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1Password Implements New Feature to Keep Travelers' Passwords Safe - SecureMac
Over the past several years, international travel has become fraught with more privacy and security concerns than ever before. At many borders, including those in the United States, customs agents are increasingly asking travelers to unlock their phones and hand over their laptops for inspection. Government agencies claim this is an anti-terrorism measure, as well as being aimed at combating fraud and trafficking in illegal materials. For many, this feels like an invasion of privacy.
For those with password managers on their devices, this is an especially big concern. When traveling overseas, putting your passwords at risk is wholly unacceptable, especially for individuals such as journalists. 1Password, one of the most popular management apps, has chosen to take a proactive step towards making it easier to protect your passwords from prying eyes while traveling.
1password  passwords  travel  security  privacy 
7 days ago by rgl7194
1Password's Travel Mode - Schneier on Security
The 1Password password manager has just introduced "travel mode," which allows you to delete your stored passwords when you're in other countries or crossing borders:
Your vaults aren't just hidden; they're completely removed from your devices as long as Travel Mode is on. That includes every item and all your encryption keys. There are no traces left for anyone to find. So even if you're asked to unlock 1Password by someone at the border, there's no way for them to tell that Travel Mode is even enabled.
In 1Password Teams, Travel Mode is even cooler. If you're a team administrator, you have total control over which secrets your employees can travel with. You can turn Travel Mode on and off for your team members, so you can ensure that company information stays safe at all times.
The way this works is important. If the scary border police demand that you unlock your 1Password vault, those passwords/keys are not there for the border police to find.
The only flaw -- and this is minor -- is that the system requires you to lie. When the scary border police ask you "do you have any other passwords?" or "have you enabled travel mode," you can't tell them the truth. In the US, lying to a federal office is a felony.
I previously described a system that doesn't require you to lie. It's more complicated to implement, though.
This is a great feature, and I'm happy to see it implemented.
1password  passwords  travel  security  privacy 
7 days ago by rgl7194
Applications Folder: iExit Interstate Exit Guide - Six Colors
I use Apple Maps and Google Maps and Yelp and they’re all helpful in finding places to go and how to get to them. But when I’m on a long drive on a freeway—where you’re from you might call them highways or turnpikes or motorways or who knows what else, we seem to have accumulated a bunch of different names for enormous expressways with limited exits and entrances separate from street traffic—the usual apps become less helpful.
Driving on the freeway is all about exits. If I’m driving on freeways for a few hours, I don’t want to search for what restaurants or gas stations or whatever are around me—I want to search for what points of interest are near the various exits along my route. And that’s what iExit provides. I’ve been using it for years, and it’s always been a vital aid when I’m sitting in the passenger seat trying to figure out when we’re going to break for lunch. We used iExit a lot as we drove from home through Nevada, Utah, Idaho, and back on our family road trip, and I just used it a couple of weeks ago to find lunch during a four-hour drive through California’s Central Valley.
travel  maps  driving  apps  ios 
8 days ago by rgl7194
Bird and Lime aren’t the problem. Your streets are. - Curbed
Cities are regulating mobility startups, but ignoring the real problem—there’s still too much space for cars
Over the last few months, I’ve spent a lot of time looking at century-old images of U.S. streets. There’s a window of a dozen or so years at the beginning of the 20th century, at the dawn of the automobile age, where American cities were remarkably multimodal—including a wide range of small personal vehicles.
Take, for example, “A trip down Market Street before the fire,” a film of downtown San Francisco from the era before the 1906 earthquake—and subsequent fire—leveled the city.
driving  bicycling  sharing  design  travel 
17 days ago by rgl7194
Leatherman Micra | Cool Tools
Keychain Size Multitool
I’m a computer geek, both by trade and by lifestyle, so I’ve accumulated several boxes full of tools for disassembling and reassembling all sorts of obscure computer stuff. Since I found the Micra, most of what’s in those boxes sits unused in my office. Smaller than most pocket knives, and with the ability to unfold into a completely handy pair of snips, the stainless steel Micra contains two functional flat-blade drivers (micro and “regular”) and a #2 Phillips-equivalent screwdriver, so I can achieve most anything I need to do inside a server closet or at a customer’s desk. You could opt for the Wave, which features more tools. However, the less expensive Micra is lighter (1.75 vs. 8.5 ounces) and smaller (2.5″ vs. 4″), and overall it’s much more of an urban survival tool. It comes with tweezers, scissors, nail file, and a bottle opener, but the features that make it the most valuable to me are the “Phillips” blade (a flat blade shaped to fit into a Phillips head) and the micro flat driver blade. I’m constantly opening stuff – packages from FedEx (knife,) packages of sunflower kernels (scissors), laptops (micro screwdriver,) data racks (Phillips) and the like. This tool has everything I use on a daily basis in a simple, little package.
-- Steve Sussex
07/14/18
(This is a Cool Tools Favorite from 2007 — editors)
Buy on Amazon
Leatherman Micra ($29)
multitool  cool_tools  gadgets  travel 
17 days ago by rgl7194
The Men’s Travel Clothes I Pack No Matter Where I’m Going: Reviews by Wirecutter | A New York Times Company
In my travels spanning 10 countries across four continents over the past five years, I’ve found that any comfortable clothes can get the job done. But having the best travel clothing lets me pack less and do more. This wardrobe of basics fits into a single medium-size packing cube yet works in climates ranging from the humid jungles of Brazil to the snowy craters of Mount Etna. I’ll add a blazer and a button-down to pass the dress code at a nice restaurant, or an extra coat for colder places, but these are the clothes I pack regardless of my destination.
Video: Michael Hession
The research
One T-shirt for all climates
Desert-island jeans
Shorts that go beyond the gym
A jacket for all seasons
A travel-underwear bargain
Socks for life
Bonus: Always bring a towel
men  clothing  travel  wirecutter  review  comparo 
17 days ago by rgl7194
Anthony Bourdain Talks Harvey Weinstein, Clintons in Final Interview | Consequence of Sound
The late chef and author also took Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders fans to task
It’s been just over a month since the suicide of author, chef, and TV personality Anthony Bourdain. One of his final interviews, an in-depth discussion with Maria Bustillos of the newly-launched blockchain-based web magazine Popula, was conducted back in February and has just been published. The conversation covered a wide array of subjects, with Bourdain giving some characteristically blunt comments about many sociopolitical matters.
Prior to his death, Bourdain was dating Asia Argento, one of the women at the center of the New York Times article that exposed Harvey Weinstein. As such, Bourdain was an outspoken supporter of the #MeToo movement and a staunch opponent of Weinstein. While he and Bustillos were discussing how the only way to stop the immoral acts of powerful people is to publicly humiliate them, Bourdain imagined the former A-list producer forced to eat at a low-rent restaurant in Scottsdale, Arizona. It was his way of explaining that while he’d love “to see him, you know beaten to death in his cell,” it’s actually more satisfying to watch horrible individuals suffer the consequences.
adventure  bourdain  celebrity  food  RIP  suicide  travel  tv  interview  politics  hillary  sexism 
29 days ago by rgl7194
eat well, travel often | shopmidnightrider: “Travel isn’t always pretty....
“Travel isn’t always pretty. It isn’t always comfortable. Sometimes it hurts, it even breaks your heart. But that’s okay. The journey changes you; it should change you. It leaves marks on your memory, on your consciousness, on your heart, and on your body. You take something with you. Hopefully you leave something good behind.” Anthony Bourdain ( June 25th 1956 - June 8th 2018 )
adventure  bourdain  celebrity  food  RIP  suicide  travel  tv  EatWellTravelOften  quotes 
5 weeks ago by rgl7194
Queens of the Stone Age Singer Reveals Heartbreaking Note From Anthony Bourdain - AlternativeNation.net
Queens of the Stone Age frontman Josh Homme tweeted on Friday about Anthony Bourdain, who died by suicide earlier this month.
He said, “Tony, I miss you bad. Once, Camille was so mad at you. She was defending me. & So were you. Ariane, this was your father. Humbly yours, Joshua.”
Below is the note from Bourdain.
adventure  bourdain  celebrity  children  food  music  travel  tv 
5 weeks ago by rgl7194
Workshop tips/Living on One Dollar/Quest | Cool Tools
Multiple power lines
I use a squid outlet when I travel. In cheap lodging there is often barely one accessible power outlet on the wall and I have lots of things to charge, from camera batteries, to a laptop, to more than one phone. That’s just me. With a travel companion there’ll be even more items to charge. A squid splits the power to four flexible outlets. The flexibility gives more room for devices than a simple power strip. This 2-pack Squid is the cheapest, lightest, smallest one I’ve found. — KK
travel  electric  gadgets  charger  cables  cool_tools 
5 weeks ago by rgl7194
The Winning Photos of Nat Geo's Travel Photographer of the Year 2018
National Geographic has announced the winning photos of its popular Travel Photographer of the Year 2018 photo contest. The grand prize was awarded to Japanese photographer Reiko Takahashi, who captured an underwater photo of a humpback whale calf’s tail.
