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Tetris

July 22nd, 2013 · 139 Comments

Tetris is one of those games that despite your protests of how sick of it you are and that is was an incredibly boring game, once you start playing it again you find yourself spending an hour or so at a time at it. It’s such a compulsive activity that it’s like eating a bowl [...]

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Bringing Back the Good Sound

September 29th, 2012 · 125 Comments

So, what do you think of this idea? Bringing back “analog-type” audio quality has long been a drum beaten by audiophiles who cherish their stack of old vinyl and magnetic tape. There is something to be said for the difference of sound, as I confirmed when I bought a turntable recently and started to listen [...]

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church video

September 27th, 2011 · 139 Comments

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Every day a different costume but the same wave goodbye

June 8th, 2011 · 233 Comments

You got to love stories like this. One high school boy’s father was absolutely committed to giving his son a creative wave goodbye, every day, for an entire school year. That might not have been so bad if it wasn’t for the fact that he wore a different costume every day while he did it. [...]

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Marrying a cow

June 13th, 2010 · 2,377 Comments

No, I am NOT talking about my wife. My wife is nice and certainly does not look like a cow. No, I read an article today about a guy in Bali who had sex with a cow and was then forced to marry it. I mean her. Now this is just silly. I know that [...]

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Stranded in Norway

April 21st, 2010 · 89 Comments

Our plans were to go to Norway to have a meeting at salmon farm.  We were to leave Wednesday afternoon and be back by Thursday late afternoon. At least that was the plan. However, as most plans go, Mother Nature had other plans.  These plans were in the form of a volcano erupting in Iceland. [...]

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The People of Africa

April 10th, 2010 · 42 Comments

This is my first “real” trip to Africa. I’d been to Egypt and the Seychelles Islands, but, as people are found of telling me, I’d never been to “real” Africa. I was excited to see what it was all about. After spending some time in Nigeria, Ivory Coast., Senegal and Ghana, I can now say [...]

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Colors of Sand

October 12th, 2009 · 121 Comments

You would think that when building a city in the middle of the desert, you would want to build with a lot of color so that it would contrast the dull, beige color of sand everywhere. But, sadly, that is just not how they decided to do it here in Dubai. They instead realized that [...]

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The Mud Volcano

June 20th, 2009 · 85 Comments

You may have heard about this in the news last year. I drove past this place in East Java a month ago on my way to visit some factories. Though you can tell from the picture below, there was once a thriving village here along with factories and a major highway running through it. Now, [...]

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Old

June 20th, 2009 · 28 Comments

In honor of Father’s Day tomorrow (in some parts of the world), I thought that I would post an image of someone who is arguably the oldest father alive today. Shown here with one of his 12 children and with his youngest descendant only 3 months old, Dogol is quite likely the oldest person alive [...]

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A Changed Ubud

May 20th, 2009 · 56 Comments

I came here originally in 1988 when there were originally just a few backpacker inns and a whole lot of rice paddies.Now, there are a whole of hotels, health spas and restaurants. I have to admit that it’s a different look that is not too bad if I can just forget what the original Ubud [...]

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The Church of Our Savior of Spilled Blood

April 18th, 2009 · 108 Comments

I took a grand tour of St.Petersburg which, for me, means walking in a general direction and roudabout route in hopes that I’ll see something interesting along the way. I find that if I am going to be in a city for a short period of time, instead of trying to hit as many well-known [...]

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A Danish DMV

December 19th, 2008 · 28 Comments

You know the scene. If you’ve been into any DMV in the last several years, you know that lines are long with people who speak little-to-no English, customer service is standoff-ish at best and that you have to show your ID, prove your citizenship and fill out a million forms before you can accomplish even [...]

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An Earthquake???

December 16th, 2008 · 37 Comments

At around 600am today, the table gave a little jolt and some glasses rattled. An earthquake? Having lived in some pretty earthquake regions in the past, I recognized the jolting movements, but since THERE ARE NO earthquakes in Denmark, of all places, then it must have been a truck that was passing by the house. [...]

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The Search for a Christmas Tree

December 13th, 2008 · 64 Comments

We have this old craptastic Christmas tree that people haven’t geiven me a lot of flak over these past years. It’s one of those fiber-optic plastic trees. It stands about 4 feet tall with plastic pine needles which glow different colors. Inside is a light bulb illuminating the fibers through a rotating color wheel. It’s [...]

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Little, Bitty Houses

October 15th, 2008 · 121 Comments

The Danes have this somewhat amusing, but strange, tradition of buying these little houses. They usually call these their “summer homes” even though they’re just a train ride away from their normal residence for the rest of the year. These little places can’t be more than about 100 feet square, but they are complete with [...]

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London is a dark place…no, really, it is

September 9th, 2008 · 30 Comments

Everyone says that London is a dark, brooding place. Most of them are right. Some people say that London can be bright, cheerful and quite pleasant, but there are places in the darkest corners of the globe which can also have a few days like that in the year.No, London is just as you’ve heard [...]

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Summertime in Japan

July 26th, 2008 · 30 Comments

The Japanese are absolutely in love with life. That’s the best way to describe them I believe.Since it is the middle of summer here, today was a day where the Japanese dressed up in their yukata and visited local shrines. They then sat near the Sumida river and watched fireworks at nighttime, drinking cool sake [...]

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A ‘Happy’ Video

July 22nd, 2008 · 62 Comments

First of all, I want to know where the hell this guy got the money to do this video. He’s all over the place around the world, shooting 2-second segments for this video. Sheesh. Where the Hell is Matt? (2008) from Matthew Harding on Vimeo.

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The Disintegration Loops

June 23rd, 2008 · 68 Comments

I am a fan of ambient music, such as the likes of Brian Eno and some of Moby’s milder stuff. I came across a rather interesting set of recordings by William Basinski entitled “The Disintegration Loops”. The best way to describe the music is embodied in the title. Apparently, William Basinski laid down some ambient [...]

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