[Misadventures in Taiwan]

10/07/2006

 

t-shirts, barbecue equipment, cops in riot gear

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Topics:
1. Firefox t-shirt for joining Firefox Flicks months ago! (my 30 second Flicks ad)
(i'm not complaining, but just want to point out that it says size 'S' though it makes me look like i'm trying out for a nerdcore hiphop group if i wear this. in other words, it's too big and baggy for a size S. perhaps it's a factory printing error, or it's men-sized.)

2. The Motion Sick t-shirt (and other great stuff)-- super belated thank you since i haven't had time to update.

The Motion Sick t-shirt firefox flicks t-shirt

3. Moon Festival (15th day of 8th month of the lunar calendar, happened to be Oct. 6 this year)-- it's all about burning meat

bbq equipment at supermarket 1 bbq equipment at supermarket 4 bbq gear in the supermarket bbq gear in the supermarket

I happened to be in the area to buy bbq supplies for our class's own Moon Festival cook-out when .. (read no.4) groceries (shopping cart)stuff bought from Carre Four (btw, no one dared drink the Vanilla Coke i chose in the class's moon festival bbq party. they also said that it's scary, blah blah. vanilla coke is really delicious! i can't believe people don't want to try vanilla coke.)

4. red-shirted protesters reach Tainan County-- I was able to shoot some photos of cops rerouting traffic and barricading roads in full riot gear but none of the protesters themselves. (NYTimes article if you don't know what this is all about.)

been hearing accounts of red-shirted people (or red car-driving people) being assaulted by people against the protests, so i haven't been wearing my red Motion Sick shirt (see #2) in public.

police in hsin ying 6

click link to see more photos from this non-event

5. Thank you Daryl T., Ger R., Eliot J., Joe #2, Andy S., and Jim for writing. =)

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9/30/2006

 

i'm back from the dead

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sorry this podcast is crappier than usual-- i'm down with a cold and i don't have time to edit out all my "uhhms", "aahs", "you knows", and "likes" (i have to get back to finishing a project before its deadline).

topics:
1. famous Taiwanese NY Yankees pitcher- Wang Chien Ming
wang chien ming magazine cover

2. street protests to topple Taiwan's president- NY Times article link

3. found mail
unclaimed mail unclaimed mail unclaimed mail

4. engrish signs

The bottom of the first photo says "Ensure mutual respect between the two sexes".
train poster words of wisdom

5. moon festival- barbecues and bonfires

(there's a topless drunk onstage in the first photo. click on "All Sizes" in the flickr page to enlarge. priceless shot.)
small town moon festival barbecue 7 small town moon festival barbecue 3

6. okonomiyaki- a very special egg omelette
okonomiyaki stall okonomiyaki stall okonomiyaki stall

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4/05/2006

 

dead people

i'm so sorry i haven't podcasted in ages!! i was busy with school work. =)

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today's topics:
1. Taiwan Railways train:
a. Murder on the Orient Express Taiwan Railways train- the prime suspect who hung himself, a victim from Vietnam, relentless journalists, finger-pointing officials, derailed trains (i sound like the National Enquirer)
b. changing the South 2 gate of the Taipei Main Station for luck

2. Today is 清明節, the day Chinese people all over the world sweep the tombs of their dead loved ones
a. 清明節 (set browser encoding to Chinese Traditional Big-5 to render the article correctly) occurs every year on either April 5 or 6. it occurs 15 days after 春分 (set browser encoding to Unicode UTF-8 to render the wikipedia article correctly) (one of the 24 "weather patterns" in a year-- for example winter solstice, summer solstice, etc.)
b. this week is spring break
c. strangers praying for you might not actually speed up recovery (from heart surgery)-- according to the New York Times (by the way they redesigned their site)
-- but that's not all! Prayer can actually be hazardous! if you use joss sticks from Mainland China that is. (listen to know why)

3. earthquake a few days ago while i was at the dentist

4. 7-11 gives out Disney figurines
disney 7-11

5. Grandmother kills 2 grandsons, attempts suicide (from The China Post)
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The grandmother, 55 and named Wu Shu-hui, was found to have killed her two grandsons, aged only 8 and 7, respectively, by burning charcoal, who died after inhaling too much carbon monoxide, the police said.

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The grandmother told the police that she burnt charcoal after her two grandsons fell asleep, but her elder grandson awakened and tried to wake her up. Realizing the elder grandson was still alive, the grandmother used a knife to stab the boy to death before slitting her own wrist.

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Informed sources said that the father of the two killed boys is making a living by doing odd jobs in northern Taipei and now owes around NT$700,000 in credit-card and cash-card loans to banks. He divorced his wife, leaving his two sons to his mother.

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In related news, Premier Su Tseng-chang yesterday urged the country's parents to "live and let live," and call for them "to persist to subsist" when faced with hardship and not to take their children's lives in the event they take their own.




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2/27/2006

 

taiwan lantern festival and grandpa ain't no killa

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topics:
1. taiwan lantern festival (held in tainan city)

lantern festival 2006-47 lantern festival 2006-113

lantern festival 2006-02 lantern festival 2006-22 lantern festival 2006-53 lantern festival 2006-49 lantern festival 2006-76 lantern festival 2006-106

more of my 2006 taiwan lantern festival photos

2. 2-28 incident and recent drama surrounding it
what is the yearly commemoration of the feb. 28 (1947) "incident" all about? who was behind the massacre that quelled the uprising?

links:
a. 2-28 incident backgrounder in Chinese (you'll need to set your browser's character encoding to Chinese Traditional Big-5 to read this article properly)

b. 2-28 incident backgrounder in English- the page is from the official Taipei 2-28 Memorial Museum's website.

c. 2-28 incident entry in wikipedia

d. drama surrounding the 2-28 incident
who is the main culprit behind the 2-28 incident? (cue in voice-over narration from that South Park episode Cartman's Mother is a Dirty Slut: who is cartman's father? could it be Ned? .. Officer Barbrady? .. Chef? etc. etc..)

coins <----- I ain't tha one!

anyway, a committe recently determined that Chiang Kai Shek (he's on the 10 dollar and 1 dollar coins, check him out) is one of the main culprits behind the 2-28 incident. this of course raised a lot of controversy.

President Chen Shui-bian wants Chiang Kai-shek remembered as the chief culprit of the February 28 Incident of 1947, in which thousands of innocent people were massacred in Taiwan.

Speaking at a meeting to mark the publication of a special report on the incident, President Chen said yesterday forgiveness is important, but that does not mean the people should forget who was actually responsible for the massacre.

