What I’m Watching: Traveling Couples

While we’re in lock-down I thought I’d share what I’ve been doing. Since we can’t travel ourselves and not quite up to the task of re-watching Anthony Bourdain stuff, I’m living vicariously through Youtube videos. By the way, “Someone Feed Phil” on Netflix is pretty good as well.

Basically if a channel has gone to Wales, London and/or South Korea, I probably watched it preparing for our own trips. If they talk about food a lot, I kept watching more of their videos. Below are a few of channels that I’ve been digging through the older stuff of.

Miss Mina and Mommy Oh


Korean American from the Pacific Northwest travels around with her Korean mother. This is mostly focused on Korea, Japan and other Asian touristy stuff, but there is also quite a bit of US content as well. Currently I think she is going through a backlog of footage to create videos due to the whole no traveling thing.

Samuel and Audrey


This Canadian couple was really helpful during our European trip as they did a video for Frankfurt, which is not usually a prime tourist location. Their London and Montreal “Things to do” videos have also been re-watched many times. Bonus is that Sam taught ESL in Korea for quite a while so their guides for Seoul are also great from the “Western Tourist” perspective.

The Endless Adventure


These two are obviously trying hard to game the Youtube search algorithms, but they’re goofy and awkward enough that it’s endearing and I’ll let it pass. Currently they’re renovating an RV and it seems like it will take quite a while, maybe for the sake of the content beast.

Dean Allen

Dean Allen has passed, and there are a few remembrances of him out already.

Jon Gruber

Om Malik

Jason Kottke

My contact with Dean was limited to the early days of Textpattern, which this site used to be built on. I LOVED Textpattern, but it just developed too slowly and I had to move on to other CMSs. In fact, the latest blog post on textpattern.com is about how they finally have theme support, in 2018! Anyways, because of my love of Textpattern I jumped on the chance to become one of the initial investors of Textdrive, which went on to become Joyent. That lead me to learn about FreeBSD and Solaris and OpenIndiana and gave me another pillar to build my career on.

‘(Apple) Have No Idea What They’re Getting Into’. Where have I heard that before?

There’s a rumor that Apple is working on a car. Someone asked a former GM CEO about the rumor. His response

“They’d better think carefully if they want to get into the hard-core manufacturing,” he said of Apple. “We take steel, raw steel, and turn it into car. They have no idea what they’re getting into if they get into that.”

Didn’t GM go bankrupt? Maybe GM isn’t really the company to ask about someone else’s ability to run a successful car company.

This is almost an echo of when Apple launched the iPhone. You know, the product that would make Apple the largest, most profitable company in history.

Jim Balsillie (former) CEO of RIM (Blackberry):

“It’s kind of one more entrant into an already very busy space with lots of choice for consumers … But in terms of a sort of a sea-change for BlackBerry, I would think that’s overstating it.”

Steve Ballmer (former) CEO of Microsoft

“Five hundred dollars fully subsidized with a plan! I said that is the most expensive phone in the world and it doesn’t appeal to business customers because it doesn’t have a keyboard, which makes it not a very good email machine …. I like our strategy. I like it a lot….Right now we’re selling millions and millions and millions of phones a year, Apple is selling zero phones a year. In six months, they’ll have the most expensive phone by far ever in the marketplace and let’s see … let’s see how the competition goes.”