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Bruce D'Arcus
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Am in Peru leading a study abroad trip with students. While based in Lima, we took a five day excursion into the highlands, and then the upper Amazon basin.

Last stop was Oxopampa, which is a beautiful place with strong German influences.

As we left to go back to Lima, we encountered a fairly large landslide on the road. There was no evidence of any kind of state intervention. Police were there, but they did nothing, and there was no earth-moving equipment to clear the road.

Instead, local men used shovels and hands, and worked with some trucks to pull the larger boulders aside. The amount of work this required was astonishing!

I was convinced it would take many hours, and that we might have needed to return to Oxopampa. But a local man assured me they would be quick. And they were!

Was in some ways inspiring, and the men got huge cheers, and probably big tips, for their work.

Anyway; we were there watching this for about two hours before this spontaneous self-organizing effort succeeded in clearing the way.

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This is exactly right: economic development in the 21st century is really complicated, and it's a really tough nut to crack politically.

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A couple of years ago, I bought a Thinkpad T440s. After previous very good experience with Thinkpads, I was disappointed in two things: 1) flakey wireless, and 2) a really bad all-software track/touchpad.

The problems were worse on Linux, and so I gave up and loaded instead Windows.

But I generally remained unhappy.

Well, I finally bit the bullet and fixed the problems:

First, I replaced the trackpad with the (much better) one from the newer T450s, and upgraded the SSD. This step was a mild PITA, but I got it done.

Then I replaced the wireless card with an Intel one.

Finally, I installed Linux (Mint).

MUCH better; like a new computer!

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This was a nice play.

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Good tips for using Google Flights.

#travel
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