Helen Back (As In, I've Been To)

I’m a lit­tle bleary-eyed, but I am here, awake, and still able to blog. I believe that I’ve exor­cized all of the demons (or dae­mons for the UNIX folks out there) that were putting in the SPAM in my posts and RSS feeds. I did locate code in my xmlrpc.php file that had a graph­ic of a spi­der (in ascii — how old school!) and then a bunch of what looked like Russ­ian. It had every­thing but ‘From Rus­sia with Love’ in it. I didn’t keep it around long enough to fig­ure exact­ly what it was doing, but after sev­er­al tries at clean­ing out, I inevitably had to blow away my Word­Press install and rein­stall from fresh files. After all of that, rein­stalling and recon­fig­ur­ing plu­g­ins, re-enter­ing and updat­ing pass­words, and ping­ing servers,  I final­ly appear to be back in busi­ness, and most of what I had is back (save a few plu­g­ins and oth­er niceties).

So, by way of a test, here’s a video I took with the Flip Cam­era of our sec­ond vis­it to the Night Mar­ket in Rich­mond last night. This evening I had Bánh mì (the incom­pa­ra­ble Viet­namese sand­wich­es of ham, paté and crisp veg­eta­bles on crunchy French style baguettes) and Tai­wanese deep-fried squid which was absolute­ly fan­tas­tic. Pam had a Green Papaya Sal­ad with shred­ded beef jerky and a pip­ing hot waf­fle filled with red bean paste. Too bad the video can’t be smelled or tast­ed.

This is also a first attempt at using the quick and dirty Flip­Share soft­ware to make a movie from my short clips, and despite the rather ugly open­ing titles, I think it actu­al­ly does a pret­ty good job.  It’s cer­tain­ly faster than iMovie, but then again, I didn’t do much but trim a few of the clips. Let’s hear it for raw video, free of spam!

2 Replies to “Helen Back (As In, I've Been To)”

  1. I’ll have to remem­ber Flip­Share.

    As for the gold­fish-paper-net thing, that’s a com­mon sum­mer fes­ti­val activ­i­ty in Japan. Thank­ful­ly we don’t have the coloured water jel­ly­fish sales hap­pen­ing that were all the rage in 1998–1999 in Tai­wan! Poor jellyfish…even if they sting swim­mers, I still felt sor­ry that they end­ed up liv­ing short lives in food-coloured tap water.

  2. Fun­ny how the Night Mar­ket ends up being an amal­ga­ma­tion of so many dif­fer­ent cul­tur­al pieces. The food area, I’m told, is sim­i­lar to Shang­hai. Yet there is the sham­my guy, doing his demo, just like Vince/Shamwow on TV. And there’s also the kids rides, which remind me of Coun­ty Fairs we used to go to in Ver­mont (and now, of course, the ven­er­a­ble PNE). It fits the Cana­di­an Mosa­ic to a T.

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