Europe Photoblogging, Part 22: Ostia
By Dwip September 29, 2014 at 9:59 am Comments (0) RSS Feed for this post

This is a street within the Necropolis of Ostia, the ancient port of Rome at the mouth of the Tiber. In absence of the ability to make the trip to Pompeii, I visited the ruins of Ostia on 6/27/04 as my final side trip from Rome. I talk about it here.


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Europe Photoblogging, Part 21: The Vatican
By Dwip September 28, 2014 at 5:01 pm Comments (0) RSS Feed for this post

As noted by famous authorities the Stone Temple Pilots, there really is a Vatican gift shop on the roof of St. Peter’s Basilica. This is it. I took a side trip to the most important site in Catholicism towards the end of my Rome trip on 6/26/04, as chronicled here. I say side trip, but the home of the Pope is actually just across the Tiber from everywhere I had just been, so it wasn’t all THAT much off to the side.


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Europe Photoblogging, Part 20: Rome, Part 2
By Dwip September 27, 2014 at 11:52 am Comments (0) RSS Feed for this post

This is my second post on the wonders and oddities of Rome and my time there. As previously, there are two blog entries that describe things in more detail here and here The guy on the horse is Marcus Aurelius, a replica of an original Roman statue from the 170s AD. The pedastal and the plaza around it are all designed by Michaelangelo. It’s just about the only thing Roman still left in site up here – most of the buildings are Renaissance or Enlightenment-era work.


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Europe Photoblogging, Part 19: Rome, Part 1
By Dwip September 26, 2014 at 12:15 pm Comments (1) RSS Feed for this post

SPQR stands for Senatus Populusque Romanus – The Senate and People of Rome. Once upon a time it was a symbol of the power and authority of Rome. These days, manhole covers. This is it, folks. Rome, the Eternal City. This was my last major stop, and as we’ll discuss shortly, one of my major reasons for coming on this trip in the first place. I was there from 6/24 to 6/29/04, longer than anywhere else except London, and I still only scratched the surface. There are two posts for this part of the trip, The Power and the Glory and Sleep Now in the Fire. Biblical references, Rage Against the Machine references, it’s all the same thing, right?


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Europe Photoblogging, Part 18: Ravenna
By Dwip September 25, 2014 at 10:18 am Comments (0) RSS Feed for this post

As these things go the city of Ravenna, whose Piazza del Popolo we are looking at, is not the most major city in the world. Its central city is fairly small, and it lacks the reknown of the more major Renaissance cities. But looks can be decieving. Ravenna was once the capital of the Roman Empire for its last 75 years, and then it was one of the main cities of Byzantine Italy for 200 years until the Lombards took it over in 751. Remember how I’m big into the Romans and the Byzantines? I think you see where this is headed. After originally planning to only spend a day, I filled up 6/23 and 6/24/04 with sightseeing after my […]


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Europe Photoblogging, Part 17: Venice
By Dwip September 24, 2014 at 1:34 pm Comments (0) RSS Feed for this post

This is the Grand Canal in Venice as seen from the Ponte di Rialto, one of the four bridges that cross it. This is Venice. Everything has a name. I was in Venice for all of 6/21/04 and for portions of the day on either side of it. I had scheduled myself for two days there and one in Ravenna, but as I describe in some detail in the blog post, Venice and I did not get along particularly well. That said, I think I did the best I could with the time I had.


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Europe Photoblogging, Part 16: Stockholm
By Dwip September 23, 2014 at 2:32 pm Comments (0) RSS Feed for this post

This is the Nordiska Museet or Nordic Museum, a building that looks cool but which I did not go into when I was in Stockholm 6/17 to 6/20/04. I was there to visit a friend from my then-current Tonto days, who went by Toast/toasty here on the blog and whose family lived in Stockholm. I chronicle the experience here. I didn’t really need a lot of excuses to check the place out, you know?


