How difficult was the trek? Altitude was the worst part for me, but our climb was entirely non-technical (just lots of scree). We packed crampons/ropes/iceaxes just in case, but didn't end up needing them. We'd already spent 6 days trekking in the Nubra Valley and then 6 days doing Stok Kangri, so we were well-acclimated when we summited.
What was the weather like? We had spectacular weather the whole time we trekked, but we were lucky. This'll be different for everybody though. Be sure to read Into Thin Air (article -> book), or better yet listen to it, before you go. ;)
What were the costs involved? My friend Zach led our small group (4 including him) on the trek, and organized all our transport inside India, as well as porters/food/etc. All the details are on his site (which is fortunately still available via the awesome Wayback Machine).
Can you do it without a trekking company? Probably, but I'd only recommend this if you're a super-experienced climber/trekker.
A miscellaneous tidbit: Blow the water out of your camelbak/platypus tube each night before bed! Otherwise it'll likely be frozen when you start trekking in the morning. ;)
Nubra Valley photos:
Stok Kangri photos
- you are not expected to understand this
- this shouldn't work
- this is a hack
- we should never get here
- this is so broken
- this code sucks
- kludgy hack
- holy ****
- holy **** batman
- whitaker's mom
- 640K ought
- this is the tricky part
- windows sucks
- your mother
- et tu brute
- **** me gently with a chainsaw
My solution is to use their least expensive subscription - $9.99 per month - then buy Booster Packs as needed, which do carry over month-to-month.
For more about why eMusic rocks, check out this Wired article.
This one might work too, but didn't work for me: HeadCold
The frightening thing is how many people are also experiencing this problem... the VCP forum currently has 136(!) pages of people dealing with similar issues. This thread is the one that finally lead me to VCP.
- Salon.com, Why Johnny Can't Code - argues that machines should still ship with an interactive BASIC environment
- Rafe Colburn, The Golden Age for Wannabe Programmers - argues that Web Browsers + View Source (for learning HTML/CSS/JS) + a Text Editor are all you need, and that interactive Python and Ruby environments are there if you wanna go deeper
"On the October 2, 2006 birthday of Mahatma Gandhi, the ancient city of Anuradhapura is expected to host a 1 million people - the largest gathering in Sri Lanka’s history - in a meditation for peace called together by the Sarvodaya Movement. People throughout the world are invited to participate. The event will be broadcast live..."
"$10 covers travel, food, and lodging expenses of a Sri Lankan villager to participate in the meditation program. You can sponsor a busload, a village, a youth or elders’ group - and donate online."
This article from 3/2004 talks about some healthcare-related stuff, but that was a while ago...
"Talib Kweli (born Talib Kweli Greene, 1975) is an American rapper from Brooklyn, New York. He is one of the most prominent rappers in underground hip-hop, and is frequently critically acclaimed, despite not having significant commercial success. His name is Arabic, meaning "the seeker" or "student of truth and knowledge". His parents were both college professors: his mother an English professor, his father a sociology professor."Here's Dan's account of the show.
"Assimilating myself was the most natural thing in the world. I'd been doing it ever since I became a traveller. Another saying: when in Rome, do as the Romans. In the traveller's ten commandments, that's commandment number one. You don't march into Hindu temples and start saying, 'Why are you worshipping a cow?' You look around, take on board, adjust, accept."True.
The Way to Ultimate Calm by Webu Sayadaw (photos):
"Only when your practice of morality (sila) is perfect can you fulfill your aspirations for awakening."
When opening coconuts in the Thai jungle, I highly recommend doing it as _softly_ as possible. It turns out that noise (such as that of an ill-aimed machete slamming into the deck of a wooden bungalow) can awaken swarms of big black wasps which, it turns out, sting *hard.*
Here's Joey, just before they attacked us:
"...we're taking matters into our own hands and buying a video iPod for the campaigns of Senators who work on legislation affecting technology. Plus, we're going to pre-load each one with examples of the cultural richness made possible by sharing and collaboration - public domain content, Creative Commons content, and audio messages about the importance of balanced copyright policy. It will be engraved with the words "listen to the people." And it will arrive at each Senator's campaign office with a letter of explanation and a list of all the people who helped pay for it."Contributed.
"In its heyday it was responsible for at least 200,000 cases a year just in the United States. These cases were reduced significantly with the development of the vaccine in the 1940's. However, since the 1980's there has been a steady increase again with 9000 cases in 2002, and 25,000 cases in 2004..."
"All adults 19 - 64 years old and especially those with infants should receive the new pertussis vaccine which is given as one shot in combination with the diphtheria/tetanus vaccine. It is not a live vaccine so there is no risk of getting the disease from the vaccine. It is considered safe and effective, however its safety in pregnant women and in those over 65 has not yet been established. Teens 11 - 18 are also recommended to get the vaccine. The immunity from this vaccine is expected to last 6-10 years."
"This is one of the deepest and realest interviews you will ever hear as we sat down with MC Hammer for a candid no holds barred interview about all things Hip Hop. What he had to say was both eye opening and incredibly insightful."Part 1:
[via El Suttero]
"The Postal Service is an indietronic band featuring singer Ben Gibbard of Death Cab for Cutie and producer Jimmy Tamborello of Dntel, Headset and Figurine..."Ottmar Liebert, on a collaboration he's working on:
"Their name comes from the manner in which their songs were written, due to the fact that the two of them lived too far away to be able to work together in person. Tamborello would create beats and mail them to singer and lyricist Gibbard, who would then edit them and put his melodies over the tracks and mail them back. Gibbard didn't write any of the lyrics until the tracks were completely finished."
