Archive for the ‘travel’ Category

Why am I jealous of poster board?

Wednesday, March 31st, 2010

Because my new poster gets to go to Istanbul, Turkey for next week's EvoStar Evolutionary Computation conference without me. I just shipped it off this morning. Combining puzzle-making with biologically-inspired computer algorithms. Because life isn't already crazy enough. Click the above image to see the large version of ...

I fell out of an airplane: More physical evidence

Sunday, January 3rd, 2010

Yay! Raeford Parachute Center finally sent my skydiving video! You can read about the experience here.

I fell out of an airplane once.

Wednesday, December 2nd, 2009

I'm scheduled to report to the skydiving facility at 10:00AM. A solid, low bank of clouds covers the entire sky. The call comes in at 8:30AM. "The weather is looking bad today. Do you mind rescheduling your tandem skydive?" "No problem. How does tomorrow morning sound?" "That's ...

Disney World trip photos

Sunday, July 19th, 2009

img { border: none } We recently took a vacation at Disney World. I was determined to get a decent camera before the trip, so I snagged a Canon EOS Rebel XS, an entry-level DSLR camera. The consequence of this is that I took way too many photographs during our trip: Disney ...

Citizen Spies

Wednesday, June 3rd, 2009

Thanks to Google Maps, we know that North Korean leader Kim Jong-il has an awesome swimming pool, complete with a bitchin' water slide: (click to see it on Google Maps) But Google Maps also shows us the cost of excess. (click to see it on Google Maps) This is a very small sampling of ...

Interesting perspective on cultural differences

Friday, July 25th, 2008

"But only that morning, Lama Tashi had told us about his first encounter with a watch in Tibet. He'd never seen one before when a friend came by with a wristwatch he'd just bought from a trader. "It's wonderful," the friend said. "You wind it up and it will tell ...

Atlanta GECCO trip report

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2008

div.caption { text-align: center; font-style: italic; font-size: smaller; text-indent: 0; } div.caption-left { font-style: italic; font-size: smaller; text-indent: 0; } Article sections: Atlanta | GECCO 2008 | Contests | Research Atlanta The Atlanta trip was a lot of fun. We stayed in a really nice rental house ...

GECCO @ Hotlanta

Thursday, July 10th, 2008

I've finally finished my crazy Zodiac cipher poster for GECCO 2008 in Atlanta next week: Click image for biggie size, or get the PDF version. And here's the 2-page paper if you want it. Last year, I used PowerPoint (gasp) to create the poster. What a huge pain that was. ...

Vegas Vacation, now in picture form

Friday, May 16th, 2008

I have finally finished uploading our Vegas trip photos to Flickr. Check them out via the links below: Day 1 | Day 2 | Day 3 | Day 4 | Day 5 | Day 6 Kathryn and I didn't expect to enjoy Vegas as much as we did. And we ...

Lady Luck, please let the dice stay hot

Wednesday, May 7th, 2008

Our Vegas trip went well and is best summarized by this video: Vegas trip video. The panhandler's sign at the beginning is hard to read; it says: "Why lie? I need a beer." (youtube link) A larger high-quality version in M4V (MP4) format is here: http://oranchak.com/vegas-large.m4v (it's about 280M). The trip ...