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  • What Ever Happened To Waterbeds?
    I’m old enough to know about them, but not old enough to have owned one. Maybe I tried one in a store at some point. But now, I know why they aren’t popular anymore.

    Here’s the thing about waterbeds, though: They were high maintenance. Installing one meant running a hose into your bedroom and filling the mattress up with hundreds of gallons of H2O—a precarious process that held the potential for a water-soaked bedroom. Waterbeds were also really, really heavy. In addition to the filled mattress, the frame—which had to support all that water weight—could be a back-breaker. When the mattress needed to be drained, an electric pump or some other nifty siphoning tricks were required. Waterbeds could also spring leaks (as Edward Scissorhands showed), which could be patched but, again, added to the cost and hassle.

  • The married couples in Hong Kong who live apart
    Housing is so expensive in HK that married couples often live separately, with their parents. Apparently 1 in 10 couples are in this situation!

    Lok, 31, lives with her parents in North Point, in Hong Kong Island’s Eastern District. It is more than an hour away from the island of Tsing Yi, where 35-year-old Chau lives with his parents. Their three-year-old daughter, Yu, spends Monday to Thursday with Lok and the weekend at Chau’s. They can’t move in together in one of their family homes, Lok says, because the bedroom space is simply too small for two adults and a child.

  • Physics Explains Why Time Passes Faster As You Age
    It’s not just psychological, time actually does past faster when you’re older.

    time as we experience it represents perceived changes in mental stimuli. It’s related to what we see. As physical mental-image processing time and the rapidity of images we take in changes, so does our perception of time. And in some sense, each of us has our own “mind time” unrelated to the passing of hours, days, and years on clocks and calendars, which is affected by the amount of rest we get and other factors.

  • Here Comes the Bride. And the Bride. And the Bride. Mass Weddings Boom in Lebanon.
    The western world is focused on individualism and nothing more so then a wedding. It’s about THE couple. But in other cultures, it’s beneficial to “the state” as well as the participants to have group weddings.

    Ali Ala’ideen, a groom whose hair was slicked back like Elvis’s, said that he and his new wife could not afford a honeymoon, but that he was grateful to be married.

    “If it wasn’t a group wedding,” he said, “we wouldn’t have been able.”

  • How I Learned to Cycle Like a Dutchman
    The story of how cycling works in the Netherlands. When bikes rule the road, things are different.

    For cyclists used to being second-class citizens, watching bikes navigate the Netherlands is revelatory. It’s not just that Dutch train stations all house massive underground bicycle garages, with thousands of bicycles, or fietsen, locked up on tiered racks. It’s not just that every busy street has a handsome bike lane, paved in dark-red brick. It’s that on Dutch streets, bikes rule the road. They take priority in design and traffic flow. Traffic circles are laid out so that cyclists need never stop for cars. Busy intersections often have overpasses or underpasses, so that cyclists never have to slow down.

    Most important, drivers look out for cyclists, cede the right of way, and are rarely surprised by them. After all, nearly all those drivers are cyclists themselves.

Taking an international flight is my chance to catch up on Cantonese or HK movies that I otherwise don’t have an opportunity to watch. The first one I saw was 77 Heartbreaks, which is about a female divorce lawyer who endures 77 lies/wrongs by her BF before she finally decides to break up with him. The breakup happens early on in the film, and the rest of the time is spent on a choice selection of vignettes of those 77 moments of heartbreaks.

This is a cultural-focused millennial film. The boyfriend is clearly someone trying to “find their path”. He graduated with a law degree but has floated around and is now a kickboxing teacher. Parts of the story are told using Facebook, with the through-the-Facebook-screen filter technique. And of course, being a romantic drama, there are the clichés – including the grandiose gesture by the BF near the end of the film.

This type of movie is not what I am used to watching, but it was interesting to see how HK millennials live their life. The movie wasn’t bad and was enjoyable to watch so it gets a 3 out of 5 from me.

In HK, based on some recommendations, we went to this place:

If it’s not entirely obvious from that video, this place was a big washroom, complete with showers, where they serve food. It’s a theme restaurant, like the Maid Cafés except the waitress are normal. Instead, you get your food served in various bathroom furniture like toilets, urinals, soap dishes etc. The food isn’t that great, nor is it gratuitous because you’re really paying for the benefit of eating in a bathroom!

Oh the things we go on vacation to do…

We’re at Hong Kong airport now (they have free WIFI unlike North American airports), with another 3 or 4 hours left before we’re finished the in-transit mode. After everything is said and done, we would have spent 30 hours “in-transit”; from leaving home at 7 in the morning to checking into our Taipei hotel at around 1AM two days later!

Our flight from EWR to HKG took some 15 hours, which is a really long time. I don’t remember the Japan flight being that long and boring (although we flew from Vancouver). They had the same in-flight entertainment system they had on the LAN Airlines flight, but I didn’t want to spend my time staring at a small screen and drying out my eyes.

So it was quite boring; there’s only so much sleep one can do after sleeping for the night before the flights.

I needed to get a R4 for my NDS, but as it turns out the Chinese government closed down the R4 factory (or something like that), and the supply of it was pretty sparse (although they are back in stock now). Because of that, I ended up getting a EZ-Flash V w/ expansion pack for my (ahem) homebrew needs. It seems to be on par with the R4 except that fewer people use it (so less English material and more Chinese) and the microSD slot isn’t spring loaded (a pain in the ass, but not insurmountable). I think it’s a slightly better deal than the R4 because the expansion pack provides rumble, RAM (for DS Browser) and Slot-2 (for GBA games) support. Also because it was reasonably cheap and like, you know, in stock!

I bought it from DealExtreme, which has a lot of random tech components and things (I ended up buying a bunch of other useless junk). It’s kind of like the cheap stuff you can buy on Ebay except it’s from a store. It’s even shipped from HK too! When I ordered, I was worried that it would take a long time to get here (too cheap to pay an extra $13 for expedited shipping). I stuck with registered air mail, and my shipment took 12 days from order to arrival (4th), although it might have been less because there was a weekend and Labour day right before I received my order. It took 7 days (22nd to 29th) to leave HK, but once it was in Canada it was pretty quick. I broke up my order into 2 packages in order to hopefully avoid customs. One that was slightly under $20 and the other was $55. Fortunately, I didn’t get hit by customs for either packages; apparently I received a lot of LED flashlights as gifts.