The report, published by the February 28 Memorial Foundation, concludes Chiang Kai-shek as the "chief culprit" for the massacre that followed the riots which occurred spontaneously in Taiwan.
continue reading news article from The China Post

of course my "reporting" on this in my podcast is pretty short, neutral and amateurish since i don't know much about it and nobody around here knows much about it too (my classmates in Animation and I aren't exactly history and current events buffs) so just check out these very well written (and more in depth) links for commentaries surrounding the drama on "identifying" Chiang Kai Shek as the chief culprit of 228.

a. 228 was Chiang Kai Shek's fault! post (from The Leaky Pen's blog)

b. Chiang's Grandson Suing Authors of 2-28 Report post (from The Leaky Pen's blog)

c. if you're too tired to read two posts above, read this short recap of the previous two links on this feb. 26 blog roundup post- read the paragraph after the photo of the tarts and cupcakes (from Michael Turton's blog)

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1/23/2006

 

stabbing and protecting soap operas

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topics:

1. first, i would like to thank marouflash (she's a really great calligrapher, check out her site) for the lovely calendar she mailed me. i'd like to thank Jim W. for sending me his book too.

2. a rash of stabbing crimes over the new year (last week of dec '05 to the first week of jan '06) here in taiwan

3. taiwanese soap operas need "protection" editorial from the newspaper (jan. 12, 2006)

4. i believe i've already mentioned mark forman's taiwan-based legup podcast already before. anyway here's another english language podcast about Taiwan for you guys to check out-- What's Up in Taiwan podcast.

5. there's a new rap/rap-rock? group called Fort Minor (i heard their music in my classmate's room). they're really terrible. stay away.

6. i will be going home for the chinese new year break so i might not be able to podcast until i come back in february. i go online via 56kbps modem at home. very primitive. i will be posting my end-of-term animation and a short video about night markets while i'm away though. i've already uploaded them. i'll just post one video a week.

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1/16/2006

 

forget december! it's a brand new year

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today's topics:
1. December 25 was "Constitution Day" in taiwan (the constitution of the Republic of China was ratified on Christmas Day 1910)

2. January 1, 1911 was the day the Republic of China was officially born. that's why Republic of China (now Taiwan) Year no.1 is 1911. 2006 is.. do the math.. Year 95.

so if you buy chocolate milk in Taiwan and the bottle says the expiry date is 95-01-31, don't freak out, it doesn't mean 1995. it's just Year 95 in Taiwan years.

to convert Taiwan years to regular years just add "11" to whatever year you want to convert. the reason is because Year 1 was 1911. so Year 2 was 1912 (2+11), Year 95 is 2006 (95+11=06).

3. another Taiwanese holiday that falls around Christmastime is the winter solstice (people celebrate it here).

4. short explanation of why the fall semester ends mid-January in Taiwan (and not mid-December like other countries).

5. some links to check out: (these were links i meant to talk about in my end of dec. '05 podcast but i never recorded that program because i was busy with my end of term animation)
1. twochineseboys.blogspot.com
2. Doghouse of Booya (some posts of his that i like)

6. what i was doing on Christmas Eve (tracking Santa with Google Earth. what a loser.)

7. Forget December by Something Corporate

8. link for those of you who didn't get to watch my "two days before Christmas 2005" video.

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sorry for not podcasting for a long time. i was busy cramming my end-of-term animation. i'll put it up when it's done.

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12/29/2005

 

two days before christmas 2005

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the video is in the .m4v format (video for iPod format). the newest version of Quicktime can play it too. size: 5.4mb

topics:
1. night market knock-offs
2. roasting chestnuts
3. "Santa Claus" and three female cohorts in Korean costume
4. soup with a mystery ingredient (watch the video to know what it is)

it's barely one minute long, so sorry if there are no screenshots. i also have already used up my Flickr photo space for this month so no photos.

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12/20/2005

 

12-19-05 podcast: mole maps, mystery meat, and more

thanks again to Ger and the super cool def wheezer for your lovely presents!!

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today's topics:
1. state-of-the-podcast address: response to Tire's question on why my videos don't work on the new iPods that play video, and [misadventures in taiwan]'s immediate future (answer: still mostly audio with occasional video thrown in)

2. photos of my trip to taipei a couple of days ago (not from the november trip. you already saw the video of that.).

3. Hey-Song soda memorabilia

old hey-song ads-2 hey-song bottles-3 more photos

4. exotic imported beer from Taipei

5. 滷味 stalls-- a fixture in every night market (try to identify the mystery meats).
(dec. 21, 2005 update: andrew agrees with me that lu-wei -- that's how 滷味 is pronounced -- is really rank.)

6. mole map- find out what that mole on your face or body means.

mole map-- find out what that mole on your face or body means
click on the photo and you'll be led to its flickr page. and then hover your mouse over the photo (in the flickr page, not here) and then you'll see the notes i put on what those points mean (if you happen to have moles in those same places). click on "all sizes" if you want to see it full-size.


7. what is the Yakult (they call Yakult 養樂多 in Taiwan) beverage? also green tea + yakult (綠茶多多) tea concoction.

8. minor pet peeve on how most people spell christmas here (xmas with an apostrophe after the X).
xmas


if any more lovely people would like to send me things, this is my christmas 2005 wishlist. hehe.. my address is here. also please add "g920713" (that's my student number) after my name. that would make it easier for the school to locate me.

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12/04/2005

 

tiniest train station in the world

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topics:
1. elections are over but noise pollution from politicians' loudspeaker-equipped roving trucks hasn't lessened.

2. stikfas toys are fun. (click on photos to enlarge)

snowboarder mountains our first outdoor concert

3. browsers

a. rocketboom's IE vs Firefox mini survey video

b. maybe you guys know all these browsers.. the popular ones, IE, Firefox, Opera, Safari, the semi-famous ones, Maxthon, Flock, but you've probably never heard of these browsers which are.. how do I say it, native to Taiwan: KKMan and PCMan. These two are actually quite popular here and many people use them.


4. tiny, tiny, tiny, train station-- Balin Train Station/ 拔林火車站,in 拔林 (or 拔子林)
click to watch Flash photo slideshow (you'll need to click on each slide to advance to the next slide.)

5. i finished putting together four videos, and i'll be putting them up in the next few days. please just watch for them. i might be very busy this month with school work so if i don't get to make another podcast this month at least you've got these vids.

i already put the first one up- oct. 31, '05 trip to tainan city. three more to go- taiwan national receipt lottery, nov. '05 taipei city, liu cha night market.

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12/01/2005

 

the kiss of death

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today's podcast topics:
1. engrish catchphrase of the day: moder show young fashish (click to enlarge photo):
young fashish


2. a riddle-like question about Taiwan's upcoming midterm elections.

3. girl, 17, given the kiss of death by her boyfriend. (news article)
Dec. 2, 2005 update: i made the mistake of assuming this bit of news happened in Taiwan just because i read it from a Taiwanese internet news source. it actually happened in Canada. i didn't read it that carefully. =) sorry..

4. public humiliation day: students punished for getting lousy grades by being made to stand on a busy sidewalk memorizing things. (saw this on TV but found an internet link for you guys)

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11/24/2005

 

piss drinking family and more

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topics:
1. a week ago i was in taipei. i'm trying to make a video out of the photos and short video clips i took. might take forever.

2. Taiwan's very own piss drinking family- page referencing this- you have to set your browser encoding to "chinese simplified" to view it right. This is not pr0n related, alright?

