kevan + china   29

This Village Used to Make 60% of the World’s Paintings—Now Its Future Is in Jeopardy - Artsy
"Individual workers each focused on a specific compositional element—background details, or eyes, or trees—dutifully painting their part and then passing the canvas along the chain."
art  illusions  china 
15 days ago by kevan - Counterfeit Cards
"Based on the current Magic [the Gathering] economy, I cannot name a single thing in the entire world that is as easy to counterfeit as a Magic card that would provide a higher rate of return."
games  cards  illusions  crime  china 
january 2014 by kevan
Chinese students and families fight for the right to cheat their exams
"The protesters claim cheating is endemic in China and that sitting the exams without help puts their children at a disadvantage."
cheating  china 
june 2013 by kevan
China's Abandoned Wonderland - Alan Taylor - In Focus - The Atlantic
"Construction work at the park, which developers had promised would be 'the largest amusement park in Asia,' stopped around 1998 after disagreements with the local government and farmers over property prices."
photography  dereliction  china 
december 2011 by kevan
The Dangerous Politics of Internet Humor in China -
"[Censorship] forces people to invent indirect ways to get their meaning across, and humor works as a natural form of encryption."
china  humour  surveillance  illusions 
november 2011 by kevan
China Cracks Down on Virtual Currency, For Real - China Journal - WSJ
"According to new regulations released jointly by the Ministry of Commerce and the Ministry of Culture last week, virtual currency should be exchanged only for virtual goods and services provided by the issuer of the currency. ‬‪‬‪Gambling and lotteries involving virtual money are also prohibited under the new rules, which could put a big dent in online game activities. According to, 90% of online games in China include loopholes that allow users to bet with virtual money. "
money  china  games  mmorpgs 
june 2009 by kevan
ZEROPERZERO - 2008 City Railway System
Curved tube maps for Seoul, Tokyo, Osaka. "Han River is the symbol of Seoul. Representation of Han River in this map mimics the curvature in the middle of the Tae-Geuk mark of the national flag of Korea. The overall circular shape of the map was also inspired by the Tae-Geuk mark."
maps  china  korea  tube  design  via:zarba 
november 2008 by kevan
The Lion-Eating Poet in the Stone Den
"The essay is 93 words long. Since every word is pronounced alike (except the tone), the entire essay becomes utterly unreadable in Mandarin."
china  poetry  sound  language 
july 2008 by kevan
China Regulates Buddhist Reincarnation - Newsweek Beliefs -
"By barring any Buddhist monk living outside China from seeking reincarnation, the law effectively gives Chinese authorities the power to choose the next Dalai Lama."
religion  law  china  via:bateleur 
august 2007 by kevan
Yingzi - If English was written like Chinese
"Worse yet, the -cuit of biscuit and circuit might be written with the same character (a derivative of kit), and a meaning sought for it - perhaps 'round', since biscuits are round and circuits involve going round. Again, etymologically this is nonsense."
china  language  symbols  writing  via:rodcorp 
february 2007 by kevan
BBC NEWS | World | Asia-Pacific | World's tallest man saves dolphin
"Mongolian herdsman Bao Xishun was called in after the dolphins swallowed plastic used around their pool at an aquarium in Fushun, north-east China. Attempts to use instruments failed as the dolphins contracted their stomachs."
dolphins  china  plastic 
december 2006 by kevan
Shanghai Knights (2003)
Some fun Chan scenes connected by tickbox cliche and enraging anachronism. I don't think I've ever felt *angrily* homesick before.
filmlog  2stars  london  lunacy  weapons  china 
april 2006 by kevan
YouTube - Chinese Gold Farmers Preview
"The documentary investigates gaming workshops in China that hire people to play online games like World of Warcraft and lineage. The gaming workers play at least 12 hours a day to produce in-game [commodities] which are sold to American players."
mmorpgs  money  business  china  interviews  videos  via:wmmna 
march 2006 by kevan
Yahoo! News - Beijingers Being Taught to Mind Manners
"Zhang said her office has organized a small army of volunteers who are hitting Beijing's streets to hand out 'spit bags,' wearing bright orange uniforms with the Chinese character for 'mucus' emblazoned in yellow on the back."