The winning photo, titled “Mermaid,” was selected from over 13,000 entries received this year. Here’s the description provided by the photographer:
I was fortunate to have encountered a humpback whale with her calf on my first day snorkeling near Japan’s Kumejima Island. Most of the time, the calf stayed close to her mom. At one point, the calf began jumping and tapping its tail on the water near us—it was very friendly and curious. Finally, the mother, who was watching nearby, came to pick up the calf and swim away. I fell in love completely with the calf and it’s very energetic, large, and beautiful tail.
award  contest  nature  nat_geo  photography  travel 
6 weeks ago by rgl7194
Winners of the 2018 National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year Contest - The Atlantic
The winning images have been selected from this year’s edition of the National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year competition, with the grand prize being awarded to Reiko Takahashi for her image of a humpback whale calf swimming near Japan’s Kumejima Island. National Geographic was kind enough to share some of the winning entries with us here, gathered from three categories: Nature, Cities, and People. Be sure to click the link above to see all the winners and the People’s Choice winners as well. The captions were written by the photographers, and lightly edited for style.
photography  contest  award  nat_geo  travel  nature 
6 weeks ago by rgl7194
These Photos Show Why Everyone Wants to Go to Iceland
Iceland is booming. More than 2 million tourists visit Iceland every year. This comes as no surprise. As I am regularly guiding tours in Iceland, I have visited the country quite a few times over the years and the beauty of the country is simply out of this world. The moment you step out of Reykjavik is the moment you enter some a fantasy movie with beautiful scenery on every corner.
For people who have not visited Iceland yet, here are a bunch of images that just might convince you to.
Iceland has an insane coastline with high cliffs all around the island.
europe  travel  photography  nature 
6 weeks ago by rgl7194
Anthony Bourdain Wrote a Letter to Josh Homme’s Daughter | Consequence of Sound
Homme's daughter became upset after seeing Bourdain break her father's guitar on an episode of No Reservations, prompting Bourdain to write her an apology
Queens of the Stone Age frontman Josh Homme has shared a letter written by Anthony Bourdain to Homme’s daughter, Camile. As Homme tells it, his daughter became upset after seeing Bourdain break her a guitar during a 2011 episode of No Reservations profiling Homme. After hearing of Camile’s reaction, Bourdain wrote a letter to assure her that the broken guitar was a prop and not one actually belonging to her father.
“That this was in fact a not so subtle reference to the early works of John Landis and John Belushi is something you could hardly have been expected to know, Animal House having been released long before you were born, and I apologize,” Bourdain wrote. Had Bourdain actually broken Homme’s guitar, “Daddy would have been really angry… and as he is a large man, I strongly suspect I would not still be here to write this letter,” he added.
bourdain  music  children  adventure  celebrity  food  travel  tv 
6 weeks ago by rgl7194
Tips for safe summer travels: your cybersecurity checklist - Malwarebytes Labs | Malwarebytes Labs
Summer is just around the corner in the Northern Hemisphere, and with it comes vacation plans for many. Those looking to take some time away from work and home are likely making plans to secure their home, have their pets taken care of, and tie up loose ends at work. But how about securing your devices and your data while you’re away? Here are some things to take into consideration if you want to have a trip free of cyber worries.
privacy  security  travel  technology  wi-fi  passwords  backup  malware  charger  cables  gadgets 
8 weeks ago by rgl7194
Chefs & Celebrities Respond to Anthony Bourdain Death | Tasting Table
News, stories and reactions from the past week
In the week since Anthony Bourdain's tragic death, his friends and, fans have joined chefs and celebrities in pouring forth with words and photos in commemoration.
Media
• This opinion piece in The Washington Post about "why Iranians love Bourdain."
• CNN collected stories from readers about what Bourdain meant to them.
• Netflix announced that it would keep Parts Unknown available to stream.
• "Anthony Bourdain was the best white man," Mallika Rao wrote for Vulture.
• The New York Times on what he meant to people of color.
adventure  bourdain  celebrity  food  RIP  suicide  travel  tv 
8 weeks ago by rgl7194
Watch Pearl Jam Dedicate Tour Kickoff to Anthony Bourdain | Music News | Consequence of Sound
Ever classy, the Seattle rockers also paid respects to the Spade family
Pearl Jam is a class act. Listen to any number of bootlegs from the Seattle rockers and you’ll see that Eddie Vedder and the gang have their hearts in the right place. Well, traditions die hard, and last night, the band came out in a state of love and trust for their European tour kick off at the Ziggo Dome in Amsterdam with a few dedications.
“We dedicate this to Anthony [Bourdain], my friend David [Spade], his brother Andrew [Spade],” Vedder said, the latter two being the brother-in-law and husband, respectively, of designer Kate Spade. “They are deep in our hearts tonight and we thank you.”
adventure  bourdain  celebrity  food  RIP  suicide  travel  tv  music  concert  pj 
8 weeks ago by rgl7194
We Need to Talk About Anthony Bourdain | Food & Wine
As I see it, you either have to deal with the slightly uncomfortable situation of having your line cook cry in front of you, or you cry at their funeral. I'm sorry to make it sound that dire, but it is.
Chefs die all the time, and no one talks about it. There are a million reasons for this, but the thing is that it happens constantly and it's only spoken of in hushed tones so no one gets upset. Other people's feelings are awkward, and we as a culture are exceptionally crappy at talking about them. We're all afraid of making things worse, or seeing someone in a different way, or having them see us in a vulnerable state. But as I see it, you either have to deal with the slightly uncomfortable situation of having your line cook cry in front of you, or you cry at their funeral. I'm sorry to make it sound that dire, but it is. Especially today.
Anthony Bourdain killed himself. I don't know why. Even if I did, it wouldn't matter, because it cannot be undone or make anyone feel any better. There was absolutely no one else in the world like him, and the constant refrain I heard from chefs, writers, and food lovers I met through my work as a journalist was, "I want to be Anthony Bourdain."
adventure  bourdain  celebrity  food  travel  tv  RIP  suicide 
9 weeks ago by rgl7194
Anthony Bourdain, Renegade Chef Who Reported From the World’s Tables, Is Dead at 61 - The New York Times
Anthony Bourdain, whose darkly funny memoir about life in New York City restaurant kitchens made him a celebrity chef and touched off his second career as a journalist, food expert and social activist, was found dead on Friday in his hotel room in France. He was 61.
His death was being treated as a suicide. Christian de Rocquigny du Fayel, the prosecutor for the city of Colmar, in the Alsace region near where Mr. Bourdain was found, said the death was by hanging. “At this stage, we have no reason to suspect foul play,” he said.
adventure  bourdain  celebrity  food  travel  tv  RIP  suicide 
9 weeks ago by rgl7194
Anthony Bourdain: America’s Ambassador to the World | Editorials | Consequence of Sound
A tribute to a man who followed fate and became America's favorite traveler
Some men get a haircut in high school and just stick with it until the day they lose it all. It’s a metaphor for how the male of the species lives his life post-college: stuck in his ways, unable to change with the times, wondering out loud when things will go back to what they perceive as “normal.” Anthony Bourdain was a man that the world saw change and grow throughout the years, from his first New Yorker piece to his recent alignment with the #MeToo movement. Bourdain always kept it real, but his reality was perpetually changing.
adventure  bourdain  celebrity  food  travel  tv  RIP  suicide 
9 weeks ago by rgl7194
Josh Homme, Barack Obama, More Pay Tribute to Anthony Bourdain | Consequence of Sound
Neil deGrasse Tyson, celebrity chefs, and the late traveler's favorite breakfast restaurant also express their condolences
The world woke up to sad news today when we all learned of the death of Anthony Bourdain, the beloved TV personality, chef, and author. The 61-year-old died of an apparent suicide in France while filming an episode of his CNN show Parts Unknown. In the wake of his passing, prominent individuals from former political leaders to rock icons have been paying tribute to the late world traveler via social media.
Former President Barack Obama sent out a picture of himself and Bourdain from an 2016 episode of Parts Unknown shot in Hanoi, Vietnam. “He taught us about food — but more importantly, about its ability to bring us together,” Obama wrote.
adventure  bourdain  celebrity  food  travel  tv  RIP  suicide 
9 weeks ago by rgl7194
Goodbye Anthony Bourdain – Om on Tech
It has been six days since I got back from Iceland. And every single day has been spent in bed – dealing with conjunctivitis, cold, cough and fever. Despite all precautions, all sort of vitamins and even getting decent sleep. And yet, it has been a rough few days. Even though I have tried to keep up with work — thanks to Zoom video conference, I have fallen behind on my emails.
And if that was not enough, I have been devastated by the news of the suicide of Kate Spade, a designer who works were appreciated by millions of women around the world. But today, my world got a little darker. Anthony Bourdain, a chef and a food journalist I admired deeply committed suicide in France. His show Parts Unknown was the only show worth watching on CNN. I loved his previous travel shows as well.
adventure  bourdain  celebrity  food  travel  tv  RIP  suicide 
9 weeks ago by rgl7194
R.I.P. Anthony Bourdain has died at 61 | TV News | Consequence of Sound
The Emmy-winning CNN host reportedly committed suicide in France
Anthony Bourdain, chef, writer, and Emmy-winning television personality, has died of an apparent suicide. He was 61 years old.
