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  1. 7 points
    Greetings Monkeywatchers, a very Merry Christmas to one and all, and welcome to the last of this year’s peeks into the crevices of Slob City. Let the festivities commence. A new German documentary has done a proper hatchet job on Pattaya, reporting that the place is about as safe as Chicago was in the 1920s with fraud, scams, muggings, bag snatchings and assaults happening on an hourly basis. The local police rose to the challenge immediately by ordering a crackdown on nudity in Go Go bars. And if that wasn’t enough, there have also been reports that pollution in Bangkok has risen to record levels, so we can expect that sour-faced little troll from Sweden to start flapping her jaw as well. Pattaya tourism is suffering a catastrophic decline according to a new report, with high season booking showing a 20 per cent decline from last year. It goes on to say that the Chinese and Koreans are buggering off to Vietnam in increasing numbers and that Pattaya’s last hope lies with Indian tourists. No, stop laughing for a minute, the report claims that they spend an average of 10,000 baht each per day. Okay, you can start laughing again now. It also states they tend to travel in groups of 20-30 (and all on the same bloody baht bus most of the time.) And just to prove the point… If you’re planning to visit Jomtien, it may be prudent to avoid engaging in hazardous pursuits such as eating satay pork in a restaurant or using a hotel bathroom, as partaking in these activities has claimed the lives of a local Thai man and a Russian tourist in the last few weeks. The Tourist Authority has already decided to reclassify these activities as dangerous sports and is advising potential visitors to take out the appropriate insurance. Either that or refrain from eating or shitting for the duration of your stay. A number of 7-Eleven stores stopped using plastic bags a few weeks back to see how things went in advance of the national ban that is to be introduced on January 1. Problems immediately arose in one store when people panic buying plastic bags to beat the national ban were told they’d have to buy a paper bag to put them in before they were allowed to leave the premises. Punches were reportedly thrown and a number of displays were smashed in the ensuing fracas. Police were called when the situation escalated even further and the fighting spilled out onto the street. Several arrests were made and numerous weapons were seized. All leave for riot police has now been cancelled for the beginning of January to cope with the national introduction of this popular eco-friendly policy. It’s also been announced that no less than eight TV stations will be censoring any programmes featuring plastic bags, and will presumably be carrying warnings such as “The following programme contains scenes depicting plastic bags which some viewers may find offensive.” You couldn’t make it up. Following the latest disappearance of Pattaya Beach, security nets have been installed to stop the rocks being stolen as well… Christmas bar news begins with more closures, this time New Star and New Bat Club. The unexpected reopening of Party Girlz a few weeks ago unexpectedly didn’t take place – then last week it did. We also have a new Go Go bar on Walking Street called Spicy Girl, a name from the past (well almost). The girls from the former Peppermint seem to have settled at Baccara if anybody’s interested. No, didn’t think you would be. And the former Hidden has just reopened as the Black Banana Club, though it sounds more like a sports bar than a Go Go. A Pattaya coffee shop owner has been criticized for filming one of her customers being attacked with a shoe but not intervening to stop the assault. “You try fighting with the public and filming on a phone at the same time” she retorted when questioned. The police officer in attendance was not impressed and whacked her with one of his boots. The Ghost of Christmas Past walks among us now, looking back at a pair of yuletide tales from Monkeywatch in December 2009… “Three Thai blokes who were about to vandalise a phone box in Jomtien last Thursday got more than they bargained for when they were attacked by a group of civil volunteers who were working nearby. The volunteers beat the men with pieces of the phone that they ripped out of the box then smashed their heads