October 30th, 2002

the only earth?


Since a lot of people are reading You Shall Know Our Velocity, here's a link to an ongoing discussion about the new Dave Eggers book.

Of the reviews of YSKOV I've read, I feel like James Surowiecki's really comes the closest to capturing the point that I took from the story. Why do so many completely focus on the travel aspect? And why have so many reviewers latched on to the phrase Jackass-style adventures? Is this, like manolo blahniks of last season, journalistic laziness or the power of the memepool?

I disagreed with a few things that Daniel Zalewski wrote [the prevailing tenor of the book is gently humorous, Eggers also seems to be making an implicit case for person-to-person charity] and I hope that their discussion doesn't immediately shift the Eggers the Phenomenon.
the only earth?

a what I did today post

I went to the CHRU and worked on my poster, but decided that I wouldn't be done in time for the afternoon meeting. The day was a lot less stressful after erasing an artificial deadline: an oceanography student came to learn about epidemiology, and all of the office people put together a pretty great halloween party.

In the afternoon, I went back to campus to help with a techfee workshop. It went well (and ended early), but only four proposal authors came. With extra time, I walked up to the bookstore to get something for my dad's birthday. Hooray for the college sweatshirt, the all-purpose gift!

After that, I went downtown to pick up some things for my trip and came home and did laundry. Now I should be packing.

Instead, I watched the West Wing. The pretend debate featuring a carbon copy of George W. Bush was too much. I'm probably just being unnecessarily melodramatic, but the differences between Sorkinland and the last election just feel devastating right now.
the only earth?

a link: extrovert or neurotic?

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