恭喜發財! And the cargo tricycles sit idle.

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Is that the way it is? Sassafras! Horsefeathers! Fiddlesticks! The Diary of Lupin Pooter
恭喜發財! That phrase has a literal meaning but, in practice, it’s used as a verbal cue to either fork over one or more envelopes of banknotes or to pause for a moment to receive some envelopes of cash or to do both. There’s traditional visiting and eating involved too, mostly to ensure that family members […]

That Beckett quote is defeatist.

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Mucking About With Things Sassafras! Horsefeathers! Fiddlesticks! The Diary of Lupin Pooter
Yes, it pleases me to believe that these four 2N3638A transistors are NOS. This evening’s tinkering session is going to involve yours truly double-checking a breadboarded circuit I assembled last week, to assure myself that it correctly replicates a circuit included in a datasheet for an EOLed Hall effect sensor and then, if no boneheaded […]

It’s all a matter of perspective, isn’t it?

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What do you see when you look at the photo above? If we wanted or needed to take a simply descriptive route, we could say it’s an image of an accumulation of shells in the wrack line at a beach near my home, taken with the camera lens aimed straight out at the sea, with […]

A golden treasure box that glows from the inside out!

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Sassafras! Horsefeathers! Fiddlesticks! The Diary of Lupin Pooter
It’s getting to be that time of year again. Hong Kongers and others in this part of the world must buy cheap (but not too cheap!) premium foreign chocolate products to give as gifts. S. and I recently bought a box of Cadbury Glow chocolates, for our own consumption. Verdict: perfectly alright, but neither of […]

Can’t have these sunsets without that smog?

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Sassafras! Horsefeathers! Fiddlesticks! Spitting Images
As you know, Bob, Hong Kong, which has next to nil industry in this day and age, is plagued by smog resulting primarily from manufacturing and manufacturing-related activities in the greater Pearl River Delta region. What’s that? You reside in this part of the world and can afford to run HEPA-grade air purifiers, but don’t? […]

Pepe the Frog aka “Sad Frog” [悲伤青蛙] merch on Taobao

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Sassafras! Horsefeathers! Fiddlesticks!
There’s tons of Pepe the Frog merchandise on Taobao. I stumbled across a listing for a Pepe-themed tissue dispenser, showed it to my wife, and she lobbed back a link to search results for products making use of his likeness. Below are a couple of rows from the first page of results for “Sad Frog” […]

The ship is always off course.

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I swiped the title of this post from a longer quote: The ship is always off course. Anybody who sails knows that. Sailing is being off course and correcting. That gives a sense of what life is about. Michael Meade It gives a bit of the flavor of what I think is a useful approach […]