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Europe Photoblogging, Part 15: Paris
By Dwip September 22, 2014 at 1:21 pm Comments (0) RSS Feed for this post

On 6/16/04, as part of the Erik and Stephanie Conquer Europe Tour, we took a train trip down to Paris to spend the day, as discussed in this blog post. I would like to impress upon you at the outset what a monumentally Sisyphean task this was, the idea that we were going to see much of Paris despite death marching our way through it. Nevertheless we gave it our best go, and managed a fair chunk of things in exchange for our leg muscles and supplication before the merciless gods of the unwavering ticket gate. That, for the record, is why you get a picture of me in front of the Louvre but none of anything inside – we […]


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Europe Photoblogging, Part 14: Brussels
By Dwip September 21, 2014 at 12:36 pm Comments (0) RSS Feed for this post

This is part of the Grand Sablon square and Sablon neighborhood in Brussels, as viewed from my hotel room. Just out of frame to the north is a very nice 15th century church. I was there from 6/13 to 6/17/04 to visit Stephanie, who you may recall from the London posts. I chronicle the adventures here.


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Europe Photoblogging, Part 13: The London Eye
By Dwip September 20, 2014 at 2:45 pm Comments (0) RSS Feed for this post

This is the London Eye, a giant Ferris wheel with observation cars that give you a great view of the London skyline. This was my very last group excursion with AHA, on 6/9/04, as part of our celebration at having finished our finals.


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Europe Photoblogging, Part 12: Brighton
By Dwip September 19, 2014 at 4:23 pm Comments (0) RSS Feed for this post

That beach rock at Brighton beach is actually somewhat more comfortable than you might imagine. I was there on 6/4/04 as part of my very last AHA excursion outside of London proper, discussed here. Our time in the British isles is rapidly coming to an end.


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Europe Photoblogging, Part 11: Fishbourne Palace and Chichester
By Dwip September 18, 2014 at 2:15 pm Comments (0) RSS Feed for this post

These are the restored gardens at Fishbourne Roman Palace, once the largest Roman villa north of the Alps and an absolutely massive sort of affair. I was there as part of a weekly AHA trip on 5/14/04 where we bussed down to Fishbourne and then explored nearby Chichester for the day. I discuss it all in this post.


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Europe Photoblogging, Part 10: Carlisle and Hadrian’s Wall
By Dwip September 17, 2014 at 12:09 pm Comments (0) RSS Feed for this post

This is Carlisle Castle, one of the major features from my trip to Carlisle and along Hadrian’s Wall, 5/6 to 5/8/04. This was the last and longest leg of my Spring Break trip through England, as chronicled here. This is one place I recommend the attached blog post be read – there were Adventures had here.


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Europe Photoblogging, Part 9: York
By Dwip September 16, 2014 at 12:49 pm Comments (0) RSS Feed for this post

In which I discuss my trip to York, where no dogs are allowed on the city walls. This was the middle part of my Spring Break trip around England, and marks both my first multi-day (5/4-5/5/04) journey outside of London as well as the first leg of a longer journey through York, Carlisle, and Hadrian’s Wall that I discuss here.


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Europe Photoblogging, Part 8: Winchester, Norwich, and Canterbury
By Dwip September 15, 2014 at 3:03 pm Comments (0) RSS Feed for this post

Right on about the middle of our time in England was Spring Break, where we got a week off and were heavily encouraged to travel wherever we wanted in Europe. Some people went to Prague, a group went to Pompeii, and various other trips were taken. Personally, I knew I was going to spend a month traveling Europe, so it was time to get a little bit more England in while I was here. I describe the entire trip here and here. I ended up taking day trips to Winchester, Norwich, and Canterbury, with longer ones to York and Carlisle, each of which will get their own posts.


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Europe Photoblogging, Part 7: Oxford
By Dwip September 14, 2014 at 2:27 pm Comments (0) RSS Feed for this post

Why indeed, Oxford gargoyle. Why indeed. We did this as an AHA group trip the week after Stonehenge and Bath. Trooped up to Oxford for the day by bus, checked out the university, wandered around, failed at punting down rivers. Enjoyment was had by most, most of the time. I talk about it in this somewhat mistitled post.


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Europe Photoblogging, Part 6: Stonehenge and Bath
By Dwip September 13, 2014 at 3:01 pm Comments (0) RSS Feed for this post

Our second Friday trip as an AHA group was to Stonehenge and the town of Bath on 4/16/04. This was our first trip outside London proper, and we spent a couple of hours taking a bus 90 odd miles to get out to Stonehenge. I discuss it all here.