through every pane of glass in the cubicle to subdue them until the police turned up. The police commended the plucky volunteers for their valuable help in eradicating the scourge of telephone box vandalism. Last Friday, a disaster simulation exercise of a road crash was held on Pattaya Third Road to test if local services could cope. Following the success of this operation, Walking Street has been chosen as the venue for the next disaster simulation exercise in which the bars will run out of beer and the Go Go girls will all perform in anoraks.” The deckchair bans introduced to attract more tourists to Pattaya beach seem to be working well… The latest wheeze by the Tourism Authority to boost numbers is to target first time visitors, concentrating on the usual mixture of dregs and stinking pigs that they seem to favour for some inexplicable reason. They appear to have given up on repeat visitors, presumably because they couldn’t find any. Once bitten, twice shy? A major fire drill has been conducted at a hotel in Pattaya following a recent incident where a large number of guests had to be evacuated from another hotel following a fire. The hotel in question only suffered minor damage, unlike the one used for the fire drill which burned to the ground. “Well they said they wanted it to be realistic”, mused one participant as he surveyed the smouldering ruins. There’s a moral in there somewhere – but we’re buggered if we can find it. There was a bit of a ruck over by Soi Buakhao last week when a row between four street vendors turned into a knife fight. Tourists scrambled to safety as the men hacked and slashed at each other until police arrived and arrested three of the men, the fourth having buggered off before they arrived. They were being escorted to hospital when it was discovered that they were in fact Vietnamese working illegally so, as is customary under Thai law, they were given a bloody good hiding and bundled off to the immigration authorities for immediate deportation. Not exactly a clever way to behave if you’re illegal workers. Silly buggers. Finally, the government has announced that New Year’s gifts are to be offered to Thais and tourists to “increase happiness.” The military will be providing medical treatment, car repairs and massage services, so if you fancy having a hairy-arsed Thai soldier rubbing baby oil into your dick it sounds like you’re in for a good time. Merry Christmas everybody. be seeing you monkeyman
  2. 6 points
    I sense some are happy Boeing is having problems now with the 737 Max. I don't get it. As passengers it is in our best interests for both Boeing and Airbus to succeed. Without both there is little competition driving innovation and improvement. Note Boeing didn't do a lot of new stuff for a while after Douglas and Lockheed gave up passengers jet production. No need. If a new airline came along they could buy Boeing or Boeing. Now there is a choice and Boeing is forced to produce new and improved products. I get it the national pride some have of Boeing over Airbus and vice versa. But don't let it color the reality - we the public benefit from both being around for the long term. OK, off the soap box. Almost fell getting down. 😂
  3. 5 points
    That's the establishment press who are naturally rather liberal in the West. And many people take note of what the media say and it can and does dictate their opinions. I've got a couple of pals who dislike Trump because the BBC have brainwashed them into it. Like a lot of ex pats who live in the LOS and who also get told what to think by the BBC or Sky News. One of these pals is politically as thick as two planks and may not even know who our Prime Minister is let alone our Home Secretary and he certainly knows even less about Trump. But many every day people like Trump and wish we had a leader who put our own folk first. When London Mayor Khan sent up that Blimp taking the piss out of Trump only the lefties applauded it. If you read the comments sections in the on line papers it was Khan who got slagged off not Trump. But Joe Bloggs isn't given a voice. However he made his feelings heard in 2016 on Brexit and just recently in the general election when Trump gave Boris his blessing, even ex mining communities voted Tory and they got an overall majority of 80 seats. Let's hope he does not betray that trust.
  4. 4 points
    So it's a Y20K problem.