The news was confirmed by his own network, CNN, who released the following statement:
“It is with extraordinary sadness we can confirm the death of our friend and colleague, Anthony Bourdain. His love of great adventure, new friends, fine food and drink and the remarkable stories of the world made him a unique storyteller. His talents never ceased to amaze us and we will miss him very much. Our thoughts and prayers are with his daughter and family at this incredibly difficult time.”
adventure  bourdain  celebrity  food  travel  tv  RIP  suicide 
9 weeks ago by rgl7194
Barack Obama Just Delivered Emotional Statement About Anthony Bourdain – The Political Voice
Barack Obama, even out of office, remains the President this country deserves. And more importantly, he’s the leader that this nation needs – now, more than ever. With kindness and compassion, Barack Obama’s abundant intelligence, experience and wisdom was apparent in every move he made as leader of this country. To say he made us proud to be American, would be a massive understatement.
“Low plastic stool, cheap but delicious noodles, cold Hanoi beer.” This is how I’ll remember Tony. He taught us about food — but more importantly, about its ability to bring us together. To make us a little less afraid of the unknown. We’ll miss him. pic.twitter.com/orEXIaEMZM
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) June 8, 2018
adventure  bourdain  celebrity  food  travel  tv  RIP  suicide  obama  twitter 
9 weeks ago by rgl7194
What Anthony Bourdain Understood About Cities - CityLab
The work of the acclaimed chef and writer, who has died at 61, provides a model for a truly inclusive urbanism based on the creativity of all human beings.
Anthony Bourdain is one of the two people who have most inspired my work on cities and urbanism. Where Jane Jacobs helped define my intellectual agenda, it was Bourdain, who died on Friday morning at age 61, who motivated me to spread the message of cities and urbanism broadly.
A brilliant chef-turned-writer-turned-TV-star who was as good or better on camera as he was on the page, most people saw him as a chronicler of food and culture. But I always saw him as a chronicler of cities, and a truly great urbanist. He may not have seen himself that way—in recent years he ceased to refer to himself as a chef or a journalist, so single-minded was he as a traveler and epicurean—but it’s a central part of his work and legacy.
adventure  bourdain  celebrity  food  travel  tv  RIP  suicide 
9 weeks ago by rgl7194
Remembering Anthony Bourdain, Dead at 61 - The Atlantic
The chef and writer, who died at 61, changed the way we think about restaurant kitchens and the people who work within them.
What made Anthony Bourdain distinct as a writer was what made him a great television personality: He unprettified reality and found a deeper truth in the lives of people who made food. He did not so much glorify the hot line as much as talk about the grit it took to work and live there, the strangely insulated and relatively safe world it became for people who had often grown up in unsafe worlds, the barracks mentality that fostered its own language and code of behavior.
adventure  bourdain  celebrity  food  travel  tv  RIP  suicide 
9 weeks ago by rgl7194
Anthony Bourdain modeled how to be an American abroad.
Anthony Bourdain modeled how to be an American abroad.
Anthony Bourdain very nearly ate his first meal in Japan at a Starbucks. As he recounts in Kitchen Confidential, the 2000 memoir that made him a celebrity, he had been dispatched in 1998 by the owners of Les Halles, the New York restaurant where he was executive chef, to open a Tokyo branch. Hungover and bleary-eyed at 5 a.m., the man who would one day preach the gospel of culinary adventurism—but at the time had almost no experience with international travel—“didn’t have the nerve” to go into a noodle shop, being “acutely aware of how freakish and un-Japanese I looked.” He writes, “The prospect of pushing aside the banner to one of these places, sliding back the door and stepping inside, then squeezing on to a stool at a packed counter and trying to figure out how and what to order was a little frightening.” Thankfully for him—and the rest of us—fortified by a latte, he summoned the nerve to go out and slurp down some soba.
adventure  bourdain  celebrity  food  travel  tv  RIP  suicide 
9 weeks ago by rgl7194
Anthony Bourdain Dead | Tasting Table
The ‘Parts Unknown' host was 61
Anthony Bourdain, TV host, author and one of the most prominent celebrity chefs in the food world, has passed away, CNN announces.
The Parts Unknown host was in France working on a future episode, when close friend and Michelin-starred chef Eric Ripert discovered him unconscious in his hotel room. Although exact details have not been announced, CNN confirms that the cause of death was suicide.
"It is with extraordinary sadness we can confirm the death of our friend and colleague, Anthony Bourdain," the network says in a statement. "His love of great adventure, new friends, fine food and drink and the remarkable stories of the world made him a unique storyteller. His talents never ceased to amaze us and we will miss him very much. Our thoughts and prayers are with his daughter and family at this incredibly difficult time." 
adventure  bourdain  celebrity  food  travel  tv  RIP  suicide 
9 weeks ago by rgl7194
Anthony Bourdain Dies By Suicide: His Best Music Moments - Stereogum
This morning brings the impossibly sad news that Anthony Bourdain, the near-universally beloved celebrity chef and TV host, has died. CNN reports that Bourdain died via suicide in France, where he was filming an episode of his show Parts Unknown. His friend Eric Ripert, a French chef, found him unresponsive in his hotel room this morning. Bourdain was 61.
Bourdain was born in New York and grew up in New Jersey. After dropping out of Vassar, he became a chef, coming up in New York’s restaurant scene. Bourdain became famous after he turned his 1999 New Yorker article “Don’t Eat Before Reading This” into the bestselling 2000 memoir Kitchen Confidential: Adventures In The Culinary Underbelly. From there, Bourdain hosted the TV shows A Cook’s Tour, No Reservations, and Parts Unknown, venturing around the world to speak with locals and to try the different kids of food, always doing whatever he could to show local cultures on entirely human terms.
adventure  bourdain  celebrity  food  travel  tv  RIP  suicide 
9 weeks ago by rgl7194
Psychedelics revisited/Shark Tank products/Only In Asia | Cool Tools
Good small First Aid Kit
This first aid kit comes in a small bag, but it’s loaded with stuff. Besides the usual bandages and sterile gauze pads, it comes with sting relief pads, an instant cold pack, a light stick, a poncho and blanket, splinter tweezers, a compass, a whistle, and a lot more. At $11, it’s a great deal. — MF
safety  travel  cool_tools  medical  hiking  camping 
11 weeks ago by rgl7194
Walkabout Power Adapters | Cool Tools
Power adapter superstore
I travel the world, and am always bringing my gadgets with me. Most modern gadgets are okay on any voltage and require only a plug adapter. I have bought expensive and cheap plug adapters on Amazon, in street bazaars, from fancy travel stores, and from electronics stores. My favorite plug adapters are from a company called “Walkabout Travel Gear.” First of all, their website cleanly and clearly tells you what adapter(s) you need for each country. Many online sites don’t. Secondly, their adapters are reasonably priced and very durable. I have never had one break or fall apart (although I have lost a few). Third, they are relatively ergonomic. For instance, the adapter for US two prong to European two prong is a small adapter designed to fit inside the cylindrical hole many European outlets have. Pulling adapters out of the hole is often a challenge, but the walkabout ones have grippable ridges on the adapter that make them easy to pull out.
They also have sections of their store for other travel items, ranging from water purification to hostel sleepsacks. Mostly, these are not walkabout branded items but instead well regarded name-brands, and their curated list of travel gear resonates with what I take for rugged travel.
03/29/18
Walkabout power adapters
Walkabout power adapters ($4+)
travel  gadgets  electric  cool_tools 
march 2018 by rgl7194
The Best Checked Luggage: Reviews by Wirecutter | A New York Times Company
After researching 26 pieces of checked luggage and testing five finalists, we can say that the Travelpro Platinum Magna 2 25-Inch Expandable Spinner Suiter is the best checked luggage for most travelers. We put it through its paces on a three-week trip to New Zealand and found that it easily packs two weeks’ worth of clothes into the maximum-allowed checked-bag dimensions for most airlines. It also looks and feels fantastic, and it comes with a lifetime warranty against defects and airline damage.
Our pick
Travelpro Platinum Magna 2 25-Inch Expandable Spinner Suiter
The best checked bag for most travelers
Luxury feel at a reasonable price, with a capacity, warranty, and reliability that should suit most travelers. The 25-inch model should offer plenty of room for most people without going over airline weight limits.
$288* from Amazon
$360 from Bed Bath & Beyond
*At the time of publishing, the price was $305.
Travelpro Platinum Magna 2 29-Inch Expandable Spinner Suiter
Same, but bigger
If you need the maximum space allowable and don’t mind going over weight limits, the 29-inch model is the way to go.
