Because I'm such a rebel I'm not going to say "it's been a while since my last diary entry". It hasn't. The 5th of August was, I assert, yesterday, and I really don't know where the intervening mumble days went (maybe they're in the pocket of my other pants? or out protesting a calendar reform?)
I have almost finished re-re-writing the slides for the talk I am giving next week (on Monday I am leaving "on a jet plane / don't know when I'll log in again"). Also I bought a guidebook for Amsterdam which is where the workshop is. I have given a talk before, and I have been across the Atlantic before, so I can't decide which one I should be more nervous about at the moment, so I think I'll just fret about whether I will forget to pack something useful and/or important. Do they have internet cafes there? Forget drugs, I'm addicted to email.