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Eleven photos from China

By way of immersing myself in further nostalgia, here are eleven of my favorite photos from Beijing and elsewhere in China. Well, technically, ten photos and one video capture (the 60th Anniversary parade rehearsal). Click on the thumbnails for larger … Continue reading

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An indecent number of things to do in Singapore

I lived in Singapore for so long that I reached that stage where I got completely useless at suggesting to people what they should do in Singapore when they visit. I had a lot of conversations like this: Friend or … Continue reading

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I suck at Christmas trees

So I’m back in the US of A for Christmas and based on a sample size of two (my parents), I can report that the political mood here is bleak. My mom’s dog of many years died a week or … Continue reading

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Seoul and the fermented stingray of perdition

I’ll say this for Korea: Recently I’ve had reason to evaluate, and at a national level they have by far the nicest, softest bathroom paper towels I have encountered. Fluffy, soft and absorbent, neither the splinter-bearing roughage nor the instantly-disintegrating … Continue reading

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I’ll expect my free vacation from Action Divers in the mail

Imagethief used to do a lot of dive photography back when he lived somewhere conducive to scuba diving. Beijing is not conducive to scuba diving. It’s not that you can’t do it, it’s just that your options are limited to … Continue reading

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The lost apartment of Qin Shihuang: China-friendly version

What is it with YouKu this week? It’s like Kaiser leaves and the whole thing goes to pot. I tried three times to upload “Imagethief and the lost apartment of Qin Shihuang” to YouKu, which I’ve used in the past … Continue reading

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Imagethief and the lost apartment of Qin Shihuang

Recently Imagethief and family went to Xi’an for a weekend. As everyone does, we went to see the terracotta warriors. That was fine, but the real highlight of the trip was the apartment we stayed in, which was decorated top-to-bottom … 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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Gargling, air crashes, and NewsMorphosis mini update

Just pulled into Narita on my way back from Beijing. We’d been parked in a holding pattern due to high winds (and experienced one of the most roller-coaster landings I’ve ever endured), which gave my bladder extra time to fill … Continue reading

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I was perhaps a bit hard on Rinku

In the warm light of morning I was able to reassess Rinku a bit. Technically, it’s “Rinkuu”, with one of those bi-syllabic vowels beloved of the Japanese. You know, as in “Tookyoo”. Really. Also technically, it wasn’t actually morning. I … Continue reading

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