Ezekiel loop

Best Pulp Fiction audio mashup, ever.
Just brilliant.

Exploits Thai Society/Culture

Fortuitous Testudines

On my way home from the gym about an hour ago, I spotted a familiar silhouette on the side of the road… I saw it after my headlights had passed over, but some primal part of my brain recognized the dark shape and screamed POSSIBLE FOOD SOURCE. I stopped and backed up a bit, and got out of the car.
The rear running lights on my car shine through 38 year old lenses, so they aren’t that bright. But they were bright enough to show that I had found a pretty big turtle with pretty yellow stripes running up and down his legs and neck; his shell was about 9 inches long and he weighed around four pounds. When I picked him up, he tried to pee on me but my daddy reflexes are too well-tuned to get caught with such clumsy reptilian attempts (in contrast, Max has successfully barfed, peed, and crapped on me all in one day).
I decided to take him home instead of leaving him to get run over so far from a water source. I wondered how he had gotten there… Was he an escaped pet? On a walkabout? Or was he the ghost of my dead pink chicken, Pinky, come to say goodbye to daddy once again? (I miss that chicken, godammit!)
I put him on the hood of the Kuj (and he of course peed all over it), then drove home. I showed him to Max, who was kind of impressed, and Nam said I should let it go in the pond in front of our house. So we walked it down to the water’s edge, mumbled some quasi-religious well wishes common to those who don’t really care about religion but sometimes like to acknowledge there are greater forces than ourselves out there somewhere, and I tossed it into the water.
Then I washed off my hood with a half-empty bottle of water from my gym bag.
If that turtle makes it through the winter, avoids being eaten by the workers who net fish in our pond, and doesn’t get run over anytime soon, I’ll be really happy.


Arnie’s FU veto

Schwarzenegger’s secret message to the state Assembly


“It would be sensible not to swim in that area”

Just to be clear about what that quote refers to:

Food Thai Society/Culture

Vegetarians have it hard in Thailand

…and here’s the proof.
Note: The photo gallery above is pretty hardcore piercing/mutilation stuff.

Toys & Tech Web

Fix your Facebook feed

If it seems some of your friends recently stopped posting on Facebook, it might be due to a recent Facebook “upgrade.” Here’s the fix:

  1. Go to FB Home Page
  2. Choose “Live Feed.”
  3. Scroll to the bottom & click ” Edit Options.”
  4. You will then see your “News Feed Settings.” Change the 250 to 5000, which is Facebook’s friend limit, and your feed will work correctly again.

Rush editing job nearly finished

We took Mr. Max out to a friend’s birthday party at a nearby restaurant/fishing park (we ate but did not fish), but he got weepy so we came back, took showers, and for daddy it’s back to the grind now.
I hate when I accidentally hit the Insert key when editing in Word.
That is all.

Chillin' Japanese Society/Culture Thai Society/Culture

Karma, illustrated

Cosmic Buddha was born in a Mahayana country…
But now lives in a Theravada one.
The differences between the two are apparent in the way they affect the curry: Curries in Mahayana countries are more refined, and curries in Theravada countries have deeper flavor; all are delicious.
Of course, karma can crush you regardless of the flavor you choose.

Oh, baby! Photos

On his throne, on his throne…

Presenting the young prince with adorable pre-unko face.

Japanese Society/Culture Web

The World Housing Market – 50,000,000 Yen Edition

Here is an amusing photo series depicting the kind of houses you can buy around the world for fifty million yen (which is a whopping 547,106 USD at today’s rate – endaka is such a fickle bitch!): 5000???????????
The locations represented, in order, are:

  • Thai
  • Bali
  • Chicago
  • Costa Rica
  • Brazil
  • Spain
  • Tokyo

The problem, of course, is that land value skews the representations far too much. For instance, if you paid half a mil for the Thai house in anywhere but a few select locations, you paid 3 or 4 times more than you should have. Also, Brazil and Indonesia sure have similar architecture and beaches… Still, it’s a pretty funny idea until you over-analyze it!
That is all.


Serving 100,000,000,000 videos a year – for free!?!

Over at WIRED: YouTube’s Bandwidth Bill Is Zero. Welcome to the New Net
What does this mean? It basically means that YouTube as we know and love it wouldn’t have been a sustainable business for anybody except Google. Cool.

Photos Thai Society/Culture Work

Surveying Khao Yai National Park, Thailand

Last week, while tripping balls on cold medicine and mourning the loss of our pink chicken, I mentioned going on a scouting trip for our upcoming International Camp. Here are some photos which are neither international nor even educational, but I like them anyway. If you’re lucky I may even throw in the odd caption.
Khao Yai National Park. Entrance fees for Thais: 20 Baht. For foreigners: 200 Baht. Yet somehow, I got in for the Thai rate (because my coworkers told me to shut up so I could pass as Thai. Thanks, girls!)
The dormitories we were supposed to stay at, but will no longer be able to because our financial dept. didn’t make the transfer on time…
This totally reminds me of Full Metal Jacket.. PRIVATE PYLE WHERE R U!!
Can we infer that there’s a 500 Baht penalty for leaving food outside the Room?
Snail shoe rack? I forgot to ask what’s written in Thai.. but maybe it’s better kept as a mystery.


That last video I posted is so good…

If you haven’t watched it yet, do it now! DO IT TODAY! DO IT FOR MOTHER EARTH!!
Yes, I am staying up too late doing a proofreading job.


Moronic running compilation (??????)

Best video, ever!
Nujabes FTW!!

Japanese Society/Culture Toys & Tech

Neko funjatta – worst Japanese toy ever

I wish I knew who took this photo because I’d ask him to buy me one – that’s right, this is the original “run over kitty cat” toy from Japan.
(thx vtran)

Toys & Tech

Fire in the Hole!

It is very possible that no game will ever captivate me like the original Counter-Strike.
(thx vtran for the pic)


Copyright Criminals

So much PE!
I gotta see this!

Thai Society/Culture Zatoichi

Zato #9 – Adventures of Zatoichi

In a sense, I’ve been employing a Zatoichi of my own here. The baby in Nam’s belly is a week bigger than normal, and Nam feels very heavy, so she goes to get massages 2 or 3 times a week now. I also went last week after my fever, because my shoulders were all bunched up and I couldn’t sleep.
The masseuse is a blind man named Moh Ken (“Moh” is an honorific for doctors and other health practitioners). Moh Ken is a funny sorta guy; he doesn’t carry a cane sword, but he’s strong as hell from massaging people all day. When he massaged my shoulders, I was very aware that he could have snapped my collarbone like a twig any time he felt like it (and yes, this is a funny thing to be thinking during a relaxing massage if you’re not at least a little bit strange yourself). Moh Ken carries around this talking pocket watch that tells him time at the press of a button. His senses are fine-tuned enough to tell when people are moving around huim in the confined space of the massage shop.
I watched him change the sheets on the massage table this last time, and it was just fascinating. On one hand, I wanted to offer help (I mean, he was double-sheeting the table with fitted sheets so that he only had to change them after every two customers – pretty cool!), but on the other hand, I knew he would just swat me away with his rough blind samurai hands…
All previous Zatoichi posts

Toys & Tech

A Useful Periodic Table of Elements

This is really cool; I forgot who sent it to me. Sorry.


Showdown: Death Metal Bird vs. Accordion-shredding Nerd