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Diary
By TheophileEscargot (Sun Jan 04, 2009 at 10:40:27 AM EST) Istanbul, Me (all tags)
Me. Istanbul. Web.


Me
Back from holiday now. May post some big round-up diaries if I can be bothered. Was in Istanbul for a bit, then home to see the parents: sister's family visited too.

Had a generally good time though found the family stuff getting on my nerves towards the end.

Istanbul pics
Full Flickr photoset is the best way to see them, or there's the slideshow. But here's a few samples.

Fortress of the Seven Towers

Basilica Cistern

Blue Mosque

Blue Mosque Interior

Would really be nice to have "hotlink to Flickr" macro. It's permitted by them if there's a link to the original, would save hulver bandwidth, and save us uploading hassle.

Web
Mostly oldish links.

Economics. Banish faith-based economics: deficits not so bad. The Gloom Boom:

Some of us remember recessions past, and how (twice at least) the world resumed turning soon afterwards. We recall how unpleasant they were. But we can't quite remember such doleful delight over our shared descent into plight, the chorus of utter despair that (traced back to root motivations) was designed to bring sympathy, respect, cash hand-outs and political advantage in bountiful measure.
David Smith on predictions. Cost of low interest rates. Stimulus packages can look better than they really are due to problems with GDP measurement, Nazis.

Articles. Stross on length of SF novels. Emigrant cop Copperfield summarizes differences between UK and Canadian policing: fewer powers, more discretion. Medical hysteria. Four Fallacies of Pop Evolutionary Psychology.

Politics. Cameron's blunders are catastrophic.

Pics. Frozen bubbles (MC).

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Istanbul not Constantinople by clover kicker (4.00 / 2) #1 Sun Jan 04, 2009 at 01:20:38 PM EST
Looks like a great time. How long did you spend in Istanbul? Was it easy for an English speaker to get around the city and see everything?

Stayed 6 nights by TheophileEscargot (4.00 / 1) #3 Sun Jan 04, 2009 at 09:06:49 PM EST
Flew in in the evening and out in the morning so basically had 5 days there.

It's dead easy to get around the city centre and the tourist bits: you just buy tokens for tram, train or funicular (though each has a different token) and stick them in the slot. Wouldn't like to try the buses though, where you have to either know where to get off or how to ask people...
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except for the airport->hostel trip by aphrael (4.00 / 1) #9 Mon Jan 05, 2009 at 05:02:36 AM EST
i never took the tram; it's a small enough city to walk everywhere.
If television is a babysitter, the internet is a drunk librarian who won't shut up.
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where's the first one in the sample set taken? by aphrael (4.00 / 1) #2 Sun Jan 04, 2009 at 04:44:24 PM EST

If television is a babysitter, the internet is a drunk librarian who won't shut up.
Fortress of the Seven Towers by TheophileEscargot (2.00 / 0) #4 Sun Jan 04, 2009 at 09:14:02 PM EST
Yedikule Hisar. I took quite a few snaps there.
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It is unlikely that the good of a snail should reside in its shell: so is it likely that the good of a man should?
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ahh by aphrael (4.00 / 1) #8 Mon Jan 05, 2009 at 04:51:51 AM EST
flickr by hulver (4.00 / 2) #5 Mon Jan 05, 2009 at 12:40:56 AM EST
Good idea.

I've changed the allowed html so that the flickr embed html will be allowed now. Just bung that in your story and it will work. No need to muck about with macros or anything.
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Woohoo! by R Mutt (2.00 / 0) #6 Mon Jan 05, 2009 at 02:25:40 AM EST

Thanks!

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w00t! by clover kicker (4.00 / 2) #10 Mon Jan 05, 2009 at 07:25:53 AM EST
The next photo challenge will reap the benefits.

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Speaking of which by TurboThy (2.00 / 0) #12 Tue Jan 06, 2009 at 05:54:36 AM EST
Who's up? I sneakily gave my wife a nice objective for her 30th bday in November, and it takes some damn fine pictures.
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Peter Preston by Scrymarch (4.00 / 1) #7 Mon Jan 05, 2009 at 03:31:04 AM EST
Reminds me of depression lust.

The Political Science Department of the University of Woolloomooloo

long novels by Kellnerin (4.00 / 2) #11 Mon Jan 05, 2009 at 03:28:40 PM EST
Two more theories:
  1. It's easier to write long books than tight ones.
  2. Now that the wire rack isn't the primary method of display anymore, thicker spines get you more real estate/surface area to attract readers' eyes on a bookstore shelf. I wonder if there's a sweet spot where it becomes more efficient to display a book face out ...


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