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Thu 4 Jun 2015, 9:20 pm

Thanks v. much, IM.  No, I don't think you re trying to tell me how to run the show at all.  I appreciate the suggestions.  I am a little reluctant to take on manual mbr approvals, but it might be the wisest thing to do.  Thanks for the tip about the MOD to detect spam IPs.  My skills set is, I guess, intermediate.  Many times I run into a brick wall when I don't understand something about the technology. There is a lot to know about SFM.  I used to like vBulletin, which admittedly has many fine qualities, but the 5.x versions are a train wreck, and few good mods were available for 4.2.  I finally changed to SMF; you can't beat the price!

Mind-Body / Hari Om Yoga Khon Kaen June 2015
« on: June 04, 2015, 12:56:51 PM »

Hari Om Yoga Studio
Khon Kaen

June 2015 Classes

Mobile:         087-637-9987

News and Announcements / PHOTO GALLERY INSTALLED!
« on: June 04, 2015, 12:21:32 PM »
PHOTO GALLERY INSTALLED!  Great news, I have just installed an image gallery , a feature that members have been requesting literally for years.  It is now "live," but not officially launched yet.  Quite frankly, I am not exactly sure how to use it, so it will be a learning curve for all of us.  But please click "gallery" and give it a try, and we will tweak the fine points as we go along.  Let me know your experience, questions and comments.  Thanks.

« on: June 04, 2015, 09:57:03 AM »
Wed 3 Jun 2015, 6:42 am

New Movies in English This Week
Check SFC Website for complete listings =>

My bad! :'( I posted yesterday that there were no new movies.  However, I had my days confused and didn't realize it was Wednesday instead of Thursday.

MetaScore : 38/100

Starring: Anja Savcic, Brittany Allen, Freddie Stroma, Gil Bellows, Jesse Moss, Melanie Papalia

Summary: Still reeling from her parents divorce, April (Brittany Allen) is dragged back to the vacation cabin she spent fond summers at as a child accompanied by a group of friends. Her trip down memory lane takes a dramatic and terrifying turn when a fireball descends from the sky and explodes in the nearby woods. Lead by her boyfriend, the group venture out toward the crash site and discover the remnants of a ship from another planet along with footprints that suggest its alien occupants are still alive. The college friends soon find themselves caught in the middle of something bigger and more terrifying than anything they could ever imagine.

MetaScore : 79/100

Starring: Jason Statham, Jude Law, Melissa McCarthy, Rose Byrne

Summary: Susan Cooper (Melissa McCarthy) is an unassuming, deskbound CIA analyst, and the unsung hero behind the Agency’s most dangerous missions. But when her partner falls off the grid and another top agent is compromised, she volunteers to go deep undercover to infiltrate the world of a deadly arms dealer, and prevent a global disaster.

Still Playing:

San Andreas

User Guide / How stop scrolling recent topics
« on: June 03, 2015, 09:18:22 PM »
If the scrolling recent posts at the top of the portal page are moving to quickly, just hover your mouse pointer over the box and they will stop. Click on the item to visit that post in the forum.

User Guide / Bookshop and Yellow Pages . . . looksee
« on: June 03, 2015, 04:25:47 PM »
Hi All,

We now have a great bookshop and YellowPages Business Directory.  You can visit them under the "Resources" tab next to the "Forum" tab.  Let us know what you think.

The bookshop is fully functional, and if you would would like to see particular items or particular kinds of items included, please let me know.  The Yellow Pages Business Directory is under construction.  We have the shell and the basic ideal online, but have to build the basic category structure of the directory and of course add listings. It is a lot of work, but ultimately a proper business directory is the way to go rather than trying to accomplish it half-arsed on a forum format.  More to come . . .

Thanks, Isaan Man.  I'll have a looksee.  But what I don't get is why the insipid little replies?  Are they just testing the vulnerability of the site before attacking?  Shudder . . . shudder . . . shudder.  Doug did a great job of keeping the old forum free of SPAM and infections.  Don't know what he did. 

Cinema (Movies) / No new movies with English soundtrack this week :o{
« on: June 03, 2015, 06:45:40 AM »
Wed 3 Jun 2015, 6:42 am

New Movies in English This Week
Check SFC Website for complete listings =>

Alas and alack, no new movies in Engarise this week!  Cry

Still Playing:

San Andreas

Tue 2 Jun 2015, 10:01 pm

The two replies above are typical of some kind of SPAM or scam.  My blogs are full of comments awaiting approval like these.  They take up my time but fortunately never get published.  It is usually poorly written, canned comments that seem to be responding to a post, sort of, but really convey much meaning.

