Just past international dateline, off coast of Russia, 5 PM PST. I know we’re just over the dateline because I can see it on the little map on my video screen.

This voyage tracker is something I first saw on my last trip to Korea in 1998, but this is the first time I’ve gotten my own personal screen for following our progress. It’s kind of cool: I like the sense of being able to see what’s going on, even if most of the information is pretty meaningless to me (is a 21 mph headwind a lot or a little? Should it be -44 degrees below zero out there, or warmer?).

The map