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Berlin Street Art

Two weeks ago I was in Berlin for 6 days and had the opportunity to check out some amazing street art. Here are a few of those photos, with a link to more below.

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Published on May 8, 2015

Photos from Hong Kong

Years ago I used to travel to Hong Kong on a regular basis for visa runs. It was a routine that I enjoyed, as each time I visited I was able to spend time with friends in a beautiful city that I enjoy. Sadly, as my work in China became more and more legitimate, the visa runs were no longer necessary and I stopped visiting. This, my first time in Hong Kong in almost two years, was also the first time that I had come to Hong Kong on official business: to speak at the Mobile Games Forum event at the Marco Polo Hotel in Kowloon.

Here are some photos from trip to Hong Kong. There’s a link at the bottom of this post which goes to a page that has more photos.

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Published on April 13, 2015

Spring in Chengdu Photos

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Chengdu in spring

Published on April 7, 2015

Photos & Stories from Hoodslam

One of the most memorable experiences I had on my recent trip to the Bay Area was Hoodslam, a monthly underground professional wrestling event in Oakland. It’s hosted at the Oakland Metro Opera House and features a dozen or so wrestlers performing theater on stage. It is incredibly self-aware and entertaining. Here’s the flyer from the event that I went to on March 6th, with video and photos further below:

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Highlights from Hoodslam

  • The local hero is a wrestler named Drugs Bunny, a Prohibition-era gangster wearing a bunny mask who does fistfuls of cocaine on stage. The crowd chants “Drugs, drugs, drugs” to show support for Drugs Bunny.
  • A wrestling match between The Predator and a wrestler playing Arnold Schwarzenegger. The Arnold character comes out first amidst ambient music, red lights, and helicopter sound effects, as he creeps into the ring with a giant gun. As he gazes into the crowd, the Predator emerges silently behind him and sits poised atop the edge of the ring as the crowd goes nuts.
  • A bowtie-wearing referee chain smoking joints in the ring
  • Link of Hyrule (Legend of Zelda) versus Obese Gamer, a 300-lb shirtless slob. Obese gamer is invulnerable to Link because he pulls out a golden Zelda cartridge with a Game Genie plugged into it. Link overcomes this obstacle by throwing the stoned referee at Obese Gamer, which stuns him.
  • Scorpion Junior wrestling against Mexican Batman. Scorpion Junior is a pregnant adult male wearing a Scorpion mask (Junior is a 1994 film wherein Arnold Schwarzenegger gets pregnant). During the fight, as fans chant “Miscarriage” Scorpion Junior gives birth on stage and throws a tiny Scorpion at Mexican Batman with a rope attached while yelling Get over here!.  Scorpion Junior becomes the first wrestler in Hoodslam history to be disqualified for breaking the only rule of Hoodslam: “Don’t bring your f’ing kids”. This is a slogan that appears on some of their apparel.
  • Ken from Street Fighter wrestling against Juice Lee, or Bruce Lee on steroids. Other events have featured Ken & Ryu from Street Fighter as a tag team duo.
  • The band featured at the event, called Arnold Corps, features a lead singer that looks and sounds like Arnold Schwarzenegger. The band is described on the flyer as “Pioneers of Austrian Action Adventure Rock ‘n Roll”.
  • Hoodslam is promoting an upcoming show called EnterTania

The entire production is ridiculous and a real joy. It’s filled with references to 1990’s American pop culture. If you are in the Bay Area or you visit there, I recommend you check this out. Here’s a link to their official website: BirdsWillFall.com

Hoodslam Video

Below is a video I found on Youtube describing Hoodslam and featuring its founder, a Persian American wrestler named Dark Sheik.

Photos

And finally some of my photos from the March event, which are part of the San Francisco 2015 set:

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Published on March 18, 2015

Photos from San Francisco, 2015

I got back from San Francisco just a few days ago and have posted all my photos online here. Here are a few of them, with another link to the full set at the bottom of this post.

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Published on March 13, 2015

Photos from Xinjiang: Urumqi & Karamay City

I just returned from a week in China’s Northwestern Xinjiang province, which borders Pakistan and Kazakhstan. There is a world of difference between Xinjiang and the rest of China: aside from being home to the majority of China’s Muslim population, it’s a desert oil-producing region made famous by violent protests in 2009.

Thousands were killed in May of that year when a failed uprising attempted to create a new country out of the region, called East Turkmenistan. Since then Xinjiang has become an oppressive police state as China struggles to stabilize the region and its marginalized Muslim population. It is a fascinating but tense place to visit.

Below are a handful of photos from my trip. The entire set of photos is available here, and there’s another link to this page at the bottom of the photos.

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Published on February 27, 2015

Inside the Poly Center Elevator

Over the last 6 months Chengdu’s most popular nightlife destination has become a single building in the South of the city, near the US Consulate. It’s called the Poly Center, and was originally developed as a high-end residential and commercial building in a lucrative and prosperous part of the city.

Since it opened last year though, it has become dominated by a single type of business: bars and clubs. On some floors there are half a dozen bars and clubs next to each other which makes jumping between venues easier than I’ve ever seen it, anywhere. It’s amazing how hands-off Chengdu is. This would certainly not be allowed to happen in Beijing or Shanghai. When visitors come from out of town to Chengdu I always take them here, and they always think it’s amazing. Because it is.

It’s like a multi-million dollar property development that once launched has gone completely hands off. This certainly isn’t the first time I’ve seen something like this in China, but it might be the first time I’ve seen it to this degree. Step inside the elevators at the Poly Center and this is what you see.

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Here’s what two of the most popular venues inside the Poly Center look like: NASA & Here We Go.

Published on February 25, 2015

Photos from Cleveland

These were taken in March of 2012 but never uploaded here. They are part of a larger series of photos taken on across the U.S. so I will be posting more of those here.

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Published on January 20, 2015