"Last night Stephen Duros sent me the stereo mix file of a beautiful song for his new album via YouSendIt. I will play a solo in my studio this week and send it back. Musical collaborations in the 21st century. His new album will be very very nice."Hmm...
Unfortunately, toggling shuffle mode on and off involves a number of steps:
- "Menu" back to the UI's top level
- select "Settings"
- set Shuffle to "Songs"
- "Menu" back to the top level
- select "Now Playing"
- proceed with listening or shuffling to next tracks
"For dinner tonight, it's the old favorite, the legendary, delicious, veggie May Kaidee's. I want to marry Thai food but I have a delightful girlfriend and it's probably illegal to marry food anyways, though a girl in Israel recently married a dolphin so I suppose anything is possible."on the planet, and I even got to do a day-long Thai cooking course with her back while I was still on the road. (and make a green papaya salad for Mike). I'm meeting Mike/Alison/Michelle in BKK in late April, can't wait...
"If a tiny sprout could reveal this to me, would the sky someday reveal its own secrets? And what could the stones tell me, or the trees whisper? Would I learn the way of the flowing stream, the ancient widsom of the mountains? That was still to be disccovered."
"What did it all add up to? I remembered a story about Aldous Huxley. In his later years, a friend once asked him, 'Professor Huxley, after all your spiritual studies and practice, what have you learned?'"
"With a twinkle in his eye, Aldous answered, 'Perhaps... to be a little kinder.'"
"Even when there's no prescribed activity, people are doing things on these sites. They're hanging out. They're dancing in front of digital mirrors. They're patting their friends on their digital backs. They're increasing the strength of their relationships through sharing. They're consuming and producing cultural artifacts that position them within society. They're laughing, exploring and being entertained."
It turns out that Pete was inspired as well — I just heard him declare, "During Electronic Renaissance, I decided I need to redesign my blog."
More from BlogSearch: Rhymes with Maria, brassratgirl, internebbish, egw
"The traditional idea that we are the passive carriers of our genes is being challenged by the notion that we are their custodians. Our lifestyles — what we eat, how much we exercise, whether we smoke — may play a role in a chemical switching system that activates or deactivates our genes."
Indeed. I cancelled my TiVo subscription a while ago, and attempted to cancel TV service too. However, the Comcast lady convinced me to keep the basic channels for something like $16/month. The reason? My Comcast broadband would drop from 6 meg to 4 meg, and apparently there's no way to only pay for 6 meg. Ridiculous.
Netflix has more than enough TV for me:
- loved Curb Your Enthusiasm and Firefly
- currently enjoying Battlestar Galactica and Six Feet Under
- Farscape (and more) are queued up, thanks to the Lazyweb
Regarding DRM: I don't mind DRM on downloadable TV shows, because I only watch them once and have no need to share them. Music (and movies someday most likely) is completely different - I listen to music over and over (on various devices), and also share it on our work network via Rendezvous. DRM'd music won't share, and can hit foolish authorization walls.
I'd still rather buy mp3s online than buy cds though. Therefore I've stopped buying music from the iTMS until the jhymn folks crack v6's DRM (though there are hacky workarounds). Alternatives download stores:
Reading the book, you essentially have to imagine what the demo must have been like. But now you can watch a video of the demo online.
More amazingly, there's even a project to re-create most of the demo's document editing/collaboration functionality on the web.
"I'm not sure I could boil it down to one thing. Life isn’t usually that simple. But if I really, really had to boil it down to one thing, I would say this: responsiveness."So. True.
"So many people I meet are unresponsive. They don’t return their phone calls promptly. They don’t answer their emails quickly. They don’t complete their assignments on time. They promise to do something and never follow through. They have to be reminded, prodded, and nagged. This behavior creates work for everyone else and eats into their own productivity. Sadly, they seem oblivious to it."
(and I definitely have room for improvement here...)
My story is remarkably similar to hers, though my 14-month round-the-world journey wasn't nearly as... intentional. Vipassana courses in NZ, Australia, Burma and Thailand.
[via Sieburg, who's currently in Indonesia]
"As the iPod abundantly shows, user experience (along with a strong brand, and clever marketing) is much more important for the success of a device than technical specifications."Agreed. I stopped paying attention to these specs about 4 years ago, when I realized that any future computer/camera/iPod/etc. I buy would have more than enough cpu/memory/storage/etc. for my uses. And because I'm an Apple/Canon/Palm loyalist, I already know the User Experience will be fantastic.
"Apple has made the iPod the most popular music player on earth, but it's clean as a whistle. How could the same people love their super sleek music player and also love the gaudy oversaturated flashing/pulsating monstrosity of their Myspace profile?"Indeed.
(Crap, just noticed after posting this that Ev linked and quoted the same snippet as me. Great minds think alike?)
Thus far, the top of the CSS file reads:
With inspiration and assistance from:
* Jason Sutter - jason.similarselection.org
* Chris Wetherell - massless.org
* Biz Stone - bizstone.com
* Erik Benson - erikbenson.com
* Doug Bowman - stopdesign.com
* Dominic Sagolla - dom.net
* Pete Hopkins - blog.grogmaster.com
* Textmate - macromates.com
* Camino - caminobrowser.org
* xScope - iconfactory.com/xs_home.asp
* iTunes - apple.com/itunes/
* The Postal Service - subpop.com/bands/postalservice/
* Death Cab for Cutie - deathcabforcutie.com
* Bluetech - bluetechonline.com
* The Gorillaz - gorillaz.com
* DJ Cappel & Smitty - sandboxautomatic.com/abstract/blueeyesbedstuy.html
* Over the Rhine - overtherhine.com
* Saint Etienne - saintetienne.com
* Belle and Sebastian - belleandsebastian.com