...in China! (...在中国!)

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Bad Mitch, Lazy Blogger...

A few updates since last time. OK, let's get started.

First, I will be making more of an effort to contribute to this here blog which the 3 of you are following and reading.

Second, I've bought my very own personal corner of the web. www.mitchwagner.net Yes, I know it is essentially just vanity plate for my car on the internet, but whatever. I'll be fleshing it out in the coming weeks, with things that I find interesting. It's also just good practice for my inner programmer. From an IT perspective it grabs my twitter feed as well as my Blogspot feed (Where this entry is originating) and parses it into my personal web page. It's setup such that I can relatively easily switch blog sources and still have the content show up on there. Also the way it is setup, Chinese viewers will be able to read my current blog and twitter posts, where normally they would not due to the Great Fire Wall. (Assuming the site as a whole isn't blocked by the PRC.)

Third, This blog is a good chance for me to practice my English. And after nearly 5 years in China I definitely need the writing practice.

Forth, I will be spending more time on iPhone development in the coming weeks to get two projects out the door. All while at the same time concurrently working on the company website. www.sellschicken.com The latter is waiting on my good friend and graphics guy, Dave, to work up a Logo/Mascot for the site. Then it will go up pretty quickly. (A week or so after graphics are finalized.)

Fifth, I will be deciding very soon as to whether to stay in China or to move back to the states. Seeing as how I am spending more time doing development and less time thinking about teaching, I think we can all guess which way I am leaning. I need only take care of one issue and then things will start to move along more quickly. For those that are curious, my preferences are in the following order. San Francisco, Chicago, Bloomington. If my choice is between Bloomington and China, I will likely just stay in China. No offense to Bloomingtonians.

Sixth, I am making efforts to spend less time reading political news and more time on things in my life that are actually productive, like hobbies, projects and exploring more of the city before I fly away one last time. Also in this category is the concept of fitness. I've often had and on-again off-again relationship with the concept of fitness. Well, it's on now. 4-5 week days each week. Weekends off, for good behavior. 4 days is the bare minimum. Each day will involve running, my evil mistress.

Seventh, Project Marx, a.k.a. Project Joaquin Phoenix (if you hate commies.)

As you can see I am now quite bearded. This is part experiment, part art project and part "get it out of your system while you can". The experimental portion is to test the density and coverage of my beard, as I have only tested "The Goatee" in the past, I felt it was time for a mature full beard test. The artistic portion is to make a time lapse movie of me growing a beard. In the beginning, one photo was taken every 12 hours. Now that the beard is longer, and it's harder to see the progress, photos are now being taken every 24 hours. And finally, If I get it out of my system, I will likely never need (or want) to grow it out again. The final movie and photos will get their own blog post when (and if) I finally shave it off.

Eighth, Last summers firearms project was a success. But also fun. Went to the range several times. Once with Tomas. Once with just mom, I think it was her first time at a range since the 1960's. She had a lot of fun. Once with Kasey, obviously outside Chicago. And one final time with Tomas again, and Alison as well as some Chinese friends. All-in-all it was a fun hootin' tootin' shootin' summer. Oh sorry about that. Also the custom rifle that I built turned out nicely, and was sold at the end of the summer. Will likely build another this summer. It's my inner geek that likes knowing how things work and are constructed that makes me build. Anyway, here it is.

Nineth, Kerry and Isaac, my beloved SF hosts and friends came to China in September right after I got back. We all had a great time. Ate many foods and shared many experiences, even though I was partially disabled at the time. (Partially severed tendon in right hand). They are definitely good reason to live in SF. (Also, congrats on buying a house!) Very much looking forward to seeing them this summer regardless of where I end up living and working.

Finally, I really do hope that I can post a little more regularly and that You all enjoy what I got to say. Starting now I will be spending more though on writing about my experiences here in China, or at least the ones I can share to the viewing public. Anyway. Signing off for now. Better spell check this first! ;)


Tuesday, December 08, 2009

Very late update.

Not much new. Went home for the summer. Went shooting with friends. I'm becoming a pretty good shot with the 9mm. Also been researching a lot related to building an AR15/M4 Carbine one piece at a time. Seems like an interesting geeky/nerdy activity.

Summer was nice. Bonny made it to Bloomington. I made it to San Francisco. Fun was had in all places.

The school year is progressing as usual. Almost halfway finished with the first term already. I learned that I am eligible for a "permanent" resident certificate. (Permanent = 10 years) Since I have been here for more than 3 years and working with a University, I can do some paper work, and not worry about my visa for quite awhile, or at least until my passport expires! Not sure what after that.

Will try to post more as things happen!

