Author: nyc2nairobi

How to deal with KPLC when you have an issue

KPLC, also known an Kenya Power, is the national Kenyan electric power company. The company owns and operates most of the electricity transmission and distribution system in the country. (The Government has a controlling stake at 50.1% private investors have 49.9%.) When you’re dealing with a power outage, brown out, or other issue, they are absolutely terrible. I have not discovered any ways to make dealing with them any less painful. However, I have found a way to get them to act a bit faster. First, call right away, as soon as you notice the problem. Don’t expect your neighbor to do it. Don’t assume anyone else called it in or that the issue will resolve soon. Call them ASAP. Second, start with your account number. Then you can tell them the issue. Giving them your account number will let them know exactly where the problem is. Third, tell them it’s your whole area. Most likely, it’s not only your house, so it’s not a lie. Also, they won’t do a thing if you tell …

Red Sea Egypt

Last year we did a trip to the Red Sea leaving from Port Sudan. This year we did the Red Sea again, but leaving from Marsa Alam in Egypt. We went again with AquaVentures from Watamu at the Kenyan coast. We did the St. John’s and South area. It was really nice diving. We saw very healthy reefs, an abundance of marine life, and some sharks. There were canyon, really canyons, of coral and tons of swim throughs. At Elphinstone, about 15 meters below me I saw five sharks go by and then, a minute later, another three. I could tell they were sharks, but it was murky and I couldn’t tell what kind. I was told that most likely they were hammerheads, as they are the only schooling sharks in the area. (This was too far away to capture on video.) Unfortunately, my camera housing flooded (not a total loss, the camera is still good) and so my photos and video are limited. I did get to use the GoPro…but I’m not a pro …

Review: Emporer Divers & MY Jessica

In late May we did a dive trip to the Red Sea. Yes, we did this last year. This time, instead of Sudan, we embarked from Egypt. We were meant to my on the MY Elite, run by Emperor Divers. However, that boat had an accident on a reef. So, we were juggled onto the MY Jessica, run by a different dive company. This review is partly for Emperor Divers and partly for the boat and its crew. The boat itself was fine. It wasn’t amazing, but it was nice enough. I liked our room, which had a double bed plus a single, which we used for camera gear. I also liked that the bathroom was good size for a live aboard. The dive deck felt a little tight, but then they always do. The platform for diving off the boat was spacious and had one rinse tank, which was meant to be only for cameras but various masks found their way in there. What I really liked were the little cubbies, each of which …

Facebook and the Expat…

…or at least this expat. After a lot of thinking, even more research, and then some more thinking, I decided to strip down Facebook. My reasons have to do not only with the security breaches, but also the fact that Facebook knew about these breaches, did nothing, and then tried to cover up. These articles very clearly sum up why I feel enough is enough with Facebook. Click through if you would like some detail: Hugo Rifkin’s article: Facebook and friends assume we are fools Yonatan Zunger’s article: Computer science faces an ethics crisis. The Cambridge Analytica scandal proves it. Jonathan Albright’s Medium post: The Graph API: Key Points in the Facebook and Cambridge Analytica Debacle What does stripping down mean? First, I turned off all apps and platforms and really made sure my privacy settings were locked down. Next, I let my friends on Facebook know I what I was doing, why, and how to contact me via other means. Then, I unfriended everyone. I would like to totally leave Facebook, however, I find …