September 6th, 2010

Phoenix

Monday Glasgow

Or I could stay in all day reading. For all my time in bed I'm still tired, and I don't know what the tour will involve, so, take it easy.

I read before I left that British toilets would be underpowered and challenged to flush poop, as has been said of Congress-mandated economy toilets. This appears to have been a slander: pretty much all toilets have been frighteningly overpowered.

I just noticed that Scotland seems to have its own pound notes. Bank of Scotland or Clydesdale Bank, signed by a Glasgow COO. £5 has Arthur Fleming and St. Kilda, 10 has Mary Slessor and map of a tiny part of Africa. Ekoi, Ibibio, Itu. English 20 is QEII and Adam Smith, Scottish is Sir Walter Scott and Forth Bridge.

Currently eating South Indian garlic chili lamb. Very hot. First s. Indian dish with meat I've seen.

Got my first professional haircut in a long time, followed by my first mechanical beard trimming.

Found a coffeehouse open to the heady hour of 10 pm. It belies my statement about toilets, though it's less a matter of low pressure so much as not properly releasing what water it does have. Free wi-fi, but it's not working for either of my computers. Pity, I want to like the place. Their Turkish coffee was rather strong and bitter, but this Arabian rose tea, picked over Arabian mint for novelty, is nice.

Don't know if I'll be posting much on the tour.
Phoenix

links

Another weird building http://depts.washington.edu/icmpc11/Experience-Music-Project-Seattle-WA-USA-2.jpg

Lack of sex help for post-masectomy women http://www.salon.com/life/feature/2009/10/28/sex_without_nipples/index.html

science as London Tube map
http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/badastronomy/2010/08/31/metrocontextual-science-map/

US organic food: letting animals die for lack of antibiotics
http://inthesetimes.com/article/6330/the_cruel_irony_of_organic_standards/

pirates being courted in Somalia http://www.nytimes.com/2010/09/02/world/africa/02pirates.html

couples torn on books vs. e-books, stealth lesbian couple
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/09/02/technology/02couples.html

failure of British rail reform
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beeching_axe#Aftermath

Darwin's terraforming of Ascension island http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-11137903

states renamed for countries with similar GDP (not per capita)
http://www.fukung.net/v/12014/qxou4g.jpg

evils of ITT and new CCA
http://www.cracked.com/article_18660_why-you-should-beware-schools-from-late-night-tv-ads.html
CCA
http://www.sfweekly.com/2007-06-06/news/burnt-chefs/

Sharron Angle's Tea Party crazy
http://weeklyseven.com/news/2010/september/02/minor-party-angle-s-major-influence
and other
http://daveweigel.com/?p=2412

female NPCs being attractive... unlike male heroes, *cough*
http://forum.rpg.net/showthread.php?t=535087

male beauty tribe
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wodaabe

Taiwan feral cat community
http://rfmcdpei.livejournal.com/2472172.html