Table of Contents

Here’s a list of my blog entries, the dates they were published, and a brief description of what they’re about… just so you know!

Hello World! — April 7, 2011 — My first blog entry in which I introduce myself and explain some of my reasons for wanting to blog.

Toronto Politician Proposes Municipal Brothel — June 6, 2011 — This is a long piece inspired by an item in the news about a Toronto politician proposing a municipal brothel. While researching this I found out why regulating prostitution does not benefit most prostitutes or the communities in which they work. It’s kind of serious material, and not a very popular entry, but I had to get it off my chest. Pack a lunch… it’s really long.

If Anthony Weiner Can Send Pictures of His Junk through His Cellphone, I Can Post Pictures of Mine on This Blog! — June 11, 2011 — The body of this silly entry contains fewer words than the title. Check it out… it won’t take you long.

Photographic Memory — June 14, 2011 — Remembering my childhood, my dad, and some thought on how I became interested in photography. It’s my Father’s Day ode to Dad.

My Nikon Wish List — June 21, 2011 — This is basically just a list of things I’d like Nikon to improve or develop so I can spend even more of what little money I have on camera stuff.

August Fool’s Day — July 3, 2011 — Switch April Fool’s Day to August and catch everyone off guard! There are a few sample pranks to help start this new tradition with a bang!

How Not to Be a Jerky Hotel Guest — July 10, 2011 — As the title says! A few stories of misbehaviour I’ve seen perpetrated by hotel guests and some tips to make your next hotels stay a little more enjoyable.

Photographic Advice to the Young — July 11, 2011 — Here I try to get people to take more pictures so they don’t go through life trying to remember how things really looked way back when. Includes a few glimpses of HoaiPhai’s past, free of charge!

Things My Godfather Taught Me — July 12, 2011 — A humorous look at the Godfather films and what we can learn from them.

Korea’s Big Failure — July 16, 2011 — A whole lot of words, including some very interesting facts about South Korea, just to complain about one thing. Much ado about nothing but you’ll be entertained and enlightened along the way. There are a couple of pretty pictures of Korea, too!

Recumbent Review: The Amazing Nikon SB-900 Speedlight — July 18, 2011 — This is a review of the newest thing (at the time the post was written) in my gadget bag, Nikon’s top-of-the-line electronic flash. Hopefully you’ll find the review both entertaining and informative.

My Close Encounter of the Second Kind — July 23, 2011 — Documented evidence of an alien visitation… in my neighbour’s backyard!

Weekly Photo Challenge: Colorful — July 25, 2011 — My first contribution to the Weekly Photo Challenge… a photo of a winter sunset over Lake Ontario.

Update on the Niagara Crop-Hyphen — July 26, 2011 — The aliens get bolder and scarier! Not for the faint of heart!

The Niagara Crop-Hyphen: The Final Frontier — July 28, 2011 — The last installment in the Niagara Crop-Hyphen saga, pending further developments. Contains photographic evidence that the aliens are using Earth as some kind of genetics lab.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Broken — July 30, 2011 — My second contribution to the Weekly Photo Challenge… a photo of a locomotive that had been strafed during The Korean War.

The Other Way of Quitting — July 30, 2011 — Want to quit your job in a unique way and be remembered fondly by your co-worker (and not so fondly by your boss)? Let HoaiPhai be your guide to vocational freedom!

Happy Hallowe’en, Costco! — August 4, 2011 — Have you noticed that stores are bringing out seasonal items earlier and earlier every year? So have I. Read all about it.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Mountains — August 4, 2011 — This week, photos of some of Korea’s mountains.

Speed Thrills: An Open Letter to Police and Lawmakers — August 10, 2011 — It seems to me that the police’s time manning speed traps could be better spent. Find out why. I also suggest a few new laws to help local governments make up the lost speeding fine revenues. Another very long post… get yourself a large coffee and settle in!

Celebrating 1,000 Hits — Aug. 11, 2011 — I lay it on really thick in thanking my readers for bringing my humble blog to the 1,000 hit milestone.

Planking Fad Bridges the Species Gap — Aug. 12, 2011 — Humans didn’t invent planking and I can prove it! A short bit you might find funny.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Entrance — Aug. 13, 2011 — Photos of doors and things going through doors, things about to go through doors, etc.

The Great Ones of Comedy — Aug. 16, 2011 — Basically a list of some people I find extremely funny and some stories, rumours, and lies about them.

Head in the Clouds: A Case of Pareidolia — Aug. 17, 2011 — A photo essay of faces in the clouds, images in pastry, aliens on the door jamb, and the Man on the Moon. A brief explanation of why we see these things is included free of charge.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Flowers — Aug. 19, 2011 — Photos of flowers… and very few words!

