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It's always good to arrive in Salamanca, Spain at least a day ahead - before classes start, that is.
Navigating the Barajas Airport can be as wearing as the flight. It's about 8 hours from NYC, 30 hours… Read full post »
It feels like the joke is on you. Salamanca University has gorgeous -- gothic structures and the historic downtown is likewise as beautiful.
But this is not really a vacation spot nor will you have much time for… Read full post »
Students have many living arrangement choices for studying at Salamanca University.
For a functional bedroom, you can pay rent for an apartment, you can stay with a family (or "house mother") or you can live i… Read full post »
There's no time to react or complain and you'd better be on time.
The professors at Salamanca University mean business, once they memorize everyone's name, which takes all of 3 minutes. Then it's off to the races. Reg… Read full post »
Two of Salamanca's foreign students shared that the most essential item that they left at home was a guitar.
Some others were devastated about a forgotten mobile phone charger. But more were concerned about the lack… Read full post »
Whether you are deep into the historic campus or touring the streets of Salamanca University town, food is plentiful.
Spanish cuisine in the form of tapas is fast food elsewhere -- often pre-made small plate constructions of bread… Read full post »
In hard economic times, people look for enjoyable distractions. A game-like tactic should be deployed through a handheld card chart wheel, or an app for cells and computers. Street promoter volunteers from legislative offices would approach people and ask, "Are you Rich Enough for a Repub… Read full post »
The Oscars have traditionally been an at-home and decidedly insular at-home experience. Next year’s experience will be public.
Whether best actor film, best picture, and other categories (divided onto separate cards), customers can fill out a Oscars Latte Lottery card with pro… Read full post »
The New York Times (NYT) had surveyed its most valuable readers as to the proper pay scale and received favorable responses before reaching a decision to charge online readers through a pay-wall. Some newspapers said that getting just 5 to 10 percent of their readers to pay would constitute a viable… Read full post »
If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. That was the response that Taco Bell offered a a week ago after a class action lawsuit asserted that its beef taco recipe is fillers and only 33% beef (a violation of USDA standards). Parent company, Yum! Brand, fought back by announcing its somewhat… Read full post »
Round these parts, everyone is concerned about corporations coming in and drilling for gas. Up and down the Delaware River all the way to the Catskills, regular people are organizing everywhere. They're holding pancake breakfasts just to get the neighbors informed. They're wondering… Read full post »
What good is the Fifth Estate if the people don’t have the skills to report on stories? How does one know the difference between a real story and a profiteering one?
People are complai… Read full post »
A calamity of mistakes could have been deadlier. So what would you do about dangerous choppers and a sand-filled computer after a little girl drown?
On June 22, 12-year-old Nicole Suri… Read full post »
Just when I thought it was safe to leave Apple iPhone 4 alone, a blog shows that the adaptor catches on fire!
If you think the exchange of 12 Russian spies on US soil was strange, take a look at the PBS Frontline story on 2,000 private companies that span the nation in intelligence operations with no real oversight.
&nb… Read full post »
Let’s face it, most CEO’s are rich. Now a Harvard Study shows that the richer they are, the meaner CEO’s can be.
The abused workers don’t have all the answers, but I queried a few to ask if they thought this was true and why. Here… Read full post »
It’s wait and see for Sprint 4G. There are shortages that the company didn’t anticipate.
Sprint hoped to leap ahead by snagging customers from the compe… Read full post »
The press conference for Steve Jobs and Apple helped. If they are lucky, maybe the lawsuit will go away too.
Jobs is correct in that other competitive smart phones have issues.… Read full post »
Mashable is reporting that US federal agents are questioning an alleged Russian spy in the recently reported spy exchange operation.
Alexey Karetnitov was employed at Microsoft&rsquo… Read full post »
73% of teens online use social networking websites and 62 percent get their news about current events and politics online.
The variety of news acc… Read full post »
On Friday, July 16th, there will be a press conference at 10AM PST to discuss the software glitches plaguing the iPhone 4. Journalists are invited, according to the Washington Post. http://bit.ly/bHN4Z5
The press conference follows numerous consumer complaints, a class action… Read full post »
We’re learning in class about the Slashdot technology blog as the place where the nerds will beat you up with a rating system, especially if you don’t post with your real name. Now there’s a post there that bullies and nerds have similar personality traits.
A few blog posts back, I recommended that Apple maintain a forum for owners of the iPhone 4 to air their gripes. Now Wired reports that there were a few Apple threads, but that Apple has removed all but two. Here’s one to click. The ad for the iPhone 4 is still/… Read full post »
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