3. for someone who's used to reading chinese traditional text, chinese simplified looks like what "w0kE Up n wEnT wIt MAh B0yFrIEnd 2 sK00l n wE aTE iCE cREEm hE Iz s0 sWeEt 2 mEH." would look like to someone used to reading normal English.

reading many paragraphs of chinese simplified text really strains my eyes so i converted the text (in the article about the piss-drinking family) to "chinese traditional" with OpenOffice Writer. see how it's done! (click photos for full-sized versions.)
step 1: step-1-small

step 2: step-2-small

this is the TV Show that the piss drinking family was on. i couldn't find the page for the specific episode they were featured in.

3. what's a perm press? and stuff about general knowledge.

4. i want christmas presents! =)

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11/07/2005

 

in which our heroine finds herself singing for the crowd

yeah.. i know i make really lame post titles.

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topics:
1. i sing in this podcast! but only for like half a minute, so don't worry.

2. The Promise Ring- My life is at Home

3. saw a bunch of "cosplay"-attired girls in Tainan City last week.

4. "para para dance" contest at the mall in front of the rear exit of the Tainan City Train Station.

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mall by the rear exit of the tainan city train station


5. bought a bunch of blank dvd+rs too on that trip.
dvd+r

6. been drawing another 4 panel comic strip for this anti-depression contest. i hope to get more free bookstore discount coupons.
mix tape booki was able to buy Mix Tape: The Art of Cassette Culture with the coupon i got last semester.


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Sept. 17, 2007 update:

my free podcast host Rizzn.net has ceased to exist since 2005, and I lost the

original files, so the audio podcast file in this post is forever gone, i guess.

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11/04/2005

 

wild boars and "strange" uncles

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today's topics:

1. please check out Roger's Saturday Brunch if you haven't yet.

2. friday night is night market night:
(click photos for larger versions)
2.1. caged wild boars (山豬) next to caged birds (hello avian flu)
caged wild boars-06
caged wild boars-02 caged wild boars-03 caged wild boars-04 caged wild boars-05

2.2. "rag"-flavored mapo tofu rice (麻婆豆腐飯) and the stall in question
mapo tofu night market

2.3. hard to imagine, but there's a Kinks cassette tape album (even if it's not one of the good ones) in this huge-ass bin full of taiwanese language (taiwanese is different from mandarin chinese) soap opera soundtrack cassette tapes.
kinks tape 1 kinks tape 2


3. "strange uncles" (怪叔叔) are what they call pervs here. a story about a strange uncle on the taipei metro (as told by a friend).

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Sept. 17, 2007 update:

my free podcast host Rizzn.net has ceased to exist since 2005, and I lost the

original files, so the audio podcast file in this post is forever gone, i guess.

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11/01/2005

 

happy halloween '05

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today's topics:

1. don't forget to check out my latest lame-ass animation! watch roger's saturday brunch

2. why do some websites need a "www" before their names and some don't?

3. dead websites:
3.a. launch.com, a music video site, can no longer be accessed from Taiwan. they suck.yahoo-music-error
3.b. Wired.com's Animation Express is gone now. They suck too.

4. people don't really celebrate Halloween here in Taiwan, at least not in the provinces/ rural areas/ mountains (where I'm located).

5. thoughtful musings on expletives (not really...)

6. i'm working on a short video of scenes around Tainan for you guys. but it's not going super well because i suck at filming, and i suck at video editing. i'm in the editing process now.

7. H.P. Lovecraft's "Necronomicon" as papercraft.

8. i really did get a free t-shirt from Celtx (free scriptwriting software).

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Sept. 17, 2007 update:

my free podcast host Rizzn.net has ceased to exist since 2005, and I lost the

original files, so the audio podcast file in this post is forever gone, i guess.

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10/21/2005

 

hired mourners and more

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today's topics:
1. Somewhere in Time French Restaurant (那個時代法式餐廳)-- Tainan City
address: 27-11 Yunong Road, Tainan City Tel: 06-2082936
I'm not getting a commission for mentioning them here, all right? =)

應該是整個台南市最好吃的餐廳吧. Probably the best restaurant in all of Tainan City.


the following pictures look yellowish because i didn't want to use my camera's flash even if it was pitch black inside and nighttime outside. i set the ISO to 400 and the exposure compensation to the highest possible and the only light source came from the candles on our table.

dinner 1

dinner 5 bike 2

The exterior kind of looks like a haunted house.
dinner 2 dinner 3

2. want to know what a jew's ear looks like?

jew's ear jew's ear

3. hired mourners (click photo)

tears

4. leaning tower of Smart Cars

smart car smart car

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Sept. 17, 2007 update:

my free podcast host Rizzn.net has ceased to exist since 2005, and I lost the

original files, so the audio podcast file in this post is forever gone, i guess.

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10/11/2005

 

double ten day 2005

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today's topics:

1. while the FBI has a new goal lately, guess what kind of videos you can easily find at the 10 dollar store over here? (hint: pr0n)
10 dollar store
click this link to see a larger version that you can download and zoom in to see the details.

2. Double Ten Day/ 雙十節 (you have to set your browser encoding to Big-5 to view this link)/ 國慶日-- Republic of China

3. foul tasting Italian "herbal" toothpaste
toothpaste

4. do i really get a free t-shirt from celtx? stay tuned (will know if it's for real or not in 3-4 weeks).

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Sept. 17, 2007 update:

my free podcast host Rizzn.net has ceased to exist since 2005, and I lost the

original files, so the audio podcast file in this post is forever gone, i guess.

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9/28/2005

 

helmet thieves, teacher's day, etc..

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today's podcast topics: (click on the photos to see a larger version)

1. today's youth lack moral fibre-- story of some would-be helmet thieves.

2. flattened frog

flattened frog

3. what i was doing the past month (mostly useless crap)

4. shaddock (fruit)/ 柚子-- a Moon Festival/ Mid-Autumn Festival/ 中秋節 staple (i forgot to mention this here.)
--people supposedly put this on kids' heads.

shaddock on head
(source of the photo)

5. the suzuki choinori mini scooter (gas-powered)

suzuki choinori

6. Stop Smiling magazine

7. women carrying dogs invade the mountains/ farm lands

woman with dog

8. teacher's day/教師節 (sept. 28)-- Confucius's (孔子) birthday

teacher's day greeting cards:
teacher's day greeting cards

Happy Teacher's Day!


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Sept. 17, 2007 update:

my free podcast host Rizzn.net has ceased to exist since 2005, and I lost the

original files, so the audio podcast file in this post is forever gone, i guess.

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9/19/2005

 

moon festival '05 podcast

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topics:
1. moon festival and Chang-E (嫦娥)
2. Konfabulator widgets
3. a mooncake story


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Sept. 17, 2007 update:

my free podcast host Rizzn.net has ceased to exist since 2005, and I lost the

original files, so the audio podcast file in this post is forever gone, i guess.

