When people find out their food has been tampered with, they freak out. Why then, don’t we care about the quality of our news and information? Perhaps we don’t care because the internet has provided us with an seemingly infinite amount of choices for free news and information. This, in turn, has caused us to … Read moreClean Information Matters
Digital means that books should now be obsolete. But people keep buying them. I consider myself a very practical person, but still I cannot find the courage to throw away the books that I have read. Similar to my last post, it just feels too hard. Like I might be throwing away a part of … Read moreThe Best Books Have Coffee Stains
There is a certain satisfaction to be had about throwing away half of your things. If you do it the right way, and pick the things you never use, then it’s almost meditative. But whatever the case, it’s definitely not easy. Only when I started to throw things away did I notice each and every … Read moreMy Red Dragon Tea Cup
Some of my best childhood memories are of going to hockey games in the winter time. My friends and I used to drive up to the local university on Friday nights to catch the game. Sitting in the bleachers, we ate popcorn while we watched big hits, slap shots, and good ol’ fashion hockey fights. … Read moreCan the NHL Help Ice Hockey Grow in China?
The hardest part about living abroad isn’t missing your family and friends. It’s watching fellow expats leave town. This is the part that no-one talks about. In the beginning living abroad is fun … You get to meet new people and exchange stories. How you came to the place and what your opinions are about … Read moreThe Hardest Part About Being an Expat
I would rather eat an extra spicy bowl of hotpot and then go for a ten-mile run than search for an apartment in Beijing. Why? At least when you go for the run there is the possibility of some intrinsic satisfaction and the runner’s high. When you look for an apartment in Beijing, it’s mostly … Read moreThe Dingiest Apartment in the Best Part of Town
I get a very particular sense of rage when I’m in the middle of doing something and I hear a message arriving on my phone. Here in China, the messages mostly come through WeChat, that lime green “do-everything” app developed by Tencent. I don’t know if I always used to get as angry when being … Read more“WeChat” By Higher Brothers ft. Keith Ape Is Fire
There is something about riding a bicycle in the heat of a summer afternoon. It’s so hot that your shirt gets soaked through with sweat. But there is a rhythm to weaving in and out of traffic while trying to move from one shaded area to the next. Maybe the heat is only bearable because … Read moreThe one with the CCTV Tofu.
I’m not sure about the exact date, but I started blogging about a year ago in the fall of 2016. A lot has changed since then in terms of both my writing and design skills. Small incremental improvements are best. Of course, if you’re here, you are probably aware that my original blog is not … Read more10/25/2017 Update: “willdyke.org” Now Defunct – “willdyke.com” Future Plans