Archive for July, 2007

Fun things from my stats

Saturday, July 28th, 2007

It’s the end of the month and I’m looking through the statistics so far for traffic to the site.  Because it’s always fun to see what shows up.  First off, I’d like to say HELLO to the people from the following countries that seem to be visiting the site more often.

  • Hello Hong Kong!  Lei ho ma?
  • G’Day Australia!
  • Hi Netherlands! (that’s in Europe, right?)
  • Hiya European Union! (I know that one’s in Europe)
  • Welcome Thailand!  I was in your country eating your food only a few days ago!
  • Ya Sweden!
  • Cheers Great Britain!
  • Top o’ the mornin to ye, Ireland!
  • And Hello to Canada, Taiwan, Barbados, Pakistan, Italy, Spain, South Korea, China and the Russian Federation!

Of course the bulk of my visitors still seem to be my friends and family in the United States.  Ah, who am I kidding?  My family doesn’t read this drivel.

There seem to be a lot of people searching for information on the Hing Lee Camera Company which is where we bought our Nikon D200 camera setup.  I’m not sure what you’re all looking for but the people there were all very nice and their prices were competitive.  They are located near the escalator on Lyndhurst Terrace Road in Central, Hong Kong.

There’s also a lot of people still looking for help with that messaging interface error in Outlook that I talked about.  Hopefully that info helps some people.

And there are a few people who showed up after looking for stuff about The Cure playing a big live show here in Hong Kong.  I posted a while back about getting tickets when they went on sale and that show is this coming Monday (July 30, 2007)!!!  Tuesday morning is going to be rough….

And this marks the third month in a row that I’ve had over 600 unique visitors.  Hopefully in the next month or two I’ll be able to brag about 700 but I’m not holding my breath.  If you’re interested in a link exchange though, let me know.

Douglas time

Friday, July 27th, 2007

I was checking out Wikiquote and of course noticed the section on Douglas Adams on the front page and had to check it out.  And after reading this page, I realized that many of these quotes were usable and funny and more embarrasingly seem to apply to me in some ways.  I’ve picked two out that I think truly apply to my life at the moment:

  • I love deadlines. I like the whooshing sound they make as they go by.
  • It takes an awful long time to not write a book.

Now I know that I’m not on any real deadlines (well except maybe lifespan) except for those that I create for myself.  These self-imposed deadlines do in fact make a bit of a sound as they fly by.  But then again I do have a very vivid, and some would say delusionary, imagination.

I sometimes think that I come up with some snippet or full blown idea of story or fantasy every single day.  Other days, I don’t think about it all, probably because I’m too busy daydreaming or playing out conversations in my head.  Those of you who know me in real life know that unless I’m truly excited about something (and someone is actually listening), I could probably be considered mute.  I’m just not a talkative person and I am not chatty.  Well, unless I’ve been drinking and then I usually say too much.

At the resort there was a German chef who wandered table to table to talk to everyone every night.  When he got to our table it was generally quite awkward.  I joked with my wife that I need a sign to hold up that read: “I am not good at chit-chat.”  I could hold this sign up immediately after the hello’s and watch the people’s confused faces as they turned and left.  But it really wouldn’t work would it?  People would inevitably ask me about my sign and want to chit-chat about it.  In which case I would probably need to devise another sign.  This would probably cause a repeating pattern that would eventually run the world out of posterboard, sticks and markers.

If at this point you were looking back up at the beginning of this post trying to figure out what the point of this all was, then you have in fact missed the point entirely.  I know because I just caught myself doing the same thing.

Spoileders & stuff

Thursday, July 26th, 2007

I commented over on my friend’s site Insomnic Dreams when he was talking about the Harry Potter craze and mania over the new book.  He was saying how people were intentionally spoiling the ending for people because they downloaded the book early just to piss people off.  So of course, not having read the book myself, I had to add a spoiler as to how the Harry Potter story ends.  And it goes a little something like this:

OK here€™s what happens:
Dumbeldoor gets caught in Macy€™s trying on some lace panties and garter set by Ron and Hermoiney. He tries to seduce them but the kids are saved by the Lord Voldamort guy only to tear off their heads and stick them on the spires of the Warthogs school. This gets Harry€™s knickers in a twist and he challenges Baldemort to a duel. Harry leads off with a Bulbasaur and Voldemert throws a Jigglypuff. An epic battle ensues. In the meantime, Pikachu snatches up the One Wicket and uses it to power the Mach 5 which he uses to destroy Malfoy€™s helicopter in mid-air. Bulbasaur and Harry beat the snot out of Jigglypuff and Volomort runs off with Snape over the rainbow. And they all live happily ever after.

So there you have it.  How the series ends (at least in my messed up brain).  It’s spoiled.

In other news, I did absolutely NO writing while on vacation.  I meant to but I didn’t.  I did however watch a lot of the National Geographic channel.  We also had the unfortunate experience of watching Speed 2: Cruise Control on Star Movies.  We had never seen it so we figured, what the hell.  Well, I liked the original movie and I was truly shocked to see that this stinking pile of crap that was called a sequel was directed by the same person.  Speed may not have been the best movie in the world but it was damn fun and entertaining.  Speed 2 on the other hand was like getting a rectal exam with an entire box of steel wool and then having to sit in a tub full of lemon juice.  Seriously, it was that bad.  If you are like me and up till this point you’ve managed to miss this stinker, please continue to do so.  Free was far too expensive.

and… we’re back.

Thursday, July 26th, 2007

We just got back to our flat and we immediately switched on all the air-conditioners.  Freaking hot in here.  It’s late and I need a shower.  Will say more later.

No one commented on my story The magician.  No one liked it?  *sigh*

Off to the showers and then bed.  G’night.

Alive & Sunburnt

Sunday, July 22nd, 2007

Just a quick update.

We are here on Koh Yao Noi at the resort and we are both sunburnt.  Big surprise there.  We severely overpaid for some after-sun lotion which kinda sucks.  And we seem to have had some money stolen.  Otherwise, things are going quite well.  We have tons of pictures so far.  And we plan to see James Bond Island (from The Man With the Golden Gun) in two days.  Via kayak.  Sweet.