Antique Shanghai Pop Music 1930-1949
Downloadable mp3 episodes chock full of wonderful music with delightful commentary from Ling. [more inside]
Vadim Makhorov and Vitaliy Raskalov climb the 632 meter Shanghai Tower
, the second tallest building in the world after the Burj Khalifa. The video of their climb, Shanghai Tower (650 meters)
, is riveting.
To a Chinese Scrap-Metal Hunter, America's Trash Is Treasure:
Johnson Zeng is a Chinese trader who travels across the U.S. in search of scrap metal. By his estimate, there are at least 100 others like him driving from scrap yard to scrap yard, right now, in search of what Americans won’t or can’t be bothered to recycle. His favorite product: wires, cables, and other kinds of copper. His purchases, millions of pounds of metal worth millions of dollars, will eventually be shipped to China. [more inside]
For Anting New City, China asked for an idealized theme park of a Teutonic village, but instead they got a modern Bauhaus inspired ghost town. Only about 1,000 people live in this Shanghai mega-suburb that was built to be home to 50,000 residents
Leaving the Witness. "In one of the most restrictive, totalitarian countries in the world, for the first time in my life, I had the freedom to think." [more inside]
Davis and Ma wrote up a long list of one-paragraph game pitches to prototype. They would be small, manageable games that two people could complete on their own. The game they chose to go with would have to be finished within a year, because that was all they had budgeted for. Among the pitches inspired by board games, roguelikes and all the genres that excited them was a 2D, top-down management game called FTL. The Opposite of Fail
- The making of FTL
Roger Federer in Shanghai Federer is inescapably beautiful, but most of the time he does nothing extraordinary. Then there is a shot that makes people let out sounds and imitate, with imaginary rackets, what they just saw. In a way, Federer is like a good novel—it does not try to achieve genius in every line, that would be amateurish; it is unafraid of the lull, accepts the importance of the ordinary, and then there is a sudden moment of greatness.
In 1859 an American named Frederick Townsend Ward arrived in Shanghai. A sailor, mercenary, smuggler and filibuster, he created a force of Europeans to protect the city from, and engage directly in, the Taiping Rebellion
against the Qing Dynasty
, to avoid the complications of Western powers getting directly involved. After a severe defeat at Sungkiang/Songjiang
, he decided to recruit from the local Chinese population instead, arming and training them in the Western fashion. This force was dubbed the 'Ever-Victorious Army.' [more inside]
Columbia University's C.V. Starr East Asian Library
is home to a nearly complete collection of issues of Ling Long women's magazine
, a periodical published in Shanghai between 1931 and 1937. Images of the complete collection are available
for browsing. [more inside]
How Fast Can China Go?
On June 30, China had the first official run of a $32 billion high-speed train line between Shanghai and Beijing. "Faster (820 miles in 288 minutes) and sleeker than any other, the needle-nosed CRH380A symbolizes China’s accelerating pace, even as it faces questions about safety, and taps into an ancient rivalry with Japan." On page four, the article discusses what happened less than a month afterwards on July 23rd: the country's first accident involving a bullet train that killed 40 people near Wenzhou.
As a result, 54 high speed trains were recalled, train speeds were reduced
and an overhaul of the high-speed rail system
by Chinese authorities. [more inside]
I Come To Shanghai
is an indie psych-pop outfit helmed by Sam Frigard
and Robert Ashley
. Robert best is known for hosting, producing, and editing the podcast A Life Well Wasted
, often cited as "This American Life for videogames." (previously
) Their new mini-LP, Eternal Life Vol. 1, brings the band in a darker, more serious direction. It's steaming on SoundCloud
and available for pay what you want download from their website. Their debut self-titled album
is poppier and more song-oriented. It's also up for pay what you want download. Watch the video for first-album cut Pass The Time here
(warning: video is almost distractingly crazy).
The official "StreetView" map of China is eerily reminiscent of SimCity, rendered in perfect isometric perspective without a pixel out of place: Shanghai
, the Forbidden City
, and Hong Kong
. That hasn't stopped companies from trying to create a more true-to-life photographic alternative: there is coverage of Hong Kong
in Google Street View; sanction to cover the rest of China appears to have been given to City8
, which covers 40 cities. (The latter site is in Chinese, but Chrome or language plugins do a decent job of translating the content). [more inside]
The other places are like kindergartens compared with this. It smells so incredibly evil! I didn't think such a place existed except in my own imagination. It has a ghastly familiarity like a half-remembered dream. *Anything* could happen here... any moment...
Pauline Kael called it "hilariously, awesomely terrible". Others consider it "a forgotten gem
of a film that set the gold standard for noir films to come".
It was Josef von Sternberg's last major film - The Shanghai Gesture
(1941). (parts 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10)
reports that the Chinese authorities have followed through on their promise to tear down Ai Weiwei's studio
). The artist is under house arrest in Beijing. [more inside]
The history of Poland, in eight minutes, in CGI
, from the country's exhibition at Expo 2010 in Shanghai. The film is full of blink-and-you'll-miss-it references - check the date at the bottom-left of the screen and see how many you can find! [more inside]
Learn a bit of Shanghainese for the World Expo: Say it in Shanghai
is a short series of videos from the China Daily
newspaper. Very simple, but actually kinda useful and funny. Direct links to lessons: Part one
| Part two
| Part three
| Part four
| Part five
| Part six
How could this happen? A Reporter’s Guide to the USA Pavilion Debacle at Expo 2010.
