over the past few weeks i've gotten a few requests for an updated list of my gadgets. for the seven months that i was on the road, i ended up ditching one wardrobe and most of my socks. now i'm down to two pairs of the following - pants, long sleeve undershirts, underwear - three t-shirts, button up shirts - six pairs of socks - one beanie - one dinner coat (spray painted) and a hoodie. as for my computer gear, it really didn't change until the fifth month when i was in ohio at my parents place and conveniently ran out of hard drive space.
over all, there is one gadget that ruled the school more than any other.... my urban assault two liter camelpak. while they no longer manufacture the two models i took with me, i wish camelpak would focus on the "urban warrior" (aka the geek who carries a laptop, camera, paper notebooks, batteries, compact still camera, pens, tripod, voice recorded, etc.). according to their website, the closest thing to what i have is "the wingman." it can cary a laptop, and a paltry half liter of water. camelpak also happens to have a wide array of "tactical" backpacks that seem to have a few more of the bennies (ie features) on my ruck (ie backpacks).
now onto the geeky gear that require electricity.
- Sony HVR-A1U, it's an hdv camcorder with two XLR inputs.
- Sony 37mm Wide angle lens which was on the camera 95% of the time.
- Sony DVCAM DigitalMaster tapes (10 Qty), Sony HDV tapes (30 Qty) & MiniDV tapes (15 Qty) - while i started out with the super expensive DVCAM tapes, i quickly moved HDV tapes with 85 mins. when they ran out, so did my money. then, i was forced to purchase MiniDV tapes (or have people buy them for me - thanks roland!)... while, the quality is subjective. i haven't had a problem YET!!! we'll see what happens in a few months.
- Sony NP-QM71D (high capacity battery, 1 Qty)
- Leica D-Lux 3 w/ 2 gig SD card, digital still camera and emergency/backup video snaggle-toother.
- Shure SM58 wired microphone and 10 foot XLR cable. serriously, i had no clue why in the hell i purchased this mic, but it was a totally clutch machine in loud environments (aka airplanes, bars - ie thailand).
- Audio-Technica Pro70 wired lapel mike w/ a 15 foot XLR cable. this was loaned to me from patrick from microcinema. for interviews, i found it better than the shotgun mic on the a A1U.
- a 4 foot tripod - $20 bucks, it's still broken, and i still use it.
- a mini tripod - awesome for night photography and/or desktop videography.
- Apple MacBook named tyrone. he was pimped out with 2 gigs of memory and 150gb hard drive - Mailplane, iLife 07 and then 08 in Nov, iPhoto Buddy (to help people transfer photos to CD or DVD) NeoOffice, Pathfinder, ChronoSync, TextWrangler, Adium, Skype, Quicksilver, Pando, Audio Hijack Pro, Colloquy, iPhoto Export for Flickr, Final Cut HD Express (upgraded to Express 4 in Nov), OmniFocus, Ecto, 10.5 in November and a much of other apps...
- Incase laptop case
- LaCie hard drive, 7200rpm 200gb (F.A. Porsche model) - this hard drive was a pain to carry. combined weight and bulk (with extra power brick) made it a shear pain in the ass to work.
- OWC Mercury On-The-Go FireWire 800/400 + USB 2.0 2.5' (qty 2) - in november, these drives replaced the LaCie hard drive. without a doubt, the smaller size and bus power proved to be worth their weight in gold!
- 60 Gig - 4th gen iPod Photo - a back up of my iTunes music and podcasts.
- 8 Gig - 2nd gen iPod Nano - Audio Entertainment - i wanted something that i could always keep me company...
- pepto-bismol tablets so you don't get pepto-bismal! seriously, it's a gadget of modern medicine. take it with you!!! you can thank me later.
- two universal power prong adapters from kensington - this is another one of those musts... it had adapters for every country but india's funky UK, but not styled prongs. too boot, it came with a USB adapter that allowed me to charge my cellphone or ipod. totally clutch!
- one US 8 outlet power strip from staples - yeah, they tell you not to use an american power strip, but it worked for me. i've been told from people who bring 220 volt power strips to countries with 110 volts that they don't work so well.
