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Mar
9
comment How to adapt to Western Toilets from Indian-style toilets?
Diet can also help your bowel movements -- if you normally pass very firm, solid stool, you may want to consider more fiber and other dietary changes to help loosen your stool; you don't want to go all the way to liquid, but you'll find it easier to pass a softer stool with less strain :)
Mar
7
comment Does leaving mini-bag-tag stickers on your luggage confuse airport bagging handling?
Also, it's quite possible that if the scanner fails to find any so-called "interesting" data after 2-3 scan attempts, the bag gets rerouted for manual processing, where a handler will look at the big tag, figure out what's going on, and route it appropriately (albeit likely with a delay due to the manual processing, so yours will be one of the last bags onto the carousel).
Mar
7
comment Does leaving mini-bag-tag stickers on your luggage confuse airport bagging handling?
While I don't have any mini stickers of my own to play with at the moment, I can very easily imagine the barcode containing date information or otherwise flight-unique data; any given baggage handling system could very easily check the data against current flights passing through -- if your barcode refers to Southwest Flight 375 and SWA doesn't have any Flight 375 going through that airport today the reader will likely discard it as invalid data (and then subsequently lock onto the next tag it encounters, ad nauseum until it finds an "interesting" one)
Dec
23
comment Do any States in the US give traffic tickets for 5 mph above the speed limit?
On the speedometer calibration issue, I know my 2007 Ford Ranger reads fast; I have a ScanGauge II that plugs into the OBD port, and the speedometer consistently reads about 10% faster than what I'm doing. Roadside speed readers and a dynamometer test have confirmed that the data coming from the ScanGauge/OBD is accurate. Consequently I use my ScanGauge to make sure I'm staying within the range my local cops won't ticket for ;)
Dec
23
comment Do any States in the US give traffic tickets for 5 mph above the speed limit?
Be wary of small towns, especially those that highways/interstates pass through. Traffic tickets can be a significant source of their revenue on the basis that someone with out-of-state plates (a la @LessPop_MoreFizz) won't be willing/able to fight it and will just pay the fine, so they'll gladly ticket you for just a few MPH over.
Feb
11
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Feb
11
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Feb
11
comment How can I use a US Xbox 360 in Beijing?
Thanks! I'll probably end up looking for an HK-compatible Xbox360 power supply once I'm there, that seems to be the safest route. I'm not really worried about Xbox Live (don't play online much) so I'll deal with that if it presents itself as a problem.
Feb
11
accepted How can I use a US Xbox 360 in Beijing?
Feb
7
comment Is it safe and legal to sleep in my car in California (L.A. area)?
Most of this is irrelevant if you find a legitimate rest area -- that's why they're called rest areas: places for drivers to pull over and rest. As for safety, choose one that's well-lit and well-traveled with lots of cars. Choosing a rest area with a single flickering light and no one else in sight might be a Bad Idea™.
Feb
7
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Feb
7
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Oct
17
comment Long term travel without being wealthy - how is it possible?
What about the other impacts of long-term travel like keeping your job (or do you just say adios, and hope you can find a new one when you get home) and paying your rent (or do you put all your stuff in your mom's basement and try to find a new place to live when you get back), etc?