Waste of, paper

image paper waste mails There are many wasteful practices in the USA.

  1. heating and cooling is one.
  2. Paper is another

This hill is from one week. More than half is junk. All I could think is trees. Writing efforts. Designs. Printing. Distributions. Post masters. Oh well, it sure keeps everyone employed.

One company in particular was Capital One. It sent credit card solicition on weekly basis for years.

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Yin Chengzong @ Alice Tully

殷承宗 at Lincoln Center, couldn’t have asked for a better a program: Edvard Grieg’s piano concerto and the Yellow River.

My thoughts were washed away by the roaring yellow river’s currents. It’s been a long time. Seeing him in Beijing, then at a little lakeside town upstate, now at the center of the world, center of sophistication.

His playing wasn’t to par but the sentiment was the reason that I went.

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An entire village is free …

imageSpain needs you to populate her country. Cortegada, a rural town in southern Galicia. An abandoned hamlet that’s part of his town isn’t for sale. He’s giving it away.

“For free! Someone just has to promise to renovate the 12 ruined houses,” he says. “They’re beautiful — bucolic! Next to a river and an 18th century royal procession path.”

免费!豪宅买厌了,买个整村镇如何?西班牙加利西亚南部一个乡村小镇Cortegada的村长免费赠送一个废弃的村庄:“免费的!有人只是有答应翻新那里12旧的房屋,”他说。 “他们是美丽的 – 田园风光下到河边,一座18世纪的皇家游行路径!”

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Recycle 废物利用

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Wine-ing down the weekend. The little vase is a recycle. Chairman Mao had always advocated to save. Although his idea of saving was different than today’s but nevertheless, good to adhere, to save our world.   [偷笑] 周日的下午其实也挺可爱的 [愉快] 小花瓶是废物利用 [强] 说不定毛主席的教导还能打救这个🌍 那 [强]💪

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Little chocolate mouse dessert from the store – bought only because I like the glasses, duh. Granola at the bottom, homemade yogurt in the middle (like the drinkable yogurt as vs the American thick) topped with straw/blue berries. Yummy.

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Melon 瓜

Chinese for melon is gua, 瓜. The most famous gua, for a while, was Bo Guagua, the son of Bo Xilai. Back to real, edible gua or melon. It seems both English and Chinese have different names, some are more specific while others more in general.

  1. melon, wiki defines as any of various plants of the family Cucurbitaceae with edible, fleshy fruit.
  2. pumpkin, wiki defines as is a cultivar of the squash plant,
  3. gourd, wiki
  4. luffa/loofah wiki
  5. cantaloupe wiki
  6. honeydew wiki

啥瓜都有:

  1. 方向瓜: 西瓜/watermelon,南瓜/pumpkin, 北?
  2. 颜色瓜: 黄瓜/cucumber,青瓜
  3. 味道瓜: 蜜瓜/melon,苦瓜/bitter gourd
  4. 季节瓜: 冬瓜/melon,
  5. 丝瓜/luffa,节瓜/zucchini,地瓜/sweet potatoes
  6. 无名瓜 … 有个👬种了瓜,长了一地,也不知道名字 [偷笑]

 

 

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Cheers 小酌怡情 小菜养性

Pumpkin came home with gifts. Snaps baijiu from China. She thinks the bottle is very pretty. I do too. But it tastes like commercial grade alcohol mixed with water -:). I stayed with the Silver Lake red wine. Surer bet. Left two: raspberry chardonnay, my kind of white wine -:)

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Crabs

There are many kinds of crabs. New York has the most, probably. Wild Suozi crab 梭子蟹 (梭子鱼 pike)
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大众创业不是制造数据

某地工商部门核查去年新注册的一批个体营业执照时,发现不少缺少经营场所,有名无实。细了解发现,原来,一些乡镇为完成创业指标,借用一些群众的身份证去登记注册,丝毫不管事后是否被查实注销。
  这样的“红火”数据,与弄虚作假有什么区别?一个地方,能不能形成大众创业的局面,要看相关政策的落实力度、创业环境的改善程度,要看老百姓是不是真有创业的激情、创业的行动,而绝不是靠拔苗助长、造假数据来实现。出现这样的“数字游戏”“创业假象”,只能说明这些地方的干部,不仅落实中央政策不力,更反映了他们身上严重的作风问题与错误的政绩观。
  多把心思用在如何降低创业门槛上,创新创业才会水到渠成。多把精力用于为民服务、干事创业上,才是真正的对上级负责、对群众负责,造福一方。(彭玉清)

Entrepreneurship is not manufacturing (fake) data

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War’s End

By Maj. Gen. Charles W. Sweeney, on why USA dropped two a bombs that forced japs to surrender, ending the WW II in 1945.

