Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Little Boys With Big Sticks

Things like this are becoming so common here that it is hard to get motivated to say anything about them. Just another example of the punishment definitely not fitting the crime and abusing power to make a statement or further a political career. 250 milligrams is roughly the equivalent to four grains of salt. What bullshit! You can read the latest news about Yuyee's plight here.

Thursday, March 02, 2017

Art By Metro

Because you deserve only the best, and must be punished for such arrogance...

                                                  I give you "Metro": The Painting Horse!

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Space Drums and Handpans

Or, space hands and drumpans. Whatever. My latest obsession. There are quite a lot of different styles and sounds. They seem to be all over Youtube. They even sound good with a didgeridoo. There aren't many instruments that can make that claim, and back it up. Here's a vid of Yuki Koshimoto playing hers. She disabled the video of her and the didgeridoo guy playing, what the hell?

Now go buy a t-shirt or something, damn it!

Monday, February 27, 2017

No Smoking!

I am trying to quit smoking...again. Yeesh! It would be much easier if I actually wanted to. I know my foot will heal faster if I do, but I turn into a nervous wreck after a few hours. I made it for about two days, but only because I knew I could have one this morning. I didn't think it was possible for me to be even more moody than usual, but, it was. I will keep at it.

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Expresii Yourself!

Hey, all you watercolor lovers out there. I just found a new painting app. As I am usually late to the gate on almost everything, I am guessing it has been out for a while. But, it's new to me. Anyway, it's a watercolor painting app for your PC or tablet. It lets you do a wet on wet style of painting. It even makes the paint run when you tilt your tablet. (Do NOT try that with your PC). Here's the demo video for it...

Friday, February 17, 2017

Me and My Memory

Memory is a strange animal. I just remembered a song that I have been trying to put my finger on since the early 80's. Yeah, a hazy part of the tune has been floating around in my head meat for that long. I just figured that I would hear it on the radio, or something, and "voila!", I'd have it.

Didn't happen. I remember the year, because that same night, I heard Huey Lewis' "I want a new drugl" for the first time too. That, I remembered. And the odds got even worse when the internet popped up because radio kind of went the way of the buffalo, and the 80's just faded away. That wasn't the first decade to get locked in the closet, but I really do miss the music from it.

Anyway, I was half-ass listening to a webinar that was teaching me how to be a millionaire by Thursday, and it hit me. Not only the name of the song but the artist too. So, I tried to figure out what triggered it. I mean, after over 30 years of wracking my brain, I think I deserved an answer.

The guy babbling in the info video stuttered, and that's what triggered the memory. Here's the song.

Wednesday, February 08, 2017

I Miss Gyros!

One of the foods I miss most from the good old USA are Gyros. There were several places to get good ones in St. Louis, but I enjoyed them the most at the vendors that would set up during holiday celebrations. Every 4th of July, Octoberfest, etc, there were always Gyro stands around.

They are easy to make, and I can get everything here, but they just don't taste the same. Besides, other than talking about Gyros, it's really hard to work the word "tzatziki" into a conversation.

Here is a search results for a bunch of easy Gyro recipes.

Tuesday, February 07, 2017

Superbowl 51 Was a Hoot!

Well, another Superbowl has come and gone. Vit and I watched at the Hooters on soi 15. I don't think there was as big of a crowd this year, compared to last year, but it was still pretty full. It was definitely one of the best SB's in recent years. The falcons totally dominated the first half, and were up by like 3 touchdowns at the Gaga break.

 But, in the second half, the Patriots did what the Patriots do, they went ballistic. As much as I wanted to see Atlanta win, it was still an awesome comeback to watch. A lot of longtime records were broken in this game. In the end, it was the Brady bunch by a nose. I don't know why I thought it would be any different.

There were two guys that running around the bar high-fiving everyone each time the Falcons scored. But, at the end of the game they were sitting in a booth, quietly crying (literally). Anyway, a good time was had by all.

Thanks to Vit for being there, and to Jeab and the rest of the Hooter babes for taking good care of us. See you next year!

Here's a video someone shot during the halftime break. You can see Vit and I in it a few times.

Monday, January 23, 2017

Superbowl 51

Kind of like Area 51, isn't it? I was really hoping that Pittsburgh or Green Bay would make it to the big game. But, as a supporter of anyone against New England, you have to take what you are given. So, it's off to Hooters at 7am on a Monday morning for the game. At least Atlanta got top billing.

Saturday, January 21, 2017

My First English Conversation Video

I have been playing with animated video to help my students practice their English Conversation. The video shows a new A/B set in each scene. When a scene appears, the teacher recites a line and the students repeat it.

Every scene gets one set longer, so the students must repeat the majority of the conversation several times. After the video has ended, I have the kids recite the entire conversation, then I do A and they do B, and then we switch to end the speaking part of the lesson. The video is only about 5 minutes long.

Sunday, January 15, 2017

New England No No!

Could someone PLEASE beat the Patriots? You don't have to kick their ass to an embarrassing extent, not that that would bother me, just get rid of them. I would really like to see two of the other teams, that are having a consistently great year, play. I will admit that they looked better today than they have earlier in the season. But still, enough is enough. how about some new blood?

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Medical Non-Incarceration Update

Well well well, just back from Thamassat hospital...AGAIN. The news wasn't too bad. The bones look good and the wounds are healing. My foot got a little red and swollen a few days ago though. The doc says it may just be a touch of arthritis. He says all my bio whatever levels are OK, so he doesn't think the infection is back.

He also said that he will unbolt this damn brace from my leg when I go back to see him in 3 weeks. He will put me in a cast for a few weeks after that, but a cast will be much easier to get around in, and I can kind of walk in it.That should give me a couple of days practice getting about before the Superbowl.

The doc, and MOST of the nurses, have been pretty groovy throughout this whole thing. But today, I met the head nurse of the Osteo department. I though this would be a piece of cake, but noooooo!

That woman tore off old scabs, yanked out old sutures, sliced off dead skin, and apparently, just to feel she had given me her all, she decided to dunk my foot in an alcohol bath. Plus, she didn't say a word through the whole thing. But, I did detect the slightest hint of a smile when my open wounds hit the alcohol. Upon our next meeting, there will be a reckoning, I swear it.

Tuesday, January 03, 2017

Super Bowl Superbowl Souperbowl

I had to do something. I had to do something quick. I had to do something WEIRD! This is my ode to the Superbowl. It's over h'yar.

Sunday, January 01, 2017

Enough Already!

Is it just me, or did 2016 really suck? I don't know if it was all the problems with my foot, money issues, or just Trump, but I am damn glad it's over. I know I am not the only one too. I have never seen so many people that are happy for a fresh start. Let's hope things improve this go around.