Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Monday, December 29, 2008

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Instructions



Just in case you didn't know how to shave.

(Taken from the JW Marriott, Beijing)

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Finals at Cal

(h/t to royrules22 at californiagoldenblogs)

Finals silliness at Cal. (This guy has apparently ported his entire desktop and blankets into the Doe Library Stacks. . . and promptly fallen asleep at his desk)


Monday, December 15, 2008

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Cantina Agave, Part 2

Post is worthless without photos right?

Cantina Agave:




Carnitas Quesadilla


Tacos - Machacha and lengua



The Lengua is especially delicious.

Saturday, December 06, 2008

Mexican food in Shanghai!

Californians, Texans (and probably Mexicans too - although I don't know in China) have long awaited the appearance of any sort of authentic Mexican (or even Tex Mex) in China.

Well, it's here. Agave Cantina on Fumin Lu and Changle Lu.

They got carnitas. They got carne asada. It's all pretty close to Los Angeles level.

I do love the carnitas. I've been twice in the past two days.

Photos soon. I promise.

If you like Mexican food, and you live in Shanghai, I highly highly highly recommend it.

Agave Cantina.

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Monday, November 24, 2008

The worst idea ever. Or .. . It's a Cookbook! It's a cookbook!

First seen on Chicagoist , I'm pretty sure this is the worst idea of all time.

Attention all semen enthusiasts!

We are very proud to announce the arrival of our new book.

Natural Harvest - A Collection of Semen-Based Recipes explores the culinary value of semen through beautiful photographs and delectable recipes.

It's the perfect holiday gift for that special cook in your life




Buy your copy here.. Bleah.

Wednesday, November 05, 2008

Two black men

I'll have my review of Kanye West's concert in Shanghai in a few days (awe.some.)

But someting fundamentally important happened today in the United States, which is far beyond my abilities to talk about in a rational, measured and academic manner.

So instead, I'll leave this photo:

Monday, October 27, 2008

Tee Hee


Yes, it's infintile.

I don't care. Tee hee.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Catching Up - Kyoto and Nara

Maiko (geisha in training) strolling around in Kyoto




Nara Temple Entrance



Kyoto Temple



Kyoto

Monday, October 20, 2008

Catching Up, part Deux

Some stuff from Osaka.

Giant Ferris Wheel.







Osaka Food Street near Dontonbori




Random Drunk Guy in the Osaka Subway


Despite all the Obama talk on this blog

I've decided I'm voting Republican.

Watch this video and you'll be convinced too.

Monday, October 13, 2008

Catching up. . . slightly

Beijing Olympics Two photos:

MONGOLIA



BIRD'S NEST

Saturday, October 04, 2008

Er, life is too busy to blog? (Radiohead in Tokyo)

Poor excuse, I know. But since August, I've been in Beijing, Taipei, Hong Kong, Bangkok, Osaka, Kyoto and currently, Tokyo. I realize there's lots of interesting stuff I haven't posted about, but I'll get to it, I swear. When I get back from Dunhuang, Guangzhou and Beijing at the end of October I'll get to it.

However, in the meantime, I'll leave you some photos from the AWESOMENESS of RADIOHEAD in Tokyo.

(Just a quick story about this concert. We're in Japan this week on vacation, and randomly in Shibuya, my friend saw a Radiohead concert poster - so I decided to ditch everyone and go see the show. Only paid 500 Yen/5 US dollars over face value for the ticket. Considering staying 1 extra day to see them again tomorrow, but probably won't. It was a lifetime goal of mine to see "Paranoid Android" and "Exit Music (for a film) performed live. Check. Check.)

Here's the sign:



Saitama Super Arena:



The crowd:



Radiohead - I think this is Weird Fishes/Arpeggi:



In conclusion: seredipity rocks. So does Radiohead.

Wednesday, September 03, 2008

Whoops

Things I owe to my own blog:

1. Photos of my Beijing experience
2. A wrap up of my Olympics experience
3. Some photos of my trip to Taipei

What I will do instead:

Embedded Cal football highlights!!!!



