The autumn leaves are falling like rain. Although my neighbors are all barbarians and you, you are a thousand miles away, there are always two cups at my table.

T’ang Dynasty poem

Ten thousand flowers in spring, the moon in autumn, a cool breeze in summer, snow in winter. If your mind isn't clouded by unnecessary things, this is the best season of your life.

~ Wu-men ~


Saturday, April 29, 2006

The Banterist goes to China


The Banterist is a weblog of original humor by Brian Sack. He recently posted some entries regarding a trip to China. The pictures are interesting, and he has a great sense of humor.

If you click on the title of this post, you'll be directed to the Banterist. Below is an excerpt from his latest entry. Please pay him a visit.

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Xi'An Dispatch: Warrin' Terra

XI'AN

So basically you're the Emperor and you're obsessed with death, so you build an enormous army of terra cotta soldiers to defend you in the next world. Granted, there's no proof there's a next world, much less the ability to transform terra cotta into some supernatural bodyguard force, but what the heck. You're the Emperor. You get to do what you want and you can have hot concubines and your wife can't complain.

And the next time you think your boss sucks, imagine working to build a tomb for a guy who has you killed when it's completed. What's the incentive to finish on time? No wonder it took 36 years.

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