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What I Did This Spring: TechCamp

I first visited the quaint Eastern European city of Riga, Latvia in the summer of 1989. Nestled between the Baltic Sea, Lithuania, Russia, Belarus and Estonia, Latvia represented the second stop in our People to People delegation of Kansas high school students touring the USSR. After a grim few days in Leningrad (St. Petersburg) where […]

PDF & New York

Last time I was in New York was for a totally different purpose during totally different weather, so it’s nice to come in the summer with a mission and lots of people to see. I’m having a great time so far at PDF – too good a time, in fact. I’ve gotten barely any sleep […]

Late Night Amusement – Russian Spam

I get the best Russian spam late at night these days – somehow it’s evading both of my spam filters – but instead of deleting it, I’m using it as a chance to brush up on my reading in Russian. And the messages are a great combination of really basic words that I know, complex […]

Fly, Be Free for the Holidays… Or Not

For those traveling over the holidays, check out this amusing comic at The Moderate Voice from The Hartford Courant. I still don’t understand why we had to pour out one ounce of water from my daughter’s sippy cup the last time we were going through a security line. (Of course the time before that, they […]

Ergonomic Travel Tips

As a frequent traveler who’s suffered from a few different injuries, here’s a compilation of tips, mostly geared toward helping your body adjust to unusual conditions: general travel:– always wear good walking shoes & bring a rain jacket– take stretch breaks– wear comfy, breathable & easy-to-move-in clothes– bring your own water (and food, if possible)– […]

Soviet Era Video Games Resurfacing

According to Wired, 32/70 of the world’s only video games ever built or played in the Soviet Union have been unearthed and are now on display in an old bunker at Moscow State Technical University called the Museum of Soviet Arcade Machines. Supposedly during their use (70’s – 90’s), most games cost 15 kopeks to […]

Green is Greater than Gold

In an international, star-studded event, tonight’s Oscars captured not only a billion viewers but it conveyed a strong message of environmentalism and world cohesion. One of the films was described as “a time-bending rumination on today’s global village”, but that could have described many of the movies highlighted by the awards tonight. Several Aussies, Mexicans, […]

iPlane, iPlane!

In November, Apple announced partnerships with a number of airlines to provide iPod connectivity. The following day, Air France and KLM denied they were going to offer such service, saying it was only in initial discussions. Delta stuck with it and and now supposdly United and Continental have joined the iPod airmiles club. Now, according […]

TSA Has A Long Way To Go

I would like to believe that all of the tax dollars going toward the Transportation Security Administration are making a difference in our national security, but they just can’t seem to do anything right. Recently, I traveled and pre-travel, I brought up their site on my Mac to learn more about this whole 3oz. liquid […]

Dolby Surrounds Geek Ball

Saturday night, Thomas Dolby headlined Palo Alto’s biannual Black and White Ball. This was my first time attending and it was a good event, held at the Lucie Stern theater & community center near downtown Palo Alto, funds going to support city arts programs. I expected that with 1500 people in attendance, it would feel […]