November 20th, 2008

Tunisian Blue

Personal: Passport Woes

Hmmm.... My new passport arrived, with a hideous photograph of me in it that says, "I'm a big dork who will spontaneously combust if you leave me out in the sun of your fine country."

My package failed to include my birth certificate, which was included as part of my application packet, so I can only hope that it's being returned separately, and not out on the Identity Theft Market thanks to Eddie who works in the back room of the Passport Office....

Mike was over for a bit this afternoon to borrow the latest Casino Royale so that he and Donna could see that before going to see Quantum of Solace, which I'm taking in tonight with Barnes. So we had some talk about Bond, great television series that are unsupported by their own networks (Freaks and Geeks, Firefly, Surface), professors in the German system who get to publish their students' work as their own (like it's work-for-hire), Merton's Asian Journal, and my dissertation chapter that I got back from Fahey yesterday, just under a week after sending it. (Lots of corrections and notes, but generally approved.)