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November, 2017:

If you’re within earshot of my sister,…

…plug your ears. Loud remonstrations will commence in 3…2…1…

Selling meat al fresco in Hanoi. Reason #486 why KJW will never visit me in Vietnam.

Thanks for the clarification.

On a random street in Hanoi.

I swear to God this is not a joke

I’ve received many WTF things in the mail before, but I usually have to open the envelope before I know that it’s WTF.

When they put the WTF right on the front of the envelope, I’m afraid to open it, for fear of what’s inside.

Surrendering dragon surrenders

Sandstond sculpture on display in the Chăm Museum in Danang.

Want a screen protector? Go to Asia.

The last time I bought a screen protector in a cell phone store in the U.S., I think that it cost $17, plus I had to apply it myself. Approximately 17 air bubbles and an equal number of contributions to the swear jar later, I finally got the damn thing on.

Then I went to a cell phone shop in Asia. Oh, my. What a difference.

This morning I popped into a local cell phone store, and asked them to replace the screen protector on my phone. The nice young lady at the service counter pealed off the old film, used a cleaning solution to clean the front and back of my phone and my cell phone case, expertly put on the new protector (with absolutely no air bubbles), and handed it back to me.

The cost: 50,000 Vietnamese dong, about $2.20. Plus it comes with a three month guarantee. They will replace it for free if it gets scratched.

Fire-Breathing Dragon

A big bridge in the city of Da Nang, Vietnam is decorated to look like a dragon:

Here’s what the head looks like:

And if you have a dragon, then it should breathe fire, right? Right?!


Every Saturday and Sunday night at 9:00pm, the dragon breathes fire. Fake dragon, real fire:

It also squirts water, but we didn’t get close enough to see that. Maybe next week.

Or maybe not.

Storm in Danang

We experienced a typhoon here in Danang. The center was farther south, we only got the outer rim of it. Just a lot of wind an rain. But the ocean had a lot to say.

I am a YouTube Violator

So apparently my food videos are offensive to The Powers That Be at YouTube. I was just notified that my video violated YouTube’s delicate sensitivities.

This is part of the notification:

Your video “Ca Loc in Danang” was flagged for review. Upon review, we’ve determined that it violates our guidelines. We’ve removed it from YouTube and assigned a Community Guidelines strike, or temporary penalty, to your account.

I thought it might be a spearfishing attempt, so I went to my YouTube page. Sure enough, this snippet of text was waiting for me:

The video is question is an 11-second shot of my lunch: clay-pot fish. Sure, it’s “steamy,” but not in the pornographic sense:

Does this video offend you?

What “Community Guideline” does this video violate? Here are the categories, according to YouTube’s website:

Nudity or sexual content: Admittedly, the fish is not wearing any clothes. Maybe this is the one?

Harmful or dangerous content: Well, if you asked the fish, it would probably say that the video isn’t good for its health.

Hateful content: Some people don’t like fish, it’s true. Maybe this is the one?

Violent or graphic content: I’m sure that the fish was murdered. This could be the one!

Harassment and cyberbullying: Um…

Spam, misleading metadata, and scams: It’s fish, not spam. Pretty sure this one is out.

Threats: No one is saying anything bad will happen to you if you don’t eat the fish.

Copyright: It’s my video. I shot it, I own it.

Privacy: Again, the fish is nude. So, maybe…

Impersonation: The fish isn’t trying to push itself off as anything but a fish.

Child endangerment: You’ve got me: some kids don’t like fish. This definitely could be the one.


I assume that this is an AI fail. But it’s pretty funny to think that my food video was found to be inappropriate.

Another city,…

…another Awesome Chair Of Awesomeness.

in Danang, Vietnam.

I want a cup!

There should be absolutely no question about the caffeine content of this coffee.