I was last seen 3 months ago in Los Angeles, CA, USA.
Apr 052013

In order to experience as much of Angkor as possible, I decided to buy a three-day pass. I assumed it would be more than enough time.

I was wrong.

It’s simply mindblowing how much there is to see; even while trying to plan a route I felt overwhelmed by the sheer scale and scope of it all. Apparently at its peak, Angkor sprawled over 1,000 square kilometers – ten times its closest rival at the time (Tikal, Guatemala). Trying to cover even half that would be like trying to see Paris in your lunch break. It just can’t be done.

…But that doesn’t mean I wasn’t gonna try 🙂
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Feb 202013

I know it’s been over a month since I said I was about to resume blogging. Sorry about that. While I thought I’d taken care of all the necessary code changes and was ready to start up the content, a supposedly unrelated project ended up snowballing into even further sweeping changes, so I decided to hold back until getting those wrapped up as well.

This “unrelated project” was the implementation of a brand new, far friendlier eCommerce solution – now located at justin-klein.com/store. I’ve finally dumped the OpenCart-based store I’ve been using to sell my plugin since launching it more than 2 years ago, in favor of newer and greener pastures. Continue reading »

Jan 102013

For most people, the name “Petra” evokes images of one thing and one thing alone: the treasury. Very few think of a necropolis so vast that you could spend days exploring and still not see it all.

Likewise, “Angkor” instantly reminds us of “Angkor Wat,” one of the most magnificent structures of the ancient world. But in reality, just like Petra, Angkor is far more than one single structure.

Angkor is in fact a vast and sprawling metropolis, the remnants of the largest city in the pre-industrial world. In its heyday, Angkor supported a population of more than a million – at a time when London had just 50,000. It was the political, religious, and social center of Cambodia’s Khmer empire, and although most of its structures – built of wood – have long since decayed, literally hundreds of stone temples remain.
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Jan 082013

Before I go back the better part of a year to start catching you up with my travels, I want to just briefly mention a few recent changes to this site. The last time I took such a long break from blogging I resumed by unveiling a major site-wide overhaul; this time the changes aren’t as apparent, but they’re perhaps just as widespread. That’s one of the reasons I waited a full 3 months after getting home to write even one word: I wanted finish all the groundwork changes while traffic was still low. And while I’ll spare you the boring technical details, I will mention just a couple things you might (or might not?) notice.
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Jan 072013

Hello? Is anyone still out there?

If so…Happy New Year, and welcome to 2013 🙂

Some of my friends have been asking recently if Justin-Klein.com is dead and forgotten. Nope, it isn’t. But I can see why it would seem that way. Since creating this site way back in 2004, I’ve only ever neglected it once for this long – in 2009 when I spent the better part of a year working and studying at home. At that time there just wasn’t much of interest to write about.

This time, however, my reasons for falling behind are different: 2012 was quite simply the most crazy, intense, and memorable period of travel of my life.
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