The Strategic Retreat

I’m Back!

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It was hard for me, so back off.

Hey y’all. It’s Jeff, and I’m back. Or, I will be rather soon.

Since I started this blog over a decade ago it has never been a smooth running machine. Though I enjoyed an absolute ton of traffic in the mid to late 2000s things have died down a bit due to my lack of consistent writing and no attempt to spread the word.

To give a brief timeline since the late 2000s: Got divorced, got on meds to help with divorce-based depression that destroyed my health, spent a year… Read the rest

Refusal of ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

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I’m happy ALS charities are receiving a boost but they aren’t in my top 100 list of charitable causes. I’m all for curing diseases but diseases that take massive amounts of cash -if they will ever be cured at all- fall lower on my charity spectrum than ‘save this kid from dying right now, with far less money’.

My grandfather died of ALS so it’s not as if it’s not a concern nor is it something distant from me. That doesn’t change the fact that there are much more cost effective ways of doing good in the world.

I… Read the rest

Yahoo Travel Doesn’t Know From Night Markets

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Deepavali in Singapore

Yesterday Yahoo Travel published an article on “top 10 night markets in the world”. It was clearly written by somebody who has never been to a night market, but that’s not really what bugs me about it. What does bug me is:

1. Yahoo did not get my permission to use my photo.

2. Tekka Centre is not a night market.

3. That is not a picture of Tekka. That’s a picture taken a block away, off Serangoon during Deepavali/Diwali.

meat at Tekka

Also, Tekka Centre smells like it looks, and it doesn’t look like fragrant jasmine.

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The Murray Affair

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The Murray Affair

Last night I attended The Murray Affair which was an art show at San Francisco Public Works centered around Bill Murray himself. It was far from medium talent.

group shot Bill Murray t-shirt

There were hundreds of paintings and other assorted Murray themed artwork. There were multiple bars, a “Meatballs” food cart, a dance floor and hundreds of Murray-heads. It was pretty awesome.

Bill Murray artwork

Numerous people came in costumes or Murray t-shirts and everybody was super nice. If I learned anything from last night it’s that Bill Murray fans are just a bit better class of people than the average.

Steve Zissou dancingRead the rest