Oct 28, 2018

Tweet of the week: We @’ed a celebrity

She didn’t @ back

We tweeted at Sarah Silverman this week.

Twitter is more than a decade old, so this observation maybe somewhat trivial to most of you, but it is profoundly weird to be able to broadcast your thoughts about celebrities directly to those celebrities. Weirder still, they might reply! Silverman didn’t, but I bet she’s got things to do. She seems like she works pretty hard.

Oct 27, 2018

An absentee vote for the future

Uncle’s Shorts #35

In this week’s Short, several of us are looking to the future: babies, high school students, teachers and voters. Also, there are goats. Remember, we can’t go backwards, yet.

One of my favorite theories of time travel is that, it is possible, but we will not be able to travel back in time before the mechanism for time travel was invented. This neatly dispenses with the argument that, “Well, if we invent time travel in the future, where are all the time travelers? Wouldn’t they be all over? Possibly making their past, and our present, some kind of terrible tourist exhibition?” This argument posits, “They will do that! But not yet to us.”

But, anyway … We’re so excited to continue expanding our repertoire beyond vlogging. Really, through the next few weeks — and maybe until the end of time — we will be introducing all kinds of new segments that aim to examine Luzhou — and through that, the world — more closely, and via different points of view. I’m very pleased that my friend Angel was able to join us to share a little bit of her life with us. You’ll be seeing more of her — and of Jessi — in future videos.

Oct 23, 2018

Instagram always: The friendliest Mao

Keeping your windshield clean

I saw this on a car parked near my building. I don’t have a lot to say about it, but it’s pretty great.

Oct 21, 2018

Tweet(s) of the week: Space Jam?

A question for the ages

Last week, we pondered the big questions of life …

And, our crowd-sourced answer:

It’s always Bill Murray, isn’t it?

Oct 19, 2018

Under the Jade Dragon Mountain: No murders today

Uncle’s Shorts #34

We’re upping our game this week; For the past month, we’ve been working behind-the-scenes on some new features for the Uncle’s Shorts. This week, we’re super excited to be rolling out some of those new bits: interviews and city shots … with much more to come in the future! It’s a way to move my face out of the spotlight, and put the focus more on Luzhou, and the cool and interesting people we know here. Both personally and creatively, it’s already been very fulfilling. We hope you like it, too.

But we don’t really mind if you don’t.

As for this episode: A massage and a supermarket cause and relieve anxiety for Emily this week, but not in that order. And, we talk to our old friend Jessi about her life.

The Kung Fu Boys were filmed in Black Dragon River Park, Lijiang in 2015. They wrote this movie for our English class. Filming was never completed due to attendance issues.

Oct 17, 2018

Instagram always: Indulgent writing selfie

The light was just too good to resist!

The big window in the Mango Tree Cafe provides such nice light, and an excellent view. I love writing there, and I love looking good while I’m doing it.

Oct 17, 2018

Bearing musical fruit

The sounds of Uncle Foreigner

Enjoy the soundtrack from “Bearing Fruit: Pomelos and Mortality.” And visit us on SoundCloud to hear more all-original music from the videos of Hello Uncle Foreigner.

Oct 14, 2018

Hello Uncle Foetus: Nine months of video blogging

This baby’s ready for the world

Time flies when you’re making videos! It’s been nine months of short filmmaking for Uncle Foreigner and we’ve been oh-so chuffed to watch our baby develop.

To celebrate the growth so far — and in anticipation of exciting changes to come — we’ve put together a compilation of all of our videos since we first started posting in earnest last December. The clips are in order of posting, so you can chart our journey from those first embryonic ideas onward. Look at those teensy, little toes on Uncle’s Shorts No. 1!

Next week, we’ll be back to your regularly scheduled, all-new programming … this baby’s taking confident steps out into the world.

In the meantime, have you subscribed?

Oct 14, 2018

Tweet(s) of the week: The why of working out

It’s cake. Always cake.

The complete saga of the Friday night cake. My trainer is a great guy, but … oof, those workouts are rough.

Oh, and follow us on Twitter!

Oct 13, 2018

Bearing fruit

Pomelos and mortality

In China, watch this video on YouKu.

We recently marked the anniversary of Peter’s hospital stay last year. (In fact, coming soon is the anniversary of the date that he came home … a much happier day.) And a friend’s recent gift of some pomelos reminded me of some of the hope I had felt while Peter was sick.

It’s amazing the difference a year can make.