Tag Archives: Rants

Shanghai has the BMW police cars, just needs the zombies

A couple of weeks ago I squeezed a meager few yucks out of a toy Chinese police car that someone gave my son that happened to a) be a BMW and b) feature the seal of the Raccoon City police … Continue reading

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Down the rabbit hole in Kansai

So here’s how it goes. Someone inconveniently dies on your airplane just as it is about to take off. You experience an odd mix of feelings. On the one hand, you sympathize with the family and feel bad for their … Continue reading

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Is China’s labor shortage turning back my neighborhood death-clock?

Regular readers will know that Imagethief recently griped about the huge (and I mean huge) illuminated sign that recently went up on a neighborhood construction site, counting down the days until the main structure was supposed to be completed. A … Continue reading

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A bad case of giant sign gremlins

Note: This is cross-posted from the old Imagethief blog. The original post is here. Honestly, sometimes I think this country is a giant juggernaut that simply can’t be stopped, and other times, well, to keep things polite, I don’t. Yesterday … Continue reading

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Imagine my joy at this…

Note: This is cross-posted from the old Imagethief blog. The original post is here. A few days ago, on the construction site across the main boulevard from where I live, a set of huge characters went up, exhorting the workers … Continue reading

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A few other people that China could helpfully quarantine

Imagethief has been watching with some interest the resolution of the drama concerning the quarantining of Mexican passport holders, some of whom hadn’t even been to Mexico in recent months. Given that my own country, the United States, was only … Continue reading

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Will we all burn in a fire made of mooncake packaging?

Imagethief likes the Mid-Autumn Festival. I like it because even though it actually comes in late summer, it reminds me of autumn, and autumn is famously the nicest time of year in Beijing. In any year devoid of Olympic rigging, … Continue reading

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E-Z steps to make your own Beijing air at home

Imagethief realizes that he and much of the journalistic and blogging community have been doing a grave disservice to our readers who don’t live in Beijing. We beg your forgiveness. Living in Beijing is such an all-consuming experience that we … Continue reading

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Let me tell ya about Edison Chen’s dirty photos

With the possible exception of Disney villains, Imagethief cannot think of a group of people that more richly deserve their miserable fates than Hong Kong celebrity Edison Chen and his cavalcade of cupcakes. If I sound unsympathetic here, that is … Continue reading

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I hate Secret Santa

Imagethief likes the holiday season. He is not one of those December curmudgeons who bah-humbugs his way through Christmas. Give me trees, tinsel, candy canes and a big dinner with my friends. My dad used to roast a goose for … Continue reading

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