We passed 20k!

We passed 20,000 listens / downloads!
Pasamos 20 mil escuchas / descargas!


Thank you all! – ¡Gracias a todos!

Desde Abril hasta Octubre – Es decir, en solamente seis meses…
From April to October – In other words, in just six months…

Also, thank you #Blubrry #IVOOX #iTunes #WordPress #Stitcher #Spreaker #TuneIn #Twitter #YouTube #Podomatic and all the listeners from #Spain (#España) #California #Delaware #NewYork #Mexico #Colombia #Argentina #Chile #Peru #China #Japan #Germany and #Croatia – you are all in the top 20 charts, and on my mind!

Coridally yours,


Podcaster’s Coach

Podcaster’s Coach

Alexander Laurin interviews me

I was recently interviewed by Alexander Laurin, from Podcaster’s Coach as we were all excited to be working on the International Podcast Day show. Both Alexander and I were speakers at the #InternationalPodcastDay show, which was last September 30th (and every year on September 30th – hint, hint, mark your calendars!) and turned out to be an awesome festival with more than 13 countries and 50 speakers involved.

So, here is the interview Alexander Laurin so cordially invited me to, take a listen.

I want to thank Alexander Laurin, and let you all guys know that I am looking forward to more of this. More interviews, more festival, more fun, and more podcasts!

Thank you all!

Interview at the PodcastersCoach show

Interview at the PodcastersCoach.com Show

I have recently been interviewed by Alexander Laurin (@podcasterscoach on Twitter), in anticipation of the upcoming #InternationalPodcastDay event. Here is the link:


Please join me tomorrow

If you are in China, it’s Saturday 11:00 AM till noon.

If you are in the US, East coast, it’s Friday 11:00 PM till midnight.

If you are in the US, West Coast, and in parts of Mexico, it’s Friday evening, from 8:00 PM till 9:00 PM.

Para los que están en Argentina (y creo que Colombia tambien), mi show es durante la noche entre Viernes y Sábado, a la 1:00 de la mañana.

Para los que están en España y el resto de Europa, mi show es el Sábado, a las 5:00 de la mañana. Ouch! El peor horario… 🙁

Abel A Kay

International Podcast Day

Please, join me for the International Podcast Day event!

I will be one of 30 speakers on Saturday, September 30th, for the International Podcast Day. Please join me on that day!

China: Saturday, September 30, 11:00 – 12:00 AM

USA East Coast: Friday, September 29, 11:00 PM – midnight

USA West Coast: Friday, September 29, 8:00 – 9:00 PM.

Europe: Saturday, September 30, 5:00 in the morning (OUCH!)

Argentina: Friday, September 30, 1:00 – 2:00 AM (that’s Friday after midnight)



Mi Mamá cayó en coma

Queridos amigos!

Tengo noticias tristes. Hace dos días mi mamá, que vive en Croacia, cayó en una coma, debido a un golpe al cerebro.

Ella tiene 78 años, y me dieron noticias del hospital que el resultado es incierto.

Yo vuelo de China a Croacia (vía Frankfurt) mañana, Domingo. My hermano está en camino a Croacia, desde Alemania, mientras escribo estas líneas.

Tengo que posponer la apertura del podcast inglés (The Tale of Rome), hasta que organice todo en Croacia. Y en realidad, no sé qué es lo que tengo que organizar, porque solo Dios sabe cuánto tiempo va a durar todo esto.

Rezo por un milagro, pero me pregunto si milagros aún existen en nuestros tiempos.

Como ya tengo un par de episodios escritos para el podcast “El Cuento de Roma”, estos sí van a salir al aire, mañana y la semana que viene. My mamá no hubiese querido que parara de escribir.

Ella vivió conmigo tres años en los EEUU, un año en China, 16 años en Argentina, más de 25 años en Alemania, y el resto… bueno, en Croacia.

Desde que mi papá falleció, que fue en el año 1990, mi mamá solo comió pan y agua.

Así es, por 27 años, solamente tuvo pan y agua. La razón era que el dia que mi papá murió (en ese entonces vivíamos en Argentina), él había comido un poquito de pan y tomo un poco de agua, y le pidió a mi mamá que le haga algo de comer. Ella le dijo que lo haría tan pronto como vuelva del pueblo, que tenía que hacer algo, brevemente. Cuando mi mamá volvió, mi papá estaba muerto, y mi mamá nunca paró de echarse la culpa por eso.

