The Difference

I think David Brooks really nails what has happened in the Democratic primaries with this editorial. I don’t agree that it necessarily happened in a “moment” at the Jefferson-Jackson dinner, but maybe that evening crystalized it, and what he describes has, I believe, been a key dynamic of the campaign: Clinton had sounded like a […]

Up for Macworld

Okay, I have to admit that it’s 1am in Beijing and I’m up looking at updates of Steve Jobs’ Macworld Keynote. One thought I’ve had is that the recent increase in iPod ads in Beijing might indicate that the iPhone is coming to China soon (maybe they’re “warming up the market”?), and that Jobs would […]

My Cough

I’ve had a cough for about a month. It started when I went on a jet ski in Zhu Hai. I came back on shore short of breath, and remained that way for the rest of the day. I felt better the when I woke up the next morning, but the shortness of breath slowly […]


My plan to have a thought every day has been thwarted by a variety of factors, including lethargy, a hotel without Internet access, and a laptop needing service. It’s been great having Will staying with us. He’s been taking Chinese class at 7:20 in the morning, and exploring job possibilities. He also went to Xian […]


I’ve decided that I’m going to write something here every day. Something, no matter what it is. I’m a voracious consumer of information, and am bothered when I think about how little I produce, and how rarely my reflection gets out of my head. I’ve thought to myself that the two most important habits I […]

Funny or Scary?

Or maybe both? Rep. Duncan Hunter has introduced the “Restore Patriotism to University Campuses Act”, which would cut off federal funding to Columbia University in retaliation for hosting Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. There are more and more things like this happening that I can’t decide whether to categorize as funny or scary. Would it be […]