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Saturday 29 August 2009

Here are the Google Earth tracks of three walks and a riverboat ride I've done in the last two days.

That is all.

Saturday 29 August 2009 16:43:17 BST (UTC+01:00)  |  | Geography#

It's amazing what you can do for £20. You can ride a train that goes 200 km/h non-stop from London's King's Cross to Cambridge in 45 minutes, non-stop. Think: Chicago to Milwaukee in 45 minutes. Vroom.

Cambridge was certainly worth the trip. I didn't do the main touristy thing (punting down the Cam) but I did watch others do it:

(More after the jump.)

Saturday 29 August 2009 16:24:35 BST (UTC+01:00)  |  | Geography#
Friday 28 August 2009

I did three touristy things today: first, a stop at Westminster Palace for the official tour, during which I got to stand right in the Government benches in the House of Commons, less than a meter from where the P.M. sits when they're in session. No photographs allowed, I'm afraid; but now the whole setup makes a lot more sense to me. I'm all set for the resumption of Question Time, the comedy half-hour broadcast every Wednesday from the chamber.

Second, a direct boat trip down the Thames to Greenwich, with some wanderings through the Royal Observatory:

More after the jump.

Friday 28 August 2009 21:11:06 BST (UTC+01:00)  |  | Geography | Weather#
Thursday 27 August 2009

Three hours from the financial accounting mid-term, with images of balance sheets dancing in our heads, we're just about done with the first CCMBA residency. The last 12 days seem like 12 months. Many of us haven't left the hotel since Tuesday, except for dinner or a run near St. Katharine's Docks.

Six hours from now, we'll be done with the residency, and thinking about next week. Right now—back to the books.

Thursday 27 August 2009 10:00:36 BST (UTC+01:00)  |  | Duke#
Wednesday 26 August 2009

I learned a valuable lesson yesterday: when you lock your computer to your hotel room desk, and you put the cable-lock key in your pocket, you have to remove the key from your pocket before sending the slacks down to the laundry.

This realization crept up on me over a very quiet 90-second period that started when I looked in my room safe for the key and didn't find it there.

I won't keep you in suspense: housekeeping found and returned the key this morning. This is good, because I had no idea how I was going to fit the desk in the overhead compartment on my flight home.

Wednesday 26 August 2009 12:29:00 BST (UTC+01:00)  |  | Duke | Security#
Tuesday 25 August 2009

Really cool slide show of alternative mass-transit maps via the Economist's Gulliver blog. One, for example shows North American systems to scale.

I know I should be studying financial accounting, but this stuff is distracting.

Tuesday 25 August 2009 21:49:00 BST (UTC+01:00)  |  | Geography | Cool links#

The U.S. Postal Service finally plans to sell the Old Post Office building in Chicago, which they abandoned more than 10 years ago:

One of the biggest real estate auctions in the city’s history is slated for Thursday, when the U.S. Postal Service is to sell the Old Main Post Office.

And even though the postal service is planning an "absolute auction" — meaning the building is to be sold regardless of price, with a suggested opening bid of just $300,000 — the question remains who will step up for the roughly 279,000 m² building at 433 W. Van Buren St., which straddles the Congress Parkway and has been vacant for more than a decade.

This is the same building into which the Postmaster for Chicago ploughed $1 million to renovate his own office—about 6 months before the USPS moved out.

Tuesday 25 August 2009 09:42:31 BST (UTC+01:00)  |  | Chicago | Politics#
Monday 24 August 2009

Will someone please tell me what this means, and whether the pelican survived?

More photos from London to follow later this week.

Monday 24 August 2009 19:40:33 BST (UTC+01:00)  |  | Duke | Geography#

We got our official team MBTI profile back this morning. It turns out, I was wrong on one person's Sensing-iNtuitive axis; we're really ESTJ ESTJ ESTJ ESTP ENTP INTP. The balance of Ps and Js is good; the unanimity of Ts is not; and we're acutely aware of the issues surrounding the 5:1 E:I ratio.

But that's all for tonight, when we work out our "team charter," the list of expectations and guidelines for how we'll work together from now until April, when Duke recomposes all the teams. Now, half of the class are taking a cruise up the Thames while the other half go on corporate tours. Photos to follow this evening.

Monday 24 August 2009 12:49:18 BST (UTC+01:00)  |  | Duke | Kitchen Sink#
Sunday 23 August 2009

We go in and out of classrooms all day, every day, and along the way have watched the Thames' noticable tides. We're just a couple days past the New Moon, meaning it's spring tide. Today the BBC weather centre predicted a 7-meter (22-foot) spread at London Bridge, just upriver from our hotel.

Here's low tide, around 10 this morning, from the hotel:

(Comparison after the jump.)

Sunday 23 August 2009 18:57:25 BST (UTC+01:00)  |  | Duke | Geography#
Saturday 22 August 2009

I walked across the Thames for dinner tonight—my first time out of the hotel in almost two days—and had a lovely risotto al fresco. On the way back I snapped a photo of the hotel where we've been imprisoned stayed for the past week:

For good measure I also took another gratuitous photo of the Tower Bridge (after the jump)...

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Saturday 22 August 2009 19:07:27 BST (UTC+01:00)  |  | Duke | Geography#

As sleep deprivation and other physical assaults continue here in London, and as we begin a five-day sprint through all of Financial Accounting, I pause to note one of the bigger news stories from back home in Chicago. No, not the Cubs sale to the Ricketts family or United's and American's shared panic; I mean the alligator in the Chicago river:

A 3-foot-long alligator was caught in the Chicago River last night and is en route to a more suitable home, according to a spokesman for the Chicago Commission on Animal Care and Control.

Animal Care and Control called the Chicago Herpetological Society, which sent two people in a canoe last night to set traps for the reptile.

All right. I can deal with that. Moving on...

Saturday 22 August 2009 07:06:09 BST (UTC+01:00)  |  | Aviation | Chicago | Cubs | Kitchen Sink#
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