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17
Dec
09

Thirsty? Drink This…

The Truth About Bottled Water

I came across this really informative and eye opening infographic this morning as I settled into my daily affairs.  Even though it presents facts and figures from an American standpoint, its still relevant to us all.  The bottled water business is big business all over the world, with people paying premium sums for the privilege of drinking water extracted from the pristine and untouched glaciers of ‘Mount Here’ and ‘River There’.

We in T&T have a few bottled water companies here also.  I remember one Carnival Tuesday back in 1998/9 I was (in the hot sun) watching the masqueraders on the road, when I felt the need for a drink of water.

So I approached a nearby street vendor and asked him…

“Yuh have any bottled water?”

“Yeah man!  Ah have Blue Rivers, Crystal Ocean, aviV… freezing cold from since dis mornin’…”

All the bottles were of the smaller variety… no more than 250-300 ml (8-10 US fl. oz.).  Typical retail price (in those days) would be no more than TT$1.

I really wanted one of the bigger 500-600 ml bottles (usually TT$2-$3 depending on location) but I was really thirsty.

“Alright then… gimme ah aviV and ah Blue Rivers.  How much I have for yuh?”  I begin counting off four dollars in $1 bills…

“Ten dollars, boss-man…  Is $5 for one…”

I pause and took a good look at the back of the man’s head as he bent over his cooler to get me my bottles.  I was seriously contemplating hitting him a clout, but thought better of it.

Wha’ ?!  You serious?! Is $10 I hear you call dey?”  (Remember… this is 1998/9, eh? TT$10 could of gotten you a piece of KFC & a biscuit or some fries back then.)

“Yeah… yuh forget is Carnival time! We price does raise nuh… ah does always ha tuh make a lil’ hustle fuh de Carnival…”

In my stunned and confused state, I happen to notice that he also has a few bottles of Club Soda in the cooler.

(NB: “club soda” = soda water = plain, unflavoured and carbonated water.

Sold in 300 ml glass bottles, they hold roughly the same as the small plastic bottles of water he was selling.)

“How much for de Solo… de Club Soda?”

Taken from the Solo website

He cocks his eyebrows at me… “Two dollars…”

“…for one?”

“Yes… for one…” He cocks his eyebrows higher at me… o_O

“…and dey cold?”

He shakes his head in the affirmative.

“Well, gimmeh two dey…”

I hand him the $4 I’d peeled off originally.

He hands me the club soda, which I open and consume post-haste.

We both leave richer than we were before… except that I had more gas to deal with :-P.

PS: After doing some poking around on the interwebz, I have to ask this question:

Could the reason for this be as a direct result of this? (Skip to the paragraph just before the “Author Keywords”)

You be the judge!

Peace and Rice,

Boboleechron

Resident expert on all things Cracked.

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27
Nov
09

Shut Yuh Mout’, Go Away…

…”Mama, look ah boo boo dey.”

Harry Belafonte and Nat King Cole perform  a classic calypso “Mama Look A Boo Boo”, which was written in 1956 by Lord Melody (Fitzroy Alexander).

Thanks to the wonders of the Internet, I was also able to find the same song done on the steelpan… It was performed by a University student from California named Ziba Zehdar, as part of her university coursework or something.

Ziba Zehdar

Taken from Ziba's Vimeo profile...

What made me smile was that she’s so good, that the MC introducing her actually has to announce to the audience that – contrary to the thoughts and questions of many – that  he “didn’t hire her to play the steelpan”, and that she was a matriculated student at the school!

I was just in the mood for some old school kaiso.  I hope you do enjoy!  It always makes me happy and proud to see a facet of my culture being appreciated by other inhabitants of the big blue marble! 😀

Peace and Rice,

Boboleechron

05
Feb
09

Dollars and Sense

Could this (below) be a reason why the World Economy is in the tank right now?  I certainly hope not!

Video from http://failblog.org/2009/02/04/verizon-math-fail/


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[Pundit Kitchen]

Peace and Rice,

jw

26
Jan
09

Where’s the Change Button?

So Obama and his team are beginning to get settled into their offices… if they could find them, meeting staffers for the first time, looking for the bathroom and the powder room, signing forms and paperwork… kinda like the first day of school all over again.  While doing my daily news-scanning, I ran across a few interesting articles that had me scratching my head in various degrees.

