Friday, June 30, 2006

Bloglines is getting better!

It seems bloglines has added a sound player!!! yey!

I was seriously starting to think to more to google reader (which has also greatly improved recently!)
I'm still trying to figure out how i can use both...

Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Mondial 2006: Italie

Mondial 2006: Italie, année zéro: "La rédemption par la victoire ou la grande cavalcade en enfer? C’est un truc dingo de qui se passe dans la Squadra azzurra, quand on y songe. Voilà une équipe, qui, en dépit des critiques sur son jeu, avance dans la compétition - servie par un tableau aux petits oignons faut bien dire- tout en vivant au rythme des secousses façon rodéo qui secouent le calcio. Voilà une équipe qui vit le Mondial comme un refuge, comme une parenthèse, avant le jugement dernier et n'en laisse rien paraître... ou si peu. Les 23 italiens sont quasi tous concernés par le plus grand scandale du foot italien, avec quatre clubs majeurs -Juventus Turin, AC Milan, Lazio Rome, Fiorentina- qui pourraient se voir rétrogradés dare-dare jusque dans les profondeurs de la série C.
Le jugement en première instance sera d'ailleurs rendu entre le 7 et le 9 juillet, soit... le jour de la fin du Mondial… Alessandro Del Piero et Gianluca Zambrotta ont quitté mardi le camp de l'Italie à Duisbourg pour se rendre au chevet de Pessotto, à Turin, après la tentative de suicide hier de l’ancien international turinois, responsable sportif du club. Aujourd’hui, la Gazzetta consacre ses huit premières pages à l’affaire Pessotto mais aussi au " Moggiopoli ", cette vaste entreprise de corruption qui déballe ses merdes, jour après jour, avant de revenir au jeu et de faire le point sur l'état de la squadra et de pointer les forces (défense) et faiblesses (attaque) de l'équipe en Allemagne… Et sur le pré, les Italiens sont toujours là, avec quoi dans la tronche ? allez savoir ? Et s'ils la gagnaient?"

crazy chinese commentator (3)

OK. Last post on this "Huang Jianxiang incident"... don't know why this story attracts me so much...

BBC SPORT | World Cup 2006 Blog | My soul is crumbling: " Penalty! Penalty! Penalty! Grosso's done it,
Grosso's done it! The great Italian left back! He succeeded in the glorious traditions of Italy! Facchetti, Cabrini and Maldini, their souls are infused in him at this moment! Grosso represents the long history and traditions of Italian soccer, he's not fighting alone at this moment! He's not alone!

More was to come when Francesco Totti converted the spot-kick.

Goooooal! Game over! Italy win! Beat the Australians! They do not fall in front of Hiddink again! Italy the great! Left back the great! Happy birthday to Maldini! Forza Italia! The victory belongs to Italy, to Grosso, to Cannavaro, to Zambrotta, to Buffon, to Maldini, to everyone who loves Italian soccer! Hiddink ... lost all his courage faced with Italian history and traditions ... He finally reaped fruits which he had sown! They should go home. They don't need to go as far away as Australia as most of them are living in Europe. Farewell!"

Crazy CCTV football commentator (2)

Crazy CCTV football commentator:
in the comment section:
"The Chinese commentary standard generally is abysmal....so many errors in names of players, facts and so on, plus an incredible lack of knowledge and expression...at least this guy was showing a bit of passion! My top two CCTV commentary bits:

Germany v Poland, 92 minutes, Germany snatch a late winner....we see the goal, get three replays, all the while the dude is screaming BALLACK! BALLACK!! INCREDIBLE!! BALLACK!! Problem was, Michael Ballack didn't get the goal, it was Oliver Neuville.....

Holland vs Portugal, 70 minutes
A dirty game, but very entertaining - alas the commentator was unimpressed by the play. After Deco hacks down a Dutch player, the commentator, in the most sneering way possible, says 'Chinese fans want to see exciting play and excellent teamwork, not such violence'.....pah! U ever seen a taxi smash mate??? There is nothing that the Chinese love more than gawking at a couple of guys going at it bell and whistle!!!

I've been so amazed and impressed by how my Chinese co-workers have got into this World Cup, such interest and enthusiasm....I guess ignorance of decent coverage is bliss."

and then:
"Angus: Ironically, Chinese fans seem to enjoy those kinds of mistakes - Han Qiaosheng is one commentator notorious for his errors, and seems to have made a career out of it: http://pianpian.160.cc/yourindex/aindex/a0001.htm"

Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Crazy CCTV football commentator

Crazy CCTV football commentator;
Fictional foreign news?
: "During last night's live broadcast of the Italy - Australia football World Cup game, CCTV's announcer Huang Jianxiang (黄健翔) got rather excited, and took sides with the Italians, saying things like 'Don't give the Australians any chances!' and after Italy won, 'Long live Italy!' "

En Français, sur les commentaires de foot en Chine.
Italy vs Australia

Lucky Italy last night.
Totti Penalty Kick at the 95th minute.

