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June 15, 2007

Hello. I haven’t been writing anything here lately. Mainly because of the old problem that the more one is actually doing, the less time is left for diary-writing, but partly because what time I have for the internet I have been squandering on these social networks, like and facebook. Anyway, if you were to ask me to re-cap, I would tell you that the last couple of months have included:

At the beginning of May, two men came up to me in the street late at night and relieved me of the burden of my bag, wallet, and phone. I had little choice in the matter: I did start running at first, but then I almost immediately realised that my mobile phone was not something I cared enough about to risk getting knifed in the back for, so I turned around and handed it over.

Interestingly, getting mugged has been a lesson in how easily replaceable almost everything but data is: I was very glad that a couple of months ago I’d found a little piece of software to back up the phone numbers from my phone’s memory. Consequently, the mugging led to a couple of weeks of inconvenience until I managed to replace my stolen devices and pour all the numbers and music back into them, after which all was more-or-less as it was before. With a bit of luck the day will soon be here where even getting killed will just result in a couple of weeks of disembodied inconvenience until the insurance company coughs up for a new body into which your mind can be restored from a backup copy. Until then, though, I will continue to operate at a heightened level of alertness.

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  1. Posted by Alex — June 18, 2007 at 8:51 am

    Sorry to hear that…Something one has to get used to again after the freak safety of Japan I guess…(I still do the whole “wallet alluringly half sticking out of back pocket” thing I picked up in Sapporo)
    When are you popping by Paris next? (in the future of course, you would just email your mind, which I’d inject into the spare “Nick body” I’d have vaccum packed in a drawer)

  2. Posted by mayee — June 20, 2007 at 7:38 am

    NICK! i am so sorry to hear about the incident… glad you are still ALIVE! and hopefully not too traumatized.

    good luck in getting all your music, gadgets and ‘normality’ back soon. awww. what a pain.

  3. Posted by lva — June 20, 2007 at 2:29 pm

    I’d actually really like to come to Paris (or at least email my mind there) again sometime in the not-too-distant future… I watched a documentary a while ago about beginning-of-the-last-century French banker Albert Kahn, who commissioned a bunch of photographers to travel the world taking very early colour photographs of everyone and everything. His archive is in Paris, and I badly want to go and see it. Will you be there for the time being? What are you doing now you’re back, anyway? Hope all’s going well… Any plans to come to London this summer?

    Thanks – I’m fully alive, and my gadgets are all now restored. Hope you’re doing well too?