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Europe Photoblogging, Part 5: The Tower of London
By Dwip September 12, 2014 at 4:10 pm Comments (0) RSS Feed for this post

The guy whose statue you see giving the “I don’t know” shrug is the Roman emperor Trajan, and behind him is some of what remains of the Roman city wall around London, which back in the day marked the boundry of the city, but today is just sort of in the middle of everything next to Tower Hill Tube station.


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Europe Photoblogging Part 4: The British Museum, Part 2
By Dwip September 11, 2014 at 12:58 pm Comments (0) RSS Feed for this post

This is that one statue of that discus thrower as seen on a staircase in the British Museum, of which this post documents the second half of my sojurns there, mostly in the Greek and Roman galleries rather than the ancient Egyptian and Assyrian ones.


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Europe Photoblogging, Part 3: The British Museum, Part 1
By Dwip September 10, 2014 at 3:31 pm Comments (0) RSS Feed for this post

This is going to be a series of two posts on the wonders of the British Museum, which I visited many, many times both for class and on my own initiative while in London between April and June 2004. While my own visits to the museum were pretty meandering, I’m going to break these next two posts up roughly by subject. So expect a lot of Egyptian and Middle Eastern stuff in this post, with more Greek, Roman, and Medieval stuff to follow.


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Europe Photoblogging, Part 2: London
By Dwip September 9, 2014 at 3:43 pm Comments (0) RSS Feed for this post

Being various photographic evidence of my time in London from 3/27/04 to 6/13/04. That’s the Royal Air Force Memorial on the Thames. My very first picture taken for this trip, and more to say about that in a moment.


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Europe Photoblogging, Part 1: London Life
By Dwip September 8, 2014 at 3:36 pm Comments (0) RSS Feed for this post

Before we kick off the great mass of awesome touristy stuff, I want to take a moment and talk about where I was and what I was doing from 3/27/04 to 6/13/04 while I was in London.


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Europe Photoblogging: Overview
By Dwip September 7, 2014 at 10:36 pm Comments (0) RSS Feed for this post

So the big news is that after the better part of a year of not having much to say, we’re going to do some posts. In fact, for the better part of September, it’s going to be photoblogging all day every day.


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Take a Picture
By Dwip July 31, 2004 at 10:55 pm Comments (1) RSS Feed for this post

Well, they’re up. Getcher Europe trip pictures here! [EDIT 10/01/14 – Link deprecated. Use this one instead.] And since we’re writing this live from ‘Nam, or at least while we wait for it to load because we don’t all seem to have the right maps, let us just note that the pictures are large. Very large. But hopefully worth the download. For all you on dialup, sorry. All I can say. Also, gummi bears rock. And I have a 6 lb bag of ’em.


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Right Then
By Dwip July 19, 2004 at 4:19 pm Comments (1) RSS Feed for this post

Well, I’m back. Sleeping for a week sounds like a great idea right about now. And man, 1024×768 sure is bigger than I remember it being.


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Rockin in the Free World, Part II
By Dwip July 18, 2004 at 3:26 pm Comments (7) RSS Feed for this post

So Soak 4 (the band) played in a little tiny bar in Norway last night, except how they went as Manhandler (and to quote the t-shirt, “Marquette’s premier gay band!” Hint: Joke). I was there. And despite their being maybe 8-10 people in the bar at the start, counting the band and the bar staff, it turned out to be cool anyway, as many other people showed up, and I got drunk, and life was good, and then I had a lot of water, and was pretty much undrunk by the time we left the bar. Whereupon, it being 3am or whatever, we went and got food, and that was good too. Tim and the Scotts (Scots? Whatever.) are pretty […]


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Rockin in the Free World
By Dwip July 12, 2004 at 10:58 am Comments (14) RSS Feed for this post

So I guess I owe everyone an update. So, with the exception of the bit where Whir’s apartment is like 90 degrees with the windows open at night on days when it’s freezing and raining, and the bit where his landlord is rather less than friendly, life in the UP is good times. So good, in fact, that variously in Marquette and Iron Mountain I’ve noticed a few things. Like the minivan Whir pointed out to me that has a staircase on the roof. Honest to god stairs, with a railing and the whole bit. Bizzare. Probably even more bizzare than the lowrider minivan with the spoiler and the flames painted on the front in IM. There’s also the “What […]


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Stranger In A Strange Land
By Dwip June 30, 2004 at 7:56 pm Comments (13) RSS Feed for this post

