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The Ghost towns of inner Mongolia?!

Posted by Eksovichea Tito Hak on Thursday, March 13, 2014, In : culture 

image source: various snaps from Ordos web search engine


I was in complete and utter awe from having come across a story written by a Darmon Richter over at the Bohemian blog, the nature of what was being described in how it was being spun was initially like something out of a fictional novel, like some sort of back story for the makings of some kind of strange futuristic wonder to be ogled at as some sort of forgotten lost city that was never completed in millennia to come. But this thing was...

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Now they know more about what and when you're looking at what?

Posted by Eksovichea Tito Hak on Wednesday, August 28, 2013, In : culture 
There was once a time when people would build huge collections of albums full of photographs and shelves full of home movies. More often than not most would just end up in a dusty attic somewhere. The people who would often get to see the pictures and movies generally weren't interested whilst all the while more underhand archiving and surveillance went on via certain technologies built into their consumer goods unknown to the general consumer or via certain processes required for development...

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Whats the deal with the glamorisation of "Rachet" culture and "twerking"? (...my take on it off the top of my head/without using Google)

Posted by Eksovichea Tito Hak on Thursday, August 15, 2013, In : culture 


I think there might have been a little bit of over intelectualisation as to the reason for certain movements within popular culture which isn't necessarily a bad thing, although the conclusions as to why certain things happen might be a little off to my personal perception. Its very easy to read into a situation and attribute a whole bunch of other stuff as to the reasons for the causes for something that may not have been for why certain things happened to begin with.

Lets face it, we now liv...

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2013 Khmer elections : an inspired youth, surprising opposition seat gains, unsurprising CPP win

Posted by Eksovichea Tito Hak on Tuesday, July 30, 2013, In : culture 

photographer : Chan Makara Khim


With the elections done and dusted in Cambodia it was evident that the usual discontentment manifesting through increased open racism towards the Vietnamese was present amidst a heightened paranoia around the ballot boxes. Generally though it seems that anyone one who would side with the current Cambodian People's Party (CPP) government in power within Cambodia would be subject to racial abuse as if they were Vietnamese/working for the Vietnamese regardless of w...

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Frameworks of consciousness

Posted by Eksovichea Tito Hak on Tuesday, December 4, 2012, In : culture 

 
Time, we exist in time. Past events we've experienced and a future still to come. As a result our thoughts and memories are constructed from occurrences in time, events that are subject to our ongoing experiences and perceptions of them that make up our consciousness. But it wasn't until I really had to use spoken Khmer properly did I realise how much more precise and direct the English language was for quickly denoting, referencing/navigating memories and events in time as well as quantity ...

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Football disaster

Posted by Eksovichea Tito Hak on Sunday, November 18, 2012, In : culture 

 
I don't really follow the football, but it was interesting how a discussion on the Wright stuff brought to light how most people were just resigned to just accepting that racism was just part of football even if they weren't actually racist. Apparently its common place for racist comments to be used either by the crowds that turn out and the footballers themselves. Even the suggestion of halting matches entirely because of racism (whether the racism be from the fans or the players) wasn't so...

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UK government to consider only giving child benefit for the first 2 kids only? (...beats a compulsory one child only policy I guess)

Posted by Eksovichea Tito Hak on Wednesday, November 7, 2012, In : culture 

 
I think that we in the UK have got to the point where we consider it a human right to be able to CHOOSE whether to have children and to optionally be able to do so without the law or government policy imposing some sort of limit on how many people might choose to have regardless of wealth. This is regardless of any thoughtful or more obviously common reckless choices that might affect circumstances that lead to it. Morally we've got into a mindset where we don't want to create a situation wh...

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Apple now own the logo to the Beatles Apple records…(…how do you like thems apples?)

Posted by Eksovichea Tito Hak on Saturday, October 27, 2012, In : culture 

 
After all the exchanges of back and forth legal wrangling it now looks like Apple (as in the computing brand) finally got their way and bought the rights to the logo for the original Beatles record label. I don't think they need to buy the rights for the actual fruit (could they if they wanted to?) since its pretty much psychologically firmly burnt in to peoples minds the world over due to the extended associations, meanings and symbols at play. Especially when a whole bunch of people think ...

