Beijing, China - As the smog concerns grow in China we start to see it being reflected on the catwalks. One begins to wonder if smog pm3 masks will start to become a natural part of Chinese fashion as the clouds climb over Beijing. Recently
Tsinghua University graduate design work conference 2012 showed a collection of clothing + accessories for health and fashion.
Additionally, a recently married couple took their wedding photos with gas masks on and we watched them fly around the web.
In reality as wearables for heart, sun, fat, and body size integrate themselves into our fashion collections, will PM3 masks become a standard fashion accessory? Surprising that we haven't seen some kickstarter projects creep up addressing the fashion and smog issues. A thought I have long been entertaining.
Last night the hotpot smoke was so thick I couldn't see any of the people I was with. Its the first time I went out with my Chinese semiconductor chip building friend (he's like alpha) and his Chinese friends.
I got to practice my pantomimes, my little Chinese, and use my translation app because no one spoke English (which is good!).
Few things that struck me:
1. They were all looking like the just graduated.
2. Only 1 girl was devout Buddhist and didn't eat meat (we shared food).
3. They were all really nice.
4. All the girls were in marketing and BD, all the guys were managers. Clear cut.
5. They are an incredible amount of food each.
6. A smile goes a long way.
7. They all belonged to the same qq group and this was the first time they met in person.
I had the opportunity to many times just sit and think because I had little idea what they were talking about.
I thought about the great AppSumo deal I just got with learning video online channel for $49.00 for a year of learning videos. I wondered how I was going to schedule time for learning. I suppose it means I am going to have to start getting up earlier...set the alarm for 5am and roll out at 6 and exercise 30 min, then get on the computer. If the learning channel was on my iPad as an app, I would find it easier!
Random thought: in the few videos I have watched with Noah from AppSumo he talks about women and how he has no idea what women think, how he randomly chatted up sone woman at a random conference about sex, how he can't get x-girlfriends to come back....clearly Noah is single and wants to get into a long relationship, but I suppose his intense life and me only thinking leaves little room for someone else to get enough attention. Its kinda the plague of this era. I see it everywhere. All these Asian girls/single women, who moan about not finding husbands but yet they don't realize what everyone wants: attention. I like this saying: alone, not loneliness. Very different state of being.
Another question that flashed through my mind as I peered through the hotpot smoke, very similar to the Beijing smog, how does Noah handle all the hate comments. Clearly a person of passion, the CEO of AppSumo takes a lot of heat for his products. I read many comments, and it brings me back in memory to the day Ben Mcaff and Mena Trott had it out at the Le Web conference 10 feet away from each other. Ben was using the IRC back channel to say snide things about Mena while she was giving a speech about the state of the bloggosphere. She was mid sentence raising the very important point about how just because you could leave an anonymous comment, didn't give the right to spread your hate. She pointed out that people were saying things so rude that you wouldn't dare say to someone's face (and then she called out Ben Mcaff right there for his snide comments on the IRC and he ended up apologizing to the whole room--yes Le Web used to fit in a small room--of people). I wonder how Noah deals with the haters and defends his service...
My hotpot smoky thoughts of the day and I can't wait to listen to the excel videos on the learning channel (after I get all my work done).
Recently I found the coolest roommate after Franz. Hard to believe it could get better, but it indeed is possible!
I have to register her to my flat with the local police station and after running for 30min to get revved up in the morning I went down to take care of it.
As I stood outside the very closed and suddenly abandoned police station, with no wallet, no long pants, and no idea what to do next, I noticed I was standing next to a man in the same situation on a colorful bike. We contemplated if miraculously that gate would unlock at 10am automatically. It didn't.
Two foreigners, no Chinese, and laws that are strict--well not a good situation. I suggested we ask the building management, which turned out to be useless because the guy spoke a lot in Chinese and neither of us understood what he was saying. Jumping on the phone to my business manager he said I should go to the shuangjing police station.
A city block in Beijing is => two new York city blocks.
