Seven Weeks to Madagascar

Monday, June 26, 2000

'Seven Weeks' is out of time. If you're new here, try the archives, and for what comes next, keep an eye on Walking West.

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There's really nothing left to say; I'll just be killing time if I post here any more, and since I have four days left in my job, eight days left in Canberra, and twelve days until Madagascar, I don't really have time to kill.

For those of you who have been reading for some or all of the past six weeks, thanks; it's been fun imagining myself conducting a one-sided conversation with all of you, and even more fun to make it two-way with some of you. As I said way back at the beginning, I've felt ambivalent about weblogs, and wasn't sure they were something I wanted to do; but doing one as a time-limited exercise at an eventful time in my life seems to have worked—to my own satisfaction, at least.

I'm not sure what that means for my next weblog, which I plan to post to whenever I get the chance after I've left Australia. It will cover my travels and search for work overseas: maybe not as interesting, maybe more interesting; who knows? Again, though, I doubt I'll make it open-ended. Once the wandering is over, I'll be looking to build new and different things for the rest of this site. There are already plans... oh yes, there are always plans. It's finding the time that's the problem.

Which is where I came in. So au revoir, veloma, and see you later.

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Got a website? Use Internet Explorer 5.0 or 5.5 for PC? Ever wondered how you can get one of those nifty little icons that some sites have next to their names when you bookmark them (er, add them to your Favorites)? Just toddle along to and all will be revealed; they even have a Java applet icon-maker, so you don't have to download and install anything to make one. Now whenever you book-Favorite-mark Speedysnail or any of its pages, you'll get a 'favicon' for this site.

The idea is that it's supposed to help you stand out from the crowd, but of course once everyone has one your Favorites will show a whole string of 'individuals' all competing for individual attention. And there are security issues: webmasters can tell from their site logs that you've bookmarked their page, because your copy of IE has downloaded favicon.ico. There's no way around that, though: they can tell even if they don't have favicons themselves, because they get error reports showing that you tried unsuccessfully to download favicon.ico. You can't win, so you might as well sit back and enjoy the view.

(And you wonder why browsers are a 10 meg download. Of course, there are other reasons...)

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I'd better post something else here, or there won't be a seventh week in my 'seven old weeks' of archives. (Well, it's as good a reason as any.)

Why are garage sales so less successful the second time around? It's not just because we'd sold all the good stuff the weekend before, because we still had some good stuff (well, except in the opinion of the French family who came and had a quick look around and said disparaging things in French, thinking that we couldn't break their secret code—ha! I know what 'pathétic' means, et je ne suis pas heureux!).

Perhaps it was because it was foggy and freezing all morning, and because someone took down one of the key signs we'd put up (the one that pointed you left at a T-intersection after you'd followed our sign off the major arterial road near our place). Bastards.

Ahh, who cares. We got rid of the major stuff. Then in the evening we had a bunch of friends around for 'last licks lucky dip' and gave away some of the less-embarrassing remnants, before we all headed out for dinner. Our local Salvos gets the rest.

From here on, it's all boxes...

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