$340 from Amazon
$400 from Bed Bath & Beyond
luggage  travel  flying  wirecutter  comparo  review 
march 2018 by rgl7194
Zelda/Peter McKinnon/View images again | Cool Tools
Two sims
I’m still waiting for the ideal phone carrier who will let me use my phone anywhere in the world without thinking. True global coverage at reasonable rates. In the meantime I buy sim cards when I am outside of North America; they are cheap and useful. Downside is my phone has a new number. My solution: I put the foreign sim in a second phone, an older phone I no longer use. (We all seem to have one of those; if you don’t a friend will.) That way, my primary phone number still works on wifi in hotels and cafes, but I get full roaming capabilities — such as Google maps, or web searches, texting locally — on the other phone as I need them. — KK
cellphones  travel  cool_tools  SIM 
march 2018 by rgl7194
Anthony Bourdain: Music Unknown by CNN | Mixing
What’s on Tony's playlist? Hear the music that Anthony Bourdain listened to during his travels for this past season, as well as the tracks that Michael Ruffino referenced in the making of each episode’s score. Catch up on Parts Unknown with full episodes
tv  adventure  travel  music  playlist  lanegan  bourdain 
march 2018 by rgl7194
The Seattle Mystery Anthony Bourdain Missed on CNN's Parts Unknown
D.B. Cooper's unsolved caper would've been right up the CNN host's outlaw alley.
D.B. Cooper was never found after jumping out of a plane between Seattle and Portland.
Anthony Bourdain’s Parts Unknown episode on Seattle that aired last sunday dwelled on the idea of serial killers, but absent were other regional enigmas that capture the public’s imagination: Bigfoot and D.B. Cooper.
Cooper, you would think, might appeal to Bourdain who has a taste for the dark side and outlaw behavior.
In 2016, the FBI said it had ended its active search for Cooper, who hijacked a commercial jetliner on Thanksgiving eve in 1971 for ransom. He jumped from the plane with $200,000 in loot and a parachute into the woods between Seattle and Portland. Whether he survived is unknown, though in 1980 some of his money—still as bundled when given to the hijacker—was recovered from the bank of the Columbia River.
tv  adventure  travel  music  interview  food  restaurants  marijuana  lanegan  bourdain 
march 2018 by rgl7194
Seattle through Anthony Bourdain's eyes - seattlepi.com
...But none of those are the main reasons he came back to Seattle.
"I wanted to do an hour of television absolutely saturated with, scored by, and featuring Mark Lanegan and his music. I wanted to hear some of my favorites played over wide shots of the Puget Sound. I wanted to smoke weed legally, listening to his songs. And I wanted every single person who watches my show and isn't already a fan of his to experience his music," Bourdain wrote on why he decided to film here.
And in his notes he had one more, non-Seattle-native to thank.
"I want to thank and acknowledge the great filmmaker Paul Thomas Anderson here. We shamelessly ripped off a particularly beautiful concept from his film 'Magnolia' for the final sequence of the show. It worked out so well the first time—and, as you will see, it works powerfully again."...
tv  adventure  travel  music  interview  food  restaurants  marijuana  lanegan  bourdain 
march 2018 by rgl7194
What Anthony Bourdain Left Out of the Seattle Parts Unknown Episode - Slog - The Stranger
There was plenty to hate in the recent Seattle episode of Anthony Bourdain's Parts Unknown. The episode is essentially about the clash between old and new, art and tech, NIMBY and YIMBY, which can be an interesting (if plenty covered) conflict. But the show had some very strange elements. The singalong at the end was particularly cringe-worthy, when producers forced a bunch of unknown-elsewhere and kind-of-known-here locals like John Criscitello and Knute Berger to lip sync, straight-faced, over a Mark Lanegan song. Lanegan, the frontman for the grunge-era band Screaming Trees, was apparently the reason Bourdain, who is a fan, decided to come to Seattle in the first place, even though Lanegan has actually lived in LA for the past 20 years. Not that this stops him from talking about the city like he knows what the fuck is up.
tv  adventure  travel  music  interview  food  restaurants  marijuana  lanegan  bourdain 
march 2018 by rgl7194
Recap: Anthony Bourdain's 'Parts Unknown' Visits Seattle - Condé Nast Traveler
...Bonus: We finally discover the elusive voice behind the Parts Unknown theme song—it's Seattle's very own Mark Lanegan, who's previously worked with bands like Massive Attack, Queens of the Stone Age, and Screaming Trees. Viewers are treated to live concert footage of the artist, and Bourdain interviews him, along with tour guitarist Jeff Fielder, at Ocho tapas bar...
...WTF moments of the week
Parts Unknown: Seattle was one of the wackier installments of season 10, with many a WTF moments. Take your pick between Bourdain's trial session with virtual reality porn (viewer discretion definitely advised), or the musical that closed the episode—no, we're not kidding. Set to a live performance from Mark Lanegan Band's "Strange Religion," the show's interviewees were filmed all around Seattle, lip-syncing the lyrics. It was very Broadway-esque (and not your typical Bourdain).
tv  adventure  travel  music  interview  food  restaurants  marijuana  lanegan  bourdain 
march 2018 by rgl7194
All the Places Anthony Bourdain Went While He Was in Seattle | Travel + Leisure
Anthony Bourdain's “Parts Unknown” is heading to Seattle on Sunday, with a new episode that dives into the culture of the unique city in Washington state — and highlights local places to eat that are off the beaten tourist path.
As The Seattle Times reported, Bourdain spends much of the episode musing about how much Seattle has changed over the years (of course, railing against “tech bros”) and naturally partaking of some legal marijuana.
But back to the food: Bourdain stopped at some very appetizing eateries.
He stopped at the Pacific Inn Pub for some fish and chips; Revel for pork belly-kimchi pancakes, short-rib dumplings, and a short-rib rice bowl, and noodles with flat-iron steak; and Taylor Shellfish for fried smelts (that’s also a fish), oysters, and Dungeness crab.
He also stopped by a few key bars and restaurants like a Middle Eastern eatery called Mamnoon, a tapas bar called Ocho, and a hip bar called the Shanghai Room that The Seattle Times called the “best kept secret in Seattle.” Well, not anymore. Bourdain has unearthed it.
Bourdain also made some trips to see food scientist Nathan Myhrvold at his Modernist Cuisine lab and rode the ferry to Vashon Island for a clambake. If you’re wondering at this point if you can get quality seafood in Seattle, wonder no longer.
The episode of “Parts Unknown” airs on on CNN on Sunday, November 19, at 9 p.m.
tv  adventure  travel  music  interview  food  restaurants  marijuana  lanegan  bourdain 
march 2018 by rgl7194
The 'Parts Unknown' Seattle Episode Reveals How the Rest of the Country Feels About Us | Seattle Met
...It should come as no surprise that the episode closes with a lengthy chat between Bourdain and storied musician Mark Lanegan (who no longer lives in Seattle, by the way) about why It Used to Be Better. Following an outro via Lanegan’s “Strange Religion,” which sounds very much like a wake, Bourdain shows America how to roll a joint because he’s very cool...
tv  adventure  travel  music  interview  food  restaurants  marijuana  lanegan  bourdain 
march 2018 by rgl7194
Anthony Bourdain in Seattle: ‘Parts Unknown’ episode spotlights how tech is changing the city – GeekWire
...Bourdain, who also spends time talking about and smoking legal pot, said the real reason he came to Seattle for Parts Unknown was his fandom for Mark Lanegan, the singer-songwriter from Seattle who got his start playing music during the city’s grunge era but has since moved away.
“It should come as no surprise that the episode closes with a lengthy chat between Bourdain and storied musician Mark Lanegan (who no longer lives in Seattle, by the way) about why It Used to Be Better,” the Seattle Met wrote in its recap.
The episode establishes the “clash” between old and new Seattle, one created by the influx of tech workers, and leaves viewers wondering what the future holds for a city that “has always been a place where you can go to reinvent yourself,” as Bourdain describes...
tv  adventure  travel  music  interview  food  restaurants  marijuana  lanegan  bourdain 
march 2018 by rgl7194
Bourdain’s field notes: Seattle – Explore Parts Unknown
...I was driving across the American desert a few years back with my friend Josh Homme, and he played me a few songs by Mark Lanegan. I was immediately inhabited by his voice, his lyrics, the experience of his songs—the darkness, pain, and longing. I went back and listened to nearly everything he’d done to date with his ’90s band, Screaming Trees; with Josh and Queens of the Stone Age; his incredible solo stuff; his many collaborations with an astonishingly diverse spectrum of brilliant musicians. I was mesmerized.
When I moved over to CNN and was looking for music for the opening title of Parts Unknown, I called Josh with an idea for a song: something that started out filled with hope and wonder but segued ominously into darkness and dread. A “happy” song, like Joey Ramone’s version of “It’s a Wonderful World,” but more explicit in its anticipation of something … random … and awful. Josh responded with one word: “Lanegan.”
So that’s Josh Homme and Mark Lanegan who wrote and performed our title track, just in case you didn’t know...
tv  adventure  travel  music  interview  food  restaurants  marijuana  lanegan  bourdain 
march 2018 by rgl7194
Anthony Bourdain’s ‘Parts Unknown’ came to Seattle: What did you think of the episode? | The Seattle Times
...But of course, if you saw Sunday’s episode, you know he’s a fanboy of musician Mark Lanegan, the main reason why he returned to the Emerald City this time. Lanegan, along with Josh Homme, composed the title track for “Parts Unknown.”
Bourdain on Lanegan:
“I wanted to do an hour of television absolutely saturated with, scored by, and featuring Mark Lanegan and his music. I wanted to hear some of my favorites played over wide shots of the Puget Sound. I wanted to smoke weed legally, listening to his songs. And I wanted every single person who watches my show and isn’t already a fan of his to experience his music.”
