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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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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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:
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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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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Done with our work in Germany, we decided to spend a couple of days in England on the way back. I had this vague plan to check out some family historical roots that my brother turned up, but they turned out to be in Cornwall – pretty far away from London. My good friend, co-worker, and boss (in that order) had decided he wanted to hang with me, so burning up all the time we had to drive out to Cornwall to look at some old buildings (of which we had seen plenty in the last two weeks), seemed kind of lame. We decided to stick to London for our introduction to England, and were well rewarded. Maybe next time.
We bought day passes on the tube, walked around a lot, decided not to pay outrageous prices to go into the Tower of London or Westminster Abbey, and stopped frequently in pubs. We just happened to be in town for the Dolphins-Giants game at Wembley, so when we decided to hit a sports bar hoping to catch the Chargers game, we ran into a bevy of British NFL fans. We got along well, but some well-meaning guys set us on the elusive hunt for the Essex girls.
Posted by Greg as Travel at 20:47 PST
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My last full day in Germany was spent driving back to Wiesbaden. We had plenty of time and no map, but there was GPS in the rental car, and I figured out how to set it up so that we stayed off the Autobahn. We passed through WÃ¼rzburg.
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I really should put a lot of time into writing about how wonderful I found Germany to be, but if I commit myself to writing what it deserves, I’ll never get anything posted. I only really got to see Bavaria, and I got out of the cities very quickly and spent most of my time in the countryside. Everything is so neat, orderly and clean. The food is wonderful – I ate local nearly all the time. The place is dripping with history – I can see how Europeans just laugh when we Americans talk about old.
Posted by Greg as Travel at 20:29 PST
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Sunday. I need to do wash, but what do I end up doing? Driving down to Munich for beer and sausages at the original HofbrÃ¤uhaus. WTF, this is my first time in Europe.
Posted by Greg as Travel at 20:19 PST
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It’s the weekend, so of course we had to go take in some sights. After some consideration, we decided to drive to Prague (or Praha), in the Czech Republic. This city is incredibly beautiful. The US dollar goes a long way here, the people are rightly proud of their heritage, the architecture is awesome, nearly everyone speaks English, the food is wonderful, and OMG the beer! I’m now a fan of Pilsner Urquell. But best of all, Prague has way more of its fair share of tall, beautiful women. Imagine walking around and every block you see another Famke Janssen or Milla Jovovich. That’s Prague.
If my company ever decides to open an office here, I’ll be bashing heads to get the assignment. I don’t care how hard it is supposed to be to learn the language, I’d do it.
Current meatspace coordinates: 50.085°, 14.413°
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Posted by Greg as Travel at 20:06 PST
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Ok, I’m going to cheat again a little with timestamps. I have to document my Europe trip with a little order, and I was entirely too busy while it happened to keep up.
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It took a long time, but I finally got from Kansas City, Missouri, to Frankfurt, Germany, yesterday. Today I drove to Ansbach, in the middle of Bavaria, where I’ll be working for the next two weeks.
Current meatspace coordinates: 49.303°, 10.571°
Posted by Greg as Travel at 19:49 PST
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Avast, it be Talk Like A Pirate Day. So, swab your decks and batten down the hatches as ye prepare to step out today, you bilge rats, and be prepared to talk like a pirate!
Posted by Greg as Current Events at 05:44 PST
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