Monthly Archives: August 2011

Day 36, August 30th: bye internet! Hello train!

Greenhouse gas emissions (CO2eq): 2,335 kilos Sigurðar saga fóts: 175/252 Dear Internet, I’m getting on a train now to head west! Viarail say they won’t let you come with me. (Unless I go to Montreal, but alas! Montreal is in … Continue reading

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Day 35, August 29th: so, farewell then Jack Layton

Greenhouse gas emissions (CO2eq): 2,335 kilos Sigurðar saga fóts: 175/252 Who the hell is Jack Layton?! demands my commensal over breakfast one morning. I contemplate my spoon of porridge. Partly trying to decide whether I really recognise the name, or … Continue reading

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Days 31–34, August 24th–28th: stemmas of sagas, and happy birthday World Wide Web!

Greenhouse gas emissions (CO2eq): 2,335 kilos Sigurðar saga fóts: 174/252 So you might have noticed that I haven’t been posting much the last few days. That’s because I locked myself in the Goon’s flat and have been working lots! Mostly … Continue reading

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Day 30, August 23rd: Niagara Falls

Greenhouse gas emissions (CO2eq): 2,335 kilos Sigurðar saga fóts: 172/252 So I was glad to be back on the train! Rather than returning to the mall in Cheektowaga, I decided to get the bus into Buffalo, and then on to … Continue reading

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Days 26–29, August 19th–22nd: the oldness of the New World, and the awfulness of the Loop

Greenhouse gas emissions (CO2eq): 2,157 kilos Sigurðar saga fóts: 130/252 On the oldness of the New World I imagine most people likely to read this blog have either seen or been the North American who comes to Europe and says … Continue reading

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Days 26–29, August 19th–22nd: having fun in Chicago!

Greenhouse gas emissions (CO2eq): 2,157 kilos Sigurðar saga fóts: 130/252 So, visiting Chicago was cool. Here are some cool things about Chicago! Blueberry pie! One never says it out loud, of course, partly because it would be rude and partly … Continue reading

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Carbon cost: Toronto–Chicago

Greenhouse gas emissions (CO2eq): 2,172 kilos Sigurðar saga fóts: 130/252 Amtrak and Carbonfund’s greenwash So, I’ve been hunting for emissions figures for Amtrak and I always wind up back at carbonfund.org. It’s become characteristic that rather than having a page … Continue reading

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Day 27, August 20th: cicadas!

Greenhouse gas emissions (CO2eq): 1,994 kilos Sigurðar saga fóts: 130/252 So back on Day 16, me and Dutchman are walking down some leafy street in The Annex and he’s, like, what do you think that sound is? And I tune … Continue reading

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Days 25–26, August 18th–19th: the railroad!

Greenhouse gas emissions (CO2eq): 1,994 kilos Sigurðar saga fóts: 123/252 As people make polite conversation about my travels, they’re like, ‘Oh, you’re going to Chicago?’ (Or Edmonton, that comes up too.) ‘—You’re going by plane?’ I think they ask just … Continue reading

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Carbon cost: Reykjavík–Toronto (at last!)

Greenhouse gas emissions (CO2eq): 1,994 kilos Sigurðar saga fóts: 97/252 Delta Airlines’ greenwash Something that I was briefly slightly impressed by with Delta Airlines, the airline Victoria University booked me on to travel from Reykjavík to Toronto (via New York), … Continue reading

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Day 25, August 18th: migration

Greenhouse gas emissions (CO2eq): loading…◴ Sigurðar saga fóts: 97/252 Sitting here on a motionless train just inside the US border waiting (as, at the time of writing, I have been for an hour) for US customs officials to come and … Continue reading

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Days 21–24, August 14th–17th: having fun in Toronto!

Greenhouse gas emissions (CO2eq): loading…◴ Sigurðar saga fóts: 97/252 I have of course been working lots. (He says, hoping he doesn’t sound like he’s protesting too much.) One of the Goon’s observations on Toronto is ‘It’s a better place to … Continue reading

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Lots of days! Days 16–24, August 9th–17th: all about Toronto!

Greenhouse gas emissions (CO2eq): loading…◴ Sigurðar saga fóts: 97/252 So I’ve been in Toronto more than a week now and it’s high time I said something about the place. It sort of doesn’t have a great rep: I remember my … Continue reading

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Day 16, August 9th: pilgrimage to the Dictionary of Old English

Greenhouse gas emissions (CO2eq): loading…◴ Sigurðar saga fóts: 97/252 I guess it’s time I posted about some actual tourism rather than just waffling about the anthropology of applause. On my first day in Toronto, I went to the Royal Ontario … Continue reading

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Days 17–19, August 10th–12th: applause!

Greenhouse gas emissions (CO2eq): loading…◴ Sigurðar saga fóts: 97/252 I got interested in the anthropology of applause when I worked in Finland. Not professionally interested, like—though I do remember once hearing a paper which talked about co-ordinated audience applause rhythms … Continue reading

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Days 16–18, August 9th-11th: the inevitable language post

Greenhouse gas emissions (CO2eq): loading…◴ Sigurðar saga fóts: 97/252 Oops, yeah, I did get the carbon emissions wrong, but I haven’t worked out the right figure yet. Bear with me. Wow, so yeah, Toronto! Of my native English-speaking friends, probably … Continue reading

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Day 15, August 8th: North America!

Greenhouse gas emissions (CO2eq): 2,158 kilos Sigurðar saga fóts: 97/252 Wow, I’m in North America! And not just because I’m in Western Iceland! From my window here in Toronto I can see this big pointy flashing spacy red tower, and … Continue reading

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Day 15, August 8th: leaving Iceland

Greenhouse gas emissions (CO2eq): 361 kilos Sigurðar saga fóts: 67/252 And now I have to leave Iceland! It’s a weird time to leave, because there’s this summer school for Scandinavian manuscript studies which starts next week. I don’t particularly want … Continue reading

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Day 13, 6th August: pilgrimage to Nexus

Greenhouse gas emissions (CO2eq): 361 kilos Sigurðar saga fóts: 67/252 I did various fun things this weekend, but this one warrants a special post: my trip to Nexus! I don’t watch many films and I’m even less likely to make … Continue reading

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Innipúkinn! Which actually happened on Day 7, 31st July

Greenhouse gas emissions (CO2eq): 361 kilos Sigurðar saga fóts: 67/252 RIGHT, so last Sunday I went to the last day of Innipúkinn. Then I hoped to catch some music on Thursday but didn’t have time. So yeah, Innipúkinn, which I … Continue reading

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