January 23rd, 2005

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Linguistics

We've been having the old prescriptivist/linguist debate on the notesfiles all day. Here's the guts of what I wrote on the topic. There were a lot of other voices in this debate so I apologize if some of the context is lost. I just wanted to archive what I wrote since I spent so much time writing it all and it'll get purged from the notesfiles within a month.
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Zarf on Tour

So I've got this new work situation where my work is pure telecommuting. I want to take advantage of this by spending as much of the next year as possible couch surfing the country. This means showing up at your house for a week or two and plugging in my laptop and working 30 hours per week (e.g. five 6 hours days or three 10 hour days) and spending the weekends and evenings hanging out. We might have to spread a normal vacation's weekend worth of stuff over the whole week or more that I'm there since I do have to get work done. I'm aware that that's a big imposition, I'll be using your dishes and bathroom and kitchen and crashing on your couch or guest bed. I'll do my share of chores and buy groceries and all that like a good guest. Some people are into this kind of guest and others aren't. That's totally cool. Let me know which you are.

The poll below the cut will help me plan my tour. I've set it so that only I can see the specific results of the poll.
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Tour with Zarf

Besides wanting to travel around the country couch surfing and working, I'd like to spend 2-3 weeks just doing a pure vacation road trip thing in June. Optimally I'm thinking we'd do something like I-90 through the Badlands and Yellowstone to Seattle down to Eugene, down through the redwoods along the coast to San Fransisco, and then end up in Las Vegas for the Science Fiction Research Association's annual convention where Ursula Le Guin will be the guest of honor. Then we'll head back to Champaign-Urbana by way of Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas. Sure we'll be burning dead dinosaurs all the way but we'll rent a fuel efficient car and we'll be car pooling and I'll personally make up for it by not owning a car.

Who wants to take 2-3 weeks off and join me?
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