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i didn’t even know they had electricity?

AP
Vietnam to Launch 1st Satellite
Wednesday March 12, 4:18 am ET
Vietnam to Launch 1st Satellite to Improve Country’s Telecommunications

HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — Vietnam is preparing to launch its first satellite, hoping to improve the country’s telecommunications to keep pace with its rapid economic development, officials said Wednesday.

Vinasat No. 1 is scheduled to be launched April 12 from Kourou spaceport in South America, and will be ready for use in May, Nguyen Ba Thuoc, vice general director of state-owned Vietnam Post and Telecommunication Corp., or VNPT, told reporters.

The US$200-million (euro130-million) satellite, which has a medium transmission capacity, will help make Internet and television accessible nationwide, Thuoc said.

“Vietnam has reached the point where significant improvements of the telecommunication infrastructure are needed for its economic and social development,” said Thuoc. Better telecommunications would bring more investment into the country, he said.

Currently, businesses and the Vietnamese government are renting satellites from Australia, Thailand and Russia.

Vietnam’s economy has grown at an average annual rate of more than 7 percent for the last 10 years. It has 19 million Internet users, and more than 40 million telephones, according to government figures.

marcos is a good drummer

look at the passion in his eyes!

serj tankian’s “sky is over” song started playing on the radio and marc just caught fire. he’s not yet as good as me, even though i also have to steer the car with my knee as i drum. he’s definitely in the top 2% nationwide in his age group. maybe he’ll be neal peart in his future life.

the giants are going to suck this year

so, i had some initial optimism about how the giants would do this year but after seeing some of the box scores from the cactus league, i’m reconsidering my expectations of how they might finish. this, coupled with the fact that the dodgers hired joe torre, is making me think that it’s going to be a long summer.

yesterday, noah lowry threw 24 pitches before someone even took a swing. he went through the entire lineup without an official at-bat, since walks don’t count as an at-bat. of his first 30 pitches, only 4 were strikes. the giants also got shelled by the a’s in a cactus league game recently. maybe they are more suited for silver stadium at their current level of play?

omar vizquel, the calming defensive force in the young giants infield, is out with injury. bengie molina is batting cleanup. rich aurilia should be in the broadcast booth or managing a mcdonalds franchise. zito will be .500 or below this year again.

you gotta have the faith but it would be nice to have the faith without them nasty dodgers fans yelling in your ear all summer. let’s hope they pick it up a little bit and at least outperform the a’s.

good-bye hillary

by the end of the day today, we will have our democratic competitor to our gook-hating john mccain. let the real fun begin!

i think it’s safe to assume that hillary might have done better if she had a better campaign team, maybe being a little tougher on proofreading some of the official promotional materials:

muni harshness

its been years since i rode the bus, but most of my county transit experience back in the day was mostly unremarkable, which is probably a good thing. seems like some muni drivers are the repeated targets of complaints, but muni management doesn’t do much to get rid of them.

consider this:

“Hey, she’s just an old Chinese lady. You didn’t have to be rude to her,” says a passenger.

“All I said was did you read the front of the bus?,” says Andrews.

“Well obviously she didn’t,” says a passenger.

“Shut the f*ck up you clown,” says Andrews.

The argument gets heated.

“What are you gonna do about it?,” says Andrews.

You gonna come out here?” says a passenger.

“you don’t wanna f*ck with me.” says Andrews.

Then, as Andrews drives off, he threatens the man over the bus’ loudspeaker system.

“I’ll break your f*cking face,” says Andrews.

SPLENDID

watch the videos here [channel 7 video]

read more driver/passenger interactions here  [channel 7 story]

am i getting old?

i usually watch channel 2 news at night, but the remotes were across the room and the cost/benefit ratio wasn’t enough to get me out of the chair, so i stuck with channel 7 news. during the segment, i saw a commercial for a volvo c70 convertible:

man, that’s a good looking car. i then took a step back and had a moment of self-reflection – am i getting older now that a volvo looks pretty good to me? i will say that volvo’s have been softening up for years, considering they also fathered the 240dl some years ago:

but still, it’s kind of a paradigm shift for me. that volvo c70 above is no bmw z4, but at this point in my life i could use a back seat to hold the two car seats and have a teenager stashed in the middle. i also drive slower now and would lose my valuable civic hybrid carpool sticker status! (sorry wifey). check out the roof-folding mechanism below – gotta make sure you get the service contract on that sucka: