Also, the tenuous nature of my booking meant I didn't really think through the weekend course thing, what it might mean to keep the working thing on solid for a weekend after a full week's work (and a really distressful friday). I managed a nice low-key Saturday night, but it was stll most of a weekend hunched over a laptop. A very nice laptop, but still ... screen-time eyes. Sore wrists. On the good side, there will also be two days-worth of TOIL ...
And, attractive as the idea is, I can't take Monday off and spend it riding the underground and staring moodily into the Thames, because I need to do preparation work for Thursday's workshop.
Oh well, the UPP is showing In the Mood for Love and Casablanca in the evening, if I really feel like I need time off.
Hmm, the television just spoke to me. It said, "Fifteen years ago, an awesome power was shattered across the face of the globe. It was known as the rave." Hmmm, the clips don't look promising, but maybe I should ask Tivo to fetch me an episode of Rave Master, just for pun. Or perhaps I should just watch the new Mad Mod episode of Teen Titans another five times ...
About three of you may be interested to hear that I finished House of Leaves.
It's less scary than it looks; the lunatic typography and savage footnoting are experimental veils covering two main stories, one hard modern urban full of drugs and screwing, the other a familiar enough horror story (although the delivery of the monster is very fine -- kind of Bauhaus meets HP Lovecraft). It's also not as long as it looks. But it is digressive and self/referential, so reading with google on hand to help out with american slang, difficult words and references I didn't catch (although a certain quantity of them were obviously or covertly fictional) seemed like a good idea. So, by way of a review, here's what I've got open in my tabs right now:
Dr. Nowell's research interests include contact mechanics, fatigue, fracture, and impact and is on the editorial board of the International Journal of Fatigue. Current research projects include Fretting Fatigue, Plasticity-Induced fatigue crack closure, and Assessment of Foreign object damage in gas turbine blades. ref.
Make a Difference! Join the Fun! (picture: Docent with owl) What does the word "docent" mean? At the Saint Louis Zoo, the word docent means volunteer environmental educator. Zoo docents are educators dedicated to teaching schoolchildren and the general public about wildlife, ecosystems and conservation. ref.
Translation of "je traversais les prés" (I crossed the meadows). Braille, Italian, Old English and others are usually translated in the text (though you sometimes have to scout around for the right note), but the occasional bit of French, German and Latin slips through. tool
BARTIZAN: a small battlemented turret, corbelled out at the angle of a wall or tower to protect a warder and enable him to see around him. Bartizans generally are furnished with oylets or arrow-slits. ref.
Echolalia Sufferers in Love. comic strip
Descriptors/Description: erotonin; inescapable shock; fear conditioning; escape behavior; clomipramine; dopamine; antidepressants; passive avoidance learning; wheel running; novelty; triazolam. Serotonergic dorsal raphe neurons from obese zucker rats are hyperexcitable. Serotonin Regulates Rhythmic Whisking. Freewheel Running Prevents Learned Helplessness/Behavioral Depression: in the dorsal and median raphe nuclei of midbrain to the suprachiasmatic nucleus in Tupaia belangeri chinensis. ref.
Computer-anxious people are those who fear using computers or become afraid at the prospect of using them. Consequently, they can choose not to learn at all, their ability to learn could be affected, or they may have extreme negative feelings, akin to phobia. Baker surveyed Maine Extension personnel and developed a computer attitude index. No studies have been done to show whether Extension agents are computer-anxious. ref.
After an initial part of silence (there is no recording at this part of the EDF file) we hear some noises and something like a windy day; immediately sounds like cricket sounds (sleep spindles beginning at 00:18) are heard and something like a waxing and waning intermittent storm (slow waves) appears. Segments of windy and rainy days without cricket sounds (REM periods) can be heard like calm intermediate periods in the middle of the storm. ref.
Thunder 5-6:30 Blast Striker Inferno Thunder Strikers Inferno
Heather 3:30-5 Scream Chaos Chaos Scream ref.
And there's also a failed search. I couldn't find a monster, ghost or other object of horror associated with (or possibly called) Redwood. Any ideas?