Also, a couple of viewers wanted to know the name of the Mark Lanegan song that played in the closing minutes, an homage to the film “Magnolia.” That Lanegan song was Strange Religion...
tv  adventure  travel  music  interview  food  restaurants  marijuana  lanegan  bourdain 
march 2018 by rgl7194
Anthony Bourdain brought ‘Parts Unknown’ to Seattle — here’s where he ate | The Seattle Times
...Bourdain also crosses the bridge to Bellevue to geek out on bread with food scientist Nathan Myhrvold at his Modernist Cuisine lab and rides the ferry to Vashon Island for a clam bake. Band members of The Gods Themselves and Seattle rocker Mark Lanegan  also made appearances...
tv  adventure  travel  music  interview  food  restaurants  marijuana  lanegan  bourdain 
march 2018 by rgl7194
Bourdain’s Seattle Episode of ‘Parts Unknown,’ Mapped
The restaurants, bars, and even dispensary TV host Anthony Bourdain visited while he was in town
Anthony Bourdain has long loved Seattle: Four years ago, the food celebrity toured the Emerald City and declared that it had “one of the best and most interesting food scenes in America” on the final season of his TV show The Layover. Last fall, Bourdain returned in the penultimate episode of CNN’s Parts Unknown, Season 10, and despite complaints about tech bros, he made a similarly bold proclamation about Seattle: “It’s pretty damn awesome,” Bourdain said. “Way ahead of the rest of the country in unbridled enthusiasm for good ingredients and good stuff.”
Bourdain visited Modernist Cuisine’s Bread Lab to sample a new project, Vashon Island for an old-school clambake with the team behind Chefsteps, and the family-run Hollingsworth Cannabis Company, suggesting, “What [Seattle’s] always been and continues to be is a magnet for creators to come experiment and to make their own.” Here for posterity, in order of appearance, is a guide to the seven Eater-relevant places, from revered restaurants to dive bars to a dispensary, that Bourdain patronized on his most recent trip to Seattle.
tv  adventure  travel  music  interview  food  restaurants  marijuana  lanegan  bourdain 
march 2018 by rgl7194
5 Reasons We Love Icebreaker Merino Wool Clothing — Changes in Latitude Travel Store
5 Reasons We Love Icebreaker Merino Wool Clothing
March 12, 2014
Our spring clothing shipments are steadily arriving, and we have recently received a vibrant collection of one of our favorite lines, Icebreaker. This brand specializes in functional and stylish merino wool clothing that is supremely designed with travelers in mind. Here's five reasons why we love Icebreaker clothing!
1. Feels soft, silky, and  comfortable. Merino wool isn't like regular wool. The sheep are raised at high altitudes so their wool grows in long, soft strands. Woven together, the long strands create soft, silky garments that are never itchy!
2. Keeps you warm when it's cold and cool when it's hot. Because Merino sheep live at high elevations, they have evolved to have wool that keeps them warm in the harsh, chilly winters and cool during the hot, dry summers. The wool comprising each Icebreaker garment does the same things for the person who wears it, which makes it great for layering and traveling. 
4. Easy to care for. Almost all of the Icebreaker garments are machine washable. It's recommended that you hang dry your Icebreaker garments to prevent shrinking, but you'll find that merino wool dries in a matter of hours, even in humidity. If you're on the road and need to hand wash your garment you'll appreciate the quick-drying feature!
5. It never smells. Merino wool fibers develop in such a way that the bacteria which cause body odor will not stick to the fabric. As a result, you can wear your garments over and over with out needing to wash them. You may smell, but your garment won't! It's the perfect fabric for camping and travel!
6. Looks great! From T-shirts and jackets to sundresses and skirts, Icebreaker clothing is beautifully designed with exciting colors and fashionable styles. At Changes in Latitude we have Icebreaker merino wool for any occasion!
clothing  travel  review 
march 2018 by rgl7194
J.D. Roth, Get Rich Slowly | Cool Tools
Icebreaker Merino wool clothing
“I am a HUGE fan of Icebreaker merino wool clothing. I discovered this stuff in 2010, and have been hooked ever since. It’s warm when it’s cold and cold when it’s warm. It itches, but only a very little. The best part? Wool does NOT retain odors. That means you can wear an Icebreaker shirt (or a Smartwool shirt) over and over and over again without washing it and there are no consequences. This makes wool clothing ideal for travel. I know people who travel for months at a time with only two Icebreaker shirts. They take two because it does help to alternate them, to air one out after you use it — especially if you’ve been running in the shirt. No specific Icebreaker item to recommend. Just love their stuff.”
clothing  travel  cool_tools 
march 2018 by rgl7194
Wasatch Range: 1940 | Shorpy | #1 Old Photos
March 1940. "Wasatch Mountains. Summit County, Utah." Photo by Arthur Rothstein for the Farm Security Administration. View full size: http://www.shorpy.com/node/23057?size=_original
nature  travel  shorpy  photography  40s 
february 2018 by rgl7194
Prepaid Data SIM Card Wiki | FANDOM powered by Wikia
Here's what this Wiki is about:
This wiki collects information about prepaid (or PAYG) mobile phone plans from all over the world. Not just any plans though, they must include good data rates, perfect for smartphone travellers, as well as tablet or mobile modem users.
mobile  travel  data  cellphones  smartphone  iphone  wiki 
february 2018 by rgl7194
The funniest, most accessible book on rocket science is being reissued | Ars Technica
Often hilarious, always informative, this history of rocket science is a must-read.
It's rare that a book about as high-minded and serious a topic as rocket science manages to be both highly informative and laugh-out-loud funny. But if there's a better way to describe John Clark's Ignition!, I've yet to discover it. A cult classic among chemists, many of the rest of us discovered the book via one of Derek Lowe's tales of hilariously scary chemicals.
It's where I learned words like hypergolic, which describes how eager one chemical is to spontaneously ignite, and realized that some of these mid-century scientists must have had as much right stuff as any test pilot. But there was a hitch—Ignition! was out of print, so reading it involved an interlibrary loan (or a dodgy PDF, which of course I can't condone).
But now, Rutgers University Press has decided to dust it off and reissue it. From May it will finally be possible to put a physical copy on one's bookshelf. And honestly, if you've got any interest in chemistry—particularly the branch of it involving violent, energetic, and occasionally explosive reactions—it's a book you need to read.
books  humor  space  science  travel 
february 2018 by rgl7194
The Best Gear for Your Road Trip: Reviews by Wirecutter | A New York Times Company
A road trip should be an adventure, but all adventures require a little planning (and one or two backup plans in case things go sideways). This year, after spending 60 hours researching and testing gear for the open road, we packed all our top contenders into our pick for the best subcompact hatchback and headed out on a four-day jaunt to see what kind of gear is nice to have, what’s great, and what’s absolutely essential for your next road trip.
Last updated: February 5, 2018
We’ve updated the car mount section with our new pick, the iOttie Easy One Touch 4, which comes in a dash/windshield mount, a CD slot mount, and an air vent mount.
Four states, 1,500 miles, and six national parks later, we think we have some answers. In addition to our own research and testing, we consulted with half a dozen engineers, mechanics, and other experts to bring you these picks. Our hope is that the recommendations in this guide will help you see more and explore farther down the road than you thought possible.
However, even if you do have the best gear in the world, catching small problems before they become emergencies is always the best policy. That’s why we asked Christopher Smith, a veteran automotive journalist with a penchant for restoring fixer-uppers, to help us put together some advice on how to prepare your car for a trip. (And he lives in South Dakota, where things are spread out, so he’s always prepared.) We cover everything from checking your tires and dipsticks to knowing what you should do if your car starts smelling like rotten eggs for seemingly no reason.
travel  cars  gear  wirecutter  comparo  review  storage  driving  navigation 
february 2018 by rgl7194
The Best Toiletry Bags: Reviews by Wirecutter | A New York Times Company
After researching dozens of toiletry bags and trying nine top-rated contenders in our most recent round of testing, we think the Eagle Creek Pack-It Specter Wallaby Small is the best option for most travelers. In addition to being lightweight and leak resistant, it has flexible internal organization and an oversize, swiveling hook that can find a place to hang in almost any bathroom.
Last updated: January 31, 2018
We recently learned that our top pick, the Eagle Creek Pack-It Specter Wallaby Small, has been discontinued. You can still find it in stock for under $40, but once it’s gone, it’s gone for good. Once that happens, we plan to recommend the Sea to Summit Travelling Light Hanging Toiletry Bag as our new top pick.
Our pick
Eagle Creek Pack-It Specter Wallaby Small
Packable, accessible, and lightweight
This bag’s large hook and simple, effective interior organization make it particularly easy to pack, hang, and access a week’s worth of toiletries.
$39 $27* from REI Garage
You save $12 (31%)
*At the time of publishing, the price was $33.