  1. August 6 on Hiroshima
  2. August 9 on Nagasaki
  3. September 2, WW II ends

I got this one as used, seeing details on how the library protects their books.

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A long way home 完璧归赵

An Antonio Stradivari violin 斯特拉迪瓦里, rare beauty found her way home after 35 years. To start, there are only about 550 Stradivarius violins in existence today according to this wiki post. The journey of this Strad:

  • 1734, was made by Antonio Stradivari
  • 1800s, George Ames played it (hence its known as Ames Stradivari)
  • 1943, purchased by Roman Totenberg for $15,000
  • 1980, stolen
  • 2011, thief Phillip Johnson died of cancer at age of 58
  • 2012, owner died at age of 101
  • 2015, thief’s ex-wife found it at their home when cleaning
    • 6.26, violin-maker and appraiser Phillip Injeian met ex wife in New York/FBI
      8.6, returned to the family; they’re selling it; may go for $5m

I don’t know if each, but most Strads are carefully recorded in this book Violin Iconography of Antonio Stradivari (1972; 1st edition sells $1,449.98 on Amazon, used), to give them a well documented provenance. The cello Yo-Yo Ma plays on was previously used by Jacqueline du Pré. Looking at this list, I’m here wondering , what does Julia Fisher use? Sophie Mutter, Bell and Lin each owns or plays on two.

“.. And when he would ultimately buy a Guarneri violin from the same period as the Stradivarius, he’d have to rework the fingering of his entire repertoire for the new instrument…

The daughter wrote about her father, after losing his Strad. I’m also wondering, many Strads are on loan to players. How do these players coup with it?

Why would one steal something with such well known provenance? Too bad he died. No one would ever find out why. Could guess tho. Passion? Greed?

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A pretty woman @ New York Lifestyle for China’s Luxury Travelers

Long time ago there’s A. Magazine (1989-2002), centered on Asian American issues. I thought it was well rounded and written. The other day I saw this Yue magazine at someone’s home. Reportedly she picked it up at a supermarket, for free. What bewilders me is the fact that the slim bi-lingual magazine, has more pictures of the ‘publisher and editor in chief’ than the content. Judging from her last name, she married non Chinese. Not that’s any of my business or problem .. but the common sentiment has it that usually the so so looking Asian women marry the Caucasians. On this point, I always wonder why Chinese can appreciate the western aesthetic while the favor is rarely reciprocate?

Time is certainly different now than the A. Magazine period. The subtitle of the magazine says it all: New York Lifestyle for China’s Luxury Travelers. I won’t be surprised to see this magazine do well, not relying on the content but the cheer purchasing power of the Chinese, from China. Will it? On it’s web, there isn’t any issues for 2015…
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The Last Americana

imageI haven’t been to Tiffany for a few months. Today, when I went there shopping, I stopped short to see the UnionPay sticker on the door. There’s nothing else on the tall glass door except this colorful reminder just, how far the Chinese has come.

I won’t be surprise to see tourists swamp the Fifth Avenue, but come one, this is the suburbs. It seems the last Americana has been invaded. Not mention the shoppers but the half the staff are Chinese and Mandarin was spoken. Oh boy, I waste so much time to learn a second language, only to find out holding on to the native tongue is the best bet, -:)

imageTheir shopping bags suck: never right. They don’t have skinny tall bag for things like a ball pen. They don’t have right size for a vase. I could have larger one but it would too big for the things I bought.

When can they get their act together?

In the late 1990s and early 2000s, Tiffany courted a friend of mine, who’s Asian to work there. They hoped she would bring in diversified shoppers. She did work there for a short time then quit. I didn’t know her reason for quitting but the fact her husband drives a Ferrari might explain her short employment period. During the short time I was in Tiffany, could only say I wished for the old world charm.

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I often go shopping grocery at the New world Mall in Flushing because it offers free parking for two hours with $30 at the grocery store on the second floor. The mall may sound impressive but it’s really nothing. Food court, hair salon, ice cream shop, small clothing stores, jade shops and a restaurant on the third floor. These two cars came to my view during my last two trips there. The third picture was today: the Chinese driver couldn’t wait for me to leave the tight spot. He pulled in and had to get out from the passenger’s side. I was dumbfounded. Really? Why can’t you park straight and have a little courtesy, like … let me leave first?

Anyway … more pictures of Tiffany and the Mall.

