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14 May 2007 @ 09:46 pm
From Hawaii  
I reached my hotel in Honolulu at midnight last night. My normal approach to Jet Lag is to ignore it and assume it will go away - this has successfully seen me through several summerfests - but I've never attempted an 11 hour time difference before and so took the precaution of trying to adopt Hawaiian time from the moment I got on the plane. No so easy since it was 11am UK time and as a consequence I spent the whole of the 7 hour flight trying to sleep. I felt sufficiently awful by the time I caught my last flight (Los Angeles to Honolulu) that I could only fall asleep again (even though it was only 6pm Hawaiian time). The advantage was I was bright-eyed and perky for the whole "deplane", get to hotel bit, but then lay in bed worrying that I wasn't going to be able to sleep. Then the alarm went. At the moment I don't feel too bad - but it's only 10pm UK. If I fall asleep during the talks this afternoon then I'll know that jet lag has finally defeated me.

Hawaii looks very pretty through the convention centre windows and the Hawaiian approach to air conditioning seems to be pleasantly relaxed - I'm sitting in doors without needing a jumper, and I managed to relatively easily work out how to turn the air con down in my hotel room. I'm wondering if I can get away with switching it off entirely on the grounds that the rest of the hotel should keep it cool....

I've been alohaed many times already, but no one has yet attempted to hang flowers round my neck.

EDIT: The paper cups by the water cooler are conical!!! This means you can't put them down until you've finished your drink. What on earth is the design justification for this?
 
 
 
parrot_knight: parrotparrot_knight on May 14th, 2007 09:02 pm (UTC)
EDIT: The paper cups by the water cooler are conical!!! This means you can't put them down until you've finished your drink. What on earth is the design justification for this?

The paper cups in the British Library are like this too. I've always assumed it's so that you have to finish the drink and so not leave the cup lying about; there are bins for used cups built into the water dispensers.
king_pellinorking_pellinor on May 15th, 2007 12:35 pm (UTC)
Easier to make a paper cone than a paper cup? The latter requires two bits of paper, the former just a semicircle.
parrot_knightparrot_knight on May 15th, 2007 10:57 pm (UTC)
Interesting that you go for the practical design explanation while I go for one based on policy!
king_pellinorking_pellinor on May 16th, 2007 09:05 am (UTC)
Some people look for ulterior motives, some people are more attuned to laziness :-)