People keep asking for it and I keep meaning to do it, but then we always seem to be in a rush before leaving a country and we don't have time to video me packing my bag.
Japan was a little different, so we finally got it done. Unfortunately Todd's real video camera is broken now and this was taken on his point and shoot, which cuts off at about 10 minutes.
That means that you'll miss the glory of me repacking that one last thing in there. Actually, after packing I realized that I had forgotten my sandals so I repacked the whole thing anyway.
We have some new gear coming in next week... it will be interesting to see if everything still fits.
Here's the video:
Can't believe you guys had to detour from Taiwan. I'm currently here for a few more days before I head out to Korea.
@washbourne - You're preaching to the choir man. I did Cocoa development for a long time and love the software development systems for OSX. I have had Powerbooks, Macbook Pros, a couple iMacs and a handfull of MAC Minis...and I used to love the Macs. In all honesty, though, the hardware is going downhill and the quality is suffering. I saw this happening as a Mac guy a year ago and decided to get out before the DRM craziness got worse.
Nah Im open-source through and through...thank you for the advice though just the same!
@DB: NO! It's the dark side! The Thinkpad will consume all your data and corrupt your bits!
Just kidding: I had one. They're exactly as advertised. Sturdy, unbreakable almost ( I saw a guy poor water into his keyboard and it worked ). Reliable. Yes, you can run Ubuntu on it ( I did for 2 years ). No, it's not easy. Good luck finding drivers for the touch screen, the graphics card, and decent power management. Since I left Linux a little over a year ago to transcend into the realm of the MAC, I'm not sure how they've progressed.
Be sure to ask for the stupid restore-DVDs or CDs that DON'T come with the laptop. Without them, you won't be able to restore Windows. No, the stupid partition on the main drive will not work once you've had GRUB on the system with your Ubuntu.
I could never go back to Windows or Linux. They're just 5 years behind in OS development. Usability, Technology, Design, Mac OS X is just better.
There is exactly ONE reason not to get a Mac:
You are a professional gamer. If not, GET A MAC!
By the way: they're not expensive. I bought mine for 800â‚¬ 1 1/4 year ago. Now it's selling for 650-700â‚¬. That's maybe 150â‚¬ loss in over a YEAR. No other electronics do that.
Alright you guys. I gave in and shelled out for a Lenovo like yours (the same one) and it should be here by Thursday. I am a Linux guy and once I saw it as a recommended linux machine in a magazine I realized the signs were too plentiful to ignore.
I'll letcha know what I think.
Have been reading your stuff for a while, and this is the first time I've seen you talk for an extended period of time. It's really nice to see and hear the man behind all the great writings. Provides the reader with a more complete experience of "Tynan."
You are an inspiration
So THAT'S how you do it.
Though I'm not sure if it beats my ultra-mini packing while down in Yakushima. ;-)
Hope you've met some cool boasty slaves and toasty maids over in Taiwan. Totally jealous right now.
@tynan - I ordered a good variety of the Alocsacs...thanks for telling me about them. I've used regular ziplocs in the past but it only takes ten minutes for the compression to go away and the air to leak in again.
Would you guys be open to doing a meetup in Europe? I'll meet you guys wherever you'd like and we can do a joint podcast or something...? If you want to talk about details, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll talk about it.
You guys rock.
Vince: Thanks! Yeah, I mean that people in the places we've been have been far less paranoid. I still wouldn't do it at the airport, but public parks and such have been no problem.
Washburne: I think we may make it out there. We plan to get train passes from August on and go everywhere.
So, I'm in Japan right now. I stayed up all night packing, laundering, and cleaning the kitchen so that it would be pleasant when I got back. Jonah and Evan hung out with me to keep me awake. The best part was that I miscalculated the time and had to race to the bus station at top speed on my electric skateboard with my suitcase on my back. Luckily it's the best suitcase ever, so that was doable.
Todd and I made no plans prior to our day of departure. No hotel. No tours. Nothing. We didn't really even read about Japan. Early that morning, though, I scrambled and wrote some posts to craigslist looking for a place to stay. One guy responded, offering a very cheap room with bunk beds near Tokyo. With no better alternatives, we agreed.
Our flight went without incident. I spent it learning Mega Memory, watching Survivor Season 3, and sleeping just enough to get adjusted to Japanese time. Todd took a video of me sleeping, snoring, and tossing my head left and right as I tried to stay situated on the tiny little headrest.
My time in Paris was a fun journey. It was a school trip last year. Took a lot of saving and bag packing to get there but in the end it was worth every last cent.
As we had teachers with us, who were flute in French. It wasn't hard getting around and finding fun places to eat and relax as they have been there so many times before. The only bad thing about my holiday in Paris was the hotel. As it was on the outside of Paris. It took about 30 minutes maybe more to get home each night. And to be honest the hotel wasn't that nice either. It was small and if you kept your window open at night you could hear cars and people going by. As we got to the hotel at about half 10 or 11 each night you had time to relax before you take shower and go to sleep like most of my friends they went on there phones but no not me. You had to get a wi-fi code and everyone else has a different one to each other. And just my luck didn't work not even one night for me.
We went to I think every site there is in Paris. I was so tired walking around everywhere. My favourite place was of course Disney land. It made me feel like a 10 year old kid again. Running around to all the roller-coaster and hearing the Disney music everywhere you go. I was so happy going around with a smile on my face the whole time.
We went to loads and it was so amazing. I was so lucky to go on that amazing experience to Paris and see the thing I always see in movie and photos and touch them to see if they are really real and that I am really in Paris.