Archive for November, 2004
Got Wood?

In terms the resource scarcity problems facing the P.R.C., the energy plight of Chinese cities often receives the most media attention. Energy is the most basic resource unit, from which all other resources are derived, it is also the one resource which can be said that everyone is concerned about. Therefore, it is not surprising […]

Asia Times

Google news appears to have made a return to China, although it is rather intermittent and proving to be unreliable as a consistent source of information. The good news is I’ve found an absolute gold mine of China and Asian related news and information paraphernalia over at the Asia Times. This decked URL is one […]


Google News, my primary source of well…news…has spiraled down into complete uselessness. Yahoo isn’t much better. Therefore, I am denied a very good news crawler and must resort to individually surfing around various sites for tidbits from the outside world. However, I can get CBC radio, unfortunately my free time doesn’t correspond to their programming […]

China Pants

I decided yesterday that I needed another pair of black pants, I’ve got several already, but aside from the weekend, it’s pretty much all I wear. So yesterday I moseyed on down to the Zellers-esque store that’s relatively close to my apartment. I’ve been here a month and a half and have had trouble on […]

Hotel Rwanda

I was wondering when a film was going to be made about this.


I just might get this desperate. The new facility will be the second- largest of its kind in the world – second only to an indoor ski area in suburban Tokyo – offering a 40-meter-high hill with trails that run more than 300 meters in length, according to the developer Shanghai Dashun Hokkaido Skiing Co. […]

Space Exams

I held oral examinations for my class today. I was required to structure the exam exactly like the oral component of the IELTS. Problem is, although I know the structure of the test, my marking guide basically consists of two or three sentences for each band score (IELTS marks are handed out as bands, from […]

Black Coffee

MT Blacklist is up and running with it’s surprising large spam database. I’m hoping that that will solve my my comment problems. In addition to Starbucks, it would appear that the Blenz Coffee company also has their fingers in China. There’s a place nearby NNU and I was there last night with a friend of […]

The Great Firewall of China

My frustration with internet in China continues…although speeds today were not to bad. The seedy, illicit air of this cafe belies the fact that these venues are under official scrutiny. All customers must register with identity documents, ensuring that the country’s Internet police force — alleged to be 30,000-strong — can track them down easily. […]


I received 17 comment spams last night. I’ve now decided to invest in MT Blacklist…which will hopefuly put an end to this annoying problem.


On my way home last night I ran into some foreign students/teachers I know…apparently there was to be some drinking that evening. Initially, I wasn’t going to go, as I had a 8am class to teach in the morning, however, stupidity always wins in the end. “You know man, you’ve done this type of thing […]

Pack the Heat

With news that kidnapped aid worker Margaret Hassan has been executed in Iraq, I thought it would be appropriate to post something that I came across (scroll about a quarter of the way down the page) a few weeks ago which was written in response to a previous execution. If the FCO wants to issue […]


From the Guardian. Some 200 million people could be left out in the cold in China this winter, the state-run media warned yesterday, as energy shortages threatened the traditional switching on of the nation’s centrally planned central heating system. The China Daily said Beijing has only 50% of the coal it needs this winter, while […]

Das Gym

One of the many goals I have while over in China is to pack on some pounds. My gym time over the past two years has been sporatic and working in silviculture all summer is a real calorie burner. My company had a running joke that we would probably double our income by starting a […]

Gaseous Situation

A few days ago I mentioned a little about the ongoing dispute between China and Japan. Apparently a few days ago, the Japanese Self Defense Forces caught a Han Class Chinese nuclear submarinesnooping around Japanese waters. China, of course, is denying the allegations. Japan is linking the intrusion to an ongoing dispute over natural gas […]


I was walking to campus this afternoon to plan out my lessons for tomorrow and this old dude on a bicycle rode up beside me and started chattin’ away to me in Chinese. Like I’ve mentioned earlier, I really don’t speak any Mandarin, and it is very hard to learn when a) you are not […]


I just about threw my ADSL modem out the window this morning. Nine times out of ten, I’m running at speeds that are less than dial up. For example, I logged into MT this morning, then took a shower and made my bed. When I returned only about half of the start page had loaded. […]

On a less serious note…

Worried about potential troop shortages in Iraq, The Onion reports that the Pentagon is dispatching the 8th Mall Security Division to bolster over-worked Coalition forces. “I had to retrain my eye to spot the particular dangers over here in sand-land,” London said. “Yesterday, this kid with a bulge down his shirtfront comes around the corner. […]

11th Hour of the 11th Day, of the 11th Month

This will be the first time in many years that I haven’t attended a Remembrance Day ceremony. I didn’t have a poppy this year, so I made my own, but it fell off a few days ago. On 15 September 1944, a flight of Hawker Typhoons from No. 438 RCAF Squadron (Wild Cats) took off […]

Tanked Relations

Relations between the P.R.C. and their island neighbor Japan, have never exactly been what one would describe as ‘warm’…and I would suspect that they won’t be getting any warmer with this blunder on Japan’s part. Japan’s Kyodo news agency reportedly revealed on Sunday the country’s Defense Agency will revise its security strategy based upon three […]

Arm Chair Generals

It seems like the whole world will be watching this one. The battle for control of Fallujah — seen by U.S. and Iraqi authorities as crucial for the pacification of Iraq — has begun with air strikes and a major buildup of force outside the Sunni city. The next stage — a potentially very violent, […]


I went to a Halloween Party put on by two FT’s for their students at NNU. They had set up a haunted house (ie. Dark room with spaghetti, peeled grapes and spooky music). Anyways, I was appointed, along with another FT, the task of scaring the shit out of groups of unsuspecting Chinese English students. […]


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Slow Speed

I’ve almost got all my photos from last weekend resized, optimized and embedded into my webpage. I was hoping to have them up tonight, but it would seem that my high speed ADSL connection, isn’t really as high speed as I would have hoped. I’d say it is about the same speed as dial up…except […]

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