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What's Obama girl doing these days?? (...ambition)

Posted by Eksovichea Tito Hak on Friday, September 21, 2012, In : culture 

 
Its been said that ambition can't be bought or artificially manufactured, and obviously people aspire to achieving different ambitions with varying amounts of conviction. Sure welfare is something that you can choose to take or choose not to take, and your ambition will determine how it's used (or not used as the case might be). But fundamentally welfare is intended to be there for people who have less of a choice than those who might have a larger amount of alternate resources or wealth to ...

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Who knows, maybe they didn't have a computer or internet access?

Posted by Eksovichea Tito Hak on Wednesday, August 15, 2012, In : culture 

 
Porn, its so obvious but over the years the medium for acquirement has changed beyond anything anyone would have imagined since the days of the skin mag down at the local newsies. It was kind of funny reading a comment by someone I used to work with on a factory line manufacturing parts for industrial storage vats/tanks many years ago. But from what I could gather he was having a sly dig a some dude he clocked buying a skin mag from a news agents at 06:15 in the morning. With the internet be...

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I don't work for the NSPCC but…

Posted by Eksovichea Tito Hak on Friday, May 11, 2012, In : culture 

 
This line from an Oasis song from one of their earlier albums basically says a lot about how it is in the UK.

"Mr. sifter sold me song when I was just 16, now he always stops at lights but only when they're green".

Mr. Sifter in the UK seems to have become a derogatory name for mocking a pedophilic child abuser and in many cases those suspected of it. We demonize anything that resembles pedophilic behavior but in the UK we may have pushed it to the point where we're overly paranoid about it wh...

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Almost cool but not quite... (stick to logo's maybe?)

Posted by Eksovichea Tito Hak on Sunday, October 16, 2011, In : culture 

 
"People ignore design that ignores people"

"People ignore design that ignores people"

I almost autonomously clicked and saved some wall paper bearing the above wordage whilst sifting through and digitally gorging minimally designed themed wallpapers if it wasn't for the fact that what it was saying wasn't quite working as some kind of seemingly broad hipster statement about design but Really? Are you sure?! since much of the elite premium design that wasn't initially intended for or designed w...

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Don't get it twisted

Posted by Eksovichea Tito Hak on Tuesday, April 19, 2011, In : culture 


I thought I best make this clear before there's any further confusion. I'm not in any way an advocator of any notion of "white supremacy" as it were.
 
Its strange, even when it comes to playing techno music a certain number of people assume that I might be advocating such leanings because I play a track called "white" by Carlo Lio off the sci-tech label. I only play it because I think its a brilliant techno track with lots of energy building momentum. Not to mention if such people were to act...
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UK student tuition fees

Posted by Eksovichea Hak on Wednesday, December 8, 2010, In : culture 

I'm not really for increases student fee's but I guess its something else to keep us occupied in debate. I reckon for most university will be some of the best years of your life, plus I'm all for the enriching experience it should be as it is for most.


On a slightly different but related note

Ok, student loans. They were obviously for education and paying for accommodation. But you know something? I think most peoples student loan money went on CD's, clothes, going out, the latest mobile ph...


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What are you using right now, did you make it? Do you know how to make it?

Posted by Eksovichea Hak on Tuesday, November 23, 2010, In : culture 




I guess in a ideal world money wouldn't be important. But even without money I don't think the world would be anymore perfect as the same kinds of people will still be in it even without money. How would you TRY to create greater fairness without something like a monetary system?

The day people can say they can live happily without modern society is the day they can say money is not important. Despite all the problems that money causes it is in fact a means of TRYING to preserve civil behav...


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Amazon widthdraws ebook guide to paedophilia from their bookstore

Posted by Eksovichea Hak on Tuesday, November 16, 2010, In : culture 

Initially I didn't actually think this story was for real since it seemed a little too far fetched to be true whilst skimming over headlines, especially in the digital age. But at the same time it didn't seem so far fetched either and it was only until I'd seen the headline in a few places to finally make it into part of my regular rounds of news intake that I finally gave it credence. It was over a book that apparently talked about paedophilic relationships. I don't in anyway condone or advo...


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Should a mother dying of cancer be denied the right to have a child before she dies?

