Monthly Archive: March 2012

Noodles in black bean sauce

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If you’ve ever seen the Korean movie “Castaway on the Moon”, you’ll remember that noodles and black bean sauce play an important role in the movie. It’s a really good movie, by the way. So when I saw it in a Korean restaurant I figured I had to see what the hype was about. Well, …

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Star Prototype… prototyping facility

Fish farms on the way home.

Star Prototype is a prototyping facility for doing short runs of products (in the tens) to develop the tool and verify the design and make iterations on the prototype before going to mass production. After working with Star, one is confident that the design and tools they have could be taken to a larger factory …

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Hardware is HARD

Don't worry, a cute puppy is here to save you from your misery and make everything ok.

Over the past month the biggest lesson I’ve learned is that hardware isn’t called that because it’s physical; it’s called that because it’s really difficult to do. In talking to people who have had successful and unsuccessful products, they are all consistently saying the same thing, and with all the stuff a company must endure …

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Red bean buns breakfast

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These are steamed buns, and they are an extremely common breakfast food. There are about two venders on every block in the street or small booths each morning. You can choose between plain, meat, bean, vegetable, some kind of veggie curry, and some stores have more variety. It’s sort of a game to find the …

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Shenzhen Electronic Market

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The Shenzhen Electronic Market is world famous, and rightly so. Spread across at least 12 buildings within a couple blocks, it is a gigantic mecca for all things electronic. Imagine roughly 4 blocks of buildings; they’re all banks and office buildings that are very tall, but the first 3-6 floors are part of the electronics …

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A snack food success!

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And it took me a while to figure out what it was, too. Here’s the packaging: And here’s what one of the little buggers looks like up close: A little blurry, but it’s basically a brown nugget wrapped in a darker brown skin. Putting one in my mouth resulted in a very salty and crunchy …

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Tipping in China

Don’t. It’s not expected, and they don’t respond positively when you try. I tried the first night when I arrived and my cab driver talked to my contact on the phone to get me to the right place and waited with me until she showed up. He didn’t seem to understand and didn’t thank me. …

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Line to get in Hong Kong

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We’re waiting right now to go through customs into Hong Kong. Looks like we have a while to wait. Shouldn’t have come on a Saturday morning.

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A random clothes observation

I’ll probably make more observations about fashion in China (though as my target audience is engineers I don’t see how it matters much), but there’s one observation I’d like to make that has baffled me. With the exception of corporate shirts, I have not seen a single article of clothing with Chinese characters on it. …

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How do you screw up mango AND plum? Go to China

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Who would have thought that dried fruit could be so difficult? Today’s twofer was born out of frustration. I was hungry and excited for something I was fairly confident would taste good. Dried fruit is always good, right? Even bananas seem to taste ok dried. The first attempt was mangoes. I love mangoes. It even …

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