Freshly Pressed Grilled Cheese Sandwiches — Aug. 21, 2011 — Love grilled cheese sandwiches but want to take it up a notch? Try some of my suggestions to take it beyond the humdrum!

I Want to be a Star — Aug. 23, 2011 — Here I examine the modern phenomenon of “celebrities for no good reason” and the public’s fascination with them. I also propose a silly new direction this whole glitterazzi scene should take to better represent society’s demographics.

Video Vendredi — Aug. 26, 2011 — In a fit of homesickness, I post some ramblings about my hometown, Montreal, and treat readers to two funny videos.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Up — Aug. 27, 2011 — My contributions to this week’s challenge include a photo of a willow, some clouds, my bathroom ceiling, and a groundhog in a tree.

Recumbent Review: The Legendary Nikkor 50mm f/1.2 AI-S — Sept. 1, 2011 — A brand new review of a classic Nikon lens. There’s something for everyone, as long as they’re into boring camera stuff talk peppered with feeble attempts at humour. Oh, lots of pictures, too!

Weekly Photo Challenge: Path — Sept. 7, 2011 — Photos of paths, from two different perspectives!

The Gypsy Curse and Other Tales of Deprivation — Sept. 9, 2011 — Foods I’ve loved that have been taken off the market or have otherwise been made unavailable to me.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Textured — Sept. 10, 2011 — A bunch of photos showing texture.

Painting with Light on Carlton Street — Sept. 14, 2011 — One photo via the light painting technique… very eerie.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Faces — Sept. 17, 2011 — A collection of photos of faces!

Today “The Versatile Blogger Award”, Tomorrow the Stars! — Sept. 19, 2011 — I was given “The Versatile Blogger Award”, which involves creating a post to give the award to others. I suggest you check out the blogs of those people (as well as everyone on my Blog Roll).

The End of an Era — Sept. 20, 2011 — There is a neighbourhood in St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada called Port Dalhousie. It has a lot of restaurants and nightclubs which are just a couple of blocks from the shore of Lake Ontario. Many of the businesses there will close this year and condos put up in their place. There are plenty of photos of the area.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Fall — Sept. 24, 2011 — I concentrated more on “fall” as a verb than a season in this set of photos’ theme.

TV Time Review: “Man with a Camera” — Sept. 28, 2011 — Learn all about Charles Bronson’s late 1950s TV series about a photographer/private eye.

Update on the Canadian Forces’ Activities in Niagara — Sept. 30, 2011 — A couple of shots of another military plane buzzing my neighbourhood. There’s the usual commentary for my followers who can read, too!

Weekly Photo Challenge: Sunset — Oct. 1, 2011 — Photos of sunsets and just a few words.

It’s That Time Again! — Oct. 6, 2011 — The NHL season is just getting started so I thought I’d make a tribute to my favourite team, The Montreal Canadiens. There’s also a list of reasons why Montrealers are such rabid hockey fans.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Comfort — Oct. 8, 2011 — Photos of things I find comforting.

Everybody Loves Ramyun — Oct. 11, 2011 — Thinking “out of the box” when it comes to making ramyun. Simple tips to elevate a simple 10-minute lunch food to a much better simple 10-minute lunch food!

Weekly Photo Challenge: Promise — Oct. 15, 2011 — One single photo for this week’s Challenge. You’ll be in and out in seconds!

Recumbent Review: The Mighty Reflex-Nikkor C 500mm f/8 — Oct. 18, 2011 — We take a long look (get it?) at one of Nikon’s legendary mirror lenses.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Opportunity — Oct. 24, 2011 — Photos of a vulture (I think) and some cars.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Hidden — Oct. 31, 2011 — Photos of stumps in the water and a primer on how to make HDRI and FHDRI images.

Quietly Battling Photographic Orthodoxy — Nov. 2, 2011 — A bit of a rant about a how innovations brought about by the advent of digital photography are seen, by some, as an unfair advantage.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Windows — Nov. 9, 2011 — Photos of windows!

Weekly Photo Challenge: Wonder — Nov. 14, 2011 — Photos of wonderful things!

Weekly Photo Challenge: Breakfast — Nov. 19, 2011 — A silly take on breakfast.

In Praise of French Kissing — Nov. 24, 2011 — I, a former resident of Quebec, talk about the joys of this cheek-to-cheek greeting (and how to do it).

When it Rains, it Pours… Another “Versatile Blogger Award”! — Dec. 12, 2011 — Yes, I got another Versatile Blogger Award… two in fact! Read all about it here.

