Nov 5, 2011

Smoggy Beijing

The Wall Street Journal had this article today called "Smog, Bureaucratic Waffling Add to Beijing’s Murk". I would be the last person to defend the CCP and the horrible damage they've inflicted on the Chinese people over the past sixty years, but I did have to comment on this photo and accompanying caption from the article:

My comment about this photo and caption is that in Beijing, and in China, people like this bicyclist wear cotton masks like some people wear scarves, that is, as a way to feel better in the cold. That bicyclist would wear the same mask even on a day with an AQI (air quality index) of 50 (which would be wonderful for Beijing).

Cotton face masks like that are so porous that they do essentially nothing to keep out pollution. To keep the pollution out, you really need to wear an N95 face mask.

Here's the real time AQI for Beijing, if you're interested.

Nov 2, 2011

Replay: Lee Kai-Fu totally looks like...

I came across an article on Kai-Fu Lee presenting on something this week in Beijing, and I just had to re-post something that I still find hilarious. Whenever I see Kai-Fu Lee's picture, I can't stop thinking of my creative post.

The re-edited post, for your re-reading pleasure:

I had a few yuks recently from an email forward that came from this site, about celebrities that resemble animals, cartoons, and other stuff. Here are a couple good ones:

Lee Kai-Fu, a former exec at Google China, totally looks like...

... Droopy dog!

I think it's the slacky, hanging cheeks and the big round cartoon eyes that seal the deal here. If someone on that web site wants to use my material, go for it, just give me the credit.