Long work days starting before 7am? Not so much...

But I am enjoying what little of my NYC free time I have managed. A handful of truncated thoughts:

New York is as much of a bike town as SF with bike lanes everywhere. Oddly there are few bike racks, so it seems like there isn't a street sign or parking meeter within a block radius of any popular destination that doesn't have a bike or two locked up to it.

Meeting new friends of friends FTW.

Food here is more expensive than even the bay area. That being said, the Green Tea Grand Mariner Cake was strange but delicious.

I think some of what makes the NY subway so much more effective than BART and Muni is that it is so much older. There are a whole lot of things that stations don't have to accomplish due to existing before the relevant regulations (Wheelchair accessibility and platform safety come to mind) that clearly are a huge fiscal overhead for newer transit systems..

So many people in such a small space! This probably explains the dearth of non-Starbucks cafe's that are good for sitting with a book for an hour. (Though SoHo does have a higher winebar per block number than even Palo Alto, tea is preferable when I am slightly sleep deprived)

While I do notice graffiti in my neighborhood, I hadn't realized how much I had retained of the omnipresent illegible tags as I keep having mild flashes of something not being quite right when I look at otherwise identical structures such as mailboxes and the back of stop-signs.
estro: little blue imp (Default)
( Mar. 31st, 2010 05:40 pm)
While less a relevant identity than being a woman, being a Californian, and being someone who is not particularly heteronormatively inclined, I do strongly associate with my teutonic heritage. Much of this is due to other people recognizing a clear ethnic stamp: I have been the subject of Brynhildr quips since before puberty. My strong features and a muscular build affect how people interact with me and this plays a large part in the my self image; internalizing the viking imagery was an empowering counter to being considered homely and unfeminine.

Like many Americans who are several generations post-immigration, my knowledge of my ancestral cultures is more based on personal research and pop-culture associations rather than familial tradition. I am not sure how much this figures into my own deep-seated sense of my own ridiculousness, but given that both of the recent viking movies have been animations best seen in IMAX 3D, there may be a link.

In any case, I found How to Train your Dragon endearing, cliches and all; my own disappointment is that all of the adults have Scottish accents. (As my cohort suggested, Danish accents sound funny, and would confuse American audiences. Apparently Sottish accents better signify "head-strong, violence-loving, anglo barbarian" <sigh>)
estro: little blue imp (Default)
( Mar. 18th, 2009 08:31 pm)
Batshit insane beauty: http://www.diagonal-view.com/v/402/molten-iron-throwing.html

Important reference material: http://muppet.wikia.com/wiki/Category:Muppet_Show_Characters

This could be CG, but really, I suspect it is mostly sheperds having a lot of free time in non-sheering season: http://thestar.blogs.com/broadsides/2009/03/absolutely-no-reason-for-this-post-except-that-it-lefty-me-open-mouthed-enjoy.html
estro: little blue imp (Default)
( Mar. 18th, 2009 08:31 pm)
Batshit insane beauty: http://www.diagonal-view.com/v/402/molten-iron-throwing.html

Important reference material: http://muppet.wikia.com/wiki/Category:Muppet_Show_Characters

This could be CG, but really, I suspect it is mostly sheperds having a lot of free time in non-sheering season: http://thestar.blogs.com/broadsides/2009/03/absolutely-no-reason-for-this-post-except-that-it-lefty-me-open-mouthed-enjoy.html
I love the phrase "tyranny of the majority".
I love the phrase "tyranny of the majority".
Although this information comes from the CIA World Factbook (so, theoretically an official and reputable source), I am very surprised and a bit dubious of the numbers. This doesn't mean that the information is inaccurate, it could be more of a reflection on what the media I read says about the outside world.

Unsurprising:
  • Poor African countries have a very high mortality rate.

  • Afghanistan has over double the mortality rate of the United States.

    Much more surprising to me:
  • Iraq has a lower mortality rate than the US.

  • The West Bank and the Gaza Strip both have a lower mortality rate than Israel, which in turn has a lower rate than the US.
  • Japan and the United Kingdom have a higher mortality rate than the US.
  • Although this information comes from the CIA World Factbook (so, theoretically an official and reputable source), I am very surprised and a bit dubious of the numbers. This doesn't mean that the information is inaccurate, it could be more of a reflection on what the media I read says about the outside world.

    Unsurprising:
  • Poor African countries have a very high mortality rate.

  • Afghanistan has over double the mortality rate of the United States.

    Much more surprising to me:
  • Iraq has a lower mortality rate than the US.

  • The West Bank and the Gaza Strip both have a lower mortality rate than Israel, which in turn has a lower rate than the US.
  • Japan and the United Kingdom have a higher mortality rate than the US.
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