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  6. 3 points
    A Kodak Moment The Smiths were unable to conceive children and decided to use a surrogate father to start their family. On the day the proxy father was to arrive, Mr. Smith kissed his wife goodbye and said, ‘Well, I’m off now. The man should be here soon.’ Half an hour later, just by chance, a door-to-door baby photographer happened to ring the doorbell, hoping to make a sale. ‘Good morning, Ma’am’, he said, ‘I’ve come to…’ ‘Oh, no need to explain,’ Mrs. Smith cut in, embarrassed, ‘I’ve been expecting you.’ ‘Have you really?’ said the photographer. ‘Well, that’s good. Did you know babies are my specialty?’ ‘Well that’s what my husband and I had hoped. Please come in and have a seat !. After a moment she asked, blushing, ‘Well, where do we start?’ ‘Leave everything to me. I usually try two in the bathtub, one on the couch, and perhaps a couple on the bed. And sometimes the living room floor is fun. You can really spread out there.’ ‘Bathtub, living room floor? No wonder it didn’t work out for Harry and me!’ ‘Well, Ma’am, none of us can guarantee a good one every time. But if we try several different positions and I shoot from six or seven angles, I’m sure you’ll be pleased with the results.’ ‘My, that’s a lot!’, gasped Mrs. Smith.. ‘Ma’am, in my line of work a man has to take his time. I’d love to be In and out in five minutes, but I’m sure you’d be disappointed with that.’ ‘Don’t I know it,’ said Mrs. Smith quietly. The photographer opened his briefcase and pulled out a portfolio of his baby pictures. ‘This was done on the top of a bus,’ he said. ‘Oh, my God!’ Mrs. Smith exclaimed, grasping at her throat. ‘And these twins turned out exceptionally well – when you consider their mother was so difficult to work with.’ ‘She was difficult?’ asked Mrs. Smith. ‘Yes, I’m afraid so. I finally had to take her to the park to get the job done right. People were crowding around four and five deep to get a good look’ ‘Four and five deep?’ said Mrs. Smith, her eyes wide with amazement.. ‘Yes’, the photographer replied. ‘And for more than three hours, too. The mother was constantly squealing and yelling – I could hardly concentrate, and when darkness approached I had to rush my shots. Finally, when the squirrels began nibbling on my equipment, I just had to pack it all in.’ Mrs. Smith leaned forward. ‘Do you mean they actually chewed on your, uh…equipment?’ ‘It’s true, Ma’am, yes.. Well, if you’re ready, I’ll set-up my tripod and we can get to work right away.’ ‘Tripod?’ ‘Oh yes, Ma’am. I need to use a tripod to rest my Canon on. It’s much too big to be held in the hand for long.’ Mrs. Smith fainted
  7. 3 points
    Perhaps this is not exactly a "funny picture" but it has made me smile more than once. Had to trim the youtube way down so I could post it. LINE'd it to a few TG's who loved it... Six-Year-Old Muay Thai Prodigy Practices With Father.mp4
  8. 2 points
    Boris had to box clever in order to keep everyone happy to be sure of winning that election. And Boris is aware that the electorate are as easily led as are sheep. If the media says Trump is a rascal then many of those sheep will take it as gospel. But thankfully most of us have had a belly full of the liberal's cracked pottery and their celebrity supporters like Edie Izzard and Lily Allen and the rest of 'em with their weeping and wailing and are beginning to see the wood through the trees. There are liberals among the Conservatives not just among the Labourites and Lib Dems and any distance being kept from Trump was to placate them. But in the end it was Joe Bloggs who put Boris in Number Ten because Joe has refused at long last to be one of those sheep that till now were so easily manipulated by the likes of those hand wringing nancy boys at the BBC.
  9. 2 points
    Thanks for the quick reply. Problem is - I have no heart. LOL. No seriously there isn't anything there. I see stuff after others have liked or whatever but in your reply to me now there is a blank area. No heart.
  10. 2 points
    Wot Yogi said. And if I remember correctly, Reagan was treated in the same way.
  11. 2 points
    Made it out to Huai Chak Nok Reservoir today. Water level is looking pretty dire there too. Here's the view from the dam end on the NW side. Close up of the outflow structure to use as a benchmark for the water level. A lot of what was once under water on the south end of the dam is now dry. Here's a screenshot of the satellite view of the reservoir with a maker of where the above pic was taken. Image is from Nov, 2018 and gives an idea of how far the water has receded. They have pumps going to move trapped water on the south end into what remains of the reservoir. It's going to be quite a while before this overflow outlet will be needed again. A bit of hike from this side of the reservoir to get to the water's edge. The cows are enjoying their new pasture land. The view from the north end looking south towards the dam in the far distance. And on the other side of the road, looking north. Easy pickings for the fishermen. Side note: I've edited the topic title to reflect that posts here cover all the shrinking water sources for Pattaya.
