Cosplay in Chiang Mai

Cosplay, short for costume play and pretty much a Japanese invention, was 'on' in Chiang Mai this weekend. Teens and tweens dressed up as their favorite comic book and video game characters. All very lighthearted, but so many of them were so sweeeeeet.

I didn't recognize any of the characters, except for perhaps the babe with the sword. Final Fantasy, perhaps?

legal snapper

It's a contended issue and finally I've stumbled upon decent information on what is and what is not so much legally allowed in relation to photography in public places. Photojojo wrote an article about it, the information for which they culled from the excellent The Photographer's right.
Granted, these rules apply to the US, but Photojojo also links to similar documents for some other English speaking nations.

Probably the best bit: Anyone in a public place can take pictures of anything they want. Public places include parks, sidewalks, malls, etc. Malls? Yeah. Even though it's technically private property, being open to the public makes it public space.

With Jaimy… you never know

After I discovered that an old friend of mine who has since married and divorced was on Hyves, I had to check it out. Seriously, it is the worst social network I've seen so far. But, as these things go, even bad social networks do well.

A good friend of mine recently joined and he left me a testimonial, after which Hyves sent me a message:

Hi Babak,
Jaimy has written a new testimonial about you. And with Jaimy you never know, so you better check it out here: …

For those who know Jaimy, they know that, indeed, with Jaimy… you never know…

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