SMERSH

I don’t want to let April slip away without me posting at least once here, so. How much of a surreal, sci-fi living legend (ledge) is Elon Musk? I was sitting wasting time waiting for class to start at uni the other day when I looked at this tweet of the first stage rocket booster narrowly failing a perfect landing and I was struck by how far out of the mundane this stuff is.

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It’s the little things, ya know? Like how Musk named the landing barge, “Just Read the Instructions” in the spirit of Iain M Banks’ spaceship names for the Culture series. Or the fact that the electricity used for recharging Tesla cars is all offset by the power generated by SolarCity ie. the project is genuinely green, not just electric cars using fossil fuel-made electricity.

Hello 2015 / the beaten side of town

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I’ve been in this here town for a couple of weeks now and am starting to get a feel for it. Enough to blog it up. I’m liking it. The things I was hoping for are here. Namely, a bit more space = less population density. One of the main way to get from my joint to the main part of town is through the campus I’m working at, and there’s <em>plenty</em> of space in there. I can really get my stride on walking without some urchins & their junk getting in my way.

Air is less polluted with car fumes, but seems to be a bit more dusty — at least in this part of the year. Maybe partly because the area outside here looks like moon base Alpha presently:

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But it’s not just around here that’s less crowded. It’s a strange city for korea. It’s really sprawled, so it can cost 6 bucks in a taxi to get to the other side of town but there’s also sections I’ve walked through where _there’s just not much going on_. That might not mean much to some, but it’s fucking revelatory to me. Dead buildings, empty lots, mysterious properties with cyclone + barbed wire fencing.

At moments it’s reminded me of Shanghai — pedestrian crossings with light that are so quiet that it’s best to ignore them, flyovers (although not nearly enough of them — I love flyovers), and of course the space. In this part of town there’s a lot more young people and way less staring, bad-vibed old people.

I’ll reserve judgement about the job because it hasn’t really hit full speed yet. But it’s pretty cruisey. Apartment is smaller, but just requires a bit more organisation on my part, which doesn’t sound like much, but it is. Much more efficiently heated. I was always aware it was winter in the last place.

The outfitting of the apt was quite decent, and then on Friday, they delivered the _bigarse tv_!

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I know these things are as common in Korea as public rubbish bins in Australia, but it still amazes me. When they told me, oh yeah, we’re delivering tvs, I thought of the flatron I used to have in eeetchon that took up about 12 cubic metres of my 18 cubic metres of living space, and given that I don’t actually like the television they broadcast here, I was saying I don’t want one. But you’ve got to have one, they says. Then I heard it was a ridgey-didge flatscreen, and softened on the idea. THEN I realised I could hook it up to the mac mini. I got the right cable yesterday and now we’re really cookin’. The refresh rate is a little too low to do prolonged computer work on but I’m looking forward to watching Django on dvd tonight.