Monday, January 15, 2007

Scan - THAI - bulous

That's right, ladies and gents. I'm going to Thailand for a few months to design and set up some laser-induced small molecule detection systems for the universities in Bangkok and Chiang Mai. You see, they needed a skilled PhD-holding laser instrument specialist from my old boss's lab, and when they couldn't find that, they noticed I just graduated from his lab and figured I must've at least picked up a few things.

So I'll be flying out of lovely Portland, OR in two short weeks to Bangkok until I return on April 18th. During the trip I'll likely be confused 80% of the time and frustrated 10%. The other 10% I'll be excited to eat the food. Just like grad school. In preparation for the trip I had to get a shitload of shots because as far as hospital travel agents are concerned, Thailand is a land of steamy disease and sickness. Here's what I got vaccinated for:

Hepatitis A
Polio (booster)

The government probably snuck some tiny nanotransmitter in one of those shots to track my comings and goings, just to be dicks.

Now I'm trying to decide what to take with me. Besides tools and equipment I mean, like, should I take Planescape: Torment, or Fallout 2? I'll only have a laptop to play games on, and I have to leave my 360 here, so its going to be difficult choosing just one laptop-friendly game from circa 2002.

I should probably also pick up a book on "conversational Thai," but I wonder if I even have a change of learning even the rudimentary parts of their strange moon language while I'm there. I did pick up a book to prepare me for all the technical aspects of the job:

I seriously did really pick up that book. What? Those are good guides! Now, I will be taking a webcam and microphone to talk to my lady, as well as any of you who are cool enough, on Skype. My Skype name is valhallan, so add me to your contact list suckers.