- cell phone - Treo 650 Unlocked - without a doubt, this was an absolute life saver. if you're traveling and find yourself meeting up with people,
- Zoom H4 audio recorder w/ 1gig SD card - to be honest, i really didn't use this all that much. while there are many things i could have done with it... it traveled the world with a bunch of dead AA batteries.
- AA rechargeable batteries and adapter that shane (beachwalks with rox's partner) gave me while i was in hawaii. i used them a few times, but the charger died a month later.
- an 18 month moleskin planner. paper is so much better than plastic.
- three moleskin notebooks. see above, paper is better than plastic.
- extra macbook battery and power supply - around november my laptop could no longer hold a charge. since my macbook was 16 months out of warrantee and i didn't have apple care, my father was gracious enough to lay down $200 bucks and bail my ass out.
- apple's in the ear headphones, sony's cheap ass ear buds, and apple's white ipod headphones.
- a woman's sleeping bag.
- pack lock. it's one of those wire netting things that enable to lock your ruck. i only used it once... then again i spent as much time in hostels/hotels as i did in people's homes. i could have used it more, but found the world to be more trusting than most. i was lucky!
as my path wondered through southeast asia, i found myself on the other-side of the world where the US dollar is the all mighty. for less that $6.00 USD you'd can be served a mountain of food fit for a king. little did i know that for less that $2.00 USD, my friend huixian and i would eat lavishly for two days...
if huixian and i ate at her house every day, we'd spend less than $15 USD a week. that's less than $15.00 USD a week ON FOOD!!!!
i know it's hard to understand how we can make a difference in someone's lives at the other end of the world, but those "help a christian child" TV spots aren't that far fetched. "for dollars a day you, can change someone's life..." except in this "advertisement" we're not talking about a newly "saved" cambodian pip. we're talking about a "no political or religious agenda; we work directly with village chiefs and school principals to target their communities’ most pressing needs. Gradually, we’ve hired and mentored fifty-seven Cambodians who’ve assumed all leadership positions.” - Nancy Woodward Hendrie from the sharing foundation in the mount holyoke alumnae quarterly
THAT'S RIGHT! a grassroots empowerment organization needs your help. if you donate $10.00 USD and believe it or not, WE can turn it into $50,000!!!
just imagine how much $50,000 will go in cambodia?!?!
luck of seven contributor and global non-profit rockstar beth kantor has asked me to ask for your help. over the next 40 hours, we need to win the "giving challenge." we need to get the most unique donations over the next day or so and we can collectively turn our $10 bucks into $50,000!!!
if you're into the social media chain letter thing, there's a participant wiki on how you can help... the first three are the most important...
1. Volunteer to write at least one blog between today and January 31, 2008 about this and ask your readers to contribute the minimum amount.
2. Put the widget on your blog on the side bar (it is easy to cut and paste)
3. Consider donating $10 to campaign!
Recoded: 27 December 2007
Locations: Ushuaia, Argentina
Tags: pants, end of the earth, antarctica, adventure, ushuaia, argentina, video diary, luck of seven
Music: walk on the wild side - lou reed
About: after 6 months, the crotch of my pants departed to another journey. for balls and honor!
Recoded: 22 December 2007
Locations: Ushuaia, Argentina
Tags: holiday wish, hitchhiking, traveler, end of the earth, antarctica, adventure, ushuaia, argentina, video diary, luck of seven
Music: When The Night Feels My Song - Bedouin Soundclash
About: frustrated at the fact i couldn't seem to get the feeling of this video down, i spent two days editing. in the long run, i think this is the best hook i could cast. well this is my ehook, over the next 24 hours as most of christian world beds down awaiting santa clause, i will spread my net fast and wide. i know that if enough people see the dream, they will know that anything is possible. thank you all who have contributted. i will not give up on the thousand of you who have supported the dream. from the end of the world, yours truly. noneck (youtube video
Recoded: 19 December 2007
Locations: Ushuaia, Argentina
Tags: flickr, blogger, photohunt, traveler, end of the earth, ushuaia, argentina, video diary, luck of seven, antarctica, adventure
Music: The Pink Panther Theme - Henry Mancini
About: after being kidnapped by south american aliens and fighting off the torrential downpour of ushuaia, i found a fellow north american for a little photo hunt. for day 4, julie jira (flickr) and i kicked around town discovering the end of the world (flickr photos or slideshow).
a fellow traveler and new york buddy is in need of a hitch... he's made it from NYC to boise, and now needs to find his way to portland. if you know of anyone who can give him a few miles, shoot him an email at matt[.at.]aroundamericaproject.com. below his is request.
