"no ducks allowed"
18th august, 2014
"no ducks allowed"
18th august, 2014
i was testing out my new camera with this shot. it’s pretty badly framed, but i like the colors.
8th august, 2014
this was the last photo i took in scotland before leaving for china.
august 9th, 2014
this is what happens when you type “how to get” into china’s version of google, baidu.
*for the record, i was looking for information about getting photos off my phone via usb. i have no current interest in murder.
right now i’m in huainan (淮南), the city where i’m meant to spend the next yr working.
i just arrived this morning, having spent the past two weeks in hefei, where i used to live. i spent those weeks seeing old friends and meeting new ones.
huainan is a strange little place. the campus where i live is beautiful. there are trees and lots of bamboo, and beyond them i can see hills. above me, there is blue sky. it’s quiet except for the gentle rumble of a train in the distance, or a tractor chugging by.
in short, it’s very unlike hefei.
i start teaching next monday and before then i will be busy with meetings and preparation. i still don’t really know what my job is.
but i’m back online, finally, which i’m sure will be as much a blessing as a curse.
it’s been a week since i had internet access. today i got online at a cafe using a vpn.
conclusion: the internet sucks.
but i already knew that. the world is a depressing enough place without having to listen to other people’s thoughts - the idiots justifying this thing or that thing. the idiots sharing stupid crap.
when did “sharing” become an awful, awful thing?
my thoughts on china after ~15 months away:
it’s more chinese than i remember. like people actually ride bicycles. you used to think about china and think of people on bikes, but no one actually did it since years ago. now president xi told them to do it and so they all do. also, everyone dresses more patriotically. they wear army-type gear and both the bike and army-gear stores are new and booming.
apart from that, it’s the same insane development. old houses ripped down for widening motorways, buildings sprouting from nowhere, people getting richer and richer.
there are more foreigners, too. no one is interested in laowai anymore, which is odd. everyone goes to cafes and foreign bars to get their fix, instead of staring and saying “hello!”
got a new camera yesterday.
i’ve been reading this book recently. it’s the incredibly dark but beautifully told story of a girl from berlin who moves to london and america, ultimately ending up in a mental hospital. it’s on kindle and definitely worth a read.
Mark Dery takes a deep, dark look at the world of Chilopodophobia, compliments of Will Burroughs.
i fucking hate centipedes. they truly are a supremely evil creature, and i can almost understand burroughs’ notion of them being extraterrestrial in origin.
in china my garden was originally plagued by centipedes, and on a few occasions i found them in my house. thankfully, the ones indoors were mostly small and easily killed. the ones outside were a different matter.
killing a centipede is not a particularly easy thing to do. they are tough and extremely violent. when you cut one in half, the two halves will fight to the death. i don’t even know how that’s possible, but i’ve seen it several times.
once i found a nest of centipedes - thousands of babies. i did the only reasonable thing and ran to get a kettle of boiled water and a bottle of bleach, and exterminated the bastards. that was more or less the end of the infestation.
in china, boiling water is the preferred method of killing these beasts, partly because it is so effective, but partly because they are valuable when killed and left in tact. they can be sold as medicine, apparently.
patti smith? haruki murakami?
i looked out my window and thought,
"someone has photoshopped the sky."
thank u this mean’s a lot
I’m digging the new Roggenbuck style
the short story that Steve reads in included in Pop Serial 5 btw
of all the cacti in the world, this one was funny enough that i kept a picture of it for 6 yrs. unfortunately, the glare of the sun has obscured the plant’s name, but i’m pretty sure it says “cocktus.”
the other day, the times of israel ran an opinion piece about why it’s morally acceptable - in some cases - to commit genocide.
the story suggests that because hamas is a terrorist organization which is opposed to the evil acts committed by the israelis, and because they operate in the world’s largest prison, that israel has the moral right to murder everyone there as a way of sending a message to hamas.
this opinion piece of course doesn’t reflect 100% of israeli people, but it does reflect the opinion of their govt and many of their people (95%, according to recent surveys).
according to israeli “logic,” it is acceptable to murder civilians - incl. children - in order to send a message to a terrorist organization. in fact, it is acceptable to slaughter these people endlessly, without letting them get out of the firing range, just to send a message to hamas. they toss around the word “terrorist” to justify the massacre of innocents.
okay. let’s pretend for a moment that this is acceptable. let’s pretend that murdering civilians isn’t terrorism itself, and that it is a perfectly reasonable way of dealing with a terrorist organization. let’s also forget that this terrorist organization exists to counter the terrorist state of israel in the first place.
so, following this “logic” it is okay to butcher civilians in order to stop an evil terrorist organization from butchering civilians. there is only one answer, then: nuke israel.
yes, it’s the only logical thing to do, folks. let’s round up every country in the world with a strong military force and a desire to look big and tough. tell them to practice their missile targeting first, then get their soldiers to stretch their legs, dust off their tanks, and then finally nuke those fuckers to death.
hit a school? shit, it’s not our fault.
hit a hospital? big deal.
hit a designated shelter? fuck them, there were probably terrorists in there.
of course, it’s important to build a giant wall and make sure that not a single israeli can get out. not the women, nor the children. terrorists like disguising themselves as women and children, so it would be a ruse. they all must die.
nuke israel! kill them all! murder every child!
if this sounds sick, disgusting, evil, or in any way less than palatable, then ask yourself what the fuck israel is doing at the moment. committing a genocide against them, or a mass slaughter of any kind, is obviously wrong, but apparently right and wrong can simply be rewritten with liberal application of the word “terrorist.”