The process is the glue, to whatever you do.
Feeling bogged down ? Not enough time to do things. Always running late ? Stressed out because the to-do list never gets started ? Behind in video editing ? Social Media posts never on time ? I am the Marie Condo of process and time-saving engineering.
Major focus. Streamlining. Do what you do in a better way, and you will be rewarded.
Summary: Becoming more of a common theme now is streamlining travel, business, and the way things are done. Seamless travel is the core thread of time, to better your experience, while enhancing your time and money. Our focus is on target to reduce time on your devices, and get you back into the experience. Streamlining is now how I run my multiple businesses, and is the infrastructure which allows me to do more, with less. I apply this strategy from everything from packing and luggage hacks, to putting my entire office on my iPhone 11 Pro. The methodology allows me to quickly and efficiently build structured InstaGram and YouTube posts, while optimizing keywords and ranking. The ultimate reward is higher views, content, and subscribers (all while saving time which gets me back into enjoying travel). This will all come together in multiple posts below, and into a new book I’m working on, which will turn your life around. Forget Artificial Intelligence, use Intelligent Reasoning instead. Your mind is more powerful than the universe. Use it.
Set yourself free. Unleash your productivity, unabashed creativity, and bloom. Develop your own magical process. Sketch your own personal drawing, color it with a sunrise, to make a work of art.
I originally started Cruising Review back in 2001 to help other travelers define and enhance their experience. Even back then it was about the process of the journey, not the destination.
Now streamlining the process is the bullseye. If I can help you along the way, even better.
How I Started: The CruisingReview.com website originally started off as a project to develop a comprehensive travel review blog based on Filemaker database software (databases are the best way to organize huge amounts of data such as photos and reviews) in 2001, but then became a passion. After all, who doesn’t like traveling ? In my travels, I met many inspiring people, who encouraged my passion for inventing, and thus led to my developing alternative energy systems and concepts.
Factual Reviews and Presentations: Cruising Review provides factual reviews. If a guest experience goes wrong, we try to work with the hotel staff to remedy the poor experience. We do this to encourage systematic change (we don’t do it for free stays, points, or any reimbursement). We are very transparent in our reviews, and hope you appreciate that, since your time and money are valuable assets. Most travelers have limited time, and want to spend it enjoying the experience, not dealing with resort issues. I pay with my resort stays with cash, or points (earned through stays or via point credit cards). Either way, I pay for the resort. I don’t solicit free stays at resorts, since that can bias your review.
Why Do I Travel ? I travel, because I love the ocean, the mountains, interaction of meeting new people, and constantly seek a beautiful sunset.
Projects and Work: I have a electric ship design project, where I’m designing and innovating new concepts for sustainable living at sea, based on a solar powered catamaran. See: https://electricship.com I own several small businesses, which provide me the income to travel. As a pilot and an inventor, I also have some revolutionary projects:
Waste Heat to Energy: Recycle waste heat to make power, and make low-grade heat accessible to make power through solar thermal, or even recovering heat from computer server farms. Unfortunately, nobody will fund such projects, so they are mostly dormant.
CO2 to Alcohol: Back in 2004 I invented a process which takes liquid CO2, and made fuel grade ethanol, methanol, and butanol (via a reverse fuel cell). Competing with a oil-based economy, and oil-based greed, is virtually impossible for a small business. The project was code named Ocean Ethanol. Two patents came out of the research and development.
Current: My current business ventures are in technologies that recycle lithium batteries, extracting oil from plant sources, silent drone technology, and plasma wing research. What is the glue for everything ? Process. It defines the outline, and manages the progress. Now I apply streamlining to everything I do. Why ? Because I’m running out of time.
