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Chasing the Apocalypse — Real Life
Visiting abandoned nuclear test sites in the Nevada desert.
nuclear  war  history  tourism  travel  state(Nevada) 
february 2019 by tsuomela
CONTRARY BRIN: Airline deterioration, the new elite, levees and climate deniers
"Gradually, people are growing aware that the rich, famous and powerful are abandoning our crowded airports, evading the painful security queues, the germ-laden air and uncertain schedules. Leaving all of that for little folk to endure, elites are even staying away from First Class. (Have you noticed, most of the people up front are either exhausted upper-middle managers or frequent fliers, traveling on upgrades? And first class service has deteriorated, accordingly.)"
travel  air-travel-failure  airtraffic  elites  class  economics  politics 
june 2013 by tsuomela
Peer-to-Peer Hucksterism: An Open Letter to Tim Wu | Whimsley
"So, Tim. Back to the begin­ning. The Ran­dian, sim­plis­tic free-market thought­less­ness behind the wave of “peer-to-peer” com­pa­nies, and espe­cially those who are try­ing to uproot reg­u­la­tions that pro­tect con­sumers, is far from the wave of the future: it’s huck­ster­ism mas­querad­ing as progress, hubris as vision, cal­lous self­ish­ness as community-mindedness, and it’s a dis­as­ter wait­ing to hap­pen. I don’t think it’s some­thing you want to asso­ciate your­self with. Will you retract your sup­port for AirBnB and Uber?"
p2p  crowdsourcing  collaboration  travel  regulation 
march 2013 by tsuomela
Benjamin Rosenbaum: Never trust an astronomer with a sinister goatee
"You know, nowadays I consider myself mostly kind of an eye-rolling jaded sophisticate as far as interstellar settlement goes. While I'm moderately bullish on humans making some interesting use of the rest of our own solar system someday -- God willing -- I scoff at FTL drives and galactic empires, and even managing a quick trip (by biological humans) to Proxima Centauri seems honestly like it's going to be a matter of several millennia from now at best.

I'm not really talking about engineering, here
sf  future  space  travel  life  extraterrestrial  exobiology  economics 
march 2011 by tsuomela
The Book Bench: The Exchange: Tony Hiss on Deep Travel : The New Yorker
So Deep Travel can work in a familiar setting?

No place, however well we know it, stays exactly the same from day to day, or even from hour to hour—there are always different combinations of people present, or different plays of light and shadow. The most famous examples of this are the more than thirty canvases Monet painted of the facade of Rouen cathedral in the eighteen-nineties.
travel  awareness  experience 
november 2010 by tsuomela
My travels: Rolf Potts goes round the world with no luggage | Travel | The Guardian
Earlier this year, I set off on a journey that took me around the world without any luggage. For six weeks I made my way through England, France, Spain, Morocco, Egypt, South Africa, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, New Zealand and the US without carrying so much as a man-purse or a bum-bag. The few items I did bring (including a toothbrush, an iPod, and a few extra items of clothing) were tucked away in my pockets. Along the way I learned a thing or two about improvisation, hygiene, and what is and isn't necessary when travelling the world.
travel  experience 
november 2010 by tsuomela
Charlie's Diary: Designing society for posterity
So. You, and a quarter of a million other folks, have embarked on a 1000-year voyage aboard a hollowed-out asteroid. What sort of governance and society do you think would be most comfortable, not to mention likely to survive the trip without civil war, famine, and reigns of terror?
sf  fiction  space  space-opera  travel  societies  endurance  time  design  futurism  speculation  organizations  institutions  sociology  social  sustainability 
january 2010 by tsuomela
The Benefits of Vacation - The Daily Dish | By Andrew Sullivan
The reason such travels are useful involves a quirk of cognition, in which problems that feel “close" - and the closeness can be physical, temporal or even emotional - get contemplated in a more concrete manner. (This is known as construal level theory.) As a result, when we think about things that are nearby, our thoughts are delicately constricted, bound by a more limited set of associations. While this habit can be helpful -it allows us to focus on the facts at hand - it also inhibits our imagination.
psychology  bias  travel  imagination  construal-level-theory  distance  mental  vacation  cognition  science  creativity 
september 2009 by tsuomela
FiveThirtyEight: Politics Done Right: Do Americans Really Hate Flying? Or Really Love Driving?
Still, I'd expect the numbers for most 875-mile trips to be slanted fairly heavily in favor of air travel -- but instead, Americans are just as likely to drive this distance as to fly.
transportation  flying  rail  train  automobile  travel  american  attitude  polling  survey  habit 
september 2009 by tsuomela
WELCOME PAGE - The Caretaker Gazette - #1 Source for Caretaker Opportunities since 1983!
THE CARETAKER GAZETTE is a unique newsletter containing property caretaking and house sitting jobs, advice, and information for property caretakers, housesitters, and landowners.
travel  work  caretaker  property 
july 2009 by tsuomela
Rest Stops, R.I.P. | GOOD
State governments are shutting down interstate rest-stops because of money woes and competition from KwikMats and McDonalds.
history  transportation  government  commons  money  2h20c  travel  america 
july 2009 by tsuomela
Leisure and Business Travel Packing List - Travel Light with One Bag!
There's no question: overpacking tops the list of biggest travel mistakes.

Thus this Web site, offering exhaustive (some might say exhausting!) detail on the art and science of travelling light, going pretty much anywhere, for an indefinite length of time, with nothing more than a single (carry-on-sized) bag.
travel  howto  lifehacks  reference  guide  gtd  hint  tips 
may 2009 by tsuomela
Where's the remotest place on Earth? - environment - 20 April 2009 - New Scientist
Plotted onto a map, the results throw up surprises. First, less than 10 per cent of the world's land is more than 48 hours of ground-based travel from the nearest city. What's more, many areas considered remote and inaccessible are not as far from civilisation as you might think. In the Amazon, for example, extensive river networks and an increasing number of roads mean that only 20 per cent of the land is more than two days from a city - around the same proportion as Canada's Quebec province.
maps  world  geography  travel  transportation 
april 2009 by tsuomela
Word Spy - dark tourism
dark tourism n. Tourism that involves travelling to places associated with death, destruction, or a horrific event.
words  tourism  travel  vocabulary  etymology  neologism 
may 2007 by tsuomela
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