Monthly Archives: September 2007

Give this dude his ticket to the zoo!

We need to start a petition!  ZOO TICKET FOR XIE YUFEI   British Schoolgirl’s Balloon Flies 9,656 Kilometers to China   (Originally found on Shanghaiist.) Oh — and co-incidentally,  the last character in the guy’s name means is fei, meaning “to … Continue reading

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Student question and answer.

A student recently e-mailed me an interesting question, and I got kind of carried away answering it.  Here’s what she wrote: Dear Mary,   I am your student of Class at 8:00 on Tuesday.I want to say something with you … Continue reading

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Update: Class confusion and eating problems

Classes started a couple weeks ago, and I got a big surprise on the first day. I walked into class and said, “Welcome to Oral English for Ph.D. students!” The students looked at me, shocked, and said, “We’re not Ph.D. … Continue reading

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Matt M. went to North Korea!

I meant to post this before, but a month or so ago Matt M. went to North Korea to see the Mass Games. He found it a strange land of many power outages, unfortunately sometimes when he was in close … Continue reading

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Did I screw up?

It seems like it. I’ve been planning to apply for grad school in TESOL for next year, and I went to find out when I could take the GRE.  I’ve missed the signup deadline by about a week!  That means … Continue reading

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Naomi Klein has a new book! Who (in the US) knew?

An interesting article about it from AlterNet: http://www.alternet.org/workplace/63178/

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D’oh!

77cm crack found in China Airlines plane The confusing bit is that there is a China Airlines and an Air China.  One is from the Mainland, and the other is from Taiwan.  So is this from the same company whose … Continue reading

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Yo! Yo! Freudian slip headline!

From USA Today: Rice, al-Maliki steer clear of shoutout issue, each other I wondered who they’d be giving shoutouts to (Republicans, Iraqis?) when I looked into the article and saw that it was really shootouts that were the problem.  Probably … Continue reading

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Nobody told ME!

It rained like mad all day today, and I didn’t know why until I had dinner with my co-worker Teya, whose son I was watching this afternoon. We’re in the midst of a TYPHOON! I had no idea one was … Continue reading

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What happened? Was it violence?!?

What happened? Was it violence?!? Originally uploaded by MFinChina No, it was just television. Whild visiting Qingdao I stumbled across the filming of a TV drama called “Who Understands My Heart?” In this scene, the main character’s boyfriend is beaten … Continue reading

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Maybe they have something in common?

Cuban guy to Russian girl: All Russian girls I’ve ever met love anal sex. No, seriously, they are all into that shit — and pomegranate. –1st Ave Overheard by: Asmar (From www.overheardinnewyork.com)

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Speak up! I can’t hear you over the exploding bombs!

Speak up! I can’t hear you over the exploding bombs! Originally uploaded by MFinChina He looks like he’s trying to talk on a cell phone. From a safety/disaster preparedness handbook I got in my mailbox a while back.

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Hmmm … suspicious?

Soldiers who signed anti-war op-ed piece die in Iraq

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Don’t disappoint Dr. Kitamura!

An interesting quote from a Daily Mainichi article: Kitamura says he has been researching Japanese sexuality for more than 30 years and is disappointed that women don’t take enough advantage of their chances to masturbate. From “Ladies loose-lipped on sex, … Continue reading

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Shinzo Abe wants to resign?!?

Abe to resign as prime minister You heard it here first!

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Good advice.

Good advice. Originally uploaded by MFinChina An excerpt from the sign in front of a cave I visited in Qingdao.

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Half-Horse Boy

Half-Horse Boy Originally uploaded by MFinChina He’s the main character of a new story I’ve written. Pam K. and I drew him one night while listening to jazz at the Cotton Club. If you’re interested in reading the first installment … Continue reading

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How does this display?

At home, the picture of the guy with the van looks a little thin, and the whole page displays correctly.  When I look it here at a net bar,the picture isnormal, but the whole page is screwed up, with the … Continue reading

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Other Qingdao tidbits.

Qingdao people don’t seem to drink liquids with meals. They eat tons of mantou (steamed bread). There are lots of big spiders (but not scarily big) that look a lot like American garden spiders, but have thinner bodies. The population … Continue reading

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Sorry, Mr. Wang.

This morning I went swimming, because a) I like swimming and b) I’d be a dope if I went to Qingdao and didn’t swim.  On the beach I met and started chatting with this guy who works for the ministry … Continue reading

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