Social Media Content Research and Development: I’m currently working on various methods to streamline social media content deliver (i.e. write once and feed many). I have already developed the TagzGen app (forms captions and hashtags for Instagram, using Filemaker and for iPhone). Developing a Travel app for bloggers, that organizes all information in one handy iPhone app. Developed PDF Q, which is a search engine app that harvests PDF documents relavent to your search subject, then parses out text and images, then reformats that information into a html page with your links and product (similar to AdWords). The html pages are uploaded to a server, where it is accessible for Google search engine spiders. The result is relavent link-backs to your website, or social media feed, and provides higher SEO ranking, views, followers, etc. I strategize on a daily basis on how to improved Social Media ranking and feeds so that I can optimize time for results, and minimize time on the iPhone device (to provide a more in-depth experience when traveling, you can’t be spending all your time posting on your smartphone).
Mentors: I also study the works of Nikola Tesla (inventor and creator of the worlds AC grid system), and Viktor Schauberger (water technology).
All photos and content are copyright of cruisingreview.com, Global Energy, and Pepe.
Pepe.G6: Innovator, inventor, travel reviews, commercial pilot, sailor, expert in Filemaker database development, organizer, and optimization specialist. My motto is never stop exploring, and always keep learning. The journey is the destination. I am focusing on being whole food plant based, and living a alcohol free lifestyle. Self-improvement is a on-going strategy.
Freedom From Popups: You will note that our website is free of advertising, junky social media tags, and annoying pop-ups. You can help support this site by telling the resort or cruise ship company that you saw them reviewed here.
What’s Next: When funding becomes available, I hope to develop and build a eco-electric-ship (catamaran or Proa) which is fully sustainable for tourism, to travel the globe. Based on the book and community Gaviotas: A Village to Reinvent the World, I hope to evangelize solar technologies, and sustainable tourism, with zero environmental impact (actually will enhance the environment) around the world. When ready, the concept of a eco-ship will be showcased at a new website, ElectricShip.com
September 2020 Update: Just got back from international travel to Tahiti, Bora Bora, and Aspen. Wonderful to get out in some international travel. Flights to French Polynesia are only available for Covid-19 tested negative documented travelers, and you will need to do another test after 4 days in the region. Still looking forward to traveling to Europe, but Americans are still banned. On the horizon is the fall and winter flu season, second wave of Covid infections (already happening in Spain and France), and reduced immune systems due to northern hemispheres sunlight (reduced D3). As forest fires ravage the western United States, I am working on a air filter which uses enhanced water vortex (water filter) that is simple to use, and has a filter media that is easy to replace (static enhanced water). This allows zero cost consumables and one of the best filter media available.
July 2020 Update: As the pandemic continues to sweep across the USA (mostly from younger people going to bars and restaurants), most of my travel plans have been scrubbed for the summer, including multiple trips to Switzerland and Europe, who has banned Americans, Russians, and Brazilians. While this is completely understandable, it is very disappointing. In June I had a brief visit to Aspen, Colorado, which was really refreshing, but portrayed the new pandemic travel normal. Masks are required on all flights (makes for a quiet flight since nobody talks) but is a inconvenience and not very comfortable). Masks were also required in public areas in Aspen (indoors any public space including restaurants and bars, as well as in the gondola queues). The actual bar space was closed down, and only tables were available, where you did not have to wear the mask. For a solo traveler, I just found it easier to just order take-out, and eat somewhere else. Most of the COVID-19 surge in the USA is because of non-mask wearers in bars and restaurants. While the hospital admissions is not on par with those infected (because they’re younger and don’t get sick as often as older folk), they become carriers and spread the virus at an alarming rate. I continue to learn French (Fluenz), work on the AirBNB Solar ElectricShip project, and several other interesting innovations, including a magnetic stirrer, and magnetic Maypole carbon fiber weaving system which will be used to make continuous formed carbon fiber hulls for the Solar ElectricShip trimaran hulls. The intrinsic formation of the carbon fiber hulls, also allow the hull to become a energy storage device (i.e. ultra capacitor, or battery). The Maypole weaving system can be used for any rigid parts, including car bodies, aircraft wings and aircraft cabin, etc. As part of the Maypole weaver and hull designing activities, I’ve also started to write a FileMaker Yacht Designer Database, which includes displacement calculations, cabin and structure layouts, and components database reference table. Since travel is not available, focus has been shifted to inventing and boatbuilding strategies.
