Reference: Columbus Day
Jill: “TIL Columbus didn’t discover America nor did he or anyone else at the time think the world was flat. He was an awful awful man. He tortured people, raped and sold little girls, and directed the killing of thousands of people.”
Jill: “So we should probably stop celebrating Columbus Day and maybe consider renaming Columbus Avenue in San Francisco back to Montgomery Street.”
John: “But it’s tradition. I remember learning ‘In 1492 Columbus sailed the ocean blue'”
Jill: “Actually the holiday is only from 1930s and the street had its name changed in 1909”
John: “Seems silly to rename them now”
Jill: “What if it they were Hilter Day and Hitler Avenue?”
I wasn’t the huge fan of Breaking Bad. I watched but had issues with it. Jessie’s repeated bad luck rubbed me as unbelievable for example. The airplane accident had no point. Tons of things happened because people didn’t talk which is a huge cliché
But, overall, it was fun to watch and seemed to make internal sense. That is until Season 5.
I visited Amsterdam’s famous Red Light District. I thought about visiting it alone but decided a tour would probably be more fun so I signed up for this tour. Our tour guide was great. Very sex positive. Very supportive of the working girls. I highly recommend it. Here’s some notes and thoughts.
Notes to myself about Copenhagen
I’m not sure what I expected visiting all these Northern European countries but it’s interesting how they are all similar and yet all distinct. I guess that’s the same as any cities but they’re more distinct than say 2 US cities which generally have more similar cultures.
So far I like Berlin a lot. I can’t really put my finger on why? Maybe the other cities seemed too clean? Not like there is such a thing as too clean but I guess by that I mean I felt like people had to conform more in Stockholm and Belgium? That probably makes no sense to the people that live there.
Brugge is about an hour and a half from either Antwerp or Brussels. It’s a great day trip. Head over to Brugge around 10, have lunch over there. Walk around, have some dessert, then head back. There’s trains from the central stations of either city and they head directly there. No need to switch trains.
Notes to self on Brussels
As I have a friend living in Brussels and it’s only an hour by train from Antwerp I checked it out. Brussels feels quite a lot bigger than Antwerp. It also feels very different, probably because it’s more French than Dutch influenced. Brussels is one of the centers for the EU which I’m sure makes them proud.
Some notes to myself on Antwerp.
Honestly although I’m sure I’d heard the name before I don’t think I’d ever really thought about Antwerp. When I mentioned to a friend I was visiting Europe she invited me to her wedding party in Antwerp so I headed on over.
Antwerp is a pretty nice place to visit for a few days. It’s relatively small. You can pretty much walk all of it with no transportation although there are trams, subways, and busses if you’d prefer not to walk too far.
I watched this fascinating documentary
and the other 6 parts. PS: DON’T SHOOT THE MESSENGER. I’m reporting what the documentary said not what I said.
Apparently in Norway the government equality programs define success as equal outcomes. In other words, until 50% of computer programmers are women the government equality programs are failing. According to the program though it’s possible that’s an unrealistic goal because men and women, on average, may be *born* with different interests. It’s possible the best you can hope for is maybe 20% women engineers or less. The point being they maybe they should strive for equal opportunities not equal outcomes.
Apparently there’s an app that simulates a taxi meter to give you an idea how of how much your driving is costing. It’s also apparently missing lots of data. For example are you in traffic or going 70. Are you driving recklessly or conservatively. But, it got me thinking it could I calculate my own costs.