Brent Dax (brentdax) wrote,
Brent Dax

  • Mood:

Apollo 8

The metaphor I've been using to think about this trip to England is a moon mission.

On the one hand, you need to bring everything you can, because it's gonna be real expensive to get on the other end. On the other, you pay for every pound, so it needs to be as light as possible. So you have to be efficient and thoughtful about what you bring.

And in the end, you usually have to cheat. Sort of like those cobbled-together plastic-and-duct-tape adapters that saved Apollo 13.

For example, I have an alarm clock that plugs into my iPod. But it's pretty big and heavy, so instead I'm going to use the iPod's built-in alarm feature and a little tiny portable speaker.

So now everything I need is on my Saturn V. I have my oxygen (computer gear) and my hydrogen (clothes). I have my CO2 scrubbers (toiletries) and my radios (access point, Bluetooth headset). I even have reentry batteries and a surge tank and parachutes and pyro batteries—my US phone and its charger—to make sure I have a soft landing and swift recovery.

So now there's nothing to do but wait for them to light the explosives under my feet.

T minus 4 hours and counting.
Tags: kent, school, travels

  • Paging madlori (and anyone who knows her)

    An interesting thing just happened on Facebook chat. Lori Summers [2:29:44] Got my message ? Brent Royal-Gordon [2:33:45] I did. Lori Summers…

  • guest post

    kate is the best better than the rest the best the best haikus about kate: kate's my favourite i want to lick her ballsack it would taste so…

  • Practice

    This December, I will have been practicing programming seriously for ten years. That will mark the tenth anniversary of me starting to learn Perl. I…

  • Post a new comment


    default userpic

    Your IP address will be recorded 

    When you submit the form an invisible reCAPTCHA check will be performed.
    You must follow the Privacy Policy and Google Terms of use.
  • 1 comment