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  • Wu Di, Jet Li, and Some Flying Swords

    Friday, Dec 30, 2011 12:18AM / Members only

    I went to a promotional event for Flying Swords of Dragon Gate last month and I cannot believe it has taken me this long to post something up about it on AnD. Okay, my life has been so crazy busy this month, I can believe it. Fortunately, I'm in a sweet lull right now which allows me to share a few shots with you all as we bid farewell to 2011. It's my second time photographing Jet Li, but Wu Di and the league of kick ass bad guys stole the show as far as photography was concerned. It was also my second time shooting Mavis Fan, though I did not recognize her until I got back to my studio and sorted out the images. I am still sadly negligent about Chinese film stars, but in my defense, all of you who promised lists of movies I must see have never delivered the goods. Anyway, here's a visual representation of how the night went down for a theater full of (mostly female) lucky fans.

    No wires

    "Does this hat make my head look fat?"

    Three posers - okay, these guys are the real deal.

    The softer side of the stage show.

    Faster than a speeding shutter.

    Final touches. Wu Di is sporting a buzz cut for his current movie project (Hair Club)

    Mavis Fan and Zhou Xun answer questions for the audience

    Chen Kun, Li Yuchun, and Kwai Lun-mei. He got the loudest applause from the ladies in the audience.

    Director Tsui Hark and Jet Li enjoy a lighthearted moment with the audience

    This was some crazy thing they did where the actors had to answer a question from inside the box and sign the scroll and, well, I didn't have a translator and quit trying to figure out what was going on, but eventually they threw the scrolls into the audience and the ladies went crazy, but thankfully avoided actually getting into fist fights over the scrolls.

    Jet Li fields a few questions and seems to resemble my dad.

    I love the expressions of the hosts as they watched this comedian perform.

    Wu Di, Sheng Jian, and Du Yi Heng wrapped up the evenings entertainment.

    Here's wishing you all a safe and happy 2012!

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  • Review of the Canon PowerShot S100

    Tuesday, Nov 15, 2011 9:49PM / Members only

    Since becoming a "professional blogger" for Beijing Kids Magazine, I've been negligent over here at AnD. I don't know if I should post up what I write over there most of the time as it is child-centered usually, even as the "tech dad". Most of what I'm reviewing are educational apps for children, but this post was on Canon's latest point-and-shoot, the PowerShot S100, and I thought some of you might be interested, so click here if you're interested.

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  • Oh, so this is AliveNotDead.com!

    Tuesday, Jan 18, 2011 11:02PM / Members only

    Slacker! Not really. Between the illnesses that struck our home these past two months - kids bring the darnedest things home with them from school - and a slew of work that just got busier as 2010 came to a close, I haven't had time to check on AnD. Glad to know the site can run now without me.

    Most of my work lately has been client based, which I'm grateful for, but is largely work I cannot share here. However, I thought I would post an image from a few months back to brighten up your winter. If you live somewhere like Beijing, it's fairly bleak right now. I don't mind winter, but I'll be glad when spring shows its face around here.

    Happy Birthday Pat!

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  • I...Can't...breath....

    Friday, Nov 19, 2010 9:27AM / Members only

    Here's a Beijing fun fact. This mornings air quality index was 562. Hm, just a number, I wonder what that means? So I checked out the handy scale the government (US, that is) put out about the readings.

    Air Quality Index
    (AQI) Values)
    Levels of Health Concern
    When the AQI is in this range: ...air quality conditions are:
    0-50 Good
    51-100 Moderate
    101-150 Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups
    151 to 200 Unhealthy
    201 to 300 Very Unhealthy
    301 to 500 Hazardous

    What happens after 500? It doesn't say. I had often wondered until I saw the numbers today. Here's the AQI twitter feed:

    11-19-2010; 02:00; PM2.5; 562.0; 500; Crazy Bad // Ozone; 0.1; 0; No Reading

    That's right, our Beijing's air quality is now officially crazy bad!

    To review:

    Beijing on a blue sky day:

    Beijing on a cool sky day:

    Beijing on a crap sky day:

    Beijing on a "Crazy Bad" sky day:

    Want to follow along? Check out http://twitter.com/beijingair and find out exactly when the air will become so polluted, I'll never be able to blog again. Or maybe I'll just stay indoors. With the air filter on high. Strapped to my face.

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  • Zhou Le in Beijing

    Wednesday, Nov 10, 2010 8:35PM / Members only

    I managed to sneak out and have lunch with Zhou Le today at Biteapitta. Zhou Le hails from Belgium, but he's been living the past five years in Shanghai working as a director and making films. He's currently wrapped up in a personal project that should be very cool once he is ready to unveil it to the public. Hopefully, he will give us a sneak peak in the future. Shanghai could not contain his creative talents, so we are fortunate to have him in Beijing now. Check out his blog here on alivenotdead. Apologies for once again neglecting to shoot the food. We thought the place was a good value for the money. I'll be back for sure. Here's some details about Biteapitta as their website is "under construction".

    Boxed, but not beaten! Zhou Le is ready to take on Beijing. Psst, lady, get out of the picture!!

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    Merry Christmas and a happy new year!
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    Just dropping by, out of the ether, to wish you the best of holidays and a wonderful 2013.
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    Merry Christmas!!! :)
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    Happy Birthday!!! :)

    And all what you wish to come true!!! ;)
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    Happy Birthday!
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    假期快乐 开心每一天哦
  • posted on Thursday, Jan 5, 2012 2:00AM  [Report]
    Thank you!!!

    Happy New Year to you and your family too and i wish you all the best in 2012 :)
  • posted on Monday, Dec 26, 2011 5:36PM  [Report]
    Merry Christmas!!!
  • posted on Saturday, Dec 17, 2011 4:44AM  [Report]
    I have an awesome view from work to the skyline of Frankfurt....but hardly time to takea pic and share with you...sometimes I just enjoy the view not thinking about taking a pic...but let's see
  • posted on Sunday, Nov 13, 2011 9:06PM  [Report]
    Hey Chris, thanks for the kind words and birthday wish! And on my side, I'm glad someone still reads them!! Haha...I'll just post them here because for me there's not much point in creating another blog since I can still use this one. I hope you are well! And your partner too! ;)
  • posted on Sunday, Nov 6, 2011 6:16PM  [Report]
    Yes it is a castle :)

    I would have wished to be my home, but every time I go there I feel like home ;)
  • posted on Sunday, Nov 6, 2011 12:59PM  [Report]
    Happy birthday to you !
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    Happy Birthaday!!!

    and all the best :)
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    posted on Tuesday, Nov 1, 2011 12:19AM  [Report]
    Happy Birthday!!
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    Happy Birthday!!!!!
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    Happy Birthday Chris, hope everything is well and that it will stay this way.
    all best
  • posted on Monday, Oct 31, 2011 2:24PM  [Report]
    Happy Birthday Chris! Enjoy your day
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    posted on Monday, Oct 31, 2011 12:00PM  [Report]
    Happy Birthday!! hope everything is wonderful!! haven't had a chance to get up to BJ in a long while!!!! Go treat yourself!!!
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  • posted on Monday, Oct 31, 2011 2:09AM  [Report]
    Happy birthday Chris, hope you had a wonderful blessed day with your family.

    I do occassionaly read your Beijing Kids articles, love them....especially the face painting one ;-)

    blessings from South Africa
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