Monday, March 26, 2012


After such a long absence the title may be a little misleading, but is not intended to indicate my own retirement. However, those planning retirement at some point in life may want to pay a little closer attention.

My work centers around those who are in retirement, or getting ready for it. As such I have started a blog geared toward informing and teaching about that subject. Whether you are young or old does not matter. Planning this part of your life can never happen to soon.

Make sure you have a plan! I see people all the time who do not really have a plan, and who are spending way more than they should. Make sure your plan is solid and flexible. Your circumstances will change from time to time, and you will need to alter your plan to accomodate.

Oh, and check out The Retirement Specialist.

Sunday, November 13, 2011

More on Rio de Janeiro

In the past I have covered some of the events in Rio de Janeiro in which the government is trying to clean up the shanty towns (favelas in Portuguese). This morning I ran across another article about more recent events, specifically that the first person from the press has died. The scale of this war against the drug gangs is huge, and as the article points out it is surprising this has not happened before.

Certain areas of Rio are dangerous just because of stray bullets. Brazilian press is prohibited from wearing bulletproof vests1.
On Wednesday night authorities landed an early blow, arresting the favela's drug boss, 35-year-old Antonio Bonfim Lopes, as he attempted to flee inside a car boot. Lopes – Rio's most wanted man – was accompanied by two men claiming to be Congolese diplomats.
Life and death in Rio's drug wars at The Guardian
1. Though I think I have seen reporters wearing the vests in coverage from the first incursion which I wrote about.

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Friday, April 8, 2011

Stealing for a Living (And it is okay!)

After coming across this piece earlier today, posting a link to it was not an option. Great read (and pretty short).

You don’t get to pick your family, but you can pick your teachers and you can pick your friends and you can pick the music you listen to and you can pick the books you read and you can pick the movies you see.

[From How To Steal Like An Artist (And 9 Other Things Nobody Told Me) - Austin Kleon]

There is so much more to it, and it is so good. It reminds me of How To Be Creative, which is a little longer yet worth every moment and every ounce of energy that goes into reading.

(Via Shawn Blanc)

Saturday, February 19, 2011

How to Create Footnotes in HTML

I first encountered footnotes at Daring Fireball,1 and have since seen them on Shawn Blanc's site, and a few others. At first it was a novelty I would never need. Then I started really writing.

As a writer, footnotes come in very handy at times. However, as one who is only beginning to learn how the HTML language works it took extensive time, several search engine queries, and a handful of sites to figure out how to make footnotes work. This is meant to enable others to use footnotes in Blogger, Wordpress, or any other blogging system that accepts HTML.

Since there is no way to create footnotes in Blogger's (and most other platforms) "Compose" or "WYSIWIG" editor, the only way to do it is by writing out the HTML code.

The HTML Footnote Code

Many will not care to read how it works, so here is the code I use for footnotes on my site:

Some text with a footnote.<sup><a href="#fn1" id="ref1">1</a></sup>

Some more text with a footnote.<sup><a href="#fn2" id="ref2">2</a></sup>

Some more text with a footnote.<sup><a href="#fn3" id="ref3">3</a></sup>

Some more text with a footnote.<sup><a href="#fn4" id="ref4">4</a></sup>


<sup id="fn1">1. [Text of footnote 1]<a href="#ref1" title="Jump back to footnote 1 in the text.">↩</a></sup>

<sup id="fn2">2. [Text of footnote 2]<a href="#ref2" title="Jump back to footnote 2 in the text.">↩</a></sup>

<sup id="fn3">3. [Text of footnote 3]<a href="#ref3" title="Jump back to footnote 3 in the text.">↩</a></sup>

<sup id="fn4">4. [Text of footnote 4]<a href="#ref4" title="Jump back to footnote 4 in the text.">↩</a></sup>

Looks like this in your browser:

Some text with a footnote.1

Some more text with a footnote.2

Some more text with a footnote.3

Some more text with a footnote.4

1. [Text of footnote 1]
2. [Text of footnote 2]
3. [Text of footnote 3]
4. [Text of footnote 4]

You can bookmark this page, and copy directly from the code above, or copy it and save it in a text file for future reference.

Caution:You can not use this with Blogger's WISYWIG (Compose) editor. You have to use HTML editor. If the editor is switched to WISYWIG (Compose), it will replace the some of the code, and disable the functionality. I am not sure how other editors will handle it.

If you have switched your editor to the "Compose" tab in Blogger, go to the HTML editor and delete the URL that replaced the <a href="#ref4"> or <a href="#fn1">.

How HTML Footnotes Work

For a proper footnote, the number (or letter) should be in superscript. For it to scroll to the bottom, where the note is, it needs to be a link. The note at the bottom should also have a link back to the noted text in the body of the work. Here are the tags used, and their purpose (Remember to close the tags by using "/" in the same tag you open with.):

  • <sup> makes text in superscript.
  • <a href="fn1"> creates a link to wherever you put id="fn1".
  • <a href="#ref1">↩</a> makes a link back to the reference number, in this case, the first footnote. Wherever id="ref1" is, this will create a link to it.

  • title="Jump back to footnote 4 in the text." creates a tip that says the text in the quotes when the user's mouse hovers over the link.

  • <hr></hr> simply creates the line, or horizontal rule, which separates the body of the post from the footnotes.

  • The character ↩ is created by writing the text "& # 8 6 1 7 ;" without the spaces.

My hope is that this is helpful to those looking for a way to make footnotes in HTML. If you try this with success please let me know. If you have problems, I will do my best to help if I can. However, since I am pretty new to this I can not promise I will be able to.

1. Here is John Gruber's post About the Footnotes. Besides, what would a post about creating footnotes in HTML be without actually having at least one footnote to demonstrate?

Monday, February 14, 2011

Rio de Janeiro Crime Update

Back in December, I wrote a series of articles on Rio de Janeiro's police invading the Complexo do Alemão. They have taken that a step further, and arrested around 40 police who were also involved with, or "bought" by the crime syndicates.

Unfortunately, I do not have time to write in detail about these events due to preparations to return to the US. Rio Gringa wrote a great post on the subject, though, and I wanted to point you to it.

Friday, February 11, 2011

Trans-Atlantic Kayak Trip

Ran across a great story this morning:
After 98 days, 23 hours, 42 minutes at sea, Doba and his custom 23-foot-long, 39-inch-wide human-powered kayak landed at Acaraú, a city on Brazil’s northeast coast.
Aleksander Doba pulled off quite a feat. Sure, it has been done before, but over 3000 miles in a kayak in open sea is nothing to scoff at. Oh, and he is 64 years old. Just look at the pictures of him, though, and one would think he is much younger.

He landed not far (relatively speaking) from where I write this. The plan was for more of a straight line of navigation, but due to wind and oceanic currents many miles were added to his trip. He planned on 2050 miles out of a 1950 mile straight line.

Only three other people have done this before, but the others landed on islands in the mid-Atlantic, and none were as old as Doba.