Monday, July 06, 2015

The Names of Chaon

Chaon has many names, and is also known in various parts of the world as "Bearstomper," the "Frost Giant with Bad Hair," "Señor Paddlebottom,"  "Karl," "Tall Karl," "That Guy that Never Brings Enough Beer to the Party," and "Ole Blacklung."

But I do not recall ever being referred to as "Jehovah."

Saturday, July 04, 2015

Sorry Donald,

but I can't boycott a place at which I do not shop.

But I'll tell you what, if Wild West Mercantile ever gets "weak on border security," (whatever that means) you just let me know. Because I've probably got too many vests anyway.

Friday, July 03, 2015

Hey Wolfram Alpha

It's me again. Last time we spoke, I pointed out that your estimation of the top speed of the CAC Sabre was probably a bit optimistic.

Well, you seem to have sorted that out, but you've still got the Sikorsky S-72 climbing at 183,000 meters per minute, which is almost 11,000 km/hour. I think you might be confusing the S-72 with the Havoc (Imperial-class) Star Destroyer, which was known for its high acceleration capabilities.

Thursday, July 02, 2015

Deja Vu Restaurant Taipei

Long time readers of this blog will know that I am not inclined to say positive things about any person, business, or aspect of human existence. We'll be making an exception today - last night I had dinner at Deja Vu. This is the restaurant owned by Jay Chou, who I know only from the Green Hornet movie (which sucked), and the song Nunchucks (which is pretty cool).

Anyway, Deja Vu was great in all respects. Good food, outstanding service, and unbeatable price. Bonus: There was a Batmobile inside the restaurant, which nicely accented the gothic-steampunk decor.

I'm using this picture from the website I linked to because
I screwed up the exposure in all the pics I took myself. 

Monday, June 29, 2015


"Hey Karl. Endorse Rick Perry for president."

"Fuck you. I'm not endorsing Rick Perry. He doesn't bring enough Florida to the political game."

"Come on. Endorse Rick Perry."

"Hell no."

"Karl, endorse Rick Perry or we are going to force you to ride the Tourbillon."

"Ride the WHAT?"


"Oh dear God. OK, I firmly endorse Rick Perry for president and emperor and king of everything please please please do not make me ride that.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015


From The Economist: The latest American mass killing

"Those who live in America, or visit it, might do best to regard (mass killings) the way one regards air pollution in China: an endemic local health hazard which, for deep-rooted cultural, social, economic and political reasons, the country is incapable of addressing. This may, however, be a bit unfair. China seems to be making progress on pollution."

Demonizing Political Opponents

Someone is doing it very wrong.

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Wednesday, June 10, 2015


Daan Park Station in Taipei wins excellent infrastructure award

I'm not usually the kind of guy who gets excited at a well-designed public transport node, but the first time I passed through Da-an Park station, I had to stop and take a picture.

If you are going to have an award for "excellent infrastructure," then this place certainly deserves it.