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rants and raves 胡言乱语 huyan luanyu

Unequal treaty 不平等条约

I grew up with the term “unequal treaty” of the Qing dynasty. Learned from schools and read from books. But as I’m getting older, I begin to question it. Crying baby. Loser. Sour grape came to mind. And wondering: 1. … Continue reading

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Sewol; Titanic; Sullenberger; subpar

Almost three years to the date, the South Korean ship Sewol sunk. Passengers were mostly a secondary school kids and they called and sent text messages to their parents and loved ones. I watched the news with my heart bleeding: how … Continue reading

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Herbert and Dorothy Vogel

Talking about the love of arts! Very New York! Herbert (1922–2012) and Dorothy Vogel (1935-) are a New York couple whose art collection is legendary, especially he was a postal worker sorting mails in the nights and she’s a librarian … Continue reading

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National Drink Wine Day

Feb 18 is the National Drink Wine Day in the United States!!! Don’t you just love this country? Only one a day, my dear, that’s my secret. Doctors recommend one glass of wine per day I limit myself to one … Continue reading

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Classical music on youtube, esp violin concertos

Many performances have large followings on youtube, some are over eight digits hits: Mozart Violin Concerto # 5 2,060,316 Mutter directs it herself P. I. Tchaikovsky – Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 35: Itzhak Perlman 2,659,224 Joshua Bell 628,654 Tchaikovsky … Continue reading

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Shame on the school

An incoming freshmen kid from Beijing is happily showing off one of her top picks. For reasons not too clear why would I click the picture but I spot the wrong word in the second paragraph: After careful review or … Continue reading

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Michael Lewis’ new book

His new book, The Undoing Project: A Friendship That Changed Our Minds, is about the psychologists Daniel Kahneman (1934-) and the late Amos Tversky (1937-1996). As the saying goes that truth is indeed stranger than fiction, one of Lewis’ favorite … Continue reading

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$1:¥7.48

Is this for real? Really??? Trader’s mistake? Confused with Singapore $? One US dollar is worth more than 7 yuan – RMB. Oh my.  Howeverm Yahoo has at ¥6.878 and Bloomberg at 6.8815.     正在睡梦中,忽然觉得有点儿什么事儿,一屁股坐起来发现人民币一夜之间暴跌,心中如有晴天霹雳,有件事儿让我久久不能平静,我一直在想,人民币一夜狂贬值,我的资产会不会缩水呢,想到这里我一个咕噜从床上翻起来,抓起放在桌上的一美金纸币,迅速的跑去银行排队,一夜暴富的机会终于来到了,我终于可以吃上一粒梦寐以求的茶叶蛋了…… 是不是交易员大乌龙 和新加坡元搞混了?

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Pouring first part of the mat foundation!

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A wise man submits to fate

Chinese has an idiom: 识时务者为俊杰, means servers are clever or whoever understands the times is a great man, or those who suit their actions to the time are wise. The youths in Hong Kong are misguided, who should learn this … Continue reading

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Khatia Buniatishvili

She’s a Georgian concert pianist. One of my faves.       

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Rainy days are for book, music and tea

Or wine. A rainy day ☔️💧💦是抱着🍵 🎵 看📖天. Asiago 芝士 [强]. 不☔️ 会觉得☀️太多 … ☔️时又觉得懒惰 [闭嘴] 人挺难伺候的 [偷笑]

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American comic: New York and Lee

If it were up to me, I won’t go to see Dr. Strange. Not my type. But, as the self-centered Benedict Cumberbatch realizes, we need to learn to comprise, from time to time, JK -:). I’m very glad to have … Continue reading

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The top level domain names

They expand from initial 21 generic names, such as .com, .edu and .gov etc. to current 1000+, including non English. Each top name cost about US$180,000 to apply. Google is the second largest applicant with 100+. The annual fee on hosting site Dream … Continue reading

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Manhattan condos and Chinese buyers

The reports of Chinese snapping up luxury/trophy properties in major cities, in China and aboard are nothing new, we have been reading them for a few years.  But I only get to see it first hand this week when my … Continue reading

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Ants have mercy

http://www.ftchinese.com/story/001069383?from=groupmessage&isappinstalled=1   They eat my flower. They’re so tiny. How could they climb so high? But high, they did. I preyed. I begged. Begged for their mercy. And mercy they did. All are taken by cell phone, from yesterday except … Continue reading

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SVA

Can’t believe nowadays catalog is still in use, when nearly everyone (at least students!) has access to Internet. This is a nicely produced book.

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Buddhist monks in New York

They’re fake, of course. They’re everywhere in New York’s touristy spots (yes, I do think New Yorkers are smarter … not easily fooled …). They even fight within, for a better spot to work/cheat. High Line Park is one of … Continue reading

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