Some posts are very difficult to write and one I'm having trouble with is supposed to highlight the differences between the three pairs of presidential candidates. I seem to be stuck with their similarities.
Today's therefore been a time of fiddle-arsing around and tweaking my blogroll to which I've added a collection of news and events aggregators - is that a real word? I've also had to post it below in order to get the URL.
Besides all that, and to try and keep your interest, here are a few fairly unrelated items to be picked over.
Two newish blogs worth noting
I've had a few hits recently emanating from Nusa Lembongan News. Mark, whose pen name seems to be Sandcastle, has written asking if I'd be interested in adding his (and Sunset's) to my blogroll as the blog is a slightly strange one, centring on the 8 square kilometres that is the small island off the south-east coast of Bali.
The purpose of this blog is to publish just about anything ... it could be news, travel tips, travel guide information, write-ups of experiences from the world class diving and surfing sites on the island.... let's see where it takes us.
Some readers of Jakartass have suggested that I suffer from ADD. It can safely be said that a blog about a small island with just 10,000 or so inhabitants will have a very tight focus. I've linked to it in the Bali section.
Patrick Guntensperger has written fairly regularly for the Jakarta Post and the other local English language print media. A couple of years ago I suggested to him that he should archive his articles which are essays, discussion points, and views on what (he considers) to be important issues. He believes in dialogue and open discussion of unpopular but intelligent views.
Well, so do I and I'm pleased to revisit his writing and have given his blog a permanent link in my Expat Bloggers list.
Did You Know?
With a GDP of $304 billion, London is as rich/poor as Indonesia.
Whereas it was previously thought that the victims of komodo dragons died after being infected with bacteria in the lizards' serrated teeth, it actually has poison glands in its mouth. The researchers wisely used computer technology to ascertain this.
There are now - officially - one million words in the English language. Web 2.0 has the honour of being the millionth.
Not that it matters, as the following from the Jakarta Tourist Board clearly demonstrates. It must have been written when there only 973,347 words in our vocabulary.
Heritage The cultural guarantee could personally take the form of the object made by humankind, did not move or move that took the form of unity or the group, or a part-a part or the remnants the rest of them, that be aged at least 500 years.