September 7th, 2010


[links] Link salad in the laneways

A rather thorough report on my Au Contraire writing workshop

Vintage ad: Universal Food Chopper, from 1890s

Nasruddin and Road Rage — A Sufi teaching story that touches on how we drive.

Microwave-Powered Rocket Ascends without FuelA scale model is further proof that beamed-energy propulsion works. Shades of Project Orion?

Is Believing In God Evolutionarily Advantageous? — Hmm. (Via garyomaha.)

Hitchens Replies With Wit and LogicChristopher Hitchens has a new piece at Vanity Fair about his fight against cancer and the craziness it is inspiring in others. He cites this blog post by one of the righteous...

Noted anti-global-warming scientist reverses course — The liberal conspiracy claims another victim, thanks to those pesky facts biased against conservative beliefs.

Republican Runs Street People on Green Ticket — This is how you run elections when you're a morally and intellectually bankrupt party. If Republican ideas and policies could stand on their own, this stuff wouldn't be needed. Are you proud of your Republican party?

?otD: Have you ever seen a wallaby?

Writing time yesterday: 0.0 hours (AussieCon 4)
Body movement: tourism walking to come
Hours slept: 9.25 (solid)
This morning's weigh-in: n/a
Yesterday's chemo stress index: 3/10 (fatigue, peripheral neuropathy)
Currently (re)reading: The Judas Rose by Suzette Haden Elgin


[travel] Day tripping in Victoria

Yesterday jackwilliambell, catvalente and I day tripped down to the Great Ocean Road. (Sadly, calendula_witch stayed in the hotel room with the con crud.)

We stopped first at the Werribee Open Range Zoo. That's primarily an African-themed wildlife park, but we took the walking trail through the Australian section. There we saw emus, kangaroos, a wallaby, Cape Barren geese, and various other Australian birds and wildlife.

A Cape Barren goose

The kangaroos were being lazy and unphotogenic. The emus were everywhere.

From there we stopped at an airplane hangar where an RAAF B-24 Liberator is being restored. We got a tour from an elderly gentleman who'd served aboard that type aircraft during WWII. Their example is an airframe rescued from being used as a backyard shed, with wings and tail sections from a crash in the jungles of Papua New Guinea, and other parts from the United States.


Outside, we saw what appeared to be Phil Dick's BMW.


From Werribee, we drove to Geelong, then Anglesea, where we stopped for an enormous Aussie lunch. Humongous burgers (and a chicken sandwich for me) covered with an egg, a beet, chili sauce, avocado, et cetera.


Note the french fries. They are on practically every menu in Australia, even in white tablecloth places serving ethnic cuisine.

After Anglesea, we drove down the Great Ocean Road to Lorne. Saw some beautiful, and odd, things.



The George Jetson beach house

From Lorne we turned inland to Deans Marsh, then Winchelsea. Beautiful farming country. jackwilliambell wanted to head up into the Grampians, but I was quite tired, so we drove back to Melbourne from there.


I don't think for a moment that I saw Australia yesterday. Just one little corner of this vast, beautiful country. But it was pretty, and fun, and I'm glad we did it. I just wish calendula_witch could have made it.

Today we tour Melbourne laneways with several folks and a local guide. Tomorrow, the long flight home.

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