Well, I’m at Whir’s place now. And it’s about 5am Italian time, if anybody’s wondering. I’ve got an hour or two before bedtime. There’ll be some substantive bloggage sooner or later. Probably tomorrow, once I figure out how I want to do it, and have actually slept. Because I haven’t in about a day now. Also, O’Hare airport is dying, come the Revolution. [edit] Ok, here’s how it’s going to work. Probably about once per day or so until I’m out of ’em, I’m going to start posting bloggage from the trip. I’ll backdate them to last month, so look somewhere below this entry for them. [/edit]


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Sleep Now in the Fire
By Dwip June 30, 2004 at 10:44 am Comments Off on Sleep Now in the Fire RSS Feed for this post

Ostia, 6/27/04 The title of this entry presumes that I’m going to Pompeii, and in that context makes sense. However, since it seems fairly unlikely that I’m actually going to make it to Pompeii, for assorted reasons involving the amount of pain involved in the walk through Ostia, the general suckfulness of Italian trains, and me being a dumbass and not getting a ticket back in the day a ways. Speaking of dumbasses, there are smart people in this world, and there are stupid people. There are people who retreat from the sun during the extreme heat of the day, and there are people who ignore the heat and just keep going. Consequently, there are people who get totally fried […]


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The Power and the Glory
By Dwip June 27, 2004 at 6:43 am Comments Off on The Power and the Glory RSS Feed for this post

Rome, 6/24/04 I’ve seen precious little of said power and glory so far, but then, I just got off the damn train and got a hotel. At 6 pm. Since I checked out of my hotel in Ravenna at about 9 am, that ought to tell you about what I did with my day. Spent it in train stations and on trains, pretty much. The 9:30 train to Bologna wasn’t too bad, and got me there in plenty of time for the 10:46 Eurostar to Rome. Unfortunately for me, I wasn’t taking the 10:46 Eurostar to Rome, I was taking the 1:46 Eurostar to Rome. So, like any self-respecting traveller who’s lugged a suitcase full of clothes, a laptop, and […]


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City of God/Stairway to Heaven
By Dwip June 24, 2004 at 9:56 am Comments Off on City of God/Stairway to Heaven RSS Feed for this post

Ravenna, 6/22/04-6/23/04 So I ended up going to Ravenna after all. I’m really glad I did. I haven’t quite figured out what pissed me off so much about Venice, but Ravenna’s pretty much the opposite. Instead of the hustle and bustle of Venice, Ravenna’s a small, quiet sort of place. It’s sort of like taking Corvallis, adding tons of really awesome architecture, and tossing it in the middle of Italy. It’s even got legions of mad bicyclists, and these bastards on scooters just itching to run you down. That having been said, I love the place. Getting there took a while, though. For one, lugging one’s luggage through Venice is pretty interesting, for pretty Chinese values of interesting, since the […]


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Island In the Sun
By Dwip June 22, 2004 at 9:44 am Comments Off on Island In the Sun RSS Feed for this post

Venice, 6/21/04 As it turns out, the rain was a freak thing, and it was a really nice day in Venice today, which more or less enabled me to go see a whole lot of stuff, which, actually, is a problem, because my ticket to Ravenna is for the 23rd, which means the 22nd may or may not be exceedingly boring. We’ll see. The morning started by a trip down to the hotel desk, where I asked the clerk if, incidentally, I was going to get my passport back at some point. No, he says, only if you check out. Ok, whatever, Italy’s kind of screwy like that I guess, but whatever. So I went out, wandered, and took some […]


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Helter Skelter
By Dwip June 21, 2004 at 12:22 pm Comments Off on Helter Skelter RSS Feed for this post

Stockholm 6/17/04 – 6/20/04 Written live from Venice on the 20th. But more on Venice later. So my arrival in Stockholm was something like this: Got off the plane at Skavsta[1] airport, which is like an hour away from town by bus, during which I got my first taste of Swedish hospitality – This lady with her infant who was taking up two seats denied everyone else who wanted the last seat, but moved over for me. Cool. Of course the baby developed a fascination with my flannel and kept playing with it, but that’s ok, because he was a really cute baby. Not that you really see ugly babies. In any case, an hour and a half later I’m […]


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Live From Stockholm
By Dwip June 19, 2004 at 1:02 pm Comments (16) RSS Feed for this post

Well, looks like everything is back up. Probably be a while until I get anything from the trip up, though – Whir’s place, probably. We’ll see how that works out. I’m at Toast’s right now, enjoying some generous hospitality. Tomorrow it’s off to Venice, and in a little over a week, I’ll be in MI. So I’ll see you all when I see you.


