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Deep Knee Bends as Travel Exercise

Deep Knee Bends as Travel Exercise
I am constantly dwelling on how to exercise and travel, I came upon what I feel is the simplest of aerobic exercises.

The Deep Knee Bend

Khao San Road, Bangkok Thailand
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
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I have been having a hip problem; my hip muscles have atrophied from lack of good movement. Yes, I walk a lot, however it just is not vigorous and not aerobic, it does not raise my heart rate.

Running is close to impossible, if not incredibly dangerous when traveling in the underdeveloped countries. Bikes are even more dangerous as they compete with drivers who just do not care. Any routine I develop is easily disrupted by moving to a new city.

I happened upon the deep knee bends as a good way to exercise my hip and legs, however what I did not realize this also could be very aerobic in nature.

I started with 20, and now am bouncing around at 50 and it provides a good stretch of the ankles and other muscles of the legs and back. I am excited knowing I can do this in any Hotel room on the planet.

Strange as it sounds, many years ago someone told me of the danger or doing deep knee bends, I now know of the danger to my health and body of not doing deep knee bends.

Truly this is the only aerobic exercise I have found that can be performed daily anywhere on the planet.

I found little information of value on the aerobic value of deep knee bends...

Collected Fitness Info
Graphic how to do -
The Deep Knee Bend

Deep Knee Bends as Travel Exercise

Stopping Camera Condensation a Good Solution

Stopping Camera Condensation a Good Solution
I called upon,
"My anonymous friend Barack Obama's cousin".... to be a model for a good Camera Tip.

When a person leaves an air conditioned room in a tropical climate, the lens will fog up and ruin photos.

Khao San Road, Bangkok Thailand
Sunday, November 9, 2008
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I now take the camera out of my bag, hold it close to my body and cup my hands around the lens until the heat of my body warms the camera. It takes about a 100 meter walk before the camera is warm or about 10 minutes.

Hold it close to body for warmth.

I suppose you do not have to give this type of look.

Another friend took these photos, I am not sure why the photos are two different sizes, she had a big Canon expensive jobby.

Really should not put your thumb on the lens, I use a piece of t-shirt to clean the lens, I believe tissue will slowly scratch the lens.

I have sewn the strap together just after the hand so the strap will not slip off my hand easily, this will help stop thieves or me accidentally dropping the camera.

I have also stopped using the lens cover, it insulated the lens and stopped it from acclimating, however the camera is kept inside my computer bag, converted into a camera bag.

10 most important things to know about lenses
AC Causes Camera Lens Condensation
CAMERA; Condensation Can Cause Problems - New York Times
Caring for a digital camera in cold weather
Condensation on lens -
How to prevent condensation in camera - lens What cause it - Nikon Forum
How to protect the camera (lens) in high humidity Photo Answers
Keep the Fraction Constant Budget
lens condensation
little heater for the camera bag. [Archive] - Canon Digital Photography Forums
One Solution to Air Conditioned Room Fogging Camera Lens
Shooting snow and sun with your digital camera
Television Production Lenses Some Final Elements
topleftpixel forums View topic - Cold weather - condensation on lens

Stopping Camera Condensation a Good Solution

Hobo Goes Home for Thanksgiving

Hobo Goes Home for Thanksgiving
I have purchased a one-way ticket with Delta Airlines from Bangkok, Thailand to Indianapolis, Indiana for 1038 U.S. Dollars.

Ouch, double the price of two to three years ago.

Khao San Road, Bangkok Thailand
Monday, November 10, 2008
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I will fly into the USA on the 26th of November and fly out on with to Guatemala on the 8th of December for 238 USD one-way.

I cannot be in the USA over 30 days per year or I have to pay Uncle Sam Taxes, if I stay out of the country 335 days, I can earn up to 80,000 USD and not pay taxes. In reality, I am only in country for about 20-25 days; I need to keep a few days open for an emergency need to return to the USA. I did hear that if I had residency in another country, I could actually be in the USA longer, this is just rumor and I do not know anyone who is actually utilizing residency in another country this way.

I will be in Guatemala, checking on Backpacks, thinking about building a Hostel and calling the USA on because I am in the same time zone.

Around say the 15th of January I am hoping to head south to Peru to go look for los menos civilizados near Pucallpa. I am tempted to say uncontested tribes, however the reality is it the lesser contacted tribes. The locals call them,
“Ellos sin ropa.”

I need high water for river travel in Peru.

Hobo Goes Home for Thanksgiving Versus Calling Cards Versus Calling Cards
After a recommendation from my friend Travis, I purchased a 300 Baht Phone Card here in Thailand, I now can call the USA for .85 Baht per minute using my mobile phone.

2.5 cents per minute for calls from Thailand to the USA.

Khao San Road, Bangkok Thailand
Sunday, November 9, 2008
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It is easy enough, I programmed in an Italk number, and then when I call it, Italk immediately calls me back. I than enter the code from the card, followed by the telephone number.

No need for an internet connection, simple, easy and mobile, I can make this type of phone call from most anywhere in Thailand. I believe the Telephone Companies will soon claim back market share, although in reality, is just a reseller of telephone service.

Will there be a comeback of Calling Cards?

To buy a SIM card to make an unlocked quad band phone work with a prepaid card is about 5 dollars around the world. The cost and ease of calling people is becoming increasingly possilbe for a traveler of the planet.

Now all I have to do is figure out a way to get people to pick up the phone when the call ID number is strange…

Italk Calling Card

You can buy the card in many store, however the most recognizable is Boots or Family Mart. Versus Calling Cards

Geography Awareness Week

Geography Awareness Week
Geographic Awareness Week will be from November 16 to 22, 2008

GIS Day will be November 19, 20008

“Geography Awareness Week was established in 1987, U.S. President Ronald Reagan signed legislation that established the third week in November as Geography Awareness Week.”

Khao San Road, Bangkok Thailand
Saturday, November 8, 2008
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“Geography Awareness Week was established in 1987 to promote awareness about the importance of geography education, while demonstrating the breadth of geography and its relevance to almost any other subject.”
National Geographic Magazine

“What is GIS Day?
GIS Day is a global event for users of Geographic Information Systems technology in an effort to educate people about how geography makes a difference in our lives and to demonstrate this technology to schools and organizations around the world. Learn more about GIS Day.”
Indiana University

The study of Geography is the cornerstone of travelers life, many years from now, I feel I will remember the many maps of my life. My first true experience of world Geography was when I make this map of a boat trip between Ecuador and Iquitos,, Peru.

I feel a special rush when I pull out a piece of paper, and with my pen slowly try to map out my next adventure, and truly encourage the world to allow their curiosity to thrive by becoming aware of Geography.

This coming week I will be chatting with Oxford Press, Atlas of the World editor Ben Keene about recent developments in the world of travel and geography. I will publish the audio recording of the conversation to help with Geography Awareness Week.

Geography Action! 2008 -- National Geographic
Geography Awareness Week - Information About Geography Awareness Week
Geography Awareness Week 2000 @
Geography Awareness Week 2008
Geography Matters
GIS Day 2008
Library of Congress offers GIS demo
National Geography Awareness Week
The Canadian Association of Geographers - Geography Awareness Week

Geographic information system - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Geography Matters New “What is GIS” PowerPoint
Geography Matters
Geospatial Information & Technology Association – GITA
GIS Day 2008
GIS Day at IU
GIS Lounge - Geographic Information Systems
National States Geographic Information Council (NSGIC)
Planet Geospatial - Open Forum on Participatory Geographic Information Systems and Technologies
The Federal Geographic Data Committee — Federal Geographic Data Committee

Geography Awareness Week

Michael Crichton Dies

Michael Crichton Dies
I heard two days ago that Michael Crighton died.

