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Thai Society/Culture

Cheating Problems with Thai Students

This week is the final week for both my regular and weekend classes; the last final for my last class is tomorrow and I just threw a pretty good one together.
I will make a rather blanket statement here and say that Thai students are pretty bad cheaters. Not only is cheating rampant, it’s so rampant that I suspect it must be ignored or even allowed by some of their other teachers*, hence the students are quite bad at it.
I was a pretty good cheater when I went to school(which is not to say I cheated a lot, just that I never got caught – except once when my dad busted me with a “borrowed copy” of a Teacher’s Book for pre-calc in high school), so I know what I’m talking about. And (hold on, let me get on my high horse here) since I’m here to give these kids a well-rounded education, I basically throw down the gauntlet by telling them: I don’t care if you cheat. Cheat all you want. But don’t get caught. It will end badly for you.
To date, I’ve caught two.
They’ve never been seen or heard from again (I sent them to the cornfield, yo).
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*Not only do I suspect it; a teacher was apparently found to have helped a large number of students cheat last term… and wasn’t fired.

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Ant Infestation


They appear with no warning
When they sense the rain coming (and they are never wrong about it), ants can move an entire colony inside the house overnight, as happened here. I sat down to type out some morning emails, and a thousand little dots erupted from under the keyboard, spreading out in all directions. I flipped it over to find this – it was pretty much one of the creepiest things to wake up to, ever. Previous infestations have sprung up in laundry pilers on the floor and in my inkjet printer – I was printing out sheets with little black ants embedded in the paper for weeks after that (it was actually a cute stationery effect, although no one actually asked me where I bought the paper).

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Dueling Giraffes

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Oh, baby!

Songs in the key of fetus

Somebody at work gave Nam a Mozart for Babies type CD (perhaps this freely downloadable one) – and I cannot state this lovingly enough – but it’s driving me fucking insane. It’s basically Mozart on Valium, and I didn’t exactly start out a Mozart fan anyways. Nam plays it on the Pioneer system I have next to the bed every night, and it’s so babyishly cute I want to pour baby powder in my eyes and watch Happy Tree Friends reruns all night.
On the flip side, though, maybe the baby will be a genius, so I guess it’s worth a try.
Still, maybe I can convince her to switch to the String Quartet’s Tribute to Led Zeppelin tomorrow night.
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Of course, the best fetus song of all time is Yellow Ledbetter.
And I’m immensely happy that we’ll soon be able to experiment on the efficacy of the infamous Takemoto Piano ad (the second video in that post).

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A Hyperlinky Ode to a Damn Fine Fish – Soft Tilapia Pr0n

Oh, Tilapia, how versatile thy be!
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You are on my plate nearly every week, and my favorite New Years repast.

In fact, you are farmed in such numbers, so misused for pest/plant control, and just so damn tough that you threaten every natural environment you visit.
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Some even call you the farmed fish of biblical fame.
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However.
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Now they can make your skin into leather.
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… And can hence be used for bust control.
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THE END
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Link to the online retailer of tilapia skin products mentioned in the latter Reuters article linked above: angie&penny
I finally found the video most of the graphics used above were pulled from (the others are mine or from Google Images):

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Japanese Society/Culture Web

In my inbox: The most uninspiring Japanese sex spam, ever

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woot.

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but now i iznt

I thought I’d have enough of LOLcats approximately three seconds before seeing the 3,764th one in an email from my 13 year old cousin, but apparently not. This variation was pretty funny: retelling the greatest story ever told, LOLcat style

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Tokay lizard caught off-guard


I swear these are the ugliest, trippiest looking things you’ll ever see… Here’s my previous post on them, with facts aplenty.

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Thai Society/Culture

Funniest Misspelling

From one of my student’s speeches this year: “I much prefer the wide open rice fields and simple homes of my country village to the confusion and chaos of Bangkok, where the skyline is broken up by ugly skycrappers.”
…Another proud graduate of the School of Justin.

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Coolest Company Name/Logo – Double Hanuman


A clothes hanger company. No web presence AFAIK.
Do you know Hanuman? He is so kick-ass that they named one of the most devastating Muay Thai moves after him – behold the hanuman thayarn! (actually, that’s a poor example because he missed and didn’t keep his guard up – but it’s the best photo I could find)

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Web

Must-see Flash Puzzle

Check it out: Wizardry
The first couple times it was, indeed, indistinguishable from magic. I felt like my monitor was looking at me.
(thx s)

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Thai Society/Culture

Some of the coldest words I’ve ever said…

…and I can’t take them back, so I might as well make them public:
“If you make my wife cry again, I’ll make you cry.” * **
So this is what it feels like to be Jack Bauer…
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* This offer expires never.
** Get yours while supplies last!

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Thai Society/Culture

“Sweet Christmas!”

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I saw a two-ton water buffalo almost get hit by a speeding two-ton pickup this afternoon. I couldn’t help but wonder who would have walked away from an accident like that. Maybe Luke Cage. Of course, if Luke Cage drove in Thailand, he’d be getting out of the car every five minutes to smash the shit out of people who cut him off, suddenly decided to pull a U-turn in the middle of the street, or some other unthinkably dangerous shit. Homeboy would be poppin’ off like firecrackers, yo.
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Note: It seems that John Singleton is making a Power Man movie called “Luke Cage”. (The gem on that page: “This plot synopsis is empty.”)

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Endless Light

Just found out today that Madeleine L’Engle passed. A Wrinkle in Time was one of my favorite books growing up. I haven’t read it in twenty years, but I still remember that awesome illustration of ants walking on a string in my edition.
RIP

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Taco Town

Nam remarked on how long it’s been since we’ve had proper tacos, and it reminded me of this clip:

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Oh, baby!

T-minus eight months and counting

This post is basically an errata for the due date I wrote in the comments a couple of posts back. The actual due date is May 11 (not May 15).
I have been mind melding with the baby in between introducing it to Crowded House and Jack Bauer, and his (her?) Majesty says he (she?) will accept the following as gifts, in order of preference:
– 1967 Fastback Mustang
– 1978 Chateau Margaux
– A hundred fawning nursemaids bursting with milk
The only problem is, I don’t know which are genuinely his (her?) ideas, and which are mine…

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Who’s your

Took Nam to get blood tests (all good) and find our “steady” obstetrician today. Found one of the only females in the business in this area, and she tuned out to be solid. Only thing is, she called me “daddy” in Thai (as in, “what does daddy do for a living?”). This is the first time I’ve been called that in a non-joking context my whole life, and it felt weird. But she’s right – I’m gonna be a daddy, and it feels good. It just felt weird to be called that.
Just between you and me, though – when the hell did I get so old?

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Oh, baby!

Important announcement about my wife being pregnant

That is all.
Sometimes life is gooood.

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Matisyahu – King Without A Crown (Live)

Wow, that’s pretty dope. But I’ll see your violin/turntables and raise you a Hasidic reggae genius:

This live version is actually better than the album one.

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Google Earth Flight Sim Easter Egg

I’m going to try this later tonight, if my net connection at home is still up.

Apparently, the latest version of Google Earth has an easter egg: a flight simulator. It’s not quite like Microsoft Flight Simulator, but it’s a promising start.
How to see this feature. Make sure you have Google Earth 4.2. Open the application, click on the globe and then press Ctrl+Alt+A. You should see this dialog that lets you choose one of the two aircrafts (F16 “Viper” and SR22) and an airport.

Go read the full post.
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UPDATE: Don’t throw away your dedicated flight sims just yet. My slow net speed means the sim is constantly updating the stream and I’m flying over an endless blob of green and brown.