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Facebook and the turn-key tirrany

With Edward Snowden’s quote that with every concession to our online privacy we are moving towards a turn-key tirrany, I decided to dig through Facebook settings to find what kind of profile the social media behemoth is building of me. Turns out I am a bible-reading Yugoslavic communist member of the Masonic brotherhood with a Eugenist tendency and a preference for kinky lingerie. Slightly relieved that at least some of my privacy measures are throwing them off, it is worrysome that such data is being mined.



Thailand: Visa fee doubles to cut queues

“The fee is raised to 2,000 baht, up from 1,000 baht. […] The hike in the fee is aimed at reducing the long queues at immigration checkpoints.” How does that work, exactly? 🙂

Visa-on arrival fee doubles

Foreign tourist walk on a road next a tuk-tuk at a popular tourist area of Khaosan road on Aug 14, 2016. (EPA photo) Foreign visitors from 19 countries and territories will be required to pay an increased fee for visas on arrival from next month onward.



Why does CERN have a Shiva statue on its premises?

Yesterday, a video of a ritual performed in front of a statue of Hindu deity Shiva on the grounds of CERN in Geneva, surfaced. It immediately reminded me of the famous quote by Robert Oppenheimer, after the first atomic bomb had been detonated. He quoted Vishnu out of the Hindu scripture Bhagavad Gita. “I am become Death, the destroyer of worlds.”. His actual intended message is a discussion for another time, and yesterday’s ritual was quickly dismissed as a joke. Let’s put aside the fact that the ritual had some similarities to initiation rituals of gnostic societies and focus on the question that seems to have been missed in mainstream media. Why does the home of the Large Hadron Collider have a statue of Shiva?


warning* strong language and erm a possible killing. Unbelievable footage of a sacrificial ritual in front of “Shiva the destroyer” seemingly leaked footage, even if it comes to light this video was a “prank”, it shows you the mindset of the individuals that are in the process of opening the bottomless pit which is located directly underneath CERN.

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DJ set: another Nakadia gem

Those of you into the electronic music and techno scene: there is no denying that Thai DJ Nakadia is hitting it big. Jet setting ’round the world 24/7, headlining a second upcoming Thai tour along with Sven Väth, … can’t help but root for this Isaan country girl with the friendly demeanour, she deserves every bit of success. Below is her set at Family Piknik (Germany) and a nice extra is her contribution to Belgian Techno hero Marco Bailey‘s podcast Electronic Force. Do notice how her skills have evolved in the two years between both recording. I personally do wish her all the best. Oh, and Naka: I am going to hold you to that interview, the first time we are in Nakhon Ratchasima at the same time.

Nakadia | Family Piknik DJ Set | DanceTrippin

→ SUBSCRIBE FOR MORE DJ SETS: → TRACKLIST TO THIS SET ON OUR WEBSITE: On this occasion, at Family Piknik, Nakadia seduced us with her relentless energy and spunky mixing skills. Trippy and melodic tech house tunes blended in flawlessly in a colorful ambience of Montpellier woods.



Small wine bottle breakthrough

A first ray of light was shed on the small wine bottle conundrum. For years I have been wondering why all wine in small bottles is worthless. Over the weekend I may have discovered an anomaly: wine in a small bottle that is halfway decent. The scientific method dictates that results have to be repeated, though. Update coming along asap 😉


News analysis: Where to find rare Pokémon in Thailand

Thailand’s National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) has concerns about the Pokemon Go app, which I do share. Playing an augmented-reality game anywhere and everywhere does have its dangers. As a result, the NBTC has demanded Pokéstop-free zones from Niantic, the games’ producer. These zones include dangerous areas (footpaths, railroads, railways and canal banks), religious places (temples and pagodas), hospitals, schools, government and military buildings and private places. With the 40 meter radius of a Pokéstop, this eliminates anything but public places that are 40 meter from a footpath, leaving just Royal palaces and the center of public areas (without a body of water) available for playing.

But hold on, the Culture Minister has advised the Ministry of Information and Communication Technology to limit players’ foot traffic in ancient landmarks, which also eliminates most palaces. What remains are the central parts of public parks that do not have a water feature.

That being said, the Thai Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) has requested that more rare Pokémon are released at emerging tourist sites, especially during week days to promote off-peak visitor traffic.

Conclusion: if all this pans out, (rare!) Pokémon will be found centrally in up-and-coming dry Thai public parks, but not in the weekend.

If this isn’t hard-hitting investigative journalism, I don’t know what is 🙂