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Nov 09

Pacific Rim Shots

Written by: Steve | Filed under:General | Tags:, , , , ,
9 Comments » newest 2013-06-12 03:09:49

I’d like to announce our blog to the Fool’s Mountain audience, an offshoot of this blog written by Wukailong, whose comments and posts you’re probably familiar with, and Steve (that’s me). Rather than write specifically about China, we’ve opened it up to the entire Pacific Rim and have posted articles about many countries, though because our backgrounds are in China and Taiwan, they are the subject of the brunt of our articles.

Unlike most blogs about China and East Asia, we tend to stay away from current political affairs and are more on the cultural side, though we do dabble in politics every once in awhile. We figured the political and current event scene was covered ad nauseum by other blogs out there and didn’t want to be a ‘me too’ site. If you like music, movies, photography, culture, travel and food, you might enjoy checking us out.

We also have a continuing feature, a photo after every 3rd post, from Jesse, who lives in Beijing and has his own blog where he posts one photo per day, everyday. His headlines are as good as his photos!

As the title states, our site is called Pacific Rim Shots. You can find us here: http://pacificrimshots.com/

Hope to see you there!

May 11

minipost-How To Survive in China as a Foreigner

Written by: Steve | Filed under:-mini-posts, culture, education | Tags:, , ,
58 Comments » newest 2011-06-22 05:50:37

I ran across this recent blog entry posted by Chris Biddle, an American student living in China. It’s short, sweet and to the point.

Bring your own deodorant.  Bring your own coffee.  Get used to the smell of urine.  Smile, a lot.  Learn how to say where your from.  Understand that it’s not rude if someone asks how much money you make.  Listen to music.  Read.  Be patient.  Don’t drink tap water. Try everything at least once, especially the stuff that grosses you out, it will make for a better story.  Get out there and do stuff, try not to use the train of thought “Well, I deserve this,” too often.  If you’re a man, carry a pack of cigarettes with you and offer them to any man you meet.  They will most likely not take one, even if they do smoke, but they will appreciate the sentiment.

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Jul 01

*** ( NOTE : This is an addition to the 2nd “follow-on” article I wrote recently. I would highly recommend you read that article first before starting this one if you haven’t already. The purpose of this article is to answer a couple of questions raised by some readers. ) *** ( click here to read that follow-on article )
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Jun 27

*** ( NOTE : This is the 2nd and last “follow-on” article of the parent artcle titled : Putting the Sichuan Quake into Perspective“. This 2nd “follow-on” article, like the 1st one, is NOT meant to be a stand-alone article. I would therefore highly recommend you read that article before starting this one. The parent article is only 1 page long, and should provide the context in which this article should be viewed ) *** ( click here to read the 1st article ) Continue reading »

Jun 24

*** ( NOTE : This is a follow-on of the artcle titled : Putting the Sichuan Quake into Perspective“. This 2nd article is NOT meant to be a stand-alone article. I would therefore highly recommend you read that article before starting this one. The 1st article is only 1 page long, and should provide the context in which this article should be viewed ) *** ( click here to read the 1st article )
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Jun 22

( Note : This is a re-post of the same article taken from the blogsite : chinablogs.wordpress.com dated May 10, 2009. You are most welcomed to give your feedback using the Comments section here or on my above blogsite. You may also find the comments and my feedback on the above blogsite interesting. It includes an interesting comment from an American with first hand experience of the quake. )

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Sep 21

minipost-(Letter) To Debate or Not To Debate

Written by: guest | Filed under:-mini-posts, Analysis | Tags:,
41 Comments » newest 2008-09-25 11:17:03

It’s not my intention to be critical here. But I find this blog has evolved into a polite debating society. Comments to one post can run up to several tens or even well surpassing 100. However, they are more of opinions and criticisms rather than analysis and suggestions. Continue reading »

Aug 03

Happy 100 Days Birthday and, again, a call for help!

Written by: admin | Filed under:Announcements | Tags:, ,
29 Comments » newest 2008-08-19 18:09:56

I just realized that tomorrow would be the 100th day anniversary for our blog. In China, when a baby is 100 days old, it’s time for celebrations. So I think it’s appropriate for me to put this entry as a token of our celebration.

To continue the tradition of my previous updates (here and here), I am happy to file another “rosy” report that “our baby” is healthy and growing rapidly. You can see from our site statistics (awstats) below that, the numbers of our unique visitors have almost doubled from June to July (10,554 to 20,895). And we had 83,812 post views in the past month (wpstats). Continue reading »

Jul 16

Fool’s mountain now accepts open submission

Written by: admin | Filed under:Letters | Tags:, ,
28 Comments » newest 2010-06-09 04:23:02

As I have stated before, one of the objective of our blog is to build bridges between China and the West, to facilitate communication and understandings between Chinese and non-Chinese. Obviously, a bridge is not fully functional if all lanes on it are one-way. That’s why I think an interactive blog is such a wonderful tool. It offers a platform for us to speak out, but it also provides a channel for us to listen.

It is often said that we have one mouth and two ears for a reason, which is we should listen twice as much as we talk. It is great that our first ear is working well (we have got over 4,000 comments so far), but we want more feedback from our readers. Moreover, sometimes readers may have topics they want to discuss but we have not covered. So, in order to become better listeners and to let readers speak out more, we just added our second ear to this blog-Open submission for everyone.

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Jul 12

[原贴 Original Post]

嗯,不完全是。我知道有 “翻译服务器错误” (Translator Server Error) 的危险,但是机器翻译实在是个方便的解决语言障碍的工具。现在我们支持12种机器翻译的语言。当然了,我们期望有一天这里将成为真正的多语博客。我们真诚的邀请各位熟悉多种语言的朋友们加入我们,帮我们实现这个梦想!

Jul 09

Fool’s Mountain just became a multilingual blog

Written by: admin | Filed under:aside, culture, language | Tags:, ,
6 Comments » newest 2008-07-20 21:37:53

Well, sort of, and I know the danger of “Translator Server Error,” but machine translation is a convenient tool to remove language barriers. Continue reading »