Wednesday, October 17, 2007

English in China

Did you notice anything wrong with this photo?

China is currently holding the 17th National Congress of the Communist Party of China (CPC) (中國共產黨第十七次全國代表大會), which starts on Monday Oct 15th. This is a big event! Reporters from all over the world are in China reporting this event. Surprisingly, the reporters area has something funny to entertain the reporters. The "r" in "Journalist" is missing and becomes "Jounalist".

This is ridicules! "Journalist" is such a simple word! Having a misspelled word in such an international event is simply a big joke! As a Chinese, I do feel very sad. :(

Ming Pao News

Thursday, October 4, 2007

Bailong Elevator

I've found another reason why I want to travel to China... I want to visit Bailong Elevator (百龍觀光電梯)!!

This 326m high elevator is located in Zhangjiajie, China (張家界, 武陵源風景區). It has three Guinness World Records:
  • World’s tallest full-exposure outdoor elevator
  • World’s tallest double-deck sightseeing elevator
  • World’s fastest passenger traffic elevator with biggest carrying capacity
Going from bottom to top of cliff only takes 2 mins. Other means (e.g. cars) will take 4 hours.

However, due to the potential harm to the surrounding landscape, this elevator's future remains uncertain. I hope I'll have a chance to visit it before it closes down.

Deputy Dog <- This site also talks about other famous elevators as well. Awesome Asia

Slowest lamborghini

Two artists, Benedict Radcliffe and Ben Wilson, created a fully functional, pedal
powered, wire frame lamborghini for the first UK art car parade.

This is the slowest lamborghini car I ever knew. It can probably go 5 - 10 km per hour??

Design Boom

Play-Doh Bunnies

Sony's latest Bravia TV commercial "Play-Doh" is finally out!!
It includes lots of Play-Doh Bunnies hopping through New York. Those bunnies are so cute!!
Ever since I read the news in August about Sony filming a new commercial with Play-Doh Bunnies, I've been waiting for the commercial to come out... And it's finally out!! :D

A team of 40 animators spent three weeks choreographing the models to produce the 90 secs commercial. 2.5 tons of plasticine were used. The bunnies effect and other effects (including the 200 square foot purple plasticine wave, the whale "swim" through the streets of Manhattan, etc) were done while New Yorkers went about their daily lives. It's amazing!!

You can watch the ad at Bravia web site:

Wednesday, October 3, 2007

William Tell Momism

Comedian and mom Anita Renfroe has condensed "What a mom would say in 24 hours" into a 2 minutes and 55 seconds William Tell Overture. "William Tell Momism" song is part of her "Total Momsense" DVD.

It's funny!!
The best part is "You don't need the reason why... because... because... because... I said so... I said so... I said so... I am the Mom... the Mom... the Mom...". It's so true. Moms always make children follow what they say. Any why? It's because they are the MOM!!

Anita Renfroe website:

Tuesday, October 2, 2007

Dark chocolate could cure fatigue syndrome

It seems dark chocolate is very good for human. Other than the fact that it will lead to weight gain. Well, this is just like a famous saying: If you gain something, you'll lose something.

In addition to the previous chocolcate advantage, new research finds that high-cocoa dark chocolate could ease symptoms of chronic fatigue syndrome. Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), also known as ME, is a condition with a diverse range of symptoms but particularly characterised by profound muscle fatigue after physical exertion. The research found that patients with this condition experienced significantly less fatigue after eating 45 g of dark chocolate a day.

Prof. Atkins explained that polyphenols are present in large quantities in dark chocolate. Polyphenols have been linked to reductions in blood pressure, as well as other health advantages. Atkins and team believe the polyphenols are having an impact on levels of serotonin in the brain.

I don't have muscle fatigue, but I do feel very sleepy at work... May be it's time to buy some dark chocolates...

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