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05 November 2012 @ 11:51 am
To avoid my long-neglected LJ page from becoming a link-spam hive, I've disabled comments.  I suggest everyone else who isn't actively maintaining their LJ pages do the same.
11 March 2011 @ 10:36 am
I still have a livejournal!
08 February 2010 @ 09:55 am
I'm sorry, livejournal.  I've been neglecting you.  In the interim, it seems everyone else has gone away, too.

Of course, my posts to all of my social media are being aggregated at http://jmjm.soup.io/ but I wonder where all of the livejournalers have gone?  Has everybody embraced the zen koan nature of reducing our daily thoughts to 140 character tweets?  Has our civilization sublimated into a non-corporeal existence while I was on a business trip in the Netherlands?  Has everyone jumped to facebook? 

I have things to say!  But now I'm unsure of where to say them.
15 July 2009 @ 09:35 am
The real problem with the bungalow was the lack of care or maintenance. Gaps around the window screens, and similar gaps in the floorboard, made my bungalow a mosquito truckstop buffet. As I sweltered in the hot, humid evening, eaten alive, I thought incessantly about malaria, dengue feer, japanese encephalitis, etc. All because the staff there simply didn't care enough. I
15 July 2009 @ 09:31 am
During my 3 night stay on Koh Chang I've managed to stay in 3 separate resorts.

Our first night I tried to stay at one of the super-cheap fan-cooled bungalows at Magic Garden. Magic Garden was charming, and featured a diaper-wearing monkey sharing a pillowbed with a tomcat. (Monkey is two years old. Cat and Monkey are friends. Cute overload.) But the rooms didn't seem enticing in the rain, and I kinda felt an urge for aircon convenience. The proprietors recommended Golden Mount next door.

Golden Resort is fronted by a typical restaurant/bar, which seemed to be the local katooey hangout when I arrived. But the room was gorgeous: polished wood floors, big sliding glass doors, teak furniture, enthusiastic aircon, and a totally feng-shui bathroom like a wet room built on top of a zen rock garden. All this for 700 baht. No, wait, I'm the only custome today. I can have the room for 600 baht. Omg, so very much sold.

It turns out that these resorts are actually down at the Bang Bao end of Lonely Beach. Thus, pretty quiet and isolated, with only a few bars and restaurants, cut off from the crowds. And, no easy beach access. Still, the available food was cheap and tasty (excellent, spicy panang fish curry = the yum).

The next day I moved north to a more populous beach. Here my 700 baht bought me a fan cooled bungalow a row or two back from the ocean.

This turned out to be a disaster. The fan turned out to be a garden variety desk fan bolted to a wall.
18 May 2009 @ 05:46 pm
Last night, I electrocuted the testicles of a shifty-looking homeless man of obviously foreign origin.  Let's call him codename: Curvy Balls.

Curvy Balls revealed that he was a bioweapons engineer for Dick Cheney, and that Cheney and the Saudi Royal Family were part of a vast right-wing conspiracy to destroy America.  Suddenly, so much made sense.  I had suspected it all along.

This is a ticking time-bomb scenario here, people.  It now appears likely that Mr. Cheney had direct access to powerful weapons of mass destruction, as recently as last year.  We can't let this terrorist walk our streets.  The obvious course of action is immediate deportation of Enemy Combatant Cheney to one of our black-ops secret prison for further enhanced interrogation.  As soon as he caves, we'll have all the hard evidence we need to carpet bomb the Arabian Peninsula and Alabama, and roll up into Riyadh. 

Oh, it's on.
13 May 2009 @ 08:13 pm
I wanted the season finale last night, and I've finally formed an opinion.  (Thanks, Hulu.com!)
Spoilers...Collapse )

12 March 2009 @ 07:03 pm
Old environmentalism: recycle that bottle.

New environmentalism: there is no bottle.
12 March 2009 @ 04:23 pm
The new iPod Nano(tm) is really cool.  Apple's smallest iPod evar!

Authorized Apple techicians inject the iPod Nano(tm) micromachines directly into your brain through your ear canal, where they seek out and adhere directly to your cochlear nerve.

New songs can be downloaded very conveniently by simply listening to music.  The new iPod Nano identifies the song by aural fingerprint, and stores hundreds of hours of music using your brain's own organic memory system.  Playback is a snap (but humming along may inadvertently share intellectural property with out iPod Nano users, and is in violation of section 16.2 of the iPod Nano EULA).   Thanks to the iPod Nano's new Organic Reformatting (ORF(tm))  technology, the entire existence of a song can cleanly, completely, and permanently removed from memory, opening up new vistas for the secure delivery of DRM-protected music from a wide variety of vendors.

The 2012 iPod Nano!  You might already have one!
09 March 2009 @ 08:35 am
Two thoughts:

1. Is it possible to create a movie that references the risk of global thermonuclear war that doesn't feel like a pale echo of Dr. Strangelove?  Apparently not.  Mein Fuhrer, I can valk!

2. The most irksome thing about this movie for me was the soundtrack, which I found garish and intrusive.  The responsible party turns out to be none other than music director, Darrell Hall.  Oh god, how did that casting decision go?  "We need an expert in 80s music!  Quick, get me Hall and Oates!"  

2(a). Simon and Garfunkel don't sound more relevant timestretched to be 20% faster.

2(b). Leonard Cohen's Hallelujah is a wonderful but bittersweet melody, and has the unfortunate side effect of turning the film's one love scene into a cringe-worthy parody of itself.  Gee, thanks.