[an accumulated entry]
dispatches from the land of navel-gazing and quarter notes
Saw a show a couple nights ago, Nada to the Surf. Somehow missed them the first time around. Good energy there.
It was 30 degrees C when we got into Stuttgart. Hotter than Barcelona. Folks there were really digging it -- you could feel a lightness walking down the street, as if movement was achieved by floating rather than footing. I think the locals were all issued with an inner child that they took out for days like that.
Sunday's drizzle put an end to the floatage. The child-like bliss was put back in storage, changed out with quick grumpy shuffling. In all cases the streets and metros were strikingly silent. It could be packed with people but I felt like I was in a padded room. Probably just that transport is loud here in Spain, from the metro roaring on its tracks to the noise-enhanced scooters above ground.
Quite enjoyable, except for the massive headache tuesday morn. Interesting folks met: Andrew Overholt who hacks Eclipse, Ralph Giles who hacks Ogg, Conrad Parker who hacks Annodex and fish, Marius Vollmer who hacks parentheses and is too old school to have a web site, and many others I'm too lazy to list. Ralph and Conrad are working from BCN for a little while, which should produce some fun hacks.
Also, I know nothing whatsoever about any "police" "incident". "OK?"
I was playing basketball the other day with an old friend in the states, when suddenly I had an "oh shit!" moment -- when did my plane leave? I reached in my pocket for my ticket and it was in two days. Good thing I checked because otherwise I would have missed it. And how long had I been in the states anyway?
When I woke up I had no idea where I was. Barcelona, as it turns out.
fanboy, or, people I envy
In related news, Thomas has of late been seeing a "fan error" when booting his laptop. So, as a type of public service, can everyone reading this please mail him telling him what a totally awesome individual he is. Extra points for specific qualities and use of the word "totally". Totally!