Archive for June, 2009

Ace Ventura Delivers Again

Thursday, June 11th, 2009

One of the Ace Ventura movies begins with a hilariously-exaggerated scene of the main character delivering a package by essentially drop-kicking it down the hall and manhandling it the entire route.

I received an exercise bike via UPS recently.  Below is pictured the state of its arrival (I am not making this up):

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As if in knowing acknowledgement, the delivery guy had circled the phone number on the UPS note where you call to complain about damaged deliveries.  He at least seems to have a sense of humor.

Farewell Shanghai

Thursday, June 11th, 2009

Well, we’ve left Shanghai and have returned to Seattle after a year in China.  It was a great year that gave me many insights about key differences with the local software industry as well as with local culture.  I aim to share some of those thoughts in an upcoming post.

Forbidden CityIn the meantime, I leave you with two pictures.  The first is all about  globalization.  You’ll see that I’m pointing at the bottom-right corner of a sign that explains a key historic building within the Forbidden City.  Until about 1911, no civilian had ever seen the inside of the Forbidden City because only the emperor and his staff were allowed.  Now anyone can visit and see the hidden gems of history.  Well, that and the logo I’m pointing to in the sign:  it’s an Amex symbol.  That’s right –Amex has managed to get its logo plastered on every sign in the Forbidden City.  Globalization at its starkest, I suppose.  Next thing you know, Tide With Bleach will be sponsoring the Washington Monument.

IMG_1692 The second photo is just for fun.  It’s an outdoor statue outside of the Jin An Temple in the heart of Shanghai.  Outdoor statues have been gaining popularity both in Shanghai and in the US, as far as I can tell.  Hours of entertainment.