Pictures from Trip to Asia

Here are pictures from my recent trip to Asia.

Update. The pictures in this post have now been put in individual posts instead of being hosted on Picasaweb galleries. You can find them here:

Trip to Asia

I’m getting ready to go to Taiwan and PRC for work. It will be my first trip to Asia — should be fun. I’ll be meeting with our local customer support groups and meeting some customers.

I like plotting great circle routes of long-distance flights. From the right angle, the routes for this trip make sense.

I learned last Friday that if I step foot outside the large cities I plan on visiting (even taking ground transportation between them instead of flying), I won’t be able to donate blood for a whole year. Something about malaria zones. That’s too bad. I was hoping to hit two gallons in another year. :-(

The nuclear option

Believe it or not, this isn’t about judicial appointments. It’s about the bomb. Based on recent statements, it would appear that we haven’t had enough nuclear warfare.

  • Maj. Gen. Zhu Chenghu of China threatens to use nukes against the U.S. if we “intervene” in any conflict between China and Taiwan.
  • Rep. Tom Tancredo, R-Colo., “throws out the idea” of bombing Mecca in response to a nuclear terrorist attack within the U.S.

Is the doctrine of mutually assured destruction effective in negotiations with a madman?