Just the other day, I was actually thinking about Chinese last names, and the popularity of certain surnames. Then this article popped up on the NY Times today. As if individuality in names wasn’t enough of a problem already, the Chinese government manages to pwn those who have managed to procure somewhat unique names.
Lol @ the response from an official when a girl wanted to renew her identity card:
“Your name is so troublesome and problematic,” she recalled an official telling her. “Just change it.”
If only I could just say that to anything troublesome or problematic in my life, psh.
Out of curiosity, I looked up Wen on the list of the 100 most common surnames in China. I was expecting it to be around 40 – 60, but surprisingly enough, it’s not even in the top 100. Aw, I feel speshul.
Imagine if the US government did something like this in regards to first names- I would never have to see porn star names like “Krystii” on my Starbucks cups ever again!
China really seems to be on a roll nowadays. First, Wen Jiabao scolds the US for taking on a protectionist edge- role reversal much? Then, China wants to break up with the US dollar to take on a “new super-sovereign reserve currency.” And if the whole Huiyuan-Coca-Cola fallout didn’t make Chinese intentions clear enough, China blocked YouTube for allowing a video of the beating of Tibetans by Chinese officials to be uploaded.
Although, apparently, everything’s hunkydory again, since YouTube is back up and accessible in China. Really, what’s the point of blocking the site, anyways? That just generates curiosity as to why the hell it’s blocked, and people will use proxies to find the omgscandalous!video. Which is pretty counterintuitive, si? Then again, it might be worth it to see amazing comments, like the ones here. Oh man, haha.
I’m definitely looking forward to the coming months as China pulls more power plays like these.
So apparently, Skittles has changed its homepage into a social media portal. I think the concept is pretty cool, though I’m not a fan of the execution. When I went to the actual website, I actually hit backspace to go back to the Google search results, because I thought I had clicked on the Wikipedia link for Skittles. Maybe it’s not that confusing- it could be the sleep deprivation kicking in , hah. Also, I personally don’t like the floaty widget windows because they feel like they’re in the way of the overall layout and design. Although in this case, one could say the widget is the only part of the website that’s really “designed”.
Lol @ the fact that people posted profane tweets once they found out Skittles had the Twitter search feed on its front page. Gotta love the internet <3