Ten Minute Avgolemono Soup — Dec. 15, 2011 — An old Greek favourite, from start to table in ten minutes or so.

Season’s Greetings! — Dec. 22, 2011 — A Christmas wish, and some photos of Mrs. HoaiPhai’s cookies, for my readers.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Winter — Jan. 11, 2012 — There hasn’t been much snow or cold this year so I posted a couple of photos of past winters.

Update to Weekly Photo Challenge: Winter — Jan. 15, 2012 — I spoke too soon in my previous post… we just got snow.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Peaceful — Jan. 18, 2012 — Some photos with a couple of personal words on the subject of dealing with peace.

Death to the Magic Internet Wish Genie! — Jan. 21, 2012 — An epic rant (~8,500 words) about those e-mails people get and resend to a whole bunch of people. I offer suggestions on how to get your name of your friends’ “bacteriogram” mailing lists, too.

Happy Lunar New Year! — Jan. 23, 2012 — Just a quickie for anyone celebrating the Lunar New Year.

Happy Australia Day — Jan. 25, 2012 — A silly look at Australia, Australians, and Strine on Australia’s national holiday.

My “One Lovely Blog Award” Acceptance Speech — Feb. 4, 2012 — I find I’ve been nominated for yet another award, and here’s my acceptance speech.

Super Bowl Curry — Feb. 5, 2012 — A good curry is easier than you think… here’s my secret recipe!

Mr. Romance’s Guide to Being the Perfect Husband on Valentine’s Day — Feb. 13, 2012 — A few tops for guys on how to survive Valentine’s Day.

Confessions of a Pigtail in Ink Dipper — Feb. 19, 2012 — This post examines the phenomenon of boys being annoying to girls they like.

Recumbent Review: The Seriously Versatile AF-S DX Nikkor 18-200mm 3.5-5.6G ED VR — Feb. 22, 2012 — Taking a look at one of the higher-end Nikkor kit lenses.

I’m Looking for Work and I Need Your Help — Feb. 27, 2012 — Looking for work in all the wrong places! This is a silly appeal for help in looking for a better job.

And while WP is Moving our Stats… — March 1, 2012 — A purposely ultra brief post about what I’d like to see in the upcoming changes to WP’s stats page.

Back-to-back Honours — March 5, 2012 — My acceptance speech for two blog awards I’ve recently been given, along with a bit of a good-natured rant.

Big ‘Uns — March 13, 2012 — I talk about what most men like and what most women who have ’em are proud of… big ‘uns!

Shocking Celebrity News — March 20, 2012 — A report on the death of not one but two famous personalities that is so shocking it will bring a smile to your face.

Olive Chicken — March 24, 2012 — Simple to make and delicious to eat! This recipe is for you if your diet has been in a bit of a rut and you’re looking for something exotic.

Words What Bug Me — March 27, 2012 — A bit of a rant, but kind of a fun one, about some stupid words that have slithered into popular usage.

Your Guide to the Martial Arts — March 30, 2012 — A fun look at a few of the most well-known martial arts.

Recumbent Review: Groundbreaking Apple iCamera Leaked — April 1, 2012 — A pre-release look at Apple’s newest consumer device, The iCamera. [A-hem… take note of the date it was published]

Authentic Bangladeshi Red Lentils (Monsoor Dahl) Recipe — April 5, 2012 — A vegetarian, and possibly vegan, South Asian recipe that cheap to make and tastes great!

Break-up Letters I Have Known — April 12, 2012 — Ever get a Dear John letter? Ever give one? Here’s a collection of photos of actual break-up letters and some sage advice on how to write your own.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Sun — April 22, 2012 — A couple of photos revolving around the Sun.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Together — April 30, 2012 — A couple of photos revolving around the topic “together”.

Getting in Touch with my Feminine Side — May 4, 2012 — Just showing off my fashion sense and handbags and having a little fun while doing it.

Super Moon — May 7, 2012 — A little late but I managed to post a couple of shots of the Moon peering through the haze.

Weekly Photo Challenge: “Freestyle” — May 13, 2012 — This week WordPress failed to suggest a theme for The Challenge this week so in addition to just winging it, I speculate on what happened and make a few suggestions to ensure we reliable weekly theme announcements.

What I Did on My Staycation: The Prologue — May 22, 2012 — A post in which I talk about the days leading up to the first time off from work I’ve taken since 2009.

What I Did on My Staycation: Part I — May 26, 2012 — Our visitors from Korea arrive and stay for five days. Read all about it!