  12. 2 points
    Murphy goes into the confessional box after years of being away from the Church.He pulls aside the curtain, enters and sits himself down. There’s a fully equipped bar with crystal glasses, the best vestry wine, Guinness on tap, cigars and liqueur chocolates nearby. And on the wall a fine photographic display of various women who appear to have misplaced their garments. He hears a priest come in. “Father, forgive I think its been a while since I’ve been to confession and to be sure I must say that the confessional box is much better than it used to be. The priest replies, “Get out, you idiot. You’re on my side!”
  13. 2 points
    It's been two weeks and two days since the last update, so hopped on my bike and had a very enjoyable ride this morning around what remains of Mabprachan Reservoir. Starting again on the southwest side. More spots that were previously underwater are now exposed. Wish they would mount a water level gage to this structure. I'm estimating the water is down another 1/2 meter or so since the last update. I wonder how much longer it will be before this guy can walk to his fishing camp. They're now having to pump water from the low spots. Another couple of weeks and there will be no need for a bridge over this channel. A babbling brook in the middle of what was once a lake. The island is now a peninsula. On the north end looking south. Fishing is a lot easier when they fish are trapped in what remains of the water on the north end. Mabprachan is fast becoming a lush meadow. Can't really call it "lush" as the dominant flora are thorn bushes. A bit of a technical ride to get out to the far end of this exposed rock outcropping. Had to ride over a lot of broken shells and gnarly rocks to get to the far end, but this was the view looking back. And the view towards the dam at the west end of the reservoir. Now back at the southwest side. I see they've closed off the channel into the pond within a lake and are now having to pump water into the pond. At the rate the water level is dropping it doesn't bode well for the Pattaya area in the coming months. As the next rainy season is a long way off, I expect we'll see severe water rationing measures to conserve what little remains of the water supply.
  14. 2 points
    Out of interest and perhaps to highlight how quiet it is in Pattaya I've just booked a few days ago hotel in Soi 8 deluxe room (highest of the 3 options) for the staggering rate of just 628 Baht a night...... They were already on book 3 nights for price of 2 but then added a further 10% discount on final cost. Direct from Hotels own website yet again I might add throwing out this notion that the likes of Agoda are never beaten on price. Their price was 988 Baht same room
  15. 2 points
    Paddy went to his local supermarket after a lunchtime session to do some shopping. With his list, he went to reach for the largest cucumber in the shop when this tall sexy looking blonde also went to grab it. “Oh yeah, I bet I know now why you be wanting the biggest one,” he winked. “You’ve got me” she giggled, “Do you fancy coming back to mine and watching?” “No thanks,” said Paddy, “I’ve got better things to do with me time than be standing around watching a woman make sandwiches.”
  16. 2 points
    Pattaya is the 15th most popular travel destination in the world, according to Mastercard's Global Destination Cities Index for 2019. For the fourth straight year, Bangkok ranked as number one with 22.78 million international overnight visitors in 2018. Phuket placed 14th with 9.89 million, one notch above Pattaya with 9.44 million. Thailand is the only country to have three destinations among the top 20. The Mastercard Index covers 200 destinations worldwide. Whatever Thai authorities are doing to promote tourism to Thailand, it seems to be working. There's a lot of really interesting information in the report about tourist spending in Pattaya, the importance of tourism to the local economy and the productivity of Thai workers in Pattaya. The pages below will give you an idea, but for the more complicated stuff, you need to visit the site. Please note the Mastercard Index only counts international overnight visitors. Domestic tourists and "day trippers" of any nationality are excluded. According to a different source, Pattaya had about 6.5 million domestic tourists in 2018, bringing total tourism to nearly 16 million. It ain't no ghost town. More detail about the top 20. Bangkok is the top international destination for mainland Chinese and number three for Japanese visitors. Pattaya ranks second for Russians and Phuket third. I excluded a lot of countries under this heading to save space. It's interesting to note that in 2018, China contributed almost 40% of the international visitors to Bangkok. Last year China, Russia and South Korea accounted for nearly 50% of the visitors to Pattaya. The 10 years from 2009 to 2019, the Russian share of the Pattaya tourist market has gone down by nearly half, while the Chinese share has more than doubled. ... Bangkok ranks third in terms of most spending by international visitors, while Phuket ranks 10th. Pattaya doesn't place in the top 20.
