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One of these is not like the others…

She’s older than all the others combined, and will probably still be running after they have all gone.

This is my parking lot at work. Our building used to be the administration building, which is why we have a flag pole in front. A military reservist comes to raise and lower it every day.

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Starting 2020 with a Seiko Snow Monster

Last year, my trusty Citizen fell casualty to careless banging on steel door handles when rushing out of classrooms, so I decided to replace it with something a little more fun.

I like it so far.

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Conquistador and Castle

This guy’s photos are so good, they don’t look like photos.


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Best drum video, ever.

Watch a master handpan (hang-type drum) craftsman tune random pots and pans:

Actually, the whole video is worth watching if you have the time.


hey jude.


back to no caps for some reason.


Hey, ho, nobody home – A Japanese Version of Rose Red AKA Rose, Rose, Rose (round)


I was watching a video of my son Max’s choir group back home in WA performing “Rose, Rose, Rose” (a kind song known as a round, where one group starts off and the next group start to sing the same song a bit later, like “Row Row, Row Your Boat”), when a certain line hit me: ” Still, I will be merry…. “

I was suddenly transported 25 years back in time, back to one of countless nights spent around a bonfire in the cold hours before sunrise, high up in the mountains of Japan. My friends had taught me a Japanese folk song, a round with a catchy part about being cheerful even though you have nothing to eat and no place to stay…

Which sounds a lot like:

Meat, nor drink, nor money have I none
Still, I will be merry….

Western BBS-style digging on Rose Rose Rose: Origins: Rose, Rose, Rose, Rose (Traditional) and ‘Rose, Rose’ round: More verses?

Japanese BBS-style digging on Watashi ha Yadonashi de:

Jean Ritchie’s Peace Round:
A Nightcore remix (!!) of Emilie Autumn’s electric violin rendering of Rose Red

And here’s the non-Nightcore version: Rose Red – Emilie Autumn (with lyrics)

Hunting for videos of the Japanese version of the song (Watashi ha Yadonashi de) is where it gets really weird. The original version of the song by Masami Mizuno is not to be found anywhere, which is not really surprising since dinosaur music companies in Japan tend to threaten everyone for sharing even ancient recordings. So the closest we have are computer synthesized recordings utilizing Sinsy:

Strange, but in a good way.
The second noteworthy video I found of Yadonashi contains synthesized verses in both Japanese and English! Perfect!!

A Japanese illustrator recently wrote an interesting comic strip/blog post about this owari nai uta (neverending songs):

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Found this in my Gmail outbox and was like WTF… Apparently, messages like these are generated when you unsubscribe from some mailing lists (as a unique identifier, I guess).

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Google Maps to Rule Them All

I think that Google should be pushing Maps into social media harder because it currently controls the majority (the number I’ve seen recently is ~70%) of the online map market, but is getting undercut, mainly by Waze. For Thailand, outside of urban centers, Waze is complete trash (as are all other competitors except for dedicated GPS systems like Garmin). Plus, there are already 30 million Local Guides worldwide according to Google.

This is a step in the right direction: Google Maps tests a social networking feature with the ability to ‘follow’ Local Guides

Full disclaimer: I am an active Local Guide

If Google Maps would integrate the user-contributed traffic and police reports of Waze into an optional view of the current system, it would just be SO GOOD… Or how about attacking social media from a location-centric (specifically maps-centric) standpoint? And reinstating all the functions/data of Google Reader as well? Before Facebook and Insta cause the collapse of all non-soc media websites? kthxbai

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Oddio FX


mandal boom

I tried embedding this from Twitter directly, but it cut off the punchline in a non-obvious way, so here it is in its full glory instead:

Original Tweet:



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chilling bone

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Grilled Pork Neck

This is a regional delicacy for the everyday people. I am perfecting the chili, tamarind, and toasted rice dipping sauce. The pork is fine.

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Tawan Dang, Kaew Kant, Hiso Club – Blue Lighting Rules in Maha Sarakham

These are actually the most popular type of tourist attraction in Maha Sarakham, after dark at least. During the day, I would say SermThai Plaza shopping mall wins first prize.

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Why TripAdvisor Sucks.

Holy shit, no wonder Northeast Thailand is so misunderstood:

The closest the Mekong River comes to Maha Sarakham province is around 170 kilometers away, in Mukdahan. One of the tributaries of the Mekong, the Chi River, does flow right through Maha Sarakham province and city, so it is connected, but if you want to use that logic, I nominate the Adriatic Sea as a wonderful Thing to Do in Maha Sarakham Province.

Also, the Mekong probably shouldn’t be grouped into Nature & Parks anymore since the water is barely flowing at times and most of the wildlife is dead and gone. The most accurate description for the foreseeable future is, “Heavily Exploited Power Source Where Giant Catfish Once Lived.”

I clicked the green See 1 Experience button shown in the lower right corner of the graphic above (the actual page is here). It took me to a page called OVERVIEW MEKONG DELTA (My Tho – Ben Tre)… Both of those places are in Vietnam for fuck’s sake! Not sure if Trip Advisor is aware if these two countries are not same same or if they are aware and it’s all just keyword games (because the word “Thailand” is in the link for a page having nothing to do with Thailand), but either way, it’s fucking despicable… Shitty travel sites should at least be responsible for lightly educating the shitheel tourists and backpackers they foist on the locals, yo.

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Khon Kaen, two months ago

It takes me so long to put things up on this blog these days. There’s posts I’ve been wanting to publish for more than a decade lol. Anyways, since another trip to Khon Kaen is coming up either tomorrow or this weekend, I wanted to put up some more photos of another back in August.

Artemis Archery, Khon Kaen
Mina getting lessons from the Thai Robin Hood
My favorite passenger seat pursuit is snapping photos all the way until we arrive.
Found a curry resto in Khon Kaen!
Oh lassi!
At KK airport dropping someone off, I think.

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Pompeii you crazy diamond

I wish I had time to enjoy Pink Floyd properly, but it just hasn’t happened for years. Lulz.

Chillin' Toys & Tech

Sometimes you just need to dreamcast

Very, very cheap on Steam (-85%) until October 15. GO GO GO.

Remember, if there had been no Jet Set Radio, there may have been no Borderlands (see history of cel shaded video games).

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