But I am not sure what the deal is.  Are these OP just doing some sort of test post or something so that they can dump SPAM or viruses later on?  Shudder, shudder...  Anybody knowledgable about this stuff?

Alerts and News about the Region and the World / Re: Severe Weather
« on: June 02, 2015, 10:00:07 PM »
Tue 2 Jun 2015, 9:57 pm

We had a HUGE wind and rain storm that lasted about an hour around 3:00 pm today (Tuesday).  Then the sun came out.  There was a little minor flooding in my soi, and lot of tree litter, and a big branch from one of my tress was torn off of a tree in front of my house.  Scared the hell out of my cats!

Suggestions / Re: Fix the Time Stamp
« on: June 02, 2015, 09:55:10 PM »
Tue 2 Jun 2015, 9:47 pm

I have updated the forum time to Thailand time.  Thanks for bringing this to my attention.  It was just sloppy on my part; never got around to changing the setting when I was originally setting up the forum.  However,  as Windy points out, you can set the time to whatever in the settings in your profile. 

BTW, as long as I am thinking about it.  Please spend some time adding a complete profile.  Of course there is no obligation or pressure to disclose any personal information you do not care to.  However, members are curious to know who you are and more about you, and it enriches the overall experience here to have interesting complete profiles.  I am also working to add a gallery where you can post photos and maybe videos.  It is a feature many missed having on the other forum.

Thanks, lah!

Where NOT to buy! / DHL MAFIA !!!
« on: June 01, 2015, 07:23:28 PM »

DHL MAFIA !!!I should have known better!

Mon 1 Jun 2015, 7:23 pm

I do business online with Swanson Vitamins, a big outfit in the U.S. with a huge selection and reasonable prices.  In the past, when I have ordered shipped through the postal service, it has taken awhile to arrive (expected and not a problem), goes directly to Customs who examines the box, assesses duty (usually reasonable), and releases it to the Post Office for delivery. It is a completely seamless, non-issue.

However, recently Swansons has done a deal with DHL for flat $15 fee, much less than air mail via USPS. I should have known better!  I should have known better!!  I should have known better!!!  I know these couriers (DHL, FedEx, et al) are all MAFIA.  But I allowed myself to be seduced by the $15, and now I reckon it is going to cost me much more than that to get my stuff, and worse, force me to jump psychotically through a bunch of totally unnecessary bureaucratic hoops.    Here is the sad story if you care to read:

1.  Package took about 3 weeks to arrive (at Customs).  No problem, I realize this is a special DHL worldwide cheapie program.

2.  This is the short version:  Call from DHL advises package has arrived and that I need to sign “some forms” and provide some documents to expedite the deliver.  Seven (!!!) documents in Thai Language (!) arrive by e-mail, including photocopies of the ID cards to two people I am supposed to sign giving them “power of attorney” to clear customs. I was instructed that one of the documents had to be altered because the name of the recipient was some guy in Chiang Mai. Thankfully, my assistant helped me with the forms, but she could tell me exactly I was signing.  Then, 4 signed copies of my passport.

3.  Fon called to make sure everything was in order and was told that I needed to provide my actual passport in addition to the copies.  We told them, of course, that was out of the question. No problem!  For an additional 500 THB that could be worked around!!!

It doesn’t sound so bad putting it to paper, but it has taken four days and a huge hassle collecting documents, making copies, signing copies, communicating with DHL, et al. It looks like I will eventually get my package, but I am cringing at the impending bill which will not only be exorbitant at it’s face, but will also include in addition  a string of little inscrutable charges  that will amount to an additional several hundred baht, probably. Then, and this is the BEST part; they will charge me an ADDITIONAL 800-1,200 baht for acting as my “agent” to get everything cleared!!! Clearly they are acting as an agent for the MAFIA somebody, certainly not on my behalf.

If I had not had completely seamless, problemless experience via the post office, I might just be included to blame Customs and Thai bureaucracy and just grin and bear it.  But this is clearly not coming from Customs.  It is a second-tier of psychotic,  income-producing bureaucracy that adds insult-to-injury-to-insult-to-injury that DHL is imposing between me and Customs who get along just fine, thank you very much, without DHL’s “help.”

New Member Introductions / New Old Guys (Old New Guys) . . .
« on: June 01, 2015, 01:31:37 PM »
New Old Guys (Old New Guys) . . . Even though many of us know one another form the old forum, please take a few minutes to write an introductions, say "Howdy" to everyone and tell us a little bit about yourselves.  Thanks, lah!

Welcome! / MOVED: Are there good signs for the future?
« on: June 01, 2015, 01:24:26 PM »
This topic has been moved to the more relevant Open discussion.

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