May 2020 Update: With the worldwide pandemic in full swing, CruisingReview is quickly pivoting to provide you stay-in-place information and resources to help you survive, and flourish while enduring home containment. We are quickly moving forward with our AirBNB Solar ElectricShip project, which includes strategies for in-house fresh water, food production, power production, and pro-tips on living in challenging situations. The goal is self-sufficiency, and lessening our footprint on the planet. The most immediate goal is to provide you with access to fresh drinking water, food, and power. To that end, the Ground Power Unit is coming along nicely. The unit is rapidly integrating into also becoming a YouTube portable studio creator station.
2020 Goals Summary: The emerging common theme now is streamlining travel, business, and the way things are done. Seamless travel is the core thread of time to better your experience, while enhancing your time and money. Our focus (target) is to reduce time on your devices, and get you back into the experience. Streamlining is now how I run my multiple businesses, and is the infrastructure which allows me to do more, with less. I apply this strategy from everything from packing and luggage hacks, to putting my entire office on my iPhone 11 Pro. The methodology allows me to quickly and efficiently build structured InstaGram and YouTube posts, while optimizing SEO keywords and ranking. The ultimate reward is higher views, content, and subscribers (all while saving time which gets me back into enjoying travel). This will all come together in multiple posts below, and into a new book I’m working on, which will turn your life around. Forget Artificial Intelligence, use intelligent reasoning instead. Your mind is more powerful than the universe. Use it.
Air Filter Based on Water Filter Media: As forest fires ravage the western United States, I am working on a vortex water filter that is simple to use and has a filter media that is easy to replace (static enhanced water). This allows zero cost consumables and one of the best filter media available.
Travel Hangers (foldable, collapsable, carbon fiber): Over the past year, I’ve been developing a light-weight, carbon fiber cloths hangar. This stems from the time consumed packing and unpacking cloths, especially when you arrive at a destination when you want to get out and explore. On the most recent trip to Bora Bora, I devised a collapsible carbon fiber hangar that has a very small footprint, and allows you to fold and roll clothes on the hangar, to prevent and reduce wrinkles.
Maypole Carbon Fiber Weaving System: Using solid state magnetic tracking, develop a complex magnetic bobbin weaving system for carbon fiber to make continuous feed hulls for boats (specifically catamaran and trimaran applications).
AeroPonics Kitchen Herb Garden: Develop a low cost DIY kitchen herb garden to grow herbs at point of use (i.e. cooking). Updated on September 12, 2020: After various versions, we have finally figured out the best solution, which allows you to leave plants unattended for up to two weeks. This Mason jar system (any container will work) is self watering and works great after an evolution of three months of testing.
Filemaker Yacht Designer Database: Develop a database using Filemaker to determine hull displacement in freshwater and saltwater. Analyze data to determine applicable boat loads for center of gravity and buoyancy. Develop a simple to use pattern maker to print out cabin and space components to arrange visually by hand on a table to determine yacht spaces and utilization. Develop a database to store the large amount of information, including appliances, materials, components, and all parts needed for construction, fabrication, and assembly. Develop a database for tools needed. Develop a database for operation and maintenance. Develop an algorithm to determine best weight to power generation ration, as well as cost, for large deployment of solar panels. Develop a feedback loop on all materials and construction notes, to be compared to actual operation, to further refine Yacht Designer Database.
Develop a LED to Help Eyesight Improve (20200712): Recent studies confirm that for adults over 40 a red spectrum light can help the functioning of mitochondria, “There was a 14% improvement in the ability to see colors, or cone color contrast sensitivity, for the entire two dozen participants.” I have been using the red light therapy for about three months now, and it works for eyes, small cuts (wounds), achy knees and joints, as well as carpal tunnel.
Start a Health Series: Amla (Gooseberry) superfood.
Start a Cosmetics Company: Use to promote whole plant based body health and appearance, while utilizing botanical knowledge and expertise.
Learn French: I’ve started the course offered by Fluenz ($380). So far it is great. I am spending around 4 hours a day per section. Great methodology. I’ve tried the free courses, which are pretty much useless. I have also bought some Berlitz flashcards.
