Archive for April, 2010

The Chinese used to be able to fly, Croutching Tiger, Hidden Dragon-style

Posted in Beijing, Photo, Study Abroad China 2009-2010 with tags , , , , , on April 19, 2010 by foundmeinchina

That is, until the Cultural Revolution when Mao had all the ancient texts describing the philosophy and theory behind it burned.

I told that little story to one of my Chinese friends, who did actually believe me. I guess not all of them are going to rule the world in a few years. I do, however, think that Mao had books on camping burned, or at least banned. Robert and I went camping on the weekend of April 1st with the Camping Club at BNU. I think we were the most experienced people on the trip.

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Darwinism

Posted in Beijing, Photo, Study Abroad China 2009-2010 with tags , , , , , , , on April 15, 2010 by foundmeinchina

A few weeks ago, I bought isopropyl alcohol to clean my skateboard bearings. Beijing is a very dirty, dusty city, with chronic sandstorms blowing in from the Gobi and down from Siberia. The dust gets everywhere–it is much more work than I think it is worth to try and keep the dust off of everything, which works out great for me, because Scott doesn’t follow the same logic. Therefore, I get a pretty dust-free house with little to no effort on my part. Win for me.

The dust and grime mean that skate bearings with a normally 3-month lifespan last four to six weeks if you are lucky. Which is why they need to be cleaned. Bearings are best cleaned with mineral spirits, but failing that, isopropyl alcohol will work just fine. So I bought two bottles of 95% isopropyl.

Unfortunately, I have still never cleaned my bearings. Instead, we used the alcohol for this:

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