Recent news and other tidbits

Once again, i have neglected my own personal blog in favor of other “cooler” spots that either pay me or raise my exposure level up a micron. Unfortunate, but a lot of it has to do with fatigue and time.

With two sons (pic post coming up later, don’t worry) a brother truly has no time to do much of anything. A typical day starts with me and Stinky (the older one) waking up around 7am and walking naked around the house for an hour. Me getting my stuff together for work, him organizing stuff for a day of scampering. Then the little one starts gurgling and sputtering and threatening to blow up, waking up Bean and requiring me to do some small task like hold him while Bean staggers to the bathroom; bring in Stinky cuz he wants to hug and kiss mama and didi (Chinese for little brother) or something like that.

Ayi (the maid) shows up at 8:45, allowing me to go to work. I arrive late, usually 9:05 or so. And then the work day and such ensues and then back home at 6:30pm to eat, wash Stinky’s butt, try and get him to sleep, fail, watch a movie with him, talk with Bean about this and that, maybe check my email or whatever and then by the time 9 or 10pm rolls around and everyone is asleep, i am so exhausted that I just pass out too.

And then another typical day starts with me and Stinky (the older one) waking up around 7am and walking naked around the house for an hour. Me getting my stuff together for work, him organizing stuff for a day of scampering…

But I have managed to stay busy workwise:

Recently published this essay about the Wenzhou Train Crash for the Hypermodern. I quickly list the point: government clamps down on traditional media; non-traditional media (microblog Weibo) goes apeshit. And kinda skim the important part: traditional media = lower class; non-traditional media = middle/upper class; keeping them divided keeps the Party in rule. If you click through, make sure to check out the front pages that were “harmonized” (retracted) — points to a revolutionary movement amongst the media that can only snowball. IMHO.

Been busy on Chinatravel.net with an array of posts, including the following:

Train Travel in China

Yunnan’s Naxi Minority

Chinese History 101

and I’ve been real busy writing for the SCMP’s Go China supplement, which is basically Chinatravel.net 2.0:

Sanya

Chengdu

And other stuff about Kung fu and Pandas

So that’s what i’ve been up to basically. There are side projects here and there but for the most part, writing for money and taking care of the lil ones.

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