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drawn away, from a wonder of the world.

So I am having dinner with an oil executive and he says “…now, I hold Mike responsible…”. he was referring to all of the addled phone users who are missing out on the life that is so evidently taking place, right in front of them.

And he wasn’t just referring to human behavior in restaurant environments that we see so commonly. Nor did he mean the ‘time wasting’ which can be understandable in: subways, airports, and train stations. In this particular case, he was plainly disappointed in (all of the) people who seem so unaware of the physical world. Like these museum visitors in the midst of the terra-cotta warriors – the quarter-scale ones – that are a wonder of the world.

Talk about putting the ethical shoe on the other foot! Maybe I should try having dinner with someone from Goldman Sachs soon.

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of injustice and oprah

my mind struggles to make sense of oprah’s struggle to spend 38k on a purse. perhaps she could visit the silk market… where a vendor of counterfeit purses would consider 38k a year’s salary.

there are two solitudes in consumption, i suppose. the first one will tend to the sensational while the other will tend to the substantial.

this is not the first time in history when haves get confused for the have nots. i think mr. veblen would be amused at it all.

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rhythm of reed

rhythm of reed by the measure of mike
rhythm of reed, a photo by the measure of mike on Flickr.

Along the mekong delta, I noticed an orphanage under construction. This was a first layer of the roof’s surface; beautiful to mea in at least three ways at once.

But a last ing reminder or the visual treasures that travel through time via “unselfconscious” design.

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seeking the harmony, in harmonious society

grass addiction 2 by the measure of mike
grass addiction 2, a photo by the measure of mike on Flickr.

a year ago it was all dog joy in #china for dreyfuss.

today we navigate dog policy to study safe passage back to #canada – for him. without us. sigh. til then dreyfuss lives in something akin to protective custody. weird right?

at first we thought the dog crackdown to simply be a matter of culture shock. a terrible misunderstanding, with no apparent explanation, of the moscow-knows-no-tears variety. now after weeks of investigating, it seems that only the logic is terrible. and the misunderstanding is simply feigned by the police who act out the wishes of leaders – pretending to men of action. I have since learned that there were thirteen incidents of rabies in the city of beijing last year. and that figure is at the heart of this story.

but that figure is sad. and sadder still for the capital city of an emergent super-power. after all, for as little as 60 rmb or 10 USD any pet can be vaccinated, trouble free, in this country. pet doctors estimate that the price could even be lower.

for every vaccinated dog it is expected there are nine more who have no access to the needle. how can officials explain this gap, when over a million or so dogs get registered every year? at 500 rmb per registration that represents real money. money that loses its way on from pet owner to police office to public security official to veterinary medical clinic – where the vaccine is meant to be administered.

in order to realize the chinese dream, leaders need to learn to act harmoniously – and with accountability – to do what they say they will do – when they take the funds of a resident or citizen. modern cities solve problems using modern methods. not gangs wielding sticks, snares and nets.

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giant grotto

giant grotto by the measure of mike
giant grotto, a photo by the measure of mike on Flickr.

at first glance the giant buddhas, etched in the hillside of luoyang, make one marvel at the engineering involved in such an accomplishment – from such a long time ago.

on second thought one marvels at artistic gifts required, and years of practice required, in rendering such benevolent expressionism from material that offers only one chance at the designed outcome.

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morning shift

morning shift by the measure of mike
morning shift, a photo by the measure of mike on Flickr.

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brandulous

brandulous by the measure of mike
brandulous, a photo by the measure of mike on Flickr.

When an icon, becomes an icon of something bigger. This hand lettered Fedex truck says plenty about the rate of change in china, as well as the pressure to achieve it.

This approach to getting big quick is by no means limited to the parcel delivery business.

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