All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy

30 01 2011

Clearly a quote from one of the best movie ever, The Shining:

I hope the link shows what I remember to be the typing scene.. because youtube is still blocked here.. And this post has actually a double reason. It is both about this long working week before Chinese New Year holidays and the sad discovery that one of my other favorite sites is still completely blocked in China: imdb.com!!!!

That obliged me to find alternative sources for helping my memory to remember movies I watched or wanted to watch again, and I admit that Wikipedia is equally effective. Wikipedia was also blocked until a few years ago. Given the amount of information present on Wikipedia that the Chinese regime does not really like to share, it is surprising (but great) that Wiki is free but IMDB (that could at most include some prohibit movies or documentaries) blocked. Besides it is more and more possible to find the same amount of info on both sites, when concerning famous and not so unknown material.

When thinking about the “work and no play” topic, the long 9 days working “week” is going toward its end, and probably the 1st of February will also not be a full day at work. Most of the people in fact use that day for reaching their home town for proper Chinese New Year celebrations. Among my colleagues, probably 90% will be away. We have anyway to come in the morning at work, but the hopes are high to get a free afternoon, and more time for shopping.

Last bits before visiting Veronika in Anqing. Once back, after few days in Hefei, I will go for one day to Bengbu, little town north of Hefei, where Yuming’s family lives. Yuming is a nice new colleague who lived several years in Singapore. He speaks a great English and.. Japanese, since he is married with a Japanese woman! She is in Japan now but she will come here in April, together with their daughter. And they promised me already some Japanese food evenings 🙂

In truth, a couple of evenings of this extra long week I had some fun too, together with Yuming and a couple of Korean engineers visiting our company in order to install an advanced machine. And tomorrow night I planned to repeat the seafood buffet experience with another couple of friends! 🙂 It means no lunch tomorrow and light dinner tonight. Also some home cleaning to do before the Chinese New Year holidays! And if I am good boy, some more blog/pictures updating!

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30 01 2011
Svein

I love that movie. Yes, you found the right clip 😉

Used to think about that quote myslef at the end of my masters thesis 😉

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