Develop a Portable Power Unit for homes, RV, and marine applications: Infinity Ground Power Unit
Develop a strategy for the pandemic: This is the first of a how-to series on coping and succeeding through challenging times. It’s never too late to prepare – here is how you start.
PDF and YouTube Review (updated 22 Feb 2020): Streamlining: The Art of Building a YouTube Video
Develop a Device for Content Makers: Content Creator Cockpit
PDF Business Call Log: PDF Form and How-to guide.
PDF and YouTube Review: The Art of Seamless Travel. Experience. Knowledge. Wisdom.
Develop a Solar Panel Selector for Solar Electric Ship AirBNB: Allows solar panel buyers to compare various panels and select criteria prior to purchase.
PDF and YouTube Review of Sky Princess: An example of what works and a great cruise
PDF and YouTube Review of MSC Bellisima: Top Ten Reasons To Avoid This Ship
PDF and YouTube Review: How to Charter a Jet.
PDF and YouTube Review: CoronaVirus SARS-CoV. What to know, before you go.
Web Review: Emirates Airbus A380 business class from JFK to Dubai DXB.
PDF and YouTube Review: Social Media: Write once and feed many.
PDF and YouTube Review: Equation based algorithm formulas to explore YouTube and Web SEO: Integrating fractals, and Mandelbrot set with Fibonacchi Sequence as part of the bifurcation diagram. Period doubling with feedback loop. This is the basis of modeling in nature, chaos theory, dripping faucets, and even random number generators (aka the lottery). Divide the ratio of bifurcation formula = fundamental constant value of nature, 4.669 (think of pi for an example of universality). (Reference YouTube video on equation) (Reference NIH) Formula: x(n+1) = r x(n)[1-x(n)]
PDF Eco Ship Design Series: How to design a cost effective (i.e. low cost) Eco-friendly, all-electric, multihull cruising vessel for AirBNB and atelier workshop, based on a modular hull design. Emphasize solid, positive floatation hulls with all infrastructure above the water (i.e. unsinkable). After reviewing thousands of YouTube videos on vessel rebuilds, I have amassed a huge knowledge base of how-to tips and things to avoid with recycling old vessels (sail and motor). Click here for design flow, pdfs, and more.
PDF and YouTube Review: How to turn a bad resort experience positive.
PDF and YouTube Review: How to Charter a Helicopter.
PDF and YouTube Review: Streamlining. Business is basically a material handling operation. Learn how to command the infrastructure, and rise to the top.
PDF and YouTube Review: The Instagram Algorithm.
PDF and YouTube Review: Instagram Post Captions.
DaVinci Resolve Video Editing Software for Mac: Learn to create and edit YouTube videos.
Build a YouTube Editing Studio: Create a video editing workshop.
Build a Affiliates Link Page: Help support our channel.
Develop Search Engine Spider for PDF: Based on Filemaker Database engine, develop a solution that increases SEO, page ranking, and link-backs, while enhancing YouTube video views and subscribers. Stage one testing Maldives Index and Drone Index
Develop Smartphone App Software: Continue to optimize and develop Tagzgen, the Instagram post maker. Add to user experience by adding YouTube caption maker, Travel Notes, and other enhancements. Travel blogger software to make time more efficient, and accounting with communications on-the-go, via your smartphone app.
Develop Travel Products: Cheese (Moon) bar for travel tripods to hold a smartphone, microphone, lighting, and other ancillaries. Triangle Design.
Develop Travel Products: Carbon fiber clothes hangar that is lightweight and super compact in design, for 1 minute packing and unpacking. Develop a convenient, fast, and efficient way to unpack while keeping clothes wrinkle free.
Develop Travel Products: Cruise ship smartphone communicator, which allows interpersonal communication on cruise ships for texting. The biggest hassle of megaships is locating and communicating with your tribe.
Develop Travel Products: Silent drone technology to reduce or eliminate drone propeller noise for stealthy operation. This may include active or passive noise reduction.
