Events (September Edition)

What: Survivor: China premiere
When: Thursday, September 20, 8pm ET/PT
Where: CBS
Why: The show claims to be the first full American television series to be filmed entirely within China. I’ve read that many aspects of Chinese culture and history have been included in this season. Each contestant was supposed to receive a copy of The Art of War by Sun Tzu (which is excellent, by the way–I just finished the audio book earlier this year). The show supposedly had “unprecedented access” to several historical Chinese monuments, including a Shaolin Temple and the Great Wall.


What: PARK(ing) Day
When: Friday, September 21
Where: San Francisco and across the world
Why: It’s a one day event where people temporarily transform parking spaces into public parks.


What: Mid-Autumn Festival (中秋节)
When: Tuesday, September 25
Where: Wherever there are Chinese people
Why: The mooncakes have landed! The Mid-Autumn Festival falls on the 15th day of the 8th lunar month each year. This is one of my favorite times of the year when I get to overdose on lard lotus seed paste.


What: Special Olympics
When: October 2-11
Where: Shanghai
Why: There was a lot of hype for this during the summer when I visited a home for the mentally disabled. This is China’s beta testing for the Olympics next year. The Special Olympics will start almost as soon as the FIFA Women’s World Cup ends. Nearly 7,500 athletes from more than 160 countries, 40,000 volunteers and 3,500 event officials will descend upon Shanghai and athletes will compete in 25 Olympic-type sports in venues all across the city. Oooh, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jackie Chan, Colin Farrell, Yo Yo Ma and Zhang Ziyi will be there at the opening ceremony on October 2 at the Shanghai Stadium!


Oh, and happy talk like a pirate day.

We have achieved fluidity…again.

Been playing around with another photoblog plugin for WordPress.  Still a lot of things I need to figure out, so we’ll see if I stick with this one.

So this site is once again what they call fluid.  All the columns should be pretty flexible now, and adjusts to the size of the browser window, up until a width of about 980 pixels.  So it’s a little bit fixed and a little bit liquid.  I should rest my eyes now.  But before then, I’ll leave with a couple of neat ‘net nuggets’ I found.

You can call China for free.  Thanks, Ariel.

One of my friends in China really liked a poem that someone made into a website.

My A’s have made it into the playoffs.  Hopefully they won’t lose in the first round like they always do.

Photography and new TV season

I’ve just set up a new section I’ll just call “photography” for now. Not much there right now. I’m using zen photo, which is still in beta. Be sure to let me know if you see something wrong.


Goodbye summer, hello hurricanes. See how hurricanes are named.


I’ve been waiting all summer to resume my tv shows. Here are some shows I want to keep up with:

1. Lost: I can’t stare at show for too long because the camera is quite shaky. Guess they want to get that “real life” feeling.

2. The Apprentice will get live play time, while CSI will be recorded off my tv tuner. Actually, I’ll watch any CSI shows, but the original is still my fav.

3. Last Friday, before going rafting, I watched this show called Threshold. I think Chris and I might be hooked. We’ll see how long it can hold my attention.

4. Oh, and I might just need to watch Survivor too, if I have time.

5. Anthony also said Family Guy was really funny.

6. And how can I forget about Jeopardy!

What’s your weekly tv lineup like? I wonder what other shows I should be watching.