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9/07/2005

 

turtles and more

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topics:
1. new dorm blues

2. feng shui/ facing northwest

3. turtle crossing the road (click photos to see a larger version)
turtle 4 turtle head
turtle 1turtle 3 turtle 2

4. full-fat milk

full fat milk

5. taiwan won't recognize degrees from China universities during Pres. Chen's term (here's one random news link i found, there's more)

[hours after i recorded my podcast i saw this China Post article at a 7-11. click the photo for a larger view. it's only a partial photograph because i didn't want the 7-11 clerk to get pissed at me for taking pictures of news articles and not buying the paper, heheh..]

non-recognition

6. disgusting beef-noodle shop owners


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Sept. 17, 2007 update:

my free podcast host Rizzn.net has ceased to exist since 2005, and I lost the

original files, so the audio podcast file in this post is forever gone, i guess.

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8/25/2005

 

ghost month

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topics for this podcast:

1. 鬼月-- the ghost month "holiday" observed during the seventh month of the Lunar Calendar.
2. thanks Robert S. for the extra info (on my chinese lover's day post).

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Sept. 17, 2007 update:

my free podcast host Rizzn.net has ceased to exist since 2005, and I lost the

original files, so the audio podcast file in this post is forever gone, i guess.

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8/24/2005

 

brain damage

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topics:
so, let's try something different. anyway this podcast is even lamer than usual. haha.
try to guess who sung the songs in this file.

(i uploaded this august 17 but it only showed up on my podcast list today. don't know why. but anyway, here it is. at long last i'm able to post it.)

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Sept. 17, 2007 update:

my free podcast host Rizzn.net has ceased to exist since 2005, and I lost the

original files, so the audio podcast file in this post is forever gone, i guess.

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8/14/2005

 

story behind the chinese day of love

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topics for today:
1. version no. 1 of the origin of the chinese day of love/ chinese lovers' day (情人節)
2. version no. 2 of the origin of the chinese day of love/ chinese lovers' day (情人節)

characters mentioned in the podcast:
1. 牛郎-- the cowboy
2. 織女-- the weaver girl
3. 鵲-- the magpies who formed the bridge spanning the Milky Way for the lovers to cross (don't ask me how ancient people knew about the Milky Way.) thanks, Robert S. for this info.
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click to read the rest august 24, 2005 update:
if you guys recall, your very unprofessional host (me) couldn't name the bird in the legend because i didn't know how to read the word "鵲" when i came across it in my internet research, and i didn't know what it was in English either. oh boy, i hope i don't get more comments about me being a barely literate podcaster.

but luckily, Robert S. of southern california e-mailed me this yesterday. merci beaucoup for the extra info!

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As for 七夕--the bridge is formed by magpies 鵲 that span the Milky Way 天河
or 銀河, since the lovers have been exiled to stars on either side of the
Milky Way... but what I like about the story is what some of the
Chinese poets did with it... My favorite is a quatrain by Li Shangyin:

七夕
鸞扇斜分鳳幄開;
星橋橫過鵲飛來。
爭將世上無期別;
換得年年一度來。

Contrasting the vicissitudes of human life with the eternal certainty
of meeting once a year on the magpie bridge... Just hope the lovers
don't get tired of each other....
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i made this podcast a few days ago, but it was hell to send it to my free podcast host (rizzn) over my house's (still on summer break, haven't gone back to school yet. so no fast internet.) dial-up internet connection. i know, ghetto, right? i kept timing out. christ. so i went to the internet cafe today and successfully put it up. oh yeah, go me.

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Sept. 17, 2007 update:

my free podcast host Rizzn.net has ceased to exist since 2005, and I lost the

original files, so the audio podcast file in this post is forever gone, i guess.

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8/06/2005

 

chinese day of love 2005

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topics:
girl on tv news giving tips on how to make the most out of your motel love-fest on this year's Chinese Valentine's Day
tips such as:
1. a gadget that can vouch for the absence/ presence of surveillance equipment in the room
2. don't forget to check the expiration date of the free rubbers in the room

those were the only ones i caught. damn. a pity huh? i wanted to hear more .. ahem.. nuggets of wisdom from the tv news.

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p.s. i'm still on summer break as you all know. i'm home, not living in school where there's fast interenet.
it took two nights to successfully upload this podcast. the first night the upload kept timing out. second night, it timed out thrice but it worked the fourth try. took 30 minutes (the successful fourth attempt) to upload this podcast. bloody dial-up.

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Sept. 17, 2007 update:

my free podcast host Rizzn.net has ceased to exist since 2005, and I lost the

original files, so the audio podcast file in this post is forever gone, i guess.

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7/02/2005

 

hello kitty magnets

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topics:
1. Hello Kitty Magnets at 7-11

hello kitty magnets
(click on photo for notes and a larger view )

continue reading 2. thanks to everyone who's emailed, left comments and signed my guestbook.

3. that's all. i'm going home tomorrow and i'm really tired from packing and stuff. zzz. i'll podcast again in August!

by the way, there's a possibility you guys would get this podcast late. i uploaded it to rizzn already but it still can't be downloaded. i see that the file is up, but when i tried to click and save it still wouldn't work.

i'll be "publishing" this post the moment the link to my mp3 on rizzn works, and i don't know when that'll be. (sometimes it works within minutes of uploading, sometimes there's no lag time at all, sometimes it takes a day.) if it doesn't happen before tomorrow, i'll have to wait till i have a chance to get on the internet after i get home, and i also don't know when that'll be.

and many times after publishing for some reason podcasting software take days to update this feed. i don't know why. so maybe you'll receive this days after.

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My Odeo Channel

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Sept. 17, 2007 update:

my free podcast host Rizzn.net has ceased to exist since 2005, and I lost the

original files, so the audio podcast file in this post is forever gone, i guess.

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6/29/2005

 

itunes and national identity cards

listen

click here to read today's topics and photos of stuff i talked about
today's topics:

1. the new iTunes (version 4.9) with podcast support

it did this! (see photo.. click it to see the larger version)
my june 29, 2005 podcast feed circulation stats


2. photos of this house in Kuan Du (關渡), taipei with a big sign saying "Redneck Road". link 1, link 2

3. Taiwan citizen identity cards (台灣國民身分證) and what kind of info is contained on those cards

i promised in my podcast i'd put up photos of these. click each to see a larger version. the flickr page of each of these photos also have detailed notes on what each part of the card means.

the very first taiwan national identity card:
the very first taiwan national identity card

current identity card (front):
taiwan identity card - front

current identity card (back):
taiwan identity card - back




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july 1, 2005 update:
augh, fuck. this is happening again! same technical problem as before! this particular podcast isn't showing up again in podcast related applications. argh.. why? why? why? i hate being technically inept.


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my free podcast host Rizzn.net has ceased to exist since 2005, and I lost the

original files, so the audio podcast file in this post is forever gone, i guess.

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6/26/2005

 

three from the past week

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podcast topics:
1. floods, rains all over taiwan
2. happenings during the flood
3. news bit about abusive foreign brides

news article on abusive foreign brides
click to read


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my free podcast host Rizzn.net has ceased to exist since 2005, and I lost the

original files, so the audio podcast file in this post is forever gone, i guess.

