The Accidental Tourist

I’m re-reading The Accidental Tourist. Like all good books, I see something totally different than I did when I read it almost 20 years ago. It was just a fun romantic story when I was young. I appreciated the wit and humor and the traveling but not so much the depth of the relationships. There are things you just don’t get until you’ve lived through them. Not having had kids, maybe I don’t relate as much to the lost child part. Well, not that I can’t relate or imagine the loss, and enjoy experiencing something foreign, but that’s all it is, a foreign experience I don’t plan to have. But having been married and in some long relationships, I feel a lot like Macon, and empathize with so many of the characters. I notice and understand Sarah a lot more this time around as well.

I’ve seen the movie of course. I’m not sure whether it was before or after my first reading. But it was quite a long time ago. I have to admit that as I read I still picture William Hurt and Geena Davis.


Don’t add sugar or milk to your tea. Or your companions. Appreciate the bare essence.

Finding out wherever there is comfort there is pain, only one step away…

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*History as clickbait

(Reblogged from brucesterling)

9,550 years old tree Fulufjället, Sweden. Click through to see some other very, very old living things.

"All maps are always subjective…. Even today’s online geospatial applications on all your mobile devices and tablets, be they produced by Google or Apple or whoever, are still to some extent subjective maps."

Google already shows different maps of disputed areas to Indian and Chinese users. Crimea could become the same.


The simple way Google Maps could side-step its Crimea controversy

Now that Crimea has joined the “gray areas” of the world – the disputed territories that no one seems quite sure how to portray on a map – its cartographic status is suddenly a matter of importance.
(Reblogged from new-aesthetic)

Creepy yet powerful sculpture in Berlin by Isaac Cordal depicts politicians discussing global warming.

Sometimes life doesn’t give you lemons in which case you make orange shortbread cookies.

(Reblogged from brucesterling)
LEGO patent 1961. Back when we actually used to patent real things!

LEGO patent 1961. Back when we actually used to patent real things!

A 1956 5MB IBM hard drive.