December 9th, 2003

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Frankfurt pics

OK, now some pics of Frankfurt!

But first, a little introduction:

Caleb and I arrived in Frankfurt on a Wednesday around mid-day. After taking the train to the Hauptbahnhof, checking in at the hotel, we went for a walk. We found the city to be freezing cold, barren, kind of devoid of people. I mean, even Downtown Atlanta is more vibrant than the business district there! Anyway, we went back to hotel and crashed for a while. Later we went out and and the city was getting more vibrant. We went into the shopping district and finally the Romerburg where the Christmas market is -- it was so crowded we could hardly move! It seemed like all the people came in to town at night. We had dinner up on top of the HUGE Galleria Kaufhof (dept. store) and were trawling as far as our shopping. Caleb was most impressed by the Nutelleria I think :) The next day we did some more walking and shopping around, then mid-afternoon we left by train for Bonn. We didn't come back until Sunday night, when we went to the Christmas market again in the shopping district and also this nice Spanish restaurant. We left early Monday morning.

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Geek Translator

You are 40% geek

You are a geek liaison, which means you go both ways. You can hang out with normal people or you can hang out with geeks which means you often have geeks as friends and/or have a job where you have to mediate between geeks and normal people. This is an important role and one of which you should be proud. In fact, you can make a good deal of money as a translator.

EXAMPLE:


Normal: Tell our geek we need him to work this weekend.


You [to Geek]: We need more than that, Scotty. You'll have to stay until you can squeeze more outta them engines!


Geek [to You]: I'm givin' her all she's got, Captain, but we need more dilithium crystals!


You [to Normal]: He wants to know if he gets overtime.



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...My goodness, that certainly is accurate! That is my JOB!
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Up Down Awake Asleep Happy Anxious

Recovering from jet lag is a lot like riding on a roller coaster. I swear, I'll feel fine, then feel like absolute CRAP! I got in around 3 yesterday afternoon and then stayed up to 11 (5 a.m. German time!) but then managed to sleep straight to 7:15. I felt pretty good initially, then got really tired around 10, then got super hungry at noon. Finally went out to this Chinese place and now three hours later, I'm sleepy and hungry. I bet I'll wake up around 5 since 11 p.m. is my most awake time normally and this body is *confused*.
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Bonjour, Bonn!

Well, my first two trip picture posts seem to have been a hit, so let me finish off the series with pictures taken in and around Bonn, both before and after the wedding.

Introduction
I think I am probably more familiar with the Bonn/Cologne area more than I am with any other part of Germany, since I spent two months there in 1992 and both my past two trips took me there as well. However, that said, I discovered more fun parts of Bonn (he he, and people say Bonn is boring!) and am happy to know I'll certainly be back, I've got friends there.

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Little Red Hen

Oh, JEEZ, does this ever FIGURE!

From the NY Times, apparently just posted...

U.S. Bars Iraq Contracts for Nations That Opposed War
By DOUGLAS JEHL

WASHINGTON, Dec. 9 — The Pentagon has barred French, German and Russian companies from competing for $18.6 billion in contracts for the reconstruction of Iraq, saying the step "is necessary for the protection of the essential security interests of the United States."

The directive, which was issued by the deputy defense secretary, Paul D. Wolfowitz, represents perhaps the most substantive retaliation to date by the Bush administration against American allies who opposed its decision to go to war in Iraq.

More (*sigh!*)here (with registration).

So I guess now Dubya & co's friends only make more money during the rebuilding and fixing of the oil industry?
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Continually Cool

I don't think you could find a more "geek cool" article than this one about David Byrne creating a art in a new medium: POWERPOINT. I wish I could see some samples. I can't believe I never got around to do doing this on my borrrrrrrrrred days at work. (Although I admit I do know how to make PowerPoint run automated with its own animations and transitions and everything. I can even simulate software applications using PP...)
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Stupid Email

Oh, look, another bizarre email has come in through my web site. Another one I will NOT be reply to, I might add.

I would like to know how to get your website lay outs for my home computer. I Live in stPaul Minnsota I am a Lesbin.A friend of my turn me on to it please contact me at your conviace. Thank You.

Errr... what?!
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Fading

Well, it seems like the whole book broohaha/celebration is over with. Not that I think people are all done reading it or that more people won't be buying it (or that I've actually delivered all the copies people ordered from me) but that it seems like it's finally no longer "new" and has gone into that mode of being a book "out there." In other words, the graph has spiked. I haven't spotted any new reviews of it online since sometime in October, pretty much. I'm counting on the two willing pro reviewers / Storm fans who got it from me to eventually post reviews, which will be nice, and I guess eventually maybe more people will, but for now, I guess I (and madame_mercredi), can revel in all the past praise.

I am not trying to host a pity party here (he he, learned the phrase "pity party" from madame_mercredi), I'm just up late (jetlagged) and adjusting to how depressing it is to work in a small art form that isn't a blockbuster. This goes for being a local painter or artist or a person in a small scene or even somebody "big" who just isn't going to get covered. I am tiny, so therefore I got my due, but it's just a bummer to see things fade.

Of course, I do intend to thwart the fading by doing some more books!
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Octavia Butler

Well, some people (probably some people on LJ) recommended that I should read Octavia Butler. Whoever it was, thank you! I read Wild Seed during the course of my trip and loved it. What a great writer and so damn original -- confidentally so, without coming off as trying to shock or be different. I'm definitely going to read the rest of the books in that group and if those are good, I'll keep going. Also want to read this short story book she did, as the stories sound quite intriguing.

Coupled with fixations on Storm Constantine, Lynn Flewelling and Ursula LeGuin, I guess this means that for whatever strange reason I am now turned on to female fantasy & SF authors. Who the heck is going to be next?! Of course, can't forget Ricardo Pinto, who certainly is a man.

P.S. Eeek, look at the time! Got to get up at 6 a.m. to get to Piedmont Hospital tomorrow for a CT scan.
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