My regular readers have probably noticed that posting has slowed considerably over the last month. This is due to a number of factors, both professional and personal, that have kept me out of Shanghai, and prevented me from doing the reporting that makes this blog (at its best, I believe) a reported blog. So, for the next few weeks, I’m going to hold off posting until I have something reported to say.
A couple of quick notes before I go.
First. Over the last couple of years I’ve been surprised to notice that, on occasion, posts which garnered very little traffic when they were written, can suddenly, for no obvious reason, begin to draw significant traffic. I’m pleased and flattered to note that this has started to happen (both inside and outside of China) with “The Two Cultures: Recycling Edition,” posted on February 6. As a result, I’ll be writing a longer version of that post, in more formal terms, soon (complete with a response to some of the criticism that’s been pointed at it). Sincere thanks to those who’ve taken an interest in that post, linked to it, and written to me about it.
Second. As of today, I am twittering. Not sure why, yet, but I’m told that everything will become obvious in time. So, even though I won’t be writing any more “philosophy of recycling” posts for a few more weeks, I may very well reveal my preferred Hüsker Dü album.
Finally. Not so long ago, I visited a pet trade fair in southern China where, among other wonders, the organizers staged an exhibition of tattooed fish. I took photos, of course, and I probably should’ve just posted them on the double. Instead, foolishly, I held out for an appropriate occasion. But what occasion goes with a tattooed carp? A blog hiatus, I guess: