markdown writing and madagascar

Another random blog post before I head off for my fieldwork for two months or so, where I will probably be beyond the reach of internet, telephone or even electricity for the most part of the trip.

Lately, I’ve become a big fan of writing in Markdown, and more I use it, more I like it, especially when I can export what I writing in the format that others want without me having to spend a lot of my time trying to format the text. Although I have a pretty good setups to write in Markdown at home in my Mac and on my iPad, I haven’t yet found an app that I’m completely happy with for my Windows 7 PC in office. As I am looking for and trying new Markdown apps for Windows 7, I have found one that is Open Source and looks pretty feature rich, and it lets me publish on my blogs directly – its called MarkPad. If you are into Markdown writing, its worth a spin.

Now, for my fieldwork, I’m heading to Madagascar and will spend most of my time there in the eastern rainforest. Its the rainy season there so expecting lots of torrential rain, probably some typhoons, and plenty of mosquito and leeches. I’m prepared though, and very much looking forward to it :-)

In Sweden

Quick update from a phone: I’ve now started on a new position in Sweden as postdoctoral fellow. I’m in a small city way up north from Stockholm, and it’s a beautiful place. I decided to come here coz I wanted to read and write (scientific research as well as other stuffs) for the next two years at least, so very much looking forward to fulfilling at least some of my wishes :). Plus it’s a great place for wilderness/landscape photography so hoping to do some of that too. More updates soon, cheers!

Still in Nepal…

…and the wait continues to start on the new job (the actual wait is for the permit to travel to the country where the job is!).

In the meantime I’m working in Nepal – couldn’t get SPSS for my number-crunching job so got and learnt STATA (still learning actually), and becoming fairly comfortable with it! Yet to write of the crunched numbers :P

Most importantly got time to read (still too lazy to write much though!) and have finished a few good books :)

Just finished Michel Peissel’s Tiger for Breakfast, and currently reading Solo by Rana Dasgupta (pic below).



Oh, did I mention I got married recently?!? Life’s well so far :)

new abode and sub-standard kit kats

Well, its an update-post for the sake of it. I am now back in York after seven months in West Africa – from +30 degrees to -3 degrees pretty much sums up my experience being back. “Reverse culture shock” is another phrase that comes to mind frequently. But its great to be back in York after all these months away. The immigration officer at Heathrow was asking me how I could call myself a full time student in the UK and spend more than half a year elsewhere! My response was that I was still a full time student while away :)

Anyway, as usual I found myself lucky in that I didn’t have to struggle too much to find a temporary accommodation for the next 3-4 months here in York. I have a nice little room in what seems to be a recently refurbished student house – at walking distance from the uni, city centre, and a newly opened Morrisons (which wasn’t there when I left York at the end of May!). In fact quite a few things seem to have changed in these seven months – well, thats the impression I got. Firstly, I tried to book a GNER train to York as soon as I arrived in London, only to find that GNER was no more and that the train that I would be travelling to and from London will now be the National Express East Coast. The familiar colours of the GNER trains were all replaced by dull grey of the new operator. At least they should have kept the nice colours if not the name!!! Can’t complain about the free wireless on the train though, although my laptop wasn’t working so couldn’t make use of it :(

Well, other than that, lots of new developments everywhere in York, not just the Morrisons that I go to but also lots at UoY and elsewhere in the city.

Oh, here comes the sub-standard kit kat that I saw on the kitchen table in my “new” house!

sub-standard kit kat

And a close-up of the small prints!

sub-standard kit kat

These goods are sub-standard, sold for household consumption only and must not be re-sold.

Then why sell them in the first place if they can’t be “sold” again!!

So thats the story of my new abode and the sub-standard kit kats!!