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Also: wow the Anglocentrism of software becomes painfully obvious the moment I start training some Francophones. How are people supposed to get the distinction between two single quotes and one double quote when their language uses « » for quotations? And how can I apologise enough when I have to say "I would use the automated title-case function for this in an Anglophone country, but it's going to fuck up Anse d'Hainault every time"?

Day 8.

Turks and Caicos from the air.

Today I learned that some of my fears about the workshop I'm here to lead were justified, so I'm going to have a lot of extra work at least today and tomorrow adding material and testing exercises. I may not get to do any photography until the weekend. But the views from the flight in were 💚💙

The amount of credit I am getting for my stumbling, mealy-mouthed French speaks volumes about the low expectations of Anglos when it comes to learning any foreign language at all.

T-mobile seems to think that Caribbean is a country.

Anyway, I went on from there to the Queen's Museum, most of which is currently taken up by a local artists' show: queensmuseum.org/2017/09/19311

Queens being Queens, that means it's predominantly the work of immigrants and children-of-immigrants. And wow, so much of it was about the experience of being foreign at home, whether home is here or there. I felt very seen, and it felt very topical even though I didn't see a single piece that was directly about current uspol.

Sorry about forgetting the CW earlier.

Day 5.

I took the 7 train to Chengdu for lunch. [CW food photo]

"You Are My Sunshine" has a lesser known, very sad second verse:

"You told me once, dear/
You really loved me/
and no one else could come between
But now you've left me/
And loved another/
You have shattered all my dreams"

Teach that to the kids.

On a plane to NYC and I found this in my enormous backlog of podcasts to listen to: ottomanhistorypodcast.com/2017

"Ottoman New York", a surprisingly wild ride from "The Troublesome Turk" of New Amsterdam to the last Sultan who insisted on traveling on his Ottoman passport until 9/11 finally made that unworkable.

Come to think of it, "Be more like Frederick Douglass than like the US Government" is a much more broadly reliable moral compass. Perhaps a good secular counterpart to WWJD?

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no one ever asks *how* in the world is Carmen Sandiego

Daily photo #2.

Every 8 weeks I have to go to a clinic and get an IV infusion of TNF-α antibodies, to stop my faulty immune system from attacking my gut and generally making things terrible. I hate the drug dependency, and it's been made worse by the provider I was forced to switch to last year making the appointments take several hours. But it's a wonder drug that's given me back my quality of life, and the view from the infusion center can be some consolation.

Can anyone recommend a friendly @pixelfed instance? I want to try it out, and I could choose one at a random but I know how much the community at weirder.earth/about has added to my experience of mastodon so I figure it's worth trying to find an equivalent.

I mostly do travel & hiking photography, stuff like flickr.com/photos/eldan/albums , though I think one of the things I want from this is a space to experiment a little more.

(I'll probably move this to pixelfed when I get around to starting an account there, but no need to let that admin get in the way of starting the habit)

Can anyone recommend a friendly @pixelfed instance? I want to try it out, and I could choose one at a random but I know how much the community at weirder.earth/about has added to my experience of mastodon so I figure it's worth trying to find an equivalent.

I mostly do travel & hiking photography, stuff like flickr.com/photos/eldan/albums , though I think one of the things I want from this is a space to experiment a little more.

-Toc toc!
-Qui est là?
-C'est Lapinou.
-Lapinou qui?
-LAPINOU YEAR!

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The coolest thing about tonight's New Years Eve is that, out in space, four billion miles and six hours' at light speed from earth, a small spacecraft has been firing its jets and preparing for a flyby of a Kuiper Belt Object at 32,300mph. pluto.jhuapl.edu