Friday, June 23, 2006

Sichuan Pepper

Sichuan Pepper - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia [Anonymoused] because inside china:
not anonymoused: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sichuan_pepper
"Sichuan pepper (or Szechuan pepper) is the outer pod of the tiny fruit of a number of species in the genus Zanthoxylum (most commonly Zanthoxylum piperitum, Zanthoxylum simulans, and Zanthoxylum sancho), widely grown and consumed in Asia as a spice. Despite the name, it is not related to black pepper. It is widely used in the cuisine of Sichuan, China, from which it takes its name, as well as Tibetan, Bhutani, and Japanese cuisines, among others.

It is known in Chinese as 花椒 , pinyin: huājiāo, literally 'flower pepper'; a lesser-used name is 山椒 shānjiāo, 'mountain pepper' (not to be confused with Tasmanian mountain pepper). In Japanese, it is 山椒 sanshō, using the same Chinese characters as shanjiao. In Tibetan, it is known as emma."
Article en Français (plus petit mais interessant):
Malgré son nom, cette épice ne fait pas partie de la famille du poivre, mais bien de celle du citron.
Interesting point i've heard about but didn't know why before:
From 1968 to 2005, the United States Food and Drug Administration banned the importation of Sichuan peppercorns because they were found to be capable of carrying citrus canker (as the tree is in the same family, Rutaceae, as the genus Citrus). This bacterial disease, which is very difficult to control, could potentially harm the foliage and fruit of citrus crops in the U.S. It was never an issue of harm in human consumption. The import ban was only loosely enforced until 2002 [1]. In 2005, the USDA and FDA lifted the ban, provided the peppercorns are heated to around 70 degrees Celsius (160 degrees Fahrenheit) to kill the canker bacteria before importation.

Earthquake near Minshan Natural Reserve

An earthquake in Gansu, but actually a few kilometers away from Minshan area in Sichuan.

Three people were reported to be injured in the moderate earthquake jolting southern Gansu, northwest China, in the wee hours on Wednesday, with Linjiang and Liping townships in Wenxian County being the worst hit.

wwf2006 tagged map by user - Tagzania

check the item at the top right corner (mouse over or click)

Thursday, June 22, 2006

Skype's Chinese censorware

RConversation: Skype's Chinese censorware: "Some good news and some bad news about Skype censorship in China. Since I last wrote about how Skype has admitted without apology that it allows its Chinese partner, TOM Online, to censor user chats with the joint Chinese-language TOM-Skype client, a lot of people have been downloading and testing the TOM-Skype client to try and figure out exactly what it actually censors.

China Environmental News Digest: More Pandas in China Than First Thought [Anonymoused]

China Environmental News Digest: More Pandas in China Than First Thought [Anonymoused]:

"Scientists using DNA samples have doubled their estimates of the wild panda population in a nature sanctuary in China, a finding they say bodes well for the survival of the endangered species.

The researchers believe between 66 and 72 pandas are living in the Wanglang Nature Reserve _ more than twice the previous estimate of 32, said Wei Fumin, a zoologist at the Chinese Academy of Sciences."

Wednesday, June 21, 2006


A chinese song I actually like...




A google translation:
(don't complain, i give it to you for free)
I come from the spring You said to be separated in the autumn Nothing better to say that you But I can back Why is this You are in our hearts deep Do you want to ask Accompany me to Dilaotianhuang If love is so sad Why not let me share Day and night are not asking you to answer How do you change Want to ask you dare Like you said, I love Want to ask you dare Like I do Weiaichikuang Like I do Weiaichikuang What do you think

Weather, fog - cloudy Living in this city Now where is your Volume cigarettes, hide house Our thoughts are not out inundate Music release point, the mood regulating Read out from the 24th floor balcony We return to the past Although the winter of that year Let you feel wronged Some buried so long Said that not beautiful On the bottom of their hearts, they become memories Fair, the heart Gradually turned into a hot ice Feelings never child's play Is your room No one will believe I have never been strange you Even those Mancheng rain You have hurt me and You hurt me and Fair, the heart Gradually turned into a hot ice Feelings never child's play You (I) gives No one will believe I still love you Time we move reminder My heart was stuck in situ

Plastic/cloth bag activity

The cloth-bag looks too good, so clients wants it so much that they lose their reason.

The article written in the local newspaper emphasis on the money aspect (to make the story interesting).

You can find an approximate translation here (google).

This woman, smiling on the pictures, is actually complaining about the quality of the bag she get: she wants another one!

To summarize the "plastic bag activity", clients could exchange their plastic bag against a cloth bag at the exit of the store. For free. It's what we call a environment awareness campain. Small scale one. The thing is, a 88 yuans limit was establish to limit the number of people accessing to the supreme joy to have the nice free bag...

Monday, June 19, 2006

Bus Breakdown, Chengdu

The other night in Chengdu, coming back from the airport (airport bus to minshan hotel for 10rmb, and then bus 99 for 1rmb), my bus broke down. couldn't start the engine anymore. so what do we do? we try to push it ofcourse!

