Many Congrats…

…to my brother Colin and his friends, who just graduated from high school. Colin, my mom points out, enjoyed the moment with a big fat stogie.

My Second Favorite Band…

…in the whole wide world (after Satanicde) is Cookie Mongoloid: Cookie Mongoloid is Sesame Speed Metal! See the Cookie Mongoloid in all his blue, furry, googly-eyed glory backed by the baddest of gender mixed metal bands as they decimate and regurgitate your childhood favorites in an abrasive metal wrath. See their harem of gothic gyrators, […]

South Carolina: Home to a New Christian Nation?

If this article is true, my beloved, beautiful, adopted home state of South Carolina is being targeted by these morons as the potential home for a new Christian nation. Just what SC needs: more bible beaters. I can only hope they move to Myrtle Beach. (That’d make for a hilarious Black Biker Week.)

Hey, Kate: What am I, Chopped Liver?!?

New Yorker: Two years from now — give or take — Elizabeth Spiers, the founding editor of the gossip Web sites Gawker and The Kicker, will publish her first novel. Around the same time, Glenn Reynolds, who writes the political Web log Instapundit, will also have a book in stores. So, too, may writers from […]

Back from Taipei

We’re back in Kaohsiung. We had a great time in Taipei. While we didn’t have time to visit the National Palace Museum, as I’d hoped we would, we did check out the excellent Taipei Fine Arts Museum, the Chang Kai-Shek memorial and estate, snake alley, and Taipei 101 (which, unfortunatley, has been constructed but is […]

Off to Taipei

This’ll be my last post until Monday. Jill and I are heading up to Taipei this weekend with some friends. I’m looking forward to checking out Taipei 101, the world’s tallest building, as well as the National Palace Museum. Goodbye until next week.

More on Learning Chinese–and Teaching Through Earthquakes

1) A follow-up on my Chinese language woes, which I mentioned last week: I’m happy to say that on Tuesday, Jill and I had our first class at the Taipei Language Institute’s Kaohsiung branch. Our teacher, a Taiwanese woman in her fifties, ruled the classroom with an iron fist. We practiced the four Chinese tones […]

Taiwan’s Chen Shui-bian: Don’t Call it a Comeback

First he and his vice president were shot and slightly injured. Then they won re-election by the slimmest of margins: 0.2%. And this morning Chen Shui-bian was sworn in for his second 4-year term. The big boys in Beijing are pissed–they claim Taiwan’s a renegade Chinese province. Chen Shui-bian and his supporters, on the other […]