The Eagle Creek Pack-It Specter Wallaby Small organizes a week’s worth of travel-size toiletries into a compact, carry-on-friendly package that weighs only 4 ounces when empty. Its 4-liter capacity, split across three zippered compartments, makes it the largest carry-on-friendly toiletry bag in our test group, and leaves room to accommodate extra makeup or an electric shaver. And its ripstop, siliconized nylon body gave it great leak resistance in our soap-spill test.
toiletries  accessories  storage  travel  luggage  wirecutter  comparo  review 
february 2018 by rgl7194
US Customs and Border Protection Publishes New Rules for Searching Electronic Devices
The US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agency published last week a new guideline containing updated procedures for searching travelers' electronic devices at US borders.
CBP, an agency part of the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS), last updated the guidelines in August 2009.
New procedures reign in border searches
According to a 12-page set of rules and a 22-page privacy assessment, border agents can still search electronic devices at the US border.
The most impactful changes are that the CBP clearly defines what's a Basic Search and what's an Advanced Search for the first time.
According to the new rules, CBP agents are allowed to choose, with or without suspicion, travelers for Basic Searches.
A Basic Search restricts agents to examining data found only on the device and which is accessible through the device’s operating system or via locally installed applications.
security  privacy  travel  gov2.0  border  iphone  search 
january 2018 by rgl7194
40 Tourist Scams to Avoid During Your Travels - Relatively Interesting
Traveling is stressful. The last thing you want to worry about is getting scammed by crooks on the street. Your best tool? Knowledge. Know how they work. Know what they’ll do. Prevent it from happening in the first place.
Put together by the folks over at Just The Flight, here are 40 tourist scams to avoid during your worldly travels.
security  travel  infographic  safety  scam 
january 2018 by rgl7194
The Best Bike Rack, Basket, and Panniers for Commuting: Reviews by Wirecutter | A New York Times Company
Commuting by bike with a backpack or a messenger bag leads to a sweaty back and sore shoulders. The right rack, basket, and panniers can make carrying things on your bike almost as efficient and effortless as using the trunk of a car, allowing you to haul and protect up to 65 pounds of stuff without affecting the ease of your ride. After sorting through 71 panniers, 38 racks, and 16 baskets, we chose 23 top contenders to road-test, spending nine months transporting everyday objects around on two wheels to find the most comfortable and convenient setup.
Last updated: January 8, 2018
We’ve reviewed this guide and are still confident in all of our recommendations for bike racks, baskets, and panniers for commuting.
Since having all the right gear isn’t enough if you don’t know how to use it, we’ve also included tips on how to install your carriers, troubleshoot issues, and load everything up. Whether you’re bringing a week’s worth of groceries home from the supermarket or hauling 40 pounds of climbing gear to the local crag, our recommendations should have you covered.
The Research
Why you should trust us
Getting started
Front bike basket
Rear bike racks
Bike panniers
Sources
bicycling  storage  accessories  gear  travel  comparo  review  wirecutter 
january 2018 by rgl7194
The Best Men’s and Women’s Underwear for Travel: Wirecutter Reviews | A New York Times Company
We’ve tested 34 pairs of men’s and women’s underwear over the past two years while road-tripping, hostel-hopping, and backpacking in backcountry and urban environments. Throughout these trips, ExOfficio’s Give-N-Go Sport Mesh 6″ Boxer Brief for men and Patagonia’s Active Hipster for women have proven themselves to be the best underwear for most travelers and active people in general.
Last updated: December 15, 2017
Ibex, the maker of one of our picks, is closing its business. We’ve replaced the pick with the Smartwool Women’s PhD Seamless Bikini
Our pick
ExOfficio Give-N-Go Sport Mesh 6″ Boxer Brief
Best for most men
Durable, quick-drying, and relatively inexpensive, this soft-fabric version of ExOfficio’s time-tested Give-N-Go undies will get the job done for years.
$23 from Amazon
The ExOfficio Give-N-Go Sport Mesh 6″ Boxer Brief is the best men’s underwear for travel because it balances fit, comfort, odor-proofing, and value better than anything else we’ve tested. The Sport Mesh fabric excels at breathing and wicking and has better odor-resistance than other fabrics. It feels soft on the inside and smooth on the outside so it slides against your pants instead of creating friction, reducing potential for chafing. It also features a sculpted crotch area that gives wearers some much-appreciated support without feeling stifling. They dry quickly, pack compactly, and weigh less than almost all the other boxer briefs we tried—basically they’re everything you’d want from a pair of excellent travel underwear.
travel  clothing  wirecutter  review  comparo 
january 2018 by rgl7194
The Best Gear for Travel: Wirecutter Reviews | A New York Times Company
Traveling well can be one of life’s great pleasures, whether you’re alone or with friends and family. But what does it mean to travel well?  Avoid hassle, pack a single bag, and bring only the necessities. “Traveling well is a fine balance between finding inspiration in the unknown while being grounded in something,” says Wirecutter founder Brian Lam. “Sometimes that is a memory of home, a family, a significant other, friends, etc. Sometimes it’s just the familiar, reliable stuff in your bag.”
Last updated: January 2, 2018
We’ve reviewed this piece and after updating many of our full guides, we’ve made adjustments to several picks in this one. We’re confident in all of our recommendations for the best gear for travel.
Over the past three years, we’ve spent more than 200 hours researching and testing dozens of products to find the most dependable items to help you travel well. On top of that, we sought the advice and wisdom of Doug Dyment, the author of OneBag; he’s logged millions of miles as a traveling businessman and public speaker over the past few decades. We also ran our picks by travel gear reviewer Eytan Levy, the Snarky Nomad.
And we relied heavily on Wirecutter staff experiences as an especially mobile group that has worked remotely from every continent except Antarctica—the five most frequent flyers among us travel about a half million miles in any given year.
travel  gear  review  comparo  wirecutter  clothing  flying 
january 2018 by rgl7194
TSA Plans to Use Face Recognition to Track Americans Through Airports | Electronic Frontier Foundation
The “PreCheck” program is billed as a convenient service to allow U.S. travelers to “speed through security” at airports. However, the latest proposal released by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) reveals the Department of Homeland Security’s greater underlying plan to collect face images and iris scans on a nationwide scale. DHS’s programs will become a massive violation of privacy that could serve as a gateway to the collection of biometric data to identify and track every traveler at every airport and border crossing in the country.
Currently TSA collects fingerprints as part of its application process for people who want to apply for PreCheck. So far, TSA hasn’t used those prints for anything besides the mandatory background check that’s part of the process. But this summer, TSA ran a pilot program at Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson Airport and at Denver International Airport that used those prints and a contactless fingerprint reader to verify the identity of PreCheck-approved travelers at security checkpoints at both airports. Now TSA wants to roll out this program to airports across the country and expand it to encompass face recognition, iris scans, and other biometrics as well.
gov2.0  travel  flying  tracking  security  privacy  EFF  facial_recognition 
december 2017 by rgl7194
Best Holiday Gifts Under $30 for Apple Fans
Belkin 3-Outlet SurgePlus Mini Travel Swivel
If you're looking for a portable charging device that goes above and beyond the call of duty, then we suggest considering the Belkin 3-Outlet SurgePlus Mini Travel Swivel as a stocking stuffer extraordinaire!
After you plug in your SurgePlus swivel, you can twist and adjust the power-bar to fit into any room or tight-spot you need. The bar comes with three standard wall-plugs so you can get more space without the extra cables, along with two powered USB ports for quick-charging.
While most fancy wall plugs can get a bit pricy, you can pick up the Belkin SurgePlus for around $14. If that isn't a Santa Claus steal of a deal, I don't know what is, tbh.
travel  accessories  gadgets  charger  electric 
december 2017 by rgl7194
The Best Carry-On Luggage: Wirecutter Reviews | A New York Times Company
We’ve tested 46 bags over the past four years, and we remain convinced that the Travelpro Platinum Magna 2 is the best carry-on suitcase for most travelers. It packs five days’ worth of clothes into the maximum-allowed carry-on dimensions1 and offers premium build-quality touches you’d expect from a $500 suitcase for about half that price. And it’s protected by a lifetime warranty that covers airline damage—a rarity at any price.
Last updated: November 30, 2017
After trying 17 new carry-on suitcases for 2017, we remain confident in the Travelpro Platinum Magna 2 as our pick for most travelers—and our other picks haven’t changed either. But after doing extensive long-term testing and interviewing industry experts, we’re certain that most travelers would get more out of the superior maneuverability of spinner luggage compared with the slight capacity gains of two-wheeled luggage. We’ve also added information on so-called European and international carry-on picks after many reader requests.
Our pick
Travelpro Platinum Magna 2
Nice features, great value
For most travelers, this 21-inch spinner-style Travelpro offers the best balance of size, price, reliability, and durability, with high-end details.
$196* from Amazon
*At the time of publishing, the price was $190.
luggage  travel  flying  comparo  review  wirecutter 
december 2017 by rgl7194
The Best Travel Mug: Wirecutter Reviews | A New York Times Company
After close to 78 hours of research and testing over the past four years, we still believe that the Zojirushi SM-SA48 Stainless Steel Mug is the best travel mug for keeping your drinks hot, preventing leaks, and accompanying you on any commute. In our latest round of testing, the Zojirushi kept liquids significantly hotter than any other mug we tried, even after 8 hours in the harsh environment of a freezer—and that’s important if you want to enjoy your drink for longer.
