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Luckily, these problems are easily overcome. For title problem #2, if one goes out, grabs a handful of fresh, white snow and squeezes the begeezus out of it, one has an ice cube. There is probably some validity to the idea that a sealed box outside would be more efficient and less greenhouse nasty as a freezer.

The experience of living in a new city, as opposed to doing a whirl-wind tour of one, especially one as similar to home and untouristy as Winterpeg, seems to be in finding the little things. Finding the second hand CD store has solved title problem #1. It was here is discovered that Canada has GST and PST (Provincial Sales Tax), but neither of these are included in the label price of goods. One needs to mentally add about 15% for tax and then convert to Australian dollars to understand the value of things.

Today I caught the bus to the nearest cinema to see "The Good German" (I will hold off on my rant about how Melbourne PT is pathetic compared to most everywhere until later in the trip). I had seen a review for it on the TV last night, and I will take this opportunity to say how nice it was to see a movie review where the media didn't have a multiple-orgasm over the film just because it has one or more Australian actors in it (again, this full rant will have to wait. I believe in several years I will publish my manifesto on why nationalism is stupid). Anyways, the film is average. The onomatopoeia I would use is "meh". I don't what any comments saying that isn't an onomatopoeia; it IS the sound of apathy. It was good visually but the plot is pretty dull.

Non-physics types will need to excuse my segue into 'in' topics for the next 2 paragraphs.
On Friday I went to the U Manitoba physics colloquium. I must say, I now acutely understand the purpose of being a traveling scholar. It is indescribably refreshing to hear about physics that in new to me, rather than topics I have seen 20 presentations on. Negative positronium ions! Mana from above! Not to take away from the Melbourne program, but the joy of fresh ground! I'm sure the cleaner has been present often enough that he could have a decent go at speaking on the Kane architecture. Maybe this jaded attitude is just the bitter fruit of not being one of those people who only has the time to attend presentations from their own group.

Also this week I went to the restaurant Juris' son runs, called Bistros 7 1/4. It, of course, brought to my mind that most exclusive of student hang outs of similar name. Maybe in Melbourne Bistro 7 1/4 is when you eat chips on the way up to alluded venue...

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(Anonymous)
Jan. 22nd, 2007 09:27 pm (UTC)
Cate Blanchette and Jack Thompson. I had wondered why of late Jack was no longer in every Australian film being made, that crown passing to Bill Hunter. I understand now that he's in every film made in the US.

The film was worth it to see Toby McGuire die.

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