On his debut album North Dakota Garbage Man, Ray Neuhalfen tells in his uniquely comical style about cooking for his daughter, helping his dad, dealing with his ex-wives, handling Facebook, being on trial, calling bingo, breaking bones, quitting smoking, and having the Greatest Job in the World!
1. I Like the Microphone
2. On Trial
3. You Can't Make Me Eat Them
4. Traditional American Denny's Thanksgiving
5. Lefse and Deer Sausage
6. She Called the Cops on Herself
8. Every Single Parent Ever
9. Lemonade Stand
10. Brett Favre Did the Same Thing
11. Did I Tell You My Phone Broke?
13. North Dakota Garbage Man
14. Are You Going to Apologize?
15. Tipped Them a Bottle of Vodka
"Hello there. I am an Australian currently writing from Japan and have been given some information that Mongolia may be one of the safest places as far as natural disasters are concerned. As you are aware we got shaken up terribly yesterday...
"Anyway I am seriously considering moving to Mongolia and would like to discuss how things over there are..."
Thanks for your message. It's terrible about the disaster in Japan.
Here is a post I wrote about earthquakes in Mongolia, and particularly in the capital city of Ulaanbaatar:
"To the popular press, 'hacker' means someone who breaks into computers. Among programmers it means a good programmer. But the two meanings are connected. To programmers, 'hacker' connotes mastery in the most literal sense: someone who can make a computer do what he wants--whether the computer wants to or not.
"To add to the confusion, the noun 'hack' also has two senses. It can be either a compliment or an insult. It's called a hack when you do something in an ugly way. But when you do something so clever that you somehow beat the system, that's also called a hack. The word is used more often in the former than the latter sense, probably because ugly solutions are more common than brilliant ones.
"Believe it or not, the two senses of 'hack' are also connected. Ugly and imaginative solutions have something in common: they both break the rules. And there is a gradual continuum between rule breaking that's merely ugly (using duct tape to attach something to your bike) and rule breaking that is brilliantly imaginative (discarding Euclidean space)."
"Heaven and Earth are not partial. They do not kill living things out of cruelty or give them birth out of kindness. We do the same when we make straw dogs to use in sacrifices. We dress them up and put them on the altar, but not because we love them. And when the ceremony is over, we throw them into the street, but not because we hate them."
"Seven bidders, including Arcelor Mittal, Vale, Xstrata, Peabody, Shenhua and Mitsui, plus a Japanese, Korean and Russian consortium have been shortlisted to develop Mongolia’s massive Tavan Tolgoi reserves.
"The site, owned by Mongolia’s state-owned Erdenes, has 6 billion tons of coal reserves and is capable of producing 15 million tons annually for over 30 years. The site is expected to require an initial US$7.3 billion investment to get it ready for development. A separate IPO is also being planned for the mine, with estimates this could raise at least US$15 billion.
"The Tavan Tolgoi site is in the Gobi Desert, about 540 kilometers south of Mongolia’s capital of Ulaan Baatar. The winning bid is expected to be announced on June 30, 2011."
“What I want are rest and oblivion -- or at least, a seclusion amidst ancient scenes wherein I may cast off the actual modern world in a quiet round of reading, writing, and pilgrimages to quaint and historic places.”