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torch relay back to china

finally, the torch relay is back to the first china city - hongkong . what happened during this global torch relay and the following impacts are not unexpected. you heard the questions asking who slaps whose face. for the last several relay cities in asia , i am not sure how reasonable the choice is. last weekend i went to carrefour located at big thumb square. there was big post in front of the store entrance states that carrefour is good business citizen in china, and support olympic game as always.

立春

没看电影之前,先听到了很多宣传,重点就是全裸的蒋雯丽。海报也重点突出了这个卖点。我猥琐的想象到了doggy式。。。看了才发现原来是画人体模特。蒋雯丽在片中不仅装上龅牙,点上色斑,增加体重,还首次展现了全裸镜头。讲述了小城市小人物的大梦想。

little rabbit

黄石的孩子-还是老调调

看了这部号称三国合拍,国际巨星的国际大制作,觉得怎么还是这种基调?共产党抗日,国民党腐败。 首先是英国记者George Hogg从上海去南京的路上,很多逃难的难民。可以也太假了。一个个肥头大耳的,衣服干干净净的。 到了南京后。看样子应该已经沦陷了。城里竟然有游击队,发哥是领导。救了George Hogg,从南京走之前还炸了一个楼。不出所料,是新四军。这个情节靠谱吗? 后来又在一个铁路, 看到国军运兵火车,发哥说国军抓的壮丁。怎么到了国民党,就成了抓壮丁,看起来像是已经训练过的士兵了啊。刚好日军飞机来轰炸,国军都躲了起来。是发哥冒险把火车里的国军救了出来。 最后又丑化了一次国军部队,军官贪婪好色。 抗日战争国军死亡了几百万, 校尉以上军官17000, 包括上将张自忠, 李家钰. 怎么这么小家子气, 还在用老调调来描写抗日时期的国共部队.

shanghai world expo is coming

http://www.expo2010china.com/ after 2008 summer olympic in beijing, the biggest event coming is world expo in shanghai. this is shanghai world expo mascot. personally i think world expo is more exciting.

update : car plate bid in shanghai

up to now, it has been 3 rounds, the stats as below: 1. Jan (combined together with Feb, the 8100CNY attacts thousands of bidders in next round) quota 16,000, lowest bid 8,100CNY, average 23,370CNY, bidder count 20,539 2. Mar (it turns out most of them just lost 100CNY with nothing in this round) quota 9,300, lowest bid 31,300CNY, average 32,169CNY, bidder count 63,534 3. Apr (only those who seriously want to bid) quota 9,000, lowest bid 37,300CNY, average 37,659CNY, bidder count 37,072

Rejuvenation of Kappa

Branding is critital for sports clothes, I am not sure how big the difference is on fibers between brand A and brand B. However the perspection and price can be huge difference. Kappa is one good example. I remember my parent bought me one in my hometown when I was in high school. At that time, Kappa was only sold in second tie cities in cheap price. Nobody knew about this brand. Now with its successful marketing, bold and colorful design, it becomes one of the symbols representing youth and fashion. The store is located next to Nike and Addidas. P.S. Addidas thinks 'Nothing is impossible', while Li Ning (a China sports brand) shouts 'Anything is possible'. Interesting.

又去北京一趟

周末去了趟北京。在ctrip上订票,发现除了深夜的票有打折外,几乎都是全价票-1280(包括150的燃油费/机场税)。从浦东打的去虹桥,大概要50多元。到了才发现现在开通了京沪空中巴士。大概半小时一班,很象座长途汽车的感觉。大概这也是机票没打折的一个原因吧。不过效率还是那样,登机后我在飞机上等了半个小时才起飞。到了北京,热浪扑面而来。什么时候,大家都开始只穿衬衫了。空气依然很脏,真担心到了八月空气会奇迹般的好起来。从机场打的去中关村,90多。在北四环时候经过了鸟巢,水立方。很特别。主体已经建好,不过周围还是工地的样子,都是土。 办好了自己的事情。因为我父母在北京看病,然后就打车去看他们。父母在医院里面的家属区住。大概为了创收,家属楼的半地下一层被改装出租。改装时用最简单的板材隔成小房间,有窗户的30一个床,没窗户的25一个床。里面有简单的家具。基本上不隔音。大家共用厕所。除了看病的,还有很多北漂的年轻人。或者说混在北京的人。不容易。医院的食堂本来是部队性质,不对外。现在也随着部队后勤社会化而开放了。所以吃饭也挺方便。 当天恰好看到京沪高速铁路开始修建。建好后只要5个小时,票价大概是500左右。 回来的时候比较省钱。从公主坟座机场大巴,只要16。而且还路过了北京机场三号楼。怎么看怎么奇怪,为什么前面象乌龟壳呢?到了机场,匆匆忙忙的上了京沪空中巴士,回到了上海。一下飞机,发现有几百号人在等出租车。做了几步,发现有机场大巴,4元从机场到静安寺。

the way to office

Usually I take taxi from home to office. Now and then, if it is not so urgent, I might consider to take the bus. The route is exactly the same, so be the traffic. The fare is less than one tenth. The problem is not matter when, the bus is all squeezed with passengers. No matter how cold the weather is outside, it is sweaty hot inside. It is not pleasant.

