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2012 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog. Here’s an excerpt: 600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 4,600 views in 2012. If every person who reached the … Continue reading

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Dragons and tigers

(Written June 23) Our final blowout trip has been the micro version of the stages of the year: 1.  Plans adjusted at the last minute, aka “In China, all expectations explode.”  We intended Tibet, but in honor of the 60th … Continue reading

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IT WAS NO DREAM

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My brain on China

In another life, I take brain scans and convert them to sound-and-light shows. It’s a hobby, and a research interest too ( http://www.frontiersin.org/theoretical_and_philosophical_psychology/10.3389/fpsyg.2011.00063/abstract ). It’s also a metaphor … for many things. The world may be a lumpy sluggish thing, … Continue reading

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Party schools

Tomorrow is graduation day at Nankai University and for days now students have been everywhere in their gowns, which apparently they rent for a full week. That’s a full week of photos in every possible setting and with every possible … Continue reading

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Springing

Now that spring has irrevocably sprung, the mystery of the disappearing season — winter — has emerged like a mountain from the mist, along with its solution. First, summer: hot, humid, cicadas to shout over. Then, precipitous chill, and season … Continue reading

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The Year of the Bunny

It was the most beautiful thing I have ever seen. One of my Oberlin teachers once told a story about taking his 4-year-old daughter to Times Square.  As they gazed at the flow of light, suddenly David noticed that his … Continue reading

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