Cal vs MSU Highlights from sam walton on Vimeo.



Everything I said I owe I'll work on this weekend

Sunday, August 10, 2008

My "Hey I'm at the Olympics" Post

Quick post:

  • Weather: BAD
  • Opening Ceremonies: HOT (in a good way, like Paris Hilton would put it)
  • Traffic: Surprisingly GOOD
  • Bird's Nest/Water Cube: BEAUTIFUL
  • People: LOTS
  • Scalping: EXPENSIVE
  • Hotel: SUCK ASS
  • Fireworks: AWESOME
  • US Unifroms: Classy
  • China Uniforms: Eggs and tomatoes

By the way, I called Li Ning as final torch guy like 2 weeks ago, but I think so did a million othe rpeople.

Sunday, July 27, 2008

34 days until kick-off

While the whole world waits the start of the Beijing Olympics (22 days away) - especially around these parts. Some thing more important is coming up in 34 days. Cal Football!

Just to whet the appetite a little - here's a highlight video (taken from the California Golden Blogs) of Jahvid Best.


Jahvid Best 2007 Highlights from ronenglish1 on Vimeo.

Go Bears!


Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Comic Book Movies

As I live in China, I'm obviously missing out on the Dark Knight (I'm trying trying trying to get to Hong Kong to see it soon - but chances are slim with all the work I have ) and Iron Man was kick-ass already this summer.

But this. This makes me so very hyped.

The Watchmen - I've read this graphic novel probably 100 times since it was published in the mid 80s up until now.

And they seem to have gotten everything right.

Sunday, July 20, 2008

Stuff I miss out in China

Weezer hasn't made a really good album since, well, Pinkerton. I've liked songs off each of the subsequent albums - but nothing has approached the brilliance of the first two albums. My friend has a theory that beacuse Pinkerton was so exceedingly personal to Rivers and because it got ravaged so hard in the critical press, he decided to just write blandish pop songs for the rest of his career.

Anyways, I was randomly reading LAist and they reported about Weezer's Hootenanny Tour, where they invite 250 fans to come down and sing and play songs with them. I thought that was the coolest thing - and I spent about an hour watching videos on YouTube and Yahoo. In fact, I'm watching them again.

Here's "Say It Ain't So" from the LA portion of the tour.


Thursday, July 17, 2008

Shoe, um, Thursday

ISpyShanghai has the recurring feature Shoe Tuesday. He asked readers to provide him with photos.

Here's my (China) collection. I still have another 20 or so in the US.




Friday, July 11, 2008

Every. Game. Counts.




Football cannot get here fast enough. Go Bears!


Tuesday, July 08, 2008

I'm here to do push-ups


One of the more bizarre things I've seen on the internet. Guangdong TV host Ou Zhihang doing naked push-ups near Chinese national landmarks like the CCTV building, the Great Wall, the Bird's Nest, etc. He was inspired by the Sichuan Earthquake - or rather, he wanted to do his part. His naked pushups are an hommage to a piece of art, although I don't read well enough to know which one.
Here's the link to his original blog

,






我来做俯卧撑的

Friday, July 04, 2008

Happy Birthday America!






Wang Chi: Here's to the Army and Navy and the battles they have won; here's to America's colors, the colors that never run.

Jack Burton: May the wings of liberty never lose a feather.

Friday, June 13, 2008

Bangkok vs. Shanghai

Okay, so I was only in Bangkok as a visitor, so its an unfair comparison, but here's the ways in which BKK is superior:

1. Public Transport - yeah, the buses aren't as good as Shanghai, but the Skytrain and subway and river taxi combo are far superior. (Shanghai's traffic is better though)

2. Movie theaters - I might vote for Siam Paragon's theater being the nicest in the world. Cushy chairs with a little blankie that you and your date can snuggle under? Or if you're alone, you can use to sleep under.

3. Shopping malls - Emporium, Siam Paragon, Central are all far superior to almost anything in Shanghai. Super Brand Mall is the only thing close . . .and that's Thai financed.