Le pido a Dios que se unan en ese lugar que creemos que existe allá bien arriba, y que supuestamente es mejor que este lugar donde vivimos ahora, como mortales.

Que Dios los bendiga a todos.


Plague in the Ancient World

Part of my research for this episode.

A Study from Thucydides to Justinian

by Christine A. Smith

Throughout history, humans have been faced with disastrous catastrophes which must be endured in order to survive. One of the most incomprehensible disasters for humanity has been the plague. This term in Greek can refer to any kind of sickness; in Latin, the terms are plaga and pestis. In antiquity, two of the most devastating plagues were the Athenian plague of 430 B.C. and the Justinianic plague of 542 A.D. This paper will discuss these plagues, the manner in which they spread, and their consequences for the survivors. Also, the ways in which ancient writers wrote about these disasters will be discussed, with special reference to the role of the gods. Much of what is conventionally believed about these plagues comes from comparisons with the Black Death, a visitation of bubonic plague during the fourteenth century A.D. Although the sources for the Athenian and Justinianic plagues are insufficient, there is some question as to the validity of this analogy as an historical source.

The Athenian plague occurred in 430-26 B.C. during the Peloponnesian War, which was fought between Athens and Sparta from 431 to 404. Because of overcrowded wartime conditions in the city, the plague spread quickly, killing tens of thousands. <1>  Included among its victims was Pericles, the former leader of Athens. <2>  The only surviving source for the Athenian plague is the first-hand account of Thucydides in his History of the Peloponnesian War. Thucydides, who lived from c. 460 to c. 400, was an Athenian general and political critic.

In his History of the Peloponnesian War, Thucydides employed a carefully developed structure to investigate the meaning and causes of historical events. His writing, which evolved from Sophistic thought, reflected a constant conscious analysis of grammar and rhetoric. <3>  History, according to Thucydides, was a process of human nature; and as such, it was highly influenced by mass movements. He, therefore, stressed physical reality, and did not allow for the active intervention by the gods. This is most evident in his account of the Athenian plague, since plagues were traditionally attributed to the wrath of the gods, as evidenced in Herodotus, as well as in the Book of Exodus and the Iliad of Homer. <4>  Through this work, Thucydides began an historiographical tradition which would become the model for many future historians.

Having suffered from the plague himself, Thucydides presented a very systematic account of the symptoms. His aim was merely to “describe what it was like, and set down the symptoms, knowledge of which will enable it to be recognized, if it should ever break out again.” <5>  The Athenian plague originated in Ethiopia, and from there spread throughout Egypt and Greece. <6>  Thucydides, however, remarked that the city of Athens suffered the greatest toll from the disease. <7>  Initial symptoms of the plague included headaches, conjunctivitis, a rash which covered the body, and fever. The victims then coughed up blood, and suffered from extremely painful stomach cramping, followed by vomiting and attacks of “ineffectual retching.” <8>  Many people also experienced insomnia and restlessness. Thucydides also related that victims had such an unquenchable thirst that it drove them to throw themselves into the wells. Infected individuals generally died by the seventh or eighth day. If anyone managed to survive this long however, s/he was then stricken by uncontrollable diarrhea, which frequently caused death. Those who survived this stage might suffer from partial paralysis, amnesia, or blindness for the rest of their lives. <9>  Fortunately, infection of the plague provided immunity; that is, few caught the disease twice, and if this occurred, the second attack was never fatal. <10>


Source: http://www.loyno.edu/~history/journal/1996-7/Smith.html

If the History of Ancient Rome was the distance from Los Angeles to New York City

If the History of Ancient Rome

was the distance from Los Angeles to New York City…

Where, in this timeline would you rather be?

Illinois, with Emperor Commodus?
The Nevada desert, when the first Roman kings ruled the land?
Missouri perhaps, to relive the birth of Christ?

Leave a comment!


Episodio 2 en la radio en Mexico, este domingo!

Episodio 2 de “El Cuento de Roma” llega este domingo a las 2 de la tarde (Mexico time!) a La Calavera Podcast.

