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hiking prep

So I decided to take my Palm Vx on the hiking trip after all. ScottM might be lending me his battery-operated recharger. I'll be carrying the Palm in a Seal Line waterproof bag (see above photo). The case was made specifically for small electronic devices, and came with a rectangle of foam padding from which I cut a hole in the shape of my Palm. I've also added a stiff cardboard backing for the back and (when I'm not using the Palm) the front to help protect it in my backpack.

I figure the fuss is worth it. My Palm is so light and small compared to a paperback book, plus having it along will give me access to:

- Andrew Lang's Lilac Fairy book (downloaded from Memoware)

- Arabian Nights book (downloaded from Memoware)

- my Japanese language flash cards

- the text adventure I've been playing lately

- iRogue

- word processor docs...I could work on my trip report on route or even my novel

- recent online issues of Salon, Wired, CBC news, Japan In Your Palm ezine, Sci Fi Channel,,

- pocket synthesizer (for composing/playing music)

Just imagine how much space the above collection would take up in print/hardware format! I love my Palm.

Jeff and I will be sharing one digital camera between us (Elph S100).

I'll be packing my personal belongings for the hiking trip today as well. Weight and bulk is a huge factor on a trip where you have to carry everything (tents, campstoves, food, clothes, etc.) on your back the entire way, even more so than on a canoe trip. And when packing, I'm going to assume that it'll be raining on everything.

We're going to the cottage tomorrow, but not leaving on our hiking trip until next Tuesday.

Incidentally, I still haven't gotten word about the Pegasus voting ballot so won't be able to post it on the OVFF Web site before I leave, and I'm going to be away for much of August and September (even if I have online access, it will likely be through long-distance dial-up or Internet cafes). If any of you hear news, could you please post it on the OVFF message board? Thanks kindly. :-)

Today's Blatherpics:

- Seal Line waterproof plastic case containing my Palm.

- Sample of hiking meal packages.

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Today's Poll:

Do you work for (or have you ever worked for) a dot-com company?

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