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A Room With A View, Mini-Bar, and Cable
By Dwip June 17, 2004 at 8:20 am Comments (3) RSS Feed for this post

Or so says a certain ad on the London tube, which considering this is about Brussels is a bit odd, but whatever. The circumstances sort of merit it, as it happens. Brussels, 6/13/04 Left London this morning, which felt a bit odd, since I sort of felt like I lived there. Packing, saying goodbye to Paul and Jan – all a bit surreal. Getting 6 hours of sleep to get up at 6 and catch a 6:30 tube to Waterloo for my 8:30 train, more painful than surreal. Since the first Picadilly ran at 7, well…yeah. Only to get to Waterloo and stand in a few lines to get my supposedly self-collectable ticket, and to get on the Eurostar. Which […]


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Mary Jane’s Last Dance
By Dwip June 12, 2004 at 5:31 am Comments Off on Mary Jane’s Last Dance RSS Feed for this post

Being an account of the momentous bits of my last week in the UK. Because as we all know, Sunday I’m for Brussels. Monday, in addition to the theater final, we all went out for something of a final group dinner at La Porchetta (“the pig” apparently), which is a fairly decent Italian restauraunt near school. Apart from it being hot enough to do things like, say, forge iron, much food was eaten, and much merriment was had. And by much food, I mean much. The pizzas in particular were spectacularly huge – mediums at least. I, of course, got the one tiny dish on the menu, not that I knew it at the time. But it was good, so […]


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“Dude, Where’s My Bus?”
By Dwip June 4, 2004 at 3:47 am Comments (4) RSS Feed for this post

No, really, I’m still here. Just…late, is all. Busy week. Hey Pete, said where you gonna go? I’ll take that Westbus, take it down to Brighton Beach, Brighton Beach… Yeah. We all did Brighton today, which does in fact have a beach, even if it isn’t the one Type O sang about. Among other things, it’s one of those places where it’s good to be king, since George IV built a very…lavish palace there once upon a time. It’s decorated in fine Chinese and Indian style, and is perhaps even more spectacular than Hampton Court. For everyone else, there’s the pier, which was apparently the place to go to have fun in like, 1906, and still looks it. Nowdays it’s […]


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Everything to Everyone
By Dwip June 3, 2004 at 6:12 am Comments (6) RSS Feed for this post

Firstly, Tharavel should be up now, thanks to Putty and the school network. Try [EDIT 10/01/14 – Link redacted] and wait for a while, because it’s a 3 meg download. Should be a .doc and a .fcw inside. For those of you with CC2, the .fcw will be nifty, otherwise you’ll just have to live with the less good map in the .doc. Speaking of the .doc, it’s like 80 pages, and uses columns, tables, and all sorts of pretty bizzare stuff. For those of you not using Word, well, it may or may not work. *shrug* In any case, enjoy, and you know where the email is to drop me comments and questions and such on it. Secondly, I […]


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Live From AHA
By Dwip June 2, 2004 at 1:53 am Comments (8) RSS Feed for this post

Typing this from school, which is nowhere near exciting as it may sound. I’ll have more to say later, but let it be known that BF:V does in fact run on the laptop, for 640×480@16 values of run. And lo, there were mad beatdowns by VC, because definitely after having not played for two months, I suck. But by the time I get to Whir’s, I will not suck. And there will be much entertainment derived from this. Also, let’s hear it for the SVD sniper rifle. And the RPD. It’s almost worth it to be Communist these days.


