Posts from ‘July, 2012’

Taiwan economy shrinks

Interesting… July 31, 2012 4:49 am Taiwan economy shrinks in second quarter By Sarah Mishkin in Taipei Taiwan’s economy shrank slightly in the second quarter, a far worse performance than expected, as falling demand dragged on exports. The economy contracted 0.16 per cent year on year, according to figures released on Tuesday. Analysts had expected […]

Keep learning with MOOCs

MOOCs, or Massive Open Online Courses, are a great way to keep on learning even though you may be living, say, on the side of a remote mountain. The number and variety of MOOCs is exploding. Here are a couple sites to get you started: https://www.coursera.org/ https://www.edx.org  

Published land price, market price, appraised price, my price, your price, Vincent Price

We’ve been looking for land for a while now, and I’ve learned a little something about prices of various types of land in Taitung Country. For example, prices for most types of land stabilized about five months ago, and there is a lot of land that is simply not selling. Agents will tell me that […]

Frog stampede

So we were sitting in the hut today avoiding the midday heat when we started noticing frogs coming out of their usual hiding places on the front porch. It was highly unusual, especially in this heat. The frogs come out at night, not in the middle of a 34-degree day. Obviously something was spooking them […]

Wild pig?

I’m pretty sure what I saw in the shadows and definitely heard tonight was a wild pig. I’m not sure what else it could have been. Whatever it was, it was large enough to easily move through the extremely dense, tall grass behind our house, jump up onto the driveway for an instant, then dart […]