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Ben Bashford - Notebook of Things
"These are clearly black market frankenproducts - made from a combination of surplus mobile phone components and car alarm key rings. I wonder how much they actually cost to manufacture. I wonder if the bits are stolen." Ben Bashford on the magic of Shanzai. And, of course, when a video camera is eight pounds, it's no longer precious, and you start doing weird things with it: Youtube is full of examples.
shanzai  cameras  china  manufacturing  product 
february 2011 by infovore
How do I know China wrecked the Copenhagen deal? I was in the room | Mark Lynas | Environment | The Guardian
"Copenhagen was much worse than just another bad deal, because it illustrated a profound shift in global geopolitics. This is fast becoming China's century, yet its leadership has displayed that multilateral environmental governance is not only not a priority, but is viewed as a hindrance to the new superpower's freedom of action." Mark Lynas on the reality of China's actions at Copenhagen. Worrying.
copenhagen  china  climatechange  politics  environment 
december 2009 by infovore
The Decline and Fall of an Ultra Rich Online Gaming Empire
"Soon enough, amid the daily grind of his obsession, he would see in the game itself a way out of the bleak hole he had fallen into. He would take a clear-eyed, calculating look at what he and his fellow players had been doing all those months—at the countless hours they'd given over to the pursuit of purely virtual but implacably scarce commodities—and he would recognize it not just for the underexploited form of productivity it was but for the highly profitable commercial enterprise it might sustain." Fantastic article from Julian Dibbell on IGE, the massive real-money trading operation.
ige  games  mmo  mmorpg  wow  worldofwarcraft  everquest  realmoneytrading  economics  goldfarming  china 
november 2008 by infovore
rockets help build bridge higher than empire state building
"the brains behind the siduhe bridge decided to ignore all those options and break another record instead. they attached the 3200ft cables to rockets and accurately fired them over the valley, becoming the first people to do so." Woah. The photographs are awesome.
engineering  china  bridges  awesome  design  rockets 
november 2008 by infovore
Gamasutra - China To Add 20% Tax On Virtual Goods Profits
"China's State Administration of Taxation announced that it will impose a 20 percent personal income tax on profit from virtual money." Woah, the 21st Century really did hit, didn't it?
tax  taxation  china  virtualworlds  online  mmo  economics 
november 2008 by infovore
Photographers » Blog Archive » Earthquake in China - a photographers’ view | Blogs | Reuters.com
I've been enjoying the Reuters Photographers blog for a while now; this post reminds me how remarkable some of the lengths their correspondants go to.
china  earthquake  photography  journalism  photojournalism  reuters 
june 2008 by infovore
bunnie’s blog » Made in China
Bunnie Huang's experiences on mass-producing a product (Chumby) in China. Lots of video, lots of great insights into what modern manufacturing looks like.
china  production  manufacturing  massproduction 
july 2007 by infovore
An Alternate History of Chinese Science Fiction - No Fear of the Future
Quite remarkable; alternate-history of SF as if it were all written by Chinese authors. Inventive, witty, deft.
scifi  sf  pseudohistory  china  alternatehistory  books 
may 2007 by infovore

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