I’ve always wanted to go to New Zealand. The climate, the people, the scenery, and the fishing (yes, I like fishing) make the country an ideal place to hang out at for a while. The biggest problem is that umpteen hour flight to get there. Sure there’s a few poorly chosen in-flight movies, seven or eight in flight radio stations, and even an AC power socket so that I can plug in the trusty old laptop and type away. But a computer with no internet is like a flashlight with no batteries, a dance club with no music, a car with no stereo, a house with no maid!
Up until this point, I was just waiting out until Verizon or Boeing put broadband in flights, and that way I could easily spend 18 hrs connected and typing away with 4 minute lunch/dinner breaks at random times. Now there’s a twist on this not-yet-available service. The Feds want in, and they want total control. If they have their way they will track our mobile phone calls and online activity. This isn’t a concern of mine because I don’t plan on carrying out any terrorist attacks, I have a huge fear of heights. But I do fear that one friend of mine who will email me something along the lines of “hey, you’re on a flight right now? Dude, how are you going to detonate that bomb in your shoe? Haha.” Right after I get that email I can just see it: “sir, can you please come with us”.