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In brief, from my lazy Saturday night.

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Mar. 15th, 2009 | 12:43 am
mood: lazylazy
music: You know who was cool? Hubert Humphrey.

Because I have to get back to my urban infrastructure picture book.

I have collapsed into a pile of sloth for the weekend, as the last five days were so nutty. Mainly, work featured me staying late and occasionally taking my laptop to the copy room to flirt via IM while I Xeroxed. Remember when we all said we weren't going to be so married to our jobs? Yeah, neither do I. Also, the mad frenzy of simultaneously being chastised for choosing plastic drinkware for a reception and being chastised for not being budget-sensitive will not quit.

In happier news, Jody and Moses cooked dinner for Chris, Dave, Daniel and I at his new house in North North Durham last night. Super fun! Succotash and hefeweizen and all that. Then I went to Thrive again, with another pregame at my house. Those folks came over, plus New Matt, Teddy, Jianghai, Jay, Jack, and others that I am likely forgetting. Thrive was basically over in a flash, other than talking to Jeff about his sister, and then Robert, Jianghai, First and I went to Honey's! Country fried steak and eggs at 3:00 a.m. is usually a good way to sober up, but I decided to order sweet tea and that just messed me all up.

I woke up at 9:30 this morning, and let me tell you this: if you ever want to hate alcohol, go to the gym while hungover. It was pretty awful, but I did complete the full workout, came home to eat rice, and then took a six-hour nap. Now that I feel like a person again, I've been eating more, booking travel and researching stuff in Minneapolis (that's the first trip, in two weeks), and catching up on my reading. Because of the gross rain that lasted all day, I never got to the laundry despite the formidable piles of dirty clothing (because of the dryer's location in the shed that requires going outside). That's on the docket for tomorrow.

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badger

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from: badger
date: Mar. 15th, 2009 09:14 pm (UTC)
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Because I have to get back to my urban infrastructure picture book

Are you reading Brian Hayes' book?

http://industrial-landscape.com/ (amazon)

If not, I highly recommend it. I leave it out on the main table at house gatherings here and people get sucked into it. Perhaps that is a reflection of the guests I invite :).

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jonathan

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from: silverthief2
date: Mar. 16th, 2009 06:15 pm (UTC)
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No, this is Kate Ascher's "The Works," which takes New York as a case study to explain how everything from red lights to trainyards (which I knew very little about despite growing up in a railroad family) work. I also recommend it.

I will definitely look into the Hayes book, though.

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badger

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from: badger
date: Mar. 16th, 2009 07:20 pm (UTC)
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Oh, great - I've read Ascher's _The Works_ and I agree it is excellent. The Hayes books is much more of a glossary or encyclopedia than a case study, but as a "what is that big industrial object over there?" I find it invaluable.

I was not very impressed with Stilgoe's _Outside Lies Magic_ and his other works about exploring the industrial and non-industrial landscape, however.

(My grandfather built Pullman cars for Southern Raildroad, by the way, as a tangential point.)

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