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The filing cabinet
The proverbial shoe box of the modern age.
December 17, 2003
I spent an
weekend in Japan where the
old Associated Press TV Tokyo team reunited after eight years. We
haven't lost a beat... within minutes we were all cracking each
other up, drinking way too much and eating our through some good
times. Now, it's off to China. I'm planning a 10 day trek up to
the three gorges dam for early December.
Even though we didn't get much sleep,
Trailwalker 2003 was a lot
fun. Also, check out the new video postcard of
Macau's Sao Paulo church (PC
ONLY). Finally, the highlight this week though comes from Abbe who
sent out some wonderful new pics of
Aidan and Connor.
right wing is in a tizzy
now over the recent court decision in Massachusetts that paves the
way for legalized gay marriage. According to the right wing
lunatics, this single court decision will "destroy society as we
know it." Sigh.
More repudiation of Shrub's failed effort to demonize China for
its currency. Now, the International Monetary Fund is out with a
new report that says the U.S. should essentially
back and get a clue. Interestingly though, the message seems to be
getting through as the bozos in Washington are suspiciously quiet on
the subject these days.
November 21, 2003
Well, after a tough week, the initial shock of Alex's
death is fading.
Writing to his parents
proved to be very helpful in achieving a level of peace
and closure. On a more positive note, a bunch of
us spent the night in the hills of HK supporting team
'Goodbye Kitties' (yes, that's rebellion again 'Hello
Kitty") who did an amazing job competing in the 100k
Even though we didn't get much sleep,
Trailwalker 2003 was a lot fun.
Also, check out the new video postcard of
Macau's Sao Paulo church
(PC ONLY). Finally, the highlight this week
though comes from Abbe who sent out some wonderful
new pics of
Aidan and Connor.
So, Shrub has now found religion and is now saying
that he wants to promote democracy in the Middle
East. Hmmm? Interesting given how much
of the democracy farm he was willing to give away to
build the coalition of the coerced.
Predictably, no one is
buying this latest pre-election ploy.
A bunch of arrogant American baby boomers thought
Hong Kong could best repair its SARS tainted imaged
was to get a bunch of ageing Anglo rock stars to
come over here and perform. Well, it turns out
that Neil Young, Prince and the
aren't that popular in China after all. Gee,
October 26, 2003
The big news of the week is that I am going to Tokyo
next month to see two of the greatest people in the
world. My old APTV crew is getting back together
again for a two-day mini-reunion. I can't tell you
how excited I am to reunite with Donald and Komako.
In the meantime, I've been wandering around Southern
China. Be sure to check out the newest pics from
Come inside for a tour of
Macau's A Ma Temple, one of the
oldest structures in the former Portuguese colony.
I also shot a short
movie in Macau. It's a bit
heavy to download but kinda neat if you're curious
about what an old Chinese temple looks like.
Unfortunately, this clip is for PC users
Well, George & Co. packed up and left Asia last
week not feeling too positive about what they saw
over here. There is this strange sense in the
air right now that a profound shift is underway in
Asia where the United States is losing its once
pre-eminent role and
China emerges as the major
force. There's growing
consensus among a number of different folks here
that while Washington's military power will remain
un-matched, its soft-power is eroding quickly.
Interestingly, it appears that
Shrub is all but clueless
as to what is going on.
The propaganda road show is coming to Hong Kong at
the end of the month when
China's newest celebrity
pays a visit. When I raised the
issue with one of my professors as to whether or not
it was appropriate for China to spend 2 billion
dollars on a space launch when the country still
receives 1.8 billion dollars in foreign assistance
for poverty programs and HIV prevention. Well,
he didn't think much of my suggestion (courtesy of
the Economist magazine), saying "that's why so many
Chinese think the West wants to 'contain' China."
October 16, 2003
Thank god for unemployment! I have been wanting to
build a website like this for years but never had the
time. Well, time was not a problem this summer
while I sat in coffee shops in Oakland, San Francisco,
Atlanta and Hong Kong to build the site. I'll
update the site a couple times a week with news, pics
and even some political humor from both sides of the
Hong Kong skyline
is marvel of architectural ingenuity. It's
really quite amazing how they manage to squeeze so
many people in such a small space. Also, check
out the less than spacious
University of Hong Kong
campus and how it fits snugly into the hillside above
Central Hong Kong.
A number of new documentaries have hit the
airwaves in recent weeks that have shed some light
on the "inadequacies" of the Bush administration and
their folly of a war.
did an amazing analysis of how we got into this mess.
More disturbing though is the
the incompetence of the U.S. provisional authority
in Iraq. You'll shake your head
Things are definitely
looking up here in Hong Kong these days.
Mainland tourists are arriving by the busload to
help revitalize the local retail economy and even
the territory's ailing property market. Local
pride is also juiced from this week's successful
launch of a Chinese astronaut
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