Good Stuff

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Wallowing in the seriously comprehensive art and design bookstores of Sydney
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J. G Ballard’s 1964 collection Terminal Beach, just for the story “The Drowned Giant”
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Buying DRM-free Amazon MP3s; part of the satisfaction is watching iTunes sweating
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John Crowley’s [reading list](http://crowleycrow.livejournal.com/38862.html) of human cultures far weirder than fiction
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Clive James’s poetry, particularly “The Pilgrimage of Peregrine Prykke”, and “The Book of My Enemy has Been Remaindered”
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Re-reading Code of the Woosters and rediscovering its small and cheerful perfection
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The beautiful plating of the ratatouille in the movie of the same name, for which I gather we must thank Thomas Keller
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If you have so many fonts they’re effectively incomprehensible and unusable, and start using proper font management software like FontAgent Pro with auto-activation, the scales are lifted from your eyes and you feel ten feet tall
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Getting a Christmas kete from your bosses of yummy local and organic treats, including home-made hummus
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Buses that don’t just say SORRY, but alternate by flashing NOT ON SERVICE (Christchurch) or NOT IN SERVICE (Auckland)—Mike Bradstock drew my attention to this prepositional shift with latitude.
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John Scalzi’s [photo-essay](http://www.flickr.com/photos/scalzi/sets/72157603091357751/) of his visit to the Creation Museum in Kentucky

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