Random Linkage 20091130

Oh, baby! Photos

Countdown: 7 days

In exactly one week, we will have additional babyage (in case you can’t tell, that is).
December 6th, here we come!
It’s a bit hard to believe, even as the truth protrudes further every day. Meanwhile, Max is learning new things every day and is showing incredible understanding for a 1.6 year old.

Japanese Society/Culture

Bad Tat

The bizarro chikara (?) tattoo!


No, not the Hova

The Blueprints Database
I can look at blueprints all day. Unfortunately the majority I saw there were simple sketches with little or no markup.


Man vs. Toddler


Toys & Tech Web

Google Wave: First Impressions

  • It looks just like the Hotmail layout. I only know what the current Hotmail looks like because I saw a noob using it in the wild the other day.
  • Holy shit it’s unintuitive
  • The difference between nested/unnested replies is, for the most part, totally fucking unclear
  • I feel like one of the cool kids now

That is all.

Toys & Tech Web

Want a Google Wave invitation?

Hit me up in the blog comments, send an email, or think about me hard enough to set off my spidey-sense.
Note: I plan on giving away a couple; the rest are for family.
My Wave invite (and Gmail as well) came from Osaka Bill, so anybody who gets an invite should feel compelled to sign the petition for The Cure to play live in Japan (except that the actual signing page seems hosed. Oh, and the deadline passed 2 years ago..).
UPDATE: Invitations have been reserved to be sent to a couple lucky winners; Google says that they aren’t always sent out immediately. Also, the Cure petition ended because they actually played at the Fuji Rock Festival in 2007 after a 23-year absence from Japan. Duh.

Toys & Tech Web

Unit Conversion Software

Thinking between metric, imperial, and traditional Thai/Japanese units is not so easy for a math wimp like me, so I rely on unit converters to do heavy (and sometimes quite light) lifting:
For a dedicated Windoze app I use Converber. There are many like it, but this one even has some Thai measurements in it.
A good online unit conversion utility can be found here: Online converter

Oh, baby!

Max’s First MS Paint Drawing

I selected colors, he ownz0rr3d the canvas:

Music Old Blog Entries (archives) Web

And now, an urgent message from the RIAA..



Close Encounters of the Redneck Kind

Most excellent.

Chillin' Thai Society/Culture

Thais are freezing

It is currently 14.6°C (58.64°F). The news is reporting that many people have died in their beds overnight because they were unprepared for the cold.

Oh, baby! Photos

Our Pond


Max in his new Monterey Bay Aquarium vest and Khao Yai National Park hat!

I made a perfect salad today…

Tekito Salada:

  • A bag of mixed lettuce Nam bought on sale yesterday
  • Onion
  • Bell pepper
  • Thick-cut ham slices
  • 2 processed cheese slices

Special Tekito Salada Topping:

  • Canned tuna
  • Kewpie mayo
  • Spike seasoning
  • Pepper

Tekito Salada Dressing:

  • Balsamic vinegar
  • Olive oil
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Sesame seeds

* Note that tekito (??) means “whatever works” in Japanese.
Prepare and toss all of the Tekito Salada ingredients after dribbling on a suitable amount of Tekito Salada Dressing, then top with a scoop of Special Tekito Salada Topping. If your seasoning mojo is spot on, like mine was today, you will have created a perfect salad.
Possible improvements (if they happen to be in the fridge next time): Tomatoes, Borabu apples (or jicama), jerked cane frog powder


a comment that can make you laugh or cry

This story was great, but the first comment just made my head explode: Lost in the Waves

Swept out to sea by a riptide, a father and his 12-year-old son struggle to stay alive miles from shore. As night falls, with no rescue imminent, the dad comes to a devastating realization: If they remain together, they’ll drown together.


Max Damage

Max and I have an ever-evolving game of kickball that we play inside the house at night. It’s evolving so well, in fact, that last night I kicked the ball off the wall and it smacked directly into a tempered glass bowl sitting on the counter on its rebound, which of course slid off and broke on the kitchen tile in a hundred little pieces (luckily, it was tempered, so it wasn’t a thousand little pieces). And of course, I did this in full view of my wife, who was too angry for words, but also (luckily for me) too pregnant to get up and slap me silly… Max thought this was all just hilarious, which made Nam even more apoplectic.
I am a bad role model, and I really suck at soccer.
At least I’m reasonably good at breaking things, otherwise I’d be a total failure!
On a side note, I’ve gotten in several arguments with various people, mostly at work, all this week, so I need to chill a bit, maybe. Sometimes it’s just hard when you feel like your true calling in life is being a mushroom cloud-laying m0th3rfuck3r, m0th3rfuck3r.

Toys & Tech

Linux Mint

I haven’t touched Linux since Ubuntu 7, but recently, a good friend recommended Linux Mint. I think I’ll try it out and see how far things have progressed.

Thai Society/Culture Work

Royalty Visiteth

The crown princess is coming to Rajabhat Mahasarakham University for some kind of contest to be held at our new indoor event hall. This means I saw the first helicopter since the last time a member of the royal family came (last year, when another princess landed on our track to be taken by motorcade to preside over the graduation festivities for the sports college next door, where I exercise every day). Our building’s parking lot has been declared the space for motorbikes, so there are probably a thousand parked out there so far.
In an hour or so when I leave for my workout, I hope I can get my car out. I parked it under some trees far away, but even those spaces might fill up.


Here’s a tribute to my MJ moment earlier this evening..

Luckily, it’s awesome.

Chillin' Thai Society/Culture

Pass the Tiger Balm Already

I was horrified today when my personal trainer (male, 20) started massaging my legs with floral scented lotion instead of the sports liniment I’d been expecting… Horrified, yet silent.