Tuesday, August 28, 2001
Now I'm back home in Washington, DC, having little epiphanies:

1. Living off of free TellMe phone calls is the only way to travel without a mobile phone.
2. I miss teaching Genetics and Biology 101.
3. At the same time, I'm missing Oxford.
4. Finding a suitable tenant for a house is a nightmare.
5. I need a vacation.
6. My default is now to say 'ring you' instead of 'call you'-- little changes like this suddenly become quite a big deal when your more perceptive friends pick up on it.
7. I am very lucky, and I appreciate that.

Wednesday, August 15, 2001
On the way to the Columbia Road Flower Market (where, coincidentally, Winona Ryder appears to be filming a new movie called 'Lily and the Secret'), we walked by a vendor selling durian fruits on the street. From several feet away, the smell was disgusting, sort of like a mature, fermented bottling of foot odour and sewage. Evidently, it tastes good. I am, unsurprisingly, not convinced.

Monday, August 06, 2001
Several years ago, I had an idea that went nowhere, but was fun to think about. The plan was to set up an online breakup service that would, for a small fee, ring up/e-mail/write a 'Dear John' letter to a client's significant other, dealing the final blow.

I'd even thought this out enough to have found the names of counselors to send to distraught recipients.

Of course, someone else eventually hit upon the same idea. But now it seems that revenge is more the order of the day...

Friday, August 03, 2001
Smart card power and fuel for credit cards are both good ideas, but I think many more innovative things could be done with printable batteries. How about paper that can light itself for night reading? Or what about the holy grail of the newspaper industry: the disposable e-paper that holds all the content of a regular paper, just on a single sheet? Test strips for diabetics that can be reused? Tingly toilet roll, even?

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