Last updated: December 1, 2017
For our 2017 update, we tested 13 mugs against our former top picks. The Zojirushi SM-SA remains our top pick for its unparalleled heat retention, tight-sealing lid, and slim, light design. The wider Contigo Autoseal Transit mug is our new Also Great pick, and we’ve also added a budget option: the Contigo Snapseal Byron.
Our pick
Zojirushi SM-SA48 Stainless Steel Mug
The best travel mug
The Zojirushi SM-SA (or SM-SC in certain colors) offers amazing heat-retention, one-handed usability, and a locking, leakproof lid.
$23* from ABT
$25 from Amazon
*At the time of publishing, the price was $24.
The Zojirushi SM-SA Stainless Steel Mug is an exceptional vacuum insulated travel mug that keeps beverages hot for hours, even in cold environments. It has a well-designed exterior, an easy-to-clean nonstick Teflon interior, and a foolproof lid locking mechanism that’s you can operate with one hand. The mug is lightweight and slim, but that means it may not fit snugly in some cup holders. The Zojirushi is also on the pricey end for a mug, but after years of long-term testing, it’s the mug we trust most not to spill in your bag, and it’s hard to put a price on that. (Actually, that would be about the price of a new bag, laptop, phone, and whatever else happened to be in there at the time.) It’s available in both 12- (SM-SA36) and 20-ounce (SM-SA60) versions as well as the 16-ounce size (SM-SA48) we tested. Zojirushi’s newer SM-SC mug is exactly the same as the SM-SA, but in different colors.
Also great
Contigo Autoseal Transit Mug
A wider, simpler mug
Contigo’s Autoseal Transit is a wider mug that may fit better in cup holders than our top pick. It doesn’t retain heat as well as the Zojirushi, but some may find the flat lid easier to drink from and clean.
$20* from Amazon
*At the time of publishing, the price was $25.
The Contigo Autoseal Transit Mug is a very different mug from the Zojirushi SM-SA, but it offers several features we like. The lid has fewer parts, is easier to clean, and prevents spills with its Autoseal button, which you have to hold down to keep the sipping port open. Plus, the flat lid won’t bump your nose or get in your line of sight while you’re drinking like the Zojirushi’s flip-top lid can. Although the Transit doesn’t keep drinks nearly as hot as the Zojirushi over a long period of time, some people might prefer this (we’ve heard complaints of the Zojirushi keeping drinks too hot in the past). The Transit is a little wider than the SM-SA, good if you want your mug to fit more snugly in a car cup holder or use devices like an Aeropress, pour-over dripper, or tea steeper directly with the mug, but this means it’s heavier and bulkier, too.
coffee  travel  comparo  review  wirecutter  mug 
december 2017 by rgl7194
Daring Fireball: Voyager 1 Fires Up Thrusters After 37 Years
NASA Jet Propulsion Labrotory:
Since 2014, engineers have noticed that the thrusters Voyager 1 has been using to orient the spacecraft, called “attitude control thrusters,” have been degrading. Over time, the thrusters require more puffs to give off the same amount of energy. At 13 billion miles from Earth, there’s no mechanic shop nearby to get a tune-up.
The Voyager team assembled a group of propulsion experts at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California, to study the problem. Chris Jones, Robert Shotwell, Carl Guernsey and Todd Barber analyzed options and predicted how the spacecraft would respond in different scenarios. They agreed on an unusual solution: Try giving the job of orientation to a set of thrusters that had been asleep for 37 years. […]
On Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2017, Voyager engineers fired up the four TCM thrusters for the first time in 37 years and tested their ability to orient the spacecraft using 10-millisecond pulses. The team waited eagerly as the test results traveled through space, taking 19 hours and 35 minutes to reach an antenna in Goldstone, California, that is part of NASA’s Deep Space Network.
Lo and behold, on Wednesday, Nov. 29, they learned the TCM thrusters worked perfectly — and just as well as the attitude control thrusters.
This gives me a lump in my throat.
technology  space  astronomy  travel  daring_fireball 
december 2017 by rgl7194
After 37 years, Voyager 1 has fired up its trajectory thrusters | Ars Technica
This week, the scientists and engineers on the Voyager team did something very special.
At present, the Voyager 1 spacecraft is 21 billion kilometers from Earth, or about 141 times the distance between the Earth and Sun. It has, in fact, moved beyond our Solar System into interstellar space. However, we can still communicate with Voyager across that distance.
This week, the scientists and engineers on the Voyager team did something very special. They commanded the spacecraft to fire a set of four trajectory thrusters for the first time in 37 years to determine their ability to orient the spacecraft using 10-millisecond pulses.
After sending the commands on Tuesday, it took 19 hours and 35 minutes for the signal to reach Voyager. Then, the Earth-bound spacecraft team had to wait another 19 hours and 35 minutes to see if the spacecraft responded. It did. After nearly four decades of dormancy, the Aerojet Rocketdyne manufactured thrusters fired perfectly.
"The Voyager team got more excited each time with each milestone in the thruster test. The mood was one of relief, joy, and incredulity after witnessing these well-rested thrusters pick up the baton as if no time had passed at all," said Todd Barber, a propulsion engineer at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California.
technology  space  astronomy  travel 
december 2017 by rgl7194
Samsonite Spinner 20 | Cool Tools
Travel case with four multi-directional spinner wheels
I saw your review of the Travel Pro Crew, which seems popular with a lot of airline staff. A few years ago, I saw one of them wheeling something different: a Samsonite Winfield 20-inch. I asked why and she said she found the “spinner” feature (four wheels instead of two) much better for long walks in airports. She also said it was way less expensive than the Travel Pro, which is good if you want to replace your luggage every year. I bought one and have been very happy with it since then. The wheels have survived being part of checked baggage just fine, and I too like walking with the case upright in airports.
-- Paul Hoffman
11/27/17
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travel  luggage  review  cool_tools  flying 
december 2017 by rgl7194
Touring Shackleton’s Antarctica – Explore Parts Unknown
We are anchored off Grytviken, and it’s the boss’s birthday.
Grytviken is a former whaling station on the north coast of the island of South Georgia. It’s also where Ernest Shackleton—perhaps the most recognized name in Antarctic history—is buried. Today, February 15, is his birthday. Furthermore, the person enlightening me is Shackleton’s second cousin and the onboard lecturer, Jonathan. In fact, aboard the ship are a swarm of Shackletons: Jonathan’s wife, brother, sister-in-law, and extended family.
Scattered clouds hug slate gray peaks covered in vestiges of snow. The water is a milky, glacial blue, and a steady shore breeze whips up froth. Passengers gather on the bow as Jonathan marks the occasion with some words about his cousin. He wears a replica of the thick wool sweater that Ernest once wore, and the mast flies the Shackleton flag—red and yellow. It flaps furiously.
Many are fascinated by the story of the legendary explorer. But for some assembled here, Ernest was family. Jonathan wells up during his words about his cousin.
“Ernest wasn’t a religious man, but he believed in providence.”
antarctica  adventure  travel 
november 2017 by rgl7194
The iconic Needles Highway was thought impossible to build | Roadtrippers
14 miles of white-knuckle turns on this scenic route
The landscape of South Dakota's Black Hills makes it the perfect destination for sightseers and nature-lovers alike. It's lesser-known, but totally gorgeous for scenic drives and incredible views. One of the most epic routes in all of South Dakota? The Needles Highway. Thought impossible to build, thanks to the rocky "needles" of solid granite studding the landscape, it took several years (and some dynamite) to craft a road that winds among (and sometimes tunnels through) the rocky route. It's a one-of-a-kind drive that offers sightseers and those looking to head a bit off the beaten highway a chance to experience the rugged, almost-untamable Black Hills of South Dakota.
travel  driving  nature  adventure  usa 
november 2017 by rgl7194
'Parts Unknown's Anthony Bourdain on His Favorite Songs - Rolling Stone
The world-famous chef and host of 'Parts Unknown' runs down the tunes that changed his life
Anthony Bourdain — the notoriously snarky chef, writer, and world traveler — is returning to CNN on April 13th with a new season of Parts Unknown, where he will continue to excavate local gastronomy in global locales, from street food in the Punjab to quotidian grub amidst the drug wars in Mexico. “We try to make each episode look as different as possible, with different physical cinematography," Bourdain says. "We'll use different equipment, different lenses, a different sort of reference of films - specifically tailored to each episode. We want each episode to look and feel different than the one before, and we want those episodes to sound different as well.”...
..."Personality Crisis," The New York Dolls
“An answered prayer. The antidote to all the lousy music of the era. Loud, unapologetically sloppy. Johnny Thunders guitar made life worth living again and gave permission to everything good that followed, like New York punk. Joyously nihilistic.”
adventure  celebrity  food  music  travel  tv  lanegan  bourdain 
november 2017 by rgl7194
(2) Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown - Home
Grab your favorite snack, and meet us on the couch for our trip to Seattle! And check back on this post to comment, ask questions, and find additional content during the episode and after!
adventure  celebrity  food  music  travel  tv  facebook  lanegan  bourdain 
november 2017 by rgl7194
Josh Homme and Mark Lanegan write theme for new Anthony Bourdain show
Foodie, travel guru and journalist Anthony Bourdain kept the company of some fine rock stars on his (now canceled) TV show “No Reservations,” including the Black Keys and Sleigh Bells.
