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It’s not clear that yesterday’s correlation is a helpful predictor of whether an applicant will be a high performer tomorrow.
Catherine Rampell, Resume E.R.A, New York Times Magazine
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Posted at 4:13 PM 29 January 2014

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Exploring Harbin, China’s Spectacular Ice Sculpture Festival (哈尔滨国际冰雪节)

To view more photos and videos of the Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival as it unfolds over the next month, visit the 冰雪大世界 | Ice & Snow World and 太阳岛 | Sun Island location pages.

Each winter, thousands flock to frigid Northeast China for the spectacular Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival (哈尔滨国际冰雪节).

The festival officially began on January 5 and lasts for one month, but construction on the massive snow and ice sculptures started months ago. The structures—which range in form from animals to full-scale buildings—are just as impressive after dark as they are during the day thanks to colorful lighting embedded within the ice.

Festival spectators face temperatures as low as -35º Celsius (-31º Fahrenheit), but people from around world can explore the striking sculptures through photos and videos shared to Instagram.

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Posted at 11:28 PM 07 January 2014

How Alibaba Could Underprice Amazon, and Other Things You Should Know

DRAMA!! Is Alibaba (and it’s little sexier, smarter and more athletic little brother, Taobao) going to come after Amazon?
Considering Amazon just opened a massive launch in China last year (and is still advertising all across Seattle for jobs in China (“You don’t need to learn Chinese!”) I wonder how Amazon would feel about this. Keep an eye out for Alibaba. Since the export industry is starting to slow down (we all saw it coming, thanks NYT for the official confirmation) and Alibaba’s original platform was to connect factories in China to foreign re-sellers, Alibabe might be more involved in taking over other platforms now in order to keep up their market share.

Fun - fun - fun. Just like as WeChat is taking over Sina Weibo (slowly, though! Weibo still has an amazing stream of revenue coming in and better ways of capitalizing their source than WeChat at the moment)…we’ll see if there’s another upset soon. I don’t have a firm opinion on this yet, however, since Amazon (z.cn) and PayPal in China aren’t doing too awful, last time I checked. Just something to look out for in the future. Keep a eye on this one, folks.

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Posted at 4:08 PM 18 October 2013

bluebellsandsnowflakes:

godfrey gao

(Source: bucksbucky, via kceyagi)

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Posted at 10:01 AM 20 September 2013

Xiaomi sold 7.2m handsets last year, in China, Hong Kong and Taiwan, earning revenues of 12.6 billion yuan ($2.1 billion). Apple sold 125m smartphones globally, earning about $80 billion of its $157 billion sales. But since it was founded in 2010, Xiaomi has grown fast. A recent funding round valued it at $10 billion, more than Microsoft just paid for Nokia’s handset unit. That made Xiaomi one of the 15 most heavily venture-backed mobile start-ups ever, says Rajeev Chand of Rutberg, an investment bank. In the second quarter of 2013 Xiaomi’s market share in China was 5%, says Canalys, a research firm—more than Apple’s (4.8%) for the first time.

I’ve heard of some serious converts with the Xiaomi smartphone. Nice to see the Economist making a realistic commentary about the state of the Apple smartphone trend in China — meanwhile Business Week is still trying to promote the iPhone as a contender by talking about pricing strategies. Problematic, because only now is there a product launch in China (really? Apple never “treated China with respect” and gave them their own product launch before?) In my opinion, it’s too little too late. So many more phones have flooded the market these days and it’s starting to show. And if you want to talk pricing strategies, if you haven’t partnered up with Tencent in a major way (which Xiaomi has, while Apple still restricts many of Tencent’s many other various apps across different Chinese iTunes stores (Mainland vs. HK vs. Taiwan), then you will be losing a large part of the game. Once any Taiwanese film/Hong Kong TVB show does a product placement in their romantic comedies that features a Xiaomi phone, that’ll be a major gamechanger for Apple. And adding another product launch in Shanghai (wow? 2 product launches in the largest country on the planet? *gasp) won’t do anything to stop the flow of money to change towards a locally grown, Amazon-type online retailer in this land of tomorrow. 

