Asia-related sites that I like
A large collection of reviews of Hong Kong cinema. Might I direction your attention towards this one, that one, this one, and another one. Oh and this one. And I just can’t say no to adding this one too.You can also find more information about Hong Kong films at The Internet Movie Database.
A great site for buying Hong Kong, Korean, and Taiwanese films from. Their Japanese films are a bit pricey. If you’re in the UK, they ship with customs duties and postage pre-paid on big orders!
News sites that I like
English language coverage of what’s happening in Taiwan. Quite enjoyable, given that it’s a traditional style newspaper.
Serious English language coverage of world financial/economic news, with a particular emphasis on Asia. I believe the FT’s articles to be better written and researched than those of almost any other newspaper I read.
Despite my disdain for the pseudoscience that runs rampant throughout most of Economics, I do enjoy The Economist.
One of the biggest automatically generated news aggregators. It contains feeds from many non-mainstream English language news sources, particularly from areas like India, Africa, and the Middle East. Good for seeing what the rest of the world thinks.
This is a popular social bookmarking site. In other words, people share ‘interesting things’ they have found online, and then a community of readers vote on how cool it is. You can learn some incredible things from this site every day.
A slightly insane collection of random news. I find it much more enjoyable than the ‘real’ news. I particularly recommend looking at the photoshop competitions. I wish they had a 24 hour news channel on TV.
Tech sites that I like
- Digital Photography Review
Fantastic site! Extremely in depth reviews and previews of new and upcoming cameras. The consistency of the reviewing standards makes this probably the best digital photography site on the internet. Excellent forums with advice on photography and cameras, too.
One of the oldest and most famous tech news sites. If you haven’t heard of it, then you’re probably not really a geek. That may or may not alarm you.
The Inq is a British tech industry news site with a fantastic ability to dig up rumours months in advance, and a watchful eye on the tech industry supply channels. If you want to know whether the price of memory will be going up or down next month, this is the place to look.
The Reg is another British tech industry site quite like The Inquirer, but with broader coverage particularly including British politics. Home of the BOFH series.
Are you a decent programmer? You’ll like this site. Hilariously funny if you’re a codemonkey. Useful for learning how to code better by seeing how to code much, much worse.
Apple Mac sites that I like
A good source of upcoming gossip on Apple Macs, hardware, software, and other apple products.
Another good source of rumour, speculation and leaked news from company insiders.
You’d honestly think Apple Mac owners had nothing to do but stand around speculating and gossiping all day.
Blog Sites that I like
The View from Taiwan
This site is probably one of the most famous sites in Taiwan. It is run by Michael Turton and offers photography, articles, and political discussion about Taiwan.
This site is run by Mark of Doubtingtoshuo, and acts as the main aggregator for English language articles relating to Taiwan. You can also find some useful Chinese language tools on Mark’s site.
A Hungry Girl’s Guide to Taipei
This is a great source for ideas if you’re trying to think of somewhere to dine in Taipei!
Scott Sommer’s Taiwan Weblog
Scott is one of the top bloggers in Taiwan, writing particularly within the niche of Taiwanese educational policy.
Some bloke possibly suffering from obsessive compulsive disorder simply must have all the blogs in Taiwan linked from his site. Good for you, mate! But equally, that’s just a little bit scary.
In The Pipeline
Derek blogs about working in the pharmaceutical research industry, experimental medicine, and related issues.
A shockingly good blog about science, rationality, and other things.
Dr. Andy Gardner
Andy is a researcher at Oxford university. His main area of interest is the evolution of social traits – i.e. why should spite exist? How is it shaped by natural selection? Perhaps his most incredible contribution to science is the wonderful ‘pie-men’ diagrams for gene biology. And how does he publish so many papers? No one knows… =)
Kris is studying for his PhD at St Andrews in Computer Networking. He’s the only one of my academic children that is still at St Andrews University!
Dr. James McLaughlin
Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it’s James in his graduation outfit. James worked at NASA for a bit, and as you might guess from the ‘evil genius’ beard/moustache, his current research project involves trying to make the sun explode, or implode, or something like that.
Wes studies in Taoyuan – this is a blog about his life at uni.
Pete is a student in Taoyuan as well as an amateur cinematographer.