It was another day of firsts, including my first straight caffee mocha, my first sweet bun (or manto, steamed buns), and a visit to the first KFC in China.
It was also a day of true smog, thick fog plus the smoky grayness that had been growing since the last rain. A true rain clears the sky. The moist air we got from last night to this noon just made things miserable.
For instance, in this photo of Tianamen Square taken lengthwise:
Central Beijing, 2007
The far end is almost completely obscured. Compare that to the embarrasingly idyllic shots from last year:
Central Beijing, 2006
The air today was worse than anything I experienced last year, whether in Beijing or Tianjin. I’m exhausted from the lack of oxygen. My boycott of National Review and further photos will have to wait for a bit, I fear.
Sean Meade, a good friend of mine, blogs at Interact and Thomas P.M. Barnett :: Weblog. He’s been expanding his efforts recently, and is now the principle editor at Ares: A Defense Technology Blog. Just as cool, he has his first in-print piece appearing in the May 2007 issue of Defense Technology International. Congrats Sean!
The good: The Great Firewall of China is blogging blogspot and livejournal currently — thanks Cisco and Nortel! Fortunately, google reader is still up and running, so I can still follow all of my favorite blogs.
The bad: Unfortunately, google’s attempt to track its users is reducing its functionality as a quick search engine. For instance, if I google “great firewall of china tdaxp,” the first result appears to be to http://www.tdaxp.com/tag/great+firewall+of+china but is actually to http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&ct=res&cd=1&url=http%3A%2F…. So to copy a url, right-clicking on the result is not good enough — I need to follow it to its source.