Finally found the time to mix the clips of my Camino into a proper after movie. Here's me looking back at a 115km hike through Spain. https://youtu.be/Iori7zjrlmU
Okay. I think I get it. Sanderson writes novels like Jerry Bruckheimer makes movies. There's nothing inherently bad with Bruckheimer flicks, they're just not everyone's taste. I enjoy watching a Bruckheimer film from time to time. I suppose it's the same with Sanderson.
By comparison, I read Jordan's first installment of the Wheel of Time, and I'm still ambivalent about that one as well. So far, I feel that Sanderson is writing with less pretension.
I read it. It's really short. And it's definitely gripping. It's cosmic horror alright. The real horror is how Lovecraft succeeds in leaving the unspeakable to the imagination of the reader. If yours is vivid enough, this might be just the story for you. Or not.
Finished Dan Simmons' Fall of Hyperion. Totally worth a 5/5 rating ranging from prose over character development to sprawling universe building. I'm generally not all that into space opera. Like, I've tried Ann Leckie's Ancillary series but I just couldn't get into it. Hyperion Cantos? I totally devoured it.
how to survive hot summers
with temps surpassing 40º in the UK and my European friends woefully unprepared to deal with hotter and hotter summers, I thought I'd share how we do it back home.
- Change your wardrobe. Don't wear jeans or thick, tight clothing in summer. Light colours help, but it's less important than the fabric being loose and breathable. Imagine you get a gust of wind; can you feel the wind? Linen fabric and synthetic activewear are great for this.
- Cover all your skin when going out into the sun, either with loose breathable clothing, or sunscreen.
- "But I'm only going to the tram" – if you don't like dying of melanoma, sunscreen yourself before walking under the radiation of the nuclear deathstar in the sky.
- Wear a summer hat and/or sunglasses.
- Always be sipping. Doesn't matter if you feel thirsty or not, carry water bottles everywhere, fill them on taps, sip often. If you don't the symptom isn't necessarily thirst; it's feeling tired, sluggish, brainfog etc., eventually sunstroke.
- Learn how to make hydrating serum (1L water, 20g sugar, 5g salt). In case someone has sunstroke give them serum; it hits faster than pure water. (also good for other forms of dehydration.)
- Tea and coffe hydrate you, even accounting for diuretic effect. Alcohol dehydrates; if drinking alcohol, drink at least the same amount of water with it.
- Give up not sweating. Sweating is good. It's a very efficient evaporative cooling system (that's why you need breathable clothing, and sipping water).
- Cold meals, refrigerated fruit and ice drinks are great. Counter-intuitively, hot drinks cool you down too, by hyping up the sweat system. Same goes for hot-spicy food. (this literally cools you down, look it up.)
- Don't go outside when the sun is high. Don't eat in outside tables when the sun is high. Don't go to parks, pools or beaches when the sun is high. Wait until the deathstar isn't killing you.
- Lower your expectations of productivity. It's the apocalypse, fuck work. Procrastinate in the hot hours. Kill time. Nap. Implement the siesta as an institution.
- The buildings here are more prepared for cold weather than hot. You might want to invest in good fans, or even cold floors. High ceilings are fresher.
- The higher the air humidity %, the less effective is sweating at cooling you. Be extra careful on high-humidity high-temp days.
- summer nights can be surprisingly chilly. don't get caught unprepared in your super-breathable, breezy hot girl look during a temp drop with rain and wind outside 3am.
In similar vain: online booking apps, airline apps, and any other company turning their onboarding and check-in or registration into an "online experience". We all know we're going to end up waiting in a physical queue anyway. Wasting time troubleshooting lost bookings and what not with desk attendants instead of actually checking in.