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11:51am 23/03/2016
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11:34am 19/11/2015
Yeh, it's spiffy software, but it has become a multi-billion dollar "Dark Empire".

One of my accounts, being used to argue some personal issues in Florida got canceled, bogus accusations, excuses all around. The monkeys take a dump, and then throw the proceeds at you... and Facebook listens. I discovered this after five beers in a shabby the room at "Soi Cowboy" in Bangkok (has a certain reputation, if you catch my drift).

The perfect place/state of mind to register another facebook account:


It's all part of the grand dance.

Earlier, a friend signed me up @facebook, haven't done much with that account:


What the heck... it's good software, works as hard as a Thai Bargirl! Who am I to disagree? Travel the world and the seven seas, everyone is looking for something.

Check me out there, Friends!
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Something funny about this.  
09:33am 30/06/2015

Me: Filling material? Composite.

Doc: We use that for front teeth, because it's tooth color.

Me: For the back, not because of the way it looks, but because it might bind to the tooth better than metal.

Doc: She makes me do composite, I have to replace every three years, at her expense.

(But Doc... That composite filled root canal in the back right? It's been there since 2008!)
mood: apatheticapathetic
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11:18am 18/08/2014
Reminds me of My Dad, or to put things on the other foot,  the relationship I had with my best friend in Elementary school, Tommy.

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A rook a toy an annoying sister.  
08:04pm 08/05/2014
My sister is really irritating.

I have her on the "Blacklist" behind my personal firewall, because she's a "reckless driver" sort of person; she'll hit you with a car and then sort of forget that she was kind of responsible.

None the less, in her "Dr Jekyll" persona, she can be a fun entertaining person.  She managed to bypass her banishment to send me a message.

Apparently, she is impressed with this guy's designer gypsy wagon:

It made me dig up some of the pictures I took in 2001 of the "Organic River Festival" in New Zealand.  I was "WWOOF"ing for a man named "Malcom" who brews a mean mushy-beer and runs the festival.   Unfortunately, the camera was a cheapo...



It was pretty funny; the little 16 year old daughter had the hots for me.  Terror has a new name.  LOL.

More funky vehicles:



As someone famous once said, invention is 99% perspiration 1% inspiration.

These vehicles spend most of their lives on the Farm, being tinkered with.    They do look pretty cool though.

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Livejournal backalley ... mmmm the urine smells good.  
12:40pm 07/04/2014
So facebook deleted an account I was using to take Sarasota Florida to task.   They are able to 'rant' false, libelous things about me, but I can't post true, unflattering things about them.   This towards the end of getting my Passport back, which was 'stolen' by the US consulate in Bangkok when I came to have it renewed.   Previous passport renewed 10 years ago in 2002, no issues ... the 'non issue' they are griping about as a pretext for not issuing my passport but absconding with the processing fee happened in 1998.

Anyways, it's all good because to be completely honest Thailand was making me a bit sick.   Toxins in rented rooms...  that was a big one.   I had managed to overcome it in winter 2011-2012 by renting multiple rooms, and staying in the ones that had the least chemical problems... in other words, I was still a bit sick but it was 'under control'.

Out here in the backwoods of Hawaii I don't have that problem.   There is a big belcher ... Kilauea ... acted up with detectable fumes maybe 3-4 times in the year and a half I've been here.   Apart from that, the air is sooooo good.  Really fresh.  The only toxins I breath are self inflicted ... occasional paint solvents, or bleach fumes ... rare tokes of pot...

... and the Tubercles that were gaining a foothold on my lungs are gone.

But life here does require a bit of work, most recently I've been engaged in reroofing the carport.   The contractor hired by the previous owner did a super sloppy job, using 14' recycled 26 gauge steel panels that were just laid there, on a roof with an inadequate slope so the water tended to pool and rust and leak.

I stripped that stuff off heaved it over the side:

The roof looked like this then:

The tar paper roll roofing's the cheapest thing I could find that works, given the inadequate slope of the roof (which I did increase about 10% by trimming the vertical supports) and the generally sloppy job the contractor did... no point in spending too much on something that's going to rust quickly.

Right now there's a tarp protecting the unroofed portion.  The stuff that is covered by the installed roofing is working well... just rained, no leaks there.

... A bit of real work to distract me from the insanity of Lawyers and Taxes ...
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As time goes by.  
04:58pm 20/01/2014
Not updating very much now adayz; Very pre-occupied with the here-and-now of my Hawaii digs, plus the fact that LiveJournal has been very much up-staged by facebook (which isn't getting updated very often either...).

Issues I am dealing with:

-I may have energy to deal with "The legal snafu in Florida" now that I've had some time to recover from my world-travels. Then again I may not... my over-riding impression after being "Clinked" upon my arrival to SFO in 2008 was "I COULD BE COZY AND COMFY IN MY PATONG APARTMENT! WHY THE HELL DID I HAVE TO COME HERE!"
-Need to go visit my dad in Florida. I really do miss him, would like to see him before he "Fades" too much further.
-Going to buy a bit more land in Hilo; once this is done I can be a bit more flexible with THIS space, because it won't be my only piece of turf.

Some Pictures:

Deadly Mushroom

Not sure what kind of Mushroom this is, but the ones with the rings are usually deadly.

Lonely Hammock & Bananas

Hammock, Tiki Torch and Bananas.  Me Monkey!
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Isle Des Cendres  
02:40pm 01/06/2013
A few years ago I posted a little story about how I flew Ghost, my 2007 E-150 camping modified cargo van at Mach 5... and crash landed it on Isle Des Cendres, a volcanic island near Vietnam which is only a few decades old.

Well, I lied.

Ghost has remained in my possession, through many adventures in between trips to Thailand, Singapore, Burma. Most recently, I flew to Houston, from Hilo, Hawaii (where my house is) in order to pick it up. That was two weeks ago, May 18. Clean out storage in Galveston, safe-deposit in Austin camping along the Colorado River... finally to The Kerrville Folk Festival, in Kerrville, Texas.

I wrote a linux script which snaps a picture, and adjusts the backlight level each time the laptop wakes up. Here's the picture from Thursday, May 23; the first day of the Folk Festival:


Sunday I left Kerrville for Santa Fe; 4pm because Ghost was stuck in the mud. Arrived at The Santa Fe hostel Monday eve, spend the next 4 days boxing the stuff that was already in the Van plus the additional items from storage and taking it to the Post Office to be shipped to Hilo.

Ghost just left an hour ago on a flatbed, bound for Longbeach, Los Angeles, and thence to Hawaii.

So in a way, I did not lie, I really am flying it to a strange island near Vietnam.


Crashed out in my hammock at my house.
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Thailand, a study in Disaster.  
10:09am 12/03/2013
Hard to convey with pictures like this the impact of the 2004 tsunami on PhiPhi Island.


That flat area on the other side of the bridge ... well, there was a village there.   The pool was recessed with no major structures, easily dug back out and the rest of the resort was on higher ground.

A few years later, 2011 march:

2011-03-28 14.29.11

A street in a small village on Koh Phangnon. I was stuck here for two weeks, as all the roads were washed out. The bright side: the food held out and it was excellent.

2011-04-02 12.18.01

On the way to the Surat Thani Airport. Had to hustle up a military transport, all the civilian trucks were getting stuck in the 10 km wide, 1 meter deep river that separated Surat from the Airport.

So now I am in Hawaii, where we are safe from disaster, here in my House on the slopes of Mauna Loa. I would show you a Pic, but the iPad version of Livejournal doesn't seem to work very well.

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Reprinted from The Onion  
01:13pm 24/02/2012

Iran Worried U.S. Might Be Building 8,500th Nuclear Weapon

TEHRAN—Amidst mounting geopolitical tensions, Iranian officials said Wednesday they were increasingly concerned about the United States of America's uranium-enrichment program, fearing the Western nation may soon be capable of producing its 8,500th nuclear weapon. "Our intelligence estimates indicate that, if it is allowed to progress with its aggressive nuclear program, the United States may soon possess its 8,500th atomic weapon capable of reaching Iran," said Iranian foreign minister Ali Akbar Salehi, adding that Americans have the fuel, the facilities, and "everything they need" to manufacture even more weapons-grade fissile material. "Obviously, the prospect of this happening is very distressing to Iran and all countries like Iran. After all, the United States is a volatile nation that's proven it needs little provocation to attack anyone anywhere in the world whom it perceives to be a threat." Iranian intelligence experts also warned of the very real, and very frightening, possibility of the U.S. providing weapons and resources to a rogue third-party state such as Israel.

mood: sillysilly
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