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Back in the hotel. I’m listening to WREK via the archive, last
week’s Hour
of Slack
and Bob’s
Slacktime Funhouse
while D has a bit of a nap. I’m trying to get
in touch with an old Georgia Tech/WREK buddy of mine who lives like
six or eight blocks from this hotel. That will really suck if I never
do see him and am this close.

I did finally make it to the the
Cartoon Art Museum
. It was worth doing, but was smaller and had
less stuff than I thought it would. It’s only a few blocks from the
Moscone Center, so you think that they’d throw a few flyers over that
way. After that, I got on the train. I had downloaded the PalmOS trip
planner from the BART website so had
just enough information to get around. I got off at 16th and Mission,
took a left on Valencia and started walking. Around the time I thought
I must have had the Borderlands Books address
wrong, I saw an Ethiopian restaurant that I decided to eat at. As I
turn in, I see that it’s next door! Beauty. I tried yet again to buy
Charlie Stross’s Toast and other Rusted Futures. They
had a copy but it was “damaged”, which meant that the POD company had
put a different book inside the right cover. I had thought that I’d be
willing to buy a bent or dogeared copy, but that’s too “damaged” for
my tastes. I’ll have to order this goddamn book online. I did end up
buying a copy of a Moorcock book, the one he cowrote with Paul
Butterworth and that has the Hawkwind characters in it. The cashier
and I talked Moorcock, and that this wasn’t a great book in relative
terms. “Hey, Hawkwind are characters – how good does it have to be?”

I continued on a bookstore tour of the district, and also bought a
Lynda Barry book at Dog Eared
Books
. I could easily have dropped more money on this trip, but I
had so much stuff in my backpack (including the comics I bought from
the 3/$1 bin at Jeffrey’s Toys and
Comics
. It was all fun. I got done and ready to leave earlier than
I had thought, so I had time to run back to the hotel and drop off my
pile of booty (to get it off my booty). Then to the Moscone for the
wifi hijinks related in the previous entry. Whew, caught back to the present.

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Technology TopicI’m connected from the wifi in the Moscone Center. Of course, I have
to get up and run to meet my wife in like 90 seconds, but it works. I
have exploits to relate, and will write them up later. Wifi is cool!
Having connected, I’ll leave the laptop on and figure out how far I
can get away and stay connected.

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Man, I’m getting a slow start! Today it doesn’t matter so much, as the
Cartoon Art Museum doesn’t open for another half hour anyway. I ate my
fill at the free breakfast in the hotel, so I’m hoping to put off
lunch till I get to the Mission. This all depends on how long I spend
at the museum. This could all change if I stay there all day. I’m
trying to turn off my spasmic tendencies to know the full itinerary
ahead of time. I am going to take the computer with me and do a little
wifi warwalking. I got to do some geeking while I am here!

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Last night we had dinner at The Stinking Rose in North
Beach. I’d heard of the joint but never been there. It was quite
something. The food was pretty good, but the schtick was a lot of the
appeal. Garlic everything, and our server was basically nuts. He also
took a shine to me immediately in that way that gets kind of
embarrassing. It did mean that anything I asked for we got very
quickly, so by the end of the meal all 6 other people were laundering
requests for service through me.

Today I’m going to barely – if at all – go to the Moscone
Center. Darlene will head there this morning and I’ll get ready, head
to the the Cartoon Art Museum
to get there right when it opens, and then take the train to the
Mission District after I’m done there. There are like 5 bookstores or
comic shops within a few blocks of the train stop, so this should be fun.