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Visited 21 countries (9.33%)

Wednesday, August 6th, 2008
Visited countries: 21 (9.33%)

Visited countries: 21 (9.33%)

I added Czech Republic to the list of countries I visited. That was last Summer. Updating the map of visited countries is a pretext really, as I meant to blog about travels, after chatting with an old friend of mine.

He realized he didn’t know me as well as he thought when I told him I wasn’t actually seeking to travel. I consider myself extremely fortunate that my work took me to many incredible places. And I’m very grateful to the friends and lovers who engineered my personal travels.

I like to be somewhere else. It is all that is around travelling that is stressful. Getting used to the idea of it first, which takes some time. It is like a quiet struggle between the curious me and the stay-at-home me. This struggle may last until the very last moment. The curious me knows it is going to be wonderful and how this should be a motivation. The other me knows it will be tiring, expensive. The other me knows the amount of work that will await upon returning.

Then there is packing. An additional burden that would not happen if I were to stay home. I pack lightly, quickly and most of the time efficiently. I have learnt that after years of travelling for W3C. Of course, unpacking is equally burdensome. It means laundry.

Also, there is the stress of the journey, be that flying or driving or else (we took a ferry recently for our holiday in Corsica and Sardinia). Flying is the worst. Not that I’m afraid to be on a plane. It’s rather that I hate airport so-called security. What a gigantic waste of time and what a monumental buffoonery. I am exaggerating for emphasis.

At least, none of my anxiety was ever turned towards dreading any danger, or fearing I wouldn’t like the place. I have enjoyed all of my travels so far.

So at last, there is being somewhere else. Enjoying different settings, foods, climate, a different culture, sometimes a different language. Taking photos. Thinking how incredibly lucky I am to be there. Enjoying the compagny. Taking a break from the everyday life. Feeling how tangibly time passes faster.

By me, on me

Sunday, September 2nd, 2007

I was at the doctor’s today and almost every time, he mentions that I look scary to him. Something in the eyes. I think he means there is severity marked all over my face, or strictness.

Anyway, I just thought I’d blog about being casually terrifying.

The only person getting his work done by Friday was Robinson Crusoe

Friday, July 6th, 2007

Pascale forwarded a joke which was titled “The only person getting his work done by Friday was Robinson Crusoe“.

Of the 20 signs “You Need a Really Long Vacation” and “You Are "Burned Out" Because of Work“, here’s my selection:

  • You refer to the tomatoes grown in your garden as deliverables.
  • You think a “half-day” means leaving at 5 o’clock.
  • You leave for a party and instinctively take your ID badge.

“Good Omens” by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman

Saturday, April 28th, 2007

Amy lent me “Good Omens” by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman. An excellent book; very funny, from the foreword to the “about the author by the other author and vice versa”.

They write in the foreword that the authors “didn’t know they were going to write the most repaired book in the world.” and that they have “signed a delightfully large number of paperbacks that have been dropped in the bath, gone a worrying brown color, got repaired with sticky tape and string, and, in one case, consisted entirely of loose pages in a plastic bag.” And also that “the books are often well read to the point of physical disintegration; if we run across a shiny new copy, it’s usually because the owner’s previous five have been stolen by friends, struck by lightning or eaten by giant termites in Sumatra.”

I purchased of copy of this book in the San Jose airport last February on my way to Boston via Las Vegas. And then flights were delayed and I was stuck in Las Vegas for 9 hours. That gave me ample time to walk to the Strip, with my book in a plastic bag, purchase a few gifts from Vegas, place them in the plastic bag and go get my next flight. Unfortunately, I left the plastic bag somewhere in the Boston airport after landing.

Amy, I’m done with your book, thanks so much for lending it. As soon as I’m done writing this entry, I’ll be upstairs to give it back to you.

what’s so triffic about creating people as people and then gettin’ upset ‘cos they act like people

Saturday, April 28th, 2007

“It doesn’t matter!” snapped the Metatron. “The whole point of the creation of the Earth and Good and Evil–”
“I don’t see what’s so triffic about creating people as people and then gettin’ upset ‘cos they act like people,” said Adam severele. “Anyway, if you stopped tellin’ people it’s all sorted out after they’re dead, they might try sorting it all out while they’re alive. If I was in charge, I’d try makin’ people live a lot longer, like ole Methuselah. It’d be a lot more interestin’ and they might start thinkin’ about the sort of things they’re doing to all the enviroment and ecology, because they’ll still be around in a hundred years’ time.”

“Good Omens”
By Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman

Harry Belafonte & Muppet Show, The Banana Boat Song

Sunday, April 22nd, 2007

I knew this song as “Day-Oh”, by the French band Pow Wow who were mostly doing acapella songs. I learnt years later that it was a cover. I was searching for MP3s of the song and found a few: a version by Shaggy, one by Danny Elfman (the one used in the movie Beetlejuice), and one by Harry Belafonte & the Muppet Show. YouTube are great, I can now see what I had imagined after hearing the sound track numerous times:

Rinda Rinda (Linda Linda)

Sunday, April 22nd, 2007

The video/song “Yatta!” reminded Amy and I of Japan, and the song “Linda Linda” came up in the conversation. Ah yes, Amy was saying “Yatta!” was in her head and that maybe “Linda Linda” could fix this. I started to play the mp3 but as we were in a YouTube mood, we looked for it. Here it is. “Rinda Rinda” (Linda Linda) by the Blue Hearts:


Sunday, April 22nd, 2007

Vlad’s brother introduced us to Yatta! by Happa-tai (Green leaves). Wow, it’s a 2001 song. It’s bound to stay in your head for a while.

“Try keeping dogs, they’re cute!”

Personal dna

Tuesday, April 3rd, 2007

wow, I’m 100% earthy (hence 0% imaginative)
82% trust in others and 72% empathy
2% extroversion
12% openness
12% feminity
66% masculinity
(yeah, right)

a good curse

Friday, March 30th, 2007

Recent events involving the cat’s genitalia made me think of a good curse for Harry Potter and fellow wizards and witches: