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N5-Cam VII: Long Train Ride · On March 1st I went from Barcelona to Lon­don by train. It was amus­ing and re­lax­ing; If you can spare a day and some mon­ey, I rec­om­mend it ...
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Rent-seeking for Nomads · A friend was telling me of a young wom­an he knows who’d been strug­gling to get by in New York and he’d been sort of men­tor­ing. On­ly she’s spent most of this year trav­el­ing in South­east Asia and South Amer­i­ca, “finding herself” ...
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United, Still Borked · Ear­li­er this year the Unit­ed/Con­ti­nen­tal merg­er went through and pret­ty well ev­ery­thing customer-facing stopped work­ing. Back in April, Dun­can David­son post­ed this hor­ror sto­ry. I’ve been off the road for a cou­ple month­s, and now I dis­cov­er that Unit­ed still can’t do ad­vance checkin if you’re on a code-share, nor can the air­port ma­chines rec­og­nize you. So you step up the counter and back in­to 1982 ...
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Which Side of the Plane? · If you’re one of the peo­ple who al­ways books an aisle seat, you can stop read­ing. I nev­er do, be­cause I en­joy the view; It’s a six-mile-high plat­form and you’ll see as­ton­ish­ing things. Keep your cam­era handy and you’ll come home with good pic­tures too ...
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Upcoming Gigs · I think this counts as a travel-planning Per­son­al Worst. In Novem­ber, I’m com­mit­ting speechi­fi­ca­tion in Toky­o, Shang­hai, Broom­field, and An­twer­p ...
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No More Fear · Here’s the coun­try I want to be a cit­i­zen of: the one that de­cides to buy com­fort and con­ve­nience by de­ploy­ing courage ...
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On Hotels · I’m head­ing home af­ter a cou­ple of days of cus­tomer vis­it­ing in Min­neapolis. The week be­fore, I’d been in Mat­sue, a small and re­mote Ja­panese city. The prices were about the same, but Ja­panese ho­tel was de­ci­sive­ly bet­ter, and it’s just sil­ly that North Amer­i­can ho­tels are so crap­py in so many ways ...
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Take the Train to Tokyo · Be­ing an il­lus­trat­ed mini-travelogue on tak­ing the new Cana­da Line train to Van­cou­ver air­port. Al­most cer­tain­ly of in­ter­est on­ly to peo­ple who might do such a thing ...
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Donkeyists · I have al­ways been sweet on don­keys. I’ve pub­lished some fetch­ing don­key pho­tographs in this space, and have vis­it­ed the Don­key Sanc­tu­ary in Devon on three sep­a­rate oc­ca­sion­s. Here­with a donkey-centric book re­view, trav­el rec­om­men­da­tion, and French word that needs a bet­ter English trans­la­tion ...
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Maxed · I trav­el too much and it’s get­ting on my nerves and I’m look­ing for a sen­si­ble way to cut it back ...
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Kā’anapali · This is the west­ern­most part of the is­land of Maui. It turns out the re­sort has exorbitantly-priced In­ter­net which doesn’t al­low any­thing but prox­ied Web ac­cess, which would mean that, among oth­er things, I can’t post to this space. So I’m on­ly gonna poke my head in at a café ev­ery few days ...
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Frankfurt Weather · It’s bad. Bad enough that I missed my con­nec­tion from Gene­va to Van­cou­ver, and since ev­ery­body else did too, I’m stuck till to­mor­row. I’m in a ho­tel in a vast emp­ty park in a sub­urb some­where, and it’s chilly out­side with a howl­ing wind. This is not im­prov­ing my mood.
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Tab Sweep — The World · Yes, I’ve been post­ing few­er sub­stan­tive orig­i­nal pieces here. Work­ing on a cou­ple of things that aren’t very pub­lic, and al­so feel­ing itchy be­cause what was rad­i­cal three years ago has be­come con­ven­tion­al wis­dom, which leaves me feel­ing emp­ty and in need of some­thing rad­i­cal. To­day an amus­ing an­tique cam­er­a, Ira­ni­an video, where we wen­t, nine days of win­ter, and what hap­pens when everything’s free? ...
 
