Shanghai street scenes 7
Lets make staying in Shanghai as boring as Wichita.
“Americans are not as comfortable in Asia yet,” said Joe Brancatelli, publisher of Joesentme.com, a subscription travel site focused on business travel. Unless booking at the high end with an Asian luxury brand like Taj or Oberoi, he added, Americans “don’t know what they’re getting.”
Indeed, though the Internet has made it easier for travelers to research just about any place online, it can be difficult to tell whether the advertised bathroom with tub and shower really includes a standing shower or just a tub with a hand-held showerhead hose. The American chains, with their cookie-cutter rooms, standard showers and English speakers, offer something of peace of mind in this sense — a familiar place to return to after the culture shock that can set in when exploring a foreign city.
It’s nice that they could sit at the same table without killing one another but how about locking the doors and not allowing them to exit until both sides reach compromise.
Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva of Thailand met Sunday with leaders of the antigovernment protest movement here, the first significant effort to defuse two weeks of street protests.
The meeting, an unscripted and unusual face-off among hardened political rivals that was carried live on Thailand’s main television channels, failed to make progress on the primary demand of protesters, that new elections be called. Both sides agreed to meet again on Monday.
“All of us now have only one question,” Jatuporn Prompan, a protest leader at the meeting, asked the prime minister. “Will you dissolve Parliament or not?”
Four in five adults believe access to the Internet is a fundamental right — with those feelings particularly strong in South Korea and China — and half believe it should never be regulated, according to a global survey.
A poll of 27,000 adults in 26 countries for the BBC World Service showed 78 percent of internet users believed the Web gave them greater freedom, while nine in 10 said it was a good place to learn. Respondents in the United States were above the average in believing the internet was a source for greater freedom and they were also more confident than most in expressing their opinions online.
“Despite worries about privacy and fraud, people around the world see access to the Internet as their fundamental right,” said Doug Miller, the chairman of GlobeScan which conducted the survey. “They think the Web is a force for good, and most don’t want governments to regulate it.”
I’m busy being very busy.
People who are always busy are time poor. They have a time shortage. They have time debt. They are either trying to do too much, or they aren’t doing what they’re doing very well. They are failing to either a) be effective with their time b) don’t know what they’re trying to effect, so they scramble away at trying to optimize for everything, which leads to optimizing nothing.
Contrary to what we might think:
Some of the best thinkers throughout history had some of their best thoughts while going for walks, playing cards with friends, little things things that generally would not be considered the hallmarks of busy people. It’s the ability to pause, to reflect, and relax, to let the mind wander, that’s perhaps the true sign of time mastery, for when the mind returns it’s often sharper and more efficient, but most important perhaps, happier than it was before.
Taiwan came away with the second highest number of prizes March 23 at the 2010 red dot design award, one of the three major international design awards.
Garnering 67 awards, Taiwan followed only Germany, the host country, in an unprecedented RDD showing for the island.
In addition to bicycle accessories, the awarded design products from Taiwan are mostly related to computer technology. “This results from collaborations with international design teams, whose alternative views helped make these design products better,” noted a specialist at the Taiwan Design Center.