Gerry Canavan

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Coming Home

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Today was my last morning in Japan. On my way back…

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July 26, 2011 at 3:49 pm

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Sayonara / Konnichiha

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Improbably, I am off this morning to Nanzan University in Nagoya, Japan, for NASSS 2011. Dreading the very long plane ride(s) ahead of me, and somewhat concerned about how crazy tired and out-of-it I will be both when I finally arrive and when I eventually get back, I am nonetheless incredibly excited. I’ve always wanted to go to Japan, and just as much I’ve always wanted somebody else to pay for it.

Blogging and Twittering will be light-to-nonexistent, and 13 hours upside-down besides, until sometime in the middle of next week. Have fun without me, and please don’t crash the global economy till I get back…

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July 21, 2011 at 6:00 am

West Coasting Again

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Off to Vancouver at the crack of dawn tomorrow for ACLA, so posting will be even lighter than usual for a few days. Back Tuesday…

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March 29, 2011 at 10:21 pm

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Peak Travel

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A study of eight industrialized countries, including the United States, shows that seemingly inexorable trends — ever more people, more cars and more driving — came to a halt in the early years of the 21st century, well before the recent escalation in fuel prices. It could be a sign, researchers said, that the demand for travel and the demand for car ownership in those countries has reached a saturation point.

“With talk of ‘peak oil,’ why not the possibility of ‘peak travel’ when a clear plateau has been reached?” asked co-author Lee Schipper, who shares his time between Global Metro Studies at the University of California, Berkeley, and the Precourt Energy Efficiency Center at Stanford University. Via MeFi, which has more.

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January 8, 2011 at 7:51 pm

European-Style Photoblogging

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I’ve finally thrown up some photos from our European vacation on Flickr, including (among other things) a lot of shots of those Belgian comics murals we were so taken with. Enjoy, if you’re so inclined…

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September 1, 2010 at 1:06 am

Jetlag Links

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* Before you stop admitting Ph.D. students, please, read Marc Bousquet. The typically annoying discussion about this can be found at MetaFilter.

* Nonissue watch: The new Siena Poll finds that New Yorkers (everyone in the state) oppose the mosque by a 63-27 margin; they defend the constitutional right to build it by a 64-28 margin. Very sad to see Howard Dean of all people joining the wrong side of history on this:

I believe that the people who are trying to build the mosque are trying to do something that’s good, but there’s no point in starting off and trying to do something that’s good if it’s going to meet with an enormous resistance from a lot of folks.

I want my country back! But not, you know, if it’s going to be a whole big thing.

* At least someone has finally identified the real terrorists: people with COEXIST bumper stickers on their cars.

* Mission accomplished: The last combat troops left Iraq today. But don’t get too excited; 50,000 noncombat troops remain.

* Deconstructing the Twinkie. At left: FD&C Yellow #5.

* Save the words.

* In the future, all teenagers are deaf.

* Change we can believe in: the Obama administration is quietly making it easier to visit Cuba.

* And not exactly the direction we were hoping things would go: Call centre workers are becoming as cheap to hire in the US as they are in India, according to the head of the country’s largest business process outsourcing company.

How to Book a Cheap Flight

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The New York Times‘s Frugal Traveler blog investigates.

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February 19, 2010 at 12:36 am