Geneva Advice · Dear LazyWe­b: I’m go­ing to be in Gene­va the week of Fe­bru­ary 25th at­tend­ing that ISO meet­ing. The ho­tels seem most­ly sold out and what’s left is 300CHF and up. I hear that there are ap­peal­ing places across the bor­der in France and that tran­sit is straight­for­ward. Would any­one have good ad­vice on the mat­ter?
[Next day]: Dear LazyWe­b, thank you. Owen’s sug­ges­tion that I check out Ho­tel­srus.­com got me a de­cent rate at Hôtel-les-Nations, which is a nice-looking place.

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Naked Terrorist Toothpaste · O’Hare air­port, you know, I’ve said kind things about it here in the past, but it’s de­vel­op­ing an at­ti­tude prob­lem ...
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Narita T2 ANA Lounge · If you trav­el a lot on Star Al­liance and you’re head­ing out of Nar­i­ta, I’d like to rec­om­mend the ANA Lounge in Nari­ta Ter­mi­nal 2, out at the far end around Gate 44. It’s one of the nicest I’ve seen any­where. They have lots of space, com­fy chairs, se­clud­ed cu­bi­cles if you need to buck­le down, de­cent WiFi al­beit with slow DNS, ex­cel­lent draught beer from a way-cool au­to­mat­ed pour­ing ma­chine, a se­lec­tion of fine sakes, veg­e­tar­i­an sushi, and—this is just be­yond brilliant—an Udon/So­ba bar where a cou­ple of wrin­kled old guys will fix you a bowl on de­mand. There are few items I can think of that are more proac­tive­ly ther­a­peu­tic against a 10+-hour flight than a bel­ly­full of light warm salty Ja­panese soup and noodles. If you’re feel­ing burned out and have four or five fine sakes that tends to coun­ter­act the ben­e­fits though. Hm­m­m, up­stairs there’s an ANA “First Class” fa­cil­i­ty I didn’t have suf­fi­cient sta­tus to get in­to. The mind bog­gles at the de­lights that must lie in­sid­e.
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Immediately Upcoming Gig · My col­league & bud­dy Bob Brewin has been yanked away from his sched­uled gig at Web 2.0 Ex­po Tokyo and I was strong­ly kind­ly re­quest­ed to fill in. So, I show up in Tokyo Tues­day af­ter­noon and come home Thurs­day sup­per­time. Oh joy. I like Tokyo but this is sub­op­ti­mal.
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Ups and Downs · Every­body I know trav­els to Chi­na re­peat­ed­ly it seem­s, but I haven’t for a decade or more, and that was Hong Kong, so here­with the Shanghai-newbie ex­pe­ri­ence ...
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Those Commies · One of this week’s de­liv­er­ables was a visa for the Shang­hai trip. This in­volved a to­tal of about five hours in line at the Van­cou­ver PRC con­sulate, an un­pleas­ant place; but the visa looks great ...
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Starving in Vegas · Un­der what cir­cum­stances should you burn a System-Wide up­grade cer­tifi­cate to get break­fast? ...
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SFO Domestic Hints · If you do tech­nol­o­gy, you prob­a­bly find your­self trav­el­ing through SFO, a.k.a. San Fran­cis­co In­ter­na­tion­al Air­port, reg­u­lar­ly. Here are a cou­ple of hints. I don’t go across the ocean from there, so thus these ex­clude the in­ter­na­tion­al ter­mi­nal ...
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Avoid Heathrow At All Costs · I’ve been through Heathrow a cou­ple of times this year now, and my pa­tience has snapped. Any­one who cares about cost, com­fort, con­ve­nience, or get­ting there on time with their pos­ses­sion­s, should start tak­ing ex­treme mea­sures to avoid rout­ing through Heathrow. They’re try­ing hard, but they’re fail­ing, it’s just bro­ken. Find an­oth­er way; even if it’s longer and more ex­pen­sive, the chances are still that you’ll ar­rive soon­er hav­ing spent and suf­fered less. Yes, it’s that bad. [The com­ments are boil­ing over, I’m not the on­ly one who feels this way; can some­thing be done?] [Later: Check the hor­ri­fy­ing num­ber re­port­ed by Hanan Co­hen. I’m se­ri­ous; I am to­tal­ly go­ing to find a way around Heathrow.] [Later, stil­l: In the last week of Ju­ly, Eric Pfan­ner of the In­ter­na­tion­al Her­ald Tri­bune ran across this piece and called me for an in­ter­view; the sto­ry turns out to be about trans­port pri­va­ti­za­tion in gen­er­al, and is a good one I think.] ...
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Nexus · I trav­el more than I’d like, so I just in­vest­ed $80 and a cou­ple of hours of my time in get­ting a Nexus card. Ac­tu­al­ly, it’s on­ly maybe a quar­ter of the time that I roll up to ei­ther the US or Cana­di­an im­mi­gra­tion and face the dread­ed long-lineup sce­nar­i­o; but those times are painful. [Up­date: Jeep­er­s, it’s get­ting hot in the com­ments; check it out­.] ...
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The London Illustrated News · I spent the week in Lon­don. Fun was had, pic­tures were tak­en, I learned things. Here­with il­lus­trat­ed notes on trans­porta­tion, en­er­gy, fi­nance tech­nol­o­gy, busi­nesslike drink­ing, women’s cloth­ing, Groovy, ex­cel­lent lamb-chop cur­ry, and a round red anoma­ly ...
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My Other Office · In this space, I write of­ten enough to whine and bitch and moan about busi­ness trav­el, so I ought to give an oc­ca­sion­al tip of the hat to the parts that aren’t too bad ...
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Passport Hell · To­day I spent nine (9) (no, that’s not a ty­po) hours in line to ap­ply for a pass­port ...
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The Wrath of Heaven · May it vis­it end­less de­lays, blocked air­plane toi­let­s, and hos­tile cus­toms of­fi­cials on three groups of air­line pro­fes­sion­al­s ...
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Telepresence · Check out Scoble on Cisco’s HD telep­res­ence. I think he’s un­der­es­ti­mat­ing the im­pact. I’m on the road ev­ery mon­th, some­times two or three times, and I hate the air­lines and the whole trav­el sys­tem with the heat of a thou­sand sun­s. Plus, I prob­a­bly cost Sun the best part of $100K a year in trav­el ex­pens­es. Sup­pose you have a pop­u­la­tion of em­ploy­ees like me; cut­ting trav­el costs in half for six of us would cov­er the $300K price point. Plus, think of the ex­tra ef­fi­cien­cy we’d get from not spend­ing all those end­less hours in lines at air­port­s. Of the trav­el I do, some part is ac­tu­al­ly need-to-be-there stuff; but if the HD telep­res­ence prices can be brought down a lit­tle and the vir­tu­al meet­ings cranked up a lit­tle, this stuff is not that far from hav­ing slam-dunk ROI.
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Terror, Air Travel, Schneier · The world prob­a­bly doesn’t need too many more blogs say­ing “What He Said”, but, well... What Bruce Sch­neier said.
 
