July 2006

On Education Part II

July 29, 2006 // 0 Comments

Spending the last couple of days doing research for what I hope will be a book in the next year has taken into one of the pathways that I know will require a lot of research in the coming months.The subject–higher education in China.A large part of what I intend to write has a direct correlation to what the purpose of recruiting foreign teachers to teach at the University level in China is really for. From the time that I arrived in China, I was constantly wondering why they choose to spend so much time and effort recruiting foreigners (especially white American and British citizens) and then when we arrive, are not given any training about what we are to teach specifically. Reading the different opinions about the Chinese educational system holds nearly as much propoganda as researching former Chinese leadership. However, it would seem that the main issue that the Chinese are dealing with when it comes to the aspect of higher education is a three fold issue. First, the system […]

Last Day in Chenzhou

July 29, 2006 // 0 Comments

These are the last photos of China.At least the ones that were taken–as I go through and edit most of this over the coming months, in preparation for the book that I am planning to spend the next year on, I will hopefully be able to bring new pictures that missed the first round.This is of what could be the ugliest baby I saw all year– bless him. Red Hot Chili Peppers Need I say more? Chenzhou Mommas.

July 27, 2006 // 0 Comments

First of all, I hate pop up ads.By this time in the expansion of the net, a few things should have happened. First and foremost, people with pop-up ads should be put on a list and all people who use the net should boycott these products.Next, I am working for about two hours each day until I start work at Microsoft next Tuesday working on the start of the Chinese experience. Its difficult to write!!!I will more than likely be posting another blog site to work on it from while preserving this one as I think this chapter of my life is coming to a close. Not sure how its all going to work out at this point, but I am going to continue to post pics and comments to this site, with China specifically being this blog.So, if you like China, stay tuned– And boycott pop up ads.🙂

Pearl Jam

July 24, 2006 // 0 Comments

I have been back in the country for exactly two weeks and I already have my first show completed. Last night, Pearl Jam played at the Gorge, in beautiful George, Washington. (See my previous posting on the Gorge). 2006-07-23GeorgeWashingtonGorge AmphitheatreDownloadSet 1Severed Hand, Corduroy, World Wide Suicide, Gods’ Dice, Animal, Do The Evolution, In Hiding, Green Disease, Even Flow, Marker In The Sand, Wasted Reprise, Better Man/(Save it for Later), Army Reserve, Garden, Rats, Whipping, Jeremy, Why GoEncore 1I Won’t Back Down, Life Wasted, Big Wave, Satan’s Bed, Spin The Black Circle, AliveEncore 2Given To Fly, Little Wing, Crazy Mary, Comatose, Fuckin’ Up, Yellow Ledbetter I will have to admit that from the excitement that had been building over the last couple weeks of the potential of going to the shows that I was slightly dissapointed by the overall experience.Its not that I didn’t like the show, but I have seen Pearl Jam in much better form. Several factors I think heightened this issue, the top factor being the overall heat at the […]

July 24, 2006 // 0 Comments

The gorge is a funny place.I remember going there a decade ago and it was this cool little venue in Eastern Washington. Over the years, I have seen it decline significantly with all of the different rules and policies it produces for the sole purpose of getting more revenue out of the concert goers.Camping is probably the biggest offender. In the old days it simply used to a first come, first served camping situation and it was reasonable. Now, you can buy the tickets directly from ticketmonster and its expensive. A camping pass is over 30 bucks now for every night and most of the people that camp there do it loudly.But this year, the other problems seem to have slightly corrected themselves. Last night at Pearl Jam, they allowed cameras and water to be brought it without any problem and there not police everywhere you looked. Perhaps the gorge is learning that a few small changes might make people that the commute a little more often. Perhaps, I was just lucky […]

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