Anticipating the next holiday

2005-12-27

in Daily updates, Photography, Travel

Sad neglected sprouts

When places are largely devoid of people, they often feel at their most pure. It conforms to a kind of open-space ideal that at least some of us have built into ourselves. It’s the same aesthetic drive that made the clay hills we found on the Arizona Road Trip so compelling, as well as the view from Crown Mountain or the overlook near Petgill Lake. While it can certainly be creepy – especially in spaces that are fundamentally public, like city streets – it can also be empowering and evocative of thought. I certainly have plenty to think about, as I carry on trying to plow through my huge pile of vacation books. One of the slimmest, the Very Short Introduction to Cryptography by Fred Piper and Sean Murphy, I have now finished. While it was interesting, it certainly was not worth buying. In the future, I will make furtive attempts to lurk inside Blackwells (or even a library) and digest a few more of these volumes without having to shell out for them.

The search is beginning now for some kind of New Years plan. Apparently, ITG is going to be in London at some point quite near the end of the month. For those who don’t know who I am talking about, Ian Townsend-Gault taught my international law class at UBC, for which the original version of the infamous fish paper was written. He also helped me considerably to bring it forward to the point where it was rejected by a journal no less esteemed than Marine Policy. Dr. Hurrell says that it could probably be tightened in scope and re-submitted, but I haven’t the energy for another attempt just now. The point of the introduction, in any case, was not the paper but the person. Indeed, I am starting to see the hazy outline of some kind of an end of month plan.

My mother has said that I am welcome to stay in London for a night or so with her friend and former roommate Lessia. Additionally, I have a helpful standing offer from Chris Yung of spending a night on his couch. Given the determination that Claire and I have mutually expressed to find something interesting to do in order to usher in 2006, this may provide the necessary logistical base. If people are aware of specific, interesting things that are happening, I would appreciate the information. More precise plans will have to wait for Claire’s return from Kent. With the return to Oxford of Margaret, Emily, Alex, and others, this will become a much more active place. (And one in which I am even less likely to read a good amount about neorealism.)

Anyhow, I must be back to my books.


  • Anyone computationally minded should have a look at this amusing comic. This episode is also interesting, as is this one.
  • My PGP Public Key is now hosted on this server.
  • Tony has a post on why having daughters seems to make people more left wing.
  • Some of the jokes posted as comments on the last entry are pretty good, though one is a reminder of how I have a statistics exam in eighteen days. Prior to then, I need to borrow a graduate robe again – since exams here are written sub fusc – and figure out just what kind of statistics they mean to test us on. Anyone from the M.Phil program interested in forming a study group?
  • It looks like Zandara is having an interesting road trip. She has some photos posted.
  • After a particularly unsettling post yesterday, Frank’s blog has vanished. I hope he is ok.
  • Here’s an interesting article from The Economist on some of the connections between law and health. I would be especially interested in knowing what some of my medically inclined friends (Astrid and Lindi) think of it. Clearly, the health care system risks being rife with perverse incentives – such as the ones that strongly discourage drug companies from developing products like new contraceptives or vaccines – and poor approaches to problems – like using juries with no particular medical knowledge to make decisions about complex, technical questions. While the solutions to such problems aren’t evident, it strikes me as particularly important that we work on finding some.
  • After difficulty and labour hard, the sidebar now renders properly in every browser except IE 5.2, for Mac. The extent to which I will sleep better at night is considerable.

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{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

Anonymous December 26, 2005 at 10:41 pm

If truth is beauty, that photo is a vile lie. Discarded Brussels Sprouts? Ick.

Jessica December 27, 2005 at 12:22 am

Poor, maligned Brussels sprouts. Most loathed of the cruciferous vegetables. I shudder to think what the British must do to them.

B December 27, 2005 at 1:02 am

About time on the sidebar. While the italics thing is a genuine IE bug, the open ‘a’ tag in your sidebar can’t have been helping matters, eh?

Milan December 27, 2005 at 1:06 am

Thanks for bringing it up in such timely fashion. Looking over the same piece of text over and over, you lose the ability to see errors that would be obvious to fresh eyes. This is true for essays, and triply true for code.

Hilary December 27, 2005 at 2:20 am

I like brussel sprouts. Then again I am a vegetabletarian. I hope your christmas dinner turned out reasonably well. The highlight of mine was the mushroom gravy I made at the last minute. Gravy makes mashed potatoes and peas even better. Oh, and one of the presents I got was a cell phone. I’m finally catching up with the rest of the world. Have a lovely day!

Milan December 27, 2005 at 11:59 am

In actual fact, it seems that Frank’s blog has simply moved. The new URL: http://kharij.blogspot.com

@Hilary

I’ve never even really considered the possibility of brussels sprouts as a foodstuff, universally derided and spurned as they seem to be. Perhaps one day I will discover something delicious that is made with them.

As for your cell phone, you should email me the number so I can call you over Skype sometime.

Anonymous December 27, 2005 at 12:12 pm
Anonymous April 14, 2006 at 12:14 am

There are some photos from Crown Mountain here.

This one is the best.

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