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Videos

Choose your own bitter pill

I found some really good videos on YouTube, but they are all downers. I don’t know if it’s wise to watch so much sadness and suffering in one go, so I suggest choosing a single theme from the following:
1. Sadistic dolphin killings in Wakayama, Japan
“Each year, the idyllic and peaceful setting of the village of Taiji in southern Japan is shattered by almost unspeakable cruelty as incredible pain and ultimate death is inflicted on defenseless dolphins.” I actually had no idea that this was taking place so close to where I lived – it’s in Wakayama… If I had known that just a couple years ago…
Dolphin Massacre in Japan
and
Japanese Massacre – Dolphin killing in Taiji Japan
FUCK cultural preservation and FUCK the limpdick Japanese government for not stepping up to these sadistic rednecks – this is just wrong.

2. Thai Brides – A glimpse into the system

“Louis Theroux’s Weird Weekends is a television documentary series, in which Louis Theroux gives viewers the chance to get brief glimpses of things they wouldn’t normally come into contact with. In most cases this means interviewing people with extreme beliefs of some kind, or just generally belonging to subcultures not known to exist by most or just frowned upon.” Louis Theroux is the youngest son of famed travel writer Paul Theroux and this episode exposes some pretty pitiful circumstances and individuals.
Part 1
Part 2
Part 3
Part 4
Part 5
Part 6
That said, I’d buy Lake Palmer a beer anytime.

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Site News

Hu Jintao doesn’t read this blog…

And now I know why – this site isn’t commie compliant! China is blocking my domain!
(According to these guys, at least.)
I am deeply, deeply honored. In fact, I think this calls for a tribute:
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Videos

Peyton Manning – The United Way

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Web

50 Years of Skyline

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If the grand tour of Japan proposed on this Nissan page doesn’t include a couple of timed laps around the Osaka sotokanjo, it just ain’t worth doing. I remember one of the early Japanese car magazines that featured a reader’s photo corner where you could send in copies of your speeding tickets – the reader with the highest recorded speed won some sort of prize. Ah, those were the days (before 50+ kmph over speeding tickets cost you your license plus a night in jail).

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Thai Society/Culture

Banks and Blades and Monster Geckos

One of the coolest things about rural Thailand is the prevalence of bladed tool vendors outside of banks and government building selling scythes, spades, hatchets, axes, machetes, and cooking knives of all sizes and types. I went to the tax office with some Japanese teachers last week and as they waited in line inside, I was just outside the window closest to the tax clerks, handling what could basically be desribed as a ghetto battle axe, with a rusty, roughly machined blade welded to a steel pipe that served as a handle. I don’t know if the clerks saw me outside in my adolescent dwarf warrior state, but when I went in they let me cut to the front of the line…
This morning I bought a big ghetto cleaver with a big hole cut in the blade to hang it from a nail on the wall, just before I went inside Kasikorn Bank to pay the monthly on my car. The security guard saw me test the blade with my thumb, make the purchase, and stroll into the bank and didn’t bat an eye… Which is kind of amazing since if all I had was a nightstick and someone pulled this on me, I’d wail like a beleaguered bitch and surrender my castle:

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Of course, it bears asking if the monster living under the eaves of my house is going to be impressed:

I’m guessing: Not!
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BONUS TOKAY GECKO (Latin: Gekko Gecko @ Linnaeus, 1758) TRIVIA:

  • “Tokays are the least lovable of the geckos. They are known for their nasty temperament, cheerfully biting the hand that feeds, cleans or otherwise comes into anything resembling close proximity to them.” (link)
  • Vietnam vets know Tokay Geckos as “fuck you” lizards (link), due to their mating calls (which last all goddamn night, believe me)
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Videos

The Ballad of Black Mesa


this is the coolest thing i have ever seen. for today, at least.

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Web

A Young Lady’s Illustrated Primer

Old news, but:

Diamond Age, based on Neal Stephenson’s best-selling novel The Diamond Age: Or a Young Lady’s Illustrated Primer, is a six-hour miniseries from Clooney and fellow executive producer Grant Heslov of Smokehouse Productions.
When a prominent member of society concludes that the futuristic civilization in which he lives is stifling creativity, he commissions an interactive book for his daughter that serves as a guide through a surreal alternate world. Stephenson will adapt his novel for the miniseries, the first time the Hugo and Nebula award winner has written for TV. “

Clooney, you say? As in, George Clooney? Um, yep.
And to think I was going to call my future daughter Nell…

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Site News

Adam got Farked

One of Adam’s old posts on Oita Aquarium (link) got farked over the weekend (it’s on the front page of the Tech section right now). It seems to have been picked up on a few other blogs as well, which is why I noticed it.
Congrats, dude!
Now if you’d only fix your comments and add the Google Analytics code I’ve been bugging you with for a year…

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Thai Society/Culture

All you ever wanted to know about using squat toilets

I’ve lived in Asia for over a decade, so I’m used to squat toilets (as opposed to western-style toilets that you sit on). I prefer squat toilets everywhere except for my own bathroom, actually. I know that doctors and health professionals say that you don’t “get germs” from other people via toilet seat transfer, but what can I say? They probably live sheltered lives and have never SEEN the disgusting state of nasty public toilet seats – you know, the ones yellowed from age, with huge welts from cigarette burns, cracked in three separate pieces and with stinky bits of shit and god-knows-what stuck to it. You know, the kind that make you feel invaded by germs just by looking at them… Anyway, this post is not about squat vs. western style toilets, because in general, you use what’s available at the time (an exception to this would be the few public restrooms that provide BOTH types of toilets, but that’s beyond the scope of this post).
One thing I have been wondering about ever since I first came to Thailand is, what are the exact mechanics for wiping your ass when there’s no paper, but an open tank of water and a plastic scoop? I mean, I kind of get the drift that Mr. Finger(s) will be touching Mr. Browneye at some point in the procedure, but how the hell is that sanitary if everyone is using the same source of water? Let me state that a bit more concisely: Are my shit crumbs mixing with your shit crumbs? My enquiring mind wanted to know!
Also, what about the spray hose found in some Thai toilets?
And why do I see Thai people coming out of the restroom with large wet spots on their bums? Does this not bother them? (It bothers the hell out of me…)
Well, last night I stumbled upon a thread on the Thaivisa forums that shed some light on this situation: Thai Toilet Etiquette
Go check it out. It may give you an idea of how to wipe your ass if there’s no toilet paper in the stall and you’ve forgotten to take along some tissues (although I can’t believe there are actually people taking off their pants and hanging them around their necks in public restrooms!).

