Ten years ago, I walked into high school with a brand new Toshiba Satellite 2210 CDT. It wasn’t state-of-the-art, but it was pretty decent for its time. It had a 500 MHz Intel Celeron processor, 64 MB of RAM, and a 6 GB hard drive (which took up about 62.9 cm3, or 0.1 GB/cm3). The laptop had a 12.1″ 800×600 display and outside measured dimensions of 31.5 cm x 26.2 cm x 4.8 cm for a volume of 3960 cm3. It cost around $2000 at retail.
Today, I walk around with my Motorola Droid. It has a 550 MHz ARM Cortex A8 processor, 256 MB of RAM, and a 16 GB solid state memory chip (only 0.165 cm3, or 96.97 GB/cm3; which is almost 1000 times more dense than the hard drive in my laptop!) The display is 3.7″ 854 x 480 resolution. The phone measures 6.00cm x 11.58cm x 1.370 cm for a volume of 95.2 cm3, and cost around $600 at retail ((assuming you just brought the phone outright with no contract requirements)). And it fits in my pocket, and can make phone calls to anyone in the world, and can check email, and can watch videos, and determine my location anywhere in the world down to 4m or so, and I can speak to it and it will do things!
My friend, Eric Boyd, left this comment on my Facebook wall regarding my trip:
That should be a lot of fun. Watch out for Gypsies though. I’ve heard they like to break into train compartments and rob you blind. But I’m sure in your case they will try to unzip your suitcase and find themselves fighting for their lives against an army of death-ray wielding nanobots;)
They’re actually going to be sporting 1.21 jigawatt lasers, not death-rays.
After talking to Jeff the other week, I called up Mr. Staples (Jeff’s dad) to ask about what travel agency they used. Mr. Staples referred me to Mir Corporation. I took a look at their packages, and they’re quite expensive ($5,000 for 10 days), plus their dates don’t line up with mine. They did, however, have some very useful information on their website.
I’ve received my official invitation, filled out the visa application, and had my visa picture taken last week. Today I sent everything, plus my cover letter and a $131 check in the mail to Dad. Dad will add my passport to the set and drop it off at the Russian Consulate in Downtown Seattle. It will take no less than six days to process it, so here goes nothing.
- The Central Museum of Armed Forces ((http://www.cmaf.ru/eng/index_eng.htm))
70 ruble, or 30 ruble if I get the student discount, plus another 100 ruble so I can take photos
- Kremlin Armory Museum
700 ruble, or 200 ruble if I get the student discount
- Cosmonautics Memorial Museum
- The Polytechnical Museum at the Ilinsky Gates
- Moscow State University Zoological Museum
- Underground Moscow
Useful resources: http://www.moscow.info/
I also talked with my friend, Erin, who’s currently in Turkey. She gave me the low down on what’s what in Turkey.
- Istanbul (2 days-ish, Hackett did 4 days)
- Grand Bizarre
- Blue Mosque
- Ephesus (1 day)
- Cappadocia (1-2 days)
Erin also says I need to :
- See a Whirling Dervish dance
- Eat GÃ¶zleme and Kanafeh ((Erin says, “kunefe, my favorite dessert…it rhymes with ‘tunafay'”))
- Read up on AtatÃ¼rk
- “Also, when in Turkey, you can’t miss out on a Turkish bath. Its a fairly odd experience at first, but you have to do it!”
Random thought, do I need a phone?