August 29th, 2010


[links] Link salad wakes up, still on the far side of the world

Nick Gevers discusses steampunk on BBC's World Service

Adjectives from country names? — Another fun post from Language Log. Be sure to check out the comments.

Retirement Haven Hunts Youthful Violators — A weird twist on the ongoing economic crisis in America.

Olbermann on religious intolerance in the US — Attention Islamaphobes: We have this little thing called the First Amendment. May I recommend it to you? I am certain conservatives of all stripes are with me on this, being the strict Constitutionalists that they are.

The D'Oh of Xenophobia — Must be hard to be a wing nut in America and keep up properly with the hate list...

?otD: Have you seen the Southern Cross?

Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (convention time)
Body movement: urban walking to come
Hours slept: 10.25 (interrupted)
This morning's weigh-in: n/a
Yesterday's chemo stress index: 5/10 (fatigue, peripheral neuropathy)
Currently (re)reading: Deliverer by C.J. Cherryh


[travel] A few random thoughts on being in New Zealand

  • It's cold here. Not just the weather, but inside the buildings.

  • These Kiwis all drive on the wrong side of the road. Which is admittedly better than only some of them driving on the wrong side of the road. I'm finally learning to look the correct direction on street crossing.

  • I have yet to meet a New Zealander I haven't liked.

  • There are more Americans here than I expected.

  • Wellington is incredibly clean and pretty.

  • The food here is quite good, if a tad pricey. And some of it is very different from what I'd find at home. That never surprises me in non-Anglo countries, but it has surprised me here.

  • In another life, I could have lived here.