Bags · The com­bo rol­lie/back­pack lap­top case I bought two years back is start­ing to wear out, and I’ve de­cid­ed that the rol­lie fea­ture is not cost-effective; there are lots of times I can’t use it, and the mech­a­nism adds weight and bulk while rob­bing me of space. So I’ve been pok­ing around look­ing for good lap­top packs (has to be a pack so I can put a change of clothes in for my fre­quent overnighter­s). David Wein­berg­er told me that Crum­pler was a hot name, and in look­ing at them I ran across some oth­er in­ter­est­ing can­di­dates via re­views that said “and the com­pe­ti­tion is...” The can­di­dates are the Crum­pler King Sin­gle (that web­site is to­tal­ly try­ing too hard), the Tom Bi­hn Brain Bag, and the Road­Wired Dig­i­tal Day­pack. Any­one out there got one of the­se, or want to weigh on on the sub­ject of the ide­al lap­top pack? [Up­date: GAAAAAAAAAAAAH! I’m buried, even more peo­ple care about lap­top bags than about car­bonara sauce, even. I must must MUST do that com­ments sys­tem.] [Dear Tom Bi­hn: you owe the LazyWeb a cou­ple hun­dred bucks worth of thanks. I just or­dered a Brain Bag with all the fix­ings. Dear Crum­pler: please fix that egre­gious web­site. What part of “don’t of­fend ev­ery com­put­er pro­fes­sion­al on the planet” don’t you un­der­stand? Dear world: please stop send­ing me laptop-bag email.] ...
 
