At about 7 I stopped working, and went out for my usual on-the-road evening walk.



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When I was leaving the hotel, the pianist at the bar was playing something that seemed familiar. After a minute, I figured it out: it was “Hotel California.” Of all things.



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I took the MRT up to Orchard Road station, which is now decorated with these lighted walls advertising some giant new development called Ion.



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For whatever reason, they decided to have the ads look like the final scene in “Sunshine,” where they’ve detonated the bomb and are restarting the sun.



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The effect is actually pretty cool, I must admit.



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From there I walked down Orchard Road to Kinokuniya Bookstore, a gigantic and wonderful bookstore where I like to buy books for my return flight. I picked up Charles Stross’ Accelerando, which one of my colleagues at the Institute has been telling me I need to read, and one of the Iain M. Banks Culture novels, which are hard to find in the States.



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After that, I stopped at one of the food hawker places, and had some seafood for dinner.



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I walked through Chijmes on my way back to the hotel, then came back to my room.



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Now time for bed.

[To the tune of Perpetual Groove, “Naive Melody,” from the album “Live at Legends Music Hall (8/31/2006)”.]