Just like last year, Andrea and I are spending the holidays in Sweden with my family.
It’s five thirty on Saturday morning here, and I’ve been up since four when the little jet lag alarm clock in my head decided to go off.
Had a really good flight with no problems except for my utter inability to sleep in any kind of vehicle including air planes. It’s kind of a long flight, and not being able to sleep makes it feel even longer.
Andrea was a total champ the entire time; the difference in maturity between three-and-a-half and four-and-a-half makes a lot of difference for exercises like this.
Comfy sleep on an Airbus. Click for larger version.
As the picture shows, Andrea doesn’t share my sleep quirk—she slept for about two hours on the flight from Chicago to Stockholm. Which of course really isn’t enough, but she stayed cheerful through the entire journey.
Oh, and that’s my watch showing in the picture. Took it with Photobooth. Apparently CBB, the company that provides Internet connectivity on flights has decided to shutter their business at the end of the year for whatever reason, so the Internet connection on the flight was free. Yay, free Internet and sleeping child! Could things get any better? Turns out that yes, they could: even though the connection was free, you still had to create an account with CBB, including giving them your credit card number.
Hmmm … handing out my credit card number to a company that’s a few weeks away from closing? That doesn’t seem particularly bright, so no Internet for me.
Surprisingly, it seems that the Internet gets along okay even when I’m not on it for 24 hours. Who knew?
Posted Friday, 15 December, 2006 by Nic Lindh
Another book roundup, including some stellar athletes and soldiers, what might be the most jaded, soul-weary protagonist ever, and some grimdark fantasy.
The Internet is getting creepy, and Nic is breaking out his tinfoil hat after newspaper paywalls push him over the edge.
Nic is tired of tech sites obsessing over Apple’s financials and business strategy. So very tired.
Nic reads a book about the processed food industry and is incensed.
Computers are complicated. This brings out the irrational in people.
Nic proposes the loan word Rechthaberei be incorporated into American English.
The Core Dump is back! Books were read during the hiatus. Includes The Coldest Winter, Oh, Myyy!, Tough Sh*t, The Revolution Was Televised, The Rook, Mr. Penumbra’s 24 Hour Bookstore, Gun Machine, Fortress Frontier, Standing in Another Man’s Grave, and The Memory of Light.
This site will return in February.
From a true patriot to a world-weary detective, a dead god, and a civilization about to sublime from the galaxy, this book roundup spans the gamut. Includes Where Men Win Glory, Wild, Inside the Box, The Black Box, Three Parts Dead, Red Country, and The Hydrogen Sonata.
Springsteen gives a concert in Phoenix. It’s fantastic.