Saturday, June 19, 2010

Home Lighting

Everyone has his or her own preferences for lights around the house. Some like floor lamps, some like table lamps, and others only like lights on the ceiling. For me, my favorite is Hunter ceiling fans. I have them in every room, and really like the savings on the electricity bill that the ceiling fans bring. By allowing me to turn off the air-conditioner, the fans keep paying off each month when the bills come in. And the beautiful look of Hunter ceiling fans makes them a perfect fit for the home.

At Lighting the Web, you can shop online for great deals on Hunter ceiling fans, as well as all of your home lighting needs.

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Wednesday, November 25, 2009

New Suzhou Museum

I recently visited the New Suzhou Museum for the first time, and was completely impressed with what I found there. Designed by world-renown architect I. M. Pei, the structure is absolutely beautiful. It fits right in with the beautiful garden city of Suzhou.

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Thursday, November 19, 2009

dark ’til dawn

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Friday, January 9, 2009

A Blog Just for Prayers

My blogging friend has started a new blog called Prayer Corner. You can go there and request prayers, “no strings attached.” Stop in if you are needed a prayer offered on your behalf, or if you’d like to pray for some of the requests listed there.
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Monday, December 8, 2008


I have been toying with the idea of abandoning this blog for some time, mostly because I cannot access it when I am staying in China, which I do for 3 months at a time these days.  At the same time, I don’t want to abandon it, as I like what it is set up to do.

So, when I received an invitation from Sloth Jockey to begin a blog column for the magazine, I decided to migrate the ideas I usually post here and begin putting them at that site, interspersed with more travelogues than what I generally post here.  So, I will, for the time being, discontinue posting here.  You can, however, find me over at Tai Shan.
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Friday, November 28, 2008

Challenging Reading

I’ve recently begun reading a collection of China’s best science fiction from the year 2002. I am very excited to be started reading this sort of book in Chinese, and am hoping to push myself to do more reading of this kind very soon. I’ve finished one longish story by He Xi, and enjoyed it moderately well. I don’t think I’ll finish the whole anthology before I have to return it to my teacher, but I am still enjoying it while I can. I’m writing about this some at my science fiction related blog, if you would like to read more about my experiences as I read. I can’t say I have anything insightful to share yet, but I am making a start.

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Monday, November 3, 2008

Featured Poet for Nov 2008

Good news — I am the featured poet for this issue (Nov 2008) of Scifaikuest! I am very pleased about this, as Scifaikuest is one of the best poetry magazines around. If you’d like to have a look, you can visit the Scifaikuest website. You’ll find a link there to order the print magazine, which is where you will find 15 of my poems in the Nov 2008 issue. Also, if you’d like more updates about what is going on in the world of speculative poetry, you can see my regular update on my main blog.

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Friday, October 24, 2008

more difficult, but more fun

My studies so far have proven to be more difficult and a more fun than my previous time here to study.  My teacher has not had me writing as many “wen zhang” as before (though I’ve written some for work and she’s helped me improve on those).  Instead, she has started reading classical Chinese poetry with me.  It is very challenging, and very fun.  I’ve been working on some translations, and really enjoying it.

I’ll continue to post the earlier “wen zhang” later (eventually!), and might even post some of the translations at a later date.
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Friday, October 3, 2008

the next wen zhang (finally)

I’ve fallen behind on posting the “wen zhang” I wrote the last time I was in Shanghai for language classes.  I should get them posted before starting class again next week.







After this one, just 5 more to post.  By that time, I should have new ones from my new term that starts next week.
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Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Children of Huangshi

I expected to really enjoy the movie The Children of Huangshi.  I really like Michelle Yeoh, and enjoy a lot of Chow Yan Fatt’s films too.  I thought Yeoh was up to her normal standards, but Chow didn’t quite seem to fit into the role he was portraying, that of a communist fighter in China.  

Overall, the film was a little cheesy, but not a terrible way to spend an evening all the same.  There were some parts that were quite nicely done, and others didn’t quite fit together.  If the film had maintained the standard of those “nicely done” parts, it could be a very nice movie.  But it doesn’t quite manage to do that.  

All the same, if you have a lazy evening at home and would like to while away a little time, this is the sort of movie with which to do so.

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