Today is All The Stations‘ “have an adventure” day, in which they’re asking people to visit a railway station that they’ve never been to before. When I first heard about it I figured I have to end up at somewhere boring like Aubin Grove but as it turns out I’m actually at Wikimania in Montreal! So it’s rather easy to find a station to which I’ve never been; in fact, with the assistance of a friend, I have today been to seven new stations.
Place d’Armes (no photo).
And also Windsor, which isn’t actually a station any more:
Fremantle Bid has been added to Planet Freo, and Moore and Moore café seems to have let their web hosting lapse so have been temporarily removed.
This place is playing a Kinks LP, on a turntable wedged between the toasted sandwitch maker and a number of saging shelves full of records. I’m now happy.
The coffee is lovely also.
Nearly time to leave Puerto Pollensa, heading to Palma (via Lluc). Heading into the grey day, that is. So much sun and warmth the last few days, and now it’s looking to be a bit drizzly. Actually, I’m quite happy; it’s much nicer walking in this sort of weather.
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Absolutely flat crossing this morning. Looking out the window the railing is precisely parallel with the horizon, the ship seems to not even really be moving. I’d still be hanging over the side watching Menorca disappear but it’s too chilly in the wind; nicer inside with cafe americana and this comfy chair with a nice view.
Today I left Australia for the first time in 16 years. I was rather looking forward to the vertical acceleration of the aeroplane, as a sort of marker of the beginning of this trip, but it seems the Boeing 777 is a bit too cool for that. Anyway, I’m jolly excited.
For the most part, and leaving aside some tool-making or data-checking programming, I think it is far more relaxing to add data to the world than to add more systems-for-working-with-data. Contributing to Wikisource, Openstreetmap, Commons, even Flickr and Reddit, will further the cause (what ’cause’?) more than building some new system for cataloguing photos or conducting conversations.
So take photos, draw maps, write blog posts, explore the world and record what you see. Don’t devise the means to do these things — we already have the means, and have had for a rather long time. Better to get on and do it, I think. The means won’t be perfectly what you’d prefer, but then they never will be (even after you’ve built the system that’s perfectly exactly what you want).
If you see what I mean?
Anyway, I’m only saying this because I’m going to be away from regular coding for a few months from next week, so shall be focussing on Doing more than Building. And I can’t wait!
The renovations at Rosies have started:
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So Rosie O’Grady’s, the fake Irish pub in Fremantle, is closing in two or three weeks. I know it’s ridiculous, but I like it there! I’ve had many beers, and generally enjoyed the almost-always-empty vibe. Sure it’s a manufactured, falsely-traditional interior design, but I don’t care. I’ll be sad to see it turn into another trendy place with $12 beers.