Breaking the Fast, with photos!

Posted in Uncategorized on June 7, 2011 by foundmeinchina

Maybe I’m just hungry. It’s the middle of finals week, the last of my undergraduate career. Same as everybody else, given the multitude of similar facebook status updates. It’s also the first time since November that I have so much as typed in ‘www.wordpress.com’ into my browser to log into this blog. But I will resurrect it yet.

Much past the $75 I spent to reserve my own URL, the plans to incorporate this blog into my own website never even got out of the soil, much less off the ground. It’s on the Summer To Do List, along with so many other dreams, hopes, desires. Completion of my goals seems to have the success rate of the NAVY SEaL program. Addressing that issue is first on the Summer To Do List. Wish me luck.

This thesis on China’s counterculture and its potential to act as a force for social change is going to be the death of me. Or should I say it is the things I do to avoid working on this thesis that will bury me.

Things like this photo dump–a collection of shots that have caught my eye too many times to ignore. Most of them come from trips that were post-worthy, that I just never got around to doing. To be honest, I still owe this blog the photos and write up from my trip to Yunnan, which was over a year ago. Thankfully it was memorable enough that between the good times and the gigabytes of photos I took recording said good times, I will be able to relate the highlights of the trip in all its detail.

Not much rhyme or reason to these photos, no real theme tying them together, except that I took them, and I like them, and I think you will, too. The food, unless otherwise mentioned, was made by me too; another dangerous hobby I have.

Enjoy, and welcome back to foundmeinchina.

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Bodhisattva. Summer Palace, Beijing, China.
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Making the Pilgrimage

Posted in Uncategorized on November 7, 2010 by foundmeinchina

Well, after holding out for what seems like centuries (but is probably more like a year) I have decided to move this to tumblr. Despite my original decision to move to my own domain-hosted wordpress blog, the lack of time caused by school has sapped my desire to deal with that much upkeep. Tumblr, on the other hand, makes upkeep easy, and more importantly syncs with most of the other SM technology that I use natively, which means I can focus more on content. Hopefully I can move to that domain that I pay roughly $100/year eventually, but we shall see.

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Gulou Dajie LIVES!!!鼓楼大街不会死了!

Posted in Beijing, Beijing Yuantel Internship, Musing, Photo, Study Abroad China 2009-2010 with tags , , , , , , , , , , on September 7, 2010 by foundmeinchina

This makes my day month year. I was in the early stages of writing a lament about how one of my most beloved places in Beijing, Gulou Dajie 鼓楼大街, was soon to be no more. Gulou Dajie is one of the oldest of the remaining traditional hutong 胡同 neighborhoods that made up imperial Beijing. It is named after the Drum Tower (pictured above), that along with the Bell Tower 100 meters north, looms over the neighborhood, due north of the Imperial City 故宫. The two buildings were originally used as instruments, and later to tell time in the city. Here’s a link to learn more about the Drum Tower and Bell Tower’s history. Gulou Dajie used to be the home of ministers and nobles in Beijing, though now it is home to both poor and very wealthy, the former who have no money to move out of their generation-old homes, and the latter who want to hold live in a chic, fashionably traditional space (with all of the modern 21st Century accoutrement, of course).

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Photos of My Weekends

Posted in Beijing Yuantel Internship, Photo with tags , , , , , , , on September 4, 2010 by foundmeinchina

I rarely get time to take out the Canon on the weekdays, so most of the photography I get to do is on the weekends or after work. Here’s a selection from the past few weekends/weeknights.

First, the view from the front porch of my aparthotel–yes, I live next to a smokestack; Welcome to China.

View from the Front Porch

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Yuantel Promotional Video

Posted in Beijing Yuantel Internship with tags , , , , , on September 4, 2010 by foundmeinchina

One of the projects I worked on over here at Yuantel was a promotional video showcasing some of the uses of Yuantel’s Meetingtel product. It helps if you can understand Chinese, but I am sure you can figure out which one I am. It’s kinda cool–I’ve never been a (flash)movie star before!

I would post the video directly here, but for whatever reason I cannot get it to convert from a .swf file to any other format, so you’re gonna have to view it on the Meetingtel website. It will most likely take a bit to load, because it’s hosted in China. I’m still trying to figure out how to convert it, but for whatever reason every converter I’ve tried comes up with an error. Also, the video’s kinda weird, kinda slow, and it seems like it’s broken or something for the first minute-ish, but eventually the voices continue.

提笔忘字

Posted in Beijing Yuantel Internship, Musing with tags , on September 3, 2010 by foundmeinchina

Wired youth forget how to write in China and Japan

Like every Chinese child, Li Hanwei spent her schooldays memorising thousands of the intricate characters that make up the Chinese writing system.

(Via Ouija’s Beijing Zeal)

As Ouija stated, during my high school Chinese years Zhou Laoshi was a longtime proponent of this trend. We never had dictations, instead focusing on character recognition and pronunciation. I am sure that this is why my speaking and listening, and to an extent my reading ,is so much better than my writing. In my time in Beijing I have seen several of my friends, most of them Chinese teachers, forget how to write characters. I’ve even had the embarrassing (for them) pleasure of correcting their characters, though I must admit this is a pretty rare occurrence. Still, it is disheartening when you have to correct your teacher’s characters, as much for the students as for the teacher. I’m curious as to how this phenomenon evolves. I do not think that written Chinese will be replaced by an ‘alphabet’ or anything like that, but I definitely see a degradation in the knowledge base of written characters for people my age versus people of older generations. Ah well, as long as the waiters don’t forget how to write my orders down correctly, I’m okay with it.

Some More iPhone Photos

Posted in Beijing Yuantel Internship, Photo with tags , , , , on September 2, 2010 by foundmeinchina

Like the last phone photo post, the post-processing on these is more for sun than for anything else. Though I personally tend towards more natural looking photography, it’s fun to mess around with the post-processing that iPhone apps have to offer.

All of these were taken on my walk home yesterday, except this first one, which was taken last week right before a lamb skewer dinner.

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