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(Wired UK)   Why other countries are WAY cooler than us: A new bridge in the city of Da Nang is not only the largest steel arch bridge in Vietnam, but it is shaped like a dragon and actually shoots fire from its head   ( wired.co.uk) divider line
    More: Cool, Da Nang, Vietnam, Vietnamese, LED bulbs  
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2013-04-11 02:58:06 PM  
Vietnamese dongs must be tiny if 1.7 trillion of them is only 53 million pounds.
 
2013-04-11 03:01:34 PM  

FrancoFile: kiwimoogle84: Was it designed by Sven?

There's a reason you're favorited.


It breathes FIRE, MARSHALL!

/*snerk* fire marshall
//I aim to please
 
2013-04-11 03:01:42 PM  

rynthetyn: ha-ha-guy: rynthetyn: BafflerMeal: And unfortunately, like many things over there I expect that upkeep was never part of the proposal and just a few years from now the bridge will look kinda rough and there either won't be any money for cool flames or the gas delivery system will have been broken down and not been repaired.

I get the sad sometimes when I see really awesome artistic municipal endeavors over there that have just gone to pot in a few years.

Nah, Vietnam likes things that look pretty/artistic/poetic, this is the kind of thing where they'll probably stick to the upkeep.

The quality of new construction in Saigon is amazing when you consider the country's GDP and all that.  With some of the new high rise buildings they're putting up along the Mekong you can see how someone sat down and spent time ensuring they'd go well with the classic French architecture.  As opposed to other industrial countries that just back up the cement mixer and start building boxes..

Yeah, the great irony is that culturally Vietnam has far more in common with places like France that build things to both last and look nice than they do with the Soviets who did a lot of the post-war rebuilding. They don't like the cheap concrete box architecture. Actually, they don't really like cheap in general--I can't count how many times I've been told variations about how the only reason people buy anything made in China is if they can't afford the alternatives because they think China makes cheap crap that doesn't last.


Same here. My Viet friends disparage things made in China that are cheaper, and appear to do the same function.
 
2013-04-11 03:38:07 PM  

rynthetyn: ha-ha-guy: rynthetyn: BafflerMeal: And unfortunately, like many things over there I expect that upkeep was never part of the proposal and just a few years from now the bridge will look kinda rough and there either won't be any money for cool flames or the gas delivery system will have been broken down and not been repaired.

I get the sad sometimes when I see really awesome artistic municipal endeavors over there that have just gone to pot in a few years.

Nah, Vietnam likes things that look pretty/artistic/poetic, this is the kind of thing where they'll probably stick to the upkeep.

The quality of new construction in Saigon is amazing when you consider the country's GDP and all that.  With some of the new high rise buildings they're putting up along the Mekong you can see how someone sat down and spent time ensuring they'd go well with the classic French architecture.  As opposed to other industrial countries that just back up the cement mixer and start building boxes..

Yeah, the great irony is that culturally Vietnam has far more in common with places like France that build things to both last and look nice than they do with the Soviets who did a lot of the post-war rebuilding. They don't like the cheap concrete box architecture. Actually, they don't really like cheap in general--I can't count how many times I've been told variations about how the only reason people buy anything made in China is if they can't afford the alternatives because they think China makes cheap crap that doesn't last.


The Pompidou Center sticks its hands in its pockets, whistles, and slinks around the corner furtively.
 
2013-04-11 03:38:07 PM  
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2013-04-11 04:08:21 PM  

Darth Vader Ginsburg: [images1.wikia.nocookie.net image 396x463]


Fark never disappoints.
 
2013-04-11 04:39:19 PM  

WhippingBoy: I'd be looking for ways to sue someone over it. It's the American way.


My thoughts exactly.
 
2013-04-11 05:29:34 PM  
Vietnam is so cool, that is why you can get the death penalty for trying to escape the country, but mostly you don't get the death penalty you just end up in reeducation camps. I live in so cal and my best neighbors are Vietnamese who escaped the communists. I did not like the war, thought it was none of our beeswax, but Vietnam is a shiate hole.
 
2013-04-11 05:36:05 PM  

maxalt: Vietnam is so cool, that is why you can get the death penalty for trying to escape the country, but mostly you don't get the death penalty you just end up in reeducation camps. I live in so cal and my best neighbors are Vietnamese who escaped the communists. I did not like the war, thought it was none of our beeswax, but Vietnam is a shiate hole.


Dude, Vietnam today is totally not like Vietnam immediately after the war. The only thing keeping people from traveling now is cost and ability to get entrance visas to wherever they want to visit.
 
2013-04-11 05:38:35 PM  
Up until February I was working on a cruise ship that stopped in that crappy town at least a half-dozen times, and NOW they get a fire-breathing dragon bridge? Dammit!
 
2013-04-11 05:43:11 PM  

ha-ha-guy: rynthetyn: "we beat the French, we beat the Japanese, we beat the Americans, but last time China invaded it took us a thousand years to get rid of them and we aren't going to do that again,"

There are actually writings where Ho Chi Minh talks about accepting French colonial rule or American puppet state status post WWII on the grounds it was better than dealing with the Chinese.  He said something that translates roughly as "I'd rather smell French shiat for 250 more years than eat Chinese shiat for 1000 years."  He was worried because the Allies were talking about sending a Chinese Army into Vietnam to push the Japanese out and there were concerns said Chinese Army would never leave.  So Hop Chi Minh and others were considering having the Viet Minh actually throw their support behind an American amphibious invasion of Vietnam on the grounds it was much better to have an American Army hanging around than other options.

/the Sino-Vietnam border is the second most militarized border in the world after the Korean DMZ
//there are currently American troops in Vietnam, just there to help with Agent Orange cleanup, but Vietnam has welcomed American troops back
/they've also offered us the use of Cam Ranh Bay, but we declined, so now they're trying to get the Russian Navy to visit again


Yeah, they definitely want the US Navy hanging around, it helps keep China playing nice in the South China Sea if they see Vietnam being all cozy with our navy. If they can't get us, the Russians are a decent alternative.

The interesting thing about the Sino-Vietnam border is that as militarized as it may be, when you're at the border you don't see it. You'd never know that Vietnam is ready to take on China at a moment's notice, even though they are. Though, I don't think the younger generation takes in all that seriously--every student in Vietnam has mandatory military training but it's mostly just them running around wearing ill-fitting army green military shirts and pith helmets trying to look as fashionable as possible under the circumstances while instagramming pictures of themselves and their friends.
 
2013-04-11 09:34:22 PM  

lostcat: Kinda sad to me that the majority of us still think of a war that took place half a century ago when we think of Vietnam. I know it's what I was thinking about as I flew there for the first time, five years ago.

Turns out that most people in Vietnam don't think about that war.

Too bad all of the foreign investment (especially from China) hit so fast and hard. In the five years I've been going back, I've seen so many things I love about Saigon and Hanoi change for the worse. Not the least of which being the quality of the air, food and water, which is all now polluted.


Same here, first time I went to Saigon it was looking like the Latin Quarter in Paris... went last summer... looked more like Dubai...
 
2013-04-11 10:38:56 PM  
The Vietnamese unit of currency is the dong (snickers).
 
2013-04-12 01:17:37 AM  
That video is annoying because that farking woman keeps shouting in surprise every time it spits fire. Hey lady, you already saw that it breathes fire, quit yelling like it's real or somethin'.
 
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