October 8

Oct. 26th, 2014 09:00 am
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If there was one trip where it was very judicious to only have hand luggage, it was this trip! After a few hours in the train and then some time in the metro in Madrid, there was nothing better than to have a clean shirt at the airport. Then when my flight was delayed by four hours and I had to spend a day in Doha, there was nothing better than having a few extra clean things around. The fact that backpacks are way easier to deal with going up and down stairs in the Tokyo metro is self-explanatory.

October 7

Oct. 25th, 2014 09:44 pm
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Another one of those "dammit, it's almost bedtime and I have no photo for the 365 Day Project!" moments.

October 1

Oct. 22nd, 2014 09:44 pm
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Trying to find a new flat to rent is always so unnecessarily complicated. Yep.

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So... a bit of a "behind the scenes" look into how I deal with photos. I've actually changed how I do things quite a lot over time - I've found that it's much easier for me to deal in 15 day chunks instead of randomly dumping stuff from my camera whenever I had time. Also the 15-20-25 day buffer I have between the day the photos are taken and when they're posted (like this one was taken on the 28th of September) is a system that's been working out quite well for me in the past few months. The fact that I now always post things in chronological order also helps.

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Still not my thing. 10pm is for sleeping, not for running!

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That day I was listening to a podcast about "problematic" statues - statues that were erected to celebrate people who are considered as villains by a portion of the population but not another or people who did do a lot of good but also did a lot of bad things. Their final fate is an interesting question.

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My plan was to upload all of the 365 Day Project photos and other photos to Flickr during this holiday as I post-process them but it turns out that the interwebs in this place hate Flickr - impossible to even upload one photo! As I'm typing this I decided to give it another go and nope, still as bad. That's a bit of a bummer... oh well.

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Well, that's another podcast added to my must-listen every single time a new episode comes out list! The strange thing is that I mainly started listening to it because the way that Roman Mars introduces himself and the podcast is really similar to The Memory Palace's Nate DiMeo's way of introducing himself and his podcast and I found that rather awesome at the start.

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A while back I said that I was going to try and wash whatever dishes I use the same night before going to bed. That lasted for about three weeks. But you do have to admit there is just something in conquering a pile of dishes. There really is.

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Les 12 Travaux d'Astérix became available in French on Netflix UK and that was the best day of my life! I rewatched it and it is still as great of a film as ever. Especially the crazy bureaucratic house.

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Last day and a few hours before the holidays and so much left to do! Why is it always like that? I actually booked my holiday expecting the worst of it to come in November but somehow today also turned out to be a deadline for ALL the things.

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It can get really humid around here but fog is rarely a problem. Except for that one day where it was impossible to even see the other side of the canal when walking next to it. Strange day, it was!

September 6

Oct. 3rd, 2014 09:00 am
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Eternal mid-afternoon struggle on Saturdays - can I survive till Monday after work or do I need to go grocery shopping. The worst part is that I have two small grocery shops that are about 400m away and two slightly bigger ones a maximum of 1km away or so. And yet...

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At work, by the coffee machine and the water cooler, there are a couple of shelves with a library and I like to browse through it once in a while - sometimes good stuff pops up. This one time there was this book that promised to me some New Age 70s alien conspiracy thing, possibly backed up by science, at least that's what the author promised. Now. I don't give up on books easily and this was the only book I had on a long train ride, still I gave up on it after 30 pages.

It's not that the author is completely delusional but he sees signs of aliens everywhere. "Oh, there is a spirally looking thing in that mural - it's a clear sign that aliens must have shared with our ancestors the structure of DNA and those ancestors were just not able to replicate the helicoidal shape too well." No. Just no. It's a clear sign that spirally things have been a common symbol for humans for thousands of years, that's all. And the guy will basically look at any mural or ancient scroll and see something alien-inspired in it and pretend that it's a "clear" sign and that there are no other explanations.

All those kinds of theories are fun but only to a certain point, then they get wacky and then they turn to complete crap. And this was beyond complete crap.

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On the front page of LJ it gives two entries on Big Brother 16. People still follow that? I guess to each one their own... but... seriously?!?

August 27

Sep. 23rd, 2014 09:00 am
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The height of fashion in my house in August during those two days when it really hit 40+C and had high humidity (remember it was a "cold summer" we "only" got a few of those days...)? AC on drying mode at 28-30C. Nothing like it.

August 23

Sep. 19th, 2014 09:00 am
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I am having the hardest time finding geocaches in Seville - they're all "micro" and often magnetic and super hard to find. At least I get to visit new places, like the inside of this garden I've walked past a couple of times.

August 19

Sep. 16th, 2014 09:00 am
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More exciting news! We might get two and a half days of rain starting this morning. I know it's going to get old pretty soon but I'm still super excited about seeing that it shouldn't go above 25C.

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Those few days in Marseille were definitely too few but at least I came back with a stash of Korivkas and some lovely new dresses, thanks to my personal shopper aka my mum! You can't really tell but this black dress is superbly 50s inspired... and goes well with those light blue flats.

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