Michael Crichton
1942 - 2008

“Best-selling author Michael Crichton died unexpectedly in Los Angeles Tuesday, November 4, 2008 after a courageous and private battle against cancer.”

Khao San Road, Bangkok Thailand
Saturday, November 8, 2008
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Michael Crichton stands with James Michener, and Henry David Theroux as people I admire, people who can see clearly on cloudy days. The writing of Michael Crichton was so clear, simple and clean many often failed to see the brilliance. His stories written like parables where one person can understand and the other appreciates the good story.

- The one and a half wit is often considered a half-wit because we only understand one-third his wit. -

Henry David Thoreau (1817 - 1862)
U.S. writer.
Walden, or, Life in the Woods
------I will misquote, cannot find the exact quote offline. -----

An Appraisal - Michael Crichton - Builder of Windup Realms That Thrillingly Run Amok -
Death Notices Obituaries Sun-Times News Group
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Michael Crichton (John Lange, Jeffery Hudson) -
Think Progress » Journalist Critical Of Climate Skeptic Michael Crichton Written Into Crichton Novel As Child Rapist
Welcome to

Thanks Michael, you will enjoy a the Viking Immortality, you will remembered forever because people will continue to speak of you...

Michael Crichton Dies

Do the Right Thing

Do the Right Thing
I sense the world is going to have some rough times, however you will be just fine if they remember to do the right thing. There are shortcuts in life, there are clever ways of avoiding situations, now is not the time to be too clever.

Khao San Road, Bangkok Thailand
Saturday, November 8, 2008
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What is happening now on the planet is the too clever people are being punished for all their shortcuts and taking the easy way out. There will always be people on the planet who will take the shortcuts and are punished for their bad behavior.

I know many of you have done the right thing and you will be required to pay or help those who took the easier path and now are in trouble. Do not be tempted to take shortcuts as they did, stay the course, do the right thing when everyone around you is not.

A simple way to weather the storm is this, try to say “Thank You,” and “Please” a few extra times today for on simple reason, because, it is time to,
“Do the right thing.”


By: Rudyard Kipling

If you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you
But make allowance for their doubting too,
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
Or being lied about, don’t deal in lies,
Or being hated, don’t give way to hating,
And yet don’t look too good, nor talk too wise:

If you can dream–and not make dreams your master,
If you can think–and not make thoughts your aim;
If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
And treat those two impostors just the same;
If you can bear to hear the truth you’ve spoken
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,
And stoop and build ‘em up with worn-out tools:

If you can make one heap of all your winnings
And risk it all on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings
And never breath a word about your loss;
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
Except the Will which says to them: “Hold on!”

If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
Or walk with kings–nor lose the common touch,
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you;
If all men count with you, but none too much,
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds’ worth of distance run,
Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it,
And–which is more–you’ll be a Man, my son!

Thanks Rupyard, as room in the day for a noble thought, I found this quote from Rupyard Kipling ironically on this page.
The Art of Manliness

Do the Right Thing

Riding on a Thailand Bus

Riding on a Thailand Bus
I am on the bus from Chang Mai to Bangkok, Thailand, I am using a GPRS internet connection from AIS or One Two Call mobile phones here in Thailand.

Blogging from a Bus between Chang Mai and Bangkok. Thailand
Friday, November 7, 2008
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I believe the lesser developed countries similar to Thailand will soon pass the more developed countries for telephone services. There are countries that have very few landlines, these countries are being offered incredibly cheap and technically advanced features for pennies on the dollar compare to what we often consider highly developed countries.

Think, how does a telephone company offer internet services when there is no landlines, they must use the mobile phone or cell towers as the standard, not the exception.

If the USA is so developed, why can I Blog away on a moving bus in Thailand and I cannot even get High Speed Internet in my Home Town in Indiana? Worst yet, the cell phones do not even work; people need to go up on hills to get a connection.

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Riding on a Thailand Bus