January 3rd, 2004

beartato phd

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Blaaaaah so gray and dreary outside. At least it's not snowing. I have been enjoying reading "The Basque History of the World" though.
beartato phd

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NYT article about hoarding:
http://www.nytimes.com/2003/12/31/nyregion/31HOAR.html

I'd better watch out -- a lot of the comments in there about how people hoard stuff because of stronger tendencies to attach emotional and identity meaning to possessions really resonated with me. That's totally why I keep around old journals and papers and miscellaneous trinkets associated with places I've been and so on. Also the thing about wanting to leave things in plain view. Oh well, if you hear a story thirty years from now on CNN about a guy being trapped under a pile of old type-theory notes, you'll know in whose direction to groan.
beartato phd

And the Pittsburghers...?

"The city's [Bilbao's] problems [...] are very much like those of other nineteenth-century industrial cities, such as Cleveland and Pittsburgh. Except that Clevelanders are not trying to build a country."

(from Kurlansky's A Basque History of the World, p.341)

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Just finished reading it now. It was pretty good. Kind of depressing how violent things were on all sides in Franco-era Spain.