Articles by "Paul - Driving Inertia"
Lunch and beer, 15 miles ahead.

What To Do, What To Do?

By     |    Oct 23, 2014
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It’s been a while since the end of our trip. It’s now been three years since we moved out of Chicago. We’ve lived in Upstate New York and Wisconsin — like really lived in these spots, we’ve signed leases plural and held jobs plural. A few weeks ago, we got back on the road and slept in the van and cooked on the Coleman like old times. It was remarkably easy to […]

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Designing a Truly Mobile Office

By     |    Jul 6, 2014
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We’ve been traveling more internationally lately. Call it a book tour. First it was Belgium and the Netherlands. Then it was Mexico and Costa Rica. We’re on the move … and working. My international mobile phone setup has been solid — a combination of GoSIM international roaming and Republic Wireless WiFi service. I’m starting to rethink my travel laptop though. I’ve got a Google Chromebook, the Acer C720. I really like it, […]

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Cheap camera, dumb phone, money belt, password, flashlight. Ready for anything.

The Paranoid Traveler’s Packing List

By     |    Mar 31, 2014
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Travel involves risk. Where you travel impacts the level of risk you undertake. If you’re going to Peoria, you’re probably pretty safe. But what if you’re heading someplace not-so-safe? Yes, you might get hurt. You might get sick. You might miss your flight connection and end up on a bus to Shanghai  instead of a comfortable flight. Those are all risks. But the biggest risk you face is probably theft. […]

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My unlocked Alcatel + GoSIM on the left; Moto X from Republic Wireless on the right.

The Best Phone Service for International Travelers

By     |    Feb 12, 2014
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Can you imagine Columbus sailing across the Atlantic, going months without Instagram and SMS only to find that instead of landing in India where he had purchase international data roaming, he ended up in America, a new damn country with cell phones operating on an entirely different frequency? Yeah, I bet it sucked. Don’t make the same mistakes as Columbus. Here are your best bets for ensuring your mobile phone […]

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The Best Travel Laptop, Tablet, Convertible, and Combo, Holiday 2013 Edition

By     |    Nov 18, 2013
Posted in: Travel Tech     |    2 Comments

It’s time to refresh these posts. Lots of new computers and tablets have been released in the past few weeks and a bunch are worth mentioning. First, let’s talk restrictions. Last time there was a $500 limit. Let’s lower that to $400 and keep this interesting. Let’s also open it up beyond just laptops. Bring on the tablets and convertibles. Enough preamble, let’s get into the picks: Apple iPad Mini […]

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Lisa and her drinking glove.

La Crosse Oktoberfest: Beer and Car Flipping

By     |    Oct 8, 2013
Posted in: Bars, Booze, Beer, Etc., Wisconsin     |    No Comments

La Crosse’s Oktoberfest is a big deal. There’s music, a parade, carnival games, brats, and fried cheese curds along with beer, drinking games, a golden keg, debauchery, and destruction. Destruction? Yes. Cars get flipped. It’s a tradition. There seems to be some agreement that the festival runs too long. This year’s was something like nine days long. That’s a long time. It used to be only four days long.  Next […]

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So, so simple. So, so easy to screw up.

This Is How You Taco

By     |    Oct 7, 2013
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We’ve had an awesome run of Mexican food lately. We even returned to Eau Claire, Wisconsin to get some of our favorite tacos from our trip. All this good food has made us wonder: Why do some places serve terrible tacos when great ones are so simple? In the spirit of giving, we’ve prepared this guide. Rule #1: Use two tortillas. With two tortillas, your chances of blowing out the […]

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Mr. Two-Phones in London.

Prepping for another European adventure

By     |    Sep 17, 2013
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We’ve got a trip to Europe on the horizon, and the preparations have begun. I’ve got our hotels starred on my Google Map. I’ve got those maps downloaded to my phone so I don’t need a data connection to navigate when we arrive. I’m starting to plan out what tech I’ll bring and what I’ll leave behind. Here’s what I’m thinking so far: Bring: Smartphone // Leave Behind: Data Plan […]

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Mmmm. Bacon AND beer.

Bacon Happy Hour Is Genius

By     |    Sep 15, 2013
Posted in: Bars, Booze, Beer, Etc., Wisconsin     |    1 Comment

While researching La Crosse, we came across an intriguing boast: Dublin Square offers free bacon during their happy hour. Further investigation was necessary. Visions of bottomless bacon bowls enchanted our dreams. It could never live up to our expectations. But it almost did. Here’s the deal: get a drink at the bar during happy hour. Ask for some bacon (you have to ask for it). You’ll get two slices of […]

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Lisa got the Vegetarian Ramen with cheese.

Mr. Coleman Can’t Compete With @momofuku Ramen

By     |    Jul 29, 2013
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We recently discovered Mind of a Chef on Netflix. The show is great, but there’s one big downside of watching it — it leaves you wanting to eat food you may not have easy access too. We don’t all have a noodle shop down the street to satiate the cravings the show creates. And packaged ramen can only do so much, a lesson we learned on the road. Luckily, we found […]

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