じゃあ、今日はちょっとおかしい日だ。まあ、昨日もずっとずっと長かったけど、終わった。When I have a little more time, I’ll have to go back to the Barbican to hang out in the astounding greenhouse…or just outside in the central court. I’m not sure whether to describe the place as post-apocolyptic or Babylonian or awesome – perhaps a bit of all three. Seeing the Le Corbusier exhibit right beforehand brought up some interesting architectural parallels and questions, and it helped that we had two architects along. とってもおもしろかったよ!

As you can tell by now, I haven’t quite fully switched my brain back into English mode from writing 渡辺さん。It will be a little while yet, especially because of the occasional kanzi in my regen med notes, which I really should be reading instead of writing this. Que? The truth is that olfactory glia, Schwann cells, Shh*, Nanog, omentum grafts, and portal hypertension are more Latin than English, making it easy for me to never quite get my thoughts back in line when I switch tasks. to be fair, though, there’s a respectable smattering of Latin, German, and draft-speak in these notes, too. Doodles are often a crutch, but mostly this is a concerted effort towards laziness. Et is shorter than and, der or l’ is faster than the (if I even bother to use an article), and 人 is the pinnacle of ink economy. In a field like medical biochemistry, if we used everything’s proper names we’d be all day on the first paragraph. I suppose I just like taking our congenital brevity to new levels.

Code switching has me thinking about another sketch I did after turning in my 30th page of Mayan history papers that week. It’s on the backside of a notebook page with I think four or five different languages involved in the composition, including Mayan. The picture itself has several visual code switches on it, although the scanner (typically) thought the colored rules were more important than my inkwork. Next year I’m rooming with two art majors, so I’ll ask them to induct me into the cult of selective bluescreening, but for now, I’ll put this up as is. Although the image quality is low, those of you with a smattering of Mayan may be able to pick out the most blatant pun. It’s not great, but it amused my exam-flogged brain at the time.

The ix witz knows the way...

The ix witz knows the way...

What’s this? Four hearthstone design? Well, yes, but 1) it wasn’t intended to be a Mayan brazier, and 2) we can always assume that it’s on a scaffold. Also, the two guys are wearing no Mayan fashion I’ve ever heard of, but have a heart – that was intentional. I was actually very pleased with this despite the occasional flaw in perspective, since I drew the entire layout and figures on one hour of sleep and in pen. Over the last few months I’ve put in a few minutes here or there to finish up the wood grain or the thatch, and it finally came together sometime last week. It’s weird seeing something you assumed was going to be a perennially unfinished project actually come together. If I ever get the lines mucked out, I might still give them some outdoor setting, but for now the inkwork is over. It was fun.

*that’s Sonic hedgehog to you. No kidding.

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