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My yummy yam is growing

Some may call it sweet potato.
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Andy Borowitz & Xinhua; and 梁文道

According to New Yorker’s Andy Borowitz (see his bio below) that Xinhua News Agency, China’s official press agency has been reporting on his real fake news. It’s hilarious. In this video: on Dec 4 2013 @ 92Y, Borowitz lists a few fake news that were picked up by Xinhua 新华:

  1. Kim Jong-un: NK’s missile test was delayed by Windows 8. The report has since been taken down but you can still read from SCMP,  The Atlantic, CNET.
  2. Jeff Bezos: buying Washington Post: Amazon founder says he clicks on Post by mistake .. $250m on his Amex
  3. Eliot Spitzer and Anthony Weiner… Italian PM Silvio Berlusconi is running … Dominique Strauss-Kahn

I dig a little, actually it’s Chinese daily 21st Century Business Herald, not Xinhua. And the WSJ report on Journalists at China’s 21st Century Business Herald Extorted Millions, State Media Says on 2014.09.11.

In any case, I thought of Leung Man-tao (梁文道 Liang Wendao) on 从抄袭来的《货币战争》看我们对无知的恐惧 (2014.09.09):

中国出版界过去几年来出现过很多怪现象,有时候我们看到一些书,摆明是抄袭的作品,但照样在市场上很好卖。

另外一种情况是虚构一些书出来。什么叫虚构?一些书会标榜自己是《纽约时报》畅销书,在全世界怎么样受到好评等等。你一看,是本翻译的书,作者是一个洋人的名字,你再仔细查下去,原来这本书根本不存在,《纽约时报》畅销书榜也从来没有这本书。这书明明就是一个中国人写的,却假托一个外国人的名字,说它是翻译回来的,还要假装它颇受好评是本畅销书。

Google translates:

Chinese publishing industry over the past few years there have been a lot of strange phenomenon, sometimes we see some books, just being plagiarized work, but still in the market to sell well.

Another is fiction books out. What is fiction? Some books will be advertised themselves as “New York Times” best-selling book in the world, like how well received and so on. You see, the translation of this book, the author is a foreigner’s name, you carefully investigation continues, the original book did not exist, “New York Times” bestseller list has never been this book. This book is obviously written by a Chinese person, but on the pretext of a foreigner’s name, it is a translation back, but also to pretend it is acclaimed bestseller.

Mr. Leung wrote that the book Currency War was plagiarized from documentary 《The Money Master》. When could China writes its own real stories?

Andy Borowitz is a New York Times best-selling author and a comedian who has written for The New Yorker since 1998. In 2001, he created the Borowitz Report, a satirical news column that has millions of readers around the world, for which he won the first-ever National Press Club award for humor. The Borowitz Report was acquired by The New Yorker in 2012. He has published two recent best-selling books: “The 50 Funniest American Writers,” which became the first title in the history of the Library of America to make the Times best-seller list; and a memoir, “An Unexpected Twist,” a No. 1 best-seller, which Amazon named the Best Kindle Single of 2012. His Twitter feed, @BorowitzReport, has more than half a million followers and was voted the best Twitter feed of 2011 in a poll by Time. As a comedian, he has performed sold-out shows around the world and has made countless television and radio appearances, on National Public Radio, VH1, and Comedy Central, among other places. He has been called a “Swiftian satirist” (the Wall Street Journal), “America’s satire king” (the Daily Beast), “the funniest human on Twitter” (the Times), and “one of the funniest people in America” (CBS News’ ”Sunday Morning”).

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Why my Yelp post was being removed?

yelp email

Hi Irene,
We wanted to let you know that we’ve removed your review of H Mart. Our Support team has determined that it falls outside our Content Guidelines (http://www.yelp.com/guidelines) because it contains inappropriate content.

We hope you will continue to participate on Yelp while keeping our Content Guidelines in mind.

Removed Content:
Business Photo

Regards,
Sid
Yelp Support
San Francisco, California

Screenshot 2015-07-17 17.38.35I searched high and low, on Yelp’s Reviews Photos and their FB page but can’t find a place to ask question. So I’m posting here again (being removed again), the 3rd time on 7.21 … hope to get help:

What content and photo that I posted was in violation with the Yelp guideline? Here is the post on my own website (Thanks god I posted ..) The yelp post had fewer photos.