I hit a slight glitch today in the project. My ride from Boise, ID to Portland, OR this Sunday the 7th canceled. He was a shoe salesman that was going to give me a ride, but sadly he was canned last week. It was the last volunteer I needed before I made it coast to coast. Boise to Portland is a 7 hour drive, so I'm not quite sure what I'm going to do.
If anyone can help in any way or contact someone who may be able to help, that would be HUGE! :) Right now, it looks like I may be plum out of luck. I am sooo close to making it across the entire country.
Shoot me back an email if you have any (serious) ideas on how I can do it.
Thanks so much guys! And, thanks for watching and volunteering thus far. Wooh!
P.S. If for some reason this email reaches you and you have no clue as to what I'm speaking about, check www.aroundamericaproject.com.
as i clean out my inbox, i'm noting a few things that one should check out...
- after six months abroad, bill boyles, fellow global traveler/vlogger/badass, is going on a drinking tour of the USA. download his revver podcasts vis-a-vis quicktime
- Sugree Phatanapherom, Patipat Susumpow and Isriya Paireepairit are preparing my Thailand itinerary to be a rocking adventure. when i land, they will ship me off to Price of Songkla University and find me a few subjects to interview for mobile active and might get me on http://www.duocore.tv/
- Handmade Nation, the rockin craft documentry profiled in episode 6, has a new teaser. they also reopened their ETSY shop.
- abby (abhishek baxi) , microsoft enthusiast and jelly delhi organizer, uploaded photos of our adventure to zoomr.
- chris penn thinks "luck of seven" is a good opportunity to pump up your linkage on search engines.
- sstrudeau wrote up the best damn reasons for you to contribute.
- beth went to cambodia bloggers summit, got sick on fried bugs and gave away geek shirts. HAWT!
- eddward hasbrouck, the practical nomad, will be testifying at a TSA hearing on the US's GOVT's latest proposals on surveillance, control and monitoring of travelers. apparently, the TSA is seeking to allow "government-compelled search and interrogation by unregulated, private, commercial third parties who would be 'free' to retain, use, publish, sell, rent, or disclose the records of our travels." if you get a chance check out his schedule.
- Siddharth, from Dristhi, has a blog where you'll find some of the work achieved by community video magazine makers.
- i've added a bunch of people who've blogged about the trip.
- finally, subscribe to jetset! their show rocks, the mix rules, and they are going to post an interview shortly.
the past eleven days have blown my mind! from austin and SXSW to austria and salzburg seminar on The New Information Networks: Challenges and Opportunities for Business, Governments, and Media. through the panels, conversations and the people, i am invigorated to change the world.
as of today, we have reached $1220.54 and this could not have been possible without your generous donations! thank you club 777 and i'd like to welcome some new members!
- Stephen Poleskey
- Howard Greenstein
- Douglas & Frankie Wheeler thanks again bro!
- Justin Abbott
- Vassilis Kottas
- Charles O'Donnell
- Nathaniel Westheimer
- Edward Costello
- Niki Scevak
- Meredith Petrin
- Thomas Biebl
while i gather some notes for a big announcement, i leave you with an inspiring video from Matt Harding, a fellow world traveler.
ps - you should also check out user's responses to this great video.
in 2005, Gionata Nencini started his journey with $2200 in his pocket, then he hopped on his BMW motorcycle to discover the world. as any good fun loving twentysomthing or maybe more like any good italian, he not only has a page of nudes of himself but also a page dedicated to the women he's "loved."
outrageous as it might be, there are countless people traveling around the world who are always looking for places to crash. if you're hospitable and looking for a change of pace, check out couchsurfing.com
in the past week he's been on youtube, partireperit uploaded 243 clips... below are the two summaries of 2005 and 2006.