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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

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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

Taiwan Trip Photos

I recently went to Taiwan for 5 days to speak at the Game Developers Conference there (known within the industry as GDC). As with previous sessions at GDC, the topic of my speech was Creating International Hits From China (or Anywhere). The conference was fantastic – better organized and more well attended than GDC Shanghai – and the city of Taipei was a joy to experience for a few days.

Taiwan itself is difficult to describe, but I found it to be a mishmash of China, Hong Kong, and Japan. It’s amazingly clean, orderly, and civilized, but feels very traditionally Chinese like Hong Kong. Walking on the street you’ll see the urban landscape covered in traditional Chinese characters, small eateries, and captivating temples hidden inside small alleys. At night, the streets are lit by night markets containing dozens if not hundreds of vendors selling knick knacks and amazing street food, including bubble tea, which is a Taipei invention.

Below are a few photos from my trip, with more photos from my trip here: 2013 Taiwan Photos

GDC Taipei

GDC Taipei

GDC Taipei

GDC Taipei

Published on January 3, 2014

Germany 2013 Photos

I went to Germany recently to speak at a conference in Hamburg and was lucky enough to catch some great weather. A few photos with a link to more at the bottom:

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More Photos from Germany 2013

Published on November 10, 2013