  17. 1 point
    Alright, a classifier.... of the people who could be bothered and were eligible to vote, the majority voted for Brexit You are trying to create a false impression based on people who did not vote. Trying to include those who are ineligible and couldn't be bothered? What you posted sounds to me like an opposition to the true process of democracy... What on earth does a 'majority was gained mean? Anything like a 'majority was won'.....? Reality Please...and as Boris (the PM) said this morning.... “a fantastic year and a remarkable decade for our United Kingdom” Unlike you he does not see the British people as sheep!
  18. 1 point
    I did do a forum update a little over 24 hours ago. That may have done it. Ill look at the reports on the forums support site and see what peeps are saying.
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    Well... it turns out your jest was on point. You have... erm.. had... no heart. And by heart I mean group. Fixing it now. Should be fixed by the time you read this... assuming the 3 or 4 tons of new years celebration juice still running thru my system doesn't throw an extra ass in where the heart should be.
  21. 1 point
    I don't think I run any special adblocker. I don't see many ads here but maybe it's in some setting on my end. There are the ads at the top of the page I can see. Don't know. haven't had this issue elsewhere so who knows? Is Upgrade a unique group? I was always told I was special. Even going to school I got to ride in a shorter bus. 😀
  22. 1 point
    You a referring to the majority of the British people as sheep. You are stating that a peoples who want independence from being controlled remotely from Brussels as sheep? I don't even understand the OP....the baht is quite strong rather than low. Sterling has improved against the USD since the general election. The baht is also strengthening against the USD. Below 30 this morning. Happy New Year.
  23. 1 point
    Hi, Lets hope so. The WWC are hated by the the liberal "elite". They are really pissed off with the switch but what are the people to do ?
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  25. 1 point
    POTUS and his Corporate Tax cuts incentivized big business to bring back trillions being held in banks outside the US to avoid the high US tax rate. Did this help the US economy and hurt overseas banks? US budget deficit hit an all time high and interest rates are trending down. In the US retailers are offering 5 year ZERO interest to spike end of year sales numbers. Cheap money to be had in the US and the Fed Reserve is dealing with a cash crunch....crazy but it's the reason exchange rates are falling. The perception is Citizen in Country XYZ wants Ben Franklins and not XYZ currency in his pocket (safe deposit box) thus the USD is over valued when the Fed problems in the US and EU are boiled down to the simple fact that everyone is printing more money and the US is doing it via cheap loans with ZERO interest. Bottom line is the price of pussy will get expensive especially in Thailand in 2020 https://www.cnbc.com/2019/12/10/fed-qe4-could-happen-before-years-end-credit-suisse-says.html
  26. 1 point
    Trump didnt force the British people to vote for Brexit. If Sterling/Dollar was at the same level before that fateful day Sterling/Baht would be sat at 47 today down from the day before Brexit because of the Bahts appreciation against the Dollar since that time
  27. 1 point
    Only 6 years ago it was as low as 29.....
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  31. 1 point
    For anyone interested, this years race starts in a few hours. https://www.rolexsydneyhobart.com/news/2019/pre-race/follow-the-race-faqs/ Website and viewing details in the link. Enjoy
  32. 1 point
    Enticed by big discounts on Agoda and location, I was considering Hotel Selection (Beach Road) for my upcoming stay in November. I sent them a message to ask about their guest policy if I book a double room. I got this reply: Dear guest, Joiner charge @ 1,000THB. So I will look elsewhere.
  33. 1 point
    20 and a few satang to the USD in 1975, but a red note went further. Memory fading in my dotage, but I thought the USD was below 30 in the last 15 years.
