Archive for September, 2010

LMAO! I received a spammy-ish email today, not really spam, however, because I did put my email address on a certain mailing list, but it was a spammy sounding email pushing some online marketing product. So yeah, I skim through it and see that it’s another pitch about how to get lots of traffic taught by someone with this claim

[He] consistently makes more money in a single week than the top income earners in the U.S. earn in an entire year.

Oh yeah, so sign me up, and please tell me where to send my money (so I can help make sure he keeps making that kind of money).

The funny part was the footer of the email that starts out

By reading this, you agree to all of the following:

That’s got to be the funniest lead-in to terms of use I have ever seen. I’ve got news for you. By reading something I explicity DO NOT agree to it. In fact I completely disagree, and I will use, reuse and resell everything you send me just to spite you for including something so stupid in an email you sent me.

I’m still chuckling about it.

Small web page indexing test case

Posted: September 24, 2010 in Technology

Nothing very interesting here. Just want to see how fast this web page will get indexed if I link to it from my blog. Start the timer now.

Update 1 Oct: Well, this post has finally been indexed, a full week after it was published. But Google didn’t index the page that I linked. I wonder when that will happen.

I keep seeing puff pieces about how safe it is for tourists in Thailand. The TAT must be shoveling out cash these days. That’s their job, to promote tourism, so ok, they’re working it.

When I see articles titled “Bangkok Not Dangerous: A First-Timer’s Trip to Thailand” I do enjoy reading how some travelers seem to think they are adventurous rebels when they visit places where there have been travel warnings and recent riots, as in Bangkok. Of course, you need to have a quote from a local who says something like

Everything is over and really back to normal

Just don’t take a peak at the news or you might have second thoughts since there are now bombings every few days in the city, usually a M79 grenade getting fired at some hapless guard standing in front of King Power or Bangkok Bank.  So far no tourists have caught any shrapnel. They don’t shop at King Power or exchange money at Bangkok Bank anyway…oh…wait.

I’m not linking to that story. It’s not exactly full of good advice. Like how’s this tidbit

Before you get into a cab, even if it’s metered; whatever the driver offers, come back with one quarter of the offer, and settle on a third.

Oh really. If you do that you are doing it wrong. These “expert” travelers should really hit up some expats who take taxis regularly before giving out bad advice like that.

More high speed trains in Thailand

Posted: September 2, 2010 in Thailand

After my previous post about all the high speed train interest in Thailand I read a few more news stories and found that I had missed one of the routes currently under consideration. There is another line proposed that will run between Bangkok and Chiang Mai. So that makes four major lines:

  1. Kunming, Laos via Nong Khai to Bangkok
  2. Bangkok to Padang Besar in the south
  3. Bangkok to Chiang Mai
  4. Bangkok to Rayong

And of course the local light rail system being kicked around for Phuket. The story was front page news in The Nation today because of some controversy and power play within the government on the day there was to be some deliberation and go head for signing an MOU to kick things off. There will be plenty more of that since it’s a huge cash cow for all the graft that will be involved and all the political parties want to carve out as much as they can. So we can count on boring story after boring story of the in fighting.

My question about if these are all electric trains – seems like that’s the case based on the scant details in the news. I think technically they have to be to reach the speeds necessary.