October 30, 2005
I've been sent new questions for the "About Me" section. As such I've included it at the bottom of this post and moved this post up to today. Otherwise it is as it was.
This is a
Q: Do you like it better than Australia?
Q: Have you ever played cricket?
Q: Did you like it?
Q: If you could have 100 readers or 100 dollars which one would you choose?
Q: Is your wife sexier when she's got a bun in the oven?
Pylorns of the extremely well designed Wetwired asks:
Jim, who has sorted out his aggregator, asks:
Q: How long do you expect to be in HK?
Q: Do you have any concerns about raising your kids there (HK) rather than Australia?
Q: Would you rather read the book or watch the movie that's based on it?
Pieman asks: Any fave HK restaurants/pubs 'n' clubs?
Ilana asks: Do you know how to read Chinese? How did you prepare for your life in Hong Kong? How easy is it for you to speak Chinese and how socially necessary is fluency when socializing?
Finally how did I prepare for my life in Hong Kong? I made sure I am open to new experiences; I read up on the history of the place; I learnt a little of the language; I came and had a look around for a week before we moved here. There's plenty of things you can do but nothing ever really prepares you for any move, to Hong Kong or anywhere else. You need to be adaptable and open to new things and you'll be just fine.
Q: What movie is the biggest utter waste of time you've ever come across? And what movie still has you thinking about how great it was?
Q: In your Australian experience, why can't women keep their mouth closed while putting on mascara?
Q: What are you most proud of Australia about?
Q: What's your favorite childhood memory?
Q: Who is your favourite Napoleonic General?
Q: Have you ever been to jail? If so, why?
Q: What, apart from your family, do you miss the most about Oz?
Q: What is the biggest and funniest misunderstanding you've had in HK? I mean, due to language barriers, a cultural protocol you didn't follow or something like that.
Q: Where else would you like to live?
Q: What is an absolute MUST-SEE or MUST-DO for tourists travelling to HK in your opinion?
Zak has asked where in Oz am I from?
October 25th 2005
Q: Tay Zand says It would be useful if your "about me" page actually contained something substantive about you, like what you do. After all, if you are going to accuse China of fudging its economic data, it would carry significantly more weight if we knew that your opinions and analysis are based on some kind of expertise, rather than just the personal opionion of a random ranter.
What does this have to do with any of my opinions and arguements? Nothing whatsoever. Quite frankly I'd like each post to stand on its own two feet. My background should be irrelevant to the "weight" or otherwise of my opinions and analysis. But now you know, in case it matters to you.
October 26th, 2005
Q: Pudding asks I notice that you hardly ever link to The Standard anymore. And that in the Kissel trial, you have coverage that did not make it into the final edited version of the The Standard. You also write for The Standard regularly, but I've never seen you openly say that.
Are you preventing anyone from noticing this conflict of interest?
I had no input into The Standard's coverage of the Kissel trial.
I write op-ed pieces that are published in The Standard. I added the Other Writing link in the left sidebar to a page that lists the articles that have been published. I chose not to make a general announcement out of a combination of modesty and a deliberate decision to not explicitly link the blog with those articles. If people discover the link, that's fine, but I'm not drawing attention to it, which is why I have not mentioned my blog at all in The Standard pieces.
As such I am not preventing anyone from doing anything. I fail to see the perceived "conflict of interest", but with this answer I hope to have dispelled any such perceptions.
Q: Lord Curzon of Coming Anarchy asks what's it like being a banker? Would you recommend it to budding college graduates?
To finally answer your question, it very much depends. If you enjoy finance, economics, stress, living by your wits and mouth, using your brain for long stretches of time and constantly being challenged, then banking is a great career.
Q: Spirit Fingers asks boxers or briefs?
Q: Fumier asks who do you think is the greatest living Australian, apart from Rolf Harris?
October 27th, 2005
October 30th, 2005
Q: Stephen asks what is your real name? What is the most enjoyable part you live in Hong Kong? How do you see Hong Kong's gals?
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Excerpt: The other day we had Zöes Law and now I would like to introduce two more essential blogging tidbits.... 1. Simon's Rules:I make them up as I go along. 2. Simon's Law:Amount of work = 1 / Number of posts per day Go and read more at Simon World....
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Everything you always wanted to know about Simon but were afraid to ask.
Excerpt: Not here, y'all. It's at Simon World. Oh, and you do have to ask. Simon's making an About Me page (not about me, it's about him. sorry for the confusion) using the questions of his fans. So go ask him a question. It's a neat idea that I might duplicate...
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Excerpt: Neil's World has 23 questions. The Carnival of the Capitalists is up. The Carnival of the Vanities is up. Survivor Blogosphere edition is soon to start and now has some darn fine prizes. The Bonfire of the Vanities is up....
Tracked: May 19, 2004 03:37 PM
About me (redux)
Excerpt: In May I had an About Me post, but instead of me listing useless trivia about myself I asked readers to ask questions that I would respond to in turn. Originally Jim and Pylorns obliged and there it stayed until yesterday. Pieman and more recently Ilan...