Washington PostStaff Finds White House in the Technological Dark Ages

WaPo-DrkAges

From the Washington Post

This is one of the first challenges that they’ll have to face.

No Macs anywhere, just computers outfitted with six-year-old versions of Microsoft software. Laptops are scarce and assigned to only a select few.  No instant messaging, no cellphones for some, definitely no BlackBerrys… no Facebook, no Twitter, no Flickr, no… anything remotely modernised and Web 2.0 related?

The White House?

C’mon!!!  How’re they going to function?

The White House is a beuraucracy all within itself.  It practically runs itself, and is apparently very resistant to change.  According to the article, “The White House itself is an institution that transitions regardless of who the president is.  The White House is not starting from scratch. Processes are already in place.”  Sheesh!!!

In other words, as far as the Oval Office is concerned, all your base are belong to us, Mr. President.  😕

At least they still let you use a BlackBerry!

For a country that’s one of the more advanced on the planet, you know this is one of the things at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue that has to change!

“Change” leads me to the second thing that had me holding my head… with laughter, though!

obamachange

From the Big Picture

Seriously though, they have a mountain of debt to climb.  With over 10 TRILLION dollars in debt, they’ll need all the help they can get!

Help… hmm… so who’s volunteering?

Well, DARPA is!  Don’t know who they are? Well,  if it weren’t for them, you and I wouldn’t be having this conversation now! 😆

They’re the ones responsible for designing and implementing what we’ve come to know as the Internet, waaaay back in the 1960’s.  Now they want to help stimulate the American economy… which I hope will eventually ‘trickle down’ to the rest of us!

A top DARPA official wrote an ‘open letter’ to Obama… here’s an article from The Register (one of my favourite tech sites) that talks about it:

DARPA-ElReg

DARPA Fix! - El Reg.

I say give them a go.  They’ve done great work thus far, and if anything, it’ll be a shot in the arm for the US scientific community.

I wonder though.  What will they conjure up?

Will it be anything like this?

"Samtron Imperius" - Sinfest Web Comic

"Samtron Imperius" - Sinfest Web Comic

For our sakes, I really do hope the new Sheriff in town finds that “Change” button, and pushes it quickly.

The whole world is waiting for it!

Peace and Rice,

jw

12
Dec
08

Throwback Friday: Dave Chappelle’s “Racial Draft”

Whoa.  Its been a looong time… and I’m still not out of the woods yet!  I will be soon, though…

Anyway, I was thinking to myself tonight (admittedly, an unwise course of action at times)… wouldn’t it be really great if Dave Chappelle could “update” the skit shown in the video below, given all that’s happened with Colin Powell, Barack Obama and O.J. Simpson in the last few months, weeks and days?

I don’t want to say too much more about my reasons.  Just watch the video and (hopefully) enjoy!

😆

So long, fried rice!

🙂

jw

(Edit: The video has/uses slurs that may be offensive to some.  Please be advised.)

Vodpod videos no longer available.

26
Nov
08

10,000 Hits

Last Tuesday afternoon, I was at the office watching the stormy, rainy weather outside my window. It was waaay past my time for leaving the office, but with the office surrounded by flood water,  I wasn’t going anywhere, anytime soon.

Argh… why beat around the bush?  Its late and I’m sleepy!

Last Tuesday afternoon, my hitcounter crossed 10,000.

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The Bobolee Chronicles

😆

I started “The Bobolee Chronicles” a little over 6 months ago!  I really didn’t fathom getting to the 10k mark this quickly!  I was thinking that I’d get there by March next year, averaging about 1000 hits/month.

Regardless, I’m happy all the same! Thanks for being there, for reading, for sharing, for arguing, for teaching, for schooling.  I appreciate it, and I’m not content to rest on my “laurels”.  There’s just so much to learn and explore!  There’s also a lot going on in my life and career right now, so time management is going to be a challenge.

As I did when the blog first crossed the 1000 hits mark, to celebrate my relatively small ripple in the blogosphere, I invite you to check this video out.

It actually features some nunchuck-wielding guy who looks like another nunchuck-wielding guy named B. Lee (Bobolee=B.Lee. Get it?).

🙂  Enjoy.

I didn’t count, but from the looks of things, he laid down more than 10, 000 hits on that ping pong ball!

Peace and Rice,

jw

(ps: I should… I hope to be back to posting on a more regular basis sometime in the middle of December.)