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6/12/2005

 

dragon boat festival '05 edition

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today's topics:

1. what is 端午節 or in English, the Dragon Boat Festival?
2. how is this holiday celebrated? (aside from dragon boat racing as you can glean from the name.)
3. what are the origins of this holiday? there's the well-known version of the origin of this festival, and then there are some other not so well-known ones.

photos of the 粽子 (sticky rice wrapped in leaves) I mentioned in the podcast:

(click for a larger view)
unwrapped 粽子 wrapped 粽子

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my free podcast host Rizzn.net has ceased to exist since 2005, and I lost the

original files, so the audio podcast file in this post is forever gone, i guess.

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6/08/2005

 

rearing little devils for fun and profit part 1

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topics:
1. mark forman- Taiwan based podcaster who plays podsafe music and introduces you to exotic asian locales
2. what are little devils/ little bodhisattvas? how can you tell if your fortune teller is guided by a good spirit or an angry spirit?
3. how do people obtain little devils to rear? why would they do this?
4. in the event that your fortune teller is guided by a little devil and not a little Bodhisattva, how can you nullify the little devil's harmful *effects*?

----more about this in the months to come. i shall research this topic in the summer. i hope i don't start getting hate mail.----

technical problems with this post

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my free podcast host Rizzn.net has ceased to exist since 2005, and I lost the

original files, so the audio podcast file in this post is forever gone, i guess.

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6/06/2005

 

tattooed weirdos and dune buggies

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topics for today:
1. topless tattooed weirdo wearing an inner tube for swimming around his waist riding a scooter

2. another weirdo riding a dune buggy on a little provincial street

3. Bin Laden water cooling system for computer cases

4. from Techdirt.com: yahoo dropping listing fees for online auctions to compete with ebay. but this is just the opposite case in taiwan! listen for the complete details

cutest md case in the world

5. nobody beats the japanese in making cool little cases/ containers.. see this photo of a minidisc disc bag that i just bought yesterday.

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my free podcast host Rizzn.net has ceased to exist since 2005, and I lost the

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6/02/2005

 

my trip to taipei

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note (june 2, 2005-- 10:09 pm):
this is supposed to be the link to the mp3, but rizzn.net is screwing up again for some reason (at least on my end). when i try to right click and save as, it wouldn't work. i don't want to inconvenience people again so i uploaded the file to my school website storage first. so sorry if the file name and the id3 tags are different and stuff.

when the link works (maybe tomorrow or the day after. this happens sometimes with rizzn.net) i'll change the link (because my school website storage is limited and if i put my podcast files there i won't have enough web space any more).

------- update june 3, 2005 4:23a.m.
i re-uploaded the file to blipmedia and after a couple more tries the link works now. i've changed the link to my free podcast hosting link and deleted the file i temporary hosted on my school website storage thing.

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PHOTOS:
click here to see photos of stuff mentioned in today's podcast

7-11 at the train station:
7-11 at train station 2 7-11 at train station 3

some graffiti at 西門丁:
graffiti at 西門丁

more taipei graffiti photos: 1, 2, 3, 4

tickets to this:

TIAF movie ticket

old men checking out young girls at 西門丁 (Xi Men Ting):
old men at xi men ting

old men at xi men ting old men at xi men ting

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also, thanks to noah of ugly expat.com for signing my guestbook. and yes, i know what "wigga" means. heheh.. thanks for taking the time to write a definition though.

speaking of which, "USA Wigga Bitch" has struck again! new comment on this photo of graffiti i shot in Taipei.

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my free podcast host Rizzn.net has ceased to exist since 2005, and I lost the

original files, so the audio podcast file in this post is forever gone, i guess.

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5/25/2005

 

of poisoned energy drinks

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topics for today:
1. working on this term's animation-- doing a [lame! amateur!] little flash video for They Might be Giants' Experimental Film. i also e-mailed their website's webmaster asking if he/she could contact their management and ask permission for me to use the song in my video to send to competitions. haven't heard from them yet and probably never will.

2. two separate instances of beverages being deliberately poisoned by person/persons unknown here in Taiwan during the past week.

3. going to the Taipei International Film Festival tomorrow till sunday!
photos of poster/ official site.

click to continue reading (some Thank Yous)
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thanks everyone for commenting in my posts. really appreciate it, and thanks for the feedback. i'll try to minimize my bad speech patterns.

thanks to david (wired-dude dot blogspot, that's wired-dude with a hyphen), Ox (Oxcast), john (johnandsteveshow.com) and john (ongline podcast) for your podcastalley votes and comments. thanks "monkey" for your comment (i don't know who you are though or i'd link you too).

thanks carl (mental-escher.net) for your interest in my feeble attempts at claymation.

thanks to the new people (adel antado and jenny) who signed my guestbook. oh and apparently dj ketamine (see this post) is real and not a spam robot because he actually replied to my post wondering about who he is with another guestbook entry. heheheh..
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Snoop Dogg, i mean Anonymous (read his/her comment here) left a link to this photo blog (presumably his, or the comment-leaver's friend or whatever). he's a New Hampshire Bushman living in central taiwan.

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so the only person who hasn't surfaced yet is "USA Wigga Bitch" of bizarro flickr comments fame. (see this post, and this)


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my free podcast host Rizzn.net has ceased to exist since 2005, and I lost the

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5/17/2005

 

all your jello belong to us!

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today's topics:
1. hand grabbing jello ice dessert place (see photos below)
2. who is the mysterious USA wigga bitch?
3. thanks everyone who voted for me in podcastalley

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liu cha ice dessert place 1
liu cha ice dessert place 2 liu cha ice dessert place 3

liu cha ice dessert place 4

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5/11/2005

 

picking watermelons

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today's topics:
1. picking watermelons (在台南採西瓜-- 從隆田要回南藝的路.)
2. a good deed never goes unpunished (kitten saving incident)
3. the taiwan GARBAGE TRUCK SONG everyone's asking for is in this podcast. it's at the very end.

more photographs can be found HERE .

picking watermelons

tag:


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5/07/2005

 

pandas, roaches and stuff

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hello all. i'm still hard at work on my end of term animation and other school work. sorry i sound dead here. i'm sounding deader and deader every day.

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my free podcast host Rizzn.net has ceased to exist since 2005, and I lost the

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5/02/2005

 

paris hilton podcasts?

haha. this is the link to its podcastalley listing.

i think this podcast is promotion for House of Wax.

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May 26, 2005 update:

augh, 我快瘋掉了. 怎麼最近都有好多人跑來我的網頁是因為在找 "paris hilton" 呢? 我來做個簡介.

她是一個女生,今年(2005)應該24歲吧 (如果有民國的年來算的話就要加一歲.那她應該會是25歲).

她們家是在旅館的生意裡.她的前輩是開創Hilton旅館的聯鎖店.她為什麼最近變很出名呢,我也不太知道.好多人在奇怪明明這個人也不會唱歌,或演戲,或跳舞,也不是大美女,怎麼會莫名其妙出現在娛樂界呢?

一年前在網路出現一個她跟她的前男朋友在做愛的影片 (他們自己拍的--叫做跟巴黎的一夜.. "paris"就是法國的巴黎市的英文字). 這個後她就變很出名.

