity by varying the water levels and coffee quantity used.Greca_2014-03-26_003

4. Place the Greca on the stove (high heat).

5. Wait about 10 to 15 minutes, until the top chamber is filled with coffee. (The water in the bottom chamber boils and rises, passing through the coffee in the filter/funnel and up to the top chamber.

6. Serve.

7. Enjoy delicious old school Puerto Rican coffee!
8. Clean the Greca after it cools.

Have a nice day!

Tech Trips @ Puerto Rico

Tourism doesn’t always entail crisp blue beaches with white sands and Piña Coladas. Sometimes you travel to get to know the culture of a place; sometimes it’s business, sometimes traveling happens for medical reasons, and believe it or not, many times traveling happens for educational reasons. In fact, I’m willing to bet it’s actually the second or third reason for travel. Plenty of people visit a particular city just to attend a seminar or special training.

Puerto Rico actually holds a wealth of technological knowledge that goes mostly unnoticed. The Mayagüez Campus of the University of Puerto Rico trains engineers that get recruited by NASA and the likes. The truth is people are distracted by the pretty beauty queens, the declining economy, and all the dancing, but behind all that glam, the nerds are actually making a big difference.

DevTitans is a new initiative that brings together all the programmers, digital designers, and all around tech lovers of Puerto Rico to provide free training to anyone who wishes to learn about web applications, writing code, digital design, programming, and cloud services.

The demand for such services is increasing, so DevTitans is seeking to place Puerto Rico as a Mecca of technological travel, training, and recruitment. Starting today, trainings will take place at the Microsoft Offices in Guaynabo and will be available twice a month. So basically, any time is a good time for a Tech Trip to Puerto Rico. After the seminar… feel free to enjoy those Piña Coladas at the beach. Sounds like two birds with one stone: Knowledge enhancement and tropical fun.  Go DevTitans!