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

My first iPhone App

The title pretty much says it all! On March 18 (Beijing time) I jumped through all the necessary hoops and uploaded my app using itunesconnect. It was pretty easy. I was abit worried about how long it would take to be approved but it turned out to be just under 7 days. (6 days, 20 hours or so)

Clicking the above pic will take you to iTunes! Over all the hardest part has been teaching myself programming in Objective-C. But it has been very fulling. So far I have give out one Promo Code and supposed 2 have bought it. I already have a few ideas for upgrades and future versions. Namely integration with Facebook Connect and news feeds. my goal is to integrate that by April 17th.

Well I hope a few people find it interesting and mildly entertaining.

Friday, February 29, 2008

Oh, did I forget something?

So as you may have noticed. I've been woefully past due on posting an update. To the tune of 8 months. Wow, um, sorry about that. Blogger is sometimes hard to reach here and I am to lazy to go fishing for a proxy that works. But I am here now and that's what matter. So what have you missed. A trip home during the summer. A birthday. Visiting with a friend that came from China to Chicago. Return to China. The first term of classes. And Spring festival. The biggest thing. I went to Hunan (湖南) and Jiangxi (江西) over the festival vacation to visit friends and meet their familes. While in Hunan I had a chance to redefine my idea of what spicy meant. It's call "Niuwa" (牛蛙) or Bull Frog, but this dish also had congealed duck blood which is the dark ingredients. Seen here:

It was very tasty it had a nice clean spicy taste. But the heat stayed only in your mouth and on your tongue, and it's doesn't go away. And let me just say DAMN, the spiciest thing I've had here. And I've had food floating in overflowing pools of oil and chillies.

Hopefully with the wind up to the Olympics Blogger.com will be more accessible here. I'll try to make more frequent updates, I promise! But in the meantime, you can catch up to date updates on Twitter.


Thursday, July 19, 2007

Overdue fees...

So as you can see it has been some time since my last post. For that I apologize. But I am in fact alive. It seems that every time I want to post there would be some sort of Internet problem, usually involving the "The Great (Fire)Wall". Anyway, here I am. The school year is over. Students are slowing beginning to return home, or do whatever it is students do during the summer.

Most exciting is the fact that I come/go home in just about 10 days. Sadly alone. MY favorite person was unable to get away from work long enough to join me. But it will give us a future opportunity. So it will be OK. I'm looking forward to the food/family/friends I've been missing. But I fear the time will go slow. I'll be home for 5 weeks, and be unemployed for all of it. So I hope to keep busy. I also fear forgetting all the Chinese I've learned. But I will try to study and review everyday.

These days I'm busy thinking about what types of gifts to buy as gifts/souvenirs. I'm also hoping to not come across any HP7 spoilers on the Internet. Other than that, I've just been resting and relaxing and enjoying my time. I found out what I'll be teaching next term pronunciation and history/culture again to my former freshmen cum sophomores. Pronunciation is new so I'll need to prepare for it, but history/culture I will refine my resources from last term.

That's all for now, I hope to see some of you soon!

Tuesday, March 27, 2007

First Bilingual Post...

On saturday, some friends and I had gone to a large shopping center called Jinwuxing and bought a few things. This place was huge! I bought some badminton rackets. I find it is quite fun. And good for my health. Afterwards we went to a park to play and celebrate one of my russian classmates birthday with some yummy birthday cake. We stopped of at a bakery called Weiduomei and bought 4 pieces of cake. As we went inside I noticed the music playing, and apparently Chinese bakeries like to party. Even worse, I think it was a remix, of "We like to party".

星期六我跟些很好的朋友去一个很大的商场,名字叫《金五星》,我们去买东西了。 这个地方非常大!我买了一副羽毛球拍。我觉得打羽毛球是很好完儿的!也使我的身体更好。 然后我们去一个公园庆祝我的俄国的同学的生日,但是我们先进去点心店,名字叫《味多美》, 买四块蛋糕。 我一进去就听音乐。你知道不知道中国人喜欢“庆祝”,他们喜欢...他们喜欢...他们喜欢庆祝!

As you can see I'm making progress, but miles to go...

Monday, February 26, 2007

When it rains, it pours.

I received 3 pieces of mail. 2 parcels and a letter. All this on the first day back at school. What a wonderful way to start the new school term. I miss you all very much. Thanks for the yummy treats.

From Friends:
Nestle Treasures
Chocolate Pudding
6 Pack Wintergreen Altoids
Box of Twinkies
Assorted Cookies
Pirate Stickers
Vanilla Mint Chapstick
Goldtoe White Socks
Velma Wobblehead
Aunt Jemima Pancake Mix
3 Cards/Letters from friends
Deck of Indiana University Playing Cards

From Family:
Vanilla Frosted Mini-Wheats
3 Bags York Peppermint Patties
York Peppermint covered Chocolates
12 pack razor blades
Apple smoked Cheddar
Box of pens.
A big comfy green towel
Gift for a Chinese Friend
A Valentine's day card

From France:
A lovely Letter (English and Chinese edition)