Enplaned · That’s the name of a blog sub­ti­tled “Airlines and com­mer­cial aerospace”, an insider’s take on the air­line busi­ness. They re­cent­ly had a piece in which they were kind of com­plain­ing about how few com­ments they got; my sus­pi­cion is that these guys know their stuff so well that there’s lit­tle left to add to their pieces. I’m not in the busi­ness at al­l, but as a heavy cus­tomer, I find an al­most sick fas­ci­na­tion in their pieces about Boe­ing/Air­bus com­pe­ti­tion (sum­ma­ry: Boe­ing is win­ning just now), old vs. new air­line mod­els (sum­ma­ry: new is win­ning), and air­lines vs. the “GDS” ticket-selling sys­tems (sum­ma­ry: too close to cal­l). Here’s today’s ex­am­ple, Delta’s Unse­cured Cred­i­tors, which dives deep on the ne­go­ti­a­tions be­tween bankrupt air­lines (quite a few of those these days) and the peo­ple who fi­nance the planes they fly; this is a big-bucks high-stakes game and one that you’d nev­er hear about, nor­mal­ly. Great stuff.
 
Airplane Power · Some air­lines have these weird lit­tle spe­cial sock­ets that you can use to pow­er your lap­top, if you have the right adapter cord. They work OK. Twice in the last cou­ple of weeks I’ve got on an Air Cana­da flight, both Air­bus­es (a 319 and a 321) and found an or­di­nary 110-volt 3-prong plug in the seat-back in front of me. All air­planes should have the­se.
 
Pleasant Surprises · I am gen­er­al­ly pes­simistic be­fore each trip, ex­pect­ing the worst. But it’s not al­ways like that. Item: In Prague the pub­lic tran­sit sys­tem is ef­fi­cien­t, easy to un­der­stand, and cheap; I paid 500Kč, more or less $25, to taxi from the air­port to town, and 20Kč, more or less $1, for the train/­tram ride back, which was a lit­tle slow­er but stress-free. And there are more good-looking wom­en on tram­s. Item: On the way from Prague to Ljubl­jana, Czech Air­lines gave me the best air­line lunch I’ve had in years; a tasty cold-cuts plate with some cheeses you’ve nev­er heard of and an unbelievably-fresh sal­ad. Item: Pret­ty well all the beer in Prague is ex­cel­len­t. Item: In Slove­ni­a, plan to drive if you get the chance. The high­ways (at least the airport-Ljubljana-Koper se­quence) are out­stand­ing, bet­ter than most Cana­di­an road­s, and while they’re toll roads the tolls are low, the moun­tains you drive through are love­ly, and fi­nal­ly (if I un­der­stood the sig­nage cor­rect­ly) it’s au­to­bahn style, as in no speed lim­it; my poor lit­tle Opel made alarm­ing sounds on up­hill turns at 160kph as I cack­led ma­ni­a­cal­ly. [Up­date: They tell me it’s 130kph, good thing I didn’t meet an in­dus­tri­ous pub­lic ser­vant late on Fri­day evening.] Al­so the signs are easy to read, I nev­er had to look at my la­bo­ri­ous Mapquest print­out­s. Item: Koper-Capodistria is way cool, worth a whole on­go­ing frag­men­t. Item: Slove­ni­ans seem un­rea­son­ably nice, gen­er­al­ly. Item: Slove­nia is un­rea­son­ably cheap; it just can’t last, among oth­er things it’s too close to Italy. Item: The Slove­ni­an “Tolar” runs about 200 to the dol­lar; it’s soon to be re­placed by the € I imag­ine; but any­how, when you take mon­ey out of a bank ma­chine and look at your re­main­ing bal­ance, you feel like Bill Gates. Item: I got to Ljubl­jana air­port some­time be­tween 6 and 7AM with breath­ing time be­fore the flight, so I got an apfel­strudel & cof­fee at the smoky stand-up bar in the harsh pre-dawn air­port light. It was a rev­e­la­tion, the fill­ing eye-wateringly tart and the pas­try fluffy yet chewy, with cin­na­mon and oth­er com­plex ac­cents. Then Adria (Slove­ni­an air­ways) gave me a damn fine cheese sand­wich on fresh-baked bread on the way to Frank­furt.
 