I would have helped but... i had to take the pics! plus, there was no space to help.

Hey guys! look over here! (no, i didn't say that. they are looking at the next bus that is coming and who is going to save us...)

Everybody got on the next 99 bus, leaving the broke bus behind. Don't worry about it, we saw it a bit further, going faster than us, empty and going to the bus garage. Posted by Picasa


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Old familly pics

Old familly pics
Originally uploaded by Philou.cn.

back from a first trip to Minshan area. here are some pics from there.

Sunday, June 18, 2006

Les blogs, sites et forums de voyages sont plébiscités par les globe-trotters

Les blogs, sites et forums de voyages sont plébiscités par les globe-trotters: "Internet révolutionne le voyage. Touristes, voyageurs au long cours et expatriés ont de plus en plus recours aux blogs, sites et forums de voyage. Et si les ventes de guides traditionnels se maintiennent, une incursion sur le web est désormais un préalable au moindre voyage, particulièrement à l’étranger."


La ruée des jeunes Français vers la Chine

La ruée des jeunes Français vers la Chine: "Une centaine de jeunes français débarquent chaque mois à Shanghai dans l’espoir de trouver un travail ou de monter une entreprise. Ce chiffre étonnant, évalué par les services consulaires faute de statistiques officielles, témoigne d’un phénomène en pleine expansion : l’expatriation en Chine d’un nombre croissant de jeunes Français, déçus par le manque d’emplois et de perspectives de carrières intéressantes dans leur pays. Un choix d’aventuriers."


Thursday, June 8, 2006

S’installer en Chine ?

S’installer en Chine ? Les conseils d’un sénateur: "Les 7 recommandations du sénateur pour s’implanter en Chine :

- Etre prêt à beaucoup travailler ;
- Avoir la volonté de collaborer avec les Chinois, en apprenant des rudiments de leur langue ;
- Faire preuve de psychologie, ne jamais humilier et « faire perdre la face » ;
- Profiter du marché en pleine explosion, et cibler les énormes opportunités ;
- Mûrir sa décision et étudier la situation et l’actualité du pays avant de choisir de s’y implanter ;
- Avoir un support économique chinois, condition nécessaire à l’implantation d’une entreprise étrangère. Trouver sur place le bon associé.
- Avoir conscience que cette explosion économique peut être aussi rapide et fulgurante qu’éphémère."

Contacts :

- Michel Guerry, sénateur des Français établis hors de France :
- email : m.guerry@senat.fr
- site internet : www.guerry.info.

Wednesday, June 7, 2006

Tagzania blog link to my Tagzania account

Photos and other resources - Tagzania Blog | News and Announcements: " This long-awaited and requested feature, pictures, photos at Tagzania is ready. We introduced it yesterday, and some users are already documenting their places with pictures from Sicilia, Cuba or elsewhere."

That's right! That's me, linked in "elsewhere"... that's because I put some links to flickr in my worldwide tag places that are: French Guyana, Cameroon, China and Italy.

I plan to add pics to all my places of my Tagmap.

Tuesday, June 6, 2006

Chengdu Weather

Originally uploaded by Kim & David.

May 21st, 2006???!!!
Where was I on that day? i swear: i've never seen a blue sky in Chengdu since i arrived here.

Pictures in Tagzania!

You can easily add flickr pics in Tagzania now. See that here:
flickr tagged map by Philou - Tagzania

Football : France - Chine le 7 Juin

Football : France - Chine le 7 Juin - Coupe du Monde 2006: "Premier matche de l'histoire entre ces deux équipes qui ne se sont encore jamais rencontrées.
Les bleus s'envoleront de Saint-Etienne dès le lendemain du match, vers l'Allemagne et leur camp de base."

Happy World Environment Day to GEF

WWF - Funds running dry on World Environment Day: "At a time when the devastating effects of environmental damage are being felt further and wider than ever, governments, including the US, are considering cutting their financial support to the GEF by as much as 50 per cent, resulting in a loss of $1.5 billion over the next four years."

Thursday, June 1, 2006

Exception françaises: les poux!!!

excellent billet à lire ici: www.com-vat.com
Commentaires & vaticinations: Sainte Marie-Rose, priez pour nous !

"A la demande générale, et toujours dans le but d’en revenir à davantage de futilité sur un blog menacé par la morosité, nouvelle livraison des « petites exceptions françaises », ces incongruités sans lesquelles nous ne serions plus tout à fait nous-mêmes. Aujourd’hui : les poux."

Himalaya Forests Vanishing, Species May Follow, Study Says

Himalaya Forests Vanishing, Species May Follow, Study Says: "Based on an analysis of regional satellite images, Indian scientists say almost a quarter of the species unique to the Himalaya could vanish by 2100."

The Himalaya are recognized as one the world's biodiversity hotspots—zones unusually abundant in species. (See an interactive map and wildlife guide to the eastern Himalayan forests.)

The mountain range runs along India's northern border with China and stretches east through Nepal and Bhutan (See map of India and South Asia).