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A few days ago, we listed the ten posts that had gotten the most hits since this blog began five years ago. Of course, web traffic is not always an indicator of value. It is more an indicator of topicality. … Continue reading
This is in regards to my last post, “A Confession: I Love Horse“: The Four Season’s Peace Restaurant, serving Kazakh-style horse meat, in Shihezi, Xinjiang, China. Those were the days. (Note once again that no animals were abused or mistreated to … Continue reading
For some reason, a post I wrote almost two years ago has suddenly gone viral. The post is called “Designer Makes Women’s High Heels From Horses’ Hooves” about Iris Schieferstein and her predilection for using animal parts in her designs for … Continue reading
Many of the posts that got the most hits did so because of web searches. The people came, looked, and moved on leaving no comment or trace. Maybe they liked the post. Maybe not. While getting the most hits can … Continue reading
Urumqi, Xinjiang, China is the farthest place in the world from any ocean or large body of water. However, a Chinese man, Lu Zhenghai, has spent his life savings building an ark in anticipation of the December 21, 2012 apocalypse … Continue reading
You can see Sayram Lake in the background. This is from a scanned photo taken some years ago.
About an hour and a half east of Urumqi, China, you can find the so-called Heaven’s Lake (Tianchi). The place was too touristy for me–fake Kazakhs in fake yurts, cardboard cutouts of the Qing Dynasty emperors, horridly grotty restaurants, etc. … Continue reading