4. Street food - Bangkok hands down.

5. Fruit - Bangkok again!

6. Bookstores - Books Kinokuniya and Asia Books - either one of these, even one of the small outlets, if they put ONE in Shanghai, it would instantly be the best english bookstore here, beating Garden Books and Chaterhouse handily.

7. Bars/Clubs/Going out - okay, both cities have annoying people (Nana couples in Bangkok and the crowd at the Bund bars) - but if you're going out with your friends, Nana couples are easily avoided. But my stupid friends enjoy Lounge 18, or ever worse, Bar Rogue. So the crowd at the Bund is unavoidable.

Bangkok wins in an unfair competition, amongst criteria that I decided.

Thursday, June 12, 2008

If we couldn't see the sun rising off the shore of Thailand . . .

So, just got back from 10 days in Thailand. I'll cook up a photo post and a post about why Bangkok is superior to Shanghai soon, but as Swiss James knows, bullet points are a cheap and easy way to write a post. So some random facts about my trip:

  • Photos taken: 136
  • Airports visited: 7 (Shanghai Hongqiao, Guangzhou, Hong Kong, Bangkok Suvarnabumi, Krabi, Bangkok Don Muang, Shenzhen)
  • Flight segments taken: 5
  • Other transportation taken: bus, taxi, mini-bus, subway, SkyTrain, longtail
  • Books read: Quirkology, Nothing Like It in the World, China Road, Liar's Poker, Getting Rich First
  • Most common nationality in Krabi: Canadians (most of whom were, um, overweight)
  • Times falling in love with random Thai women in Bangkok: at least 200
  • Times attacked by crab: 1
  • Mangoes eaten: over 20
  • Massages received: 7
  • Movie seen: Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (C+ movie, A++++ movie theatre at Siam Paragon)
  • Times I walked over to Rai Leh Beach East: 4
  • Times I decided there was nothing to do, eat or spend money on in Rai Leh Beach East: 3

I love Thailand. I hope to be back soon.

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Get Your Ass to Mars!

This is either the funniest thing ever or the dumbest thing ever. Or both. I vote for both. I love saying "Get to da choppah!" and "Get your ass to Mars" randomly.

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Published!

Of a sort - but whoo!

First - a guest lecture on the best basketball blog on the internets.

and then linked on the best mainstram basketball blog on the internets!

Friday, May 23, 2008

Shoe Tuesday Showdown begins early

Swiss James of ISpyShanghai has issued a Shoe Tuesday challenge. Now if you know me, you know I like shoes. I'll reveal my hand later this week on his blog, but for now - here's a preview of what might be in store.









Thursday, May 22, 2008

Yao Ming Asks For Your Help

Yao with the only English language commercial airing outside of China asking for help with Sichuan Earthquake Relief

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Things I don't understand about Shanghai

Not a rant, just a head scratcher and very puzzling.

Sometimes I get to my subway station (Xinzha Road on Line 1) at about 8.45 - 8.50am for my commute to work.

This morning I was coming down the stairs and saw I was about to miss the train - it was 8.46am and the train was empty. Seats + so much standing room you could jump around in.

So I missed that train, and saw the next train was 56 seconds away.

Next train pulls up - ABSOLUTELY PACKED. Like the prototypical Tokyo Subway trains where they have to push people on board. So I see the next train is 52 seconds away, so I decide to wait.

Next train pulls up . . .and its comfortably empty.

So I get on and commute to work in relative comfort. What the heck is wrong with the traffic flow patterns? Shouldn't all the trains be equally packed?

Sunday, May 18, 2008

Kobe Mentu Starts tonight on CCTV Olympics




24 kids, from Shenyang, Guangzhou, Beijing and Shanghai

Kobe Bryant.

Los Angeles.

8 day training camp.

Be a Kobe Mentu!

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Exciting stuff

Not only did Obama pick up the Superdelegate lead - but John Edwards is now endorsing Barack!

