Too much pressure November 22nd 2009 The lady in the booth keeps saying something, but the fact that she speaks extremely softly and that the words she utters might be English, but sound more like some Asian language doesn't help me understand what she's trying to tell me. I'm at the Thai border, I just got my exit stamp out of Malaysia, and I'm still very sleepy, having caught the bus from Penang to Hat Yai at 5am. A line of impatie ... read more
Asia » Thailand » South-West Thailand » Ko Tao A unified Thai kingdom was established in the mid-14th century. Known as Siam until 1939, Thailand is the only Southeast Asian country never to have been taken over by a European power. A bloodless revolution in 1932 led to a constitutional monarchy.... ... read more
Self-absorbed misanthropic humanist vs. the world
"From mazel to shlimazl is but a tiny step; but from shlimazl to mazel - oy, is that far!"
"In the matter of slavish imitation, man is the monkey's superior all the time. The average man is destitute of independence of opinion. He is not interested in contriving a opinion of his own, by study and reflection, but is only anxious to find out what his neighbor's opinion is and slavishly adopt it."
--- Mark Twain on imitation
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