Build a Apple IOS APP: That uses the multiple camera lenses on the iPhone 11 Pro that saves both a portrait (InstaGram) and landscape (YouTube) mode photo or video. This ensures that the correct format is available for posting to social media. It’s easier to subtract images off your phone, than add (impossible after the image is taken). Video editing software to correct images does a poor job on preserving the experience.
Social Media Links:
Favorite Software and Books:
These are products and services we use on a daily basis, for both small business and travel. They have been tested over the years, and are a valuable asset to deploy while traveling.
Go to Amazon via these links to help support this channel. These are products we actually use to film and produce these videos.
Top 10 List
1. MacBookPro 16. 16 inch, 16GB RAM, 1TB Storage Intel Core i9. Add RAM later at Apple store if needed. https://amzn.to/2SIStYT
A. Olympus Tough TG-6 4K Underwater Camera Red (use for landscape mode videos): https://amzn.to/2HHTiee
B. GoPro Hero8 Black. Bundle. Ready to rock and roll. (Amazon’s Choice) https://amzn.to/2SK0Gfr
3. Drone Aerial Photography: DJI Mavic Air Drone:
A. Mavic Air Drone only: https://amzn.to/3bPRQEy
B. Mavic Air Drone with backpack and starter kit: https://amzn.to/2v0GNI5
C. Mavic Air Drone with B and VR Goggles: https://amzn.to/2PdoVAK
D. DJI Mavic Mini Drone Only: https://amzn.to/2SKd6En
4. Lithium Batteries Blackube (rechargeable micro USB package of 4 – quick charge – 1000 cycles):
AA 1500mAh: https://amzn.to/2VbsF9x
AAA 600mAh: https://amzn.to/3bTMGY7
5. USB Stick Storage (on the go) for iPhone and MacBookPro.
A. USB 3.1 C Flash Drive Storage Stick (for your MacBookPro or USB 3.1) 128-300 MB (select desired storage): https://amzn.to/2HCygxN
B. 128 GB iPhone USB3.0 Flash Drive Stick (Amazon’s Choice) https://amzn.to/37LtHeY
6. Adaptor Cables for iPhone and MacBookPro.
A. iPhone Lightning to HDMI Adaptor (use your smartTV in your room as your monitor) Digital AV Adaptor: https://amzn.to/32d6aTl
B. iPhone Lightning Adaptor to SD TF Card Reader and USB (Amazon’s Choice) https://amzn.to/2VbuX8D
C. USB 3.1 C Adaptor for MacBookPro with C to HDMI, SD TF reader, and USB https://amzn.to/2ujglJq
7. Accessories: Tripod and Gimbal for travel.
A. Geekoto: 77 inch very compact. 3.37 lbs. Fast to deploy. https://amzn.to/32cnF5U
B. DJI OSMO Mobile 3 Lightweight and Portable 3-axis Handheld Gimbal Stabilizer Compatible with iPhone & Android Phones. https://amzn.to/2QbsMih
8. Best Read.
A. Extreme Ownership. [make your life organized, optimized, and efficient] Hardback: https://amzn.to/2vLoNBv
B. How Not to Die. [science based nutrition to get you through your day, and life] Hardback: https://amzn.to/32aqKDP
C. Gaviotas – A Village to Reinvent the World. [for inventors, and those who want to change the world] Paperback: https://amzn.to/32dTZFu
9. Video Editing Software.
DaVinci Resolve YouTube Video Editing Software (free version). If you need ultra high quality output, then order $300 version. Non-compensated link: https://www.blackmagicdesign.com/products/davinciresolve/
10. Filemaker Pro 18. Mac/PC. The most useful method to increase your streamlining, efficiency, and organization. This simple database allows you to use off-the-shelf solutions to organize your business and travel. You can also use this program to build IOS apps for iPhone and iPad which you can distribute on your own (Apple Store not needed) with the free FilemakerGO platform. I’ve been using Filemaker since 1991. It runs my business, travel, and new apps. An example of a custom template form I made is here: Call Log. An example of a SEO Spider I made is here: PDF Search.
