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  1. Remake of the Three Stooges. We got up left after about 15 minutes. It was downright painful to watch TH
  2. The uplifts from base salary for working in such places usually is around 20-40%. The base salary is going to be well over 100k USD a year for an experienced person. Working at a camp in West Africa would be 35% at 8 weeks on 2 weeks off. A camp in Saudi is 23% with same rotation. The other big contributor to big paycheck when working in a camp is the work week is usually 60 hours or more. TH
  3. Curious how you know, in advance, that the person will not be more skilled and just highly paid? TH
  4. I’m sorry and I realize we are suppose to be nice around here, but to me, it those just look like excuses that are laying blame on others, in this case, Thai people in general not being able to produce enough “good†programmers. You have already acknowledged that there are “good†Thai programmers but say they are in such short supply that they get to choose who they work for and they have not chosen your company. Instead of blaming Thais in general for that, isn’t there actually a reason those “good†Thai programmers don’t choose your company and not fixing those reasons will eventually cause your company to disappear. Again, that is the free market at work which you don’t seem to want to understand. What I hear you saying is your company is too cheap and/or narrow/small minded to make it attractive for “good†programmers to come work for them. Has little to do with Thai people in general only specifically your management/owners. TH
  5. No, you apparently did not understand the quote. It is a exactly a problem with salary. You simply have to pay more then what the skilled person is now being paid to get them to work for you. I believe that is known as supply and demand setting the price. TH
  6. I would be very surprised if any MNC has an expat IT person in any capacity in Thailand or any other SEA country, except maybe Singapore. All levels up to the local management are nationals. Upper level management is provided from home country. Agree with Mekong, best bet is to go into engineering/design in control systems. TH
  7. Battleship. Unrealistic and contrived is an understatement. The special effects were very good, but didn’t make up for the script or acting at all. Just saw The Raven. Very ambiguous about it. Had its moments, but overall, wouldn’t rate it very highly. TH
  8. The connection to the Asok BTS station to the Interchange Tower and sidewalk in front of it (that would be how to get to Cowboy) was completed early last year. You can now get to all four corners of the intersection from the station. TH
  9. Would be nice wouldn't it? The problem is for it to go that high it would mean that the Thai economy will not reach the 5.7% growth forecasted for 2012 and had very likely shrunk for it to reach that level. If the ecomony grows as predicated, I think the FX rate will continue stay around 30. The major factor would be how much captial foreign investors bring in to invest in SET or property funds. When they start coming in, the rate will go down even more. TH
  10. I was pretty happy with the movie; they stayed with book very close, which surprised me. Great cinematography of northern Sweden and the mucsic was good as well. The portrayal of Lisbeth was right on, it was almost exactly what I visualized when reading the book. Roony Mara has great set of tits and ass to go with them, which you get to see lots of. Read the book and the follow on 2 other s. Great series. Too bad Larrson kicked the bucket and didn’t get a chance to write more. For our tin hatters here, there is a conspiracy theory about his death too. Well worth seeing. I have learned there was a Swedish language version done in 2009 that was good as well. TH
  11. Saw Contraband last weekend, agree completly. Waste of time. Sherlock Holmes is pretty good. Robert Downey Jr. is well on the way to creating a character to rival ole Capt’n Jack. Could be fun for many more years… Mission Impossible was also good. The scenes at the tower are really something. Tom Cruise is really getting old and is not aging well but he certainly carried this one off. I just read the War Horse book a couple of weeks ago and saw the preview for the movie last weekend. Excellent story and indeed a tear jerker. Spielberg directed the movie, has to be good, he rarely misses. TH
  12. When four of Santa's elves got sick, the trainee elves did not produce toys as fast as the regular ones, and Santa began to feel the Pre-Christmas pressure. Then Mrs. Claus told Santa her Mother was coming to visit, which stressed Santa even more. When he went to harness the reindeer, he found that three of them were about to give birth and two others had jumped the fence and were out, Heaven knows where. Then when he began to load the sleigh, one of the floorboards cracked, the toy bag fell to the ground and all the toys were scattered. Frustrated, Santa went in the house for a cup of apple cider and a shot of rum. When he went to the cupboard, he discovered the elves had drunk all the cider and hidden the liquor.. In his frustration, he accidentally dropped the cider jug, and it broke into hundreds of little glass pieces all over the kitchen floor. He went to get the broom and found the mice had eaten all the straw off the end of the broom. Just then the doorbell rang, and an irritated Santa marched to the door, yanked it open, and there stood a little angel with a great big Christmas tree. The angel said very cheerfully, 'Merry Christmas, Santa. Isn't this a lovely day? I have a beautiful tree for you. Where would you like me to stick it?' And so began the tradition of the little angel on top of the Christmas tree. Not a lot of people know this.
