Archive for February, 2007

Real pirates

Monday, February 26th, 2007

So, I just read on BBC News that there are pirates active near Africa.  Real life pirates took over a cargo ship.  Oddly enough they did this AFTER the ship had unloaded it’s cargo.  So either these guys are really dumb or really just wanted a new party barge.

Either way, this begs the question:  If pirates still exist, do real life ninjas still exist too?


Monday, February 26th, 2007

I’ve been thinking of importing some (many?) of my old posts from my old blog into this new version. It’s still the same me with the same URL and everything, so it seems logical to me. However it might also be nice to have a fresh start. Sometimes having a history is good… sometimes having a history is bad.

I added one old post from before and backdated it to the same date and time as the original posting. You can see it below as it’s now the oldest post. That’s basically what I’m talking about.  I chose that one as a test since it has no bearing on anything, and I think it’s kinda funny.

So, if you don’t mind, what’s your opinion on importing old data?  Let me know in the Comments.

Tiny Monkeys

Thursday, February 22nd, 2007

Don Ho is probably rolling over in his grave just for me thinking that… unless of course he’s not dead.

Who hasn’t wanted tiny versions of their favorite animals? Tiny monkeys to carry in your shirt pocket. Tiny elephants to roam around your desk at work. Miniature crocodiles to hide in your friend’s refrigerator. Itty bitty dolphins to play with in the pool (turn off the skimmer…). You get the idea.

So why has no one done this? We have broken the human genome. We have developed cures for diseases and other nifty things using DNA. So why not tiny pet animals? Where are the priorities here people?

I am so going to die of cancer for thinking this….

I miss my stuff

Wednesday, February 21st, 2007

Before we left, we had to do the unthinkable. We had to clean. We had to throw stuff away. We had to pack almost everything we owned to be put in storage. I miss my stuff. I like stuff. And now it’s practically a million miles away with who knows who or what rummaging through it. Rats. Workers. Bugs. Tiny monkeys. Aliens. Who knows….

And the saddest part is that we are in the land of stuff and we really have to limit how much stuff we get because we wouldn’t be able to bring it all back with us. Storing stuff is one thing, but leaving precious stuff behind is entirely out of the question. Leave no stuff behind, that’s my motto.

Besides… we have to make sure we leave room to bring back that sweet ass 50-inch plasma TV we bought.

Gung hei fat choi

Monday, February 19th, 2007

Gung hei fat choi roughly translates to “Congratulations and be prosperous” in Cantonese or Guangdonghau (whichever you prefer) for Chinese New Year.  My office is closed today and tomorrow (Monday and Tuesday) to celebrate Chinese New Year (CNY) so no work for me, yay!  Of course our co-workers in mainland China are off all week…  so much for that “one China” crap.  Hong Kong is like the red-headed stepchild of China.  Granted it is a freaking rich stepchild but still….

We went to Victoria Park in Causeway Bay for the CNY fair on Saturday (NY Eve).  We went during the day because we were told that the peak time when “everybody” went was at night after everyone had their reunion dinners with their families.  If the legion of people we saw was the slow time, I am SO glad we didn’t go at night.  It was so crowded that people were just constantly pushing against you to try and keep moving.  Even if there was no where to go.  Plus the fair was a little odd compared to what we were thinking.  It’s all shopping.  Just stall after stall of people selling little toys, household items, plush and blow-up pigs, blow up swords and hammers and other more bizarre items.  A portion was set aside just for flowers and other plants and that area was pretty but still crazy.

We didn’t get much because I was really tired of people pushing into me and forcing their way past me and going the wrong way (everything was marked in huge banners as one-way for crowd control).  I did end up getting a cool Super Mario Bros plush turtle and my wife picked out some pretty orange flowers and some long stick things with soft fuzzy nobby bits on them.  I was going to get a blow-up pig but I was afraid B-Doo would pop it.

There was the main parade on Sunday (Day 1 as they call it) but I was warned to not even bother going.  It’s impossible to get close enough to see and if the warnings about Victoria Park’s crowds were any indication, then there was no chance I would even attempt it.  It was televised on T, but we’ve never hooked up our regular antenna on our TV to get the local channels.  Besides, we were busy watching the Fantastic Four on Star Movies….