In the interest of hoping to be able to post (fucking anything at all) (ahem) a blog post, I am harmonizing my own blog. Yes this is pathetic, but one can hope that after about a kajillion failed blog-posting attempts, due to what I can only imagine is related to internet censorship in China, this is a last-ditch effort to keep this blog open versus changing to a different blog provider such as wordpress. btw, LJ and Wordpress both currently not blocked by the Great Firewall, but Blogspot is.
To see my highly inflammatory post involving cute pictures of my kitten, see the entry entitled "Chinese Cats eat Rice" as found on my mom's blog at wingraclaire . For reasons unknown, I could not manage to post it but she could. Is this because:
a) Cats are just too cute to be deemed appropriate for publication?
b) Rice is a highly dangerous substance, not to be allowed outside of China?
c) The post made reference to various books, and reading is clearly a bourgeouis pastime?
d) all of the above?
In all seriousnous, though, sometimes the Great Firewall and the gnarlier aspects of China life get to me. For instance, the other night when I was walking back to the house after a long evening spent monitoring evening study hall, pushing myself up the large hill to the house through a stiff cold wind, I thought how nice it would be to take a long hot bath. But then I remembered I don't have a bathtub. Or running water. So instead I curled up on my (electric) heated bed pad, 电热毯 and decided that was as good as it was going to get.
Speaking of internet though, and how unrestricted it is, and how I can easily access any webpage at anytime (NOTE: China does not get sarcasm), in this article the father of China's "Great Firewall" defends it by noting the US does exactly the same thing. ahem. Why yes, the US and China are in fact exactly the same..... why hadn't I noticed earlier?!
I'm hoping that with the arrival of April--and thereby an end to the month of March, which includes various sensitive anniversaries of Bad Things Happening in Western China---that the internet quality will be more stable coming up. One can hope, anyway. For that and for running water: we finally got our pump back from parts unknown, as sequestered by our landlord (who I'm sure was just looking out for our own best interests....in some way) just in time to coincide with a total lack of running water to the house for the past few days. Even if it's due to the construction going on directly down the hill: come on!
Oh wait, this post was going to be filled with butterflies and rainbows and singing joyous harmoniousness. oops.
p.s. I did eat a very delicious dinner tonight and am pleasantly full. Chicken alfredo on rice, with broccoli. mmm. If I continue to be able to post, the next one will likely be about food.