The Obligatory New Year’s Day Post

Only 3 days late.


I spent time agonizing over NOT working on my posts rather than actually working on my posts


(Cue music: “I’m a loser baby, so why don’t you kill me?” Even more a loser because I am partying like it is 1993 to this song sitting at my desk…)


This should make it clear my opinion on new year resolutions...



Now that we got the obligatory discussion of New Year’s resolutions out of the way, I can now move on to talk about what’s been bothering me… But you’ll have to wait because I realized, after the effect, that 1/1/2011 is a big day for my home country, and I need to give it some sort of shoutout:




100 years ago, Dr. Sun Yet-sen led the revolutionaries to finally overthrow the Qing dynasty. So this is the beginning of the 100th year for the Republic of China (not to be confused with the current China CHINA…)  There was a spectacular firework display from within Taipei 101 (which was the tallest building in the world up until not too long ago), and thanks to YouTube, I could honestly say I felt like I was there.







From the ever witty Gawker:

This is a fireworks portrait of (non-communist) Chinese revolutionary Sun Yat-sen (from the New Year’s celebration in Taipei, Taiwan), but really, it could be anyone, so send this picture your friends and tell them that it’s you.

Here’s my footnote:

But remember that 1 out of 4 people on earth will recognize this face since even China CHINA recognizes Dr. Sun Yat-sen as “the Father of the Nation”.

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  • Jane January 3, 2011, 4:12 pm

    I LOVE, love, love your obligatory New Year’s post — as reluctantly posted as it was. You, my dear, are so witty, so entertaining. One of the bloggers I’ve missed in my blogging absence (and fake come back, as I’ve been having a heck of a time finding computer time in this crazy life I call mine). So, Happy New Year to you, dear friend. And congrats to Taiwan and you!

    (But did I miss something? What’s bothering you?)
    Jane´s last blog post…Resolution- Smesolution I Resolve Not To Give A Flip!

  • Miss Nikki January 3, 2011, 5:57 pm

    Please – please don’t ask me to sum up in one word what this post is about. You did crack me up with your desire to write about vibrators. Most people want to play with them, but you? Nah, you’re poetic, you write about them! Cheers!
    Miss Nikki´s last blog post…What Did You Did as a Kid

  • Ry sal January 3, 2011, 8:09 pm

    And FINALLY a reason to celebrate other than the turning of another year.

  • secret agent woman January 3, 2011, 8:11 pm

    Yeah, I didn’t write about resolutions either.

    Happy New year to you and Taiwan.
    secret agent woman´s last blog post…Yeah It couldve been worse

  • Wicked Shawn January 3, 2011, 10:06 pm

    I think you and Gawker are wrong…….I’m pretty sure that is a firework display of Ben! 😉
    Wicked Shawn´s last blog post…It’s Whatever

  • Libby January 3, 2011, 10:19 pm

    That is me. I mean, future me. After I get through with my list of resolutions.
    Libby´s last blog post…Robot Love

  • writerwoman61 January 4, 2011, 6:09 am

    Happy New Year to you, Lin, and to Taiwan!

    My New Year’s resolutions:

    1. Get a vibrator.

    I think that one’s do-able!

    writerwoman61´s last blog post…Still Learning in 2010…

  • Diane Laney Fitzpatrick January 4, 2011, 7:30 am

    Thanks for the reminder – my son lives in China and I need to ask him what celebrations he went to. I’m sure whatever it was it was spectacular. The Chinese do know how to party down. I recently read The Last Emporer and was riveted. Such interesting history!
    Diane Laney Fitzpatrick´s last blog post…Hey Christmas I Will Take You Down

  • The Barreness January 4, 2011, 7:46 am

    Okay, sothere was less discussion of vibrators than I’d hoped for, but… you know…I loves you so I suppose I forgives you.

    – B x

  • Nance January 4, 2011, 7:52 am

    My annual and identical New Year’s Resolution has been recycled for 2011: Get goofier.

    I’ve re-resolved it each year since my twenties and I think, at sixty-two, it’s finally starting to kick in. The big, important changes like this one take time and patience, which is what makes them so worthwhile. Vibrators come and go, but puerility is timeless.

    Now, tell auntie whatsa matta you.
    Nance´s last blog post…1 Jan- 2011- The Thirteenth Grape

  • MrsBlogAlot January 4, 2011, 8:28 am

    HAAA! Happy New Year Lin!!!!

    Here’s to more vibrators in 2011!!! (-:

  • TechnoBabe January 4, 2011, 9:07 am

    No resolutions, no vibrators, not much knowledge of the overthrow of the Qing dynasty. But I am wishing you a Happy New Year and hoping this earth lasts another year so I can read your blog.
    TechnoBabe´s last blog post…Im Walking Keep On Walking Onward And Upward

  • pattypunker January 4, 2011, 9:17 am

    the taipei 101 building would make a great model for a vibrator. all fierce and techno.
    pattypunker´s last blog post…shit i like from 2010

    • Absence Alternatives January 4, 2011, 10:08 am

      LOL. I will contact one of the 1000s of factories on and commence to produce a prototype. Brilliant you!

  • ThePeachy1 January 4, 2011, 10:01 am

    I adore you. I also refused to do New Years post. However Dr Sun Yat-sen was indeed a remarkable person and if we can celebrate Columbus Day ( where an Italian used Spanish money to “find” the Americas which were never lost in the first place) then we should all hope to realize the greatness of what a real accomplishment Sun Yat-sen made. The next part is probably all wrong and if it is forgive me. 新年快乐祝福你 My keyboard does not lend nicely to other languages.

  • Life with Kaishon January 4, 2011, 10:48 am

    I love that you completed the daunting task in your typical fab style and flair : )
    Life with Kaishon´s last blog post…the very best

  • Elly Lou January 4, 2011, 3:11 pm

    That firework dude and I are totally twinsy. Good call, Gawker.
    Elly Lou´s last blog post…Crap Did I Just Write an Inspirational Post

  • Renee Fisher January 4, 2011, 5:08 pm

    Did I miss a discussion about vibrators?
    Renee Fisher´s last blog post…Finding My Future in A Trashcan

  • chickensconsigliere January 4, 2011, 8:12 pm

    My new year’s post last year had the same name-great minds and all that:-) You know, if I were going to do a fireworks display in celebration of 2010, I think I might feature EllyLou’s face in the grand finale. That would be cute, right? And then we could have ukele music in the background.
    chickensconsigliere´s last blog post…Chicken Homework

  • karaoke activity partner January 5, 2011, 8:16 am

    “I spent time agonizing over NOT working on my posts rather than actually working on my posts.”

    I do the exact same thing!!!

    karaoke activity partner´s last blog post…All I Want for my Birthday is a Pair of Pajama Jeans aka- Wheres my 2006 Dodge Mini Van

  • BigLittleWolf January 5, 2011, 5:49 pm

    And I just want you to write about vibrators, too…

    BigLittleWolf´s last blog post…Gender Roles- Virile Verbs- Apathetic Adverbs- Nouns in the Nunnery

  • Ellie January 5, 2011, 6:13 pm

    Well, hey. Happy New Year. Sort of. Let’s talk in February….
    Ellie´s last blog post…Youve got mail

  • Mary Lee January 5, 2011, 6:34 pm

    Do you think the fireworks killed any birds, or is there something unique about Arkansas fireworks?

    Happy New Year!
    Mary Lee´s last blog post…Close Encounters of a Sewer Kind

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