Alternance codique (Wednesday, 2017 February 8)

February 9, 2017

I was briefly in Europe for FOSDEM and to see some of my French coworkers. We flew into Charles de Gaulle and drove up to Brussels, where FOSDEM is, and then drove back for a few days in Paris. I’m on the flight back now. I’ve been working now for Mozilla for 9 or 10 […]


Cyclone (Tuesday, 2014 June 17)

June 18, 2014

Last year Timothy came to visit me because his girlfriend was in the Mermaid Parade down on Coney Island. I am thinking now of standing on the fire escape here at Woodcrest and him telling me that I had quite an appetite for strong drink. Then, maybe the next day, we’re all standing outside in […]


Temoiner (Friday, 2011 March 4)

March 4, 2011

Wednesday, on my way back from getting bread and returning beer bottles (consigner, to deposit — 150 CFA a bottle, which you get back when you return them), I ran into a nice older couple who decided to start talking to me about God. Turns out they’re Jehovah’s Witnesses (temoins de Jehovah) and I think […]


Trente-trois (Saturday, 2011 February 26)

February 26, 2011

Woke up in the Binam Voyages bus back to Bafoussam; we’d only left a half hour ago but I was in desperate need of sleep. Had a brief moment where I wondered if the last two days were just a wonderful dream. It was easy to figure out that it would be dark by the […]


Retourné (part 2) (Monday, 2010 December 27)

December 27, 2010

Back to post again. I’ve been here for 20 minutes and I’m already bored and morose. I’ve spent the last few days with other volunteers and a lot of time watching movies and TV shows. We deep-fried everything. I think I’m going to try not to eat for a day or two. Going out to […]


Retourné (Wednesday, 2010 December 22)

December 24, 2010

[FB Status: And then I woke up in a pickup truck in a village called Makénéné with a film on my teeth and a clarity in my heart.] When I woke up on the car in Makénéné, I realized very quickly three things: I was lovesick. It’s one thing to have a crush on another […]


Déshabillé (Part 1) (Sunday, 2010 December 19)

December 20, 2010

This week has been IST, for which I have had three vaguely-stated and simple goals: Make an utter mess of myself using recreational chemicals, preferably alcohol. Have sex with another volunteer [deleted: prioritized list of opportunities sorted by attractiveness and availability]. Recharge, somehow, so that I am willing to return to post and continue to […]


Neurochemical (Sunday, 2010 July 25)

July 25, 2010
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The party last night was themed "Middle School Dance Party". Sometime during the night I drunkenly misplaced my Camtel USB modem, which is a pisser but in theory not a crisis. If nobody finds it by Tuesday I’ll buy another one. I can afford it, even if I have to take $50 out of my […]