I had set my alarm for very early in the morning hoping to catch the last few innings of a St. Louis Cardinals baseball game. (First pitch was at 02:45+3, and I wasn’t about to get up that early.) It turned out that the hotel’s internet connection was down.
I checked at the front desk later in the day, and it turned out that their internet is normally up 24×7; it was just broken this morning and had been fixed. I should be able to catch some of tonight’s game (in the wee hours of tomorrow morning in my current time zone).
I watched the last two or three innings of the Cardinals’ game using mlb.com’s Gameday feature and shouldn’t have bothered: they lost 11 to 3.
We sometimes have evening sessions in which interesting topics are discussed but no formal decisions are taken. I think I can talk about tonight’s since it has nothing to do with C++. One of the meeting hosts is giving a talk about the history of the Cyrillic alphabet and its phonemes.
It turned out to be a short video about the history, then a quick introduction to the alphabet, practice saying some things like hello and goodby, and finally a short video about Bulgarian culture. This geek would have prefered more history and practice pronouncing the various letters, and less of the conversational stuff that I probably won’t ever use.
After the talk, I asked one of the hosts to write down how to explain to a shop keeper that I’d like to buy a Bulgarian-to-American power adaptor with ground. (I have a two-prong adaptor which works, but I’d like to have the ground connection.) It seems that what I need is an адаптър эа електричестбо Американски стандарт. I think I’d be able to pronounce that without embarrassing myself too badly, but I’ll probably just show the shop keeper the piece of paper with the description written on it. I’ll try that tomorrow during the lunch break.
— Бил Сиѝмор