B-ball is a big deal in the Philippines. Almost every village has a concrete court a hoop and a few balls kicking around. At almost all hours of the day, even in the full sun, you can see kids and adults playing hard.
I few days ago while taking a shower, the sink I was leaning on crashed to the floor and I sliced my foot up pretty good on the subsequent on flying ceramic... Trying to get it to heal as quick as possible and avoiding infection, I decided to do some much needed maintenance on my small net book. I decided to reformat the hard drive and upgrade from Ubuntu 10.04 to 11.10. After all, my operating system was now 1.5 years old! I was waiting for my new version of Ubuntu to install and browsing the Internet at the same time (nice feature guys!) and found some interesting links in my inbox from friends around the world.
Ski Descent of Denali by Renan Ozturk and the Camp 4 Collective
Amazing time lapse photography of Oregon's natural areas by Uncage the Soul Productions
Some cut up sounds from Bhutan spliced together in a short track by "Pogo"
Other projects I've been working on: reading Michael Palin's excellent "Himalaya," getting a haircut, new passport photos and repairing some of my clothes on a sewing machine nearby. I have been reading about Rastafarianism, Aramaic, border disputes between Somalia, Eritrea, and old Italian empires in East Africa. Very fascinating stuff and I'm getting stoked on 2012.
I've been talking about it for years. I've been dreaming about it since I was a kid. Dream has become a reality. On April 2 I'm flying from Mumbai to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia via of Saudi Arabia.
Get amped, its the moment you all have been waiting for. Its here, it just happened.
The site is "launched," "live," "wild."
Sent out a link to friends on email and posted it on facebook.
Almost a year in the making. Subscribe to updates and spread the link around but be careful it doesn't become "viral."
Big ups again to my late-night-overseas-homie Colin Crilley for keeping this project rolling.
A few days back I was poking around DaLat on a rented motorbike and stumbled upon this amazing pagoda. Caught the evening sun and some dramatic skies above and had a great photo session.
Been blasting the past few days on the screen. Breaks only to eat BBQ, mango smoothies and noodle soup at the nearby market. Made some style breakthroughs, changing the link color to gray, and hover color to white. Every page is now validated by the w3.org except my video page, which might be challenging as youtube and the w3 don't seem to see eye-to-eye. Sending out my last request to my helper list tonight to test-drive the site. Hoping for an official launch date before Dec 10. Below are the boy-scout-esque badges from the w3 for creating a validated website.
Been working hard on the website for parts of the day here in DaLat, Vietnam. My good friend Colin back in Ithaca, NY has been helping me a ton, and recently he started working on his site, which is developing quickly. I re-sized all of the vertically oriented images to 400x600px which I think is a better size for viewing, as people won't have to scroll around. If you hover over a link, it should appear red, kind-of tempting you to click it! I also got the rss feed icon working again, although it is out of place with Ipad/Ipods. Still haven't figured that out. Now the feed links to parts of the individual page by using the #nov22 tag at the end of this address.. Also got the chance to watch two Mexican films: Like Water for Chocolate and El Mariachi. Both pretty interesting. El Mariachi was made with only 7000USD! Today I am hoping to take a break from coding and post some pictures and videos of some recent hikes around the hills surrounding DaLat. More soon.
Today I rented a motorbike (for 70,000 dong) and cruised out to the fields near Da Lat. Up here at about a mile above sea level, cool climate crops grow in abundance.
The night on the floor of the Saigon airport went off without a hitch. Caught bus 152 to the city center and walked through a nice park to the market for some quality Pho Bo for breakfast. Checked into my hotel and got on the screen during the hot part of the day. With some help from a quality friend of mine, Colin C. we re-coded one of my pages using some php. Then over the next day or so, I recoded all of the pages on the site using the include function. Surprisingly, it didn't take me as long as I had would have expected, only about 6 hours. I was a bit nervous to remove all of the html files from the site, as Google and yahoo have now cached the html pages in their search engines, but I found a work around to that: set the default error page to the homepage. With the PHP scripts I can now adjust the header, footer, and subheaders with simple adjustments instead of a hateful amount of copy and pasting. Go PHP!! Go Colin!! I have now ventured further north into the mountains near DaLat and am envying a sunset over the mountains. More coding soon...
The first time I held a million-currency-units was on my birthday in 2008, when I turned 26. On that day I crossed a wild frontier from Laos to Vietnam. Again in April of 2011 I was a millionaire again, briefly, in Indonesia after visiting a cash machine. After inserting a plastic card and entering in a few secret digits I became a millionaire. Today is my 27th birthday and I am again a multi-millionaire in Saigon, Vietnam where the exchange rate for US dollars to Vietnam Dong is 21,000VND to 1USD.