我不想在這一頁寫那個"獨立製作的A-片"的英文題目因為我如果寫了肯定會有更多人在google找這個key word會跑來我這裡.我也不是專門在寫人家八掛的網頁. 我是因為podcast的原因才提到她的. 所以,大家來練習英文自己翻翻看"跟巴黎的一夜".

她也有出現在The Simple Life的 reality show 電視節目.最近她也出現在一個恐怖電影 (就是上面我寫的house of wax.).就這樣了.

希望如果有別人在未來來到我的網頁是為了別的原因.

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你們如果想知道關於podcast的事歡迎參考我寫的這個.

我的blog裡也有podcast.歡迎大家下載聽聽我的一點都不甜美的聲音.

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5/01/2005

 

sorry i haven't podcasted lately

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warning:
this podcast is almost half an hour long. i'll understand if you don't want to listen all the way through. you could also use "fast forward" if you want.

topics:
1. why i haven't podcasted lately- been working
2. what are whizzers? - appliance for wringing water out of clothes
3. mr lien of taiwan's pro-reunification blue coalition goes to china
4. what is the 端午節 festival?
5. on infidelities, ktvs, escorts, hookers and male libido in taiwan. (sounds like a great topic but i sure botched it.)

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my free podcast host Rizzn.net has ceased to exist since 2005, and I lost the

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4/23/2005

 

online shopping is the reaper!

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topics:
1. online shopping is like crack
2. don't fear the reaper- blue oyster cult

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4/17/2005

 

finally got my camera!

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topics:
1. finally got my nikon a520 camera!
2. won a stuffed animal from a doll grabbing machine
3. dinner at lung-tien (隆田) night market. sucked.

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my free podcast host Rizzn.net has ceased to exist since 2005, and I lost the

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4/09/2005

 

selling stuff, ghost stories

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topics today:

1. sold off my nikon coolpix 3700 to a very panicky couple. [link]

2. what happens if you die a violent, unnatural death

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i apologize for today's boring topics.

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4/06/2005

 

dead bats and stuff

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links/topics mentioned in today's podcast:
1. Qingming Festival (清明節 or the Chinese all Soul's Day)
2. Boomboxes
3. portable boomboxes today have much fewer features than boomboxes in the past
4. iTunes music sharing experience
5. Plus Deck- Cassette recorder for the PC
6. furry dead bat

furry dead bat

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4/04/2005

 

a rant then a happy ending

plenty of taiwanese websites as of this writing suck real bad in terms of usability and common sense (see previous two entries for elaboration- this and this). you know, all of the scary Flash torture web designers heap on their readers that mr jeffrey veen mentioned here.

(a lot being even more unusuable and unreadable than most american sites i've visited. honestly. a lot of cute, well-animated splash pages, little videos everywhere, cute but not reader-friendly in terms of easy navigation and not wasting people's time.)

i don't know how to code or write websites but i really want to learn css well so I can *teach* folks here about all the separating content from style stuff, readability, usability shift of paradigm crap that's been gaining ground in the world for the past couple of years. and also against the poor use of flash. a lot of sites really get carried away with it. i think i'll put up a link list sometime when i have the time.

but all is not lost i think because there are some very good and neat and clean and uncluttered (a lot of taiwanese sites are the opposite of that. and the effect is worse than badly presented English sites because Chinese font is very tiny and clutter makes it even harder to read things than if English words were cluttered.) taiwanese websites.

yeah worry not because there's a new wave and all that crap even if things are just starting to pick up. one of my newer discoveries is a blog by a guy called schee. check it out. it's really cool and the content is cool too. he's also got a podcast.

he's also got photos of the 3/26 demonstration i kept harping about a few podcasts back. check out schee's photoset on the 3/26 demonstration against China's anti-secession law.

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4/03/2005

 

bad experience as a consumer, spring scream

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topics and links mentioned:
1. lousy customer service at 光南 (Kuang Nan) electronics store, 北門路 Bei-men Road, Tainan city branch.

2. Pots zine

3. Spring Scream Music Festival (春天吶喊)- Kenting, South Taiwan (墾丁,台灣).
article on Spring Scream
team sasquatch

4. Eslite Bookstore

5. Q Music Magazine

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4/01/2005

 

happy april fool's day post

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1. Statue of Pope Sylvester II Becomes Moist Before A Pope Dies

2. new digital music player for the computer that has a one-click feature that allows users add bookmarks to specific parts of an audio track. very handy for listening to longer spoken word podcast tracks, or for listeners who want to segment music podcasts into songs.

3. new audio editing software that has the same feature as #2. it allows authors of audio tracks to mark their tracks in time, and the audio player in #2 recognizes those bookmarks and listeners can click on the bookmarked time code they want to fast forward to what they want to listen to. doesn't split the track into different mp3s mmkay don't worry.

just kidding happy april fool's day. i doubt i was that convincing anyway.

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original files, so the audio podcast file in this post is forever gone, i guess.

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attacked by rodents!!!

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topics for today..
my dorm room was attacked by a big fucking rat tonight. no this isn't an april fool's day joke.

fuckshitmerdegoddamn.

i'm going to keep a candlelight vigil and not sleep tonight.

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3/30/2005

 

more about 3/26 demonstration

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topics:
1. reminder to check out my photos of my tirp to see snow in the blog and imagery pages
2. taiwan's lantern festival (don't remember if i talked about it previously). i also have photos of these in the blog and imagery pages.
3. more about the 3/26 protest rally against China passing anti-secession law in february that will permit it to use force against taiwan if taiwan pushes for statehood.
4. about green and blue camps in taiwan
5. earthquake two nights ago.
5. power outage last night.

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3/28/2005

 

easter 2005 edition

sorry i sound kind of dead today. a little tired. Happy Easter!


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links/ stuff mentioned today
1. scans of newspaper headlines and articles about March 26 Taiwan's protest rally against China's anti secession law: 1 and 2

2. from here about this- "FeedBurner Users: Playing With Fire".

3. weise: young man who committed Minnesota native american reservation school shootings

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my free podcast host Rizzn.net has ceased to exist since 2005, and I lost the

original files, so the audio podcast file in this post is forever gone, i guess.

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3/26/2005

 

3/26 demonstration in taiwan

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today's topics:
1. i installed my new cpu fan/heatsink. it's a fire engine red Vantec Mach 1. (Read why i had to do it.)

2. today's protest demonstration in taipei against China taking over Taiwan.

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my free podcast host Rizzn.net has ceased to exist since 2005, and I lost the

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3/24/2005

 

march 24 trip to tainan

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topics today:
1. strange things i saw in tainan city:
a. "no one under 18 to be admitted" sticker label on DVDs
b. "Words About Oversea" English vocabulary reference guide
2. i recorded this on the voice recorder in my nikon coolpix 3700 pocket camera. sorry if the quality sucks.

click here to see the girl i mentioned in my opodcast


this is the girl i mentioned in my podcast... damn bright colors!!

colorful girl

colorful girl

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3/22/2005

 

of severed dicks, computers being bad for kids and weezer's new song

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topics:

1. boring stuff.. what i did today..
a. yesterday night- taking photos of shoe cabinets because i'm lame
b. photography class this morning

2. Y! Taiwan's flaws. see previous post.

3. Weezer's new single: Beverly Hills
via ohnotheydidn't

4. Yahoo! Taiwan news article that i mentioned in my podcast:
link to article

(summary: in a backwards rural village in China, it is believed that eating a guy's dick can cure women with gynecological diseases. so this woman and her husband connived to cut some homeless guy's dick off.)