But Bourdain and Queens of the Stone Age frontman Josh Homme really, really like hanging out. Homme appeared on “No Reservations” twice, a Christmas special and an episode where the two ate Tex-Mex, got drunk, and recorded a song documenting Bourdain’s time in Southern California. So what’s Bourdain to do but of course invite Homme, along with Mark Lanegan, to record the theme song for his new show on CNN, “Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown.”
adventure  celebrity  food  music  travel  tv  lanegan  bourdain 
november 2017 by rgl7194
Josh Homme and Mark Lanegan wrote theme music for new Anthony Bourdain show | Consequence of Sound
Anthony Bourdain’s broke bread with plenty of rock stars on his television program No Reservations (The Black Keys, Neon Indian, and Sleigh Bells, just to name a few), but his relationship with Queens of the Stone Age frontman Josh Homme extends far beyond a television cameo. Homme appeared on No Reservation twice, including one epic episode which saw them eat Tex-Mex, get drunk off tequila, and record a song documenting Bourdain’s time in SoCal’s High Desert. It seems their time together left such a lasting mark on Bourdain that he tapped Homme and Mark Lanegan to record a theme for his new CNN program, Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown.
Ever the incredible wordsmith, Bourdain said in a statement: “When you hear the new title music for Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown your head will explode, leaving only a smoking stump. When we heard what (Homme and Lanegan) had come up with, there was weeping and jaw-droppage.”
The first episode of Parts Unknown aired last night, and the replay is streaming in full on CNN’s website (scroll to the :50 mark to hear the theme song).
adventure  celebrity  food  music  travel  tv  lanegan  bourdain 
november 2017 by rgl7194
Josh Homme and Mark Lanegan Share Sha-La-La-ing Anthony Bourdain Theme Song | SPIN
Duo's latest Bourdain ditty airs on new CNN show
Queens of the Stone Age have a long history of collaborations with Anthony Bourdain. SPIN once even interviewed the TV chef about it. QOTSA, of course, are getting set to release new album …Like Clockwork on June 4 via Matador Records, and they’ve already unveiled muscular single “My God Is the Sun.” The record’s many guests include returning QOTSA hand (and former Screaming Trees belter) Mark Lanegan. Now, as Antiquiet points out, QOTSA main man Josh Homme has teamed up with Lanegan to record the theme song for Bourdain’s new CNN show Parts Unknown.
The results are definitely theme-song-y, with ample sha-la-las. But hearing Homme and Lanegan trade gravelly croons and big-room howls over sweaty guitars is still a treat. “I took a walk through this beautiful world / Felt the cool rain on my shoulder,” the two sing. The episode is set in Myanmar, also the source of Fall Out Boy’s new album cover art, and Bourdain treats the southeast Asian nation’s troubled history with appropriate seriousness and respect.
Watch over at CNN by fast-forwarding to the 50-second mark.
adventure  celebrity  food  music  travel  tv  lanegan  bourdain 
november 2017 by rgl7194
Hear Josh Homme & Mark Lanegan’s Theme For Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown - Stereogum
Anthony Bourdain and Josh Homme have been buds at least since Queens Of The Stones Age played the No Reservations holiday episode back in 2007. And now, with a new QOTSA album imminent and a new Bourdain series underway, the two are officially working together. Homme and occasional QOTSA member Mark Lanegan recorded a theme song for Bourdain’s series, Parts Unknown, which premiered last night. It’s only 40 seconds long, but it’s a pretty terrific 40 seconds of music; of all Homme’s many collaborators, I don’t think any does more to raise the material than Lanegan (and vice-versa: Lanegan’s vocals rarely hit harder than they do in QOTSA’s songs). The “sha-la-la” section at the end is especially great. Check it out here, in the context of the full episode of Parts Unknown, which is streaming on CNN.com; scroll to the :50 mark to hear it.
adventure  celebrity  food  music  travel  tv  lanegan  bourdain 
november 2017 by rgl7194
Anthony Bourdain Season 10 | the onewhiskey.com forum
Jeff Fielder posted on facebook on July, 26:
Ok. Cat's out of the bag. Played four songs with Mark For Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown/Seattle. Filmed at the Royal Room with Drew Church bass and Michael Musburger drums. Martin Feveyear Audio.
Dinner segment taped at Ocho Ballard
Probably air in the spring. What a night! Thanks to the amazing crew and the staff at Royal Room and Ocho. So glad it all worked out. Cheers.JF.
adventure  food  music  travel  tv  celebrity  lanegan  bourdain 
november 2017 by rgl7194
Mark Lanegan - Strange Religion - YouTube
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from Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown S10E07 Seattle
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tv  food  music  travel  adventure  celebrity  youtube  lanegan  bourdain 
november 2017 by rgl7194
Joan Erwin's iPad Pro setup – The Sweet Setup
Who are you and what do you do?
My name is Joan Erwin and I’m the Senior Vice President of Expansion Operations for CleanSlate Centers. My job is to spearhead the expansion of our services nationwide in order to provide access to quality care for patients with substance use and/or alcohol use disorders. I am also a RN.
Which iPad do you have?
I have a space gray 10.5″ iPad Pro with 256 GB of space. I keep it protected with the Apple Smart Keyboard cover. I’ve tried several others, but nothing beats the slimness of the case. It fits very well in my carry-on and is easy to use on the plane. For prolonged use, I will set it up in the Studio Neat Canopy stand and Apple Magic Keyboard.
ipad_pro  setup  email  calendar  twitter  facebook  google  reading  workflow  weather  travel  writing 
november 2017 by rgl7194
A Photo Trip to Antarctica - The Atlantic
Antarctica is approaching its peak summertime, when the people living and working at coastal stations will experience a few weeks of 24-hour daylight around Christmastime. Collected here are images from the past few years of the Antarctic landscape, wildlife, research facilities, and some of the scientific work taking place there.
photography  travel  antarctica  in_focus  nature 
november 2017 by rgl7194
The Toxic City of Norilsk, Russia: 'My Deadly Beautiful City' - The Atlantic
Every day for two years, filmmaker Victoria Fiore tried to gain access to a toxic, closed city in Siberia with no ground transportation connections to the rest of the world. Located nearly 250 miles north of the polar circle, Norilsk is home to 177,000 people, many of whom are employed by the world’s largest mining and metallurgy complex, Norilsk Nickel. It spews more than two million tons of gas into the atmosphere per year. As a result, life expectancy in Norilsk is ten years shorter than Russia’s average (and twenty years shorter than that of the U.S.).
After a dozen failed attempts at a visa and multiple trips to Moscow to meet with mining representatives—who were, in turn, holding meetings with the FSB, the successor to the KGB—Fiore was finally granted entry into the industrial wasteland. She was stunned to find that the residents of Norilsk were proud to call it home. Her short documentary, My Deadly Beautiful City, captures what Fiore describes as “the hypnotic mysticism of a city on edge of the world.”
russia  travel  adventure  geography  video  winter 
november 2017 by rgl7194
The Best Portable Power Strips and Surge Protectors With USB: Wirecutter Reviews | A New York Times Company
After researching dozens of models and extensively testing the eight best-specified and -designed, we think the best power strip for travel in North America is sold under two different brands, as either the Accell Home or Away Surge Protector or Tripp Lite Protect It 3-Outlet Surge Protector—they’re functionally identical, so just pick the one that’s cheaper when it’s time to order. Both sell for $20 or less, have three outlets and two USB-charging ports, and are smaller and lighter than any other travel model we tested, but still fit bulky power adapters without blocking other outlets.
Last updated: October 24, 2017
For our latest update to this guide, we didn’t find any new models to test, but we did expand our surge testing on all of our top models, the Accell Home or Away Surge Protector, Tripp Lite Protect It 3-Outlet Surge Protector, and Tripp Lite Protect It 3-Outlet Travel-Size Surge Protector, and, for travel outside North America, the PowerCube ReWirable USB.
gadgets  charger  USB  travel  comparo  wirecutter  review  battery 
october 2017 by rgl7194
VW’s California XXL, an amazing camper van that needs to come to the US | Ars Technica
It sleeps four, has a kitchen and bathroom, and even a massive panoramic roof.
I was alerted to this rather awesome-looking Volkswagen California XXL camper van by our policy editor and chief Ars van aficionado David Kravets. Based on the VW Crafter, this is a 21st-century descendent of the iconic VW bus (aka the Bulli/Camper/Kombi/Transporter/Type 2). It's also perhaps the ultimate expression of car camping, short of one of those Russian things that are a spinoff of the armored personnel carrier.
Under the hood is a Euro 6-compliant TDI engine, pneumatic suspension, and a Haldex all-wheel drive system, but that's pretty boring compared to the rest of this tricked-out ride. For one thing, the rear section has been stretched to provide room for a proper-sized bed, big enough for two adults to sleep comfortably.
cars  travel  camping 
september 2017 by rgl7194
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