🙂

26
Sep
08

The Bobolee Gets An Award !!!

I’d been out of the Blogosphere for awhile, taking time out to handle some other stuff in the real world.  Imagine my surprise when I happened upon the fact that my blog won a “Brillante Weblog Premio” award!

I found out when I was browsing The Bandwagonist. Thanks for the nod!!!

So, being curious, I decided to do some digging into what this award was all about… who’s behind it, and what does it all mean?

My search led me to this; at the Museum of Hoaxes:

Surf around the web enough and you’ll notice a lot of sites that have announced they’re the recipients of a “Brillante Weblog Premio” award. (Google “Brillante Weblog” and you’ll see what I mean.)
Just to clue in anyone who might be confused — this is not a real award. It’s a viral nuisance. The gimmick is that you receive this award from a friend. Accompanying the award are these rules:
In this way, the award keeps circulating endlessly.
There are real “Brillante Awards for Excellence” awarded by the National Society of Hispanic MBAs, but they’re not related in any way to the “Brillante Weblog Premio” award. (via Heart and Hands)

This information gave me pause, but then I thought about it some more:

  1. The “award” logo is virus free. You can’t get a virus from an image, as far as I can tell.  The image isn’t “hot linked” to any malicious sites, as far as I can tell.
  2. I was granted the “award” by someone who’d read my blog and liked what they’d read.
  3. My nominator “won the award”, too. In a sense, my blog was “vetted” by a winner, who (in turn) was vetted by a winner…
  4. At its best, its just an opportunity for people to get familiar with other good blogs that they’ve never read before.
  5. At its worst, I get an opportunity to share some of my favourite blogs with some of my readers, all the while saluting the authors for their efforts.

Hmmm… I see only “wins” here!  So, without further ado, here are my Brillante winners (in no particular order):

  1. Trini Carnival Diary. Find out all about Carnival in Trinidad & Tobago through the eyes of a seasoned masquerader.
  2. Pundit Kitchen. Political LOLcats… without the cats!  If you know me, you know I like nothing more than a good laugh.  Ever since this site launched a few months ago, they’ve been responsible for putting a wide grin on my face before I start my day!
  3. Trini Gourmet.  Sweet Trinbago Cuisine!  Sweet han’ fuh so!  And I can vouch for it!
  4. Stuff White People Do. At first I thought this was a simple knockoff of the popular “Stuff White People Like” blog.  Now I realise that its a whole lot more.  Like the author of “SWPL”, the author of “SWPD” is also “white”.
  5. SHIMWORLD.  Photoblog of Jan Shim, citizen of Brunei and of the world.  He takes excellent wildlife shots, and his blog’s a portal to the Far East for me.
  6. One Day for the Watchman (1D4TW): Max of Open Anthology does it pop-culturally.  And he saw that it was good.  And I agree!
  7. Choonkooloonks.  Karen Walrond’s put together an impressive photojournal and blog.  When my own photoblog (insert shameless site promo here) grows up, I can only dream that it’ll look half as good as hers.

I tried to pick blogs that hadn’t been “awarded” anything before (AFAIK).  Hard stuff.  I like so many great blogs!

Honourable mentions:

  • Emily Postal. I like her quirkyness and her writing style.
  • Creative Commess. A Trini lady ramblin about random stuff on a “vaps”.
  • Airy Nothings… stumbled across her site whilst looking for Obama material.  Just nice quips and comments about life and living in general.
  • My World. Another Trini lady.  She writes about very varied and interesting stuff, and I think her blog is fairly new too.
  • ShiZZles! Done by some talented Trinidadian graphic artists (and musicians?).  Very crafty short stories and even a webcomic!!!

So, there.  I’ve taken something bad and turned it into something good.  Congratulations to all the “winners”!

😆

Please pass along to all your other friends, and nominate some of your blogs too.

Leave me some of your other favourite blogs in the comments for this post!

I want to thank everyone who’s read & visited my blog.  It’s only  a little over 4 months old, and I’ve averaged 1000 hits/month thus far.  This month (September) was the first month that I’ve actually gotten 1000 hits before the month was up!  That says something… and I want to thank you for all the constructive criticism, suggestions and dialogue.

Peace and Rice,

jw

(ps: Please make sure you also check out my blogroll!!!)




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