So long, Ubuntu 20.04. Hello, 18.04

Well, I had to finally throw in the towel. The unfortunate problem of the black screen after booting didn’t seem to go away. In fact, it seemed to be a fluke of the graphics card “co-operating,” when it did work. Otherwise, I lost all hardware acceleration and could only...

Challenges of installing Ubuntu 20.04 on my new work computer

Why get a work computer? I would first like to say that I believe separating work life from home life is a good thing. However, that has become a bit obfuscated, due to everyone having to work from home, essentially. I spend a lot of free time on the...

Removing watermarks from PDFs with pdftk!

The issue at hand Many PDFs that I download have watermarks on them. The watermarks being there isn’t always bothersome, but many of them either obstruct important text or they end up making me use more ink when I print. So, through my tinkering, I found a way to...

I have a persistence problem

Since I started this website a little over a week and a half ago, I’ve been expanding on it bit-by-bit. I intentionally decided to purchase a plan through DigitalOcean, costing around $5.00 USD a month. The hosting plan may seem like a bit much to those who have their...

Why are the Mormons teaching English in Yangon?

One topic that I’ve wanted to touch on for a while now is the presence of members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (LDS) in Burma. I would like to say up front that I am not an expert researcher on matters of LDS church governance...

American education and how I learned about “tracking”

Yesterday (it’s past-midnight here, as I start writing this) I watched a documentary called “Waiting For Superman” by Davis Guggenheim. The documentary talks about issues in the American school system and how children are waiting for a Superman-like savior figure to rescue them from it. What is this so-called...

Five reasons why every teacher should just install their own Moodle setup

Some backstory I was in the middle of Nay Pyi Taw two years ago, teaching a class called “The Anthropology of Education” (whatever that actually meant. I didn’t choose the course title). It was supposed to be a Bachelor’s level class, but the students were not quite at that...

April 24, 2015: My arrival in Thailand

While I don’t have as many pretty pictures or anything to document my arrival in Thailand, I can at least talk about what I remember. My first impression of Thai bureaucracy at the airport wasn’t stellar. I deplaned and was going through the line. On the plane they give...

April 22, 2015

It’s hard to believe it’s been half a decade already… April 22, 2020 (which is already yesterday, in Burma time) marks the 5-year anniversary of me leaving the U.S. Also, thanks to dear COVID-19, it’s the 5th year in a row without me setting foot back in the United...