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ongoing fragmented essay by Tim Bray
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On Liking Beijing

Tbray Ongoing By Tim Bray on 15/04/2019 pm30 21:00:00

It’s complicated. No big city offers just one flavor. Beijing (only China’s third biggest) has plenty. I feel no need to go back (see Disliking Beijing) but I liked some Read the article
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On Disliking Beijing

Tbray Ongoing By Tim Bray on 14/04/2019 pm30 21:00:00

Walking the Great Wall was fun, but Beijing is more intense, leaving me with strong and mixed feelings. There’s a lot to dislike, and on balance I can’t imagine wanting to live there. (But see also On Liking Beijing.) Read the article
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Fujifilm X-T30

Tbray Ongoing By Tim Bray on 11/04/2019 pm30 21:00:00

I bought the latest Fuji in Hong Kong. Herewith the how and why, and twenty-four Chinese-flavored photos as supporting evidence. Um, if you’re visiting on a less-than-fast Internet link, you might have to wait a bit for ’em. Sorry ’bout that Read the article
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2,700 km

Tbray Ongoing By Tim Bray on 09/04/2019 pm30 21:00:00

That’s the distance from Hong Kong to Beijing, and if you’re on a train that cruises at 306km/h, you can leave at 8:05AM and arrive one minute past five in the afternoon. The train has a number and a Wikipedia entry: G80 (check it out for some cool pix of the train). I suspect that not that many readers have taken this, so herewith words and pictures Read the article
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Visiting Buddha

Tbray Ongoing By Tim Bray on 07/04/2019 pm30 21:00:00

Its official name is Tian Tan Buddha but everyone in Hong Kong just says “Big Buddha” and indeed it’s maybe the biggest tourist attraction. That’s OK, it’s worth visiting and you probably should if you’re there. I offer no insights about Asian religions but some possibly-useful tourist advice and a couple of pictures that make me smile Read the article
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The Surface of China

Tbray Ongoing By Tim Bray on 06/04/2019 pm30 21:00:00

What happened was, the girls are finishing Grade Seven so we walked the Great Wall of China. This actually makes perfect sense. By “the girls” I mean my daughter and a schoolfriend; they’ve been in Mandarin Bilingual elementary and have learned quite a bit of Chinese. They may be at their maximum proficiency for a while, since their high schools’ Mandarin offerings aren’t that great. So we (I mean the girls’ parents) thought we should expose them to some Real Chinese. Except for none of the adults speak any, so we went shopping for tours and picked Walk the Great Wall of China Read the article
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Fun With Semiotics

Tbray Ongoing By Tim Bray on 17/03/2019 pm31 20:00:00

I just finished reading The Seventh Function of Language by Laurent Binet; it’s impossibly erudite and also hilarious. If you remember the Eighties and if have some idea why Foucault, Giscard, Nastase, and Eco were interesting, you might really enjoy it, especially if you’re also entertained by sex, violence, and conspiracy theory Read the article
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Pink Floyd Dad Jokes

Tbray Ongoing By Tim Bray on 13/03/2019 pm31 20:00:00

I took my 12-year-old and 19-year-old to see Nick Mason’s Saucerful of Secrets tour (Lauren had choir practice). The band was grizzled, grey, and genial; when Nick closed by saying “We hope you had as much fun as we did” we felt he meant it. Their stage banter was that of well-bred Englishmen, dry and mild Read the article
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Pink Floyd Dad Jokes

Tbray Ongoing By Tim Bray on 13/03/2019 pm31 20:00:00

I took my 12-year-old and 19-year-old to see Nick Mason’s Saucerful of Secrets tour (Lauren had choir practice). The band was grizzled, grey, and genial; when Nick closed by saying “We hope you had as much fun as we did” we felt he meant it. Their stage banter was that of well-bred Englishmen, dry and mild Read the article
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Graying Out

Tbray Ongoing By Tim Bray on 11/03/2019 pm31 20:00:00

For many years I’ve interacted with my fellow humans, I think perhaps more than any other way, via the medium of Internet chat. But in my chat window, they’re fading, one by one. This problem is technical and personal and I felt it ought not to go unrecognized Read the article

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