Here's an email I received from Obama (!):


Join Sen. John Edwards in supporting this campaign

At a rally in Grand Rapids, Michigan, Senator John Edwards endorsed Barack Obama's candidacy for president.

Senator Edwards ran a strong, principled campaign for president, focusing on universal health care, bringing our troops home from Iraq, and eliminating poverty in America. And he ran in a way that reflected a conviction that we need to fundamentally change politics.

Like our campaign, Senator Edwards' campaign never accepted donations from Washington lobbyists or special interest PACs.

Welcome John Edwards to this campaign with an outpouring of the kind of grassroots support that is bringing our political process back to the people.


Let's hope we get this finalized before the convention.

Monday, May 12, 2008

Earthquake in Sichuan

With Shanghaiist and Twitter providing much more instant, comprehensive and man on the spot coverage - there's really no need for me to re-hash the horror and tragedy that is going to be uncovered in the next few days as more news comes out of Sichuan.

I'll just quickly relate my personal experience - we were on the 18th floor in Beijing and the building was swaying back and forth for about 1.5 to 2 minutes straight. For the first 15 seconds or so I thought I was just dizzy and/or about to faint (even though I've never fainted) - or maybe just sick - because none of my Chinese co-workers were reacting.

I found two things pretty odd -

1. The lack of reaction from my colleagues - even after people realized it was an earthquake

2. A total lack of an emergency plan or even voice of authority within the office to evacuate or go home or SOMETHING until about 2 hours later (by which time I had left to go to my event).

Thursday, May 08, 2008

The Olympic Flame in Shenzhen

I haven't talked much about the Olympic Torch Relay and all the resulting hub-bub with regards to T!bet, Paris, Jin Jing, Grace Wang, etc. etc.

But I thought this was pretty amazing - the torch run through Shenzhen




Talk about 人山人海

Tuesday, May 06, 2008

Drugs are bad, mmmmkay?

Scary scary meth ads. From the Montana anti-meth people

Be careful out there.

This is a bit scary:

Enterovirus 71 (Ev71) Outbreak In Central China
American citizens are advised of an ongoing outbreak in China of an
intestinal virus called enterovirus 71, or EV71. This virus causes a variant of
hand, foot, and mouth disease. There are no specific precautions for this other
than the general hygiene recommendations for living in China.

Over 3300
cases and at least 22 deaths have been reported in Fuyang City in Anhui
Province. All of the deaths were children less than 6 years old and most were
under 2 years of age. A few additional cases have been confirmed in Hangzhou
City in Zhejiang Province. Hubei Province and Hong Kong have also reported a few
cases.

The symptoms of EV 71 are similar but more severe than the common
hand, foot, and mouth disease (HFMD). Typically, it starts with a generalized
illness, poor appetite, and sore throat, followed by a fever, rashes on the
hands, feet, and buttocks along with mouth ulcers. HFMD is often confused with
foot-and-mouth disease of cattle, sheep, and swine. Although the names are
similar, the two diseases are not related at all and are caused by different
viruses.

Infection is spread from person to person by direct contact
with nose and throat discharges, saliva, fluid from blisters, or the stool of
infected persons. A person is most contagious during the first week of the
illness. HFMD is not transmitted to or from pets or other animals.

For
more information here are some useful links at the U.S. CDC:

HFMD page:
http://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/dvrd/revb/enterovirus/hfhf.htm

Non-polio
enteroviruses
http://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/dvrd/revb/enterovirus/non-polio_entero.htm

Viral ?aseptic? meningitis
http://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/dvrd/revb/enterovirus/viral_meningitis.htm

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

TRAVEL ALERT!

