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dinner... by James

Posted on: May 3, 2005 5:29 PM


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Bold! Love the design! I predict it'll be hard for the judges to weigh this against the wordy sorts of entries, but IMOH it shows style and indidviduality. Also it makes me hungry!

Posted by: freddy at May 3, 2005 5:22 PM

I love the colors and the composition. This is a very cool combination of a photoblog and a vlog. Care to tell us the types of dumplings?

Posted by: Lois at May 3, 2005 5:23 PM

Yeah, I was hoping for a secret feature that told us more about the dumplings in mouseovers... :)

Posted by: freddy at May 3, 2005 5:25 PM

thanks very much. unfortunatly i am having trouble with writing tables and those pesky looking borders between the dumplings. and yes, originally they had mouseover images of the chinese name for each one, but they all got smudged and greased in my pocket and i can't read what i wrote. but... they are specialty dimsum dumplings (fashioned after the hong kong variety), and sold for a good sum in the night markets around taipei. these came from a stand in gongguang night market...

but... um.. any suggestions for getting rid of those spaces would be much appreciated. its really frustrating when everything looks just fine and dandy in 'preview'

much love

Posted by: james at May 3, 2005 5:28 PM

james: i love it.
the color is strong and the composition excellent. and a movie... how clever.

Posted by: Rod at May 3, 2005 5:32 PM

wow. that is really amazing. would you mind putting in the comments what each are? i think that would make up for the mouseover issue. it could be that the page just can't parse that much javascript because there needs to be javascript in the head tags. in the preview, you might have that scripting because it happens in your own environment. i have that issue in MT too on my own blog.


Posted by: kirsten at May 3, 2005 5:32 PM

I'm unclear what you're trying to say here. Does that make me a bad person? I mean, I like looking at the pictures, and the "dinner" .mov was amusing, and I chuckled, but I guess I just don't "get it." Maybe there's nothing to get. Kind of like "I'm mad because you don't know why I'm mad!"

Posted by: Eddie D. at May 3, 2005 5:51 PM

sorry folks... i had grand schemes for the titles of each dumpling, though my chinese lessons begin in 45 minutes and i haven't slept, showered, or eaten yet. perhaps my professor will be capable of deciphering my chinese notes that were ruined in my pocket and i can post them later. anyhow... thanks for your kind words... i'd love to discuss my 'intentions' and such, but i'd rather not go to class with this awful 'midnight candle' breath.

oh... thanks jona for your prompt help... id still be trying to decipher html tutorials if you hadn't been about.


Posted by: james at May 3, 2005 6:13 PM

Eddie, buddy, this is the internet. People communicate via all forms of media.

I appreciate text as much as the next guy, but I also really enjoy James' entry, and feel it manages to convey just as much (or nearly as much) as any text entry about Taiwanese cuisine could.

Kudos, James, and creating, not just a "photo of some food," or "movie of some food," but an intelligent composition that communicates important information about the aesthetic of Asian cuisine, in addition to its delectability.

Posted by: Mr. Stevenjones at May 3, 2005 6:13 PM

HOT ENTRY! And I haven't even watched the .movs yet.

It was immediately visually striking. Enjoyable. Good work.

Posted by: josh at May 3, 2005 7:10 PM

Looks delicioso!

Posted by: Toshiko at May 3, 2005 7:12 PM

I watched the movie and I like it even more now!

Posted by: josh at May 3, 2005 7:27 PM



tired. not very articulate.x

Posted by: mimi at May 3, 2005 7:30 PM

Clever. Obviously you can't do this every time, but you planted your flag here with a different type of entry. The movie is a nice touch, although I admit I can't figure out why the stuff ends up back on the plate. The internet has enough damn words on it already - what it needs is more pictures of Chinese dumplings. Lots and lots more pictures of Chinese dumplings.

Posted by: Craig at May 3, 2005 7:52 PM

I am so impressed.

Posted by: willow at May 3, 2005 9:07 PM

I just see a lot of missed opportunities here.

Everyone's loving the fact that he did something different, and that is cool, but for me it's not enough.

There was a tremendous opportunity to teach the reader something here. I understand that James has had some problems with moveable type, but for me, hearing that he had all these grandiose plans for a kick-ass entry and then hearing that he just couldn't follow through with them leaves me bitterly disappointed

. