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Happy Anniversary Babe!

Happy Anniversary Babe!

Image credit: 123greetings.com Nothing says Happy Anniversary like an animated gif within a blog post, right! That’s how the cool kids do it these days, and we need to get with the times’ kiddo! I know I’m a difficult bastard to live with – I hope I bring some small amount of joy into your world. Five years! And they said it wouldn’t last (no-they didn’t say that, did they?) As you know, wood is the traditional gift for this anniversary. Thanks for the lovely table and chair you got me for my office – used every day! When I…

Burger quest: Daniel Thaiger on Soi 11

Burger quest: Daniel Thaiger on Soi 11

There’s good reason people rave about Daniel Thaiger’s burger offerings in Bangkok – they’re ahead of the rest and have been for some time now. Starting out from a food truck, I first came across them a few years back at a ‘Winterfest’ – but the line was so long I grabbed something else to eat. They’ve now opened up in a few locations, one being tucked down the end of Sukhumvit Soi 11 (before it ‘forks’) at Brews and Cider. When the missus and I had a few baht burning a whole in our pocket some months ago, we…

Last run to Savanakhet

Last run to Savanakhet

Is there anything worse than traveling when sick? Yes – being in Laos and not being able to imbibe the glorious local beer on offer there. And so it was when I had another early morning departure from Don Meung, flying into Ubon Ratchatani under cloudy skies. I took the Nok Air ‘fly and ride’ service and traveled to Mukdahan by van along with one other passenger – luxury! From the Ploy Palace hotel I grabbed a quick energy drink which I chugged in the back of a tuk-tuk bound for the Friendship Bridge II before crossing the border into…

YAML – Watch those indents

YAML – Watch those indents

The H2O webserver configuration file (h2o.conf) is YAML animal. As I learned the hard way, spaces used to indent in YAML are super important. Notes re YAML syntax: as it pertains to h2o.conf: https://h2o.examp1e.net/configure/syntax_and_structure.html#yaml_alias How to validate your YAML: http://www.yamllint.com/

German Potato Salad

German Potato Salad

Thought I’d give one of these a go, as I love the one from the joint in Soi 11. Using the recipe I found here. Ingredients • 12 red potatoes, each cut into 6 pieces • 1/2 cup chopped bacon ends, visible fat trimmed • 1/4 cup white vinegar 1/4 cup cider vinegar • 1/4 cup white sugar • 1 teaspoon salt • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper • 1/2 cup light sour cream • 1/4 cup mayonnaise • 1 small red onion, diced • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh chives Recipe Prep: 20 m…

Scanner Struggles

Scanner Struggles

I wonder how many Scansnap 1500s Tim Ferriss has sold via his book 4HWW? He got me! It’s a great little device, but getting it to work with Linux was somewhat of a challenge that chewed up a day of my time. Work the problem people SANE, somewhat ironically named, is the Linux scanner interface, broken up into ‘backends’ and ‘frontends’ backends consist of .conf files, firmware and such while frontends include the scanimage command line utility and xsane scanning GUI. lsusb lists the current devices attached to the usb bus. Even though it showed my scanner as attached, sane-find-scanner…

“She”

“She”

A poem I wrote 5 years ago for a girl I had never met yet somehow fell under her spell. Hmmm? For all I know it was probably some dude living in his mom’s basement. As I break away from this shackled place That of my own making no less How prophetic those above words have become. Hauntingly so.. Reading it again, after these years, I think it’s pretty good, if I do say so myself. Really stepped into the little that is left of my right-brain. SHE Her words entice me to turn the page I’m sure her smile…

Mai Thai Bar – Soi Eric, Patong

Mai Thai Bar – Soi Eric, Patong

Members used colorful handles. Neither of those were mine. Phuket-Info.com, the now defunct internet forum run by the late Niklas ‘Nicke’ Kring, was where I first fell in love with Thailand, even before I had met her. That and the JRBazil video “Patong NightLife 2010” which I’ve watched a thousand times. Nicke also owned the Mai Thai Bar (or MTB as it was commonly known) on Soi Eric, a small soi that ran off Bangla Road. (Soi Eric has since been redeveloped, I believe. I have not been back to Phuket since 2012) They spoke of a Utopian world far…

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