Saturday, March 29, 2008

Thirst for Culture

Who will fill the breach?

Dedicated to the pursuit of rationality
focusing on knowledge gained from experience
and interactions with nature

What we've got is a blend of fact and fiction
that we're agreeing to call reality

in loneliness I have lost myself
but I find myself when I am alone

Monday, March 17, 2008

2008 Comeback Special!

...Post Tour Post...

Siamese Dream:
Just came back on an 11 hour flight from Bangkok yesterday and broke my own record by watching 6 movies, that is while still accepting all meals, drinks and hot towels provided. I think I'm in the mood for some lists so I will start by reciting the movies I watched (in order):
  • Music Within
  • Juno
  • Lions for Lambs
  • Alvin and the chipmunks
  • August Rush
  • Being John Malkovich

I was proud of all of them (not that I made them, more proud of the choices) except for one which I wanted to stop watching almost immediately but held out and watched the whole thing. I should have remembered what I learnt in economics: if you don't enjoy a movie, you gain nothing by watching the whole thing (sunk costs). So all are good except one, see if you can pick it (one of these things just don't belong here...)

I'll give you a clue it's about little furry creatures who sing. I blame Jason Lee and David Cross, I thought (stupidly) a movie with those two in it can't be all bad, how wrong I was. Also I'd already seen 'Being John Malkovich' many times, but it is so freaking awesome, even/especially after not sleeping for almost 24 hours! Love the 7 1/2 floor documentary!

Reverse Culture Shock:

Good to be able to drink from the tap again and see the family, but what's with the temperature and where are the 7-Eleven's? Where are the people? Auckland Airport was like a ghost town, almost saw tumble weed roll past. I guess I'm more used to huge crowds at the moment and having push my way through people on the sky train. At least there are no mosquitoes, but there ain't much sun. I know those aren't wild revelations to those from NZ, but they are initial first re-impressions after being away for 3 months. Then I turn on TV today and saw an ad where people introduce themselves as Bob, Ted and Bill your local mechanics, and cracked up laughing, you don't see stuff like that in a country with more than 80 million people... I don't think I'd seen an 'infomercial' for 3 months either.

So as you may guess I have more time on my hands and in a far more talkative mood than usual, so expect maybe some photos, facts or tales from my travels. But the best of the stories will only be told verbally, after imbibing various fluids.

I guess I only really like this photo of Khaosan Rd by day, because it has the cop looking staunch (anyone remember CHiPs?) and shows the amount of people walking on the street that taxis and tuk-tuks still try to use. It's abit busier at night.

If you are bored find these things in the picture:
(sort of like Where's Wally?)
  • Jazzcrew
  • Diving Infomation
  • Tuk-tuk men trying to pick me up
  • Bald man with a bum bag
  • As many umbrellas as you can
  • Starbucks (satan's brew)
  • Tatoo place

Saturday, March 15, 2008

The Optic Array Before Us

It is not natural to always be rational, but it is wise to try!

As I have been promising for the last few years to tell you all the easy answers (without ever telling you the simple questions) I now take his opportunity to disappoint you all by finally revealing what these questions and (of course) answers really are. Now they may not apply to you personally, but they bloody do because I (and people far smarter than me) say so. So don't try and wiggle your way out of this one, by saying that is load of crap that has nothing to do with me/you! Now that this intro has imploded on itself, run out of steam, bitten the bullet and so forth, I bring you: (drum roll ensues)

"The Easy Answers" the three most important vague questions
we can generally ask about life.

  • What can I know?
  • What ought I do?
  • What may I hope for?

So guess for yourself...

and then check out...
"The Easy Answers"...
as listed below....

  • What can I know? Nothing is for sure
  • What ought I do? Try not to hurt anyone
  • What may I hope for? For the best (but it won't make any difference)

Glad I could clear that up for everyone*

(*Courtesy of William Boyd...
and philosophers I am to ignorant to name currently.)

"What cannot be avoided must be welcomed"

Hurra Torpedo - Total Eclipse Of The Heart (live)