2 weeks

What have I been doing for the past 2 weeks (besides trying to get my site back online)? It seems like a lot of nothing, but the list goes something like this:

  • Plowing through my Chinese intro to linguistics text. (Surprisingly, I’m learning a lot of really useful non-linguistics-specific vocabulary.)
  • Reading short stories by H. P. Lovecraft. (And, frequently being disappointed by the endings.)
  • Killing time going through the archives of Nuklear Power. (OK, I know it’s lame; I can’t explain it! But FF1 was my favorite game of all time, so that must be part of it.)
  • Expanding my music collection. (Huddle Formation by The Go! Team is awesome happy music.)
  • Visiting the hospital again. (More on that adventure later.)
  • Deciding not to go to India for my October vacation because the plane tickets are just not cheap. (Still not sure what I’ll do.)
  • Thinking.

Yes, I’ve dicovered that when my internet usage goes down I end up reading more and getting more sleep. Good thing I solved my hosting problem. No telling what I might be capable of if I were well-rested, well-read, and well-thought out all the time!


John Pasden

John is a Shanghai-based linguist and entrepreneur, founder of AllSet Learning.


  1. I recently purchased a server in Beijing and was asked – oddly – if I wanted the service to be fast in Southern or Nothern China. I asked what the hell they meant and was told that China Telecom was upgrading the North-South trunkline. Traffic between the regions is apparently severely affected. The company I was dealing with had data-centers glomming onto both CT’s northern and southern networks.

  2. Oh, and music: Russian Futurists are also awesome happy music, Polvo is just plain ol’ awesome rock, and The Arcade Fire is just plain awesome.

  3. Thinking is good!

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