thread I have a serious *heart* for flash mobs;
the only one I've ever seen live was this one:-

https://www.youtube.co...

Tell me how you feel about this bit of modern silliness.
permalink I dislike enforced fun
and these always feel like enforced fun. But whatever, each to their own.
permalink I must concur
Alas.
permalink I saw that one too, as I was traveling back from Brick Lane.
Organized fun is the worst.
permalink Organized not-fun is worse
90 minutes to get through passport control at San Francisco airport after being awake for 40 hours. And that was in the line for Yanks which was half as long as the line for Johnny Foreign.
permalink I always use San Jose now and drive up.
It saves about three hours.
permalink I would fly into Oakland from the UK because I live in Oakland
But options are limited when you are coming from somewhere as far away as India.

My main gripe is that I am a signed up member of the global entry programmer and should have been able to skip the big queue. Except none of the machines worked. They could tell my green card was real but couldn't load any details from the database.
permalink Computers are rubbish.
permalink Joining in the Flash Mob hate
they're almost always corporate enforced fun and can naff off.

other:

an in depth article on the live tracking of every bike in this year's Tour de France
permalink got up
and motivation had fled. So I'm reading Freeman wibblings like this.

Turns out this is a motherlode of their crazy
permalink stare into the absolute face
of nonsense
permalink WTF???
tinfoil beanies and green ink all round
permalink it's very special
a whole idea that law is wrong and that language works differently with a weird spiritual layer mixed through
permalink and that because of this
you don't have to pay tax, usually. Or pay speeding fines
permalink Thing is,
they're a laugh, and you do get to see some splendid singing/dancing/performing etc etc.

A mate of mine saw a Red Army Choir one in the Moscow Subway, and he said it was gorgeous, and not at all corporate.

In Other, way sexier News, we have now booked a hotel for the first 2 nights in Japan (Hakone), and an Airbnb for the next 5 nights (Kyoto). Huzzah!
permalink Good work
Hakone should be lovely... and Kyoto is great, obvs.
permalink The Airbnb is just around the corner
from one of my favourite restaurants *ever*

https://www.tripadviso...
permalink I am at a festival.
Only little. Three stages and I know about 1% of the crowd personally.
permalink And now I am having a crisis
I want to run away and not exist.
permalink Mushrooms just kicked in?
Festivals can be like that sometimes
permalink It is worse today
I am finding I cannot leave the house - what have I become?
permalink I forgot my medication last night
but I was bad as all fuck anyway, so . . .