And Now for Something Completely Different

Trivia Question:

Do you know what day September 19 is?
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It’s an International Pirate Day!

Who says Thai generals don’t have a sense of humor?

I’ve found this curio while doing Enigma Puzzle game. I’ve been playing it practically from the moment reds rolled into Bangkok two weeks ago and I honestly have spent far more time cracking those riddles than following political news, especially when I was online.

It’s a URL puzzle game, each level is a page on the website, you work out the solution, type it into the address bar and you get to the next level, or a dead end, or you get more clues, or you are shown a picture of some gorgeous babes and told to go back to the puzzle and try to think harder.

This is not the first and only game of this kind but it has perfect riddles. None was too easy, none was impossible. Sometimes you get stuck for hours and think you are doomed, and then it dawns on you and you hit yourself on the head: “How did I NOT see this before?”

It’s the collection of moments like this make this game so addictive.

The game was designed by a Canadian guy who goes by the name “energythief” and the most common comment in his address goes something like “You are evil, evil, evil, evil, ….but smart” Sometimes they post in code, just like in some riddles:

joO r 4 3\/1l 84573d 3|\|3R9Y7H13f! 1 h473 L337 5p33K 4|\|D 7H1z p|_|ZZL3 1Z 3\/1l! pl33Z 91\/ |\/|3H 4 h1|\|7!

This translates into

You are evil bastard, Energythief. I hate leetspeek and this puzzle is evil! Please give me a hint!

I concur, and I will tackle that particular level tomorrow.

Another interesting thing I discovered during these two weeks is Jeremy Clarkson’s old TV show “Jeremy Clarkson meets the neighbours”. It popped up suddenly on a download site and I decided to check it out and I wasn’t disappointed.

I greatly enjoyed his playing of stereotypes in the first two episodes, the third one was not so funny, though.

Clarkson is best known here for Top Gear show on BBC, available on local cables, but he also writes a column for Sunday Times and it had been put into two pretty funny books, “World according to Clarkson”.

Anyway, what caught my attention in “Neighbors” series is how driving in France is very much like driving in Thailand. Next time I see people complaining I would refer to the part of him driving on Arc De Triumph roundabout.

And the description of Germans blindly following what they are told and being completely lost without any guidance is very relevant to Thailand, too. It makes me think that local “progressives” expect far too much of people in this country and do not give enough attention to the possibility of them being exploited by politicians. Come to think of it, progressives firmly believe that Thai middle classes are very susceptible to manipulation by elites, but peasants? No way. They can’t be cheated.

Right.

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