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I suppose this means I should start now, pre-30...

fletcher  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Book Thread Time

I love spy novels. I'm terrible with reviews...

I'm happy to give you my thoughts, but I can't guarantee they'll be any good!

In any case, thanks for the recommendations!

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I was supposed to be finishing A Little Life, but the heavy subject matter (not to mention the book itself) isn't doing great things for me at the moment. It's been put back on hiatus.

I decided to go with something a little lighter and I have started The Colour of Magic by Terry Pratchett.

I had previously read Small Gods, which I absolutely loved, but didn't realise that there were so many Discworld novels. I'm looking forward to getting deeper into them.

I've brought Vegemite abroad with me before. It definitely got... mixed reactions.

    I hate Marmite, like most sane people.

Good luck trying to convince my partner that Vegemite is superior.

Vegemite by the spoonful directly from the jar. Who needs bread?

Oh! It's also a must for bolognese sauce!

I had a mostly terrible time in Paris (completely my own fault - it's really a pretty great city!) so I may not be the best person to answer this question...

But Musée d'Orsay.

My God. What an amazing place to just be!

fletcher  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: July 31, 2019

I've been meaning to check out Voice of America and DW. Thanks again for recommending them!

I'm not sure about Rosetta Stone. I've never looked into any of the language learning software packages. While classes are expensive, I think they're the only way that I'll actually learn much. I'm a terrible student when I have to hold myself accountable.

I did try the "Language in 10 minutes a day" books. I have Russian and Spanish sitting around somewhere. Can't remember where on earth I put them though.

fletcher  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: July 31, 2019

I think it definitely helps having a set topic for each week. On Tuesday, we were discussing:

    ¿Qué tanto conoces Latínoamérica?

Lots of interesting vocabulary and history!

The Mexican government has primary school books available here if you're interested!

fletcher  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: July 31, 2019

I love seeing your photography! The process is completely amazing. Makes me wish I had the expendable cash to throw at some cheap gear.

Will we get to see this one at some point? :)

fletcher  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: July 31, 2019


I'm trying to get through this week as quickly as possible. We've had some... ...OK snowfall in the mountains in the last week and looks like there might be more on the way. A group of us have rented a ridiculously large house 30 mins from the mountain - the same one we rent around this time every year. I spent an obscene amount of money on a new snowboard and bindings (although it was on sale, so not as much as I could have spent) and I'm looking forward to breaking it in.


I haven't been and I'm missing it. I've been incredibly lazy the past few weeks. No physical activity except the short two-block walk to work from my tram stop. I think I'm rationalising it to myself by saying 'well I'm going to be very active in the snow'. Planning to get back into it when I return.


I've been enjoying the classes a lot. There has been a lot of absenteeism. Last week I was the only student there and I felt like I got a lot out of the class. This week though, a student who hasn't been there for a few weeks was back - and was struggling. It's selfish, but I was pretty annoyed. Most of the class was taken up with everything I'd already gone through last week. There are two classes left now. I'm planning on continuing to one of the next levels. Looking at the descriptions of the classes though, we seem to have gone over a lot of the material already. I'm going to ask my teacher (hopefully in Spanish...) whether he thinks I'm ready for level 2 yet... (¿Crees que debería intentar los clases nivel dos?). I have no idea if that's right - or if I'll be way too far out of my comfort zone. Anyone here able to tell me if I'm on the right track with that sentence?

    I still think people are skeptical when they hear about wood buildings and their safety.

I mentioned this article to my partner and the first thing he said was 'fire hazard'. I suspect you might be right.

CLT is pretty incredible. There was a Grand Designs episode about a family in Cornwall who used CLT to build their home (or at least the upper stories):

Europeans are crazy about the concept

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