Concepción Inmaculada

Una virgen Vestal milagrosamente trae a dos muchachos al mundo, en Roma antigua.
Y unos 25 años más tarde, buitres (mágicos?) revolotean alrededor de éstos dos muchachos, y causan la muerte de uno.

La chica con el cuchillo detrás de la espalda

Una historia detrás de la historia

Esta es la breve historia de la TAPA del episodio 17 de El Cuento de Roma.

Originalmente, ésta iba a ser la tapa del episodio 17 (version inglesa, pero no viene al caso).

Un poco después, cambié de idea. Esta es la tapa final:

Qué cambió? Pues, el logo del imperio romano se fue, y en su lugar tenemos una chica con un cuchillo detras de la espalda.

Y aqui va un simple twist: cuando busqué por Google una imagen que me gustara, no encontré nada. Sin pensarlo ni por un minuto, le pedí a mi mujer que se pusiera un dress, y le puse un cuchillo de cocina en la mano.

Click! Click! Click! Tres fotos, por las dudas.

Eran las siete de la mañana, y ella me miraba como que me volví loco.

Con las fotos en mi iPhone, me fuí a Photoshop.

El cuchillo de cocina se convirtió en una daga romana, y hasta tuve que separar la manija de la hoja, para darles diferentes sombras y diferentes GLOW. Borré partes de la manija para que los dedos estuvieran correctos, cuchillo en mano.

Paso dos era el vestido. Estaba demasiado arrugado de estar en el armario por quien sabe cuanto tiempo. Usé el sello y un poco de SMUDGE, hasta que el resultado me gustó.

Luego, color SEPIA a todo eso, y por último tuve que separar el brazo derecho (el que no tiene la daga) del cuerpo, y volver a ponerlo para tenerlos en diferentes LAYERS, y con diferentes sombras.


Oficialmente, mi mujer (y una daga inventada) ahora están el el podcast, como tapa de un episodio.

Enjoy, y gracias por leer!


Un dia de trabajo haciendo podcasts

Un dia de trabajo haciendo podcasts

Aquí va un screenshot de cómo se ve mi laptop en un dia de trabajo cuando me dedico al podcasting. Imagínese un gran café al lado, un montón de papelitos, y un cuaderno bien grueso.
Nuestra pequeña Arwen ya está en el jardín de infantes, así que hay silencio en la sala…


Hoy es hora de limpiar tres audios para The Tale of Rome, y un audio para El Cuento de Roma.

  1. Noise Removal:Get Noise Profile, then Remove Noise
  2. Compression:  Threshold -15 to -20
  3. Equalize: Bass Boost and Treble Boost
  4. Normalize:  -1 Decibel
  5. Hard Limit:  -4 Decibel
  6. Normalize again: -1 Decibel


Podcast Plan 2017

RED color / Color ROJO: Episode number / Número de episodio

Some months have five Sundays. That’s five episodes.
Some months have four. Well… that’s four episodes.
By 2018 we’ll have 41 episodes on the air.

Algunos meses tienen cinco domingos. Cinco episodios.
Algunos meses tienen cuatro domingos. Pues… cuatro episodios.
Para el 2018 ya tendremos 41 episodios al aire.

SOTU = State of the Union episodes / Episodios de El Estado de la Unión
BIO = Biography episodes / Episodios de biografías.

August 22 BIO: Virgil and Livy / Virgilio y Tito Livio.

My podcast is nearing publishing

El cuento de Roma - Podcast

Soon I will be releasing the first few episodes of my podcast, “El Cuento de Roma.”

It is a podcast about the tale of Ancient Rome, and I am very excited to mix the things I know for quite a long time (creative writing, history, internet technology in general, and design) with things I had to learn to make this thing happen, such as podcasting, Audacity, ID3 tags and MP3 files, among others.

Please visit my upcoming podcast, and once you see the subscribe button there (meaning it’s live), please subscribe!

Literary elements

Just as a painter uses color and line to create a painting, an author uses the elements of fiction to create a story. The elements of fiction are: character, plot, setting, theme and style.

Of these five elements, character is the who, plot is the what, setting is the where and when, theme is the why, and style is the how of a story.

Here, once more: