Create a Custom Google Map with Placemarkers

When traveling, it’s super handy to be able to see a map of just the places you want to visit. This can easily be done with Google Maps. In addition, with Google Maps you can zoom in and out and get directions to each place of interest. Here’s how to create a custom Google Map with your choice of places.

1. Go to and log in
2. Click the hamburger menu icon and then “Your Places”
3. Click the “Maps” tab
3. At the bottom, click “Create Map”
4. In the search bar, enter the name or address of a place then click the search button.
5. Google Maps will place a balloon on the map where the place it along with a description box.
6. In the description box, click “Add to map”

7. Repeat steps 4-6 adding as many locations as you’d like
8. To make it easier to see the location, change the color and details of the base map.

9. To share or embed a map, click the hamburger menu icon and then “Share or embed map”

Losing Weight By Counting Calories

No matter what you eat or how much you exercise, the formula for losing weight is very simple. Burn more calories per day than you consume.

Calorie Calculator

You can calculate how many calories you burn per day based on different types of activities.

To be safe, you can calculate your basal metabolic rate (BMR) which is how many calories you burn doing absolutely nothing and just doing the bare minimum to live (breathe, etc).

For me, my BMR is 1818 calories / day.

Weight loss facts
  • You should not lose more than 2 lbs / week.
  • 1 pound (~0.45 kg) of fat = 3500 calories
  • To achieve a 2 lb weight loss per week, you’d need to lose 1000 calories per day.
Nutrition data

You can find nutrition facts for a wide variety of food at

Example calorie calculation
  • Breakfast:
    • Banana Nut Crunch Cereal: 1 cup – 230 calories
    • 2% Reduced Fat Milk: 1 cup – 130 calories
      • Subtotal = 360 calories
  • Lunch: 
    • Something: 177 calories
  • Dinner:
    • Roasted tomatoes: 4 – 88 calories
    • Roasted creamer potatoes: 1 cup – 180 calories
    • Roasted broccoli: 1 spear – 13 calories
      • Subtotal = 281 calories

Total daily calorie consumption: 818
BMR: 1818
Net daily calorie gain/loss: 818-1818 = -1000 calories (-1/3 lb)

Additional Information

Galayet Bandora with Beef Recipe

  • 2 medium size onions,finely sliced.
  • 4 Tablespoons of olive oil.
  • 1 serrano pepper, diced
  • 300gm beef meat (cubes or minced).
  • 3 cups of chopped tomatoes.
  • 1 green bell pepper, finely sliced.
  • Salt and black pepper to taste.
  1. In a heavy skillet like cast iron add olive oil over medium heat.
  2. Add onions and cook them until soft.
  3. Add meat and stir using a wooden spoon tell it is almostly cooked.
  4. Add tomatoes, serrano pepper, and bell pepper let simmer until the tomato mixture begins to reduce,taste and adjust the seasoning to your liking. cover the skillet, and cook on low heat tell completely cooked.
  5. Serve immediately with warm bread

Strongest Epoxy: JB Weld – Original

Here’s an interesting video comparing the bond strengths of various epoxies. Overall, the JB Weld – Original wins the test. Don’t get JB Weld – KwikWeld or ExtremeHeat as they are weak.

Easily Move Furniture and Carry Heavy or Large Objects

Slide Furniture on Carpet
SuperSliders 4724095N

Place these large 9-1/2″ x 5-3/4″ sliders under your furniture and easily slide your furniture over carpet.

$10 for a pack of 4 sliders on Amazon

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Healthy Yet Tasty Steamed Vegetables Recipe

  • Frozen vegetables (Costco)
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Pre-minced garlic in olive oil
  • Water
  1. Add water to a steamer pot half an inch below the surface of the holed steamer tray
  2. Boil until you see steam
  3. Add vegetables and baste on minced garlic
  4. Sprinkle on salt and pepper to taste

Juicy Baked (Roasted) Chicken

  • chicken breast (Costco)
  • oregano flakes
  • smoked paprika
  • garlic powder
  • extra virgin olive oil
  • salt
  • pepper

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House-Buying Tips

Avoid Lead Paint

Lead-based paint and lead contaminated dust are the most hazardous sources of lead for U.S. children. Lead-based paints were banned for use in housing in 1978. All houses built before 1978 are likely to contain some lead-based paint. However, it is the deterioration of this paint that causes a problem.

If possible, buy a house built after 1978 to avoid lead paint.

Avoid Plaster Walls

Plaster walls were used to finish interior houses up until the 1950s at which time it was replaced with drywall. Plaster walls are like stucco. Since they are hard, cutting and drilling a hole for, say, hanging a picture is difficult.

If possible, buy a house after the 1950s to avoid having to deal with plaster walls.

Avoid Old Wiring Systems

Old homes used knob and tube wiring till around 1920. After that, flexible cables were used till the 1940s. After that, cables were run through metal conduit till around 1965. Around 1965, homes began using modern NM cable commonly called Romex.

If possible, buy a house after 1965 to avoid having to deal with old wiring systems.


Roofs are one of the most expensive parts of a house. Replacing the shingles on a roof can cost around $10,000. Shingle roofs commonly have a lifespan of 25 years.

If possible, find out when the roof was installed to determine whether the roof will need replacing soon or not.



Recessions, Home Prices, Unemployment and Inflation

When an economic recession occurs, one thing that happens for sure is the unemployment rate goes up. You can see a graph of the California unemployment rate since 1967 on the St. Louis Federal Reserve Bank’s website. Below is a copy of that graph until 2019-01-01.

The shaded areas indicate a recession. As you can see, the unemployment rate has jumped up during each recession. Logically, as unemployment goes up, incomes go down since fewer people are working. Following is the graph of median household income in California over the years.

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Understanding SVG ViewBox By Example

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