I know, it’s been a while, but I’m back. I’ve scheduled a few posts that I’d written, but not posted, so keep an eye out for those over the next week or so. I do want to try to keep posting here regularly, so here’s my attempt at trying this again. Hopefully I’ll be able to keep this up.
Currently reading: Mao: The Real Story by Alexander Pantsov and Steven I. Levine
I’m not very far into it, maybe 30 pages or so, but it’s pretty good. I photoed copied the pronunciation guide from the beginning of the book because I kept flipping back as I was reading. This’ll save both time and the book itself (I also, of course, made a copy for H, who is reading the book as well).
Music I’ve been listening to: Big Bang, 乔任梁 (Kimi Qiao), Céu, 方大同 (Khalil Fong), 周定緯 (Judy Chou), 許仁杰 (Stanly Hsu) and 潘裕文 (Pan Yu Wen).
It’s mostly Mandopop, with a couple others stuck in there. I’m awfully predictable.
What I’m watching: Time Between Dog and Wolf (kdama), Nice Guy (kdrama) and rewatching Story of a Man/A Man’s Story (kdrama). I’ve also watched The Hobbit (it was okay and yes, it was just okay).
And now, some links of note:
- (from my dad) Robert Fulford: A vested interest in palimpsest (National Post) an interesting article about a word I’m note even sure I’m pronouncing correctly, and it’s fascinating history.
- Review of Wang, Zheng, Never Forget National Humiliation: Historical Memory in Chinese Politics and Foreign Relations (H-Net Online) I really want to read this book, even though it’s probably going to be upsetting.
- China: Last Words of 19 Tibetans Who Committed Self-Immolation (Global Voices) A very good article about a very difficult topic. The last words are heartbreaking, but give a window into the lives of Tibetans.
- Barnet library squatters to be evicted, judge rules Squatters, who have filled Friern Barnet library shelves with 8,000 books, handed six-week stay of execution before eviction (Guardian)
- The Holdout (Now I Know) A short, but interesting, article about a Japanese soldier who kept fighting World War II until 1974. I really want to read his biography.
- A rat in a box (no, really, it’s adorable) (The Animal Blog)
- Is this a toilet? (PassiveAggressiveNotes) All of these things are not toilets, even though they might look like them.
- Worried About the End of the World on Dec. 21? Don’t Be. (Bad Astronomy)
Happy Holidays, everyone!