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day 97. updates from around the world...

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as i check my global feeds, you should note the following...

  • BarCamp Bangkok (google group) is kicking off! (good luck sugree and kenggg)
  • kenggg i too miss you!
  • tactical tech is hiring for three positions - Director of Operations, Business Development Lead, Communications Coordinator - if i wasn't on this blasted (joking) road trip, i would apply for the business development lead just to roll the dice.
  • Open Source Initiative is also hiring! they need a spankin' programs manager to build up OSI's capacity and turn it into a rock star organization.
  • thursday, ubuntu gutsy is released and the sydney linux users group has invited me to party with them.
  • my friend zadi sent me (via twitter) sent me a "right brain v. left brain" test. not only does the test seem to short circuit my brain, but i'm disturbed by the attention to "detail." maybe my attention to detail is short circuiting the test...
  • if you're in australia and if you have an old computer in your closet, consider donating it to IT Share.
  • in sad news for all you 'creekers, Brian Jones, class of 96 member, passed away. my thoughts go out to his family. if you're looking for more info on his wake/funeral arrangement get in touch with *kristy* on myspace

lastly, today is day #3 in the northern territory library and it is located in the territory's legislative building. doors open at 10 am. at your disposal, you will find an assortment of global newspapers, a few lonely planets and 10 - 12 computers for public use. if you want to use the computers, you better show up early! within an hour of opening, the schedule for every computer is booked. if you have your own laptop, show up, latch on to their open network and plug-into one of a million and one power outlets. oh did i tell you that the internet is wicked fast?

oh and it's my last day in darwin. now that i've spent a week in "civilization" i'm shocked at the stares and weird looks i get. for two months, i walked down numerous streets not thinking to bits about my hairstyle. now, everywhere i turn i get glances of disgust or comments of hate. it SUCKS to find "civilized" people so self conscious of others. it's a shame there they have nothing else to worry about.

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day 96. i screwed up...

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mopsus mormon, green jumping spider for the past three months, i've been super diligent in making up an itinerary and following it. today, i screwed up. for some-reason, i didn't look at my flight details until it was too late. stuck in darwin two more days than i really want, i have many thoughts mulling an escape. conversely, i'm given much needed time to reflect. with my back up against the ocean, i have laid out a tight time table for my journey to adelaide, melbourne and sydney.

adelaide

friday morning at 3 am i depart darwin; i arrive in adelaide at 6.30 am. upon touchdown, i am to trek to the central market, meet my friend jo, make fun of her, wish her a happy birthday and then get further instructions.

jo is also the second person who's meeting will span two continents (matan you were my first). jo and i first met in prague while she participated in TOL's New Media course. with the utmost joy, i get to spend the weekend celebrating her birthday and picking up where we left off... starring into the bottom of a glass.

melbourne
with much sadness i am having to cancel my dinner plans with benbalbo.com and his coworkers. on monday, 15 October at 6.40 pm, i will arrive in melbourne via the Indian Pacific train. my hopes are to spend two nights catching face time with drupal enthusiasts, reconnecting with ben balbo and his peeps, ride trams snapping pictures of the notable street art and attempting to get a bite on the colonial tramcar restaurant.

on wednesday night (17 oct) at 20h i will depart via bus and spend the night driving to sydney.

sydney
with aspirations of a glorious sunset on camera, i will arrive at 8.30 in the morning. with 36 hours to gallivant through the sights, i am looking forward to getting the inescapable photo of the opera house. before i depart on the 20th, i am hoping to meet as many geeks as possible, have dinner with a bunch of bloggers, play a little AD/CD kerroke and visit the national maritime museum or the Art Gallery of New South Wales.

now i'm off to find a room and grab a bite to eat. hopefully, i won't encounter any of the spiders emblatame has documented...

day 95. major flickr upload

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the haircut

today, i used my taxes worth of internet. waking late and walking out the door later, i marched down the street to the Northern Territories' legislative building. after beeping through security, i found a cute little cubical to catchup on flickr, blip.tv, a few emails and more importantly, edit episode 16 and upload episode 17.

while doing this, i only took two photos today. one of a parking meter and another one of me right before i wrote this.

if you didn't notice, today was a video day. mired in tapes out my ears, i've been having a hard time sitting down to edit. while i think i'm getting better, my set up is a pain in the ass. being on the cheap i grabbed my 250gig 7200rpm LaCie hard drive that ways a ton and requires an external power supply (this should remind my boy scout leader of the time i complained about my packs weight after packing 10 steal cans of beef stew). combine the fact that all encoding has to be done in real time, therefore requiring me to set up my camera and chew up another power outlet. painfully, i have discovered video is not like photography. i have to sit down for at least two hours to encode an 85 min tape.

somewhere between complaining, bitching, honesty and laziness sits my last paragraph and my next.

i'm super excited to have five tapes that need to be encoded, pruned, and edited. if my luck bares strange fruit, i'll get some of that done while i'm here in AUS. if not, then i'm going to have a nice thanksgiving treat for you all. maybe for christmas you'll get an apple tv or something media player and get to watch my yummyness over a fat turkey while i'm lost in the mountains of peru.

day 80. current travel plans for india, bangkok, cambodia, singapore, australia & hawaii (working on new zealand & US west coast

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while a detailed set of interviewees are forth coming, i have planned the following flights for india, bangkok, cambodia, singapore, australia and hawaii. all travel times are local. if you know of anyone who's up for a road trip in Austrailia or when I'm back in the USA, hook a brother up! over the next week, i'm going to detail my heart's desire for my great American journey. like tommy, you're all welcome to join me!

depart mumbai, india on 25 sept at 7.30
arrive bangalore, india on 25 sept at 9.00

note, geek dinner on the 26 sept

depart bangalore, india on 28 sept at 3.35
arrive bangkok, thailand on 28 sept at 9.10

my home slices in thailand are hooking me up with some crazy plans. while i don't know exactly what they have in store, it looks fantastic! apparently, i'll be flying to Price of Songkla University and might have a TV interview lined up.

depart bangkok, thailand on 1 oct at 14.50
arrive phnom penh, cambodia on 1 oct at 16.00

interview KhmerOS guys and explore.

depart back to bangkok, thailand on 4 oct at 16.30; arrive at 17.40

since i'll depart the following day at 14h, i'll need a place to stay close to the airport.

depart for darwin on 5 oct at 14.05. depart singapore at 20.20 and arrive in darwin, australia at 2.35 (in the ass crack of morning)

i'll need a place to crash and then i'd like to start a road trip from darwin to sidney. who's game? i want to see the inner part of australia, rural communities and their internet/mobile access. in sidney, i'm still looking for subjects to interview, and hopefully drop by one of the friday night blogger dinners (thanks Emily Reed).

if time allots, i hope to make new zealand to interview some e-gov folks and donald lobo from CiviCRM. in the meantime, hook me up with geek dinners, NGOs and couchsurfers!

depart for hawaii on 20 oct at 18.00 and arrive on the 20 oct at 7.45.

it will be weird traveling through time! sometime on the 25 - 27th i'll depart back to the mainland. it is so weird to think that i'll be back in the US before the end of october, but

(instructions on turning your university degree into a paper airplane and photo by flickr user davekellam.)
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