Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Hammer Juggler

Juggling hammers is tricky as it is. They're balanced very badly for such a trick.

Doing this would be harder, maybe even impossible:

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Dreamgirls is awesome

I recently saw the movie Dreamgirls. It is a masterpiece. The camera whirls about the world, filling the screen with emotion to fit each scene. The sets, costumes and lighting are amazing, creating a spectacular sense of time and place.

And the acting is fantastic, most of all during the songs. The actors talk, and as emotions heat up, they start singing. What they have to say can't be expressed with mere speech, it has to be musical. It's a very operatic, technological piece, but a master work, showing total control and facility with the technology. It's the sort of piece Wagner would create today, if he weren't dead, and wasn't racist.

Monday, October 29, 2007

Awesome skateboarding

This video makes me want to take up skateboarding. With balloons. You MUST watch this video with the sound on.

Sunday, October 28, 2007

Evil gets fined

Verizon's "unlimited" calling plan actually had limits. Now they have to pay a $1 million fine.

If you read the article, the Verizon response is classic Bush administration Newspeak. Total lies, pretending nothing bad happened.

Thursday, October 25, 2007

Families and China

My parents, my Mom's cousin and me on the Great Wall.

A plaque we thought my Grandma would like. "Hall for Listening to Orioles", an opera concert hall at the Summer Palace.

My great parents' summer home. After the white people were kicked out, at one point Ho Chi Minh lived at "our" house for several years.

In Shanghai, before we leave, 3 former students of the Kuling American School and family.

Art and Nature of China

Flowers, bugs, and architecture of China.

Pictures from Wuhan:

Birds of China

My relatives are avid birders. Here are some of the birds we saw in China. The first several were at the Beijing Zoo.

And also, some birds in Shanghai:

And birds from my great-grandfather's summer home, Guling on Lushan.

Some birds from Wuhan, birthplace of my grandfather,

And some bird related art: