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:: Wednesday, October 29, 2003 ::
I'm home again. Briefly I had a wonderful time in China. The food was fantastic, both in flavour and variety, not to mention cost and quantity. On a visit to the Beijing night markets I managed to sample a variety of foods on a stick including: scorpions, cicadas, silk worms, snake, and even a seahorse. Might put up a few pictures when I get my film developed. I daresay my blog in the next few weeks will be filled with various recollections of my time in China interspersed with associated links. I managed to survive the entire trip without reading any newspapers or using a computer. This was by choice.
:: Wednesday, October 08, 2003 ::
Not had a lot of time to update my blog this week and it's just about to go into hibernation for a few weeks. I've been busily preparing myself for a holiday and I fly out tomorrow. First holiday in a couple of years and I plan to spend it backpacking through China. This time round I'm joining a couple of friends for an Intrepid organised, guided backpack through eastern China. If all goes well I'll be back at the end of October :)
:: Saturday, October 04, 2003 ::
While trawling through Marylaine's "Neat New Stuff", I came across a few interesting things such as a library for Dracula and an article in Popular Science on the worst jobs in science. It's all just one fad after another.
Happy Birthday to me. My blog is 1 :-)
:: Thursday, October 02, 2003 ::
Google seems to be floundering a little. Is there life beyond PageRank ?
:: Wednesday, October 01, 2003 ::
Terry Eagleton, formerly an Oxford don now at Manchester, has a new book out. I've read a few bits and pieces by him and found him an interesting author with a nimble and mischievous mind:
' There was no such thing as clarity, only the "seething multiplicity of the text", hitherto obscured by one's hidden, and simplistic, assumptions. The advantage of this view, as he helpfully points out in the chapter on post-structuralism, "is that it allows you to drive a coach and horses through everybody else's beliefs while not saddling you with the inconvenience of having to adopt any yourself" '.
Just spent an hour or two wandering through a varied collection of sites covering talk of origins, bad astronomy and even a calculator for preparing assignment timetables.