Just arrived back in Chicago, sorry about the slow blogging day (and an open thread)

I was busy flying back to the states today from France, so sorry about the slow blogging.  Just got to my parents’ place in Chicago a bit ago.

As you may remember, I go and house-sit for Chris in Paris during August when he and his wife Joelle are away on vacation, but I also take advantage of the trip to scheme with trip (and Joelle) about the blog. Joelle in particular has a really interesting perspective as she’s a career counselor for one of the big universities in Paris, and has a new book coming out (in French) on her models for thinking about your career, where it’s going, where it needs to go, etc.  She’s quite good – we spent a good amount of time talking about the book.  Too bad there isn’t an English version (yet).

I was also doing my annual medical tourism, buying my absurdly inexpensive (in France) asthma medicine that costs five times the price in France.  Oh, and the price just went down in France by 10%, while it’s risen over 30% in the US over the past few years.  The same drug, sold by the same company, not subsidized at all by the French government.  They just charge Americans more.  Simply amazing.

Anyway, I’m still on French time, so it’s 2am for me. I’m off to my sister’s house to pick up Sasha, then off to an early bedtime.  I’ll be picking back up my regular blogging hours after getting a good night’s sleep.  So expect to see me late morning tomorrow.

In the meantime, enjoy this (nearly) perpetually flying paper airplane.


Chris and his wife Joelle have a stove top like this. I wish is saw this yesterday.

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10 Responses to “Just arrived back in Chicago, sorry about the slow blogging day (and an open thread)”

  1. Naja pallida says:

    Breathe easy… not like the guy in that paper airplane video with the horrible nose whistle. :)

  2. samizdat says:

    HA, I used to make this kind as a kid. And like Monoceros, I had a small softbound book on how to make additional designs, though I am uncertain if it had the various principles of flight as they relate to the paper airplane. I’m remembering a yellow and white cover, about the height of a regular sheet of paper, but about an inch wider, perhaps 1/2″ thick. Had some real fun with those planes. Gone with the wind, tho’, along with the book on origami, and that really cool, roughly 4 x 6 booklet of geology, which had all of the various strata illustrated in glorious four color, and of course text describing how those formations came about, and the various ages of them all.

    I still geek out on geology sometimes. Living in MO, there are plenty of interesting, and old, places to visit.

  3. Indigo says:

    Welcome back! Breathe easy, you’re just in time for the president’s speech this evening. Enjoy!

  4. Hue-Man says:

    If you despair for gay 20-somethings, here’s an out actor/director/producer who’s released 4 internationally acclaimed (LGBT themed) motion pictures at the tender age of 24.

    “Tom at the Farm, the fourth feature film from Quebec director Xavier Dolan, has won the International Federation of Film Critics’ best film prize at the Venice Film Festival.”

    “After the media whirl expected at TIFF [Toronto International Film Festival], Dolan says he’ll be back at work on his fifth film, maintaining the steady schedule for which he’s known.” http://globalnews.ca/news/825101/quebec-director-xavier-dolan-wins-prize-at-venice-film-festival/ (I almost didn’t recognize the accompanying photo.)

    He’s the French voice of Ron Weasley in all the Harry Potter movies as well as Taylor Lautner (Twilight series) and Josh Hutcherson (Hunger Games).

  5. BeccaM says:

    Welcome back, John.

  6. Drew2u says:

    Putting on my consterpants for a sec, I caught a bit on Canada NPR about the popular plan in Syria of attacking the air force. In that, they said there were 5 plans made – all convoluted and expensive – then this other guy was asked to come up with a plan. He did, and it was simple, cheap, and ultimately what people like McCain started backing as the best option. His buddies looked at the plan and said that anyone could have come up with a plan like that, it didn’t take anyone special.

    So my question/consternation about this is: If that was the best option, and anyone with the basic of knowledge could have come up with that idea, then why wasn’t it one – or all – of the first 5 options, and who were the 5 guys who made the original options and why didn’t they think of that?

    Yes we can say it’s because of the war machine and how much money those guys would/could get from overly-complicated wars, but is there veracity to that idea or is that just cynicism?

  7. Monoceros Forth says:

    That brings back a memory: when I was a kid I found a book about folding paper airplanes that would glide for a long time and most of them were like that first pictured one, broad “flying wings” made of typing paper. It wasn’t just a book of “recipes” either; it explained principles of flight and how they could be implemented in paper so it was a really good book. I still remember one of the simpler patterns but it always flies in a wide circle when I make it.

  8. emjayay says:

    We don’t do the cast iron plate type electic burners here, but traditional coil electic burners or a flattop electric stove should work just as well.

  9. Jim Olson says:

    Yeah, don’t do this if you have a gas flame stove.

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