I am going to be super predictable and say: Penang, always! I never get sick of visiting Penang. There is always something interesting and quaint and new-to-me to see. I like going with friends because then I have an excuse to visit tourist attractions, and there are always a few I haven’t visited before, or don’t remember, because usually when I go to Penang I am going to visit relatives.
I like the relatives who live in Penang! I am quite happy just going there to collapse on a sofa to watch Asian Food Channel all day. (The channel is Asian, not necessarily the food, so sometimes you are watching a Singaporean lady raving unconvincingly over guilinggao, and sometimes you are watching that poor man who only has a grill to cook on, and isn’t allowed into his own house until he has made some burgers on it.)
And when all else fails there is always the food.
Here is a story of something that happened when I was in Penang last year with colorblue. We had visited Penang Hill, looked into the Hindu temple, visited a sort of bird garden, and failed to get onto the canopy walk. (There were signs pointing to the canopy walk and we strolled for about 15 minutes to get to it, and then when we got there, lo! It was closed. It had clearly been closed for a long time. I felt this was very Malaysian, and the most Malaysian thing about it was that nobody had bothered to update the signs all pointing to CANOPY WALK to add some sort of indication that it was closed.)
When we had descended we still had a bit of time before we were going to be picked up, so we wandered off-road, following a sign to a Bat Temple. We walked past houses and stray dogs snoozling by the road, wondering if we were going to find anything, until we did arrive at the temple, which is in a cave. After we’d had a look around we went outside to stand on a bridge, looking down over a mess of stones and water that might have been a river in better days.
I’m to that point in this new project where I realize what it is exactly that I want to do with it…and how much work that means I have to do on it. I’m undaunted, because I know I’ve done this before, but man would my life be easier if I wrote perfect first drafts ;).
I’m up to 20k now in it though, and that feels awesome :D.
Deadshifted is still coming out! Ha. I think it’s because the seasons haven’t really changed here yet in California — our seasons being dry and rainy, and it hasn’t rained yet — I keep forgetting that it’s Dec, and that 12/31 and the new year is nearly upon us.
My work schedule for the next two weeks is very jumbled, and I’m fitting a trip to see my folks in, so I’m still in and out, prioritizing writing when I can over pretty much everything else, including (as it seems) posting here. I’m still hustling though! :D
An interdisciplinary conference exploring the contested claims to human remains
Date: Thursday 30 January 2014 Venue: Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge campus Fees: Standard £60+VAT; Students £20+VAT (Refreshments are included in the conference fee)
This one-day conference sponsored by the Anglia Law School of Anglia Ruskin University is an interdisciplinary engagement with the contested claims to human remains and our relationship both individually and as a community with the remains of the dead. This conference engages both with this relationship and the practical difficulties of the ever-increasing challenge of full cemeteries and the exhumation of remains in the course of construction and archaeological excavations.
This is an increasingly controversial and emotive issue that tests the ability of the law, researchers and diverse communities to find an agreed resolution.
The conference will include the following speakers:
Mr John Doyle, Crossrail Construction Dr Joost Fontein, Edinburgh University Dr John Harries, Edinburgh University Ms Jane Martin, Anglia Ruskin University Dr Nicola Rees, Kingston University Dr Julie Rugg, York University Dr Duncan Sayer, University of Central Lancashire Dr Hilary Soderland, University of Washington
5 more items on my bibliography tomorrow, Saturday I'll work on the headnote, and it should be ready to send in for Sunday.... the prof needs to get her grades in by Monday. I SHOULD be able to do this, there's no reason I can't, not when I've been doing so well with everything! Gaaaahhhh
"The God Box" is the story of the golden hemorrhoids from... Judges, I think, except recast as a science fiction story set on Jupiter's moon Ganymede. I'm actually kind of proud of this story, so you know, if the rest of the book sounds at all cool to you, please consider pre-ordering a copy.
Tomorrow I'll try to write down all the excitement of my first day as a Library Page. I had training and a pop quiz and I got to watch the cool conveyer belt of books. But, I have to dash off to Wyrdsmiths in a bit because I'm going early to interview Eleanor Arnason about Icelandic Christmas elves.
Another remarkably ingenious suicide in police custody
"I know that it is hard for people not in law enforcement to understand how someone could be capable of shooting themselves while handcuffed behind the back," Chief Jose Lopez told reporters Wednesday. "While incidents like this are not common, they unfortunately have happened in other jurisdictions in the past."