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Preparing for Moscow [Oct. 15th, 2006|04:04 pm]
Brad Fitzpatrick

Photocopies of important documents,
carry-on bags that fit just right (had to research that first),
warm clothes,
getting all my electronics, cables, power converters (us, moscow, london) together for:
phone, camera, laptop.
then packing all breakables into small carry-on all klotski-style,
including laptop bag inside carry-on bag, per (maybe?) UK restrictions.

new gadgets for trip:
-- laptop bag/glove w/ shoulder strap.
-- new Canon Elph? haven't got it yet. can't carry around massive SLR the whole time and my old Elph is .... very old.
-- new (er, first ever) iPod? dina's gonna pick it up for me? Because I won't have power on the long flight, so need music/podcasts/games/movies to entertain me. I'm going to see how much the upgrade from Economy to Economy Plus is (er, "World Traveler Plus"), because then I get a power outlet.

etc, etc.

so much for stress-free hacking this weekend.

[User Picture]From: hughe
2006-10-15 11:23 pm (UTC)
you staying in london or just changing flights at heathrow airport?
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[User Picture]From: brad
2006-10-16 12:05 am (UTC)
Staying one night in London with a co-worker, Simon Wistow, on the way back. That way I can both see London, and not wake up early for any flights. :-)
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[User Picture]From: hughe
2006-10-16 12:39 am (UTC)
any lj meetup planned for london or just the moscow one?

tyler durden's brad's worldwide lj army needs to meet their leader!
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From: dan_erat
2006-10-15 11:52 pm (UTC)
don't forget running shoes
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[User Picture]From: birom
2006-10-16 12:02 am (UTC)
Would be happy to help you through our city.
I can meet you at airport. We had some conversation few years ago, about LJ payments for russian users.

Anyway, you can phone me at my cells: +74957724974 or +79015329937 or US number at my homeplace: +19177799891.

How much time do you plan to spent here in Moscow?

It would be really great to meet you here in Moscow! :)
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[User Picture]From: brad
2006-10-16 12:07 am (UTC)
I think there will be an LJ user meet-up/party Wednesday or Thursday night .... ? Don't worry, I'll get the word out. :-)
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[User Picture]From: birom
2006-10-16 12:10 am (UTC)
Is it a private meeting, or anyone can join?
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[User Picture]From: brad
2006-10-16 12:15 am (UTC)
I think the people I'm hanging out with are planning a public event. If not, I'll ask you to organize one at a bar somewhere? But I'm pretty sure something public's already planned.... I'll let you know as soon as I know.
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[User Picture]From: birom
2006-10-16 12:25 am (UTC)
I think that's not a public event, as far russian LJ community not talking about that already :)))
I would appreciate if you phone or just sms me for that event, if, certanly it's not restricted for nonmembers :)))
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[User Picture]From: birom
2006-10-16 12:05 am (UTC)
P.S. Almost all power converters are fit to work here, you just have to get dirt cheap little converter for power outlet. I have many US devices at my place.
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[User Picture]From: octal
2006-10-16 12:31 am (UTC)
The sleeves from sfbags.com are very nice for laptops.

I think the best camera choices for P&S right now are Panasonic Lumix FX01 (which I just bought; older, but has a 28mm equiv wide angle), or the Canon IS800/IS900.

I bought a few "travel smart" universal anything to anything a/c adapters and have been happy with them. I also have wonpro power strips if I need multiple outlets.
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[User Picture]From: wildilocks
2006-10-16 12:58 am (UTC)
I have been told the upgrade to [Whatever] Plus is really cheap for what you get and is totally worth the extra few $ - I think the figure I was quoted was about an extra $100. The extra legroom is very noticeable, apparently.

Good luck!
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[User Picture]From: brad
2006-10-16 03:34 am (UTC)
I think it's closer to $1,000 (or $2,000) than $100. I'm going to ask at the airport and see if they have any last-second deals, as I'm told they sometimes do.
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[User Picture]From: crucially
2006-10-16 06:36 am (UTC)
Depends on what ticket you have and so on, last time my friend flew he got an airport upgrade for $150...

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[User Picture]From: lisa
2006-10-16 02:37 am (UTC)
i'm looking for an old elph charger before i go to japan. you care to part with it?
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[User Picture]From: anildash
2006-10-16 05:35 am (UTC)
i have one somewhere, too... i'll try to dig it up before i'm on the road again. when do you go to japan?
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[User Picture]From: majestros
2006-10-16 03:23 am (UTC)

Treo Games

You know you can get lots of good games for the Treo 650 right? I can post some names of games as well as directories to look for games for you as well. Plus LJP (Little John Palm) is a great NES (and many other console) emulator so you can bring any games along on it.

When you have a treo, trying to find iPod games seems silly
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[User Picture]From: crucially
2006-10-16 06:37 am (UTC)

Re: Treo Games

BA sometimes won't let you use phones even in flight save mode, but they do let bluetooth devices on the Boeing 744... very weird.

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[User Picture]From: rzr_grl
2006-10-16 06:34 am (UTC)

to confuse your camera decision

Just picked up the Fuji F30, and I really love it. About the same price/size as the Canons. Had previously been total cheerleader for the Canons but have switched teams based on my research and experience with the F30. Easy, lovely photos, endless battery. I charged mine the day before burning man, and it just went to red this afternoon.

yay moscow! am jealous.
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[User Picture]From: krow
2006-10-16 06:40 am (UTC)
Just a warning, customers requires you to write down everything, and its value, that you bring into the country. If you lose the form when you exit they will try to charge you tax on everything. Be careful to mark down everything, I've had to fight with Russian soldiers before over whether to pay their "Tax".

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[User Picture]From: scosol
2006-10-16 01:52 pm (UTC)
I hear Tosche Station has good deals on powe... ok i can't complete that joke.
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