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Photos

Nam’s ducky cowboy hat


We came across a roadside vendor selling cowboy hats at the end of last year, and this one just stood out.
In related news, I found a hidden horse ranch on the dirt road behind our house.
Now all I need is a good set of spurs!
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UPDATE (transcribed from Google Talk session with Adam):
me: oh wait i just realized something
it’s not a duck is it
Adam: no
chicken
me: oops
always thought it was a rubber ducky
Adam: nah, dude, its like a chicken in a biscuit
me: godammit
oh well the name stays
this is nam’s ducky hat godammit
Adam: cool

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Web

Le Beat Box


Here’s another clip of his performance where you can see that he’s unaccompanied on stage; it also reveals more about where he is performing and adds insipid French commentary:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t3nzAikczEQ

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Web

Mainstream Nyotaimori

Hadaka Sushi, West Hollywoood
At least cut off your pinky finger, waps!
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(definition: nyotaimori)

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Site News

SEO update for CB’s Hasty Musings

The top ten search phrases for this blog, via Google Analytics:

  1. naked fat men (corresponding link)
  2. fat men naked (same link as above)
  3. snow crash movie (corresponding link 1, 2)
  4. miami vice theme song (corresponding link)
  5. cosmic buddha (too many links to list)
  6. food carving (corresponding link 1, 2)
  7. fish sausage (corresponding link 1, 2, 3)
  8. fragalicious (corresponding link)
  9. adam was arrested for (corresponding link)
  10. sword tricks (corresponding link)

In addition, here are a few others I found interesting:

  • ramen vending machine
  • the devil is beating his wife
  • i hate disneyland
  • drink pee
  • too many mcs not enough mics
  • gory gory what a helluva way to die
  • bald women for buddha
  • tobita red light district
  • eating a dog recipes
  • ping pong handjob
  • society of the big buddha
  • the 4th cavalry pakistan
  • fake giant catfish in pickup truck
  • “des moines” tatami beds
  • iraq fishing
  • dachshund road kill
  • j lo interviews
  • dequervain’s tenosynovitis
  • hummingbird moth japan
  • how to date a white woman
  • buddhist pimp
  • why do japan “turn off their headlights” at intersections
  • “wakamezake”
  • buy pocari sweat monterey park
  • french sushi
  • name of japanese lint removal
  • penguin wrangler job
  • dethmor
  • “fairbank sykes”
  • invention no. 13 in a minor
  • la cucina povera
  • vintage ladies armpit hairs
  • “pet bottle” pronunciation
  • what happened to sambo’s restaurants
  • how to make a basby stop crying
  • bukkorosu
  • was amelia earhart a spy?
  • where to rent an elephant
  • photosof indian ladies who shaved their head for god sake
  • us ketchup problem in japan
  • stankometer

Now, I can pretty mcuh guess which posts each term correspond to, but I’m WAY too lazy to actually find the links. Curious about any of the terms above? Look them up on my search engine.

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Web

Speaking of fish…


Someone sent this to me a while ago, I don’t remember who (but thanks!).

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Web

Nuking a Colossal Squid

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NZ’s colossal squid to be microwaved
Run, don’t walk, fish nerds.

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Thai Society/Culture

Weird Thai Snacks


SEMON – The breakfast of champions. Extra creamy filling.

CHICKEN SHAKE – According to the package, it is/contains neither. It is, however, a magnificent concept, even more repulsive than the famous meat shake joke.
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BIG SHEET – When you get the urge for coprophagy, nothing else will doo. 😉

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Web

Merge this, bitches

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You mean, if I want to continue enjoying the account that I paid for, I have to sign in with my existing Yahoo! account, fuckyoustupidflickrshitheadsandstoptellingmewhattodo@yahoo.com?
Fucktards. This is not how you treat a charter member (or as you so eloquently put it, “Old Skool Member.” Fucktards.) Shit, if you’re gonna hold my already-paid-for account hostage, I don’t have much of a choice, do I?

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Photos

What is this blossom?

Note: This is an update post to What is this tree?.
Click on any of the photos to open an enlarged version in a popup window.

The tree.

The vibrant variation in color is one reason why I call this tree the “super sakura.”

Pistil porn.

Note the fig-shaped buds.

I had to cheat in order to get a good frontal shot since the trees are so tall and the blossoms face upwards.
What is this tree?

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Old Blog Entries (archives) Videos

“Where Daft Punk got their samples from”


Info from the youTube page:

“Here’s where the samples on some of my favourite Daft Punk tracks came from. It’s all legit, paid in full, above board. Still strange to hear, though.
The samples were spotted by http://www.ishkur.com/samples/ and the music was collected by http://palmsout.blogspot.com/2007/02/sample-wednesday-27-daft-punk.html
I just did the video editing.”

awesome.

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Exploits

Short BKK foray

I’ll be heading into Bangkok again for a few days… This time for fun.