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American Gods
By Dwip May 31, 2004 at 11:49 am Comments (4) RSS Feed for this post

I wish I could say that I had a good weekend, but of course I had a fairly miserable one – coughing and hacking up bits of green crap, the usual fun of being sick. Still, I felt well enough to go back to school today, which resolved itself in an excessively random coughing fit in the bathroom at AHA, which turned out to be the coughing fit of the gods – went on for a good five minutes, brought tears to my eyes, the whole deal. Also left me standing there with one of those feelings one gets from time to time, along the lines of “I’m standing in a tiny little trapezoidal bathroom, painted red, and furnished in […]


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The Wretched
By Dwip May 27, 2004 at 11:42 am Comments (5) RSS Feed for this post

So pretty much this week has been a “Black Plague 1, Europe 0” sort of a thing. Because I sure am sick. This wasn’t particularly apparent on Saturday when the St. Alban’s fiasco happened, but by Sunday it was pretty clear that All Was Not Right With the World. When you and your partner are sitting down working on your presentation, and you basically fall asleep in the chair, you know that either your presentation is boring as hell, or you’re just that sick, and I knew the presentation wasn’t THAT bad. Cue Monday. I’m really tired, pretty congested, but I go into school anyway, because hey, meeting and play tonight. Can’t miss those. And I don’t, even though I […]


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The Boxer
By Dwip May 22, 2004 at 9:56 am Comments (2) RSS Feed for this post

And getting to St. Albans today to meet SNR was something like this: Announcer: And in this corner, we have Dwip, who needs to be in St. Albans by 1, because that’s what he told SNR, who’s sacrificing his lunch break to be there! Crowd: Oooo… Announcer: And in this corner, we have the undefeated champion! The entire London Underground and Silverlink Trains network! Crowd: *hushed silence* Announcer: And it’s 10:50 as Dwip goes for Eastcote Station to get the Metropolitan Line to Euston. But wait! London Underground has pulled the infamous “Engineering work forces you to take a slow Picadilly train” move! The train doesn’t arrive at Eastcote until 11:23, and Dwip’s train to Watford Junction leaves at 12:15! […]


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Here Comes the Sun
By Dwip May 21, 2004 at 6:11 am Comments Off on Here Comes the Sun RSS Feed for this post

I crave ice cream. Went for my Rolo McFlurry yesterday, and two different McDonalds didn’t feel like giving it to me for various reasons. Then today at Waterloo Station, it being not just sauna hot but infernal pits of hell hot, I decided that the McDonalds there could hook me up, but of course their machine broke too. So I had to content myself with this gigantic butter croiscant that was really good. But it wasn’t filled with ice cream, so the effect was moot. But wait, you ask. Why was I in Waterloo Station in the first place? Obviously to jump a train to Hampton Court palace. Henry VIII’s house. Which, it being the place where the king hung […]


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The Longest Week
By Dwip May 18, 2004 at 12:08 pm Comments (13) RSS Feed for this post

5/14/04 Or so it’s seemed, anyway. No sleep, you see. Terrible thing, no sleep. Makes Dwip a rather poor conversational companion, and such. Yeah. So the first of our Sleepless in London days was Wednesday, which just so happened to be Dustin’s 21st birthday. Astute readers will know what happened next. Yes, we did in fact take over not only a wine bar near the British Museum, but when that closed, we took over the Museum Tavern pub. Dustin indeed got very drunk, most of which I was there for, and apparently after I left in a vain attempt to, you know, get sleep before class at 10 the next morning, there was some good old fashioned drunken text messaging […]


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The Long and Winding Road
By Dwip May 9, 2004 at 8:25 am Comments (5) RSS Feed for this post

So many titles for this one… “No Dogs on the City Walls” was one that didn’t make the cut – it’s a sign on the York city walls. More I’ve forgotten. This one is the best, though, I think. You’ll see. In any case, here’s the record of my six days, Canterbury, York, Carlisle, Hadrian’s Wall, and a few points in between. Enjoy. 5/3/04 Canterbury Live from atop the Dane John Mound, Canterbury. This used to be the site of a Norman motte and bailey timber fort a thousand years ago in William the Conqueror’s time. Now it’s the centerpiece of a large park. It’s about sixty or seventy feet above ground level, which gives it a nice view of […]


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When the Rain Comes
By Dwip May 1, 2004 at 1:48 pm Comments (4) RSS Feed for this post

Winchester – 4/30/04 And today I went off to…get ready for it…Winchester. Olde Capitole of Ye Englishe around William the Conqueror’s time or so. So suitably back in the day for our purposes, not to mention it was the third most important city in Roman Britain, or so they say. I should point out that it was bloody well freezing and wet the entire time I was there, which led me on a good chase for a shop to buy a hat in, but all the hat shops seem to have fled to Oxford, since I found many in Oxford, and none in Winchester. But Winchester seems to have all the ice cream and shoe stores. Don’t ask me why. […]


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Gone
By Dwip April 29, 2004 at 1:55 am Comments (1) RSS Feed for this post

Consider this a notice of light blogging for the next week or so, since I’ll be gone on break for the most of it. I’ll try to put something up about Winchester and Norwich this Sunday, but then I’ll be noticably absent until probably next Sunday, when you get to hear about the wonders of Canterbury, York, and Hadrian’s Wall. Also, papers are teh suck. But I think you all knew this, so we’ll leave it at that.


