Friday, May 22, 2015

Langalje 排灣連杯 joined cups, Paiwan tribe; 臺灣櫸木Taiwan zelkova zelkova formosana

Thursday, May 21, 2015

As I mentioned, in Waco, Texas, hundreds of bikers (tattooed fat guys in black Ts, jeans, and colors) were determined to protect their lifestyle and what they see as their freedom, by violence if necessary. They are certainly accustomed to violence.
Forewarned, eighteen local police and four state troopers were on hand. As five biker clubs gathered, friction was inevitable, fighting broke out, and in five minutes the party was over, with nine bikers were dead and 170 arrested. Police killed at least four of the dead. Fortunately, no innocent bystanders were harmed.
Recently )HERE( I discussed guns and freedom. Yes, yes, yes, we know you think you need guns to protect your freedom, but nobody has explained to me how guns protect freedom. If someone is attacking you and you have no brighter method, you may shoot the attacker to protect yourself. If someone is “taking away your freedom,” who do you shoot to protect your freedom?
Even violent bikers who outnumbered the police over ten to one were subdued within five minutes. If armed groups start fighting to “protect their freedom,” the outcome will be pretty much like what happened in Waco, and recall that this is not the first time something like this has happened in Waco. You’d think somebody’d learn: guns may be fun, but they are less than useless in “protecting freedom and rights.” Brighter people find more intelligent ways than providing moving targets for police.
Anyway, here’s a pretty good commentary on the fracas, or fiasco::HERE::

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Bikers in Waco, TX had a big ruckus and, with police assistance, nine died and 170 were arrested. What I find hard to believe about this all is that nobody got it on video. Usually every time someone stumbles and drops something, you get a dozen videos on YouTube, with repeats and slow motion replay. All this going on and nobody had a cell phone? The police didn’t have dashboard cameras to collect evidence? 

However, I have been informed that there is a video on YouTube HERE:::

Friday, May 15, 2015

0一五年五月十五日星期五五點五十五無誤,烏烏!5:55, Friday May 15, 2015, woo woo! …. it works better in Chinese.

Sunday, May 10, 2015

A great cultural phenomenon from 1966: HERE
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Thursday, April 30, 2015

這有點無聊~~~ My old daypack is, well, pretty old. Today we passed a North Face shop and some packs caught my eye. Now we all know that North Face has gone commercial, but they still have some good stuff. I quickly found a very nicely designed 29 liter pack, priced 25% off. The only color it came in was brick red, and usually I buy grey or blue packs, but okay, let’s get it.
Yeah, commercial, like I bet most people who wear North Face products don’t even know which North Face that is, or what the logo is about, just like people who wear Hang Ten don’t know what it means to hang five or hang ten. Some of my students I asked about it seriously thought it meant to hang ten people. Nice brand name.
I was thinking, the last time I bought a red pack was a Sac Millet I bought when I was 17, preparing to leave the US for Viet Nam. Mom gave me some money to buy good supplies, so when I went to San Francisco for my visa, I asked my sister to drive me across the Bay to Berkeley. There was a very good, very small mountain supply store almost unknown to the general public, but held in high esteem in the climbing community. It was called The North Face. 
What goes around, comes around.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

看得到我嗎?Can you see me?

黃口攀蜥、雌;female yellow mouthed japalura, Japalura polygonata xanthostoma; in Pinuyumayan(卡大地步卑南語), dangkarang (thanks to Sangpuy!)