My First American Friend Charles Smith

February 3, 2010

Charles Smith and Jan Smith     I came to the United States as a graduate student in late 1980s with my broken English and $100 in pocket. And I was put into a classroom in front of American students one week after I landed here. I was their TA for Calculus II. One of the students was Charles Smith. It was at the University of Houston.

Charlie was not a teenager student. He had worked several years before he decided to go back to school and to get his bachelor’s degree. He was a very nice gentleman.

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Not a crime at the tip of tongue?

June 18, 2014

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Dog is human’s friend in western countries, but maybe just another meat in China. Here are some pictures of an annual dog meat festival at Yulin City, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region (广西玉林).


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A secuirty check point in Beijing

March 7, 2014


Source: wenxuecity.com

There is a newly established security check point at a Beijing subway station. Many people are waiting to get in. But if someone carries an explosive device, is it safe to be in that waiting line?

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Angel cloud

October 15, 2013


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This cloud pattern appeared in Florida on March 14, 2013.

How Chinese obtain deer velvet antler

October 11, 2013

A velvet antler (鹿茸) is obtained from deer antlers. It is a mainstay of traditional Chinese medicine, probably second only to ginseng in importance. But the way that Chinese obtain velvet antler may be surprising. Here are some photos.

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China’s reaction when Apollo 13 had an emergency

October 9, 2013

Apollo 13” was the seventh manned mission in the American Apollo space program and the third intended to land on the Moon. The craft was launched on April 11, 1970, at 13:13 CST from the Kennedy Space Center, Florida, but the lunar landing was aborted after an oxygen tank exploded two days later, crippling the Service Module (SM) upon which the Command Module (CM) depended.

On its way back before it entered the Earth’s atmosphere, the U.S. Government informed governments of other countries about the incident, asking them to help rescue American astronauts. Upon the request, the Soviet Union order the whole country to turn off any radio devices that could interfere the communications from the lunar module. At 18:07:41 UTC, April 17, 1970, it splashed down on Pacific Ocean. The crew were picked up by USS Iwo Jima 45 minutes later.

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How does Facebook lure users to participate its user experience servey?

October 2, 2013

How do you conduct an online survey? You just post your questionnaire on the internet and ask people to answer your questions. But if people ignore your request, what can you do? Here is a trick that I learned from facebook.

One day, I received an email from facebook which indicated that they were interested to interview me and they will pay me for the interview.

Hi,

You are receiving this message from Facebook because we are interested in speaking with you to understand your thoughts and to collect feedback on your experience using Facebook.

Facebook is conducting a 45 minute, paid research study. This will be an in-person study taking place on 21th of MARCH at Facebook HQ in Menlo Park, CA and you will be compensated for your time in the form of a $75 VISA Gift card.

If you are interested in participating in this research please respond by taking the following survey:

https://www.facebook.com/survey/take/?survey_id=000000000010000

Basic participation requirements:

      You must be at least 18 years of age
      You must be able to provide transportation to and from the study location (Facebook HQ in Menlo Park, CA)

Thank you for your interest.

Regards

Xuan Zhao
User Experience Researcher, Facebook
xuanzhao@fb.com

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A Pyramid in China

October 1, 2013


Source: wenxuecity.com

There is a Pyramid near Wuhan City (武汉) in China. By using Google Map, it locates at latitude 30o32’53.96″ north, longitude 114o26’6.86″, which is pretty close to that of Egyptian pyramid.

Is it an ancient site? No. It was built about a decade ago and was supposed to be built as a amusement park. But it was abandoned after the park was halfway done.

Narrowest Building in the World

September 15, 2013


Source: wenxuecity.com

Can you believe it? A family live there and work there in the building. This building located at Sanya City, Hainan Province (海南省三亚市). The owner used to have enough land to build a regular building, but the government expropriated part of the land for road construction. As a result, the owner was forced to build such a strange building on the leftover land.

The Narrowest Side Walk in the Word

September 13, 2013


Source: wenxuecity.com

This is a side walk in Jinan City, Shandong Province (山东省济南市). Its width is only 20 centimeters. The government officials claims that they were forced to build such a narrow street because they must allow two-way traffic of vehicles.

A dolphin stranded at a Sanya beach

June 17, 2013

Source: wenxuecity.com

See what these Chinese are doing? They saw a stranded dolphin. But they are not trying to rescue the dolphin. Instead, they held the poor dolphin out of water to take pictures. Eventually, the dolphin died.

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