infovore + travel   21

The language of the cockpit is technical, obscure – and irresistibly romantic | Aeon Essays
"I like how different the language of the sky is from everyday English – indeed, we might give it its own name, Aeroese (though it’s also sometimes, and less aspirationally, called Aviation English). Above all, I love how Aeroese can somehow manage, in its technical, obscuring precision, to capture the high romance of flight – an aspect of my job, no matter how much I love it, that in the cockpit we rarely have reason to consider directly." This is a lovely piece of writing.
travel  writing  flight  domainlanguages  aircraft 
august 2017 by infovore
Let’s fly — The Message — Medium
"Arrive early. Arrive early? Sounds simple. It is — let me show you.

Arrive so early that a friend will text you, What R U sixty years old? No, you’re not sixty, you’re much older, because the wisdom of the early arrival seems to have eluded even most sixty-year-old travelers."
writing  travel  flying  craigmod 
july 2014 by infovore
"My mom worries to unrational degree about my well being when I'm travelling. And she never reads her emails. So I decided to automate this process of informing my mom that I'm alive when I'm abroad. This small php script checks the ip address of the visitor calling it and if that ip address is not in Finland it'll generate a small email to my mom, mostly telling her where I am and that I'm alive. It does this emailing only once in 24 hours. This script is called from a small python script that runs in the background and tries to call this script every hour or so. So if I'm using my laptop (which I usually am) and I have internet connection this should automatically make me a better son." Hah!
parents  email  worry  travel 
march 2012 by infovore
How to do The Trip on the cheap | Travel | The Guardian
Nice list of restuarants and pubs. One of my favourite things about The Trip is turning out to be the food.
travel  restaurants  food  north 
december 2010 by infovore
clipper futures (tecznotes)
"People are understandably jittery, after the numerous social networking data breach debacles of three years ago that seemingly turned a generation off of oversharing. MTC have gone to great pains to assure users of the system that their data is safe from "getting zucked", and they've begun to provide free personal monitoring services to users of Clipper." Mike writes future-history, and in the midst of it, coins a lovely neologism.
futurism  michalmigurski  travel  rfid  ubicomp  urbancomputing  zucked 
june 2010 by infovore
Hitotoki — About
"Hitotoki stores literary 'sketches' of moments you experience every day. No check-ins. No bullshit badges. We think the most interesting stuff happens in the space between places. Hitotoki is built to help you capture those moments."
writing  travel  hitotoki  narrative  world  slow 
april 2010 by infovore
The Bookshops of Mexico City |
"At some point, I begin to feel that I am carrying entire Latin American forests home with me. Also, I am afflicted with a terrible need to stop and write things down, at almost every corner, slowing my passage through the city and impeding motion. I am locked in this ridiculous two-step, unable to travel more than half a block before sitting down and writing out more, papering over the last thirty feet, dripping more ink onto the street: this absurd project, this incomprehensible, incompletable urge, this terror of forgetting and compulsion to record." Beautiful writing from James, which has been sitting on the "to link" pile for far too long.
mexico  books  art  publishing  travel  stml  jamesbridle 
april 2010 by infovore
Panasonic Lumix GF1 Field Test — 16 Days in the Himalayas
"For 16 days I lived with it strapped to me as I climbed through the valleys of central Nepal up to Annapurna Base Camp at 4,200 meters." Wonderful review of the GF1, framed as a travelogue, with real photographs. I'd be quite happy if all camera reviews looked like this.
photography  camera  panasonic  travel  review  gf1 
december 2009 by infovore
The little page of TRANSPORT CHAOS
Scrapes lots of things, produces a useful page which actually manages to stay up. Also, it spells TRANSPORT CHAOS the only way it should be spelt: in capitals.
information  uk  funny  scraping  travel  useful  transportchaos  transport 
february 2009 by infovore
Chris Heathcote: anti-mega: pirates and scalpels
