Aug 262016
 

I still pay for hosting services, email services, dns services, etc.. for a blog that is mostly dead.
the renewal cycle will come in 2 weeks, I think I will either retire this blog or move it to wordpress.com and host it for free under something.wordpress.com… it will have ads but meh who cares.
Don’t want to pay $180+ a year for something that is useless.

 Posted by at 4:08 am
Aug 092016
 

So my next move should be to a city with as much of the following as possible:

1-On the sea
2-Near mountains and Woods (I love hiking and camping)
3-less than 1 million residents
4-Very green city (parcs, green streets, environmentally sound people etc…
5-Fast internet
6-Tech city, easy to find tech related stuff, jobs, parts, etc…
7-Salaries to Cost of living ratio is acceptable.
8-Do not need a car in most cases (but if I want a car [7] would make it possible to do)
9-Good public transport (metro, trains, busses, tram, etc)
10-Biking lanes
11-Summer Temperatures (max:30, average day: 25, average night 18)
12-Spring/Autumn Temperatures (max: 20, average day 15: average night 12)
13-Winter temperatures(min:-5, average day:10, average night 5, perk snows a couple of weeks a year)
14-Religion: the more atheistic the better.
15-Multi cultural city, racism kept to the minimum
16-Languages: Ideally where one of the languages I speak is spoken there ,not necessarily their first language.I would learn their language anyway.I speak Arabic, French, English and Learning German (probably need a couple of years for conversational level) so a lot of languages can be learnt fairly easily from that like spanish, italian, dutch etc..)
17-Within 5 hours flight to Lebanon so I can see my parents often.
18-Good food culture
19-Good coffee culture
20-Educated people, the more university degrees , the more readers, the more science the better…
21-Art is important, museums, exhibitions, live music in small venues (local bands).
22-High Taxes are fine (if the place is not corrupt and we don’t get things in return)
23-Country not involved in any war.

If you have suggestions please tell me the city with the numbers that applies to it.

 Posted by at 6:34 pm
Apr 242015
 

As some of you know (and by “some” I mean 2 readers of my blog , out of 10 that is…) that I haven’t been happy since I moved to Montreal.
I find the city too boring(unless you are into clubbing,getting drunk, being stoned, or watching hockey), uncultured ( unless you consider people smoking weed and singing on the grass a culture…), extremely racist( don’t have to be sarcastic in here, anybody who googled anything about Montreal and Quebec can see them for themselves), shallow (reminds me a lot of Beirut), very corrupt (highest income taxes, but one of the worse in services, roads much worse than Lebanon), and going further in my career in this city will take too much effort for not much in return.
So, I decided to leave, in the next 6 to 8 months.
So the possible destinations are the following:

1-Toronto: the main city of Canada for businesses, everything is there, people are more tolerant, more mixed, career paths are much more available, etc. But with the some of the problems Montreal has.
2-Los Angeles: Clean, big city, lots of potential , but SHALLOW like hell.
3-San Francisco : Chill small city, full of nerds and geeks, high salaries, lots of potential for me, expensive as hell.
4-Edinburgh: My dear lovely city, I would be happy there, I have a social life there, but I know the salaries are pretty low.
5-Somewhere else? : If anybody has a suggestion, and no not Saudi , or Qatar… thank you very much…

In the mean time, I am “unrusting” my skills, I have been in my current job for 2 years and a half the exposure of newer technology in this company is rare (at best), I am guessing I need 2 or 3 months to catch-up, create some mock projects and apply them and cleaning up my CV and start searching…

I can’t wait…