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10 over 100
November 11, 2005
it'd make me happy if you guys all checked out 10 over 100, a website i've been working on pretty furiously these past few weeks. i think it's one of the better things i've done with myself so far, and if you like what you see tell your friends! ... and for now, just ignore that I haven't posted in 13 months :)
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where things stand
October 27, 2004
it's been a while since the last post, partly because i've been using my computer as little as possible since i got back, and partly because the things i'm doing these days are not nearly as interesting as the things i was doing a couple of months ago. or at least, not nearly as photogenic.

basically, i'm sad that it's over, and happy to be back. spending a year away from everything was fantastic, but tough. having a car, a bed, a music collection, a guitar, a toothbrush with bristles -- it changes everything. but i miss trying to force thoughts into other languages, my beijing buddies, biltong and shebeens.

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safe and sound
August 10, 2004
i'm back at home in berkeley. i am still trying to figure out what the last year means. when i do, i'll say something about it here.
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yellow mountain
July 9, 2004
huang shan is the one place in china i vividly remember from my visit eleven years ago. thankfully - despite the addition of a few hundred hotels and a few million tourists - not a whole lot has changed. i mean, a whole lot has changed, but the mountain is still there, the views are still pretty nice and the sunrise is still impossibly perfect.

           

yellow mountain is also the place where they filmed crouching tiger hidden dragon. if you didn't immediately recognize it from afar, there are plenty of billboards to remind you. only in china would they obstruct your view of a mountain with a picture of that same mountain with a movie actor on top.


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jiuzhaigou
July 2, 2004
after the trip to tagong i went north to jiuzhaigou national park, about twelve hours from chengdu. it's full of lakes and whirlpools and waterfalls and other contortions of water, all of which are in an amazing shade of blue that water isn't usually shaded. i think the best thing to do is just put up pictures. here they are:

           

p.s. if you're like me and are always sadistically looking for reasons to pillage and burn the offices of the lonely planet (but use the book in every new town regardless), the jiuzhaigou section will make you drool. prices, maps, phone numbers, locations of major bodies of water, and -- most insidiously -- information on the legality of staying overnight in the park, are all wrong.


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china's wild west
June 20, 2004
western china feels, in many ways, more tibetan than tibet. the plateau isn't as high and the air isn't as thin, but the people share the same traditions and are, if anything, a lot easier to talk to. all the travel permits and army checkpoints made tibet a pretty unfriendly place to travel; i was whispered stories of microphones in monasteries, undercover monks and blacklisted tour guides. In tibetan-dominated Sichuan province, by contrast, the main difficulty was deciphering the erratic bus schedule; people welcomed me to their homes and eagerly showed me pictures of the dalai lama. these pictures are from tagong, as well as a nearby panda reserve.

           


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two choice encounters
June 9, 2004
a bunch of people have asked me what it is that i've been doing for the past year. at one point i posted something about my typical day in cape verde, but my typical day has changed a lot since. recently - partially due to the fact that i've been moving around so much - there haven't been many typical days. so, rather than posting 'typical day, pt. 2', i thought i'd instead write about two recent encounters related to my watson project. though a far cry from what most people would call "academic research," these are pretty good examples of what has come to constitute my "watson research."

monkey pictures: this had less to do with computers and the internet than it did to do with my digital camera. in tsongkappa's meditation cave, along the pilgrim route around ganden monastery (about 2 bumpy hours from lhasa - see first two pics), i met my first holy photographer. he was a young monk - late 20's - who had been stationed outside the entrance to the cave to collect alms and ensure that people didn't mess with the sacred murals.

              

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outer china
June 8, 2004
over the past three weeks, on an epileptic tour of china's wild west (see map), i went to too many places to digest in words. so, this is a pictures post. this first set is from tibet, which is a place that was made to be photographed. (though i just found out that neither kundun nor seven years in tibet were filmed in tibetů)

              

photos of tibet are easily recognizable because you can see forever. i was told it's all the holiness that makes the land so beautiful. i can believe that. the next few aren't as majestic, i guess, but i like them anyways. these are of some uyghur and kyrgz people in xinjiang province:

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