What I Did on My Staycation: Part II — May 27, 2012 — With the visitors gone, I spend some quality time alone before heading back to work.

Dirty Duck’s Playlist — June 2, 2012 — A rather extensive list of songs which feature lyrics having to do with love (romantic and/or physical), but there’s something a little sick or at least twisted about every relationship mentioned. Please send me the names of such songs that I may have not included in this list!

Recumbent Review: The Plucky Apple iPad 2nd Generation — June 22, 2012 — A look at Apple’s iconic tablet from a PC guy’s perspective.

Happy Canada Day! — A Photographic Celebration of a Warm but Shivering People — June 29, 2012 — A bit of info about Canada as we get ready for Canada Day, and not as many photos as I had originally planned.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Movement — July 13, 2012 — Photos of things moving… I could have taken pictures of static objects and taken shots while I was moving but it much trickier to get photo that way.

Hitching My Wagon to Greatsby’s Star — July 20, 2012 — The Good Greatsby has a really fun semi-weekly feature where he calls on his readers to do all the work for him and this week my caption to the photo he posted was so good, I cannot remember what is was without checking. Why don’t you look up this post and remind me by leaving a comment or by putting your caption on Greatsby’s picture?

Mayan Doomsday Countdown: T-minus 5 Months — July 21, 2012 — With a few short months until the end of the world, I stick my neck out and join the hairy hoards of people who make a few predictions.

How Facebook Killed the High School Reunion — July 27, 2012 — Haven’t been invited to a school reunion in a while, eh? Here’s why!

August Fool’s Day 2012 — July 31, 2012 — Instructions for a couple of pranks you can pull on your friends preceded by some fond memories and biting social comment.

Shut Up and Sing — August 11, 2012 — A rant about lyrics and singers and how they may not necessarily be what they appear to be.

If You Could Have Any Car… ? — September 8, 2012 — A list of a bunch of cars I’d like to get my hands on with many videos of these cars in action. Also included is a glimpse into how guys discuss their vehicular preferences.

I’ve Been Deemed “Awesome At Awarding Awards”! — September 15, 2012 — I’m given a blog award and I post my acceptance speech.

Last-minute Christmas Gift Ideas for Bad Little Boys and Girls — December 24, 2012 — A bit of advice for selecting gifts for kids who don’t really deserve it.

What I Did on My Christmas Vacation — June 14, 2013 — We had a special guest spend Christmas with us this year and it made Christmas extra special for all of us.

Champix (a.k.a. Chantix) Helped Me Get Off My Butts — July 8, 2013 — After having smoked for about 40 years I haven’t smoked in the past 4 months. Find out how.

My Response to “100 Reasons Not to Look at Porn” — July 22, 2013 — I refute each and every one, with one or two possible exceptions, of a bunch of young Christians’ one hundred or so reasons why you shouldn’t look at porn.

My All-time Favourite Models (with a Side of Fractalius) — July 26, 2013 — A quick little thanks to the people I most like photographing. There are pictures and also a brief discussion about Fractalius, a powerful photoshop filter that can help you make stunning images.

Feline Genital Mutilation — August 1, 2013 — Rescuing and spaying feral cats… should we be doing it?

The Be Your Own Boss Kit — August 6, 2013 — My older brother, Hoai de Sade got fired months and months ago so I put together a kit that will help him start his own business and never have to worry about getting fired again.

Update to “Feline Genital Mutilation” — August 7, 2013 — More on the the discussions I had with NeoVegan, one of my sisters, about feral cats.

Revenge Inc. — August 16, 2013 — An examination of diplomacy vs. retaliation as tools in conflict resolution. I also offer my readers access to my devious mind to help them right some wrong done to them.

Revenge Inc. Part II: The Settling of Accounts — August 24, 2013 — A couple of people take me up on the offer I made in the previous post and my solutions to their problems.

What To Do When Your Back Is Against The Wall — January 1, 2014 — My advice to The Redneck Princess after asked me for help in restoring her view. Confused? Read the post.

2013 in review — January 5, 2014 — Every year WordPress generates a fun page of stats for each blog. Here’s mine.

Resurrecting “My Response to ’100 Reasons Not to Look at Porn’ “ — January 7, 2014 — I don’t know what happened… I know I posted  “My Response to ’100 Reasons Not to Look at Porn’ ” (in which I refute a bunch of teens’ reasons why you shouldn’t look at porn) but I discovered that it had become un-posted, so I re-posted it. This post is not the post itself, just me telling you pretty much what I am telling you here.

I Have a Couple of Groundhog Day Questions… — February 2, 2014 — Just like I said, I have a couple of questions about Groundhog Day.

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