Monthly Archives: September 2006

An article on everyone’s heroes, The Backdorm Boys.

Chinese art students parlay lip synching act into international fame If I get up the gumption, I’ll dig up a link to one of their videos.

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Who’s Edna?

Who’s Edna? Originally uploaded by MFinChina. For some reason, the copy of EVERYBODY HATES CHRIS that I just bought has subtitles from Keira Knightley’s DOMINO.

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Irritating student e-mail.

I got this irritating e-mail from a (?) student today giving me “suggestions” for how I teach my class. This is pretty presumptuous. I wrote back, which may be useless. Here’s my letter: Dear student(s), I think it is really … Continue reading

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Ex-military officers criticize Rumsfeld.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060926/ap_on_go_co/iraq_democrats

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Hyperdesign!

A camera crew asked me to say that yesterday. I tried to say it jauntily. I suppose the clip, if it’s used at all, will be used to promote the Biennale. Hyperdesign is this year’s theme. Oh, I did see … Continue reading

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Matchmaking relative.

Matchmaking relative. Originally uploaded by MFinChina. On Saturday afternoons HUNDREDS of middle aged and elderly people go to the People’s Square area near the art museum to advertise unmarried kids and grandkids. They show their blurbs and photos to other … Continue reading

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Anybody else in China having trouble getting online?

I can’t get on with my wireless connection at all.¬† Is it Linksys problem, or a China problem?¬† Anybody out there have any info?

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A museum for me!

There’s a fried octopus ball museum in Osaka, Japan!

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Ah! How to say it!

Sometimes I get really mad or emotional about something, and I can’t explain my feelings pithily or in a way I think is worthy of being published like this. But, to just throw out my ideas right now, I’m really … Continue reading

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What you can say when you have tenure.

Professor: I have no idea what you’re saying, but I know you’re wrong. –Vanderbilt Hall, NYU Overheard by: The King Adrock From http://www.overheardinnewyork.com

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Went better this time.

Whew! My revising today’s class material really paid off!

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Coup in Thailand!

I found out about it this morning.  To my shame, I had thought Thaksin Shinawatra had already resigned!

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Congratulations to the Shlick and Glasberg families …

and kudos to their enterprising grandkids, who made it all possible! Kin reunited 65 years after Holocaust

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Revamped!

I did some revamping of my class plan for tomorrow. I’ve gotten rid of the little history/film questionnaire I gave the students, because they knew almost nothing on it, and it freaked them out because they thought it was some … Continue reading

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Didn’t go so well.

Well, class didn’t go so well after all! The biggest problem was the awkward book situation. I didn’t know if there were any suitable books for my students in the library since it was closed for the summer. The American … Continue reading

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Nerves!

Today is my first class of the semester. I’m FINALLY beginning. I have a SEVERE case of the nerves, though. It’s because the class I’m teaching is one I’ve never taught at the graduate level before, plus I haven’t taught … Continue reading

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Do I have to get with reality?

I’m feeling all mopey and sad. Today I was shopping for clothes, frustrated with my body, and was thinking about my weight loss strategy. Basically, it is to not really do much differently, just exercise a little more than usual … Continue reading

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It went okay.

I just came back from my interview.¬† I conducted about 3/4 of it in Chinese.¬† I’m hoping I won’t come across as a dope or anything.¬† The interviewer, who is an intern at China Business News, also took a picture.¬† … Continue reading

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The sign of a classy restaurant.

The sign of a classy restaurant. Originally uploaded by MFinChina. Taken by Ed Wu, in the men’s room at a Shanghai’s fabulous Dynasty Restaurant, where our school took us for our beginning-of-the-year welcoming party. It’s not bad English — it … Continue reading

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More on Descending Soul

I forgot to mention that the picture is unusual because the image you actually see is a composite of several different¬†ones painted on panes of glass.¬† Since it’s 3-D, it has a really disturbing effect, like you’re looking at a … Continue reading

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