Monthly Archives: October 2011

JianKou – The Middle Path

I returned to Jiankou for my fifth visit in October with Miles and some workmates John Rodgers and John Darrow, who were visiting from Seattle. We stayed at the Zhao’s Hostel and arose in the dark. We took the main concrete path past the parking lot heading south to the Wall just to the east … Continue reading »

Categories: By Mark, hiking, outdoors, travel | 1 Comment


The first week in October China celebrates National Day, the anniversary of the founding of the Peoples Republic of China.  Their equivalent of our 4th of July, except where the US only gets one day they get an entire week.  We planned to visit Vietnam as a family, we had some old friends from Cache … Continue reading »

Categories: By Mark, travel | 7 Comments

The small picture vs. the big picture

People are always saying you should step back and look at the big picture, there are quotes on it, websites that list the 5 best ways to look at the big picture and so forth. Here in China, I’ve learned that I can’t look at the big picture but I have to step back and … Continue reading »

Categories: By Stacey, living in beijing | 3 Comments

Information : A review

I just finished reading Information by James Gleick. Its a dense book that is by no means an easy read. (Try reading it on vacation) But its a worthwhile read. It covers the broad topic of information, which I describe initially as the encapsulation and reduction of facts or representations about “things”. This started with … Continue reading »

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letting go

For those that don’t know I am in the US visiting my parents and especially my dad who is passing away. I’m headed back to China in two days and the two weeks I’ve been here have flown by. I say goodbye to my parents tomorrow(saturday) and I’m not looking forward to it. This week … Continue reading »

Categories: By Stacey | 11 Comments

Best of September 2011

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Categories: By Mark, photography | 3 Comments