Xiaomi sold 7.2m handsets last year, in China, Hong Kong and Taiwan, earning revenues of 12.6 billion yuan ($2.1 billion). Apple sold 125m smartphones globally, earning about $80 billion of its $157 billion sales. But since it was founded in 2010, Xiaomi has grown fast. A recent funding round valued it at $10 billion, more than Microsoft just paid for Nokia’s handset unit. That made Xiaomi one of the 15 most heavily venture-backed mobile start-ups ever, says Rajeev Chand of Rutberg, an investment bank. In the second quarter of 2013 Xiaomi’s market share in China was 5%, says Canalys, a research firm—more than Apple’s (4.8%) for the first time.

I’ve heard of some serious converts with the Xiaomi smartphone. Nice to see the Economist making a realistic commentary about the state of the Apple smartphone trend in China — meanwhile Business Week is still trying to promote the iPhone as a contender by talking about pricing strategies. Problematic, because only now is there a product launch in China (really? Apple never “treated China with respect” and gave them their own product launch before?) In my opinion, it’s too little too late. So many more phones have flooded the market these days and it’s starting to show. And if you want to talk pricing strategies, if you haven’t partnered up with Tencent in a major way (which Xiaomi has, while Apple still restricts many of Tencent’s many other various apps across different Chinese iTunes stores (Mainland vs. HK vs. Taiwan), then you will be losing a large part of the game. Once any Taiwanese film/Hong Kong TVB show does a product placement in their romantic comedies that features a Xiaomi phone, that’ll be a major gamechanger for Apple. And adding another product launch in Shanghai (wow? 2 product launches in the largest country on the planet? *gasp) won’t do anything to stop the flow of money to change towards a locally grown, Amazon-type online retailer in this land of tomorrow. 

(Source: economist.com)

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Posted at 11:24 PM 15 September 2013

“I never used Excel at work but I saw other people making pretty graphs and thought, ‘I could probably draw with that,’” says 73-year old Tatsuo Horiuchi. About 13 years ago, shortly before retiring, Horiuchi decide he needed a new challenge in his life. So he bought a computer and began experimenting with Excel. “Graphics software is expensive but Excel comes pre-installed in most computers,” explained Horiuchi. “And it has more functions and is easier to use than [Microsoft] Paint.”*

Effing genius! (And gorgeous)

“I never used Excel at work but I saw other people making pretty graphs and thought, ‘I could probably draw with that,’” says 73-year old Tatsuo Horiuchi. About 13 years ago, shortly before retiring, Horiuchi decide he needed a new challenge in his life. So he bought a computer and began experimenting with Excel. “Graphics software is expensive but Excel comes pre-installed in most computers,” explained Horiuchi. “And it has more functions and is easier to use than [Microsoft] Paint.”*

Effing genius! (And gorgeous)

(Source: spoon-tamago.com)

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Posted at 10:46 PM 12 September 2013
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#Spotted: #oldschool rip and tear advertisement… But a little different #Shanghai #latergram I dare you to scan the #QR code

Reverse racism. Nice. [Chinese man looking for “Western” woman]

alicehu08:

#Spotted: #oldschool rip and tear advertisement… But a little different #Shanghai #latergram I dare you to scan the #QR code

Reverse racism. Nice. [Chinese man looking for “Western” woman]

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Posted at 5:16 AM 09 September 2013
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Beijing introduces recycling banks that pay subway credits for bottles. Read the story on The Guardian.

parsonsadmission:

Beijing introduces recycling banks that pay subway credits for bottles. Read the story on The Guardian.

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Posted at 5:51 AM 28 August 2013
royonthestreet:

这个路上遇到的男孩多半是个模特儿,眉间的一股气势令他看起来十分特别。格子衬衫配牛仔裤可以在SLP的天桥上大行其道,自然更多的是在路上遇见。我拍好想问问他是谁,抬头却已经不见了。

royonthestreet:

这个路上遇到的男孩多半是个模特儿,眉间的一股气势令他看起来十分特别。格子衬衫配牛仔裤可以在SLP的天桥上大行其道,自然更多的是在路上遇见。我拍好想问问他是谁,抬头却已经不见了。

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Posted at 10:01 AM 20 August 2013

that old joke about british bankers in hong kong —-

they’re called filth.

Failed In London, Tried Hongkong

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Posted at 10:01 AM 20 August 2013