Travelling in Mongolia is very much about relaxing into a slow pace of life and taking things as they come. Don’t get overly stressed if the van you were told leaves for the Gobi Desert in twenty minutes only leaves in 4 hours. This is just the way things work and relaxing into it will significantly increase your enjoyment of the country.
Sounds like my kind of place.
Goruck’s new Slick rucksacks line, the SKs. Pictured above is the SK26, a GR1 sans the Molle webbing, Velcro, or bladder tube exit hole.
Android’s open-to-all codebase and close-to-nothing licensing cost has produced many low-cost computer-grade phones for the low end market. But it does not mean cheaper total cost of ownership.
What it means, is that phone makers and carriers can be at liberty to jump into making their own mobile operating system, apps/proprietary customer lock-in scheme quickly, though not as easily, to create a confined mobile environment. All this at the cost of the consumer’s privacy and delight, under the illusion of ‘open’ and ‘cheap’.
A basic state of most ‘open’ android smartphones are more closed than many people can imagine, and most of the free apps are crappy and the paid ones are expensive. Most, if not all, of the great free apps — to some extent even paid ones — are designed to mine your data, so they can sell it to god-knows-who.
You are jailed.
I’m cool with trusting my pocket to Apple, cause that giant, publicly-listed dictatorship in Cupertino happens to have $70 billion in the bank. They are a design studio and a marketing powerhouse that knows how to create, and sell awesome products. I paid full price for their larger-than-life iPhones, enough to make my business relationship with them simple and clear: they take my money, and they protect me from the likes of Android hackers who can stalk people around on a device they always carry everywhere.
Google is an advertising company who creates ‘free’ and ‘open’ software, whose primary target is to be the biggest in whatever they do, because in advertising the larger the audience, the more money they make.
There’s no such thing as free lunch.
A couple of friends asked for some photos on my pack, so I thought I’d share this with all of you too.
What’s in the insert:
In the bag, outside the insert:
The GR1 has a separated bladder compartment which I put my 3L Source Outdoor hydra pack. On the left strap, I attach a Capture Clip from Peak Design to hold my camera whenever it’s not in the bag.
A little note about the insert: I tried using a different kind of camera insert where it just sits on the bottom. It’s practically useless when the bag is full.
I modified the insert and attach some 1” velcro bands so that the insert can stay upright and stick to the top of the bag at all time, even when the bag is empty. This way, not only the GR1 turns into a fully functional multi-purpose camera bag, quick access to both the camera insert and the GR1 itself is maintained.
Do you know that you can fit a fully-loaded Billingham ƒ/1.4 inside a GR1?
Although many of us have fantasized about becoming an astronaut when we “grow up”, making rocket ships out of cardboard refrigerator boxes, very few people actually went through with it. But lucky for us common folk, photographer Ben Cooper gives us all a chance to relive our space fantasies. Cooper brings us an insider look at the Flight Decks of the Endeavour, Discovery, and Atlantis space shuttles. The fact that there are people who actually know how to operate all of these switches is pretty phenomenal.
It has been reported that, as part of Lion Air’s massive new deal with Airbus to acquire more than 230 new planes, the European plane maker will send its own safety experts to Jakarta to get Lion Air’s operational standards up to scratch so that it can continue its international expansion without impediment.
Lion is my airline of choice when it comes to domestic traveling. Whatever AirAsia is doing wrong, Lion has been doing it right.