  34. 1 point
    Here's a note on Mastercard's methodology (my bold highlight): "The Mastercard Global Destination Cities Index ranks 200 cities based on third-party research and proprietary analysis in terms of the number of their total international overnight visitor arrivals and the cross-border spending by these same visitors in the destination cities in 2018, and gives visitor and expenditure growth forecasts. "Public data is used in deriving the international overnight visitor arrivals and their cross-border spending in each of the 200 destination cities. Forecasts are based upon the weighted average of the national level tourism forecasts and the actual 2019 monthly data at the destination level, which is available to the latest month before release. "This Index and the accompanying reports are not based on Mastercard volumes or transactional data. "The Asia Pacific Destinations Index (APDI) is a regional subset of Mastercard’s Global Destination Cities Index (GDCI). More information and the full APDI report can be found here." EP note: Mastercard mostly uses official national tourism statistics, but also data from the UN, OECD, World Bank, national central banks and trade and tourism organizations.
  35. 1 point
    This was taken Sunday around midday and is from the new TT Exchange located in Big-CX. I suspect it will seriously impact the two bank based exchanges on either side of the main entrance.
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    I never tried to walk either on the beach or the road to Pattaya, as I would walk south on Jomtiem beach road.
  38. 1 point
    Things were so much better then Now it has become more like a business with minimum pleasure in the past you would get real long time service. Now it is more short times I believe i remember a lady call Yu. What a night to remember and hundreds more
  39. 1 point
    On the already mentioned subject of index-linked pensions for expats, this is discrimination and a scandal. Linked in the Philippes but not in Thailand, in the USA but not in Canada. This has been UK government policy since 1945, followed by all governments since. Nobody can explain why any bilateral agreements between governments should be needed to implement index-linking. If you're entitled, the government should pay you wherever you are, it's nobody else's business and it should be your free choice to live where you like after 40-odd years of work and contributions. Somebody took the UK government to the European Court of Justice (ECJ) for this discrimination a few years ago, and lost his case. The government's argument was simple and cold-blooded: a) index-linking for expats is not a legal requirement, and b) they didn't want to spend the money. No mention of a moral imperative to look after pensioners abroad who have contributed just as much, are no burden on the health service or social services. Most importantly, they can't vote in UK elections and are therefore irrelevant to politicians. It's a disgrace - to my knowledge no other country does this to its pensioners living abroad, or in some countries but not others.
  40. 1 point
    I will be sad to see them go. The A380 is probably the most comfortable plane I've flown on. I only travel economy and the ones I've flown seem to be quieter and have more seat space than the smaller Airbuses and any Boeing.
  41. 1 point
    Thanks, Evil. Another great, informative post and another resto I'll soon be trying. I often go to Villa's at the Avenue so prior to shopping I'll stop in for a bite based on your recommendation. Are they back to doing delivery and do you know what area they cover?
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    I got my 9th extension yesterday at Changwattana. Have blisters on my feet today because I haven't worn dress shoes for a year, nor long trousers. For the second consecutive year, I was the only one there wearing a tie. They treated me like royalty.
  44. 1 point
    Most of the Thai's are very nice. We experience the odd bad experience or read a negative story and that is what seems to resonate. I remember back in 2002 in Koh Samui i was in a bar when it was pissing down. I really needed to get back to my room so i checked my bin. The lady asked me where i was going so i told her i really needed to go so i'll just have to get wet. She said wait and handed me her umbrella. I told her i wasn't coming back until tomorrow night and she said mai bpen rai that's fine, don't want you to get sick. Sometimes we need threads like this to remember our hosts are mostly good and not let the few bad experiences jade us. Look forward to reading more good stories.
  45. 1 point
    Hate it when someone tells a joke and forgets the punch line. When they got home, the mailman was dead on the porch.
