Cool online presentations with free software

It has been a while since I wrote a tutorial to Share The Wealth, so it’s about time I shared some practical (if basic) knowledge beyond reposting a link. For years I have had a pet project in the backburner: I wanted to create presentations without the need of dedicated software, commercial (like PowerPoint or Keynote), or free (like LibreOffice or OpenOffice). That way I could avoid bringing my computer to a lecture, and not worry about what computer system would be available in the auditorium. »

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A little over 24 hours in Peru

On Sunday I left London to go to Peru for a business trip. I was connecting in Madrid but, due to a 4-hour delay in the departure of the flight, I missed my red-eye connection to Lima. Fortunately, European Union regulations mandate that airlines feed and provide shelter to stranded passengers (subject to some conditions), unlike in the USA, where the same unfortunate circumstance is usually the passengers’ problem. So Iberia gave me a voucher for a dinner, a breakfast, a hotel night in a nearby hotel, two phone calls and the transfer to and from the hotel. »

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Ibiza, day 4

The last day we felt a little sad knowing that we had to leave such a wonderful place. But we decided to make the most of it. First, we made a quick trip to S’Aigua Blanca and Cala Llenya. Then we headed back to Portinatx. Unfortunately, most charter boats only operate May-October, so my plan to sail around the island was thwarted. But, luckily, the very kind owner of a local grocery store in Portinatx told me I could borrow her paddle-board anytime. »

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Ibiza, day 3

April 15 we went to my favorite part of the island, the South West, to visit all the little Calas I used to enjoy as a kid. First Cala Bassa, where I remembered every corner, every water hole, every micro-cave… it’s mostly the same, including the little lizards (“lagartijas”) with the addition of a fancy beach club and some lounge chairs and cabanas. What a joy to be back! Although the air temperature was great, the water temperature was quite cold (around 17º). »

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Ibiza, day 2

April 14 we had an early breakfast and hit the road by car, although the best way to experience the many out of the way little beaches (or “Calas”) in the island is by bicycle or scooter, as you can access some quite secluded coastal gems.First we went to Cala Xuclàr, where the kids climbed like goats all over the First, we went to Cala Xuclàr, where the kids climbed like goats all over the rocks and marveled at the old wooden structures fishermen built to protect their boats. »

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Four days in paradise (Ibiza), day 1

After my daughter’s first concert, April 13-16 we took a little family vacation and went to the Mediterranean island of Ibiza. Ibiza has a very special place in my heart. As a kid, I spent many summers enjoying “my own private little beach” in paradise, before there were any jet-setters, dance clubs, or large yachts on the island. There were only hippies and fishermen. It was heaven. So I decided it was about time to take my American wife and two kids to the island. »

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A meeting in Chile and 5 days in Paraguay

Tuesday, March 28 I took a nice flight from London to Santiago de Chile. Nice not because the constant turbulence, which made it feel like I was flying in a food mixer with wings, but because laying down completely stretched, I slept almost throughout the entire flight. The fact that the cabin crew were unusually nice also helped. After a quick meeting in Santiago de Chile, I took another flight, this time to Asuncion (Paraguay), where I stayed until Sunday, April 2nd. »

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Hong Kong Day 2

After having breakfast on the deck, with views of the impressive cloud-brushing Hong Kong skyline, we disembarked one last time from our cruise ship, and took a taxi to the Airport Express Kowloon train station to check-in (including luggage) for our midnight flight, and leave carry-ons in storage. A very organized and civilized way to travel. Then we took a taxi to the ferry terminal, and the Star Ferry to cross to the other side (Hong Kong Island) so we could take buses to visit different areas of Hong Kong: »

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Hong Kong Day 1

March 19 marked the last port of call in our trip. We arrived at 16:00h, but had to wait until 17:00h to disembark because immigration authorities required ALL passengers to go through a face-to-face check, and a couple was missing (they found them an hour later). We were docked at Harbour City Ocean Terminal in Kowloon, so as soon as we disembarked, we walked through the massive shopping mall, and then onto the streets of Hong Kong in Kowloon side. »

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Sanya

Saturday, March 18 the cruise was nearing its end as we sailed into China. Before disembarking, we took a galley tour. It’s always fascinating to see what an extremely efficient machine a large cruise ship’s galley has to be in order to prepare and serve (on time and at the right temperature) thousands of dishes each day. Upon disembarkation, a driver was sent to pick us up and take us to our destination, driving through Sanya: »

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