So everyone in the office has been riding me to post more often. Of course, no one wants to do any of the heavy lifting and help. That would be too logical and…helpful.
The last two weeks have been full to the brim with visitors from central China, Hong Kong and Germany (yes really, here in Salem, VA), sales calls, and computer crashes (my God, does Microsoft suck – Apple, I’m comin’ baby).
I have some great food and travel blogging drafted, but it is 3:15 AM, and I’ve been going since 7:00 AM yesterday, so you get some random dreck, DJ-style, like the great Instapundit (and yes that’s me hoping for some linky love). I’ve been saving these up for a while, but they are still current and topical.
- Reuters – Google phases out Microsoft Windows use: report – GOOD; Vista is a war crime and the entire Office 2007 suite should have resulted in public hangings in Redmond. How do you screw up Excel with stoopid menus? I swear they could mess up a calculator.
- Financial Times – Rival tablets ready to bite into iPad lead – and they’re not even talking about the knock-offs you can buy on the streets of Shenzhen.
- The Anchoress – Witnessing the heart as it cracks – UPDATED – this is now quite dated by all the other bad things that happened in the Gulf of Mexico. I only post it here to make the point whether you like Obama or not, having a President in the White House who the entire world (especially our Chinese creditors) see as an incompetent fool is not a good thing.
- New York Times – Virus Ravages Cassava Plants in Africa – This is quite sad, as Africa has enough problems. I will be interested to see if the new colonial masters, the Chinese, come to the rescue with either aid or a scientific solution. Somehow I doubt either scenario, but I sure hope I am wrong.
- AutoblogGreen – Study: Mass adoption of EVs in China will lead to tremendously higher emissions – It took me several minutes to stop laughing after I read this. That Law of Unintended Consequences really is a bitch. I love it when the local tree-huggers tell me about all the green technologies in use in China. I wish I had a clear photo of the street lamps on a showpiece stretch of highway from Liantang to Buji. The bulbs are fluorescent and the lamps have solar collectors and windmills! They should be totally awesomely green, right?! Except there is no consistent wind, the smog blocks out the sun and the bulbs are all broken. Other than that, they are on the right track.
- The Telegraph (UK) – Chinese hiding three million babies a year – I know far more young people in China with siblings than the One Child Policy would suggest. Anyway, as Mike is famous for saying, “there are 1.3 billion people in China – people be ****ing.” Speaking of which…
- The Sun (UK) – Saying Sorry to China with Sex – Well, I for one applaud the young lady for trying to heal such old and deep wounds. I mean, what have YOU done today to atone for the atrocities in Nanjing? On a similar note…
- Good**** – China’s looming woman shortage: 5 possible consequences – this blog post is safe, but please note the site itself is NOT SAFE FOR WORK as the blog title suggests. Despite the location of this post, the point is very valid – such an imbalance (India is said to have a similar problem) is a huge flash-point as Beijing tries to control China’s rapid ascent.
- Walter Russell Mead – Marx Awakes as China Rises – an erudite end to this post. If you don’t read Mr. Mead regularly, you should.
Actually, I have to end with some key words to boost our SEO, since that’s the original reason for this blog in the first place. So here goes:
Contract Manufacturing, Contract Packaging, Contract Assembly – rah, rah, rah, sis boom bah! Please feel free to contact me about our contract capabilities!
4:00 AM – good night, Irene.