My New York
: artists, writers, professionals, and New Yorkers of all stripes talk about what they look forward to seeing in the city this fall.
posted by shivohum
on Oct 11, 2008 -
This is a long-awaited update to the previous Palin thread
. A LOT has happened since then, which I think deserves additional discussion. The last time Palin's Travels
was linked to was 2004 and his most recent book that you could view on the site was Sahara
. But now you can read the full texts of two more books in Michael Palin's wonderful travel/adventure series: Himalaya
and New Europe
. There are also loads of pictures, video (Quicktime req.) and audio clips.
posted by ND¢
on Sep 4, 2008 -
AirBed and Breakfast
connects people who have a spare bed (or couch, or whatever) with people who need one. Hosts can set the price (or a charity donation), throw in breakfast (or not), and refuse any guests they want. Guests can find available options by date range, location and any other criteria (e.g. WiFi), pay by credit card, and leave reviews. Not quite enough locations yet, but otherwise looks pretty useful.
posted by scottreynen
on Aug 11, 2008 -
Clear passenger data stolen.
A unencrypted laptop with the personal data, including name, address, SSi number, passport number, date of birth, etc. of every one of the 33,000+ users of the the Clear
system has been stolen. The Clear system allows travelers who register and pay an annual fee to bypass airport security lines by using a smart card in some airports. TSA has suspended new registrations until Verified Identity Pass, Inc.
, a subsidiary of GE, figures out how to install PGP. VIP is the only private contractor allowed to register users to the Clear system. Via
posted by dejah420
on Aug 5, 2008 -
Women Explorers and Travellers of Asia and the Middle East - In an age where women struggled for basic human rights, these individuals were literal trailblazers. Leaving their homelands for varying motivations (but often due to dissatisfaction with their social lot in life), they devoted their lives to "explore these antique lands
before they are irretrievably caught up in the cacaphonic whirl of the modern world." [more inside]
posted by ikahime
on Aug 1, 2008 -
62 year old emergency physician John Hall and his wife Jane took off on a Bike Ride Around America
to promote cancer awareness. They started on April Fool's Day
, and completed their 12,000 mile journey around the perimeter of the country just today
. Along the way they encountered hundreds of towns and thousands of friendly people
, and a few not so nice
. All in all, a pretty amazing accomplishment in my book.
posted by netbros
on Jul 31, 2008 -
"Don’t stop. Keep right on going.... Go someplace you’ve heard about, where you can fish or hunt or collect rocks or just look up at the sky. Find out what’s at the end of some country road. Go see what’s over the next hill, and the one after that, and the one after that."
In 1959 Airstream founder Wally Byam
- taking his own advice to heart - led a convoy of 36 of his company's trailers - together with over 100 American adults, children and pets - on a journey from Cape town to Cairo. They stayed in remote villages
, negotiated rough roads
, saw upteen tribal dancers
, met up with Haile Selassie
and finally ended up at the pyramids of Cairo
. Here is the original film account of the expedition
(complete with its own theme song). Next year, on the 50th anniversary, there is a plan to do the trip again - this time there and back again. Wanna go
posted by rongorongo
on Jul 16, 2008 -
- "It's destined to be the world's largest cruise ship—when launched next year, Royal Caribbean's US$1.24 billion Project Genesis
will be 1,180 feet long, and carry 5400 passengers (6,400 at a pinch). It's the most expensive ship in history, and it's longer, wider and taller than the largest ocean liner ever built, (Cunard's QE II
), 43 per cent larger in size than the world's largest cruise ship, (Freedom of the Seas [previously]
) and remarkably, bigger than any military ship ever built, aircraft carriers included. In a world where choice of amenities count, Project Genesis has yet another trump card—in the the center of the ship is a lush, tropical park which opens to the sky." cf. The Lilypad
posted by kliuless
on Jun 24, 2008 -
Are you, like many others this summer, considering avoiding the costs & hassles of pricey foreign or domestic travel by having a "staycation
" at home? Daily Show commenter John Hodgman (ably backed by Jonathan Coulton on the strings) enumerates the benefits of a "Holistay"
(much better name) to help you make your choice.
posted by jonson
on Jun 12, 2008 -
(w/ pix) of a motorcycle journey through Angola. Stumbled onto this from the Black Flag forums and have not been able to stop reading it.
posted by jcruelty
on May 26, 2008 -
A few years ago when I was visiting Alaska, one of the more interesting portions of the trip was the 45-minute drive from Anchorage to Girdwood along the Turnagain Arm of Cook Inlet
. This is one of the world's rare bodies of water that features bore tides
, an amazing scene. The highway is one of only 15 roads in the United States that have been designated an "All-American Road." What about some of the world's greatest highways? [more inside]
posted by netbros
on Apr 17, 2008 -
I know a man who once went to Sioux City, not one of the world’s leading destinations, precisely because he had never been there before. More than a decade later he still talks about the experience, from the Sergeant Floyd obelisk to the dog track of North Sioux and the meat packing plant converted to a shopping mall. The same impulse explains a non-specialist’s reading a history of Byzantine iconography or a survey of Australian wildlife. Both offer a break in daily life and an enlargement of our sense of wonder and possibility. That awareness can provide a sense of transcendence, and connection, or even the spark of divine discontent that leads people to change their lives.Reading as Vacation
, an essay by J. D. Smith and Subway Reader
, pictures of people who read while using public transportation.
posted by Kattullus
on Apr 6, 2008 -
Why is your plane late? Airlines can make more money selling 70 airplanes worth of tickets per hour than they could if they limited themselves to the 60 airplanes per hour that the runway can handle
. A long but excellent post on what is causing the delays at the airport.
posted by Coop
on Jan 30, 2008 -
Is this the end of the bus timetable?
It can be bloody cold in Helsinki in January. The last thing you want to do is hang around too long for a bus or tram. Soon you won't have to because Helsinki City Transport
is currently fitting *its entire fleet* with Linux servers. Not only will each bus or tram become a travelling wireless hotspot, but you will be able to see exactly where in the city your new bus actually is. Meaning that you only step into the bitter cold the minute before it arrives. (its in beta but you can see the effects of the live trial) [more inside]
posted by MrMerlot
on Jan 27, 2008 -
Warp Drive, When? "Have you ever wondered when we will be able to travel to distant stars as easily as in science fiction stories?"
posted by amyms
on Dec 15, 2007 -
Remember when air travel was viewed as glamorous and exciting? Of course you don't. So check out this collection of vintage flight attendant photos: Part 1
, Part 2
, Part 3
posted by brain_drain
on Nov 13, 2007 -