Taylor, BC
Taylor, BC

I have probably watched more television since returning home then I have in the past ten years.  My years of television absence was largely the product of laziness in the sense that I was too much of a couch potato to actually go out and buy a television set, opting instead to watch downloaded films, […]

The Pacific
The Pacific

I watched the first episode of HBO’s The Pacific last night.  Same, same…but different, is how I would describe it relative to its sister-series Band of Brothers.  The opening format is almost identical, as is the shaky and fast camera directing style and slick production sets.  It S/FX have improved, especially in one scene where […]

Industrial Cities
Industrial Cities

Sherlock Holmes has some great cg visuals of the late-nineteenth century city.  I’ve always been interested in that particular historical time period probably because the heavy mechanical stylization of the period includes the product and tech ancestors of much of the items that surround us today.   Filthy?  Unsanitary?  Absolutely.  Would I want to live that […]

The Onion has been bought out by State Controlled Media!

America’s Finest News Source is now owned by Yu Wan Mei: Amalgamated Fisheries Salvage and Polymer Injection Corp… NEW YORK—According to all sources, the People’s Republic of China is strong. The nation is united, the military unmatched, the economy vibrant, and the people ever joyful. Brilliant! Read it all 🙂 I don’t remember the Onion […]

CBC Radio

Arriving home last night at around 11:30 I flip on the radio… “Why is Randy on”?  It’s Friday already?….shit…it is Friday. So here I am on a chilly Friday night listening to Randy Bachman (yup, the BTO guy) strum away on his guitar while dishing out random factoids about about obscure music (I never would […]


I was referred to this by my friend who is currently working in Shanghai. Really. Funny….especially if you have spent time working, living or traveling in that country. Apparently there are over 700 photos of sleeping Chinese. I’m just using it as an excuse to get a lame post in.

Procrastination Animation

From cominganarchy.com – Try watching this for a few moments and become hopelessly lost and strangely amused.

Coffee in Nanjing

Coffee ‘culture’ seems to be really taking off in Nanjing. This isn’t to say that it is a relatively new phenomenon as international coffee house brands have been in China (and Nanjing) for awhile.When I first arrived, Starbucks had a three store presence in Nanjing.  The two outlets in Xinjiekou (Da Yang and the now […]

Nanjing at Night

There is a thread going on over at The Straight Dope asking the fairly straight forward question of “do you go to bars alone?” The verdict seems to be it is quite common among many. You can now add me to the category of ‘those who hang out AT the bar, IN the bar…alone”. In […]

U2’s “One” – Still relevant? Relevant to China?

I’m probably the last person who should be writing about music. I haven’t followed any sort of artist since…well, I’ve never followed any artist. New music? Ha, I can’t remember any album releases since Matt Good’s Beautiful Midnight back in 1999. Actually, I don’t like writing about music as I feel that some of the […]

The Departed
Because it’s damn funny
PDA Competition
Lego goes to War
Hotel Rwanda

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


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. […]

“Free drinks for foreigners”

“What?” Yeah, but I’ll get to that later. Two weeks of teaching now under my belt, well three if you count the one week practicum I had way back in May. I am noticing that the preparation is becoming easier. I had to play catch up for the previous two weeks. Oral IELTS is my […]

“I’m not going to be you’re monkey”

John Stewert holds his own against bow-tied Tony Danza hair conservative mutants. “You guys are on CNN! The show leading into me is puppets making prank phone calls. What is wrong with you?!?” I would love to see him take down Bill O’Reilly on the…ahem….”Fair and Balanced” FOX News network…that we all know and love […]


After surfing around the thirty five or so channels I receive in my room, I’ve learned the following… 1. Oil of Olay has cornered the ‘turn your skin white’ market in China. 2. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles have found a new home. 3. “Mr. Sparkle detergent” style advertisments are not found just in Japan. 4. […]

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