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Oct 21st 2012 5:37PM Apparently random mass shootings have progressed from being isolated incidents that shock a nation to having their own classification: Active Shooter Incidents. Says a lot.
Really makes one keen to visit the US, doesn't it?
Oct 7th 2012 9:07PM Thanks for the heads-up that it's only open to US folks....
Aug 6th 2012 11:02PM Ok, so those are not "cities" per se...
Aug 6th 2012 11:01PM Only 10? Makes it hard to choose...
The villages of Cinque Terre in Ligura, IT are other examples that spring to mind.
Feb 18th 2011 3:52AM A while back I picked up a Shure MPA-3C, and I'm very happy with my choice.
Ok it wasn't cheap, but having spent money on enough replacement iPhone headsets in the past I thought it looked like a good investment. It's certainly robust. For example the clip is a generic one, and when it breaks in the future I can easily replace it. The Griffin with the clip built-in doesn't seem like a good idea to me.
It's allowed me to use my old favourite in-ear Sony buds. Although these will eventually die, they certainly last a whole lot longer than the Apple device, are cheaper, and are more comfortable to boot.
It doesn't have volume controls, which could be nice to have, but I lived with an iPhone 3G for so long that I don't feel short-changed by that even now with the iPhone 4. Just like the single button on the 3G's Apple headset, it gives you play/pause, next/previous track (or skip forward/back if watching a video), and VoiceOver (although I usually only hit this by accident if the Shure is near my pocket and I bend over for a minute...).
Jul 19th 2010 8:41PM Sure, program that domestic number into your phone for use overseas. I did a double-take when I read that. Useful backup info, but it's probably easier and cheaper to research LOCAL emergency contact numbers before you arrive in a destination...
Jun 30th 2010 8:52PM An excellent summary!
One point of caution about boots though: to protect the landing sites from cross-contamination with organisms and diseases, your boots will be scrubbed with Virkon when you return to the ship. "Wellies" (we generally call them "gumboots" here in Oz) withstand this well, and don't have laces/stitching for the nasties to hide in. Keep this in mind if you're considering "hiking boots" (your trip operator should be able to help with advice on this).
Note that most ships supply loan boots (and usually nice insulated ones, even if they don't have the arch support that some people prefer).
My own experiences so far are in West Antarctica (along the Peninsula) on trips where we concentrate on capturing this amazing world with our cameras: http://luminodyssey.com/