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No Australians Are Innocent*

*No librarians are either.**

**I forget the context of these remarks. But they were really funny when said earlier.

Yeah, so PCA?

Um. This is your brain:




This is your brain on PCA:





Well if you're me, anyhow. No, seriously, I spent like six consecutive hours listening to talks on Twilight. A lot of them were about Mormonism in the books, and stuff. Also, race issues. Also, um, other things. It's all kinda blurry right now really. And yeah, several more days of this.

Also, my talk will be tomorrow. Not on Twilight. Wish me luck!

Anyhow, I adopted a couple of poor Australians.




This is James and Shalameeka. They are very nice and cool. We went exploring the city this morning. It has an arch. Betcha didn't know that, did ya. Right, so St. Louis is an odd city. Most places have a clearly distinct business section and then a watering hole area, and then a cool hipsterey area. Here? It's all mushed up. It's kinda hilarious, you walk past the hotel and there's a couple upscale restaurants, then like six bars in a row, then you have a corner where you can choose between gelato or piercings and tattoos. One can only imagine the accidents when too much drinkies are had and you walk into one of these establishments by accident. "Yes, I want the mint ice cream cone!" "Sure, where?" ... Yeah.

We also hit an excellent chocolate cafe (Yes. A chocolate cafe) earlier. I got dark hot chocolate with a homemade marshmallow:




YUM. And then we each got a truffle:




I got the mushroom-looking one. It had a piece of caramel inside chocolate, with some kind of crunchy nougatey stuff in the mushroom "cap." It was pretty awesome. But the place had stuff like violet truffles and earl grey truffles and it's like Willy Wonka for grown-ups basically.

Anyhow. I'm about to go practice my talk a few more times. (Note to self: If you wear a "Talk Nerdy To Me" tshirt at a nerd conference and hang in the hotel lobby posting on lj, people are gonna start asking you how to connect to wifi. Must be the tshirt. Second note to self: Wear different tshirt tomorrow.) More later!

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