Monthly Archives: March 2010

Commentary: Put Down the Guidebook, Pick Up the History Book

Posted by on March 23, 2010

Colosseum in Rome

Knowing who Vespasian and Domitian are can give you a much deeper understanding of the Colosseum. You can find the entrance fees and operating hours anywhere.

As I have previously written, I’m not a big fan of travel guidebooks. That does not, however, mean I am not a fan of books. I am a voracious reader and during my almost three years on the road I have consumed so many books that carrying them around became a serious issue for me on several occasions. It is why I’m such a big fan of the iPad. The idea of having global access to an English language bookstore that doesn’t require me to lug around an ever expanding collection of paper fills me with glee.

I am not here to talk about guidebooks. However, I do believe you should be reading prior to and during your trip. In particular you should be reading history books. (more…)

Welcome to the new home, same as the old home

Posted by on March 21, 2010

Over the last few months I had been having issues with my web hosting provider because I was getting too much traffic. On several occasions I was getting so much I was bringing the server down. This weekend my site was down for several hours and it reached a point where I had to find a new place to host my website.

If you are reading this, then you are at my new home at They claim to be able to handle large spikes in traffic easily, so we will see if they can perform as advertised. The process of moving a website is never fun. I want to thank John Berns here in Bangkok who helped me move the database last night. My knowledge of the technical side of things ends at MySQL, and I couldn’t have made the move yesterday if it wasn’t for him.


Win an $800 JVC GZ-HM550 Camcorder

Posted by on March 20, 2010

I was asked by the people at JVC about giving away a camcorder, and it didn’t take much to convince me. One of the big reasons is that I have been looking at camcorders and this is one of the models I was looking at buying for myself. (disclosure: I’ve NOT been given any money or products by JVC. I’m doing this for the benefit of my readers.) (more…)