Geek Takeover Week 2013 is brought to you by the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, one of the best places for food and entertainment in the galaxy. [What is this?]
A special thanks to the assimilated Eric Hall for introducing my second annual Geek Takeover Week. Humans, Klingons, and other aliens reading via email, you’ll need to click this link to view the video above.
foXnoMad’s shields have fallen and this site has been invaded by orcs, dorks, and zombies of all sorts. I’m not sure what I can do… communications are being cut off… travel has been assimilated into the second annual Geek Takeover Week on foXnoMad! Use the force, gather your friends from Hogwarts and set your phasers to 5 days of the nerdiest topics this travel blog has to offer while I do my best to gain control of this blog again…
Geek Takeover Week 2013
Enjoy this special week with a new post everyday, including several guest authors I specifically tractor beamed in because their hearts pump geek cells. There won’t be any new posts next week as it will probably take me that long to get the Borg nanites out of my server. Until then, you’re not completely safe, the geeks are coming for you too – and this week if you read carefully, that could win you $100 – spendable anywhere on planet Earth.
- Monday: Geek Takeover Week 2013 On foXnoMad Has Arrived
- Tuesday: An Insider’s Guide To Saving Money, Meeting Celebrities, And Otherwise Hacking The Las Vegas Star Trek Convention
- Wednesday: Which Star Wars Character Would Be Best To Take A Gap Year With?
- Thursday: 5 Amazing Places Astronomy And Science-Lovers Should Visit
- Friday: Star Trek Cosplay Pictures And Video From The 2013 Convention In Las Vegas
Live long, prosper, and join the dark side if you dare…
The other day I mentioned on my Facebook page that I’ve been quieter than usual lately, typing words, lines of computer code, and defragmenting my mind. Northern Hemisphere summers are typically when I’m writing and you’re traveling, but now the road calls again…in Klingon. In what has become something of an annual migration for this nomad, I’m back in Las Vegas to attend the Star Trek Convention at the Rio All-Suite Las Vegas Hotel and Casino, where I’m staying as their guest.
Getting Back Online By Getting Off It
I’ll be officially on vacation between August 13th-17th so I won’t be completely silent for the next few days. I’ve already spotted a few Vulcans drinking at the Rio’s Masquerade Bar and you can find similar absurd photos on my Facebook and Twitter feed, under the hashtag #STLV. On Monday I’ll be heading to the Grand Canyon and begin blogging again during the week of August 19th from Washington DC; where I’m sure to eat more than a few slices of Naples at Pupatella.
- I’m planning a meet up in the DC area, let me know if you’re in town and I’ll post details on Facebook and the comments below.
Afterward, my upcoming stops focus on Asia, specifically Pakistan but before October I’ll be in the best city to visit in 2013: Sibiu, Romania.
Changing How I Tell You I’m On Vacation
Since I’m terrible at taking breaks, I’ll still have over 5 weeks of the annual 6 I give myself to go completely offline. The thought of me writing to say I won’t be writing will get tiresome at some point, so to spare you that, I’ll just put a little note up on my blog pages letting you know I’m boozing on some island, testing race cars, or simply working behind the scenes.
Where Do Your Summer Travel Plans Take You?
Now that you know what I’m up to, I want to hear from you! What travels do you have planned for August and beyond? Let me know in the comments below and if we might be crossing paths. I look forward to hearing about your upcoming adventures and wish you an early, bon voyage!
The humble point and shoot camera doesn’t get a lot of love these days, replaced by low-cost DSLRs and mobile phones with increasing resolution. Although you can turn your mobile phone into a better digital camera, most of us are still carrying a point and shoot to capture our
lunch travel memories. Aside from an iPhone 4, my Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS10 is the only camera I travel with and responsible for nearly all of the pictures on this blog over the past two years.
Which digital point and shoot camera do you take pictures with on your travels?
Recently, my Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS10 became slightly damaged in Yemen so I’ll need to upgrade to the latest DMC-ZS20 model of Lumix later this month. I’m often asked what camera I would recommend for travelers not wanting a heavy, conspicuous DSLR. Without hesitation I can recommend the Lumix DMC-ZS10 but want to hear what you would – or wouldn’t – suggest based on your own experiences.
Let me know in the comments below and I’ll compile your answers for an upcoming post that might help you make your next camera purchase a little easier.
Space may be the final frontier, but you don’t have to wait for warp drive to explore it. Like myself, I’m sure many of you are waiting for the chance to extend your travels beyond our planet and my live chat guest today is working to make that happen.
In 2009 Jose Mariano Lopez-Urdiales founded Zero2Infinity in Barcelona, Spain; its maiden vehicle is bloon, a stratospheric balloon that will allow people to fly to Near-Space. Thanks to his astronomer father, he has been in close contact with space missions ever since he was a child. He graduated in Aeronautical Engineering from Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, and since then has been involved in a host of cutting-edge projects such as building and flying microgravity payloads for the European Space Agency, rocket science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the Ariane 5 Evolution Space launcher, to name a few.
The Q&A is now closed. Thanks everyone for participating!
open today, July 11th from 1-2pm US EST (5pm-6pm GMT; 12am-1am Bangkok). Scroll down or click here to submit your questions below!
I first met Jose in 2011 when he gave a talk about bloon at a conference on space tourism and interviewed him about near-future space tourism later that year. Today, he’ll be here for one hour to answer your questions about how you can become a space tourist, the costs, challenges, and what’s next for tourism far beyond the stars, all in the comments section below.