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Tracked: October 29, 2004 12:48 PM
Excerpt: Simon has updated his about page, with some very intersting questions, including one from yours truly.. mwahhaha hot asian women... And i'd like to point out that we are still "extremely well designed" thank you Simon....
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Tracked: October 25, 2005 11:24 PM
I thought I left a comment earlier? You having problems with the comment bar?posted by: R. Shackleford on 05.05.04 at 05:49 AM [permalink]
Seems to be working OK now.posted by: Simon on 05.05.04 at 10:29 AM [permalink]
Of course it's working NOW...long after my caffeine induced witticism has long since gone dorment!posted by: R. Shackleford on 05.05.04 at 11:31 AM [permalink]
Why are you in Hong Kong? Do you like it better than Australia? Have you ever played cricket? Did you like it? If you could have 100 readers or 100 dollars which one would you choose? Is your wife sexier when she's got a bun in the oven?posted by: Jim on 05.06.04 at 03:03 AM [permalink]
Hmm... So are there many single women in hong kong you could hook me up with if I visited?posted by: pylorns on 05.07.04 at 12:28 AM [permalink]
Let's see...either you are unnaturally intimidating or people already know everything they want to about you or they don't want to know anything about you. Or am I the only person who can take a half a minute to jot down a couple questions.
Maybe you should offer bribes!
How long do you expect to be in HK?
Do you have any concerns about raising your kids there instead of in Australia?
Would you rather read the book or watch the movie that's based on it?posted by: Jim on 05.07.04 at 10:39 PM [permalink]
Okay, this is spooky. I could have sworn I left a comment here this morning. I know I left a comment, I'm just no longer sure where I left it.
You know, it's things like this that lead up to a wacky reputation that's impossible to get rid of.posted by: Jim on 05.08.04 at 02:25 AM [permalink]
Even spookier. My comment from this morning is back.
Simon, you've got haunted comments.posted by: Jim on 05.08.04 at 02:49 AM [permalink]
I got it! Somehow you've got two individual archive pages. One is html and one is php. The html one is the one that's fed off the aggregator and it hasn't been updated since my first question post.
Damn, I'm clever.posted by: Jim on 05.08.04 at 04:58 AM [permalink]
My mom says that there's a lot of Chinese people in Hong Kong ...posted by: Mud Blood & Beer on 06.19.04 at 02:55 AM [permalink]
can you score an easy and overpaid job for a foreign ex pat you hardly know, and who might really be a cerial killer, but claims not to be.posted by: Angry Chinese Blogger on 07.01.04 at 11:32 AM [permalink]
I'm quoting you in a blog article as being a Hong Kong resident, do you have a surname and can I use it?posted by: Angry Chinese Blogger on 07.01.04 at 11:38 AM [permalink]
Visit my website to find out more about me.posted by: Eric Wright on 08.02.04 at 02:09 PM [permalink]
Any fave HK restaurants/pubs 'n' clubs?posted by: pieman on 09.22.04 at 04:10 PM [permalink]
Interesting dialogue with Winds of Change. Do you know how to read Chinese? How did you prepare for your life in Hong Kong? How easy is it for you to speak Chinese and how socially necessary is fluency when socializing?posted by: Ilana on 10.29.04 at 06:52 AM [permalink]
What movie is the biggest utter waste of time you've ever come across? And what movie still has you thinking about how great it was?
In your Australian experience, why can't women keep their mouth closed while putting on mascara?
What are you most proud of Australia about?
What's your favorite childhood memory?posted by: Helen on 10.29.04 at 07:18 PM [permalink]
Who is your favourite Napoleonic General?posted by: Harry Hutton on 10.30.04 at 07:49 AM [permalink]
Where in Oz are you from ?posted by: Zak on 12.06.04 at 03:36 PM [permalink]
How does the corporate environment of Hong Kong differ to that of Western cultures? Feel free to generalize and stereotype as needed. Thanks!posted by: Felix on 01.03.05 at 07:31 AM [permalink]
Yep, still very well designed! So I'll be giving you a call when I stow away on a ship to Hong Kong...posted by: pylorns on 10.25.05 at 11:14 PM [permalink]
I tried to trackback to this but failed:
Ping 'http://blog.mu.nu/cgi/mt-tb.cgi/27065' failed: HTTP error: 403 Forbidden
Ideas?posted by: pylorns on 10.25.05 at 11:25 PM [permalink]
I notice that you hardly ever link to The Standard anymore. And that in the Kissel trial, you have coverage that did not make it into the final edited version of the The Standard. You also write for The Standard regularly, but I've never seen you openly say that.
Are you preventing anyone from noticing this conflict of interest?posted by: pudding on 10.26.05 at 08:07 AM [permalink]
Boxers or briefs?posted by: Spirit Fingers on 10.26.05 at 12:19 PM [permalink]
Who do you think is the greatest living Australian, apart from Rolf Harris?posted by: fumier on 10.26.05 at 12:36 PM [permalink]
What are you going to do with the blog after you can't be arsed with it?posted by: Misohoni on 10.27.05 at 02:19 PM [permalink]
What is your real name? What is the most enjoyable part you live in Hong Kong? How do you see Hong Kong's gals?posted by: stephen on 10.30.05 at 02:01 AM [permalink]