Entries from October 2008

Thursday, October 30th, 2008

photo a day: rainy evening

This evening is pouring rain and the light is seeping in from the street through the crevasses into the alley under my balcony.  It is just like Seattle weather and it makes the two places seem a little more familiar, a little closer perhaps.

Saturday, October 25th, 2008

差不多是每天的照片…more or less a photo every day.

I want to start a photo a day project here because I feel like I haven’t been taking enough.
Here is the first installment.
This cat and her owner live next to the bike shop and both are always quite curious what we are up to.  The cat is very famous on Fuxing Lu as being friendly [...]

Saturday, October 25th, 2008

我的生日,新的房子 - My birthday & new apartment!

Yesterday was an exciting day.  Not only was it my last day at work and my first day in the new place but it was also my birthday!
I’ve included a few photos of the new place.  It’s pretty nice to move out of the hotel.  I didn’t realize how much living in such a temporary-feeling [...]

Friday, October 24th, 2008

A stretch of an analogy

This is just a thought tangent, but perhaps you may find it interesting…
As I struggle to learn to communicate in Mandarin here I keep feeling as if I have struggled this way before.  It is sort of a lingering familiarity that I couldn’t put my finger on.  But today it hit me - learning a [...]

Friday, October 24th, 2008

A new chapter

There has been a slight change of plans here.  I will be ending my internship Google earlier than expected.  Today is actually my last day.  It is due to some unexpected expenses associated with overseas employment.  Because of these expenses it isn’t practical for me to continue working for the next two months.  However, this [...]

Friday, October 17th, 2008

Going (further) East: Taipei, Tokyo

My next destination is booked for the end of this month.
First I’ll be heading to Taipei, Taiwan to visit a friend who is gracious enough to let me stay.  While there I plan to make it to the Digital Art Festival Taipei . I’ll also check out some of the local famous sites like the [...]

Friday, October 17th, 2008

Another Bike Post!

Just a quick post with some pictures from a bike ride the other day.
Some Mountain Viewer Googlers were visiting the Shanghai office and Billion, my friend from the Shanghai Bicycle Rental shop, and I took them out for an authentic in-your-face bike experience.  We went first through the bustling Puxi district, across the pedestrian ferry, [...]

Friday, October 17th, 2008

Video Project: Little Red Bed

A quick video inspired by a toy in 杭州 (Hangzhou).
The video is a loop.  It’s an experiment control the perceived “speed” of something without actually using flow or fast motion.  This is done by showing averages of multiple frames at once.
Little Red Bed - (720p24 H.264 25.0MB)

Monday, October 6th, 2008

Hong Kong Part 2

Saturday I decided to take in some culture and headed down to the Hong Kong Arts Centre to watch a film about the Japanese Artist Yayoi Kusama.  The film, titled I Adore Myself, documents her current creative process as well as her continued artistic success and recognition. The film was shot while she was in [...]

Monday, October 6th, 2008

Hong Kong Part 1

I’m just settling back into Shanghai after an eventful three days in Hong Kong.
Hong Kong is separated by a large harbor, dividing the city into Hong Kong Island and Kowloon District. I stayed on less touristy Kowloon side.  My hotel was in an interesting neighborhood surrounded by private schools. Each afternoon the streets surrounding would [...]