Oh, also, found this amazing website with photographs of baby zoo animals. Like this Aye-aye, only the second born in North America. It's a tiny little thing and I don't think it'll grow to be much bigger, but it's also the largest nocturnal primate. Just imagine it fro the perspective of a mouse lemur, and suddenly it looks huge!
Just met a guy who has a really cool business model. He roams around college campuses with a bar-code scanner and a huge database of book prices, and pays cash on the spot for anything he can find. It's almost certainly illegal (or at least against University policy) but he's so small potatoes that I doubt anyone would care.
The key thing is that he seems to specialize in crazy out-of-date crap (although I'm sure he'd take anything) that no one wants. Professors, however, have this stuff... more->
So the winning numbers in Bulgaria's national lottery, randomly chosen, were the same two weeks in a row. The numbers 4, 15, 23, 24, 35, and 42 were drawn on September 6 and again on September 10. Assuming that this was an actual random occurrence, who is more foolish?
A) The 18 people who guessed the winning numbers from September 6th for September 10th, even though they knew that such a coincidence would be almost entirely without... more->
I put up twenty or so photos on my Google Albums account (some of which I should have used in the 'blog entries, but oh well).
You should be able to view them here.
So what it boils down to, is I don't understand how to use my own 'blog. The 'blog I built from scratch, and what I coded just about every line of by hand. Sometimes the spacing is all funky, sometimes it just ignored my hard returns...
So there you have it. The less-exciting portion of my trip chronicled. Please forgive any ridiculous typos or plain bad writing. Also, I notice that somethings gone funky with my tags, making the whole front page of my 'blog telescope in a weird way. Oh, well, that's the price you pay for composing everything in Google Docs.
Up next, sometime or other, I'll post the exciting part--the intersection of Self-Sufficiency and Community that is Black Rock City. The best City in the worl... more->
The opening ceremony was like this, at least in part. Cri... more->
Note: As I mentioned in part one, I tried not to take very many photos. I knew that among the 43,000 other participants, someone else would have a better camera and might even be a better photographer. So I apologize for breaking up the flow here with tons of little "Photo by X" notes, but it's super important to credit these folks as I haven't asked permission form them.
The Temple and the Man were the two big name tickets at Burning Man, obviously, and I put them into the categ... more->
Other things burned as well, of course, and in concept I actually preferred the Temple to the Man. The Temple is another longstanding fixture of Burning Man, since David Best's Temple of the Mind in 2000. This year the Temple was called "Fire of Fires", and it was an enormous three-story structure with elaborately carved scroll work walls. It was not a theatre piece or a facade, it was a real building that could withstand tens of thousands of pilgrims climbing up and down its stairs all week long. ... more->
Wow. I should be writing up my Burning Man memories or, more to the point, doing the work for which I am paid here at NU*. But instead I'm learning about this amazing film, Nothing Lasts Forever (fan trailer).
It was made in 1984, and its cast includes Dan Ackroyd, Bill Murry, an... more->