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Archive for September 30th, 2010

Happy Birthday Communist China

Posted by w_thames_the_d on September 30, 2010

Those zany communists turn 61 today. Its hard to believe but its true, communist China is celebrating its birthday today. Actually it is quite boring, nothing like last year.

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Things I Miss From America

Posted by w_thames_the_d on September 30, 2010

I will be taking a vacation back to America or sanity as I like to call it, and here are the things I miss most.
Cheese in those cans where you squirt it out (shitty description)
Real milk that doesn’t give me breasts
Chinese food- no kidding we have a great place with killer egg drop soup
Ding Dongs, but the ones with aluminum foil, the ones with the plastic wrap suck
Wired Magazine- yea its online but not the same thing
MIT Technology Review – ditto
Maximum PC mag- ditto
CPU mag- ditto
Football and Reeses
Reeses and Junior Mints
Greasy theaters with buttery popcorn that ravages my arteries
Fresh air
Barnes and Noble
Any store that sells high tech stuff
Denny’s and those killer fat engorged, malts, pancakes, sausages
not worrying about jackbooted thugs beating my ass and throwing me in jail just because I run off my mouth about something…. I mean a certain level of freedom

After reading the list I realize it is a good thing I have afast metabolism, my dietary habits are horrendous, good thing Im not diabetic

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Old Chinese on the Stairway

Posted by w_thames_the_d on September 30, 2010

To be honest, I looked at this photo on my phone and was like- wtf was I thinking when I took this picture, this photo is stupid..

I guess I have ADD and when i was walking saw these old folks and thought, hey this will make an ace photo, I gotta take this and took the photo. This is the result, a sloppy photo with blurry edges of some old Chinese. Maybe it will strike a chord with one of you or maybe its just a waste of pixels….


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Chinese Guy Sleeping in Public

Posted by w_thames_the_d on September 30, 2010

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Your Folder in China- Your Life History

Posted by w_thames_the_d on September 30, 2010

China has a lot of things some good, some bad, and this personal ‘folder’ imho is a very very bad thing. Basically this ‘folder’ is a set of documents which tells your personal life history to all future employees, the government etc. Think if it as your social security number, nosey neighbors, family and in-laws all together and tracking and reporting all that you do to anyone who is willing to inquire about it.
Confused? Me too, but let me try to explain again in a semi lucid fashion. In China each person has a personal folder or file that tracks all of their hisotry. It is used when they apply for jobs and is open to the government, I have heard.
So you may ask what is in this file…Everything. I have been told that it has your folders from when you entered school, pulled little Susie wongs piggy tails, its in there. Shit your pants in the 4th grade, its in their. Letter of commendation from your local chicom little red guards to be, its in there. Basically its all of the good and bad that you have done in your life since you began to walk. I have been told, but suspect that it is not true, that it also has your family information, so if your dad is a bum, that good job may be ever so elusive to obtain…just some more great stuff from those crazy chicoms…

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Equality in China- Women to Stand To Pee, Just Like the Men

Posted by w_thames_the_d on September 30, 2010

When I first saw this, I thought the color of the stalls was cool, but then it the article was explained to me. Originally this was posted on the Chinese news, but is now all over the web sites. The idea is that women will use standing urinals just like the men in one certain Chinese town. It sounds odd and unsanitary but is a good idea. The article explained that toilets use a ton of water and by switching to this method, the women are saving a precious resource….It is actually a good idea.

An embarrassed Chinese student exits from a standing female urinal.
cool stalls

A female stadning urinal with instruction signs at a college campus in Shaanxi, China.

I am sketchy on the details but I think the women use a cup or something like an oxygen mask to pee into, my friends couldnt explain this part.

Several Chinese university schoolgirls and student representatives testing new standing urinals for females at Shaanxi Normal University in China.

A funnel that allows women to urinate or pee standing up.

I guess this helps the process, but I am unsure.

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Million Dollar Condos in China, come and Get ‘em

Posted by w_thames_the_d on September 30, 2010

These buildings in Beijing are being constructed and will go on sale shortly (maybe they are selling now , I am unsure. ) Anyway, they cost about 80,000RMB per square meter or about
U$ 11,764. This means that most of the apartments in this building will sell for U$1,000,000. The reason is that apartments in China are small, from 40, to 250 meters or so, and if one assumes that most apartments will at least be 85 meters sq. or so, then on the average you will have to drop a million bucks into your digs here. The funny thing is that foreigners dont usually trust the buildings enough to buy them here (I will blog about the poorly constructed new buildings later), and it seems you dont get much square footage for you dollars…

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