Found in my email inbox this morning:


This Travel Alert updates U.S. citizens about security issues in China and advises American citizens traveling or residing there to be alert to their surroundings and exercise caution at all times. This Travel Alert expires on October 31, 2008.
Any large-scale public event such as the upcoming Olympic Games may present an attractive target for terrorists. There is a heightened risk that extremist groups will conduct terrorist acts within China in the near future. In light of these security concerns, U.S. citizens traveling in China are advised to use caution and to be alert to their surroundings at all times, including at hotels, in restaurants, on public transportation and where there are demonstrations and other large-scale public gatherings. Consistent with our standard advice, American citizens are urged to avoid the areas of demonstrations.
In accordance with these security concerns, Chinese authorities have increased security in China's airports during recent months. For example, Chinese airport authorities recently implemented tighter restrictions on taking liquids, aerosols, or gels aboard flights in carry-on baggage. Such restrictions may apply to food, cosmetics, toiletries and medicine. Travelers should contact their air carrier before their flight to determine the precise regulation in place.
American citizens are strongly encouraged to maintain a high level of vigilance, be aware of local events, and take the appropriate steps to bolster their personal security. For additional information, please refer to ?A Safe Trip Abroad? found at travel.state.gov.
U.S. citizens planning travel to China should regularly check the Department?s Country Specific Information for China at travel.state.gov for the latest safety and security information, including the updated Olympics Fact Sheet, as well as the U.S. Embassy Beijing website at beijing.usembassy-china.org. Americans planning travel to China are advised to register their presence with the U.S. Embassy at travelregistration.state.gov/ibrs/ui/.
As the Department continues to develop information on any potential security threats to U.S. citizens overseas, it shares credible threat information through its consular information program documents, available on the Internet at http://travel.state.gov. In addition to information on the Internet, travelers may obtain up-to-date information on security conditions by calling 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the U.S. and Canada or from other countries on a regular toll line at 1-202-501-4444.
This Travel Alert is being issued to update U.S. citizens to safety and security concerns.

Monday, April 28, 2008

NIKEiD Studio




So if you know even the tinest little thing about me, you know I have a serious shoe purchasing problem. And even with my new limit on buying stuff after a disaterious weekend in Hong Kong netted me TWO new cameras, I went over to the opening of the NIKEiD Studio opening in Shanghai (one of 5 worldwide! with New York, London, Paris and Osaka) and took in the official party.


The concept of NIKEiD is pretty simple - you become a shoe designer, taking Nike shoes and introducing your own color blocking and adding in the PE touches like a name or number or in some cases logos. The NIKEiD Studio in Shanghai has some added touches like being able to work with a design consultant, being able to work in a cool private studio where you can take a look around for inspiration and actually look and feel the materials and fabrics and leathers that you are choosing for your shoe. It's quite cool.


So even though the NIKEiD Studio prices are quite a bit more than they are using nikeid.com in the States, I went in on Saturday and designed a couple of shoes.


Somebody's really got to stop me from buying all these shoes. Seriously.




Saturday, April 19, 2008

TYPHOON!!!!

So I'm taking a city break to Hong Kong. . . and of course, it's the 2nd earliest typhoon ever since they started keeping track of these things.

Typhoon Neoguri threatens China's southern Hainan Island,
could hit Friday or Saturday
APGUANGZHOU, China -- The first typhoon to
threaten China this year churned toward the southern island province of Hainan
on Friday, kicking up winds that closed a ferry service and forced thousands of
fishing boats to sail to port, forecasters and media reports said.


Ah, dammit.

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Nike Training - Beijing 2008



Nike's new training commercial features Kobe Bryant, Roger Federer, Maria Sharapova, Cristiano Ronaldo . .. and Filipino Boxer Manny Pacquiao and Chinese Hurdler Liu Xiang!

I love the message, but I'm a Nike whore.

Things Done Changed

From Michael Silver's Yahoo Sports Column

Lyric-altered song dedication of the week
Give Cal athletic director Sandy Barbour the mic and get out of her way.