"Yesterday was the inaugural papercamp in London, alongside its big sister bookcamp. I presented a half bookish half paperish presentation about travel guides. What I forgot to mention or make explicit: how there are totally different stages and needs for guide books – especially pre-booking, pre-travel, during travel, during holiday. So here is, from memory, what I talked about, with a few additions:" This was jolly good, an a neat branching point between the Paper and the Books.
space  books  guides  hacking  travel  chrisheathcote  geo  papercamp  cutup 
january 2009 by infovore Minimuni
"As the about page says, if you live exactly 6 minutes from Sunset Tunnel East Portal, 8 minutes from Duboce and Church, and 10 minutes from Church Station you may find it useful too." Bespoke tools for yourself that might happen to be useful to others. I like this a lot.
travel  muni  sf  web  application  timetable  personal  situated  software 
december 2008 by infovore
Dubious Quality: Rocket Man
"That's how I got here. How long will it be before someone builds a raft and sets sail in space? Bill Gates has over fifty billion dollars. What if Richard Garriott had fifty billion dollars? If he wanted to, would that be enough money to build a rocket to get him into space, and a self-sustaining environment in which he could live? Would he want to sail away and never come back? ... No matter what happened in our future, [whoever built that raft] would forever be the first. A thousand years from now, people would remember his name." Bill Harris is awesome.
space  travel  kontiki  exploration  lonliness 
december 2008 by infovore
You Know What I Did Last Summer? (Frumination)
"I spent 10 weeks last Summer as an intern on the strategy team of Transport for London's (TfL) London Rail division.... My general task was to help London Rail start to make use of the oceans of data spewing out of the Oyster smartcard ticketing system, but I spent the bulk of my time working on a project that came to be titled Oyster-Based Performance Metrics for the London Overground. I've posted my final report and slides and outline for the presentation I gave to TfL executive management." Some interesting data and information here.
travel  tfl  statistics  oyster  overground  data  graphs 
november 2008 by infovore
Travel Posters of Other Times | The Ministry of Type
"These travel posters by Steve Thomas, Amy Martin and Adam Levermore-Rich promote travel to exotic eras and destinations, such as the Crimson Canyons of Mars, Tranquil Miranda, or the Winter Wonderland of the Ice Age." Beautiful.
travel  art  design  sciencefiction  imagination  futurist  posters 
october 2008 by infovore
Leapfroglog - The making of a travel-time map of the Netherlands
"I had an example, I had some data, and I had a little experience with making things in Processing." Kars explains the thinking behind his time-travel maps, built in Processing. Really nice work.
visualisation  travel  karsalfrink  processing  data  programming 
august 2008 by infovore
Fuelly | Share and Compare Your MPG
"Fuelly is a site that lets you track, share, and compare your gas mileage. Simply sign up, add a car, and begin tracking your mileage." Looks interesting.
travel  peakoil  efficiency  economy  petrol  fuel  money  cars  analytics 
august 2008 by infovore
Max, 19, hits the road | Travelog | Guardian Unlimited
If you've ever wanted to watch a trainwreck of a comments thread take shape, here's a good place to start.
blogs  guardian  travel  commentary  humour  privilege 
february 2008 by infovore
Daily Episcopalian
"The more I replay the scene, the more troublesome it is. It is the stuff of nightmares... If we conduct ourselves poorly as daily ambassadors, it is no wonder our country suffers a tarnished relationship with the world."
politics  security  travel  terrorism  culture 
november 2007 by infovore
Sinclair A-Bike
Tiny folding bike with tiny wheels from Clive Sinclair. Paul had one last night - looked fairly reasonable for the money, but not for long commutes...
bike  folding  gadget  innovation  travel  bicycle  nifty  design 
january 2007 by infovore
July 2006 Roadtrip - a photoset on Flickr
James Duncan Davidson's photos from his July roadtrip are breathtakingly beautiful. Proper geography from the US National Parks.
nationalparks  photography  flickr  travel 
august 2006 by infovore

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