怎么进入中国的blogosphere呢?

来中国以后我一直想多看中国人的博客,多用中文来写自己的文章。不过到现在为止,我写了很少(大部分是我的作业!)也没有看那么多中文博客。没写文章主要的原因就是我怕我的中文写得太差,谁都不愿意读。也许我对自己的要求太高。写那种随便的文章可能写得不美,但是写总比不写好。从今天做起我会多写一点!

我喜欢看电影,所以经常看一些Mtime的博客。还有什么比较好中国的呢?我估计新浪是中国最大的博客网,在他们最流行的博客中也看到了一些有意思的日志。好是好,可是新浪博客怎么没有trackback呢?再说,用Opera的话开不了讨论,是用某种JavaScript的。真是有点落后。大家都喜欢看哪些博客呢?提出自己的博客也可以,不要害羞!

最后我也想问,有哪些好看的网络漫画?看漫画挺好玩的,可是我从来没看中文的。

中国朋友,上面有错误的话请指出来,帮我提高我的中文水平。谢谢啦!

AddThis Sidebar Widget

This plugin is now hosted at wordpress.org. It is not being maintained as I am no longer running my own WordPress installation. Please contact me if you want to take over development.

I’ve written a wordpress widget to put AddThis buttons in your sidebar. This is a convenient way for visitors to subscribe to your feed or bookmark your pages without cluttering the sidebar with a gazillion buttons for all the different feed readers and social bookmark sites.

Installation:

  1. For WordPress 2.0/2.1, first install the widgets framework.
  2. Download the plugin and unzip it in wp-content/plugins.
  3. Activate AddThis Sidebar Widget in the plugin configuration panel.
  4. Visit the widgets configuration panel and drop one or both of AddThis Subscribe and AddThis Bookmark into your sidebar.

Widget configuration is pretty self-explanatory. You will most likely want to leave the title blank. If you want stats from AddThis, enter your username. The AddThis page can be opened either in the current window, in a new winow or in a JavaScript popup.

You can see the widget in action right here in my sidebar. If you use it on your site or have any problems, please leave a comment/trackback.

History:

  • 1.0 Initial release for WordPress 2.1 and earlier.
  • 1.1 Updated for WordPress 2.2 (breaks support for 2.1 and earlier).
  • 1.2 Minor changes. Now works on any WordPress 2.x.

Zhang and me

Zhang is a random Chinese person, I meet him everyday. Sometimes he’s a man, sometimes she’s a woman. Sometimes old, sometimes young. Sometimes she drives a taxi, sometimes he’s a cashier. Zhang is everyone.

One day, I walk into Zhang’s store to buy some groceries. After finding my head far up in the sky Zhang’s eyes quickly fall to the floor, as if to see if I might be standing on something. While I buy my things Zhang whispers and gestures indiscreetly to his co-workers to check out the foreigner. I walk across to the checkout counter and Zhang starts conversing with me while bagging my things.

—You’re very tall, he tries.

—I know, I reply coldly.

—Are you two meters?

—Yes, two meters two centimeters.

—Wow, so tall.

Zhang goes on to tell his co-workers how tall I am, and then asks the same question Zhang always asks.

—Do you play basketball?

—No, I don’t play basketball. I don’t like the ball and the ball doesn’t like me, I reply trying to be funny.

—Such a waste, Zhang sighs and moves on to ask where I’m from. I tell him where I’m from. He looks impresed and continues talking, but I soon interrupt him.

—No, Switzerland has good watches, I come from Sweden. We don’t make watches in Sweden, and not famous chocolate either. Zhang looks slightly puzzled.

—Sweden is in the north of Europe.

—Oh, Sweden was it? Zhang seems to realize his mistake, but I’m not sure if he really knows where northern Europe is.

—How long have you been here, Zhang proceeds to ask.

—Hmm… seven or eight months.

—Wow, you’re Chinese is so good

—Oh not at all, my Chinese is far from good, I say while secretly smiling.

—Hehe, you’ve learned Chinese modesty too, Zhang mutters.

Zhang has individually bagged the toothbrush and the instant noodles, and now puts the two bags into a third bag. I hand over the money and we say goodbye. Tomorrow I will meet another Zhang in some restaurant and we will have the same conversation all over again…

早期中国电影《马路天使》

The 1937 Chinese film Street Angel is now available on archive.org.

我把1937年的《马路天使》放在archive.org上了。本片2005年被选为最佳华语片100部中的第11名。片中陈少平和小红的关系十分可爱,使我很感动。大家可以下面看看,希望你们也喜欢!

参看:上海底层的贫苦爱情——《马路天使》在哪里?

China National Film Museum

Today we visited the China National Film Museum out in the north-east suburbs of Beijing. It’s a huge complex with a three-story exhibition, an IMAX theater, a digital theater and the usual 35 mm theater. The exhibition focuses on the history of Chinese cinema from its beginning more than 100 years ago till the present. Since I am a big fan of Chinese cinema I recognized many of the actors, directors and films that I love.

I was disappointed, however, to find some glaring omissions – one of the best films by the most famous director was mysteriously missing. I’m talking about Zhang Yimou’s To Live, which was banned for its unfavorable treatment of the Party and the cultural revolution. Tian Zhuangzhuang’s The Blue Kite suffered the same fate. This makes me wonder what else might have been omitted. In the 1930’s film-making was heavily influenced by the politics of the day – might great films from this time be missing because of aligning with the Nationalists?


Where did The Blue Kite go?

The treatment of Chinese animation was very satisfying. Original sketches from Uproar in Heaven were on display, as well as information on Princess Iron Fan and other old gems. Furthermore there were sections on costumes, special effects and the abomination that is dubbing. All in all very nice, but I should warn that there’s very little information in English. Visit only if you’re a film buff, can read some Chinese and already know a fair bit about Chinese cinema.


Making of Uproar in Heaven

Having been through the 20 exhibition halls, we watched an IMAX 3D screening. It was a 30 minute gimmicky movie about the creatures of the sea, obviously made only to showcase IMAX technology. If you ever go to an IMAX theater, be sure to watch a real movie.


Watching IMAX makes you look stupid