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I haven’t written about sooner because I figured it was old news, but at the Beer Factory meet-up, David, Todd, and some other Taiwan bloggers told me they hadn’t heard of I guess the Taiwan websphere and the mainland websphere really are cut off from each other. So, here it is: Tudou is a copy of YouTube done Chinese-style. YouTube has plenty of copyrighted materials, but there’s at least the appearance that they don’t allow them. Tudou, on the other hand has things you’d never see on YouTube- things like all the Star Wars movies streamed back-to-back, Friends episodes, and a ton of other movies and TV programs. It’s amazing. It’s like Tudou has no fear of Hollywood, whatsoever.

Friends on tudouFriends on tudou Hosted on Zooomr

[1] 土豆网 (tu2dou4 wang3) means “Potato net”
[2] You vote up videos by clicking on the orange button with 挖 (wa1), which means “dig”. Remind you of anything?

As my motivation for language learning surges, I find myself practically stumbling over more useful tools. I’ve recently found an absolutely fantastic essay about language learning on Scribd. It’s both inspirational and full of useful advice.
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After moving my sites to Dream Host, I made some upgrades the Taiwan Blog Feed.
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Now that I’m on vacation it’s time to mess around with my site! Unwilling to be restrained by the adequate blogroll feature built into WordPress, I’ve broken free of it’s constraints! Instead of the built in system, I just put all of my links into a separate .php file. Then, I added a PHP include to my sidebar and voila! No more silly little limits about what information I can put into my blogroll. Oh, how I love extensible pieces of software!

For now, I’ve added nifty little boxes next to the names of everyone who uses either or Zooomr. As one might expect, clicking on a next to a name will take you to that person’s Zooomr photos, while clicking on a will take you to that person’s bookmarks.

I’ve also added two more bloggers to my “Taiwan Friends” list. I haven’t actually met either of them, but I’d like to. The first is Gem, a vlogger and avid photographer, and the second is Range, also an avid photographer, and who somehow managed to pump out a hundred posts last month.

Here’s a Danwei video interview with the two founders of Antiwave, arguably China’s most influential podcast. “When I was a kid, my father used to tell me stories about the Japanese during the war. But history sometimes should just be left as history.”Pingke, a veteran of over a decade in the traditional radio business and Flypig, a popular blogger, explain how they created the Antiwave podcast to get around the traditional restrictions of the media. While they obviously still have to obey they law, they can say things and address topics that nobody in the traditional media would touch… such as the extreme anti-Japanese sentiments now so common in Chinese youth.

There are a couple of fairly new Chinese learning sites I’ve been spending some time on recently. One of them is essentially still in beta, and the designer invited me to try it out. Since it’s not completely ready to go, I’ll talk about the other: Chinese Blast. Chinese Blast is a collaborative learning site unlike any other I’ve seen for learning Chinese. It’s almost like a web 2.0 version of some of the old Anime sub-title projects the really geeky people at UC Boulder used to do… and I like it!
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Chinese Pod has changed quite a bit in the last two and a half months. Some new features have been added, there are many new podcasts, the quality of the podcasts has improved, and there have been several minor but important changes in the lessons since the last time I wrote about them. continue reading…

I’m so shocked by the sheer amount of ignorant, yet argumentative idiots on Digg that I can barely even muster up a real rant. There’s an article by a math teacher explaining the common confusion his students have with the idea that 1 = .9999… repeating. He went to great lengths to explain very clearly why this is true, and wrote what I thought was a good article. What kind of response did I expect from the supposedly “techie crowd” at Digg? Well, I figured I’d see a few comments saying stuff like, “Hey, good explanation,” or “Duh…” How naive I was.

Instead, reading the comments was like going through a pile of essays written by a ward of lobotomy patients. Comments ranged from wack-ass idiotic unsupported claims such as:
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