Unpleasant Surprises · I am gen­er­al­ly pes­simistic be­fore each trip, ex­pect­ing the worst; even so, some parts turn out worse than you ex­pec­t. Item: The Hil­ton in Prague is in­sane­ly, crim­i­nal­ly, stupid­ly over­priced for what it is. Among their many sins were the $4 lo­cal phone calls and the gold-plated In­ter­net ser­vice, up and down like a yo-yo. Nev­er again. Item: Taxi drivers in Prague are gen­er­al­ly crooks it seem­s; take the train. Item: The food in Prague is wild­ly vari­able, I had the worst schnitzel I’ve ev­er en­coun­tered, at least you can wash it down with good beer. Item: Either we had bad luck or Slove­ni­an red wine is Not Ready For Prime time; not just bad, but hero­ical­ly bad. The peo­ple are nice and the beer is good so I’m sure they’ll do bet­ter. [Up­date: An­drew Brown writes to say there are ex­cel­lent red wines from Western Slove­ni­a.] Item: It makes me ner­vous when you’re check­ing out and you pull out your cred­it card and the ho­tel of­fers you a big dis­count for cash. Item: The Ho­tel Sil­vester, near Ljubl­jana air­port, is de­cent enough and cheap but you might want to avoid Fri­day night­s; there was a wed­ding or birth­day or some­thing in the bar un­der­neath my room; the med­ley of Slove­ni­an folk-songs and Deep Pur­ple hits went on till 2AM. Then they all stomped in uni­son for a while—like, minutes—before they broke up and had loud beery con­ver­sa­tions in the hall­way out­side my room. Mys­ti­fied, I was go­ing to go down­stairs to in­ves­ti­gate the stomp­ing but then maybe it was a se­cret Slove­ni­an fer­til­i­ty rite and for­eign­ers who see it Must Be Killed. Item: WiFi in Frank­furt air­port is ex­clu­sive­ly by T-Mobil which should be OK be­cause I have an ac­count but they de­mand to know who your home provider is and then want $0.18/minute roam­ing, no that’s not a mis­print; are they mad? Item: Frank­furt air­port is less tol­er­a­ble ev­ery time I go there. Its sav­ing grace is de­cent­ly id­iosyn­crat­ic stores; but I gath­er they’re about to fix that by fill­ing it up with The Body Shop, Star­buck­s, and friend­s, so it’ll be ex­act­ly like ev­ery­where else, shopping-wise. It is full of smoke, ev­ery­where, al­ways. Earth to Ger­many: Per­va­sive pub­lic smoke is no longer con­sid­ered ac­cept­able among civ­i­lized peo­ple. There is noth­ing good to eat af­ter you go through se­cu­ri­ty. The wash­rooms are smoky, grub­by and sized for midget­s. I will take ex­treme mea­sures to avoid go­ing back. But that prob­a­bly won’t do any good.
 