 

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Xi Dada and Yeye

People reports on his activities. He looks huge on the sofa with the little man. Maybe it IS the image they want to project? Holding a baby, he looks like someone who could use a help. Kissing? Are you kidding me? the 2nd and 3rd pictures are so American.
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Kiss pic caption: 2013年5月21日,习近平到四川芦山地震灾区慰问受灾群众。“爷爷。”1岁半的骆俊成奶声奶气地喊了一声,嘟起嘴巴想亲亲习近平,这时,习近平笑着摸摸骆俊成的脸,亲了亲他。温情的一吻,让帐篷里原本很紧张的人,一下子放松了
4th pic caption: 2013年2月3日,习近平来到东乡族自治县布愣沟村困难群众马麦志家中看望,并给马麦志的两个儿子带来了学习用品。

 

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Ellen Pao

It’s reported that the interim CEO of Reddit 鲍康如, after losing her gender discrimination lawsuit (filed on 2012.05.10) on 2015.06.05 in court, has stepped down. To get you up to speed, here are some bits
ellen pao

  • 1973, born to Chinese immigrant parents; raised in Maplewood, NJ; Dad a prof @ NYU
  • Princeton 1991, Harvard Law 1994 & MBA 1998
  • 1994-6, worked as corp attorney at Cravath, Swaine & Moore
  • 2005 joined Kleiner Perkins as chief of staff then venture capitalist; terminated on 2012.10.31
  • Dec 2007, married Buddy Fletcher, a former hedge fund manager after meeting four months earlier (Ellen divorced Roger Kuo)
  • Jul 2008, their daughter was born “One of Pao’s first calls was to Bo Fowlkes (Buddy’s ex boyfriend, see insert) to ask him to be the child’s godfather.”
  • 2013 joined Reddit and became interim CEO Nov 2014
  • 2013,03.01, Vanity Fair on Pao & Fletcher: Sex, Lies, and Lawsuits (pix: Ellen and her 2nd husband)

P.S. Her hubby suited a couple of times, 1991 Kidder Peabody where he worked and in 2011 the Dakota co-op building where he lived/lives. The legal fees between the two estimated at $40m. In 2012, his fund was liquidated and he filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in Manhattan.

Ok, she’s only the interim chef, so not a big deal. However, I spotted this reader’s comment, under Ann Coulter (not sure it’s the same Ann)

imageGet real, here are the qualifications at the top of her resume that made the rest superfluous. She:

  1. is oriental
  2. a female
  3. perfect fit for the people who hired her to trump their commitment to inclusion and diversity.”
  4. bad looks, accentuated by the de-riguer lack of make-up to give her that perfect feminist dog look employers prefer lest they be accused of sexim with men giving her a second-look.

I happen to think Ellen is ok looking, not bad. Oh well.

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Beijing is moving

Beijing is moving its government out. This has been circulating on Chinese social media for a while. Yesterday, the NYT confirms it. Byline is from Ian Johnson and Adam Wu contributed research from Beijing. I’m wondering, why the Chinese matters/affairs are always written by non Chinese and the Chinese sounding names/persons are only assisting?

Chinese Officials to Restructure Beijing to Ease Strains on City Center,

Beijing will undertake a major restructuring of the capital government as part of a broader plan to create a giant urban corridor in northern China, officials said Saturday.

At the end of a Communist Party meeting, city officials said on the evening news that hospitals, wholesale markets and some of the city’s administrative offices would move outside the city center. Beijing is to limit its population to 23 million, slightly more than its current estimated population of 22 million, and reduce the population of its six core districts by 15 percent. Many important services will move to suburbs or neighboring Hebei Province, officials said.

The centerpiece of the plan will be an administrative center in the Beijing suburb of Tongzhou, a historic move that reverses decades of urban planning that wedged government offices into the imperial city center. The move will begin by 2017 at the latest, the Beijing party secretary, Guo Jinlong, said in a speech.

Outside the Forbidden City in Beijing. Officials are finalizing plans to move the municipal government to a site outside the city.China Aims to Move Beijing Government Out of City’s Crowded Core

In addition, city officials said, 50 city hospitals will begin cooperating with hospitals in Hebei Province, and some will move important facilities to surrounding communities. The neurological unit in Tiantan Hospital, for example, will move to another suburb, Fengtai, by 2017, they said.

The city also said it would move 1,200 pollution-causing businesses out of the urban center.

The moves are part of the creation of a major new urban area called Jing-Jin-Ji, after the three districts it encompasses (“Jing” for Beijing, “Jin” for the nearby port city of Tianjin, and “Ji” for the ancient name for Hebei Province). The city is trying to develop industries like tourism in poorer mountain areas surrounding the capital, with one area bidding to host the 2022 Winter Olympics.

The plan has been debated for decades, but only began to be implemented in recent months as part of an effort by President Xi Jinping to reform the Chinese economy. The idea is to reduce the sort of duplicative, polluting enterprises like coking and steel that dominate the greater Beijing area and other large urban centers, and in their place create a more modern economic structure.

Jing-Jin-Ji would have more than 100 million residents and be about the size of Kansas, with high-speed rail lines making most cities in the corridor reachable within an hour.

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