Mapping the Cheapest Cities to Teach Abroad

Cost of Living

From Citylab on The Atlantic, finally I can figure out what it costs to teach abroad

… when wanderers wonder if their salary might stretch further in Barcelona or Milan, why not direct them to the experience of their peers? That’s the premise of Expatistan, a user-generated cost of living index designed by web developer Gerardo Robledillo.

After studying various reports from the United Nations and national governments, he devised a survey featuring several dozen common indicators of the cost of living — the price of a monthly transit pass, a pint of beer, a house cleaner, and so on. (National indicators alone, Robledillo says, were not so useful as source material: "The differences between a capital city and a smaller city are way bigger than different capitals from different countries.")

Since Expatistan launched in January 2010, users have entered more than 600,000 points of price data. Each individual question factors into one of six categories — like Transportation, or Housing — which then produce a final comparative judgment: "Cost of living in London is 8 percent more expensive than in New York City," or "Cost of living in Paris is 132 percent more expensive than in Budapest."

Since no government data goes into these calculations, the figures reflect the biases of the users. …..

100 TED Talks

From LifeHacker: You Can Easily Learn 100 TED Talks Lessons In 5 Minutes Which Most People Need 70 Hours For

The other week the author watched 70 hours of TED talks; short, 18-minute talks given by inspirational leaders in the fields ofTechnology,Entertainment, and Design (TED). They Watched 296 talks in total, and went through the list of what they watched, weeded created a list of the 100 best things they learned !

This article isn’t entirely about productivity, but you’ll learn a thing or two. Here are 100 incredible things they learned watching 70 hours of TED talks last week!

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Traveling For Christmas

I used to travel a lot for Christmas Vacation, here and there, getting to see all the family.  When my children were small I stayed home more at Christmas to create a family memory and a shared bond of togetherness.  And now I am back to traveling again, here and there. released an Infographic summarizing the hustle and bustle of the Christmas Holidays and travels and with some of my family and my own children traveling this year, I took a look at it.


Replace or Repair: Dropped Galaxy SIII

I dropped my Samsung Galaxy SIII another time, easily in the double digit numbers, and broke the glass for the second time.  The question I pondered this morning was: replace it with a Galaxy SIV or repair it by replacing the front panel?  Balancing the need to remain up to date with the fact that the phone has not left me feeling like I am behind even for a day.  Magnifying the concern over not wasting the phone I am also aware that I might like the Note III and I would love to consider the Nexus 5 although it isn’t out.

810zyYQ9Q4L._SL1500_I have chosen to replace the front assembly which will also remove all the nicks and scratches.  I purchase the assembly and finally have chosen a protective case.  I purchased a Samsung Protective Plus Bumper Case for it.  Don’t ask why I didn’t have one from Day 1.  I think it was wanting to get a good price on a good looking protective case.  Now I think I should have my head examined, next time I will buy a case every time I want a new one and remember it is cheaper than the product at all times.

This will be what I am doing this weekend.

Skype Problems

The other day I was having problems with Skype, the individual at the other end was having troubles with Google Hangouts and we finally got FaceTime to work, although they had difficulty finding the app, despite it ringing.

But it isn’t an individual problem, it occurs to all of us, all the time, so much so that Rob Cottingham hit the sweetspot of my thinking with this infographic.  I hope Rob actually puts creating this as a wheel to spin on Kickstarter, I know I would buy one as a desk toy.

Click on the image for all his useful tips including his quick troubleshooting guide to ensuring a crystal-clear Skype call:

  1. Make sure you aren’t using your Internet connection for anything demanding, like downloading large video files or sending a three-line email message.
  2. Don’t run your microwave oven during your call if you’re on WiFi. Maybe you should unplug it. You know what? Give it to someone who lives at least three kilometres away.
  3. Are you wearing anything metal? Take it off. Surgical implants? Dental fillings? A pacemaker? Lose ‘em.
  4. Write up a transcript of your side of the call beforehand, and send it to the other participants. Ask them to do the same. Hey! Now you don’t need to call. So easy!