To the tune of Biggie's "Things Done Changed" …
Remember back in the days, when Ben got a raise
No inbounds plays or open treys
Cheatin' Bozeman, homies had the high top jellies
Football was smelly, and our AD was all friendly
Loungin with the Old Blues, drinkin boozelike the homeless dudes, on Telegraph Avenue
Turn your BlackBerrys, to 2008
Stuff is getting flushed Nate, ain't it great?
Throw dumb picks, you ride the pine real quick
Cause Poppa Jeff Tedford ain't havin that script
Rockin' that Nike vest, give the ball to Jahvid Best
always, breakaways all day
Wait for our rivals to step up on some fightin' tip
We take their hoops coach and make 'em sick, don't you even trip
So step away from your defeatist ways
Old-school suckas this ain't back in the days, but you don't hear me though
No more Leon Powe leave-io, NIT
Julian Sensley, all of this to me, is a travesty
I heard them other suckas bitch about it
Now you see a couple of coaches who be lyin' in a ditch and drownin'
And I'm down with the search too
All the stupid writer suckas wantin' me to hire Mark Few
Instead of a Pac-10 livin' legend
Tire tracks on Bowlsby's head and, that's what the hell happens
when you sleep in my trees
Oski be comin' with heat, want to make their smelly asses leap
And we be goin' to Pasadena
To make sure the Rose Queen's in blue and gold like no one's ever seen her
Back in the days, our rivals used to talk trash to us
Look at em now, they know they 'bout to get smashed by us
Trent Johnson skippin' town for Baton Rouge because he can't maintain
Damn, it done changed

Back when our program was so lame
We couldn't even draw 40 grand for a football game
Because our coach was an inkblot
And Michael Ainsworth got caught and Legans couldn't hit a jumpshot
Damn, it's fun cleanin' up Kasser's slums
Followin' what Gladstone done by bustin' out the heavy guns
And now the stuff's gettin crazier and major
Counting Crows on campus and Kip's hosting nightly ragers
Boyle on the recruiting trail, blowin' up
Twelve months later Final Four, we'll be showin up
It makes me want to break out the Cris and Dom
But first I gotta smack a Berkeley judge's mom
Damn, what happened to the days of Lou and Gilby?
Everytime I make a hire I make the rest of 'em look silly
Look, Montgomery be huggin' Oski Bear
Don't ask me why them other suckas scared, things done changed

Things Done Changed

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Nasty Nas . . .postponed


Dammit dammit dammit. From Smartshanghai:

"Due to visa issues amongst the entourage of guest star, NAS, the date of
the Solid Hip Hop Party has been pushed back. The event promoter is working on a
four to six week delay..."

For crying out loud, can't a guy get a decent hip hop show here? (er, the Roots and Talib Kweli excepted). To think I almost flew down to Hong Kong for Kanye, but instead decided to save a little and watch Nas.

Boycott!


Seriously, this talk of boycotting and Chinese nationalism is really a bunch of knee jerk idiocy and really will serve to hurt local interests anyways. What country doesn't produce goods here in China? Carrefour stocks CHINESE goods.
I feel like Napoleon Dynamite.
IDIOTS!
Thankfully, there's someone around here in the Chinese blogosphere who has a modicum of good sense.
Wang Xiao Feng recently posted something that Danwei.org was kind enough to translate - I'll just let them do all the work here.

Boycott

by Wang Xiaofeng

I received an SMS from a friend calling on me to avoid Carrefour, to boycott the
French people that have insulted our country's athletes on their procession. I
replied saying that I have always boycotted French culture: I cannot speak
French except to say 'salut'...


I never boycott any type of goods, including Japanese goods, Korean, American, and now French. My first mobile phone was an Alcatel. I stopped using it because it had a particular characteristic: the screen did not display any information, like a cordless land line. I also do not boycott Japanese goods, the first TV set in my home
was a Sharp. I don't often buy Japanese goods not because of any patriotic
feelings, but because I do not need them. If I need such goods, for example
a digital camera, I will definitely buy Japanese goods. I do not like Korean
goods because I think their stuff is much better looking than it is useful,
for examples their good looking but useless mobile phones. 


In fact, the best boycott is a closed door policy for the country. Let's go back to
the Mao era: can you guys handle it? If you can't handle that, then stop
making a fuss, boycotting this and that.
The best boycott is to make yourself really awesome (牛逼); if
you're not cool, other people will pick on you. If you boycott someone when they
pick on you, you're just pretending to be be great. If you like it, mayabe you
should go to North Korea, where they only have north Korean and Chinese goods.


