Ordos

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  1. The night was dreamless and filled with salmon swimming
  2. It seems there is more of that mysticism than I first thought. But it does not seem to change predictable real world event patterns. I just finished the tiger chapter. Wow! I did not expect that. From the perspective of an animal!
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  4. A few years back an American from Oklahoma came knocking at my door and tried to recruit me to a MLM/pyramid scheme for a medicine company from China. At first I was interested and attended a party with the guy where people were sharing their success stories. Upon learning more about what a pyramid scheme is though, I turned his offer down a few days later. We did become and remain friends however. Which is weird considering he tried to sell me crap. I later learned he is one of those quiverfull/Duggar type of people. As of today he has 6 kids and they are all home schooled. And he's about two years younger than me! He also has a lot of Bible quotes on his Facebook page.
  5. Arianne Martell Tommy Wiseau
  6. I've started reading this interestingly named alternate history novel by Kim Stanley Robinson. To be brief, the setting is a world without European powers. It asks what the world would look like if the Bubonic Plague wiped out 99% of Europe. The Islamic world and China are the most influential forces in the world. The structure of the novel is very interesting from what I've read. It's ten short stories taking place in ten different time periods of this alternate history. The stories are told from the perspective of people of various positions and circumstances both the powerful and those on the lowest level of society. The author insists that this alternate reality is not better or worse than this world. It's just different. What's even more interesting is that the stories feature the same set of characters in reincarnations with each character identified by the first letter of their names. Reminds me a little of Cloud Atlas. Also each story seems to have a different style of writing. The elements of mysticism are there but for the most part it's subtle. All of this I read on Wikipedia. I did not read into the specific plot details so the story is not completely spoiled. But I am very much looking forward to reading this because the reviews for this book I am told are overwhelmingly positive.
  7. I don't know if this has been addressed yet, but what becomes of the 2018 boundaries review with these election results? A quick review of the history: In the early days of Cameron's coalition government, the then PM proposed to reduce the number of mps from 650 to 600. Cameron argued that the current boundaries benefited Labour as they could win majorities in elections wit less than 40% of the vote but the Conservatives needed to win much more to win a majority. Some like myself expressed concern that the Conservatives would gerrymander the boundaries to their benefit. The Lib Dems at the time supported the move in exchange for the Alternative vote referendum and an elected House of Lords. Withe the voters voting no on the referendum and certain Tories blocking any move for an elected House of Lords, the Lib Dems withdrew their support for the boundary review. And with the withdrawal of their support, The House of lords successfully passed an amendment that kicked the can down the road for the boundary changes to be postponed to 2018. All of that was from what I could recall. Correct me if I was wrong in anything. So with DUP influence, what becomes of those boundary changes and reduction of mps? Will they support the reduction of mps and the re-drawing of the lines? Maybe they will demand that the number of mps in Northern Ireland remains at 18 or to gerrymander their constituencies for unionist benefit and at the expense of Sinn Fein.
  8. As someone who is obsessed with politics (especially elections) I was resigned this year to hear nothing but glum headlines from everything concerning politics. Other than being disappointed, I was expecting to be bored the whole year. This is a pleasant surprise for me. Not because I am expecting my desired election outcome, but that politics remains exciting and interesting. This is gold for political analysis.
  9. Eastern Europe continues to open up. I learned that if I applied for a Shengen visa (which I have successfully applied for twice), there is one loophole that can get me into Russia. I can stay in St. Petersburg for 72 hours if I take a ferry from Stockholm or Helsinki.
  10. Wow! I just learned that as of April 15th, I can get a 15 day visa on arrival in Ukraine. Eastern Europe is really opening up to me!
  11. Suicide Squad won an Oscar! Best makeup. I wish these lesser awards were made known more often.
  12. Last month I visited my brother who now lives in another part of Indonesia. He had a friend who is my Dad's age that made home made vodka. He had everything from the equipment to the bar in his front yard. My brothers, one of my sisters-in-law and I all got hammered on both his alcohol and store bought alcohol. The guy is something of a drunk asshole but at least he is nice enough to share his booze with us. At first we drank and did nothing of note, but then we all started talking openly about our sex lives!
  13. I find this bureaucracy so ridiculous. For an Indonesian citizen to travel to Japan, you can either go through the paperwork to get a visa or paperwork to get a visa waiver. Does anyone here know the difference? That is the advantages/disadvantages for both of them because they both require work to get.
  14. I completely agree with you on that point. I jumped through many bureaucratic hoops to get my American visa including standing for hours in the pouring rain for a cab that never came so I had to hitch hike on a motorcycle (it's a long story). The reason I'm talking about visa free travel is that I need to help get visas for several family members. Most of them are adults but I need to wait for them to get their paperwork in order. In fact that was why my trip to the states last year was cancelled. Because my brother had legal issues he had to deal with before he could travel. If it were just me travelling, it would be much easier.
  15. Yeah but I hear that you also have to go through paperwork in advance of going there to get that waiver. Maybe it is less work than a visa but it's still work.