Category Archives : The Life of Brian

General musings on day-to-day life.


Random Encounters: 89 Seafood, Taipei

Both my taxi driver and and my sister-in-law claimed that this is currently the best restaurant in Taipei to get seafood. Im not much of a fan of seafood myself (Im kind of the opposite of a pescitarian), but the street-side kitchen made for a cool photographic subject. If you do enjoy giant crab and happen to be in Taipei, you can find 89 Seafood here.

Now on to the pictures.

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Streets Saturday for Week 2 (2014)

So a couple of weeks ago I stopped by the nearest Taipei City street market, Raohe Night Market, which sits next to the Sungshan Train Station, to pick up some dinner. I was also interested in visiting because a coworker claimed that on her last visit she had come across a Texan selling deep fried Oreos.

A Texan in Taipei with a stall at a local street market selling deep fried Oreos.

Well, I confirmed his existance and went home with dinner, some photos from the market, and confirmation that this guy does exist (along with deep fried banana pieces).


Random Encounters: Dogs at the CKS Memorial on New Years Day 2

No, I didnt stay up late on New Years Eve. Yes, I went to bed early. So did the rest of my family in fact, because New Years Day was an early one for us. Shortly after the sun cleared the horizon we all awoke, found a taxi willing to carry a dog (this took some time), and headed to the Chiang Kaishek Memorial in Taipei to meet up with hundreds of other dog owners in the city. Officially, it was an event to educate dog owners on spaying/neutering their pets, making sure they had their shots, etc… . Unofficially, it was an excuse to let our canine pals run rampant through a national landmark with a huge open space.

And the weather was perfect.

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Continued Taipei MRT Construction 1

The Taipei MRT system is continuing its rapid expansion, from additional lines in the city to arms that reach far into the Taipei County cities now known as New Taipei. Beyond the obvious benefits of reducing auto traffic, creating job opportunities, reducing street-level pollution, and increasing city-dwellers ability to quickly reach different areas of the city and beyond there have been a number of secondary benefits that have come from the citys investment.

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The First Maker Faire in Taipei 1

The first Maker Faire in Taipei (well, in Taiwan really) happened at Huashan park this past weekend, May 18-19. Entry was free for all-comers and it was awesome. As one would expect, there were plenty of robots wandering around and there were even robot boxing events. There were also plenty of demonstrations of Rasberry Pi and Arduino-based projects (along with a number of Arduino clones, my favorite being Motoduino which was apparently created by a maker fan of those Hello Moto mobile phone commercials).


Random Encounters: LA Quickie Street Photos

As I alluded to in this past Streets Saturday post, I had to make a brief emergency trip back to the States. I really didnt have the time to do the things that I would normally want to do with a camera, like walk the Venice Boardwalk or hit the Santa Monica Pier, but I did have my trusty camera and mobile phone with me.

So, photos were taken and here they are:

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