as promised, i have uploaded a metric shit ton of photos for you to enjoy or ignore or enjoy ignoring. the following six posts are most of the halfway decent shots from our trip through the north island. at some point i hope upload the cream to my flickr site to give them a bit of nicer digital setting.
b and i fly down to christchurch on monday. we're going to gayly skip along the milford track starting on the 7th of november. it is my hope that our expedition south will include some penguin watching, cycling, kayaking, and lots and lots of hiking. blog entries and photos will be posted when technology and time are available. for now, enjoy the photos. or don't.
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as you may have noticed i've given the blog another makeover. i've switched over to blogger beta. not much to report about it other than there seem to be a few more options for templates. general layout and standard utilities are otherwise pretty much identical. uploading new posts is much faster now, though. i'll hopefully be tweaking the color scheme a bit, but we'll see if i get a chance.
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i'm nearly finished reading jonathan strange and mr. norell. i have to say, i don't know what people were so enthused about. granted, i've never been a much of a fantasy fan, but it's halfway through the book before there's any real conflict established. that's 500 pages in. it's not until about two thirds of the way through that what's billed to be the main conflict of the book, that between strange and norell, actually develops. and even once that's established, susanna clarke still can't keep the pace up. that said, i'm 850 pages in and i'm not giving up now.