Holy kpw...king Barry has racked up more than $44mil in travel costs. Wow.... Wonder if that is for the entire first family or just him? Remember
so who actually uses blankets and headphones from the airline? Personally, the blanket stays in the plastic and the headphones get brought home for the kids...
The gravy bit isn't exactly true, but I can see how they got there. Good read. I can't believe I've learnt all this in only 7 years!
Transatlantic with a 737. Interesting...
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How much have you flown in your life? Ever wondered? If you have BA Frequent Flier account, BA just added a new tool called flight path that shows you how much you've flown on BA. Mine is above.
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Today on Fox News, I saw this article about the longest plane rides you can take today. Here's the summary:
* United Airlines Flight 117/118 - Newark to Hong Kong (16 hours, 8,078 miles)
* Qantas Flight 7/8 - Sydney to Dallas (16 hours, 8,575 miles)
* Cathay Pacific Multiple Routes - Newark/New York to Hong Kong (16 hours, 5 minutes, 8,078 miles)
* South African Airways Flight 203/204 - Johannesburg to New York (16 hours, 15 minutes, 7,954 Miles)
* Qatar Airways Flight 77/78 - Doha to Houston (16 hours, 20 minutes, 8,016 miles)
That got me wondering about the longest flight I ever took. Turns out it was in 2007 when I flew from JFK to BKK on Thai Airways Flight 973. According to Wikipedia, that flight was 8,676 miles and scheduled for 17 hours. I remember it...we flew north out of JFK, almost over the Noth Pole, south over China (and some interesting deserts) then on to BKK.
I think the next runner-up was when we flew from Cairo to JFK on TWA in 1996 (I think). That was something like 14 hours/
How about you? What's the longest flight you've ever been on?
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At certain times of the year, the news is full of stories like "The Wrong Kind of Snow" or "Leaves Disrupt Rail Travel" or "Sun Delays Rail". Well, now there is another "wrong kind of sun" story: a new building under construction in London (at 20 Fenchurch Street) is slightly concave. It does what a shape like that does and focuses the sun onto a point.
Well, it turns out that in the fall autumn (and I would say in the spring as well) the building focuses light across the street. It has even melted cars and cooked eggs. I'm curious to see how this plays out.
Image from becky via flickr
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In my job, I travel to lots of places where people are having meetings to work on their computers. We do this because we get the most "bang for the buck" so to speak by going where people are then working on their computers. But, that means we don't have control over the environment we find ourselves in. Or what resources are available. We can get around this by taking hard drives with software and updates for our use. However, there are cases where wifi is spotty (that's being nice). An example would be a meeting I recently went to in Morocco: wifi was available in the lobby but not the meeting room. But, in one corner of the meeting room we could, occasionally, leech wifi off another hotel. That corner was really popular.
Enter my quest for a router I could take with me places. A colleague suggested an Apple Airport Express (he has one). The size was right but it didn't do everything I wanted. I then thought about getting a stock router and installing DD-Wrt. Well, after looking, I didn't think DD-Wrt did everything I wanted. So, I kept looking. But, before I go farther, I suppose I should tell you my requirements:
#3 turned out to be the hardest. After looking, I didn't even think that ddwrt would do what I wanted. I kept looking. And looking. And looking. Finally, I stumbled on the Asus WL-330n3G. This thing does everything:
I haven't taken it any place with me yet, but I think this little guy will come in very handy!