Monthly Archives: June 2006

Kicked off of E-bay!

I just tried to log on but found my account was supsended! I got no warning or anything, just an e-mail saying something like I had compromised member safety or something like that. I don’t really know what they’re talking … Continue reading

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No use putting your hands up!

There’s an interesting documentary showing on TV now about the court-martial of a US soldier named Meija who refused to return to Iraq because he felt the war was immoral. They were just showing some night-vision footage, with audio, of … Continue reading

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Fanny and the Unclean Ideas.

Here’s something I wrote the other night as I was laying around in bed: Fanny was concerned about the scurrilousness of her ideas. Whenever she had a brainstorm, it appeared suddenly, a title or premise she was excited about. … Continue reading

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Book!

Out of the blue, I was contacted with a request to use one of my Flickr photos in a book! The subject is, of all things, the history of karaoke! I was kind of skeptical of the initial e-mail, especially … Continue reading

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Sent out my first E-bay stuff.

I actually sold two shirts on E-bay (I would have sold three, but I mistakenly marked something as having free shipping, and when I couldn’t change it, I stopped the auction early). They sold for $5.00 each, which was the … Continue reading

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Fight(s)!

Over the past five days or so, every time I’ve gone out to do something, I’ve seen a physical fight. Actually, real fights are very rare in China. There’s usually a lot of screaming and finger pointing, with lots of … Continue reading

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I’m quicker than Studio Briefing!

In today’s edition they mention the ad for the faked document service that appears during a scene of Mission Impossible: http://www.imdb.com/news/sb/2006-06-21/ I posted about that several days ago! Of course, first I read the translated story through EastSouthWestNorth blog.

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Su Rynard, director of Kardia.

Su Rynard, director of Kardia. Originally uploaded by MFinChina. Director of one of the Canadian films showing at the Shanghai International Film Festival.

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Sleepless night.

I don’t know what it is, but I just couldn’t sleep tonight. It’s five am, but I feel like it’s five pm. It seemed like the temperature in my room was all wrong. I’m also wondering if the green tea … Continue reading

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Costume, The Banquet.

Costume, The Banquet. Originally uploaded by MFinChina. A pretty brocade costume. The female leads are Zhang Ziyi and Zhou Xun. I’m not sure which wears this.

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Feng Xiao Gang speaks

Feng Xiao Gang speaks Originally uploaded by MFinChina. Here is director Feng Xiao Gang (speaking, in the cap), along with Huang Xiao Ming (on the picture’s far left) and other members of the Night Banquet ( or I guess it’s … Continue reading

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H SM, in the flesh.

Signing autographs. Originally uploaded by MFinChina. I just realized I might as well display this, rather than just link to it. Here’s Huang Shao Ming, signing autographs on the Shanghai Tan set.

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Huang Xiao Ming is the new Li Ying Ai.

Actually, the title is an in joke — I HATE it when people say stuff like that. But the funny thing is, in China just like the US, I go a long time without seeing a celebrity, and then I … Continue reading

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Temporarily despondent

I’m feeling totally fine, after a few hours of feeling freaked out. I realized last night it would not be as easy to buy my plane ticket as it was in the past (when I did it through HK fare … Continue reading

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Unintentional product placement results in big headache.

Here’s a funny story from Information Times, reprinted in EastSouthWestNorth Blog. In China, people spray paint phone numbers on walls as a type of cheapie advertising. One such phone number appeared in the background of a shot in MISSION IMPOSSIBLE. … Continue reading

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My new enterprise.

I’ve decided to start selling weird Chinese and Japanese shirts on E-bay. My seller name is MFChinacrap. I wonder if I can be looked up that way by anyone who wants to bid?

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Jittery and nervous.

I just realized that buying my airplane ticket home will be harder than in the past because I won’t just be able to do it online, and I won’t just be able to do it in Hong Kong. For some … Continue reading

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People of China, look at my underpants!

I was walking home from class as usual today, when I was distracted, for the second time, by the smell of pot coming from the gate guards’ building. I was preoccupied thinking about it until I was almost to the … Continue reading

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The cleaning lady.

Believe it or not, I’ve started using a cleaning lady. Mostly it’s because I hate doing the dishes so much, and they pile up, making the sink all gross and everything. My co-worker suggested her ayi, and first she came … Continue reading

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Fight!

In amusing but embarrassing news, there was a fight in my old dormitory last night. This old dude who I call Crusty Jim freaked out and attacked another teacher. Crusty Jim is like 65, hates every woman over thirty regardless … Continue reading

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