Filemaker Software: https://amzn.to/2PaU5J3
- BRIGHTINWD UV Light Mini Sanitizer Travel Wand UV Light Without Chemicals for Hotel Household Wardrobe Toilet Car Pet Area: https://amzn.to/39p6AbO
- Germ Guardian True HEPA Filter Air Purifier for Home, Office, Bedrooms, Filters Allergies, Pollen, Smoke, Dust, Pet Dander, UV-C Sanitizer Eliminates Germs, Mold, Odors, Quiet 22 inch 3-in-1 AC4825: https://amzn.to/39mz7yK
- Germ Guardian Pluggable Air Purifier and Sanitizer, Eliminates Germs and Mold with UV-C Light, Deodorizer for Odor from Pets, Cooking, Laundry, Diapers, Room Air Freshener for Small Rooms, GG1100W: https://amzn.to/3aszXKu
- Nature Made Vitamin D3 1000 IU (25 mcg) Softgels: https://amzn.to/2TtC4bv
- Pine Oil (antiseptic). Organic Pine Essential Oil (100% Pure – USDA Certified Organic) Best Therapeutic Grade Essential Oil – 10ml: https://amzn.to/2PTPefx
Search Information (SEO Spider made on Filemaker):
Drone PDF Information Index: http://8qdots.com/search/drone/index.htm
Maldives PDF Information Index: http://www.8qdots.com/search/maldives/index.htm
Travel Blogger Software: https://cruisingreview.com/travel-blogger-software/
AirBNB Search: https://www.airbnb.com/c/gregg4298?currency=USD
Learn how to become a digital nomad: https://courses.growingupwithoutborders.com/?affcode=460657_rzg0ctut
Other Amazon Products Reviewed:
Equipment For Electric Ship:
Tactical Flashlight: 5 Pack Mini Flashlights LED Flashlight 300lm Adjustable Focus Zoomable Light (Black) https://amzn.to/2TjhFEs
Paris Perfume: Guerlain Mon Guerlain for Women 1.0 Oz Eau De Parfum Spray, 1.0 Oz: https://amzn.to/38TYiZc
Guerlain Mon Eau De Toilette Spray for Women, 3.4 Oz by Guerlain: https://amzn.to/39WNGZH
Sampler 3 Guerlain Mon Eau de parfum Spray Sample Women Vial 0.02 oz/0.7 ml: https://amzn.to/38SAOnr
AirBNB Supplies for ElectricShip Provisioning and Preppers
Food: Nishiki Medium Grain Rice, 80 Ounce: https://amzn.to/2VeU9v1
ElectricShip Parts [Solar and Renewable Energy Components]
- Richsolar 100 Watt Polycrystalline 100W 12V Solar Panel High Efficiency Poly Module RV Marine Boat Off Grid (1pc) : https://amzn.to/2TGrsVl
- Renogy 4Pcs 270 Watt 24 Volt Solar Panel 1080W for Off-Grid On-Grid Large Solar System, Residential Commercial House Cabin Sheds Rooftop, Multi-Panel Solar Arrays [31.40Vmp/8.6A/15A fuse/38.60Voc/43lbs/ 65x40x2 in size nominal]: https://amzn.to/32ZRhUM
- Renogy 100 Watt 12 Volt Monocrystalline Solar Panel: https://amzn.to/3cSlWHW
- Renogy Solar Panel 160 Watt 12 Volt Monocrystalline, 160W Mono: https://amzn.to/38K9nLI
- BougeRV 170 Watts Solar Panel, 12 Volts Monocrystalline Solar Cell Charger High Efficiency Module: https://amzn.to/2vdtlka
- Richsolar 170 Watt 12 Volt Moncrystalline Solar Panel High Efficiency Mono Module: https://amzn.to/2TJGqLm
- Richsolar 160 Watt 12V Solar Panel High Efficiency Polycrystalline Module: https://amzn.to/2xAGlkP
YouTube Cruising Review Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC7gOvLwcxt8MtYt3ExzAZJQ
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