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Saturday, November 27, 2004
What was I thinking?
 
All packed, assignments are done, and just lunch to be had before i take off. The question is, why am I leaving a 93 degree sunny day with just a few wispy clouds for the cold and snow of home? Regardless, I can't wait to be there, and I'll see all of you in few hours/days.

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Last night
 
I'm getting the last details of packing sorted, and my flight leaves in 13 hours. The past few days have been a blur of food, wine, and fun. Thursday night was an International Thanksgiving at our place, with about 25 people from all over the world, and lots of food from both their countries and ours. Friday night was a slightly more traditional Thanksgiving with the American and Canadian divisions of the Biomedical Engineering Departmnet where the turkey and football lacking the day before made an appearance. Finally, tonight was a bbq at Aofie's place in Coogee with steaks and salads and snacks along with an induction into the world of Carrom, a really fun game that is somewhat like pool played with flat discs instead of balls, and where a flicked finger takes the place of the cue. I know details on all these are sketchy, but I'll flesh them out once I can relax back home, and post the pictures that go with them.

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Sunday, November 21, 2004
I should be sleeping
 
I spent more time today in King's Cross then I ever have before. For those who don't know it, King's Cross is the red light district of Sydney, and it was so good I was there twice in one day. The first time was to get some furniture that Laura was leaving behind because she moves out tomorrow before going home next month. Sam drove me over and we loaded a table, four chairs, two end tables and assorted kitchen ware into his car before making a pit stop at Al's convenience store (not quite Al's deli) for some Reeses (This little store is one of the only importers in Sydney).

After a brief stop at home to unload the furniture and repack Sam's car with random art and architecture supplies I hopped on a bus back to the cross to meet Lisa, Sherlee and Amy there. Tonight was Amy's last night here in Sydney before heading back to Canada by way of Hong Kong, so we were going out to dinner to celebrate. We headed to an Austrian restaurant called Una's where big portions are the norm and the food is on your table before you even finish your ordering (quite a contrast to the Peruvian restaurant we went to last week where the amazing entrees and desserts each took about half an hour after ordering). Lisa and I shared Jaeger Shnitzel (veal and mushrooms) and Beef Croquettes. The meal was great and then we all headed home.

Now its late and tomorrow morning is free transit day on all Sydney trains. Rather than study I decided a bushwalk was in order, so Lisa and I will be heading down to the Royal National Park at Otford Station on the Illawarra line for a quick hike. We have to be back in town by 4 though and some work will have to be done then. Just 3 more days till Thanksgiving (and the end of finals) and under a week till I'm back in the US.

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Thursday, November 18, 2004
Gentleman and a...
 
Google's newest offering (and timely considering the last post), Google Scholar. Now all us scientific journal types can go check our references. From the looks of it so far, the results seem to fall into three catergories. One is the older citations which are just that, a listing of the reference, sans link, often seen for books, but occasionally for older references. The second and third groups overlap somewhat, but are seperated by the fact that the third group has a link to the journal where the article is published, usually to the page where it can be purchased (or viewed if you have a subscription already). The second result type is one where the links point merely to an abstract of the work, although this feature is often seen in the third group as well.

So far it seems pretty comprehensive, and actually returns more results for my professor than a comprable search on pubmed. It's definitely worth stopping by and having a play.

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Not your garden variety Odyssey
 
The year is 2014. EPIC has just been released. The New York Times has gone offline. See the future of mass media here.

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Tuesday, November 16, 2004
Gettin there
 
Just turned in my final paper for another class. 2 down, 2 to go. One on Friday, one Thanksgiving. Now I just have to figure out how to move furniture from one place to another cheaply. Where are you 'man with van'?

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Wednesday, November 10, 2004
Below the Fold
 
Stuvac rolls on, with just 2 more days now to finish my last paper of the semester. Then just two more finals and I'll be done. Looking forward to trying new restaurants next week, and Thanksgiving dinner which we will be having at our place. As my last final is the 25th as well, it will be a big celebratory feast for that as well. Any suggestions for dishes that should be made would be appreciated, and feel free to post recipes in the comments. It's going to be a multicultural affair, so no dish is off limits as long as it sounds good. Oh, and will someone please tell Lisa to stop humming the super mario bros. theme song, especially the bit when time is running out and the sounds start moving faster. Not that I really mind it so much as I can't get them out of my head for the rest of the night. Also, we found one of those paint your own pottery studios today walking home from centennial park, as well as a coffee shop called centennial perk.

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Monday, November 08, 2004
The first couple of sets
 
Finally, some of the pictures from the Perth trip are up. There are two sets up from our kayaking trip, one and two. The rest of the pictures need to be gone through and sorted and the best ones chosen, cause there are several thousand other pictures taken between the 8 of us, and I just don't have the room for them all up here. I've also written up a bunch of stuff about the trip that hasn't gone up here, mostly cause its in note form and even though the details are there, the articles and conjunctions aren't, so if and when that happens I'll do my best to get that up here as well.

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Sunday, November 07, 2004
QOTD
 
"There are 2 types of girls in this world... and I am an elf" -Lisa, after LOTR this evening.

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Friday, November 05, 2004
Witty title
 
Classes are over now, and a 3 week study frenzy can now commence. This weekend will thankfully be spared from this new onslaught as Dylans goodbye Party, Yum Cha, and assorted exercise shall take precedence. Come Monday though, it's back to the grind. More of an update later, and pictures very soon now that I've managed to get them all together.

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Tuesday, November 02, 2004
GOTV
 
Its November 2nd. Do you know where your ballot is? Go Vote!

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