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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.

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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iPhone Photo 01

Posted in Beijing Yuantel Internship, Photo with tags , , , on September 1, 2010 by foundmeinchina

I’ve gotten sick of lugging around my dSLR everywhere I go, but I’ve discovered that with a little bit of ingenuity and a host of sometimes-hokey editing software, I can take some interesting photos with the iPhone. Granted, they definitely have this iPhone photo editing app look to them, but I appreciate them for what they are. Here’s one of my favorites so far–it was taken outside an Irvine apartment complex. One of the many wealthy brats’ cars. Made for an interesting snap, though.

This Learning Chinese Thing Had Better Pay Off….

Posted in Beijing Yuantel Internship, Musing with tags , , on August 26, 2010 by foundmeinchina

Because I have a lot of dreams that I want to realize. I need a way to realize my dreams, and turning fantasy into reality, unless you are Jesus, requires a bit of funding. Those dreams are many and varied, but one very important one revolves around some of the best glass available. Yes, I know–it’s not the equipment, it’s the person. But when Canon releases a new series of L-Series lenses, if nothing else, it helps stoke the dream. It’s one of the few long term motivations that I find myself responding to.

Whatever gets you through the day, right?

It’s Been A Long Time Coming…

Posted in Beijing Yuantel Internship, Musing with tags , , , on August 24, 2010 by foundmeinchina

…but as Aloe Blacc (who covered Sam Cooke) so soulfully put it, change gon’ come. I have neglected this blog for so much longer than I ever meant to. It feels like this is not the only thing I’ve been neglecting–I haven’t picked up my camera or edited photos in about as long as I’ve not posted anything here. I am doing my best to change all that. This next year is going to be a very busy, very important year for me. I am in the home stretch of college, looking to graduate with two degrees, which is all fine and good, but I decided to participate in UCI’s Political Science Honors program, so the extra classes needed for that, plus the extra time spent on researching, writing, editing, and generally preparing that roughly 100 page thesis is going to take a lot of effort and tenacity, but most importantly for me, it necessitates a complete redefinition of time management. Oddly enough, that is one of the goals I hope to accomplish by participating in this program. In order to succeed in the program, I need to be able to pace myself, get work done early and often, all of which I have had trouble my entire life with. I am looking forward very much to the process.

I am back in Beijing at the moment, working at Yuantel Communications, a Beijing-based, you guessed it, telecom company. I am learning about SEO, a little bit about web design, and how it feels to work in an office environment. I am also preparing a presentation on American telecom companies’ product packaging, pricing, and marketing in order to help plan Yuantel’s future aspirations of being a world player in the telecommunications industry. So far I have learned that SEO in America is vastly different than SEO in China. The former focuses on quality content to attract searchers, while the latter still uses some of the older ‘more backlinks, more new traffic’ approach, which not only brings in less targeted traffic (resulting in fewer conversions), but these days can get a website penalized by the search engines. I don’t know what the deal with that is, because I know Baidu just updated their algorithms, and being a search engine with over 60% market share in China will not only catch, but most likely penalize ‘SEO’ like that. Which is why I plan on incorporating this into the presentation I have to present. Another thing I have learned is that sitting at a desk from 9AM-6PM every day staring at a computer makes me want to peel my face off. I have been looking into journalism graduate programs alongside the original plan to get an MBA, just in case. As such, I have started teaching myself html, javascript, and I am in the process of figuring out how to migrate this blog onto my own personal site, so I can have more control over everything that I want to control. I want to overhaul this whole thing, expand it into more than just a photoblog. I’m not exactly sure what yet, but that’s for the future to decide, not the present.

For the past three weeks though, my days can be defined exactly by this photo:

It’s 2AM now, I’ve got work in seven hours, so I’m going to crash, but hopefully this time when I say I’ll be back, I will. I’ve got months of photos to post up, and as soon as I can get a computer that will handle photo editing I will get everything up. As of right now though, my macbook can barely handle Firefox without the CPU temperature spiking to 200 degrees.