  46. 1 point
    Butch, how right you are. Generally speaking I have had a good relationship with Thai people even when I was shagging their daughters! I have some great memories of just sitting around eating and drinking with the TGF and her extended family. It is a bit difficult to recall all the smaller things that happen but I recall a MC taxi rider happy to give me his chair when I couldn't walk awaiting a new hip. I still pass him and we still share some banter. Just a while ago I was chatting with the manager of my hotel and we touched on the currency woes. Her reply was to say that I could book at the minimum rate and she would upgrade me on every possible occasion. Its a small thing but I have been introduced to a few of my TG's kids and that to me is going beyond the call of duty. As near as the last week I was invited next time in Pattaya to visit a kid of a lady friend. I can hear the cynics saying, "All traps for the gullible farang".I just dont see it that way. To me its a privilege, not a trap. I am sure that I could keep recalling but there is one thing that keeps popping up in my memory. This is the way that some of the ladies have gone an extra mile keeping me happy. Its very difficult if you have taken a "Cynical Pill" this morning to believe that we have anything else than a commercial transaction. Sure, many of them are but that only makes the real special one stand out more. I think for instance that we all enjoyed Awesome's recent TR and what he feels he got from it. The other point to this is that as you get older, slower, more decrepit and look like shit the kindness of some of these ladies comes out in stark relief. Again, money may be the motivation but try to get that in the Western World. Yeah right!
  47. 1 point
    They were flying blind in a political system that restricted people knowing. There was a known flaw to the kill switch but it was supressed. That's not to say it can't happen in the free world but a closed society exacerbates that problem.
  48. 1 point
    Funny the differences we three had emotionally. I watched it all in one day. I can understand your criticisms though. Nobody knew what they were dealing with. The people on the bridge, for instance.
  49. 1 point
    Hi Guys, The upgrade process has been successful. It was started at 3am Thai time, and it is now 6:13am as I write this. The forum is up and seems to be working fine, and as soon as I submit this post (and assuming it works - this is the last test), I will be redirecting all old traffic to this new forum post, so you will see it first if you are visiting from the old URL. So, first off. The new URL. I have changed the forums URL to https://forums.pattayatalk.com (it used to be pattayatalk.com/forums). This change comes with some drawbacks, mostly involving google and content already indexed, but the advantages of having it greatly outweigh the negatives. The largest of these allows me to host the forums on a Linux server, which is very fast and good at hosting php forums, and the front end website (not yet completed) that will be visible at pattayatalk.com on a windows server, which allows me to develop a rich website in a language I am more familiar with. Second. The new logo. I paid a Pakistani guy for this logo upgrade... but I have had a mixed review on it. I am totally open to changing it, and its been suggested by Keyman that we ask you guys if one of you is a graphic artist, if you want to give the creation of a new logo a shot. If you can and feel like giving it a go, please do! We will have a public poll on logo entries (including this current one) and let you guys decide which to keep. Third, please note: it can take up to a week for the upgrade process to fully finish processing old posts. Until that process is done, posts may have messed up quote markers, bad or poorly formatted photos, or other issues that make them look wrong in some way. Unfortunately there is nothing I can do to speed this process up. I was able to run it manually on the test server which took 3 days, but doing that here now with a live forum would result in speed issues that are just not worth it in the end. The process works by processing approx. 50 items every time someone visits the forum. (provided that one group of 50 is not currently running when that visit starts). There are about 3 million items to process, so obviously this will take some time. Be patient 🙂 I am going to wait until those background processes completely finish before turning on other new features, and I will create a new post describing each of those as I turn them on. The exception to that wait is the new SSL certificate. That is active already, but not enforced. So you can manually browse to https://forums.pattayatalk.com for a secure session. I will enforce HTTPS traffic exclusively after the background processes complete. (HTTPS does take more server processing time to process, and slightly slows down downloads). So... so far it appears my months long practice sessions worked pretty well. I am happy with the outcome, so far. I was able to take the process from 12 hours (first attempt), to 3 hours, and with 100% of the errors and issues (there were over 200 of them), handled by my scripts during the upgrade. So we should be good to go. Let me know what you think, and I will update again once the background processes are completed. As I understand it the more traffic we have the faster that will go 🙂 Frosty
  50. 1 point
    Slowhand is Go(o)d Imho Eagles has a better song, desperado, too bad can't get the original from youtube
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