good article on the treamors..

MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) — Thousands of Nicaraguans woke up in the streets Monday after a sleepless night rocked by two strong earthquakes, part of a string of tremors that have kept the Central American country on edge since late last week.

New quake shakes Nicaragua; nation on alert Associated Press New quakes cause panic, no deaths in Nicaragua Associated Press Magnitude 6.6 quake hits southwest Nicaragua: USGS Reuters 6.1-magnitude earthquake shake Nicaragua Associated Press Magnitude 6.4 quake strikes near Managua in Nicaragua -USGS Reuters

What's wrong with NewEgg, Amazon, ...

NewEgg, Amazon and others have made it very easy to buy things on-line. Combined with a freight forwarder such as Aerocastillas or TransExpress in Florida, everything should just work. Should but many times it does not.

After an initial mistake of ordering multiple items where one was sold by Amazon and others where you pay Amazon but come from other suppliers I realized the problem. You end up with two or more shipments going to your freight forwarder. You pay for two packages to be forwarded and two sets of customs charges (that is, fees to broker -- the total tax will be the same).

ZunZuneo's Nicaragua connection

There has been a lot of discussion about the "Cuban Twitter" project of USAID. Alan Gross even cited it as the reason for his (now ended) hunger strike. Unfortunately, most of the news has been in the form of politics. That is, people supporting intervention in Cuba and those against said intervention.

New eathquake alert Sunday night

Nueva alerta de terremoto / New earthquake alert

(English below)

13/04/2014 Domingo / Sunday 8:30 p.m.

El gobierno nicaragüense llamó hoy aquí a extremar precauciones ante la posibilidad de un nuevo sismo que tenga como epicentro una de las fallas de la ciudad de Managua.

Hace unos minutos ocurrió un sismo de 2.8 grados en la escala de Richter a solo ocho kilómetros de profundidad y a dos de Managua.

Esto es una señal preocupante pues puede significar la activación de fallas que van debajo de la ciudad, sobre todo la conocida como falla del Estadio.

Lunar eclipse

Apparently we will getting a front-row seat of the lunar eclipse on Monday night and Tuesday morning. It will be a full eclipse and reach its maximum at about 1:45 a.m. Tuesday morning. I doubt that I will be able to stay up that late.

Construction expert/assessor recommendation


I'm looking at buying a small property in a new residencial near Managua. Construction has only started recently, so there is some risk, but there are also many attractive factors including the pre-construction price.

I'd like to bring in an expert to check out the situation - quality of construction, security of the deal, etc. And potentially some of the other items listed on

Any recommendations?


I have a little less than 9 weeks until I arrive in Nicaragua. My plan is to decompress at Las Peñitas for a few days and end up in Estelí to live. I have a home for the next few months there, thanks to NicaLiving, and will look around for more permanent residence and tienda. { love to play cribbage. Any takers? I also play most card games with the exception of pinochle. Rusty at bridge but won't embarrass my partner. I am enrolled at CENAC for another program from them starting on the 16th. Afternoons and evenings are best.

Charles Slane

(Very) Locally Grown

I just read about what is being called a supply chain revoluiton in the US. It's an interesting idea and it might ever work better in Nicaragua. Strange as this sounds, the concept is to grow food crops on the roof of supermarkets.

Preparing for legal Marijuana

With more and more places where Marijuana is being legalized, it would seem there are going to be some serious opportunities. I am not talking about the let's get high industry but so many other possibilities. It is just that the let's get high side gets so much emphasis -- whether it is pro or anti-legalization.

New quake -- 6.6

Another quake 14km ESE of Nandaime

Felt this one on the side of volcan Poas -- 500 km SSE!!

Time for a family portrait

Time for a family portrait

The fry were around 23 days old for this photo. They're growing and looking more and more like real fish. Mom on the left and father on the right. The gravel is bigger than typical aquarium gravel so doesn't give the scale. Tejas make nice nesting and hiding sites for Convicts.

Earthquake didn't affect my fish or the stand, but two fish in Managua apparently died of panic jumping when their tank water started sloshing, one was a catfish and the other a tetra.

just felt the biggest quake i ever felt..

in my life here in mga..lights were out for about 15 minutes,,and no cell phone service..ether claro of movistar

Stephen Colbert Replaces

David Letterman as The Late Show host. Great choice.

This is the best thing that could have happened to Fox News,, I predict ratings double for both:

"Those Loons and Kool Aid drinkers at The Late Show . . .. .. and that's the memo"

Bill HAS been more restrained lately:

Check out 2:40

This is funny too:


Thanks soooo much key west.. for your help!!

How US border checkpoints should work

The video is fiction. It simply documents how things would work legally. Maybe there needs to be something in between but if you are planning to leave Nicaragua and illegally enter the US, it is what not to expect.

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