Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Come on, a laugh will do you good. ho ho click

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Typhoon Tembin just won't go away. It's been nine days already. Enough!

Monday, August 27, 2012


Sunday, August 26, 2012

RIP to Neil Armstrong, the first man on the moon.
I was a teenager at the time the Eagle landed. My mother was drafting for Geology at Caltech. We never had a television, so we watched Armstrong's first steps in Geology's Moon Lab, with the scientists who were scheduled to get the moon rocks. That was an experience to remember, although I didn't understand most of their arcane discussion about the rocks they were seeing in fuzzy black and white.

Friday, August 24, 2012

See if you can read this without shaking your head or smiling.  click

Thursday, August 23, 2012


Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Somehow, I am not in the least surprised to discover the breed of the culprit:::

>>The dog ate the money<<

Sunday, August 19, 2012

I wanted to visit the White Stupa, which dates back to the Mongol dynasty of Kublai Khan. It wasn't until later that I found out there are two White Stupas, and the one I spotted on the map was the newer one, which dates back to only 1651.
The new one is in the Beihai (North Sea) Park, near the Palace. On the map, it looked just down the street from the subway station, so I took the subway to the Tiananmen stop, got out, and started walking. After fifteen minutes, the end was nowhere in sight. Noticing that the name of the stret was South Long Street, I realized I was in for a stroll. I soon reached North Long Street, and after a half hour walk, finally spotted the White Stupa.
In the park is a sizeable lake, crossed by a bridge, which takes you to the foot of the hill. You climb the hill to reach the White Stupa. Don't bother to go if you don't like climbing steps, there are a lot.

It was a hazy day when I reached the top, which was just fine, because I could see the Palace and nearby complexes, but not much further. Poor visibility hid modern Beijing.
Coming down, I stopped at a pavilion and played the lubu (Tayal jaw harp), bringing Taiwan's high mountain music to a height above the emperors' palace, Tiananmen Square, and the Great Hall of the People.

Friday, August 17, 2012

Yang 3 gave me five camphor saplings and five ginkgo saplings. A camphor can grow over a thousand years, and a ginkgo even longer, so this is a mighty gift.
They are small. I was going to plant one out in the jungle this afternoon, but there was lightning and rain, so I planted them all in pots. When they are larger, and less likely to be trampled by wild dogs (we're not naming anybody in particular, so don't worry, Yumin and Byajing), I will plant them out on the mountain.

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Did everybody forget to celebrate Napoleon's birthday yesterday?

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

A dragon head appeared over Taipei  Station, July 21.
Early on the morning of August 12.
Early on the morning of August 14.
and if you even start to talk about "end times" or Revelations,
you are invited to leave this blog.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

This makes sense: to improve your memory, walk around. The human being evolved walking, not sitting at a desk.

Click: your desk is making you dumb.

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Today's most beautiful statement: "I often forget about the existence of potatoes."

Friday, August 10, 2012


Wednesday, August 08, 2012


Tuesday, August 07, 2012

A tourist from mainland China said, "When I was a student, I hated Chiang Kai Shek, but now that I've come to Taiwan, I hate him even more."
"Because he didn't exterminate the communists."

Sunday, August 05, 2012

The typhoon severed our water pipes somewhere in the jungle, so I went with my neighbor, Mr F, to reconnect them.
Everything grows like crazy, and there are a lot of water pipes along the way. They get overgrown, covered up by debris, and mixed up with other pipes. We hadn't been up there for a while, so we got lost (naturally) and had trouble finding our pipe. I told Mr F, If you had GPS on your phone, we could fix the coordinates for our pipe so we could find it easier.
He said, I don't have GPS on my cell phone. Do you?
I said, Of course not. Never mind, it's always better to use your wits than to rely on technology.

Saturday, August 04, 2012

"When you're rich, you want a Republican in office." Exactly, so if you’re not rich, you don’t want a Republican in office.
This perceptive quote comes from a Romney supporter, retired porn star Jenna Jameson. From the article (click) it seems that a lot of porn stars are lining up to show their support for Romney. Probably because if Romney wins, we're all fckd.

Friday, August 03, 2012

Please be aware that August 3rd is National Watermelon Day.
Act accordingly.

Thursday, August 02, 2012

It rained over 200mm (about 8") before noon this morning, thanks to our latest typhoon. When I woke up, I saw we had several new ponds and waterfalls in back of our house, so I kicked off my flip-flops, changed into shorts, raincoat, and sou-wester, and headed into the deluge. I worked for about an hour and a half to clear all the channels and let the water go downhill. So all is fine now, thanks. I even brought home three leeches.