china  police 
march 2006 by kevan
The Epoch Times | Henan Man Impossible to Photograph
"They took images of Ye Xiangting with other people. They were stunned when the other people showed up in the computer images, but not Ye. [...] Ye Xiangting said that he has never encountered this kind of problem before."
photos  mysteries  china 
january 2006 by kevan
The Observer | The city that ate the world
The growth of Beijing. "The second ring road that marked the city limits until the Eighties has been followed by the building of a third, fourth and fifth ring. The sixth is under construction."
architecture  china  cities  future  construction  metal  via:jones 
october 2005 by kevan
New York Times: Craving Hyphenated Chinese
"The term Chinese food represents an area four times larger than Western Europe and the eating habits of more than a billion people. You could say that there is really no such thing as Chinese food."
food  china  world  via:venusberg 
september 2005 by kevan
Photo in the News: Gas Thief Escapes on Tricycle
"Speeding from the scene of the crime, a Chinese boy tows a floating plastic bag of stolen natural gas last week. Flouting a government ban, farmers around the central Chinese town of Pucheng frequently filch gas from the local oil field."
air  crime  china  via:quin 
august 2005 by kevan
1UP.COM: Wage Slaves
Paying cheap Chinese labour to oversee MMORPG macros. "Weeks go by as I chase ghosts and rumors of Chinese workers clicking 12 hours a day. Word has it that 300 farmers are working at computers lined up in airport hangars somewhere in Asia."
games  hacking  business  money  china  mmorpgs 
july 2005 by kevan
China Daily: A novel without a word telling a love story?
"Although the novel consists of only 14 Chinese punctuations, he insisted that it tells a touching love story, with ups and downs and a complete outline, which he spent a whole year on the novel."
china  love  books  puzzles  mysteries  lunacy  via:quin 
july 2005 by kevan : Valuable Resources Aim To Curb Online Game Addiction
"Kou has asked several Chinese software companies to develop a system that will stop players' scores from accumulating after a certain point. [...] Those games who do not have the anti-addiction system will not be approved for distribution in China."
games  software  china  psychology  law  pointless  via:foe 
july 2005 by kevan
Ananova - Photographer criticised for pictures of man falling off bicycle
"Photographer Liu Tao was accused of lying in wait to take his pictures instead of warning people of the danger."
photos  transport  cheating  water  china  weather  via:arbroath 
may 2005 by kevan
The New York Times > The Feng Shui Kingdom
"Disney also put a bend in the walkway from the train station to the gate, to make sure the flow of positive energy, or chi, did not slip past the entrance and out to the China Sea." Feng Shui versus fire regulations is wonderful.
architecture  tourism  fire  china  design  via:foe 
april 2005 by kevan
Yahoo! News - Chinese satellite smashes into house
"A giant parachute with a conical-shaped black 'top' was seen falling from the sky and landed through the roof of a villager's house in the Tianbeizi vegetable market area."
china  dereliction  litter  space 
october 2004 by kevan
Here Now: Human Bone Sale!
Bones for training search-and-rescue "cadaver dogs". Scapulas were $30, now $23! "Most of our human bones come from China, where development is nudging out the cemeteries."
bones  business  china  dogs  money 
august 2004 by kevan
Yahoo! News - Hey! You! Get off of my cloud
Cloud theft. "Meteorological officials in Zhoukou were soon accusing their counterparts in Pingdingshan of overusing available natural resources by intercepting clouds that would have likely drifted to other places, say, like Zhoukou."
china  war  water  weather 
july 2004 by kevan
Yahoo! News - China Seeders Train Sights on Soggy Skies
The work of a "weather modifier". "If there is hail heading for Beijing, this is the last line of defense."
china  science  weapons  weather 
july 2004 by kevan
Reuters: Ancient Chinese Game Could Help U.S. Strategists
Thinking in terms of emergent homogenous Go stones, rather than the stompy piece-hierarchy of Chess.
board  chess  china  games  war 
july 2004 by kevan
Taking Tiger Mountain -- by Strategy!
"A Maoist relic I found in a flea market in Hangzhou, China. It's a set of tinted postcards taken from a production of Communist opera."
art  china  history  music 
may 2004 by kevan

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