I ask the foreign guy with the colorful Amsterdam bike if he would ride me Amsterdam style on the back and although he didn't know what it meant, he agreed. So I showed him what that meant and off we went down the big superhighway streets to the shuangjing police station.
Along the way we swapped Laowai stories in China and I would warn him whenever my legs would get too close to a car.
At the shuangjing police station, we found out we had to go to the Jinsong police station, which was much farther away. Its at this point that I realize thus was not going to be a fast trip and was one of those moments you think I should have brought my wallet!
My new foreign friend offered to ride me to the jinsong station, and without either one of us knowing where it was, and only a small hint from the shuangjing police station people, we're off.
Riding much farther along the road we swap scary police stories in China and sympathise with each other about the trials and tribulations of being a foreigner in China.
Between his Chinese and mine we find the jinsong police station. Its indeed the same faces as the closed station. Registered and out the door again, my legs, lips, and head frozen but grateful for the Amsterdam bike ride. He drops me at the corner station and shoots off to work. We swap wechats and I thank him for peddling him with me.
We both agreed, that the trailing task at hand had been made far more enjoyable...down right adventuresome...if not fantastically fun by peddling together in the big bad city.
Sometimes a common problem can offer the opportunity to accompany each other on the trials of the daily grind. It showed me that the journey can be made enjoyable with a little color on your bike. What would have been a lonely, annoying, frustrating long task, turned out to be a totally enjoyable, humor filled mission on a colorful bike Amsterdam style.
Left house: 9:30am
Returned home: 12:00
Beijing, China - Wechat. One of the most powerful platforms in China has started to go the way of Facebook in that it has opened it's API to let developers build games and apps inside it's app.
However, the monetization of those apps just got a roadblock with Alipay closing off its API in the platform. The ability for small developers to now access a payment gateway, got a 50,000 deposits roadblock. Why? Because Alipay is owned by Alibaba group who will increase its shares in Sina Weibo (the competitor app to wechat) to 50%. By stopping alipay's wechat payment API support, it forces Tencent to either remove the 50,000 deposit barrior, or have only big players who can afford to put the cash on the table to make it happen, which will slow innovation down. The war of the wechat's continues as the world turns...
Chinese third-party payment processor Alipay and Tencent's (0700.HK) WeChat (Weixin) mobile instant messaging platform have confirmed that Alipay will shut down its application programming interface (API) payment gateway for WeChat's public accounts platform. Alipay is no longer accepting merchant applications for Alipay API access from WeChat public account operators. WeChat public accounts already approved by Alipay will not be immediately affected, but will see Alipay support halted once existing contracts expire.
Tencent's own WeChat Pay ("Weixin Zhifu") payment platform is not yet fully available to WeChat public account operators, and Tencent requires that merchants pay a reported RMB 50,000 security deposit in order to activate WeChat pay services on public accounts. Due to this large barrier to entry, many small and medium-sized merchants on WeChat's public accounts platform have traditionally opted to accept payments only via Alipay.
In July, 2013, Alipay parent Alibaba Group blocked API access to marketing services offered by members of its Taoke Taobao affiliate network on WeChat.
From Tracy's newsletter:
When you start to love yourself, you will begin to realize that taking care of your body is much more rewarding than a spa day; that you are worth the commitment of designing your body and health; that you can enjoy a piece of pie; that good relationships aren't supposed to hurt; that you can be your most proportioned self without being vain. Gone will be the days of grabbing candy and junk as though it's a cure for all that ails, and gone will be the days when your first instinct is to give in to feelings of anxiety and failure, and to give up before you've even started.
Happy Chinese New Year!
This week of "time off" for China has been used for sleeping, eating, and scanning all my documents - plus writing my biz plan for 2014. It's going to be an exciting year if I can keep my mind under control from depressing negative thoughts that plague the entrepreneur as one reaches for the impossible. But that's another topic.
