June 2013

A look back at 5 years ago

June 25, 2013 // 1 Comment

This week, my wife and I are celebrating 5 years of marriage together.  At times we both forget just how much we went through to be together.  We met in Beijing, in the most beautiful hostel that I think either of us had ever stayed in– The Red Lantern.  http://www.redlanternhouse.com/ She was staying there with a group of friends, I was there with my good friend Billy and his wife Virgia.  We had been touring China from Hong Kong up and were a little weary from the long journey.  We had a plan to stay the night at the Red Lantern and then head up and spend the night on the Great Wall of China.  I had managed to arrange through the Chinese network the chance to do an overnight on the Wall and we jumped at the opportunity. Except that I met Lili the night before– and had seen something very special in her.  To make a long story short, I decided to let Billy and Virgia have a romantic night […]

The Snowden Snowball

June 24, 2013 // 0 Comments

For the last several weeks, the case of Edward Snowden has been taking over the national political spectrum and spinning off lots of stories as the US Federal government attempts to track down this “traitor”. The media and the government appear to be working in a “trusted partnership” with each other in keeping the public as up to date as possible of Mr. Snowden’s whereabouts, but they seem to have forgotten the message that Snowden was attempting to deliver– that all of our conversations and data are being collected and stored by the Government. It is very interesting/mildy scary how the media spins the story of Snowden. The biggest question isn’t what is in the information that was leaked– but how someone has access to these files, which I believe misses the point (interntionally). http://www.nytimes.com/2013/06/10/us/former-cia-worker-says-he-leaked-surveillance-data.html?pagewanted=all This is a great example of how the media works to stay away from speaking of the specifics of the “leak”. A first hand account from Snowden of why he blew the whistle: http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/jun/09/edward-snowden-nsa-whistleblower-surveillance This is a […]