A blog post! How novel!
I’m writing from the US, land of free speech. Just as I finally got the whole vpn situation under control so I could post again, China upped the ante.
Then, just like that, all vpn protocols, except “open web” were blocked. That meant no more vpn on the iPad and no posting to WordPress which requires “open vpn” to work properly. Astrill, our vpn provider, says it is working on a solution which they hoped to have finished by last weekend. But somehow this seems to have become a cat and mouse game and I don’t have high hopes that it will be a permanent solution. As the two articles from the NY Times say, this is the most control over the internet that has been seen to date.
In fact, when we first came to China, I could use WordPress without a vpn!
So, I will try to post at least this once before heading back to censorship central.
Ben requested pictures of Christmas decorations in Shanghai, so that’s what you’re going to get today!
In the US, the traditional Christmas colors are red and green, but in Shanghai the favored colors this year were pink and purple.
On another note, here’s Mark’s retirement gift from the Corning China group.
Instead of a Christmas tree at the elevators, they made fancy Christmas flower arrangements:
Mark will be going to Denver in the next few days and Meredith and I will be going back to Shanghai on the 4th. All my guys are spread out over 3 time zones now 😦
It’s just going to be the girls in China for awhile–time zone number 4!
The world clock app on my iPhone is going to be my most used app!
Wishing you all a very happy 2013.