Paperlessness. In my deep dedication to eat my own dog food (MobileMags) I have scanned over 55 kilo (more than my own body weight) in documents: completed contracts, misc articles in magazines (from airplane trips), press articles about past company achievements, and 500 business cards (when will the biz card die?). Thank goodness in China you can burn things on the street still cuz all those confidential phone numbers will go up in smoke with some joy for the old pyromaniac in me.
Still!! I cannot go zero on the paper. Current contracts, business cards I can't part with for visual reminders, and...my bazillion modelling photos....is it the paper hoarder in me who thinks, "one day when I have my own home I will want to frame them and hang them on the wall. Or share them with my nephews when they are old enough to care..." Right. My mom says to pitch it all...legacy...what do you all think?
I'm in a moment to pivot: stay in China or return to USA. So I better get light weight. Only 23 kilos allowed. It seems impossible. In one year the lease on my flat is up and I will potentially move. So I want to get rid of everything as I dream to exit with one suitcase. Right...I cling to books and start to read them and even scan them to turn them into iBooks so I can have them with me always. Still I feel guilty for throwing stuff away!!! Terrible!
YING Ying is moving to San Fran and she just chucked it all away...how did she do that so easy? You gotta tell me your secret Ying Ying...
My wardrobe clothing is next. Get ready clothes from modelling days, I am kissing you goodbye as soon as I finish meditating on the key phrase, "You can't take it with you when you die."
My parents are doing the same as they grow older. They don't want to leave us with the job of clearing up when they leave this world. Some things they will keep I hope, like the family jewels and those photo albums. But their attitude is...chuck it. And as Edward Cullen said to Bella Swan..."in a century everyone you know will be dead, so problem solved." I've been twilight-ing it in the last week. It is true. Who will care about my modelling photos in a century? No one of my nephews will want to keep all those books of paper photos and there will be no one to remember me by.
Except my blog.
Thank you Sixapart. Although I am not blogging like I used to, I love my blog. It remains for proof of my being the first in many things. And proof of my existence. And it's paperless.
Going paperless is not so easy--it's like a zero mailbox. I think I can cut down, but it's never gonna be zero. But I will strive for letting it all go.
Get lighter. Go paperless. Become mobile. This year is going to rock in every way.
Sent from my Windows Phone 8
Beijing, China - Today I attended a training and demonstration at Makerspace Beijing.
First the space is very well designed. Plywood "rooms" and plywood chairs. A bar for food and a lot of machinery with people tinkering.
They demonstrated how a phone controlled a Bluetooth 4.0 motor responded to an app on the phone.
It was very great to talk about Bluetooth 4.0. I am very interested in iBeacons and Retail these days!
I wonder which phones currently are are Bluetooth 4.0 compatible. Anyone know which android phones and if any windows phones are Bluetooth 4.0 compatible?
Beijing, China -- The opportunities are thick in China and with the latest clampdown on visas there are few foreigners in the capital. Perhaps that's why my friend James Alofs called me up last Monday and asked me to play his wife in a CCTV1 original movie.
The story is a nice one, taking place in the 1940's when Japan was attacking China--wiping out Nanjing (the Japanese deny it until today). American soldiers were sent over to help them, and sewn into their clothing was a ticket in Chinese stating that this is an American pilot and if he was shot down, every Chinese citizen was to do everything in their power to help them to get back to an American base safely.
I play the part of his wife who gets the bad news that he's gone missing at the beginning of the movie, and then the happy ending as he is finally coming home after countless ordeals.
It was a lot of fun and interesting to learn about this truthful history, see a Chinese-American cooperation film, and stretch my legs into acting again.
However, unlike the instant gratification of modeling where the photos come out shortly thereafter, this movie won't be ready until next September 2014. Perfect timing for the 3D Festival...
The Mayor of Beijing came to visit the 3D Festival exhibition during Beijing Design Week 2013. He enjoyed to see all the 3D Printers and told us that he knows a lot about 3D technology because he used to work with autocad and other 3D programs for architecture!
Anina demonstrates Nokia City Lens Augmented Reality app to Beijing Design Week Director. Talking about smart cities, and tools that can be used, location based Augmented Reality is an excellent solution!