Off to explore Western China-Kashgar

We celebrated the Moon Festival earlier this week, and next week we get 3 days off of school for Chinese National Day (Think Independence day in your country). It’s been a heck of a start to the school year, with little time to blog, do deep thinking and reflecting or get the stuff done I want to and on time. But next week…my wife and I leave the stress of this fast pace busy city for a little Chinese culture. Wes, Sheryl, and Will have all written how Shanghai is in my words intense. It sucks you into its face pace, never sleep, never stop working word and spits you out in June a mangled over worked mess. We’re headed to Kashgar.About as far west China as you can get and as far from fast pace big city as you can get in China. Kashgar has a population of about 300,000 people which is about as small as a city comes in China. We’re headed to Kashgar to both get away and to buy carpets. This region of China is known for their carpet making skills. History says that the Uygur (people of this area) are of Persian decent and I’m sure that is where their long history of carpet making comes from. My wife and I started buying carpets while we lived in Saudi and we really want one made in China, but they are just way to expensive here in Shanghai…so an e-mail to the travel agent and we’re off to Kashgar! Kashgar is also a very Muslim area which we are both looking forward too. We miss the Middle East, the people, the culture, and are looking forward to the experience once again. We hired a guide for the trip (we don’t do this often) his name is Ali and he’s outlined for us three great days of sightseeing and carpet buying. Sunday we’ll be spending all day at the largest bazaar in China this is carpet buying day! Monday we will be heading out of town to a beautiful lake. Can’t wait to see nature and not cement. Kashgar’s elevation is over 4,000 feet so maybe snow already? Tuesday we’ll head inland to the end of the desert and if we want ride a camel (which my wife has already done…long story but about got us kicked out of Saudi!). We’ll be mixing with the...

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A long but fulfilling day

Another long day but a good one over all. Taught middle schoolers how to create header images for their blogs or web sites. Taught a high school elective via video conference about wikis, tags, and rss to kick off the horizonproject. Then brought 9 new teachers into the blogosphere with an after school Professional Development opportunity. On thing that is becoming clear is that it’s getting harder and harder to find a place to put a personal blog. Edublogs, Blogger, Yahoo 360, blogs.com, are all blocked and I don’t know where to tell teachers to turn too if they want to have a personal blog. I would love to be able to support them in creating one as there is no better way to learn a tool or see the benefits in it if the learner can make a person connection. If anyone has a site they think might work from China please pass it along. Right now the only way I know how to run a blog is to host one yourself…which the average person doesn’t want to do. They want something, simple and free…a.k.a. blogger. It’s times like this that living behind “The Wall” is frustrating. [tags]China[/tags] Technorati Tags: hz07...

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It was only a matter of time

Since Monday all blogger blogs have been blocked by China. It was good knowing you all for the past 5 months while blogger has been unblocked. It became unblocked when Google switched over to the new system and changed the IP address on its blogger server. This week China decided to block it again. Don’t worry the RSS feeds still come through, but I am not able to view a blogger site or leave a comment. So please know that I’m reading you, keeping up with what you’re writing…I just can’t respond. Until the next unblocking…may your blog continue to bring you learning experiences. [tags]China[/tags] Technorati Tags: blogger, China,...

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This doesn't sound good

China to expand ‘Great Internet Firewall’ AFP March 13, 2007 BEIJING —  China will tighten controls on Internet blogs and Webcasts in a response to new technologies that have allowed cyber citizens to avoid government censorship efforts, state press reported Tuesday. [tags]China, Firewall[/tags] Technorati Tags: China, Great Firewall,...

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What happens when you are ahead of the world?

Easy….your anti-virus can’t update fast enough. Last weekend while the western world was sleeping a sneaky little virus came crawling into my computer….by Monday I was sweating to recover my files. Today another virus attach on our schools system flooding our system with false packets of information therefore not allowing computers to connect to the servers or the Internet. You see our anti-virus programs are of course U.S. based companies and these latest two attacks have been Chinese born, meaning by the time the U.S. wakes up and the anti-virus companies create .dat files for them it’s too late. So tomorrow our tech support guys think they can have my computer back to me. Which means a weekend of reinstalling all my programs and customizing my laptop. It doesn’t alway pay to be ahead of the times. 🙂 [tags]China[/tags] powered by performancing...

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