- There is a pay option. It's not $20/GB/year as someone posted. It's $5.00/year for 20 GB. That would solve my problem for a mere 5 bucks. Seems reasonable.
- Secondly, there is also a an accounting detail I wasn't familiar with. If I reduce my image size to 2048x2048 pixels max, they do not count to my 1GB total. That, my friends, is the reason for the second photo above. It's well below the 2048 x 2048. Take a look. Let me know. I think you'll like 3 things about it.
- It loads faster
- You can see the whole image on screen
- The reduced resolution is hardly noticeable and isn't a drawback.
Sunday, January 22, 2012
Tuesday, January 17, 2012
This is the typical lunch for us. So much food, so many different flavors, I don't know where to begin. First, the Chinese aren't afraid to dive in. In just about everything. Yes, in the middle are the green beans, a favorite of mine, ordered for me. The lazy susan center table is on every table. Also typical is a huge number of private rooms where we sat here. The common area is small, relative to the number of these private rooms. It's helpful to tune out the sound of the restaurant, although I have to say, it's a little closed in for me. That said, I ate well. So well. Way way well. :-)
This is the Sofitel pool in Nanjing on the 9th floor I think. Pretty pool. I would guess it's 25 meters. One strange and unique thing about it was the tempurature, at 30 deg C, which I'm not doing the math, but I would guess it's in the 90's Fahrenheit. So warm, darn near hot tub. There was a sign stating the room temp and the pool temp, and next to it, compared to China pool averages, and then compared to international pools. I thought this sign was a little strange,
1) strange to have a flyer stating the pool room air temp and the pool water temp
2) turn pool and room temp into a competition in the country
3) turn the temperature competition into an international race
But that's what I saw. The Chinese are going places.
He's riding an electric enhanced bike. I think they get up to about 20 mph. The mittens are built onto the handle bars. In this part of town, the high tech area, you can not use gas powered. It's a glimmer of including mother nature in decisions. Not a moment too soon!
This is a good point to mention a couple of thoughts from the trip. The first is, WOW. China is stunning, if not shocking in their acceleration to modernization. In many respects, it's a government working for the people, and getting so much done. Entire 20 million people high tech, pristine modern cities created in 20 years, if not 10. Can you imagine the USA moving that fast? We have a couple cities of that size that have grown over 100's of years. It's just stunning. The pace of economic growth is also absolutely jaw dropping, at about 10% per year growth every year over the last decade or more. Rather than cities providing utility services, and business building, here, the government builds the roads, utilities, transportation and even huge beautiful office and manufacturing buildings, and leases or then sells to business. It's so efficient and fast!
As good as this all sounds, there are challenges. Pollution. The massive growth does cost, and what I've seen, it has been charged to Mother Nature. The smog wasn't as visible in Shanghai, thankfully, but I think everywhere else. It's oppressive. I constantly felt a burning in my lungs. It's like a scary movie, surreal. The model also lends itself to corruption, which apparently is typical here.
Monday, January 16, 2012
Some fashionable kids walking around in Shanghai. Made me think of my girls. Today is Moira's birthday. Happy 19th Moira! I love you!
I loved the room and view. A modern style, yet some finishes adding soft and textures making it contemporary and comfortable. See the tiles behind the bed? Really nice couch in front of the window, and of course the huge window facing the train station.
This is looking out the front door of the lobby. Very difficult to capture the beatiful lighting. I'm sure it's extra done-up for Chinese New Year. The energy of the country is picking up as the New Year gets closer.
I hope I can get more pictures later, of Shanghai and Nanjing, and maybe more on our return to Shanghai. Actually, more of Xi'an too... Lots to talk about!
Friday, January 13, 2012
The Terra Cotta Warriors are a fantastic archeological find, from about 6,000 years ago during the something rather dynasty. I need to look up more on it. Actually quite recently, in 1974 was it's discovery. Buried in a farmer's field, he was digging a well and found one of the soldiers. Long story short, 8,000 life size warriors have been found buried about 20 feet under ground. Along with the soldiers, are horses and carriages and other military items including cross bows. The technology was advanced, using bronze, chrome for swords, and sophisticated casting methods to make large light shields. Western civilization caught up about 5,500 years later...
Each face on every warrior is unique, with different features and expressions. There is speculation, but possibly there were models for each one.
Tony and I surveying our troops.
Thursday, January 12, 2012
There is a huge amount of investment going on in Chengdu, into high technology. Although we saw some historic sites, the pace of construction and magnitude of new buildings is mind-boggling.
Another high rise condominium building. It's beautiful, and this photo highlights the elephant in the room no one wants to talk about. The smog is dense everywhere. I can see it getting thicker as the day wears on, although this was first thing in the morning. Scary.
Tuesday, January 10, 2012
sollandaise sauce. asparagus, slow roasted cherry tomato, like candy. Emmental cheese, olive topenade on top.