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Killed Bill
By Dwip April 25, 2004 at 2:30 am Comments (18) RSS Feed for this post

Well, Kill Bill Volume 2 basically owned in gargantuan ways. Big big gargantuan ways. All the while being a totally different sort of movie than the first one, but still owning despite. You must end whatever pathetic mortal work you may happen to be doing, and go see it, for it is good. Along those lines, Troy comes out while we’re here, which pleases the girls to no end simply because of Brad Pitt. And pleases me for the whole concept, but. And for the guys, King Arthur may or may not come out, which means Kiera Knightly goodness. And for everyone, the Day After Tomorrow looks cool, even if it does remind me of a particular Heinlien book. Anyway. […]


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Live From London
By Dwip April 24, 2004 at 6:36 am Comments (2) RSS Feed for this post

More Oxford than London, really, but we’ll get there in a moment. Had a strange dream this morning, wherein I went to McDonald’s to try to get an ice cream cone, a McFlurry, and a milkshake, and the people at the counter couldn’t understand a word I said. Eventually I got fed up, grabbed my stuff, and hopped on the tube. While this isn’t quite as strange as the random dream wherein Tara and I were sitting in what looked remarkably like the Monroe Elementary School cafeteria, eating baked beans and having a very passionate argument about the Roman Empire, considering the gesturing, the ice cream dream was still pretty strange. Also a bit more relevant than the Roman beans […]


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Glorious Nonsense
By Dwip April 21, 2004 at 11:02 am Comments (7) RSS Feed for this post

4/20/04 Or such is the description of the play Cyrano de Bergerac by some dead guy who’s name I don’t quite remember. We went to go see it on Monday, and it’s a pretty accurate description. It’s a romantic tragedy set against sort of a schoolboy’s fantasy World War I, though the original was set in the 17th century, I think. It said about as much as you can expect any romance of the period to say, which is to say not much. But it does sort of remind me of how Marechal’s mind works, for what that’s worth. But at least the music, which was sort of medieval, and might have actually been real medieval for all I know, […]


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Rock Star/”Water is Best”
By Dwip April 17, 2004 at 8:07 am Comments (8) RSS Feed for this post

And the doings of Thursday and Friday were…many. Starting with how the vast part of Thursday sucked quite a lot, insofar as I was enormously tired and enormously bored because of the three hour gap I have between classes. Nevertheless, we went to the British Museum for Literacy in the ANE, which was about as cool as you might expect it to be, and then a few of us went to lunch at the Hare and Tortoise, wherein much chicken in various forms of plant matter met untimely, yet tasty, ends. Once we actually got it, anyway, because the staff decided that we were obvious losers who didn’t deserve to eat before, say, the people who came in half an […]


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The Guns of Love Disastrous
By Dwip April 14, 2004 at 10:15 am Comments (1) RSS Feed for this post

So I saw Journey’s End last night. First, though, I got lost in Picadilly Circus and Soho trying to find the theater, since I conveniently took the OTHER street that leads off from Picadilly Circus station, and got myself off in the comparative middle of nowhere, if you can call five blocks from Trafalgar Square the comparative middle of nowhere. Anyway. Unfortunately, the nice Middle Eastern man I asked for directions couldn’t understand me, and I couldn’t understand him, and I didn’t quite want to duck into one of the zillions of strip clubs to ask (the horror, I know). But I eventually found my way back, got on the right street, and found my way to the Comedy Theater, […]


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Happiness Is A Warm Camera
By Dwip April 12, 2004 at 11:48 am Comments (6) RSS Feed for this post

