Watched Fury Road and Mission: Impossible.  The former was pretty good: action-packed and starring Tom Hardy and the hot South African chick whose name I can’t believe I can’t remember right now.  Charlize Theron – that’s it.  Anyway, I like both of them, which made the movie easier to watch.  The latter of the two movies was sadly predictable in almost every respect, except for the fact that Tom Cruise didn’t bang the leading lady during the plot or even afterward.  WAY too formulaic overall.

No idea what I’m going to do with myself for the next few hours.  Definitely not sleep – don’t want to miss the flight to TPE.  My gate is 28G, which I’m pretty sure means I have to go downstairs and then get on line to board a bus which will then drive around to the other side of the airport so that we can board via one of those driving staircases.  At least I’ve never been stuck in the rain doing that, but I figure it’s probably just a matter of time.  One would think the Tokyo-Taipei flight would get more respect than that.  Oh well.

(I did manage to get that second Heechee book to my Kindle, btw.  Think I’ll go start reading that now.)

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Time to destination: 4h 43m.  Well, I can certainly say that the shitty reviews Fantastic Four received were well-deserved.  Pretty fricken horrible; not many redeeming qualities at all.  Shame.

The main reason I’m watching movies right now is because earlier I finished Frederik Pohl’s Gateway, which is the first book in the Heechee series.  It was pretty good – maybe I’ll give it 3 or 4 stars on Goodreads.  There are like 6 books in the series, but guess which one I didn’t send to my Kindle when I was preparing for the trip?  Yup, #2.  It’s on my laptop, though, so I’ll be able to send it to my Kindle from there once I get some wifi access at NRT.  Gateway has been on my to-read list for a while; I think the reason I haven’t read it yet was because I wasn’t able to find it for free before.  It came up on my various lists of recommendations often; fingers crossed that it’s not one of those serieses where the first book is better than the rest.  I’ll let you know.  Maybe.

Drunk boy to my left finally fell asleep, I think.  He was stumbling around a bit before that, so it’s probably a good thing.  As for me, I’m a little scratchy-eyed but not all that tired.  I’ll probably fall asleep on the 4-hour trip from NRT to TPE and miss the meal like I normally do.  Still about 16 hours left in the journey:  4 and change to NRT (we’re over Russia now), 3-4 hour layover at NRT, then 4 more to TPE.  Oh wait – that’s only about 12, so not so bad.

I’m trying to figure out whether to watch Mad Max: Fury Road, Chappie, or one of the Daniel Craig Bond films.  I don’t remember which one is the last one I saw, but Quantum of Solace and Casino Royale are both available.  So is Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation, which I haven’t seen either.  Decisions, decisions.

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EWR to NRT 11/27/2015 Part 1

November 28, 2015

Off to Taiwan again for work.  Second trip this year.  The dude in the seat next to me is going to have a horrible hangover at some point.  Unless, of course, he just continues to drink.  He’s been drinking since he got on the plane.  Maybe had a couple of glasses of water, but it’s […]

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Word Count: 283

November 10, 2015

So it’s 3:24 in the PM on a Tuesday, and I’ve been basically dicking around on facebook and imgur all day (while keeping an eye on and generally ignoring the work inbox).  I have a relatively short to-do list in my Evernote, which consists of items that are specific, quick, easy, difficult, long-term, and/or vague. […]

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Another Post from Taiwan

March 14, 2015

No, I’m not turning this website into a travel blog, haha.  Arrived in Taipei last night and although I didn’t get up as early as I would have liked, I did manage to make it out of bed before breakfast stopped being served.  Today is Sunday and perforce (thankfully) a rest day for me.  I’m […]

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Nothing Special

January 12, 2015

You can skip this one, dear reader.  I don’t have anything particular to say today.  Slow day at work.  I’m not even getting anything personal done – just surfing the web for so long that my brain has turned to mush.  So I figure I’ll at least sit on my exercise ball and bang out […]

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Not Working

December 10, 2014

It’s just about 10am right now and I’m at home, which is really nice.  Because I didn’t really use my vacation/personal days all that much this year (and my firm has a “use them or lose them” policy for days off), I only need to work another three days this year:  next Monday and Tuesday, […]

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Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes

December 9, 2014

On my Lift app, I’m a member of the group/habit #500WED (500 words every day).  I was going to start yesterday’s post with something along the lines of “more like #500WEOD (500 words every other day)” but I didn’t write 500 words yesterday.  Ah well c’est la vie. I’m finding that I’m kind of an […]

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Books Maybe?

December 6, 2014

So I only have a few minutes free right now; may as well see if I can get close to 500 words for today (Saturday).  I’m typing on my Apple bluetooth keyboard, which is connected to my Samsung Galaxy Note II – the same way I did it the last time I was in Taiwan. […]

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More of the Same

December 5, 2014

Well, I totally failed at my “write 500 words every day” (new) habit yesterday.  At the very least, I failed the spirit of the habit: I probably wrote a total of 500 words yesterday, but most of them weren’t in a row and I certainly didn’t write them all at the same time.  Not even […]

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