If you've ever read the book Tipping Points, you might sense what's going on about this Zhu Zhu Pets phenomena. From nowhere, Zhu Zhu Pets becomes the hottest toy in US for this Holiday season. It is a sold-out in local retail stores. Now you can still buy one at Amazon. Look at the price, $60 each! What a rip off! Zhu Zhu Pets are bid crazily on eBay too. This is how people go nuts during shopping season - What to buy? I heard this is hot shit, I need have one. Look at the upset feedbacks on Amazon, it is just another battery powered puff toy, probably at $10 max. For real, it is sold on taobao too, for less than $10.
One of my teeth was haunting me last week. It turns out to be the exactly the same tooth since I was in middle school. That tooth was sentenced to death with root canal treatment when I as in middle school. It is apparently not done in a complete way. Since the tooth was so badly decayed, It was crowned after the root canal. About 10 years later, when I was in US, one day I was chewing the gum, and that crown was sticked out by the gum. Another new crown made in US was in position to protect the tooth. Several years later, the tooth was kicking back. It was such a pain. I had rushed to the public hospital during the weekend. It was done in one shot, and again, not done in a completed way, as it turns out. The third crown was in place after that. Only two years passed, it was kicking again. This time, I go to my dental clinic, hopefully to get it done in a professional, and of course, expensive way.
Shanghai Drama Arts Center is located at Ande Road, in Jin'an District, a quite and nice street. It seems quite a few foreigners living around that area. There is even a grocery store with all imported stuffs. It was not weekend. I was thinking, with such a time and location, are there enough audiences to the show? It is amazing to see it is almost a full house. The drama Sleuth is adapted from a classic Broadway play. Two men, one scene, in 2 and half hours. That's something for the actors to take. It is a good show. P.S. Similar like other entertainment venues, there are scalpers around to buy/sell tickets in market value. The face value of the show is CNY 120, low end. The market value they buy in is CNY 20, they sell at CNY 100.
Finally I squeeze some time to watch the movie 2012. It is 2 hours and a half long of the earth destruction. It is a whole new level of special visual/sounds effects to make your heart jumping, and palm sweating. It is devastating catastrophe for any live beings on the earth. If you were able to stand at the sun, even further, if you were standing at the the far far away big star in galaxy, or somewhere in the universe, what happens in the movie is just like a sneeze. Worth mentioning, China is depicted in a very positive image. This is almost the first in Hollywood movies.
Some people just have way too much time to kill! Wait in queue for 6 hours just to buy some sales. 从傍晚5时排队到深夜11时，在等什么？结账！昨天下午，读者顾先生致电本报，反映周末五角场巴黎春天搞促销，人山人海致使他排队6小时才轮到结账。 队伍转了几个弯 前天下午，顾先生来到巴黎春天购物。恰逢店庆促销，商场内挤满了人。傍晚5时，他在6楼购物完毕，前往收银台结账，没走几步就被眼前一幕吓倒 了：收银台前排起“长龙”，见头不见尾，把商场的过道都填满了。他顺着人流几经“曲折”，终于走到队伍最后，“前面大概有三四百人”。 17时排到23时 顾先生说，当时排队付款的地方有2台收银机，但不知为何只开了一台，直到晚上9时，他还没排到，“晚饭也没吃，一直在排队”。队伍里也怨声一片：“那么多人，竟然只开一台机器！”直到深夜11时05分，顾先生才把账结掉，疲惫而归。算了一下，足足排了6个小时！ 记者在名品导购网等论坛看到，有网友戏称这两天五角场巴黎春天“爆棚”，“乘电梯、试衣、付款等，每个环节都需要排队才能完成”。
http://www.time.com/time/specials/packages/completelist/0,29569,1918031,00.html Some sites are popular (Twitter, Facebook), some are plain good (Google, Amazon, Wikipedia), some are fresh (Etsy, Kiva), some are resurrected from death (Delicious). 1. Flickr -- mainstream 2. California Coastline -- aerial photographic survey of coastline. 3. Delicious -- 2nd life of del.icio.us 4. Metafilter -- community weblog 5. popurls -- pop urls 6. Twitter -- mainstream 7. Skype -- mainstream 8. Boing Boing -- blog 9. Academic Earth -- online course 10. OpenTable -- book your table 11. Google -- ... 12. YouTube -- mainstream 13. Wolfram|Alpha -- computational knowledge engine, this is deep 14. Hulu -- video sharing 15. Vimeo -- video sharing with m in the middle 16. Fora TV -- video clips by intellectuals 17. Craiglook -- search craiglist, craiglist, please buy me. 18. Shop Goodwill -- goodwill shopping 19. Amazon -- mainstream 20. Kayak -- Expedia? Priceline? 21. Netflix -- mainstream 22. Etsy -
1:52 p.m.: Still, he comes out pretty strongly in support of unrestricted Internet access, despite the price paid for openness (such as terrorist organizing online), the good far outweighs the bad.–Sky Canaves 1:53 p.m.: At last, a tough question: has he heard of the Internet firewall and if Chinese people should be allowed to use Twitter and Facebook–both of which are blocked in Chna. Obama’s answer is that he’s too clumsy to use Twitter, but supports free information. He says the differences between China and the US are due to different “traditions” but that the free flow of information is a strength for the US. Seems sort of relativistic.–Ian Johnson 1:52 p.m.: Obama acknowledges that as president, he sometimes wishes information wasn’t so free. But ultimately it makes him a better leader and makes democracy stronger.–Sky Canaves 1:51 p.m.: Obama handed a card - which he briefly looks at before taking a question from Huntsman about Twitter. Obama says his thumbs are too clumsy a
disneyland@hongkong has never taken off. now it will be ground for sure. it is still a hassle to go to hongkong from mainland, even we are now all part of china. to make the message clear, another disneyland will be built at shanghai. wait a minute, how popular that mouse can be in china? this is a big question mark. put all the buzz aside, chinese are just smart. now the residents around that area are busy. to make sure they can get more money from the government, they are building more fences, more greenhouses, and even fake hills restlessly. government is not dumb ass. it has been said that government is leveraging the satellite technology. the system will alert if the landscape is changed.
http://taxidiary.blogspot.com "Probably the only taxi driver in this world with a PhD from Stanford and a proven track record of scientific accomplishments, I have been forced out of my research job at the height of my scientific career, and unable to find another one, for reasons I can only describe as something "uniquely Singapore". As a result, I am driving taxi to make a living and writing these real life stories just to make the dull job a little more interesting. I hope that these stories are interesting to you too." That's one twisted country, and luckily I am out there. The feeling is, you stay longer on that island, you have less way out. You are sucked in, sweating the dole life.