As the World Expo 2010 opens, Adam Minter, journalist blogger at Shanghai Scrap
, provides a timely summary of his series of posts
that have looked at the scandal and farce behind the building of the US's sub-optimal pavilion
"In preparation for the 2010 World Expo opening in May in Shanghai, city officials have been busy making sure the metropolis and its inhabitants are presentable. The World Expo is a ‘Big Deal’; ... The government is determined to whip the city into shape, even if it stretches the very fabric of society, which in Shanghai happens to be … cotton and silk pajamas!
The 2010 World Expo
starts on May 1st, and The Big Picture has documented the Shanghai's preparations for the event
. Highlights include the Seed Cathedral
, covered in 60,000 thin acrylic rods that will sway in the breeze; the Sunny Valley
, a structure that will harness sunlight for power and rain to water nearby green areas, Joy Street
, a Dr. Seussian part of the Dutch Pavillion, and an assortment of other engineering marvels. More information about the Expo available at the World Expo Blog
. [more inside]
A Zimbabwean cargo aircraft crashed earlier today
at Shanghai-Pudong airport, killing three and seriously injuring four. It is not yet known why the aircraft, an ex Varig MD-11F (pic
) operated by an airline called Avient, failed to become airborne, but the airline itself has received quite some attention recently. Headquartered in Salisbury, Wiltshire, United Kingdom, they almost went bankrupt, leaving behind massive debts in France, only to almost out of nowhere get this MD-11F, which crashed within a week of being acquired
, reg req) But that's not the only shady thing about this airline... [more inside]
Envisioning Chinese Society in the Late Nineteenth Century: Words and Images from the Dianshizhai Pictorial
Very nice online presentation of translated content from the famed nineteenth century Shanghai pictorial journal (China's first); Dianshizhai
(点石斋画报) was modelled on Britain's Punch
and produced as a supplement for Shen Bao
subscribers. Flash is used so elements in the cartoons can be clicked for further information: a young woman repels a thief with martial derring-do
; a customer bilks on the bill in a street eatery
in Hangzhou; small-town society and politics with the muddle-headed magistrate
; a non-performing temple bell
offers a chance for sceptical commentary on religion; the gentlemanly pastime of cricket-fighting
Lou Jing was your average 20 year old woman from Shanghai, until being on Go! Oriental Angel, an American Idol like singing competition show, had to point out the obvious. Lou Jing is half Chinese, half African- America, something China apparently wasn't ready for.
While US sales declined steadily in recent years
, worldwide Barbie sales have been on the rise. So what better way to celebrate Barbie's 50th birthday
and increase worldwide sales than by giving her her very own flagship store
in Shanghai [Flash, sound]
. [more inside]
3D map of Shanghai. Double Click a building and get a pic of the building
My Chinese isn't up to it but if you double click a building you seem to get a pic of the building and nearby flats for rent. The links on the lower left seem to take you the nearest McDonalds, Hospital, and KFC.
You start in the new area of Pudong, go west of the river (direction left) to find the older sites. The cranes on building sites is a nice touch.
If you want to see Shanghai from ground level try here:
Björk, in Shanghai, on Tibet: Declare Independence
! [YouTube] [more inside]
Hey, Chinabounder ... There's 14,608,512
guys outside wanna have a chat with you! A self-described Western scoundrel in Shanghai [racey text]
seems to be creating the biggest backlash against foreign devils since the Boxer Rebellion
. Said to be an expat English tutor, he's been seducing women and writing up lurid accounts on his blog and shocking the indignant and conservative populace. Now there's a growing effort to track him down
as the drama unfolds.
Old photos of Shanghai
from Virtual Shanghai is one of the best collections of old Shanghai photos (over 2000) I've found on the web, and it has a nice map collection
too. Tales of Old Shanghai
has a lot of great stuff, especially primary texts. Sinomania
has a pretty eclectic collection of photos. Some of my favorites
Death sentence for online gamer SHANGHAI: A Shanghai online gamer who murdered another player because of a dispute over a "cyber-weapon" was given the death sentence with a two-year reprieve yesterday at Shanghai No 2 Intermediate People's Court.
Qiu Chengwei's death penalty will be commuted to life in prison if he behaves well in jail, and no other crimes relating to him are uncovered.
Not to condone the murder, but is cyber theft or isn't it? Acording to the DMCA if I download a song or movie from cyberspace I am commiting a crime. Yet if someone steals your item in a cyberworld and sells it for real world cash your left without recourse. I feel China had a chance to establish new law and balked. (more inside)
Oh that whirlwind affair that October in Shanghai.
It's a week old. And I hope and pray this hasn't been posted before. But if you like joke fodder about Bush, these photos may be for you.