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I'm in Copenhagen waiting for the train back home to Aarhus after a weekend of Fantasticon - the Danish convention of the fantastic. I saw a couple of kickass panel discussions on "science in fiction", male vs. female worldviews, and exciting talks by authors Karin Tidbeck and Tricia Sullivan. My head is full of words and ideas and inspiration and lack-of-sleep-fuzzy.

There was also a great presentation about some of the science being conducted by the Curiosity Mars Rover science teams on Earth. The presenter worked with preparing data on rock slides and rounded vs. sharp-edged rocks, so that geologists in the US can calculate whether there was water flowing on Mars (and how much and perhaps when). The job consisted, among other things, of counting those rocks... Of which there are a LOT.

The lack-of-sleep-fuzzy is in no small part my own fault for staying out late with my oldest friend, attending RAW, a full-night techno event with five stages and lots of people. Usually I'm a rock guy, but it was a great night for electronic music, and people were having a good time all around. Before the dance I also had my first introduction to sushi... a luxury introduction, I should add, with really great taste and beatifully served. I've never been a fan of the idea of raw fish, but this was brilliant.

Spell-check this if you want - I have a train to catch.


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Sep. 8th, 2013 03:52 pm (UTC)
Do you like sushi now that you've tried it. I can't even get use to the thought of eating raw fish. What the name of that character in Lord of the Rings who calls the ring Precious and loves raw fish? Anyway, that's what I think of.
Sep. 9th, 2013 04:30 pm (UTC)
I liked sushi in this form--it was really well made and looked fantastic. And the surroundings were so fancy that the thought of Gollum didn't really enter into it :-)

I have to say it wasn't the raw-fish bites I liked best, but even they were well made. There was a sea-weed salad that was both crunchy and tasty - that was probably my favorite.
Sep. 9th, 2013 06:24 pm (UTC)
I've had seaweed soup. It's been several years ago though. I found it tasty - not as good as egg drop soup, but good. Seaweed salad sounds alright to me. As small as my little town is, it does have a Japanese restaurant. I'll have to find out if they have that salad.
Sep. 8th, 2013 05:36 pm (UTC)
Glad you had such a great time, Jakob! Wish I could go to a Danish Con someday! :)
Sep. 9th, 2013 04:30 pm (UTC)
If you do, please tell me so we can meet up!
Sep. 9th, 2013 06:04 pm (UTC)
If I ever do (not likely, unless I win the lottery!) I certainly will!
Sep. 8th, 2013 07:37 pm (UTC)
Fresh, fresh good sushi is an unexpected joy in life. Unlike Gollum, I normally don't think of raw fish as food. (grin)

Dr. Phil
Sep. 9th, 2013 04:36 pm (UTC)
I don't like the idea of raw fish either, but in this case the chef did a bit more to arrange it than just chew off the heads ;-)
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