Monthly Archives: March 2008

The pecking order

There is a well-established pecking order of prejudice in western Europe [mostly geographical]. The British look down on the French, the French look down on the Italians, the Italians look down on the Spanish, the Spanish look down on the … Continue reading

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EB-5

How much a legal US residency – green card – worth nowadays?   EB-5 is a federal program, it’s either $500,000 (for investing in a business in a rural or high unemployment area) or $1m elsewhere.  Gee, I gave up my green card for nothing, 🙂 … Continue reading

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The drug card

I’ve long heard that Americans use drugs.  All kinds of drugs.  Good and bad.  The first time on the Beautiful Country’s soil, I saw Drug Store signs everywhere.  Despite my poor English, I think I wasn’t mistaken ‘drug’ for candy.  I … Continue reading

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So Hillary lied

I understand, but don’t understand the fuss over senator Clinton’s lie, or misspoke on her trip to Bosnia under gun fire.  (Btw, isn’t she been under fire ever since the day she surfaced next to her hubby, singing I stand by my … Continue reading

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The Frenchies

This former NYT Paris bureau chief said that an interview is sometimes not an interview in France, because ‘it has long been common practice for journalists in France to allow their interview subjects to edit their words. “Read and corrected,” the system … Continue reading

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The newsman in the news

The glaring differences in the way the news are being handled: in the west, if a newspaper or magazine is backed by da government, no one would read.  But in China, if it isn’t backed by Beijing, no one would believe it: because … Continue reading

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The moneymen

Bankers, especially IBs, conjure up fat pay checks, astronomical bonus and 80+ hours workweeks.  It’s interesting to know how much salary do the CBs, central bankers that set interest rates are being paid around the globe.  Ben isn’t on the top!  Ben Bernake, … Continue reading

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Go the extra mile

I sure go that extra mile to amuse my kids: pick them up in a police car.  Ok, confession: I got into a minor accident in the parking lot, my car had to be towed.  Police came to write up the … Continue reading

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Animal House

Lou asks should you or should you not take your kids to the zoo?

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Being at the right moment

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Gov Peterson reimburses campaign $253

The new New York governor David Peterson has reimbursed his campaign committee $253 for the two hotel trysts he had, one night in November 2002 and second in April 2003.  It’s so remarkable that he could find such cheap hotels in … Continue reading

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Muliao 幕僚

In The Dirge of Liang Fu 粱父吟, Pai Hsien-yung 白先勇or Bai Xianyong used muliao 幕僚 when one character talked to another, “你做过他这些年的幕僚,你当然知道”  He translated to ‘’You were his secretary all these years, of course you know.”  So Bai’s interpretation of muliao was … Continue reading

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Whipping China into a stakeholder

A friend fm Beijing at dinner last night said her mom was in Tibet last week.  “It’s ok as long as you didn’t take pictures.  Few foreign tourists got beaten up for disobeying.”  Who did the beating?  The local Tibetans.  Ok, great, … Continue reading

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只 用 了 4 4 個 字 , 就 把 人 生 講 完 了 …

Lou’s  44 ..    1 歲時 出場亮相 10 歲時 功課至上 20 歲時 春心盪漾 30 歲時 職場對抗 40 歲時 身材發胖 50 歲時 打打麻將 60 歲時 老當益壯 70 歲時 常常健忘 80 歲時 搖搖晃晃 90 歲時 迷失方向 100歲時 掛在牆上 *所** **以** **人** **與** **人** … Continue reading

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最新哈佛行銷經典案例

一男趕集賣豬,天黑遇雨,20頭豬尚未賣,到一農家借宿。 少婦說,家裏只我一人不便。 男:求妳了大妹子,給豬一頭。 女:好吧,但家裏只有一床。 男:我也到床上睡,給豬一頭。 女:同意。 半夜男商女:我到你上面睡。 女害臊不肯。 男:給豬兩頭。 女允,要求上去不能動。 男:行。 少傾,男忍不住,央求動一下,女不肯。 男:動一下給豬兩頭。女同意。 男動了八次停下,女問為何不動? 男說豬沒了。 女小聲說:要不我給你豬…… 天亮後,男吹著口哨……趕 40頭豬趕集去了…… Lou said .. 哈佛評論: 要善於發現用戶潛在需求,更要敢於引導和培養用戶的需求,前期的投入是必要的,回報也是必然的。。。

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Woosung Road: The Story of China’s First Railway

Woosung Road: The Story of China’s First Railway By Peter A. Crush Jan 1999

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My occupation

Can you teach an old dog a new trick? I think you might. I was just taught one. In social setting people (especially with the school crowds) take turn introduce themselves for meeting the first time, occupation is the key ingredient … Continue reading

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The NY governors’ appearance 相

 Peterson   Spitzer   Pataki On new NY governor David Peterson’s infidelity, NYT said .. It remains to be seen, however, how long Republicans will give him a honeymoon. .. ..The governor expressed uncertainty about whether he had used campaign funds to … Continue reading

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