4/11/04 As Easters go, this was a pretty good one. Everyone in London pretty much deserted the city for the holiday weekend, Jan and Paul went off to do family stuff, and Mike’s in Paris, so I had the house to myself, the tube to myself, the major roads to myself, and only had to share the British Museum with about 20 zillion American tourists who were apparently thinking the same thing I was about the lack of actual British people. Nevertheless, I spent something like two hours in the place, maybe three, and took something like 130-140 pictures. I love the British Museum. Exploring it today, I went a whole bunch of places I had already been, then took […]


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Champagne Supernova
By Dwip April 10, 2004 at 4:54 am Comments (22) RSS Feed for this post

And another week passes. It’s Easter weekend here, which is a really big holiday, meaning we get a four day weekend, and I believe real schools get like 2 weeks off. I may or may not be going off to Leeds Castle later, depending on if people actually decide to call me or not. We shall see. In any case, I get to relax until Monday, which I really need to do, considering that even on a slow week, things are pretty busy. Last Saturday, which I apparently decided not to relate when I posted, a fairly decent group of us went on a “pub walk” around the city, which involved such highlights as: Katie, the map carrier from yesterday, […]


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Please Direct Your Attention to the Rediculously Large Building on the Left
By Dwip April 4, 2004 at 4:02 am Comments (11) RSS Feed for this post

3/30 Well, here I am, writing on my third day in. My roommate, Mike, and I will be heading out for school here in 40 minutes or so, using London’s most excellent public transportation, the tube (or the Underground, if you want to be technical about it). The plane ride in sucked about as much as you would expect it to suck – I stayed up all night Friday for the trip up, sort of crashed on the plane to Dallas, and I mean sort of the in the sense that no, you’re not really awake, but you’re not really asleep, either, but you’ll definitely be in pain at the end of things. Anyway. For some reason, North Texas has […]


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Ticket To Ride
By Dwip March 27, 2004 at 12:49 am Comments (3) RSS Feed for this post

Well, in, call it three hours, I’ll be gone. Gone gone gone. Off to London and Europe and Whir’s place. Good times will be had by all. Packing, for the record, sucks a lot. Especially when all my stuff was buried in piles all over the house. Especially because I played so much Battlefield: Vietnam that I didn’t do anything until today. But oh well. Packed, and off we go. To about a 24 hour trip. That’s going to be lots and lots of fun. Or not. A few issues: Anybody expecting to actually email me should probably use wolfee at onid dot orst dot edu for the moment, as it has a web interface I know I can check, […]


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Drown
By Dwip March 1, 2004 at 1:09 am Comments (5) RSS Feed for this post

Sorry if nobody but Whir and I had a clue what I was talking about last entry. I don’t usually get to revel in my CC2 geekdom much, however. Anyway. 7 more pages of the paper due on Tuesday. That’s going to suck, but I’m a lot more prepared now than I was. It’s still going to mean a lot of pain tomorrow, but I survived Wednesday, I can survive tomorrow. Well, I sort of survived, at any rate. I went a little loopy there at the end, as the following email will show you: (It is, I note, my tradition to send out weekly “It is now the weekend. We will do stuff.” emails to Tali and Laurent. This […]


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Santa Claus Is Coming To Town
By Dwip February 5, 2004 at 10:59 pm Comments (1) RSS Feed for this post

Today’s been a good day. Took care of my passport, made my car like me again, and got that doctor’s appointment I need. Then I went home. And I’m there talking to my parents, and I’m like “Yeah, so why did I need to bring my checkbook, again?” Dad walks off, comes back with a laptop carrying case and some shopping bags. Santa had Arrived. And the people of the world rejoiced. I got, amongst other, lesser peripherals, a very nice laptop and a very nice digital camera, upon which the preceeding shot was taken. There is much goodness and joy in the world. Oh, and I swiped a box of cornflakes, too. Cornflakes rock.


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Luminous Times
By Dwip August 26, 2003 at 2:54 pm Comments (10) RSS Feed for this post

So, life is good. Did some digging about going over and spending a couple terms in London next year. I THOUGHT I had to spend Winter/Spring there, which meant I had crammed fall term’s schedule with a bunch of things I didn’t want to take to get them done with. Turns out that I wouldn’t be going until Spring, which means I can spread out and take the classes I wanted to take in Winter instead. This is good. Getting whipped in Civ, though. That sucks. Not getting whipped in HRE, though. That’s good.


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