I think this will be my last post for the day. It is 8:18 PM PT (10:18 PM CT) and I'm ready to get some sleep.
Sunday, July 13, 2008
from carrying a box of books and my backpack through airport
terminals. Standing, I can feel my legs and arms trembling a little
from exhaustion. My backpack and box of books probably weigh about 45
kg (100 pounds). I was riding my bike a lot yesterday with very heavy
loads, through the night, up steep inclines, and then lifting and
carrying a lot with packing for the trip. I won't get any rest until
this evening after today's scheduled events. I'm getting some food now
through a shopping mall to get from one terminal to another.
New iPhone Software. I'm planning to rely heavily on my iPhones over the next few weeks for communications. On 11 July 2008, Apple introduced new iPhone software. Even users of the older phones needed to upgrade to the new software. The new software provides significant improvements to the older phones including: full integration with MobileMe (www.me.com), Applications support for new iPhone programs, a scientific calculator with advanced functions (accessed by turning the iPhone on its side for landscape viewing), support for multiple calendars allowing selective viewing of one or all calendars, push email (immediate notification of new email), push calendar (additions or changes are pushed to every enabled device), and more. The software seems to be working okay.
Packing bags and then getting sleep. I have about two hours left before I need to leave for the airport. I'm starting to get a little tired, yet my bags aren't packed yet. So, I need to pack, and then, as time permits, maybe get 30 to 60 minutes of sleep.
Food. I've had three Clif bars so far today (in the early hours of the morning). They seem to provide plenty of vegan nutrition and a natural level of energy (unlike candy bars) that I need right now for getting everything packed and ready to go.
One of the reasons for my trip to the west coast is to serve as a videographer of the events along the way. My video camera stopped working a while back, and I'd been meaning to replace it. I'd seen the Flip Video device for about $150. It is simple to use, connects with a built-in USB plug (that flips out), and comes with software for Apple Mac and/or Windows. The quality isn't as good as similarly priced miniDV camera, and it is limited to 60 minutes of recording. So, I ended up taking it back. It may be possible to get a video camera upon arrival, or one could be made available.