Photos from Washington DC

After visiting California, I returned home to Northern Virginia and Washington DC for about a week. Below are a few photos and the rest are here: Photos: Washington DC

Washington DC 2014

Washington DC 2014

Washington DC 2014

Washington DC 2014

Published on April 21, 2014

Photos from San Francisco

I went to the states recently and spent some time in San Francisco and the East Bay. A few photos are below and the rest are here: Photos: San Francisco 2014

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Published on April 21, 2014

One Night in Qatar

On my recent flight from Washington DC to Chengdu, I had an 8-hour layover in Doha, Qatar. I had never been in Qatar before but knew it to be a newly-rich Arab nation attempting to challenge Dubai’s ostentatious reputation with their own over-the-top luxuries. Although I was only in the city for an evening, it was eye opening and not like anywhere else I’d ever been.

For starters, it seemed that most people I encountered fell into two categories: fantastically wealthy and clutching a gold iPhone in pristine white robes, or a poor immigrant.

I passed the time by exploring the sprawling Souq Waqif market, drinking mint tea, and smoking peach shisha in the hot evening air. Here are a few photos from Souq Waqif:

Souq Waqif

Souq Waqif

Souq Waqif

Published on April 17, 2014

Visiting Beijing’s 798 Art Zone

I recently visited Beijing and spent an afternoon in the historic 798 Art Zone, which is set amidst 50-year old decommissioned military factory buildings on the outskirts of the city. Now it’s a collection of art galleries, studios, and exhibits by local artists. Local specialties are painting, graffiti, and sculpture, and the star of the Art Zone is Ai Weiwei, China’s most respected, and notoriously anti-authoritarian, rebel artist.

Here are a few photos: Beijing 798 Art Zone 2014

798 Beijing

798 Beijing

Published on April 17, 2014

Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 Graffiti

MH370 Graffiti

Created by good friend and legendary Chengdu graffiti artist Gas along with Seve. This piece is in the downtown district of Chengdu and depicts Malaysian Airlines flight 370 disappearing en route to China.

I’ve been reading news about the vanished flight daily and have learned an incredible amount about aviation. The fact that something this large can just disappear is amazing, and in fact, this event is completely unprecedented. The disappearance has a lot to do with aviation being stuck in the 1960′s.

I presume this event has a good chance at changing that and taking additional steps to improve standards, safety, and awareness of how important having modern electronic systems inside airplanes are.

Published on March 14, 2014

A Rose in Bloom

Rose

There’s a florist directly underneath my apartment. I pass it everyday, but never bought anything from there until a few weeks ago – this single rose.

Published on March 12, 2014
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Song of the Day #156: Rebel on Roots Corner

Tippa Irie – Rebels on the Roots Corner

Last night a UK reggae MC named Tippa Irie performed in Chengdu at a local performance venue called Here We Go. Although I listen to a lot of reggae, I had never heard of Tippa Irie before – judging from the people I’ve spoken to and Wikipedia, it seems that he was most well-known during the 1980′s and 1990′s in England. His performance was very good though, and it’s been a few years since I performed as an opener when the legendary Jamaican record producer Clive Chin came to Chengdu on tour of China. Before that one of my most memorable reggae performances I’ve seen was Jah Faith & Family Tree at Dub Club in Echo Park, Los Angeles.

Of all the songs that Tippa Irie performed last night, this one (“Rebels on the Roots Corner”) was easily my favorite. Brilliant production by Mad Professor on this track.

Read about Tippa Irie on Wikipedia

Published on March 3, 2014