  13. The film ruined a very good book. Wiki says that Kirk Douglas quit the part of Captain Trautman because they changed the plot so much. Richard Crenna took it over. Keep in mind the book was published in 1972, a very different time then the 1980’s when the movies started coming out. Read the book. It is a completely different storey TH
  14. Have never seen steel spurs in cock fights in Thailand. But I suspect our resident story teller was inspired by this: Man Dies After Being Stabbed by Fighting Chicken Monday, February 7, 2011 at 1:18PM Share Article Photo Courtesy - Getty Images/File Photo (EARLIMART, Calif.) -- A man was stabbed and killed in Earlimart. His attacker, however, wasn’t a human -- it was a fighting chicken. Authorities say the incident happened on January 30 at a venue in the vicinity of Avenue 24 and Road 128 Tulare County. Investigators say a chicken with a blade attached to its leg reportedly stabbed 35-year-old Jose Luis Ochoa in the calf. The armed rooster is believed to have been used for fighting. Authorities say Ochoa was rushed to Delano Regional Medical Center, where he later died. An autopsy report found that Ochoa died as a result of an injury to his right calf, according to a report by the Bakersfield Californian. Authorities reportedly found evidence of cockfighting at the location, however, it is unknown if a cockfight was in progress when the incident occurred.
  15. My first trip to Thailand was for Songkran in 2000. Was picked up at the airport (Don Muang, of course) by driver a friend living in Pattaya hired. Took us almost 4 hours to get there. The motorway was just opening and he didn’t know about it and took Sukhumvit the entire way. Spent a couple of days in Pattaya and several more upcountry. Only spent one night at the Landmark before heading back to Malaysia where we lived at the time. Had no idea NEP was just around the corner... My impression is lower Suk has changed very little; the biggest change in the past 10 years has been upcountry. It seems like a completely different place now. Almost no automobiles or trucks or mobiles back then. The only person that had a truck or a mobile was the Phuyai Ban. It was actually kinda neat, people living in Bangkok (or Rayong) could call him (from pay phones of course) and he would walk over to the family’s house and wait for them to call back. He spent just about every evening doing this. He was also willing to take people to the clinic or run important errands with his truck. He took us back to Bangkok, which at that time was a 5 hour drive (it is now less then 3 hours) for 500 baht. All that is gone now. Everyone has a bike and mobile, lot’s of people have trucks and all the other stuff that comes with development. But then the whole lifestyle has improved in so many other ways. TH
  16. Was that the notorious Santos and his lovely wife? TH
  17. Saw The Warrior Way last night. I liked it but I think there will be many that won't like it. I really liked the visuals. Had a rather surreal feel to them that went well with the setting and the story. TH
  18. OK. glad that is cleared up. TH
  19. Different farang front men, but same Thai family is partner in both. TH
  20. Anybody make it the grand opening for Bar4 Friday night? Was a big crowd there, guess the free food brought them in. :content: They had some good looking dancers going when I popped in about 11:00. I think after the excitement wears off, it will just be another place with all the seats at the front row taken and empty in the back, just like Strikers. TH
  21. Well, you can't have a proper Scottish thread without this: pcnFbCCgTo4
  22. The new Robin Hood. Enjoyed it a lot. Splice. Was ok, but a bit predicable. Prince of Persia. Great fantasy adventure. Tend to like this genre if the special effects are good and this one was. Gemma Arterton is hot. Red. A bit like The Expendables, but better as it tended to be more tongue in cheek. I liked it, was very entertaining. TH
  23. Saw The Expendables Friday night. I can't think of a cliché that Stallone missed, but it was still highly entertaining. The scene with Bruce Willis, Arnold and Stallone is almost worth it by itself. TH
  24. Saw it over the weekend. As you said, good, but not really great. The last 15 minutes is very good, made up for the very slow start. TH
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