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Sunday, November 11th, 2007

Diego Garcia, Again

Internet service from DG is very, very slow, so I’ll make this brief.

I’m in Diego Garcia.

There, that didn’t take long, huh? When I get back to civilization, I’ll revise this post with pictures and coordinates. Right now, all I can tell you is about 7 degrees south of the equator, below India, in the Chagos Archipelago.

Posted by Greg as Travel at 06:20 PST

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Monday, November 5th, 2007

Singapore

I got into Singapore last night after almost 30 hours of travel. Now I’m sitting in Peyar Lebar, waiting for a hop to Diego Garcia. I am sick as a dog. I really shouldn’t have even started on this trip, but Diego Garcia takes so much to set up, and I am not traveling alone.

Posted by Greg as Travel at 22:06 PST

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Friday, November 2nd, 2007

London Cameras

As a regular reader of Bruce Schneier’s excellent blog on security issues (which naturally examines impacts on privacy as a security trade-off), when I came to London I knew that I would probably be visible on at least one camera the whole time I was walking the streets. However, I had to chuckle when I encountered this sign in a pub in the Westminster district:

Toilet Sign in Pub in Westminster

Isn’t this taking the British fetish with cameras just a little bit too far?

On second thought, this is only funny if the sign placement was ill-considered. If it was intentionally placed as a practical warning, it is chilling.

Incidentally, for my flight over to Europe I had a long layover (eight hours) in Chicago O’Hare airport. I spent the time reading, trying to watch the Chargers game in a crowded sports bar, and ducking back and forth through security for a smoke. I hadn’t had much sleep the night before, and at some point I set down the book I was reading and walked away. I realized what I had done too late to go back, and at first I was concerned that someone might see it and call the bomb squad in. Then I thought about it and hoped that they would. The name of the book? Beyond Fear, Schneier’s very practical guide to making rational security choices.

Posted by Greg as Privacy, Travel at 09:37 PST

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Thursday, November 1st, 2007

Back in Kansas City

No time-stamp editing. I got back two nights ago and have been sick as a dog. A chest cold. I just have a couple of days to get over this and catch up with work before I pick up my still-warm passport and head out to Singapore on Sunday.

Posted by Greg as Travel at 21:13 PST

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