Poagao's Journal

Absolutely Not Your Monkey

Jun 28 2003

While I’m glad that SARS is receding, its departur…

While I’m glad that SARS is receding, its departure means many annoying people are back in business downstairs, including the drum people, the idiots with megaphones at Bossini (I switch them off whenever I pass by) and various loud festivals featuring enormous speakers. Things are returning to normal; in Taiwan that means it’s getting loud. Summer is well and truly here, blistering yet sauna-like heat, constant cicadas, and half-nekkid guys driving little blue trucks. I had a plate of mango ice cream topped with mango slices and doused with chilled mango sauce the other day for dinner.

I was transferring Episode 5 to DVD-ROM yesterday at Milifilm when I noticed that two of the guys who work there were trying on orange jumpsuits downstairs. I asked them what was up, and it turns out that they’re doing a silly instant noodles commercial featuring astronauts. They had some stills from the movie Armageddon of Bruce Willis, Ben Afflect, et al, and suddenly one of the guys asked me if I wanted to play one of the astronauts. He claimed I look vaguely like Bruce Willis, something people here tell me on occasion although I don’t see it at all. The guy pointed at the picture of Willis, who was scowling in that particular shot (and, come to think of it, every other shot as well), and said, “Can you look even meaner?”

“Are you kidding?” I replied. “Do you have any idea how many people I’ve alienated just by looking at them wrong? Why, I’ve caused more people to have vague, inexplicable doubts about my motives in one day than you do in a year, gosh-dern it!” He made a call to the casting agency, and I said I’d pay a visit to let them have a look at me. Who knows, it might be fun. Anyway, the guys at Milifilm are nice, and they’ve helped me out a few times with DVD-burning.

Blogger’s new system can’t seem to deal with my Chinese blog, which is consequently hosed. Hopefully I’ll find a way to deal with it, or even move it to another service. Incompatibility seems to be a common yet irritating development with “upgraded” systems. “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” is my philosophy for web design, as you can see from this site, which hasn’t changed it’s design in over two years. Oh, I could add pretty blue circles to my background, but that would mean that only people in Anadarko, Oklahoma could read the site. Still, it would be New and Improved!

That said, I still really, really want a new G5.

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