Fun Friday Link: Video of ‘Zebra’ Escape in Tokyo

Embedded above and on YouTube here: Workers at a zoo in Tokyo this week held a biannual drill to prepare for a potential zebra escape. Playing the part of the escapee: a zookeeper in a zebra costume. My favorite part is when the creature is “shot,” presumably by a tranquilizer gun, and falls slowly to […]

Video of the Week: ‘Monkey Sees A Magic Trick’

Embedded above and on YouTube here: “Monkey Sees A Magic Trick.” I love it.

Talk About an Identity Crisis

I noted this on Facebook yesterday, and wanted to share here as well. So, that new “hog nosed” rat: Consider the “discovery” from the animal’s persepctive. You’ve lived your life in anonymity, as have your ancestors for time immemorial, and then one day it’s like, BAM. Your photo is plastered all over the Internets — […]

How to Spell My Name, According to Starbucks Baristas Across Southeast Asia

I love coffee. I have a weird name. And I live in Singapore and travel regularly in Southeast Asia. That’s a recipe for some serious Starbucks barista mixups! Herewith, a collection of misspellings of my name from Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Jakarta and more locations over the last year. This one’s from Kuala Lumpur. Can’t remember […]

My Favorite April Fools’ Day Gag of 2015: The ‘Motorola Selfie Stick’

I wish every tech firm didn’t feel the need to create an April Fools’ Day gag. But this one, from Motorola, made me smile. Embedded above and on YouTube here: “Introducing #MotoSelfieStick.”

Spotted on NYC Subway: (Fake) Ad for ‘Canine Plastic Surgeon’

I spotted this “ad” for a “canine plastic surgeon” recently on the 1 train here in New York. Despite the silliness of the concept, the ad is pretty convincing, since it’s done very much in the style of many local NYC subway ads. (Dermatologist Dr. Jonathan Zizmor‘s ads come to mind.) However, a quick visit […]

Thai Navy, ‘Gangnam Style’

Embedded above and on YouTube here: the Thai Navy’s version of PSY’s “Gangnam Style.” I miss Thailand. (Via @Journotopia.) UPDATE: Phuket Gazette has the backstory.

Bangkok Street Life Inventions: Garbage Bag Poncho and Frond-Fashioned Napping Shade

I wanted to share two photos I snapped recently. They both demonstrate interesting Bangkok street life improvisations. First: It’s the middle of rainy season here, so what do you do when you’re caught in an evening downpour without an umbrella? Simple — make a poncho (with a cutout for your face) out of a plastic […]

Off Topic: Finally Met Someone Bigger and More Conspicuous in Thailand than I Am

From a photo I Tweeted and posted to Facebook earlier today. Couldn’t resist sharing. At last, I came face to face with “someone” who’s larger than me — and certainly sticks out more than I do — here in Thailand. Big folks who sometimes feel out of place in Asia or elsewhere may well sympathize. […]