Posted by Eksovichea Hak on Thursday, November 4, 2010, In : culture 



Its a strange world we live in. There are people who live in this world who are lavished with wealth, care and attention but don't necessarily fully appreciate it due to their relative state of mind and circumstance. Often being able to afford expensive therapy still isn't enough to maybe fix the core issues but as ever everybody's struggle is relative to their circumstance to be as real as its perceived. Then on the opposite end of the scale there are those who may not have the same kinds of...


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Marketing and consumerism helps us do it willingly (the reality)

Posted by Eksovichea Hak on Thursday, November 4, 2010, In : culture 



We live in a world where the staff at a number of large well known high street electronics stores can tell whether the designer gear you're wearing is fake or not as soon as you walk through the door. They could even tell you which country and store you bought it from if you bought it from a reputable outlet. I don't even know why my laptop has an RFID scanner in it. But the chances are every single piece of electronic equipment I have around me right now has its unique ID along with every si...


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Pick a colour...

Posted by Eksovichea Hak on Sunday, October 24, 2010, In : culture 


What do each of the pictures above have in common? Well they're all images of cancer cells dividing in no particular intended order of importance or arrangement. I was only conscious of trying to fit them within a viewable image. These are just a few of them, there were too many other variations for me to include.
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My culture?

Posted by Eksovichea Hak on Sunday, October 10, 2010, In : culture 
Having taken the fictional bate to generate some fact
 
A good friend of mine brought to my attention that some things might get a little muddled when passing on information in a very stark way. I guess this could be especially even more so the case when you don't even speak the same language but that's a whole other can of worms. You could say that my friend might have some pretty extreme views that don't really reflect my own but generally it didn't really affect our relationship as friends w...
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Reality for many people (spinning in the dark)

Posted by Eksovichea Hak on Sunday, September 19, 2010, In : culture 



It's weird how the most random of discussions can send your head on a major tangent to cause you to majorly pause for thought to then finally bring to the surface what was bothering you. Then again what was the probability that we now as human beings would have arrived where we are today as sentient complex thinking creatures drowned in thought left to deal with a bunch of what if's and if only's. We live in world where even the most seeming selfless act that felt good at the time can leave u...


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The problem with child cruelty and sexual abuse (a different type of contextual and very real truth)

Posted by Eksovichea Hak on Monday, September 13, 2010, In : culture 

Today I was shown a video that had apparently been submitted as evidence of a two year child being beaten by an adult carer. It depicted the child being trampled on whilst being generally beaten and kicked around. I don't think I could put down in words what it actually looked like as the kid zipped across the viewable screen as it was booted. From what I was told the carer wasn't in fact the parent (it obviously would have been far worse if it was one of the parents). However if it wasn't fo...


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Far from simple...

Posted by Eksovichea Hak on Friday, August 13, 2010, In : culture 



 Why do things have to be much more complicated then they need to be? Take relationships for example, life was much simpler when I was single.
 
In Cambodia they very much so believe in Buddhism. But the problem is life isn't always as magical or as karmic as some people would like it to be. So they've pretty much tried to implement a system where by the lesser informed would think it was. Just as how the legal system is far from perfect at exacting perceived fair justice all of the time you c...


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Truth? (illness, science, psychology) In order of encountering them...

Posted by Eksovichea Hak on Thursday, August 12, 2010, In : culture 



Still out in Cambodia and visiting ill in-laws
 
It was a bit of a break from the usual as we were going out to visit some elderly in-laws out in the sticks and when I say that I'm not joking either. The house was a very humble abode indeed (it was pretty much a large wooden shack) and from what I could gather it was a farming community. Apparently the grandmother was ill although she seemed to be in good spirits. Conversation was difficult although I reckon they may have been initially unneces...


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Do you have conclusive evidence to back your standpoint? (If not your standing would be just as invalid as mine is to your mind)

Posted by Eksovichea Hak on Friday, July 16, 2010, In : culture 



Whilst sitting having a beer the other night at a bar, the general topic of conversation seemed to constantly be skirting around the topic of sexuality. It was obvious where it was headed as my attention was pointed toward the other side of the street where there were a number of Ladyboys knocking about. At this point my mind was cast back to a comment I read in response to some article that was apparently found to be offensive over questions of why transgender and homosexuals are the way the...


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