Monthly Archives: January 2006

Me and the mountain singers.

Believe it or not, yesterday I was forced to get up and sing during a Chinese mountain-song competition. The girl I was traveling with and I went to stay at her student’s house at a village about an hour and … Continue reading

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Nilaji and Kedjala

Over the course of this vacation my companion and I have been watching this strange Indian soap opera whose Chinese title is something like CONSPIRACY AND MARRIAGE. It’s about this woman who gets tricked into marrying this man with the … Continue reading

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Trip is shaping up.

Over the past few days things have been going well. We went from Menghai to Menghun, to see the Sunday market. I found the people in Menghun were very friendly, much more so than in Xiding. There were a lot … Continue reading

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The past few days.

I’m too tired to write about it now, but briefly: I left my traveling companion behind in a city called Menghai and took off by myself for Xiding, where there is a huge market on Thursdays. We had to travel … Continue reading

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Day Watch!

I’m so excited to find out that DAY WATCH, the sequel to Timur Bekmambetov’s NIGHT WATCH is out. NIGHT WATCH was a very exciting, well done film, with particularly good sound design. Basically, the (intended) trilogy is about the balancing … Continue reading

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Mekong and monkey.

Today I crossed the Mekong River on a bicycle. Of course, there was a bridge involved too. Going to see minority villages in the area around Jinghong has been a very tough proposition, partly because the information in the Lonely … Continue reading

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Trip.

I’m in Jinghong now, in the Xishuangbanna area of Yunnan province. My trip so far has been a mixed bag of frustration and fun. The girl I’m going with seems like she’s not all there, and forgets or loses practically … Continue reading

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Trip anxieties.

Whenever I go on a trip I end up being in this big quandry about what to pack. I’m going through that now. How can I balance being cool enough in the day with being warm enough as the sun … Continue reading

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Yikes!

From the Studio Briefing site (http://studiobrf.newshare.com): U.S. TROOPS SEIZE U.K. NEWS VIDEO Britain’s Guardian newspaper charged today (Monday) that American troops in Baghdad blasted into the home of a reporter working on a report for its TV news unit, Guardian … Continue reading

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Wasting time.

Feeling bored and unfulfilled, I decided to type random things into Yahoo Search and see what I came up with. I tried “homo scrapiens scrapiens,” and got a page back asking, “Did you mean homo scorpions scorpions?” I was astonished … Continue reading

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Vigilantes in Guangzhou.

Actually, this is pretty dangerous, since a lot of pickpockets (especially those from Xinjiang) carry knives. http://www.asiamedia.ucla.edu/article.asp?parentid=36707

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This sentence scared me.

I was looking quickly at an e-mail that one of my students sent me, and I saw this sentence: I don’t know if you would like an inner-mongoloid rag baby It made my blood run cold. I read it as … Continue reading

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Oh my gosh! I can see my breath in my apartment!

I can’t believe it! It’s not even cold in here! I’m also in the bedroom, which is the warmest room in the house! How could this be happening?

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Oh, so annoying!

I was just reading an article from the New York Times called “The Cute Factor.” It mentions a baby panda at the National Zoo. The writer, Natalie Angier goes on to write: The 6-month-old, 25-pound Tai Shan – whose name … Continue reading

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Movies and national origin.

Here is a list of the films I watched this year, sorted by national origin, and then listed alphabetically. As far as where the movies I watched came from, the US is the top country, with a total of 23. … Continue reading

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How much time should you spend watching movies?

I was on the Mobius Home Video Forum, and some people were posting a tally of how many movies they had watched in the past year. One guy posted that he had watched 449, and another person also posted a … Continue reading

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Chow Yun-Fat near my house! How could I miss that?!?

Keeping in my tradition of completely missing seeing cool film stars in Asia, it turns out that Chow Yun-Fat was shooting a movie near the back gate of my university and I didn’t even know! He was in Changfeng Park … Continue reading

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I ought to buy more processed food.

I know processed foods are bad for you, but I was thinking today about how convenient they are. Sometimes it just seems like a pain in the ass to put something together myself. If I don’t want to do it, … Continue reading

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