We’re going to be going over mountains, so I take the special meds. I hate it with a burning passion, and you’ll understand why in a bit. I take it because it increases oxygen concentration in the blood, which means less altitude sick. I get altitude sick in a ten story building. Only a slight […]
Mom and I are going to drive up to Canada. I’ve driven to Seattle before, and I’ve driven from Seattle to Vancouver before. However, the next stage is the ferry from Vancouver to Vancouver Island, which I’ve never taken (I’ve always flown). I’ve also never been to Victoria before, so I’m excited that we’re going […]
In listening to a lot of people talk about the missing Malaysian Airlines MH370, I sometimes wonder if some of them truly have a sense of how remote some places in the world are, or how much it’d cost to monitor all that. This article featuring a video with Mary Kirby talks about connectivity being […]
On the ring finger of my left hand, I wear the wedding ring that once belonged to Pan Am Captain Arthur Moen. My late father-in-law, whom I never met. Anyone who flies a lot fears the worst. Truly, on average, the risks in commercial aviation are low. Not zero, but low. Those of us who […]
Previously: my crackpot theory. When I said, “it’s sunk,” my intuition was based on the fact that military sites had detected it, then recanted their statement. That said to me that it could have been a friendly fire episode where people hadn’t gotten their stories straight. Except, we’d have detected pieces by now, I’m pretty […]
Kilauea, of course. Except for being resized, these are straight out of camera. Taken in 2010. These were taken with a wide-angle (28mm) lens half a minute apart.
From our trip in 2011.
…when you realize that places erupting into problem areas on the news are now more likely to be places you’ve been than places you’ve not. Consider: Istanbul (we were there last year just before and just after the worst of what happened) Sochi Ukraine (though Rick’s been to Kiev and I have not). This map […]
Taken Nov 22, 2011. I drove as far south as one could go south from Pahoa, which is south of Hilo on the big island of Hawai’i. The road ends near Kalapana, then there’s a dirt road that other cars were going on, so I went too. (Never a great idea.) The “dirt” road turns […]
Seth Miller (also known as Wandering Aramean) has released a WordPress plugin for Great Circle Mapper. Example: