Tuesday, April 28, 2009

My favourite Swede-rockers

<a href="http://www.joost.com/08201tq/t/The-Hives-Hate-To-Say-I-Told-You-So-Video">The Hives - Hate To Say I Told You So (Video)</a>

Monday, April 27, 2009

Friday, April 24, 2009

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Is Kim Jong Il sponsored by Dior?

Kim is obviously well ahead of the fashion game. He's been a proponent of oversized sunglasses for years.

Which brings me to the questions - could North Korea's famous leader be sponsored by a major label, such as Dior, Versace or D&G? And does he have any pyjama sponsors on his books?

Monday, April 20, 2009


Despite perhaps dabbling in a little extra dramatic hyperbole with the above title, I am nonetheless unimpressed.

A couple of posts ago, I wrote about the best sandwiches in Bangkok, a rarity deserving UN World Heritage status. Today, my beloved bakery is being ripped apart, quite literally, by a band of marauding ninjas.

What will be the fate of my favourite house of Boulange? Will I ever find a Siamese sandwich to rival that of which I have loved so dearly? Will I be resorted to a firey hell of chilli and kaffir lime for the rest of my days???

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Snorkel mania

I'm currently travelling well away from all the action of Bangkok, blogging this photo from a boat in the Gulf of Thailand.

About to go for a snorkel - can't wait!

Thursday, April 09, 2009

Chicken salad?

There's a terrific little French place up the road from my work that makes arguably the best sandwiches in Bangkok. Good bread is hard to find in this part of the world, theirs is excellent.

Anyway, went in there today for lunch, feeling like something a little different. After sitting down, a young waiter brings across the specials board - I notice the Chicken Niçoise salad.

Not entirely sure what I'm getting myself into, I ask the waiter, "can you please tell me what's in the Chicken Niçoise salad?" To which he replied nervously, "um, chicken and salad".

I couldn't help but smile.

Good on the bloke though for having a go at another language - I'd have no hope in describing the ingredients of a complex curry paste in Thai language.

I ended up enjoying their delicious potato and leek soup, along with a selection of fresh crusty bread on the side. Reminded me of watching the Brumbies play in 1996 on a Canberra winter night - Mum used to pack a couple of thermoses full of soup, along with enough other treats to feed us until Monday.

Muse – Knights of Cydonia

Is this the most random video clip you’ve ever seen? Awesome song, classic clip.

<a href="http://www.joost.com/08200gs/t/Muse-Knights-Of-Cydonia-Video">Muse - Knights Of Cydonia (Video)</a>

Tuesday, April 07, 2009

Can Facebook make money?

I just enjoyed a delicious spag bol lunch and an inquisitive article from a recent edition of Fortune magazine.

Interviewing Facebook’s majority owner and the company CEO, the article asks a few questions about the business viability of Facebook, how marketers are currently using the site as a new consumer channel, and alludes to where Facebook will be in a couple of years time.

For those with no idea of how Facebook works, the article also provides a bit of a cheat sheet on the different components of the social networking site.

Check it out here!

Friday, April 03, 2009

Think you're tough?

Have a go at this bloke…

(From SMH online, courtesy of Clare)

'Ninja' kangaroo terrorises family in bed

Not a bird, nor a plane, but a kangaroo has crashed through the bedroom window of a Canberra family's home before terrorising its unsuspecting occupants.

The family, from the suburb of Garran in Canberra's south, were awoken in the early hours of Sunday morning when their pet dog began barking from the garden.

Moments later, a kangaroo burst through a three-metre high window of the house's master bedroom and onto the bed where Beat Ettlin, his partner Verity Beman and their nine-year-old
daughter, Beatrix, lay.

"My initial thought when I was half awake was [that] it's a lunatic ninja coming through the window," Mr Ettlin told The Associated Press.

"It seems about as likely as a kangaroo breaking in."

While the family took refuge under the blankets, the injured animal proceeded to jump on top of them, gouging holes in the furniture and smearing blood all over the walls.

The next thing Mr Ettlin heard was his 10-year-old son Leighton screaming from his bed: "There's a 'roo in my room!"

"I thought, this can be really dangerous for the whole family now," the 42-year-old said.

A chef, originally from the Swiss city of Stans, Mr Ettlin followed the thrashing and bleeding two-metre tall marsupial and wrestled it into a headlock before dragging it down the hallway and out the front door.

Left wearing just his shredded underpants and with scratch marks on his leg and buttocks, Mr Ettlin described himself as "lucky".

"I had just my Bonds undies on. I felt vulnerable," he said.

Website fever

I’m helping my main banking client reposition and redesign their website at the moment. It’s a bit of a mess - tough to navigate, overcomplicated language and expression, has no metrics and is cumbersome to update with new information.

On top of that, we need to do it in two very different languages and cultures.

It’s a tough job, as the bank is pretty conservative in its views, so ideas on how they can really smash the industry here from a web perspective are often difficult to get through. In a Buddhist country, it looks like I’ll have to be content with ‘the middle way’. It’s part of my job I really enjoy, and I can see some good things coming for the client…eventually!

Anyway, I’ve been checking out what other companies are doing with their websites. In my web travels, I came across ad agency Leo Burnett’s website. I may be well behind the eightball on this one, but with its unique and intuitive pencil navigation, this site is very engaging and underlines pretty much exactly what they want to tell prospective clients (and brag to their competitors about)…“We’re cool, creative, energetic people who work on big brands”.

So simple, but creative agencies so often overcomplicate their creds docs, alienating and losing the confidence of potential clients with fluff!

Cool. Obviously not something I'll be looking to do for the bank!

Wednesday, April 01, 2009

Bringing down the new maul law

Good news through about a rugby law that many readers of this blog won’t recognize, nor really give much of a ping ding.

For me, it’s great news – the rolling maul* looks like it will stay in its traditional form and won't be able to be pulled down. It takes skill and specialist pressure to build and sustain a well-formed maul, a team skill that should be rewarded. It also encourages more men to take up place in the set piece, opening up space out wide for the attacking side.

Read about it on the IRB's website here.

* Where players bind together in an impromptu fashion, keeping the ball above the ground and driving forward and around the opposition forward pack.