Using your purchasing habits to demonstrate whether or not you are patriotic,
this is really "universal values" with Chinese characteristics.

When you boycott, you are just showing that your target is much stronger than you, that your target is already mixed up in your life. So what the hell have you been
doing before now?


I just happen to have some discount coupons for Carrefour. I guess if I go these days, there won't be long queues. If there is anything I am going to boycott, it's all these stupid idiots [arranging
boycotts].



(shamefully stolen from danwei.org )

Monday, March 24, 2008

The Music Taste of Shanghai

By and large, residents of Mainland China don't have what many people would call "good music taste." In a land where Michael Learns to Rock and other bland, sappy, non-edgy music is overwhelming the western pop music of choice, music in public places is often, well at the very least annoying.

However, over the past year and change in Shanghai, I've noticed something odd. Good music in public spaces. I mean really good music - and not the most mainstream of stuff either. Maybe a non-single track from a well-known band or some older 80s or early 90s stuff. and often in weird locations.

Everytime I hear stuff like this - I usually send a text message to some friends who are equally puzzled. I've written down some of the songs and locations I've heard in just the past month:

My gym:
Pet Shop Boys - What Have I Done to Deserve This?
Modest Mouse - Dashboard
Eric B and Rakim - Follow the Leader
Bell Biv Devoe - Poison

789 Hot Pot Restaurant:
Us3 - Cantaloop
Heavy D and the Boyz - Now that We've Found Love
New Order - Touched by the Hand of God

Infiniti Shopping Mall:
Kanye West - Flashing Lights

Bowling Alley:
Men Without Hats - Pop Goes the World
Toto - Rosanna

Riding in a cab:
Duran Duran: The Reflex
Duran Duran: View to a Kill
Duran Duran: Wild Boys
(I believe he was playing some sort of best of or mix CD)

Okay, so it's not all good music (Rosanna) but who is playing all of that good music out there?


Tuesday, March 11, 2008

冲- Dare - A Nike China Documentary

Unfortunately I haven't found the english subtitled version, but this is a really cool content piece that Nike did telling the story of Chinese High Jumper Zhu Jianhua.

The movie stars modern athletes Liu Xiang, Li Na and Ma Liyun as well.

Wednesday, March 05, 2008

Monday, March 03, 2008

Yao, the Rockets, and the rest of the season.



While getting ready for work, I like to check my RSS feeds over a steaming bowl of Honey Nut Oatmeal and listen to the Chinese National Anthem being played at extremely high volume from the school directly below my apartment.

Yesterday, those RSS headlines delivered a shock. From the China Sports Blog "Yao Out for Season." I thought that couldn't be right - were they repeating headlines from last year? Scrambling quickly I jumped to ESPN, Chinahoop, and Yahoo . . . dammit. It was true. It was devastating - not only was my favorite team missing one 7'6" centerpiece in the middle of a 12 game winning streak, but a man I was slightly acquainted with was well, on his way to becoming this generation's Bill Walton. Or at least Zydrunas Ilgauskas. In a word, it sucked.

What makes it worse is the upcoming western conference playoffs figure to be epic. While I'd never put the Rockets as a favorite I figured they might get lucky get on a hot streak knock out some teams. And put their own stamp on what figures to be the best Western Conference playoffs since the 1988 version the Lakers beat the Spurs, Mavs, and Jazz.

But as the day wore on I felt okay with it. These 25 games will prove to be an opportunity to watch one Carl Landry.





A 6'8" pogo stick with a desire to cram every shot through the hoop and the leaping ability delivered from on-high to go get every rebound, thoughts of Carl Landry keep me warm at night and comfort me at Yao's loss. And then of course, there's this guy:





Taken from clutchfans.net "photoshop the pain thread" by user "poprocks"



And that's pretty exciting stuff right there.