Tag Archives: Weird

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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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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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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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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The zombie-slugging toy police car

Imagethief’s son, Zachary, turned two this week. I’m amazed we made it. By this I mean I’m amazed that Mrs. Imagethief and I made it. If the boy’s engine room telegraph is stuck on “full-speed-ahead”, Mrs. Imagethief and I are … Continue reading

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How to ensure your reincarnation as a frog

Having grown up in “Mediterranean” San Francisco and then lived in Singapore nearly a decade, winter is something of a novelty to me. This is still true even after six years in Beijing. I don’t much like the desiccating cold … Continue reading

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What the hell is going on at the Global Times?

I’m speechless. (Note: This link has since been killed, but the ones below are still alive.) Is this a new direction for Chinese soft-power? Does the China Daily know? They may have to get their pseudo-Italian-sex-fiend column or risk being … Continue reading

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The mysterious undead tiger conspiracy of the Wanda mountains

As an observer of PR, one of the things I like about China is that the threshold for launching a cover-up is rock bottom. Sure, they can go big, as with the Songhua river benzene spill or the great melamine … Continue reading

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Why the Yilishen ant-farming scandal was the perfect China story

Imagethief recently found himself huddled in a wintry hutong courtyard in conversation with two longtime Beijing-based foreign correspondents. During this discussion we came to the conclusion that the recent Yilishen ant-farming scandal is more or less the perfect China story. … Continue reading

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Notorious MDA: The Singapore government raps

From time to time someone will ask me why I left Singapore for China. This is a fair question. I lived there for nearly a decade, Mrs. Imagethief is Singaporean, and I have great affection for the place. Usually I … Continue reading

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