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


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

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

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.

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

HFMD page:


Viral ?aseptic? meningitis