Archive for October, 2007

Europe Has Neat Stories

The Free State of Bottleneck, via Strange Maps.

We may have things like this in American history, too, but I don’t know about them.

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A Sunday

I had a great day today! I didn’t end up going to Philly last night (we decided such a short trip might not be worth it) but as a result of my early-turn-in got up early this morning and went on a hike with Jenny. It was pretty neat: the Billy Goat Trail branches off of the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal towpath on the Maryland side of the Potomac river, just upriver from DC and downriver from Great Falls Park. Whew, that was a mouthful. It was fun. As you can see on the map, we wandered around a little bit.

After I got home I grabbed my bike which had flat tires and walked it down to Cleveland Park, where the gas station has an air compressor. After filling the tires I locked my bike up and got a slice of pizza from Vace. I ate my delicious piece of pepperoni then went for a four mile run through the zoo and up Rock Creek to Tilden Hill. I like this route, but that hill at the end always kills me. Ack. Finished by riding my bike back up to my place.

Finally, Stuart called me and then he came over and we got dinner at Nanny O’Brien’s in CP. We walked back to my place and rented Rocky Balboa from the Red Box. Fun stuff!

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Sean Wallace – Book Reviewer?

A while ago I signed up for LibraryThing‘s Early Reviewer program and each month I’ve been picking the books I would be willing to review if they sent them to me.

Here’s the deal: free books are good, right? LibraryThing has arranged deals with an ever-growing list of publishers that in exchange for free copies of books their community will write reviews. I suppose they probably sell it on their fancy algorithm that matches books to interested and ostensibly informed readers. I figure, hey free new books, sounds fun.

So this month I finally got chosen for one. It’s not my first choice, but if I write a review of it, even a one-liner, I’m more likely to score more free books in the future. It’s called Hedge Hunters: Hedge Fund Masters on the Rewards, the Risk, and the Reckoning, which is a mouthful, but I’m sure it’ll be at least slightly interesting. I think I got it because I have Den of Thieves in my library, which is about scandals on 1980’s wall street.

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Good old hockey game

Going to my second Caps game of the season, tonight. Am excited. Also, I have a couple of neat trips planned:

  • to Philly this weekend
  • to Amsterdam for a week in two weeks.

I’m excited about those, too. Aaron is in Amsterdam so I’ll have a tour-guide / place to crash buddy / we might go to Brussels for a night / yay.

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