National Tourist Resort of She Shan

It is called She Shan ( Mountain ), with east hill and west hill. It is really just a highland with 100m height. It takes about one and a half hours to get there from download Shanghai. This is the photo of west hill. with the Our Lady of China Catholic church and observatory. There are quite a few villa areas around.

Staff Software Engineer @ eBay CDC

Business Title Staff Software Engineer Location China - Shanghai Work Location eBay China Development Center Primary Job Responsibilities -Lead the development of complex, multi-tier distributed software applications. -Design layered application, including user interface, business functionality, and database access. -Work with other engineers, managers, product managers, QA, and operation teams to develop innovative solutions that meet market needs with respect to functionality, performance, scalability, and reliability while meeting realistic implementation schedules and adhering to development goals and principles. -Estimate engineering efforts, plan implementations, and rollout system changes. -Share release management duties during feature rollouts and share on-call responsibilities. -Develop industry and product technical expertise. -Knowledge of Search technology a major plus -Experience in developing highly scalable applications a major plus. Job Requirements -MS/PhD in CS o

Sr Product Manager @ eBay CDC

Business Title Sr Product Manager Category Product Management Location China - Shanghai Work Location eBay China Development Center Primary Job Responsibilities With over 250 million user searches and millions of new items every day, eBay has the largest ecommerce search engine on the web. As a member of the Finding team, you and your products will have massive impact, literally affecting millions of users around the world. The extended Finding team at eBay is responsible for several of eBay''s most important and exciting product areas including search, browse and merchandising. As a Product Manager at eBay, you are responsible for planning and executing site features that enable the success of eBay. You will work with product, business and engineering counterparts to create and manage the business and product strategy for eBay''s Finding and Merchandising initiatives that enable the world''s largest online marketplace. The primary area of focus for this ro

tadpoles

all these tadpoles for CNY1, goldfishes are not included.

two turtles enjoy the sunshine of April

ipod nano clone

taobao has successfully competed with eachnet, or ebay china, or tom eachnet. it is the no.1 c2c site in china now. the key factors of success? response to competition very quick, free, and IP infringement/fake/clone goodies are fine be listed. this is one fake ipod nano 4G sold on taobao, except the shuttle wheel, everything works fine. the price is CNY200. the real one sold in apple retailer store is about CNY1200.

google app engine

another soa cool piece starts with hello world. it is neat for school coursework. however, to a build full-blown web server is not that simple. the good news is with any google products, you are backed with generous free storage http://code.google.com/appengine/docs/gettingstarted/

Torch relay overshadowed

I always believe this - to make it success, keep it low profile. It is the spirit of Tao. Why bother to make the longest relay in the world? Just bring the torch back to china, and relay in all the cities in homeland is good enough for Chinese. Who cares about those foreign countries. Even the fire should be collected from Mount Everest. Olympic game is just another platform to show how good each every country is in sports.

vexille

The CG movie is made with 3G characters on 2G scenes. Wonderful. This is the screenshot on Realplayer . This movie takes the future of Japan to the extreme. The whole nation is dominated by machine virus and eventually become robots, except for one evil man. The hope is still there even within those effected people. The result is the island is vanished without one single Japanese left. Hmm ... Pixar and Dreamworks will never make such kind of animation movie. The culture just doesn't match.

Spring is here in Centry Park

what is moonshot

Something intended to be genuinely awesome, but is only so in its ironic appreciation. i.e., something that's "so bad, it's good". Must be sincere and lacking irony in its intent. Parody, therefore, is not moonshot. It derives from the notion that it's something that's "shooting for the moon". But because it's so awful, it actually becomes awesome. Things that are moonshot usually have a cult following.

Refund of Social Security/Medical Tax QnA

QUESTION: My husband and I are H-1B workers in the US. We both are Chinese. My husband has been working for more than 5 years and I have been working for more than 2 years. Now we are going to leave the US and return back to China. Since H-1B is not exempt for Social Security/Medicare taxes, so our employers deduct them from our income. But we are not going to retire in the US. And also our country (China) doesn't have an agreement with the U.S. regarding sharing Social Security credits. My question is 1) Can we get the refund of the Social Security/Medical Tax since we are leaving? 2) If yes, where and how? 3) If no, how can we take the benefit in the future when we retire in China? I appreciate for any answer. Please answer as soon as possible, because we will leave very soon. ANSWER: From the links you provided, I found the answer to my question. In my case, my conclusion is we can't get any refund right now and in the future when we retire in