Sony hates you.

“Last Friday, Sony Music sent Gummy Soul a cease and desist order for Amerigo Gazaway’s “Bizarre Tribe: A Quest To The Pharcyde”.”


Sony just doesn’t get it:
They don’t know how to make good products anymore.
They don’t understand “fair use.”
They don’t know how to get back all the loyal customers they chased away over the years…
It seems they only want to make a last few bucks before Samsung and Apple and all the other companies who do get it (a little better, at least) collectively piss on their grave.

Die, Sony, die.

By the way, the album mentioned above is simply sublime.

New phrase: “I shoot/shot them with my sword”

I’ve used this on Facebook referring to people who claim to blog or have a blog because they use Facebook. Of course, since Facebook is invisible and merely repackages and resells anything I post to it, I decided to coin it on the internet as well:
“I will shoot them with my sword.”
“I shoot them with my sword.”
“I shot them with my sword.”

There, I feel much better.

Line seems to be the best option for Burma telecommunications

Like it says in the title, Line.

My wife is in Myanmar/Burma for a week. I looked up the best options for calling to/from that country before she went, but the telecom market is in a state of constant flux and it seems they the government controls the sales of SIM cards. What sad state of affairs: Third world telecom service with first world bureaucracy!

As it turns out, most of the airports and hotels she’s been to have had barely decent wifi, which has left us experimenting with voice/video chat services. Here are the results for using chat apps on Android to/from Yangon, Mandalay, and maybe other places in Burma:

1st place: (Naver) Line
Excellent voice quality even on weak connections. If there was a major disaster, this is the app I would rely on (oh yeah, that’s why it was made in the first place).

2nd Place: Google Hangouts
Fairly stable, but laggy with both voice and video calls. Consistently laggy, though (about 1/2 second), so usable if you want to speak slowly and wait for responses.

3rd place: Skype
Skype changed my world, then abandoned it. I still have most of the money I put into Skype credit 7 or 8 years ago. TOTALLY UNUSABLE FOR ANYTHING UNLESS YOU LIVE IN KANSAS CITY AND GET FORCE-FED INTARWEBS FROM GOOGLE. Seriously, I’m going to uninstall Skype from all my devices. So fucking sad.

First day of School


Today marks the first day of the regular term. Max and Mina both went to summer school, but it was more casual and the days were shorter. Today is the real deal. Nam left on a trip to Burma (what an ideal example of poor rebranding – what’s the adjective for “Myanmar,” anyways? What language do they speak there?) yesterday, so the kids are totally on their best behavior because they are with Bad Cop. No crying, no pleading, no nonsense: “Are you guys ready to go to school?”