Sunday, September 30, 2007
There are precious few circumstances where it's just not worth it to ask yourself "why". This is one of them.
Friday, September 28, 2007
Alex's travel advice tip #1: While it may at first seem an appropriate substitute, you can't make a white russian with soy milk.
Thursday, September 27, 2007
I did take a quick stroll around the Tufts campus, though. It's a nice campus-- A mix of old and new Harvard Brick buildings surrounded by old, well-kept townhouses.
I met up with Mika at Porter Square for bubble tea at the Japanese mall and (eventually) dinner at an Ethiopian restaurant. I know there's nothing more touristy than complaining about slow service, but just don't go there if you're in a hurry, or even if you have any obligations whatsoever for the next several weeks.
After: Ice cream in the rain from Emack's. Apparently it's the origin of Emacs' unusual name. RMS enjoys their ice cream.
It's nice to have a few days like this to remind yourself why obligations aren't always bad things.
Wednesday, September 26, 2007
It wasn't all good, though, as I sat in for an unenlightening talk about online social networking. I honestly can't remember anything from the lecture (except for "don't tase me bro"), but I'm willing to bet it wasn't one of the better ones.
Mako and I walked across the street to the OLPC (One Laptop Per Child) Lab, where I met many of the previously faceless handles I know from IRC. Dozens (hundreds?) of green XO laptops occupied the desks, walls, and ceilings (suspended by hooks). Again, everyone seemed to have legitimate interest in their jobs. As well they should-- The OLPC is one of the most compelling tech projects out there.
Several of the developers, Mako, Mika, and myself went out to Grasshopper,a vegan Chinese restaurant that I can't possibly recommend highly enough. Similar to Bhudda's Delight in that they served familiar dishes with vegan "meat", it had a more contemporary flare that might remind Seattle readers of a Chinese-themed Araya's. I suggest the orange "chicken" called No Name.
We finished the night off with a beer and a strawberry shortcake at the nearby Deep Ellum, then took the bus/subway back home.
I'm off to check out the MIT museum today. Pictures forthcoming. Also, if anyone in the greater Boston area is interested in beer, let me know. I think there might have to be a Sam Adams brewery tour in the future.
I'll be staying at The Acetarium for the next several days. Thanks to Mako and Mika for being great hosts.
Tuesday, September 25, 2007
One thing I like about it though is that its not full-- I have two seats to myself.
ok, back to watching espn. if the satelite works.
According to my latest degree audit, I've officially completed all my college courses-- Just three months late! That's something I feel I can be tremendously proud of. Oh, that magic feeling.
My next step is to backpack through Europe. Here is a rough outline for those of you who want to follow my progress over the coming weeks.
On September 25, I'll be taking off from Sea-Tac towards Boston. After a short layover in New York, I'll be arriving at Logan Airport around 6:00pm.
After about a week in Boston, I will be bussing to New York to catch a dubious dublin-bound value flight scheduled for October 2nd.
I'm spending at least one night in Dublin, then boarding a € 0.01 (!) flight to Heathrow. I hope to stay in London for about two weeks.
From London, I'll be flying to Stockholm, then travelling through Linkoping en route to Berlin, Hamburg, and (ultimately) Amsterdam.
From here, my plans are up in the air, but probably will include eastern Europe and Dubai.
During my travels I hope to write prodigiously. Expect frequent updates at this address and wikitravel.org. I'm also experiementing with ways for the public to track my location (probably via GPS). Overall, you're going to be so entertained that you'll almost forget that you're sitting unkemptly at your computer wearing a bathrobe, wolfing down all of the miniature packages of bugles you took from the office breakroom before you were laid off five months ago.