Free fancy food and found finances

I spend a lot of time online, sometimes it is for research, sometimes it is to be entertained, oftentimes in the form of games.  Some of those games give real world rewards, like gift cards, Redbox codes, t-shirts, and more, all without paying out of pocket (unless you count time spent, which I don’t). 2 months ago, I was able to redeem points for a complimentary dinner for 2 with the executive chef or manager at 630 Park Steakhouse at the Graton Resort & Casino via MyVegas Rewards (a Facebook game).  Last night, I was finally able to make the drive for my first visit to the almost 2-year old casino.

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The days between the nights: Scandinavia 2014 Trip Part 5

While seeking the Northern Lights were my main purpose for being in Tromso, there is plenty for visitors to do during the day.  I imagine tourism is a main industry here, and there must be something to do in the between times (and summer time of endless daylight). Continue reading

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Too much sun: Scandinavia 2014 Trip Part 4

It’s summer in the Northern Hemisphere, which means more daylight.  Don’t you wish it wasn’t so bright all the time?  After all, when you can’t see the sun, you get some pretty nice cosmic views.  One of the reasons for this trip was to see some spectacular aurorae, whose activity level is directly influenced by the sun.

I booked two tours for my three nights (first night midnight arrival doesn’t count).  In case weather interrupted one of them, I had another chance to see something good.  They were expensive, but I’m already spending the money to get here, I should increase my odds as best I reasonably can.  I left a night in between the tours to do my own thing, and if I saw a great show on the first tour, I could still cancel the second and get a refund.  The daytime would be used for normal tourism, city walking, food, museums, etc.  I don’t need much rest when traveling, and I like being out in cold weather.

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Happy Australia Day 2015

So, this happened exactly 10 years ago.

I am lazy, so this is also a repost from exactly six years ago.

Here are a bunch of my photos from Australia Day 2005. I made my way to Sydney’s Darling Harbour to see one of the numerous city-wide firework shows. I was too far from the Harbour Bridge for the biggest show, and people there camp out all day for their seating spot. I left 45 minutes before showtime and was able to fit into the crowd. See the photo set here and hit the jump for more photos.

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2014 in review

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 3,400 times in 2014. If it were a cable car, it would take about 57 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.

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13 hours of Malmö

In the meantime, while you’re waiting for the story to pick up again (from the scattered three posts I made during the trip), here’s a two minute time lapse film of the view towards Malmö’s Central Station (on the other side of the canal) from my hotel, built from 1537 photos.  That is one frame every 30 seconds for nearly 13 hours (6:14am to 7:02pm).

Number nerds in the US: I post this at 10:11 on 12-13-14

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Stay tuned for story time

I finished sorting through all the photos, now I’m in Flickr uploading mode.  I’ve also written a dozen reviews for Tripadvisor and have more to go.


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