I have a Mac. It has a power adapter:
The plug that goes into the power outlet looks like this:
I am in Oslo. Their power outlets look like this:
I brought a universal adapter with a double-round mode:
but its input looks like this:
Whoops: a North American plug with a round ground pin won’t fit. My old Mac adapter fit—it didn’t have the ground pin, just two flat power pins that folded down into the brick. That’s why I thought this would work, but no, I upgraded my power adapter, and it broke backward compatibility.
Luckily, the shop at Heathrow Airport sells gadgets that have UK output pins:
and three-pin round-ground North American input slots:
which means I can cobble this together to recharge my laptop:
Tomorrow, I will show this to students in the workshop I’m teaching and ask, “Does your software look like this?”
The first of Philip Reeve’s prequels to the “Hungry Cities” books for young adults is Fever Crumb; the same would also enjoy Ian McDonald’s Planesrunner. The Chris Wooding “Tales of the Ketty Jay” series (steampunk Firefly, kind of) starts with Retribution Falls, and the most recent of the Joe Abercrombie books is The Heroes. We also liked Ex-Heroes, a superheroes-vs-zombies story, and Bitter Seeds. I really liked Felix Gilman’s Thunderer, but found the sequel slow and complicated; The Half-Made World (same author) was another good read, but the sequel isn’t out yet. Wouldn’t recommend Grossman’s The Magicians unless you like whiny, self-pitying protagonists; Bacigalupi’s The Windup Girl, Hugh Howey’s Wool, and Ian McDonald’s The Dervish House are all much better reads.