Heroes · Speak­ing on be­half of all of us who fly of­ten, a ma­jor Mer­ci beau­coup! to the Air France cab­in crew who got 309 peo­ple out of a burn­ing A340 with no fa­tal­i­ties. Do you know how big those things are? “Miracle” is the ap­pro­pri­ate word. If this isn’t Légion d’honneur ter­ri­to­ry, I don’t know what is. [Up­date: Seems like it’s not just the cab­in crew, ap­par­ent­ly the co-pilot was last man off.]
 
Memory Criminal · Here­with ad­vice on where to buy mem­o­ry if you’re in Sil­ly Val­ley, and how to stay out of trou­ble with the Cana­di­an gov­ern­men­t ...
 
Javapolis Jet-lag · In a week dis­tin­guished by good food and bad trav­el plan­ning, I flew to Europe on Mon­day to at­tend Javapo­lis in An­twer­p, Bel­gium, and re­turned Thurs­day. Here­with an il­lus­trat­ed trav­el­ogue and re­marks on the con­fer­ence, the Cathe­dral and the Pink Pan­ther, and the flesh of Je­sus ...
 
Floatplane! · A day trip to­day, Van­cou­ver to Vic­to­ria and back; some might not find it self-evident that Vic­to­ria is on Van­cou­ver is­land but Van­cou­ver isn’t. There are a bunch of ways to get there; here­with a lit­tle photo-essay on the best ...
 
Helping the Terrorists · This post is com­plete­ly self-interested. I fly a lot. I think the idea of hav­ing air mar­shals on board air­planes is sen­si­ble and no­tably in­creas­es my safe­ty. I was hor­ri­fied and as­tound­ed to read in the NYT to­day that these guys have a dress code that make them stand out so that any­one can spot them. There are no words to de­scribe the lethal stu­pid­i­ty at work here.
 
Seat Guru · From the last sur­viv­ing email newslet­ter I still read, David Strom’s Web In­for­mant, comes this piece on air­line seat se­lec­tion, which points to SeatGu­ru.­com. Wow, what a ter­rif­ic piece of work.
 
Travelers’ Advisory · I was check­ing in at Brus­sels for the Bri­tish Air­ways hop back to Heathrow, then home to Van­cou­ver. Un­for­tu­nate­ly they’ve sud­den­ly start­ed en­forc­ing the long-ignored pol­i­cy that no carry-on shall ex­ceed 6 kg in weight. My or­di­nary roll-on full of or­di­nary clothes and so on came in at 14 kg (my brief­case, on the oth­er hand, bulges with elec­tron­ics and has the spe­cif­ic grav­i­ty of lead, but they didn’t weigh that). So, I was go­ing to have to check it. Ex­cept for, Bri­tish Air­ways is OneWorld and Air Cana­da is Star Al­liance, so they couldn’t check it through to Van­cou­ver, I’d have to re­cov­er it at Heathrow. Ex­cept for, I had bare­ly two hours at Heathrow and had to change ter­mi­nal­s, which just doesn’t leave any slack for do­ing the lug­gage dance. This looked se­ri­ous and, in a soft-voiced, po­lite way, I made a scene. Three phone calls lat­er, they de­cid­ed to al­low me to car­ry it on board. Six kg is, frankly, ridicu­lous. This is yet an­oth­er step in the on­go­ing cam­paign by the air trav­el in­dus­try to make the ex­pe­ri­ence supreme­ly un­pleas­an­t. I ex­pect their ex­ec­u­tives all to end up in jail when the video­con­fer­enc­ing boom hits and it turns out they’ve been ac­cu­mu­lat­ing big eq­ui­ty hold­ings.
 
What Japan Looks Like · Fly­ing to the week­end meet­ing in Yoko­hama the sun lays a huge gold stripe down the mid­dle of the Ber­ing Strait, and on the head­phones Em­my­lou Har­ris and Gram Par­sons sing Sleep­less Nights, fruit of Napster-that-was (I paid for the LP in 1975, and I still have it, OK?); the 767 has lap­top pow­er so I don’t care where in iTunes’ 347 songs, one day, 1.47 GB I am, I just let it play. Rus­sia from the air looks dif­fer­ent from any part of North Amer­i­ca. The mu­sic has segued in­to Flem­ing and John’s I’m Not Afraid (ripped from my own CD, thank you). I have a ton of fine (some little-known) mu­sic on this box, and I bet lots of you do too; wouldn’t it be great if we could post some sam­ples of it and maybe drive a few new lis­ten­ers to some de­serv­ing artist­s? In­stead I’ll share trav­el pic­tures ...
 
