So many online groups, so little time. Flickr, Myspace, Facebook, Twitter, etc.

I’ve started taking a look at Jaiku. I’m always up for trying something new, but admittedly find it a bit overwhelming to have: a blog, flickr, twitter, myspace, facebook, friendster (ok, so I tried it), multiply, vox, regular chat accounts, not to mention the offline life.

So I’m feeling as though I need to stick to a few very solid communities, groups, or technologies. What does Jaiku have over the others? What does Facebook have over Myspace? I’m still not caught up with twitter, I feel as though it’s something that could be put to better use than what I see many people using it for (does everyone really need to know that you’re sitting on the couch in your boxers watching the 10th straight episode of Prison Break with a wicked hangover?).

Additionally, wireless ‘net isn’t widely available throughout Jakarta, and our handphone network technology / price point isn’t up to the level (in my opinion) that entices me to even bother using a smartphone over here – thereby reducing my interest even further in many of these groups.

Are there other sites out there worth checking out? Are there other uses for things like Vox/Twitter/Jaiku that would be more inspiring? Perhaps sticking only to music/movie/book reviews? Other type of updates which would be more useful to others? Bantu donk!


According to Jason Kottke:

“Twitter is the first thing on the web that I’ve been excited about in ages. Like years. The last thing was probably Flickr.”

That’s some high and intriguing praise (considering how much I got swept up with flickr). I thought I’d give it a try, hence the new sidebar plug-in. If you’d like to connect with me, my address is simply If you’re on a Mac, try out Twitterific. Obviously it’s too early to have much fun with it, considering I have approximately 0 contacts at this moment, but maybe there’s something to all this hype. Give it a whirl. Add me if you wish.

Jonathan Taylor – Agent Orange, Bangkok's Sex Industry, and Asia's Darker Side

Stillborn babies in glass containers, horrifically disabled children, and teenage drug users aren’t the typical subject for a photographer. Jonathan Taylor, a photographer based in Bangkok has captured these issues with startling clarity. Many of his shots aren’t for the faint-hearted; they will take your breath away.

Copyright Jonathan Taylor

His series on Agent Orange is absolutely heartbreaking. These images raise awareness about important topics that need to be heard. These aren’t the type of photographs that one would say, “oh that’s nice”. These are raw, visceral, and possibly disturbing. Whatever your opinion may be on these topics, the images deserve to be seen.

Copyright Jonathan Taylor

From his bio:

Well known for his gritty, black-and-white images of cops, hit men, drug addicts and crime scenes, photographer Jonathan Taylor has traveled all over Asia to report on everything from Agent Orange victims in Vietnam to a special police unit in Bangkok that helps pregnant women, stuck in traffic, give birth. But versatility is the 41-year-old Englishman’s stock in trade. He also has a talent for shooting color portraits and even wildlife. On two occasions, his features have graced the cover of TIME Magazine. Many of his images have appeared in international publications like London’s Sunday Times Magazine, Marie Claire as well as the Guardian Magazine, Stern and the New York Times Magazine. A resident of Bangkok since the early ’90s, Taylor’s eye-opening work is extremely well regarded.

He also runs Photography School Asia, based in Bangkok. They offer courses, classes, and tours in Bangkok, Thailand, Laos and Cambodia.

More of his work can be seen on his website: or via his flickr site.

Vikas Malhotra: Colors and Camels from India

I feel compelled to share what I have discovered: a set of photos so exhilarating, full of life, and colors so timeless and vibrant that I simply cannot keep them to myself.

These photos are the work of Vikas Malhotra from New Delhi, India. His complete portfolio may be viewed here, and this particular set from “Pushkar”, are available here. More information (on a separate site) is available here. He has kindly granted me permission to display a few of his photographs on this blog, but please do not use them again without his permission. Click on the images to see them via his pbase site.

This is truly National Geographic caliber material in my opinion. Enjoy…

Emedded a Slideshow from Flickr

This is fun. Want to embed a Flickr-style slideshow on your site? Here’s how.

The result of my efforts can be seen here. If this technique doesn’t work for you, Paul Stamatiou has another option. Word of warning; if you try to embed one in a post (on your blog), you may screw things up temporarily if your posting width isn’t sufficient (500px or wider). For sake of ease, you may want to stick to using it on a static page.
I’d love to see what you come up with – show us a link!

Human species 'may split in two' as predicted by HG Wells

A fascinating article on BBC makes some startling predictions about the human race. Far-fetched or not, it’s worth a read. Guess that would make the debate on Indonesian women and Western men a null topic.

Evolutionary theorist Oliver Curry of the London School of Economics expects a genetic upper class and a dim-witted underclass to emerge.

The human race would peak in the year 3000, he said – before a decline due to dependence on technology.

People would become choosier about their sexual partners, causing humanity to divide into sub-species, he added.

The descendants of the genetic upper class would be tall, slim, healthy, attractive, intelligent, and creative and a far cry from the “underclass” humans who would have evolved into dim-witted, ugly, squat goblin-like creatures.

But in the nearer future, humans will evolve in 1,000 years into giants between 6ft and 7ft tall, he predicts, while life-spans will have extended to 120 years, Dr Curry claims.

Physical appearance, driven by indicators of health, youth and fertility, will improve, he says, while men will exhibit symmetrical facial features, look athletic, and have squarer jaws, deeper voices and bigger penises.

Women, on the other hand, will develop lighter, smooth, hairless skin, large clear eyes, pert breasts, glossy hair, and even features, he adds. Racial differences will be ironed out by interbreeding, producing a uniform race of coffee-coloured people.

However, Dr Curry warns, in 10,000 years time humans may have paid a genetic price for relying on technology.

Spoiled by gadgets designed to meet their every need, they could come to resemble domesticated animals.