Monthly Archives: May 2010

More on visualizations, accuracy and perception

It’s symptomatic of something that most of the regular comments to this blog now seem to come to the version that syndicates on my Facebook page. I mention this because in response to yesterday’s post on the worthy Chinfographics blog, … Continue reading

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Interesting new blog: Vizualizing China at Chinfographics

I have a soft spot for really cool data visualizations and well-executed infographics. They are often wonderful ways to tell stories or help people truly grasp complex issues or statistics. That’s why I’ve long liked the very cool Information is … Continue reading

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I totally want to be there when Ultraman takes these guys down

I’d like to thank the London 2012 Olympic committee for creating mascots that actually make me nostalgic for the Fuwa: As near as I can tell, these guys are apparently the result of cross breeding the Teletubbies: With Ultraman’s archenemies, … Continue reading

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They must not get many mixed-race kids in Xi’an

Here is my son Zachary prancing (prancing, mind you) in front of seven women and girls outside the terracotta warriors exhibit in Xi’an: This wasn’t the only time something like this happened on this trip. It was just the most … Continue reading

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A big change for Imagethief

Regular readers will have noticed that I’ve been a bit below-the-horizon the last few weeks. Sorry about that. There are two main reasons. First, my father was here for three weeks so I spent a fair amount of time with … Continue reading

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Sinica 7: Schoolyard violence with Chinese characteristics

The latest Sinica podcast is up. In this episode, hosted by Jeremy Goldkorn of Danwei.org, Forbes Beijing bureau chief Gady Epstein, Chinese journalist Qin Liwen and I discuss the recent rash of school attacks in China. It was great to … Continue reading

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PowerPoint rangers and dumb-dumb bullets

It’s a few days old, but I loved this New York Times article about about the problems arising from the use of PowerPoint in military briefing in Afghanistan: “PowerPoint makes us stupid,” Gen. James N. Mattis of the Marine Corps, … Continue reading

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Unsolicited advice for Xinhua’s new CNC TV news outfit

To listen to people moan about the fact that China has sixty “Confucius Centers” in the US to America’s zilch-nada in China you’d think the Chinese were wrapping up hearts and minds around the planet while America gets relegated to … Continue reading

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Sinica Podcast 5: Huang Guangyu, plus the China property bubble

Once again I joined Kaiser Kuo and repeat offenders Bill Bishop, author of of Digicha and Sinocism, and Forbes Beijing bureau chief Gady Epstein for the Sinica podcast. This week’s blurb: Huang Guangyu, the richest man in China, went on … Continue reading

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