Saturday, January 17, 2009

Apparently, white folks like leaves of absence

A recent post on the Stuff White People Like blog takes a comical look at what young, middle-class white folks do when they want to "find themselves." It's quite funny, especially because I know many people like this and I myself hope to teach English abroad. I don't see as much pretention in my friends as he apparently sees in such people, but I totally get what he's saying and it's just plain funny. (Yes, self-important 20-somethings can laugh at themselves - can't they?)

An excerpt:

It is most common for the person taking the year off to use this time to travel (see Post #19 for reasons why). Generally, they will start off with a set amount of money that will use to travel for as long as possible. This explains why a white person with an $800 backpack will haggle with a poverty-stricken street vendor about a $2 dollar plate of food.

Friday, January 16, 2009

Got $8? You're a multi-trillionaire!

The NY Times recently reported:

Zimbabwe: A 10-Trillion-Dollar Bill
By Celia W. Dugger

The country’s stratospheric inflation rate, one of the worst in world history, entered a new, yet more incredible realm on Friday as the Reserve Bank introduced a new family of trillion-dollar bank notes, beginning with one for 10 trillion Zimbabwean dollars, which is worth about $8 on the black market. The state media reported the bank would also gradually release $20 trillion, $50 trillion and $100 trillion notes.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Seize your crisis

Stumbled upon this recently. Interesting.

When written in Chinese, the word "crisis" is composed of two characters. One represents danger, the other opportunity.

I hope my Chinese-speaking friends will tell me if this is even true. But in the meantime, what do ya'll make of that?

A lovely ray of hope

I found today's Daily Ray of Hope especially lovely.

"The grand show is eternal. It is always sunrise somewhere; the dew is never dried all at once; a shower is forever falling; vapor is ever rising. Eternal sunrise, eternal dawn and gloaming, on sea and continents and islands, each in its turn, as the round earth rolls."

-- John Muir

Emerald Ridge along Wonderland Trail on the west side of Mt. Rainier in Washington, by Troy Mason