大陸夫妻割下流浪漢的生殖器,治療婦女病
【中廣新聞網 】
大陸一名婦女罹患婦女病,由於當地人認為:用男人生殖器配藥、能治好婦女病,因此夥同先生,殺死一名流浪漢、割下流浪漢的生殖器。

這起聳人聽聞的事件發生在重慶市〔忠縣〕,當地人迷信,認為吃男人的生殖器,可以治療男人陽痿和女人的婦女病。

兩個月前一名流浪漢遭人殺害、生殖器還被割下。

警方展開調查,得知當地有這種迷信,循線找到一名自稱熟悉這種療法的醫師。

醫師透露,最近的確有一對夫婦找過他,想用生殖器來治療太太的婦女病。

於是醫師帶他們去挖墳,想偷走死人的生殖器,但新的墳墓都是用水泥修建,挖也挖不開,最後只好作罷。

醫師懷疑就是這對夫妻,殺死流浪漢。

警方找到這對夫妻之後,突破他們的心防,坦承確實是他們殺死流浪漢,還割下流浪漢的生殖器、磨成粉讓太太吃。

依照大陸法律,這對夫妻可能被控殺人罪、處以死刑。


5. Computers bad for kids? link to The Register article.


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3/21/2005

 

gin and juice theme

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today's topics:
1. walked an hour under scorching sun to nowhere. luckily it wasn't that hot, just that the sun shone too bright and hurt my head, but it was still 24C so i can't complain too much. now i'm kinda feeling ill.
2. downloaded a gin and juice cover from audiography. i love this song so i get excited when i hear covers of it.
3. decided to play gin and juice for this podcast. two covers, one by new found glory, the other by the gourds (they're the ones who played the cover i downloaded. i don't know who they are though), and the other is the original snoop doggy dog version.

gin and juice cover by the gourds via audiography

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3/18/2005

 

experiments and scootering

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i give the worst subject titles

topics:
1. experimental animation
2. rode a scooter

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my free podcast host Rizzn.net has ceased to exist since 2005, and I lost the

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3/15/2005

 

separated at birth?

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notes:

The writer of this post reports the interesting *resemblance* of Coldplay's The Scientist and Sum 41's Pieces.

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my free podcast host Rizzn.net has ceased to exist since 2005, and I lost the

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3/13/2005

 

on lemon chicken and comic book rental stores

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topics:
1. lemon chicken in Hsin Ying (新營)
2. comic book rental store in Liu Cha (六甲) (little village near school; nearest village for miles around)

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my free podcast host Rizzn.net has ceased to exist since 2005, and I lost the

original files, so the audio podcast file in this post is forever gone, i guess.

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78 degrees Celsius cpu and other travails of daily life

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topics:
1. vegetarian visitor- no onions or garlic (eats cheese and other dairy products though)
2. 78 degrees Celsius 2.8e Prescott goddamn hot Pentium 4 cpu

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my free podcast host Rizzn.net has ceased to exist since 2005, and I lost the

original files, so the audio podcast file in this post is forever gone, i guess.

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3/11/2005

 

stubbed my left toe

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today's titillating topics:

1. oh woe is me, my left toe got injured by a wayward barbecue stick.

2. my heart got broken by a strawberry vendor.

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Sept. 17, 2007 update:

my free podcast host Rizzn.net has ceased to exist since 2005, and I lost the

original files, so the audio podcast file in this post is forever gone, i guess.

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3/10/2005

 

march 10, 2005 podcast

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what it's about:
1. i got my minidisc recorder/player walkman fixed.
2. if you want to hear about minidiscs, email or leave a comment.
3. sushi express

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Sept. 17, 2007 update:

my free podcast host Rizzn.net has ceased to exist since 2005, and I lost the

original files, so the audio podcast file in this post is forever gone, i guess.

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3/07/2005

 

march 06, 2005 trip 3

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some photos in the track info. please click "view art" in iTunes to see them.

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Sept. 17, 2007 update:

my free podcast host Rizzn.net has ceased to exist since 2005, and I lost the

original files, so the audio podcast file in this post is forever gone, i guess.

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march 06, 2005 trip 2

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a couple of photos in the track info. click view album art in iTunes to see 'em.

This post has the complete train stop recording somewhere (i didn't get to record the start in this post.) in the middle of the mp3. i blabbed at the start because i wanted to keep the microphone on so i wouldn't miss the start of the recording when it happens.

so i was anticipating the recording right, but it didn't happen till like 2 minutes after. i got impatient after 50 seconds so i started talking so i wouldn't be wasting the camera's (i recorded the four podcasts for today on my nikon 3700's microphone) battery in vain.

anyway i cut out the first 50 seconds because it's just the sound of the train clanging along. the first minute of this audio is me talking, just skip ahead to the halfway point, oh wait i think it's near the end actually; that's where the recording is.

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Sept. 17, 2007 update:

my free podcast host Rizzn.net has ceased to exist since 2005, and I lost the

original files, so the audio podcast file in this post is forever gone, i guess.

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march 06, 2005 trip 1

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some photos in the track. please enable "view art" in iTunes. thanks!

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Sept. 17, 2007 update:

my free podcast host Rizzn.net has ceased to exist since 2005, and I lost the

original files, so the audio podcast file in this post is forever gone, i guess.

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3/06/2005

 

off to 嘉義 hopefully to see some snow..

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there's supposedly some snow on some mountain in Chia-yi 嘉義. unlike this mountain where i'm on. about to go check it out.

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Sept. 17, 2007 update:

my free podcast host Rizzn.net has ceased to exist since 2005, and I lost the original files, so the audio

podcast file in this post is forever gone, i guess.

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peanut stall ad recording

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this is a recording of a roving peanut stall truck's ad. the ad is in taiwanese dialect. it says "peanuts, peanuts, yummy and delicious peanuts! come one and all and buy it!" something like that.

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Sept. 17, 2007 update:

my free podcast host Rizzn.net has ceased to exist since 2005, and I lost the original files, so the audio

podcast file in this post is forever gone, i guess.

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3/03/2005

 

march 3, 2005 additional

listen

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click to read


in this podcast i just talk about the free podhosting website Rizzn that i've been trying out. the guy who runs it is pretty friendly. he e-mails you back if you ask questions, and even gives helpful solutions.

remember the thing i posted yesterday about posts being re-encoded to 128kbps and making the file size a whole lot bigger? i e-mailed him about it and he said he fixed it to make it 64kbps for now, and he's working on a thing so that in the future you can choose which bitrate you want it to be put up with.

and earlier, i uploaded this file (the podcast for this blog entry) to rizzn and it wouldn't work (i heard a spooky recording. of the guy saying "rizzn dot net"). i e-mailed the guy and he replied back in less than half an hour telling me why it wouldn't work, something about my encoding. so i just re-encoded and re-uploaded and now it's fine.

there are some little bits strange happening though. like i uploaded a file successfully earlier, but then the link that's supposed to point to my file doesn't work. strange. anyway that's the link to my first podcast for today. i put it up for now at my school website space for now because i'm too sleepy to wait till it gets fixed.

good night!

