Archive for August, 2010

Give work the finger

August 13, 2010
ZD2F20 Fingerprint Access Control & Time attendance

ZD2F20 Fingerprint Access Control & Time attendance!

Check out this cool fingerprint check-in device. I just finished meeting with Beijing animation wizard Lifeng Wang and his company Xing Xing. These guys are the Pixar/Disney of China. They’re producing very cool animation and special effects.

Anyway the employees come to work and check-in by sticking their finger into this scanner.   I like it because it saves everyone time and no more filling our time sheets and processing them.

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Mr. Slater goes home

August 10, 2010
Mr Slater leaving his job...

Mr Slater leaving his job...

What happened to our collective sense of humor and compassion? Give Mr. Slater a break and some credit for his stylish though illegal, exit from the plane. Shouldn’t everyone get one break in life? If you’re caring for a sick mother and father you get a credit in my book.

Mr. Slater, a flight attendant, lost his cool as the plane he was working on was taxying to the runway. He activated the emergency exit slide at Kennedy Airport, slid down, walked to his car and drove home to have sex!

Isn’t it okay to occasionally have a collective chuckle, give someone a slap on the wrist and move on? I just want to know which beer he grabbed on his way out so I can properly judge him.

Meanwhile it wouldn’t hurt if folks dressed and acted a little nicer on planes and many attendants could leave the bad attitude behind as well. Or at least head for the emergency slide if they can’t act nice.

“It’s been great!” He activated the inflatable evacuation slide at a service exit and left the world of flight attending behind. Read all about this story [here]

Miscellaneous notes from China

August 8, 2010

Running around in the rain in China I noticed folks wrap plastic bags on their shoes, keeping their feet dry, while my ColeHaans, and my feet, get soaked. For dinner ate mini fried crabs, fish, shrimp, and other seafood delights in the good company of the inventor of the jPad – competition for the iPad.

Traffic is snarled today, so I flagged a motor pedicab which happened to be driven by a driver with MS. Clearly he did not have the best motor skills. I tipped him big for surviving Beijing traffic.

Rain today, but yesterday was hot. Noticed some guy running around with a camera case on his head for shade. Un-ashamed Chinese, gotta love it! But then I ran into one of the coolest buildings in the world (see picture above). I want an office in there!!

Why Shaming Has Lost Power in China

August 3, 2010

Why has it taken so long for China to ban public shaming of criminal suspects?

Hall of Shame

Interesting set of articles and contributions today in the International Herald Tribune on public shaming of criminals in China. Having spent the last 30 years engaged deeply with Chinese on all levels of society I wanted to comment briefly before I start my day early (so I don’t feel shame at letting my company and employees down by not working 16 hour days).

It is clear from the articles and for anyone who has spent time in China on the streets, in the factories, and engaged with the government that shame, family, and “face” influence many daily decisions and activities. It is also very clear China is changing rapidly. With 80,000+ legal street protests each year the Chinese are taking their issues to the street and to the internet.

What’s interesting is the apparent contradiction of Chinese sensitivity to foreigners criticizing it and the same Chinese ability to publicly shame alleged Chinese criminals. Gordon Chang and Jerome Cohen make excellent points on this matter.

Mr. Cohen asks: “What about their patrons and pimps and the corrupt police who will let them work again as soon as the “strike hard” campaign is over?” Yea what about those guys? They’re going to get away with it because money buys some form of varying protection in all societies. We might just as well ask how did Bernie Madoff get away with it? Money, political contacts, and a facade of decency. Don’t get me wrong I completely agree with Mr. Cohen’s question and implication that China as well as other countries need to treat the “have’s” the same as the “have nots”.  But also remember China is a country where they quickly try and execute high level economic criminals (Bernie Madoff would have been gone in 90 days) and the same for high level corruption. Just remember the tainted milk scandal and the lead paint in the toys scandal. You wouldn’t want to be one of those guys in China. Better to steal $100 million in America.

It’s easy to sit in the comfort of our suburban American homes (at least before the foreclosure) and critique China or any other country. But remember most citizens and folks want the same thing worldwide: home, family, food, medical care, schooling, and a good job (I might add a glass of good wine and a little love to that). The 2000 members of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (like our Congress) are certainly starting to debate these and other important issues more openly and working diligently to move their country foward. Watch for more direction from Beijing on these type matters as China continues to steamroll it’s way to world power next to the USA.

China will continue to improve but in fits and starts making some steps backwards then forwards. I believe the ultimate change will come when farmers ally with students over a regional issue and use mobile and internet technology to rise in protest. Meanwhile keep glued to the news and watch China and the world continue to change in drastic and sometimes better ways.

Brent Reynolds

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August 1, 2010

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