Monthly Archives: September 2010

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The Argentinian writer Jorge Luis Borges once imagined an emperor who ordered his mapmakers to devise a perfect map of his empire. To capture every detail, the makers required ever larger maps until ultimately their map was just the size … Continue reading

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The Sentinels of Confucius

Scenes from the Confucius cemetery, a forest of several square kilometers in Qufu, his birthplace. To be in a grave mound here, you need to meet two conditions. You must be a) dead and b) a lineal male descendent of … Continue reading

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Red star rising

Today is the 15th day of the 8th month, a very full moon, and the day of the Mid-Autumn Festival, also known as the Moon Cake Festival or Lantern Festival, one of the big days in the holiday calendar.  Two … Continue reading

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UFOs over China!

In case you thought I was making up all those alien abduction stories, the other night I witnessed the mother ship lifting off for planet Zircon.  By day the saucer is cleverly disguised as a TV broadcasting tower, which we … Continue reading

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