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Sept. 17, 2007 update:

my free podcast host Rizzn.net has ceased to exist since 2005, and I lost the original files, so the audio

podcast file in this post is forever gone, i guess.

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march 3, 2005 podcast

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i was stuffing myself with danko brie cheese while doing this podcast. i finished more than half of the tin doing this.

i watched Super Size Me during dinner tonight here at the dorm with my friend (my friend cooked a delicious hotpot 火鍋 dinner). i was just worrying about having an unhealthy, sedentary lifestyle and now, a few hours later, i'm stuffing myself with cheese while sitting here at the computer.

An interesting thing shown in Super Size Me was that school in Illinois which had a really good exercise and physical education facility, where lots of the kids are exercising on treadmills and climbing up ropes, and yet the movie said that's still one of the fattest places in the US. the movie showed that all the food from that particular school's processed stuff that are just reheated.

last semester we finally had a 7-11 here in the boonies of Tachi village. 7-11 is ubiquitous in Taiwan, true. it's there for everything in your life. you can pay your phone and bank bills there, have books you ordered from books.com.tw and a bunch of other shopping sites delivered there, local shipping companies (like FedEx and stuff) ship stuff for pickup there, etc..

but up here in the mountains where our art school is located, it's a 15 minute scooter ride to the nearest village (tiny tiny village with maybe less than ten streets) if you need supplies. good thing a 7-11 opened here right on campus around summer last year.

anyway the 7-11 in school had tables for meals. and there were lots of those prepackaged processed meals (pasta, beef noodles, everything!) that the 7-11 guy can microwave for you and you can eat right there. i was so hooked on those for months and months. the 7-11 baked goods line (calzone, burrito, pizza, hamburger) sucks but the noodle, pasta and rice line rocks. i probably had 4 meals a week eating their microwaved food for a couple of months.

anyway whatever. i just thought of that after typing that thing about the school children eating all those prepacked food that's "cooked" by reheating.


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Sept. 17, 2007 update:

my free podcast host Rizzn.net has ceased to exist since 2005, and I lost the original files, so the audio

podcast file in this post is forever gone, i guess.

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3/02/2005

 

podcast for first of march

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whoa.. this one is long. i wouldn't blame you for not wanting to listen.

listen

click for show notes

here are the links i mentioned in the show that i promised to put up:

1. Abi Feijo's profile on Animation World Network.

2. msn's primer to kiddie computer slang

3. rappers and bloggers by Josh Levin on Slate.

4. ppmusic

5. audiography

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visit Rizzn! i'm now using them to store my mp3s. they're free, and now i don't have to worry about my free 100mb web space from school running out.

if you don't have money, not even $5 to spare for a LibSyn account, why not check it out?
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UPDATE:
well this file isn't hosted on rizzn because it's a HUGE 12++ mb mp3 and i just discovered that Rizzn makes audio 128kbps so my 64kbps mp3 because 25++ mb after uploading. so i changed this track's home just now (1:40am) to my puny school web storage space because i don't want to inconvenience anyone with huge file sizes.


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2/28/2005

 

trying out rizzn

tainan lantern festival 2005

The point of this podcast is to test out my Rizzn.net account. Rizzn is a free podcast hosting service. it's pretty cool and free, perfect for students who are always strapped for cash, like me! heheheh..

i already uploaded a small mp3 file aside from this podcast to Rizzn.net earlier. i noticed the website changes the file's file name and song ID3 tag information (like artist name, album, title). so if upon downloading you notice it looks different from my previous stuff, don't get thrown off, it's not an impostor.

my Rizzn.net rss link is this.


tainan lantern festival 2005 tainan lantern festival 2005

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Sept. 17, 2007 update:

my free podcast host Rizzn.net has ceased to exist since 2005, and I lost the original files, so the audio podcast file in this post is forever gone, i guess.

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12/29/2004

 

weezer.. i mean.. whizzer.. and other happenings

podcast here
photos to accompany your listening pleasure
photos are in a zip file

click here to read more



today's topics:
1. the weather (god how boring).. but it's cold! so it deserves a mention..

2. the mysterious aforementioned whizzer

3. trendy things in this little mountain town (Naruto comics, Young Kindaichi- for myself..)

4. deadly earthquake/ tidal waves

5. mysterious blogs on "home mortgage" visiting my site

6. how i just found out that my free web space has a 100mb storage limit, and how i already used up half just posting my 2003-2004 group project animation.

7. trying to figure out how to include photos with my mp3. (for this post i'm offering a .zip file of lousy pics for download. this post has other photos of my taichung trip. i didn't repeat photos because i have to be stingy on storage space now.)
maybe for my next podcast (will there be a next one?) i'll try to put pics in the "album art" part of iTunes.

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12/28/2004

 

night market (山粉圓) drink stall ad recording

Vendors who sell drinks, peanuts, dumplings and whatnot out of wheeled stall carts in Taiwan usually play a looping recording advertising their product. "Peanuts are yummy and healthy. Come buy our peanuts, etc, etc.." The language used is usually Taiwanese (not Mandarin).

You can hear these looping ad recordings everywhere, not only from stall cart vendors. There are vans that go around looping recordings advertising their NT$299 all-you-can-eat hot pot dinners, facials, massages, karaoke bars, election candidate, etc. The back part of the van is decorated with images of the product.

Anyway, the recording in this podcast is from a 山粉圓 drink stall. I've been hearing this recording ever since I went to the weekly Friday night market in Liu-Cha for the first time in September last year. I don't know what 山粉圓 is in English. It's some kind of little transparent ball-shaped thing served inside a really sweet beverage. No, it's not the "pearls" in "pearl shakes".

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corrections

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i re-encoded my first two podcasts (Link 1, Link 2) so the file size would be smaller. it's still in .mp3 format, but i used mp3Pro which (supposedly) allows you to encode audio in a lower bitrate (thus resulting in a smaller file size) but still retain the quality of an old style mp3 encoded with twice that bitrate.

i also noticed i wrote the wrong e-mail address in the URL field of the id3 tag in my second podcast. yes i'm a moron. please add "888" before @gmail.com to contact me.

lastly i found out that the school web site hosting thing only has a 100MB storage limit. boo. i already used up half of that since i put up my 2003-2004 group project animation here and it's 53mb in size.

so i've been looking for "free web hosts" online where i can put that video file and just link to it from my "works" page but no go. there are a bunch of free 100mb web hosts all right, but all of them impose some kind of file size limit every time you upload. something like 1mb or 3mb each time you upload. that's lame because there's no way to upload a 53mb video file in chunks. ehh.. and i can't afford paid hosting.

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12/26/2004

 

my first podcast- from tainan province, taiwan

testing to see if this will work out fine.

i welcome any comments and suggestions for improvement.

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