My Halloween Multi-modal Transportation Odyssey
Blogging from
The Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf, 6922 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, California, United States, North America
Latitude
34.10130000
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-118.34100000
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1.00 m
 

I departed Dupont Circle today on my way out to LA for two conferences: the GI Film Festival and World Animation and VFX Summit. I'm very excited to be attending the premier of our film Raising The Bar. Which will screen Saturday Morning at the festival.

As I've mentioned in previous posts, I'm also using this trip to do a full road test of the software I'm working on for creating geotagged blog entries. Todays results... the software (in it's present state) is working well, but there were a several hardware glitches, namely with the GPS logger. The logger I'm using is really cool, but inexpensive unit. And today I reached it's limit and maxed out it's memory before the trip was done. This means that it stopped logging points before the end of the trip. So, to be able to post this entry with the matching media, I had to manually add the points for the end of the trip. Now, don't write off my little blue friend (my iGotU GPS logger) to quickly, because this is partially my fault – I didn't shut it off during the flight. So it dutifully continued logging with the last known good GPS point at Dulles before I entered the Faraday cage also known as a Boeing 757. When I got to LA the memory was full :-(

The other technical glitch was really more of a failed experiment than anything else. I had the GoPro set for time lapse – to record 1 photo every 60 seconds – and found that this really did not work as well as I hoped. Basically, it just generated A LOT of unusable photos that have to be sorted through later. So, no time lapse on the Susanne Cam. I still need to get a better mount for my backpack (instead of rubber bands) so the photos will be better leveled... more toys to buy ;-)

On this trip I used a combination of Busses, Trains, Planes and my own two feet to get me where I was going. The weak link in this 15 hour odyssey were the busses - it takes far to long to get anywhere on a bus. It doesn't matter where in the world you are, what time of day it is, or how nice the bus is – it's the slowest mode of modern transportation!