Practical Accessibility · As pre­vi­ous­ly not­ed, last week I spent time in air­ports in Seat­tle, Den­ver, and Min­neapolis. In one of them—modern air­ports blur to­geth­er in their grungy lack of wel­come to the ex­tent that I re­al­ly can’t re­mem­ber which—I had an eye-opening ex­pe­ri­ence in the men’s room ...
 
Heathrow Sucks, Plus Arctic Lies · This is most­ly a rant about the ex­treme crap­pi­ness of the Heathrow ex­pe­ri­ence and will prob­a­bly be en­joyed by those who’ve shared it a few times too of­ten; plus some pret­ty neat aeri­al pho­tographs and a con­fes­sion ...
 
Trains and Taxis and Shop-Window Geeks · Trav­el suck­s, but some times less than oth­er­s. Three days of TAG meet­ings, so­cial­iz­ing, and jet-lag had left me pret­ty well an emp­ty shel­l. But I had all day start­ing in Bris­tol to make the 4:15 to Van­cou­ver out of Heathrow, an (in­fre­quen­t) chance to just kick back and en­joy the pro­cess of get­ting there ...
 
Could Be Worse · In SeaTac on the way home, two hours to kill be­fore the Van­cou­ver flight board­s, I could drive there quick­er. But, I’m sit­ting in a com­fy bar watch­ing the Mariners mount a good-looking come­back on Tam­pa Bay, drink­ing a cred­itable Black Butte Porter, and chat­ting with Lau­ren via wire­less. Plus, I looked at the log and I now have the top list­ing for “binary search” on Google. Now there’s a gig­gle.
 
Bye-bye Concorde · Every news or­ga­ni­za­tion in the world has cov­ered this, but I re­mem­ber see­ing one of the first Con­corde flight­s, one of them went on a world tour be­fore com­mer­cial flights start­ed, flew low over my home town, I was amazed, it's a po­em poured in­to met­al. Al­so an en­vi­ron­men­tal dis­as­ter and (they say) an un­com­fort­able trav­el ex­pe­ri­ence. But beau­ti­ful; I poked around and found a nice pic­ture ...
 
Biz Travel, Chapter 312 · The route from Van­cou­ver to Nor­folk VA is not ex­act­ly well-trodden, and part of it led from gates B22 to F12 at O'Hare - Chica­go air­port conais­seurs are shud­der­ing in sym­pa­thy, we're talk­ing 20 min­utes of hard walk­ing here. But the quest had its re­ward, a jew­el ac­tu­al­ly ...
 
Long Layover at LAX · Every pic­ture tells a sto­ry.
 
Extended Test Drive · What hap­pened was, my New Zealan­der mother-in-law bought a farm in Eastern Saskatchewan. Since my own moth­er lives a rel­a­tive­ly ur­ban ex­is­tence in Regi­na (Saskatchewan's cap­i­tal), and we live in Van­cou­ver, and we took de­liv­ery of a brand-new Au­di A4 Avant (3.0l en­gine, 6-speed, most op­tion­s) on De­cem­ber 14th, it seemed ob­vi­ous that we should load the fam­i­ly in­to the wag­on and vis­it our moth­ers two time-zones away for Christ­mas ...
 
Business Travel Isn't Always Awful · I, like a lot of peo­ple, trav­el too much on busi­ness and like a lot of peo­ple I com­plain about it a lot. But some­times not; re­cent­ly I need­ed to get from down­town Bal­ti­more home to Van­cou­ver; the hitch was I was fly­ing not out of Baltimore's own BWI air­port but out of Na­tion­al down in DC, a 4:37PM de­par­ture. It's a fair dis­tance from Bal­ti­more to Wash­ing­ton ...
 
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