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Palawan Motorbike Trip 015

February 23, 2010 – 12:12 pm

1:45 p.m.
Puerto Princesa, Palawan
So far, knock on wood, things have been going according to plan. The boat left from Coco-Loco at 8 a.m. like it was supposed to. We got to Roxas no problem where my trusty motorcycle was waiting for me with a full tank of gas. The three …

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Continuity Errors and Stiff Acting in Road Hard – a film by Adam Carolla

October 2, 2015 – 2:44 pm
Adam Arms on Table

In the Adam Carolla Show with Jordan Rubin and Matt Atchity (2015-04-02 ), Adam brings up the subject of continuity when editing a movie. He talked about how he would take a copy of Road Hard home with him on a flash drive over the weekend to work on it. His editing/production team would groan because they knew Adam would come in on Monday with lots of notes. Adam defended this by saying how he was bothered by continuity errors in movies, how in one shot a man would be holding his beer in his left hand and then suddenly it would be in his right hand. And he wanted to avoid all that. Read the full story »

Script Problems in “Guardians of the Galaxy”

September 28, 2015 – 10:03 pm
guardians-of-the-galaxy 2

I’m a huge fan of Cinema Sins, and I enjoyed their YouTube video Everything Wrong with Guardians of the Galaxy just as much as I enjoy all their other videos. However, this one did seem uncharacteristically a bit nitpicky – pointing out things that didn’t really matter or were open to …

Adam Carolla’s World of Grit and Having a Motor

September 28, 2015 – 8:34 pm
Open Mic Night

On the various message boards, people make a joke out of Adam’s incessant talk about the importance of “grit” and having a “motor.” (This rant has become a fixture on his many podcasts.) But I find this aspect of Adam’s overall message to be the most disturbing. I don’t pay …

The Theme and Messages of Road Hard – a film by Adam Carolla

September 28, 2015 – 7:09 pm
Adam Hotel Room Road Hard

Since watching Road Hard, I’ve heard Adam talk about the movie in many interviews. And each time he does, he talks about what the movie is about. The funny thing is that I find all of his ideas to be fairly good. Yet, I don’t see the ideas in the …

Review of Road Hard – a film by Adam Carolla

September 28, 2015 – 5:55 pm
Road Hard Poster

(Note: This is more of a spoiler discussion than a review. Lots and lots of spoilers. And, to be honest, it’s not much of a discussion either. Call it a rant.)
Is Road Hard the worst movie I’ve ever seen? Perhaps not. But it’s up there in the discussion. My jaw …

Kung Fury Trivia and Observations

September 28, 2015 – 2:49 pm
Kung Fury

These are random things I noticed while watching (and re-watching) the film Kung Fury. There are tons of spoilers, so if you haven’t seen the movie yet, don’t read this. And, more importantly, if you haven’t seen Kung Fury, go watch it immediately. It’s awesome. (The copy on YouTube is …

Thoughts on the SmugMug App for Android

September 28, 2015 – 1:58 pm
SmugMug App Screenshot Showing Galleries on Smartphone

I recently purchased my first smartphone. It’s a Samsung Galaxy J7, and I was happy to learn that there was an up-to-date android app for SmugMug. You can get the app at the Google Play store here. You download and install the app just as you would any android app. …

Pros and Cons of Trailers for Bike Touring

June 26, 2015 – 3:24 pm
Cyclone Compare 003b

I’ve recently been thinking about buying a trailer to replace some or all of my pannier bags, and I put together a list of pros and cons to help me make up my mind. I just thought I’d share them here to help out anyone else trying to make the …

Extending Tourist Visa in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

December 17, 2014 – 11:24 am
Part of the form for extending a tourist visa.

(Note: This post is about my personal experience of extending a visitor’s visa in Kuala Lumpur. I was given a 90-day visitor’s pass at the airport when I arrived, and I went to the immigration office in Kuala Lumpur to apply for an extension. I was given a 60-day extension. …

Christmas at the MegaMall in Kuala Lumpur

December 12, 2014 – 3:08 pm

Christmas decorations at the Mid Valley Megamall in Kuala Lumpur.

“Ladies Only” Waiting Area

December 12, 2014 – 3:04 pm

Trains on the KTM Komuter line in Kuala Lumpur have several train cars reserved for women only. These cars are generally painted a cheerful pink.

Backpacks Waiting for Their Owners

December 12, 2014 – 2:58 pm

An assortment of backpacks waiting for their owners to pick them up and head off to the airport, bus station, or train station.

My New MSR Whisperlite Universal

December 11, 2014 – 2:05 pm
MSR Whisperlite Universal Parts

I’m now the proud and very happy owner of an MSR Whisperlite Universal stove. I feel like a huge weight has been lifted off my shoulders. I can finally stop fighting with my Trangia X2 multifuel burner – the stove that has made my cooking life a frustrating nightmare for so long.

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December 6, 2014 – 11:28 am

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December 6, 2014 – 10:53 am

Islamic Arts Museum in Kuala Lumpur

December 4, 2014 – 5:28 pm

Sleeping Bags, Pannier Bags, and Hose Clamps

November 20, 2014 – 1:06 pm
Hose clamps for my assorted water bottle cages.

Thursday November 20, 2014,December,12, 7:30 a.m.
I’m doing the usual things here in Kuala Lumpur as I wait for my tent and other things to be put in the mail. I’m shopping while altering my traveling gear and bicycle. The last couple of days, I’ve been trying to put the final …

Checking Out Ortlieb Pannier Bags

November 14, 2014 – 12:51 pm
Ortlieb and Arkel Rear Pannier Bags

Friday November 14, 2014
6:45 a.m. Bird Nest Guest House
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Again, not much to say this morning I don’t think. I stumbled across the existence of another bicycle shop yesterday, and I went to see it, and, of course, found it closed. It was very disappointing because this shop specialized …

Running Errands, Reading Books, Listening to Podcasts

November 7, 2014 – 12:29 pm
What comes out of the vending machine when you push the Pepsi button.

Friday November 7, 2014
7:45 a.m. Bird Nest Guest House
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Not much happened yesterday. I spent the morning working on the Trangia X2 stove. I got my hands on a long and thin piece of wire and it was small enough to be inserted into the fuel line. The idea …