Occasional Travel Journal – The ‘Bucket-List’ Stuff

This is the place where I talk about places that leave me speechless... so to speak.

Colossus - The World's First Programmable Computer

As the undisputed grandfather of modern computing, Colossus holds a unique place in our technological history.

Used during WWII in the Allied efforts to break German High Command ciphers, Colossus carved a legendary place for itself in Computing History. I've visited the National Museum of Computing's Colossus Gallery a couple of times before. On the last occasion, however, I actually managed to get more than ten minutes alone with this amazing device. It was quite an awe-inspiring experience.

Bletchley Park
Bletchley Park Manor seen from across the lake

If there's such a thing as the 'Beating Heart of Geekdom', Bletchley Park is it. 

Headquarters of Allied code-breaking efforts during WWII, home of the infamous 'Turing Bombe', and above all, deployment site of the world's first programmable computer, Bletchley is the very epicenter of the technological age we live in. If this place isn't on your bucket-list, you're not a proper geek.

Johnson Space Center
Johnson Space Center Mission Control

When astronaut Jack Swigert so infamously said "Houston, we've had a problem here." this is who he was talking to. 

The Johnson Space Center is another one of those places where history was/is made. From the theater, to the trolley tour, to the expansive gift shop, the Center is an unmitigated Technological Tour de Force. I've been there on a couple of occasions, and I haven't even scratched the surface yet.

The Horns of Hattin
The Horns of Hattin, seen froma nearby farm track

Although you wouldn't look twice at this rock formation in passing, it's a pivotal site for Medieval History.

On July 4th 1187 the Kingdom of Jerusalem's combined Christian armies suffered a crushing defeat at the hands of Saladin the Great's forces. Heralding the fall of Jerusalem and ultimately the loss of the entire region, Hattin is conceivably one of the most impactful battles in Medieval history.

Today the Horns are largely forgotten, and are freely accessible to anyone who knows their history and is willing to drive across a couple of miles of farm tracks.

Ph'nglui mglw'nafh Cthulhu R'lyeh, wgah'nagl.