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flickr (feed #3)
Shared 10 photos.
facebook (feed #2)
Stephen Sounds like a typhoon is right outside my balcony, weight loss but nothing in the weather report.
youtube (feed #4)
facebook (feed #2)
Stephen Hmmm – when do I get Facebook Lite over here? Bring it on!
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Stephen Aha! I have to enable US English first. But what’s this? I have to click a button to update my status? Thank goodness I use Twitter to do that usually.
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Stephen Reading: "Vietnam: Scene Of The Accident" (http://twitthis.com/rd2arj).
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Shared 21 photos.
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It seems that each week there's a news item that declares a blanket ban of something or enactment of a previously ignored policy.
Here are some examples:

In almost every situation sanity eventually prevails, page
or reality limits any chance of the policy being effected.

Here's the latest:

Unsafe river craft to be destroyed

Take note of the statement that 90% of river craft operate illegally. I'm sure it won't be long before this one is also ignored or rescinded.
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http://www.lookatvietnam.com/2009/09/unsafe-river-craft-face-destruction-under-new-waterway-crackdown.html

To publish or not to publish

Finally, in another example of the contrasts to be found in this country, tell me what's wrong with this photo published in newspapers recently. It's from a story about three zoo workers being attacked by an escaped tiger. There could be a number of things, but I'm looking for one in particular. Hint – this photo would not be allowed to be published in a newspaper in Australia, yet Vietnam is far more conservative than Australia.
http://www.lookatvietnam.com/2009/09/tiger-kills-zoo-worker.html
I wonder what the victim thinks of this?

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flickr (feed #3)
Shared 10 photos.
facebook (feed #2)
Stephen Sounds like a typhoon is right outside my balcony, weight loss but nothing in the weather report.
youtube (feed #4)
facebook (feed #2)
Stephen Hmmm – when do I get Facebook Lite over here? Bring it on!
facebook (feed #2)
Stephen Aha! I have to enable US English first. But what’s this? I have to click a button to update my status? Thank goodness I use Twitter to do that usually.
facebook (feed #2)
Stephen Reading: "Vietnam: Scene Of The Accident" (http://twitthis.com/rd2arj).
flickr (feed #3)
Shared 21 photos.
Phonepic_060

Image by Rock Portrait Photography via Flickr

It seems that each week there's a news item that declares a blanket ban of something or enactment of a previously ignored policy.
Here are some examples:

In almost every situation sanity eventually prevails, page
or reality limits any chance of the policy being effected.

Here's the latest:

Unsafe river craft to be destroyed

Take note of the statement that 90% of river craft operate illegally. I'm sure it won't be long before this one is also ignored or rescinded.
3216672247_1d19042639.jpg
http://www.lookatvietnam.com/2009/09/unsafe-river-craft-face-destruction-under-new-waterway-crackdown.html

To publish or not to publish

Finally, in another example of the contrasts to be found in this country, tell me what's wrong with this photo published in newspapers recently. It's from a story about three zoo workers being attacked by an escaped tiger. There could be a number of things, but I'm looking for one in particular. Hint – this photo would not be allowed to be published in a newspaper in Australia, yet Vietnam is far more conservative than Australia.
http://www.lookatvietnam.com/2009/09/tiger-kills-zoo-worker.html
I wonder what the victim thinks of this?

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I had a fair bit of time to kill today as my classes at VAS were all canceled, no rx
being replaced by a special interactive show by John Robert Powers, recuperation
the personal Branding agency. (Nice of them to tell me ahead of time!)
For the last hour I've juggled some midterm exam preparation with some bemusing entertainment.

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I've seen my kids dance extravagantly to Michael Jackson's "Beat It" – the same kids that won't speak up in class.
I've listened to an off-key rendition of a Vietnamese love song (all Viet love songs are sung off-key, but by beautiful people).
I've marveled at the energy, rayon suit and 70's mullet of the guy who runs the agency here and revved the kids up into individual mini-tornados.

I thought my kids were missing an important class for a personal development and education-related seminar, but it's just an opportunity for a talent agency to try to find the next big thing.

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Still, the level of screaming from the rapt audience, and the dedication to exhibitionism on stage from the students lends me hope that I can find ways to get controlled, confident output from them in class.  I wonder whether many of them will sign up to the agency? It would be best if they didn't as I didn't see anything to get excited by, and hopeful kids don't need their hopes dashed at this time of their lives.  Not to mention the fact that their parents' money would be better spent on genuine education.

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Stephen Geez I’m tired! Is it from that very nasty shot in the butt I got yesterday, glaucoma or is life catching up to me?
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Found this relatively dry, no rx but pretty accurate and detailed description of life in Saigon. It’s from the LA Times, and crams a lot of daily life into three pages. My home life is not like this at all, as I’ve chosen to live away from the busiest parts of the city, however much of the article rings true for me.

Vietnam, the perfect place to ride out the recession

The cost of living is cheap, the people are extremely friendly, and the country is beautiful. It’s a great spot to ride out the recession.

By Karin Esterhammer, Reporting from Ho Chi Minh City

12:46 PM PDT, September 11, 2009

via Vietnam, the perfect place to ride out the recession – Travel – LATimes.com.

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