I did get a chance to try out the iTalk (which I mistakenly called the iMic a few posts back) yesterday. It worked, mostly. I held the mic too close the first time and got lots of unlistenable too-loud audio. The second time was OK but I was incoherent. The third time? It didn’t record at all for some reason.

Which was too bad, as I was actually babbling something that would have classified as “seeing vapor trails.” (Technically the following could be considered a “spoiler.”) My babbling involved an elaborate reading of “Kill Bill” as an inverse Odyssey with the Bride as Penelope having to fight her way home to Odysseus, who is waiting for her with her child. Along the way she has many picturesque fights, including one with a cyclops. Finally the couple is reunited. And then Penelope kills Odysseus. (OK, so Ulysses it ain’t.)

Things that spoil roadtrip photos

infrastructure and mile marker, minnesota

  1. Auto-exposure cameras that can’t be easily tweaked to capture the subtle play of the setting sun’s rays on a mountainside.
  2. Poor aim.
  3. Bugs on the windshield.
  4. Attempting to take photos at 6:30 in the morning through the windshield while driving. (Don’t worry, I made sure no one else was on the road, on either side of the median.)

Rough cut of the photo album for the first two days is up; notes as I get a chance.

Quick update: In the Twin Cities

Since I wasn’t able to dial up from the hotel in Livingston, Montana last night, I thought I’d post a quick update before I try to find a bite to eat. I’m currently sitting in St. Paul, Minnesota, where the Best Western has free DSL. <flavorflav>Yeah boooy.</flavorflav>

For those of you playing along at home, I’ve come over 1600 miles in two days. Just two more to go… Hopefully I can post more later.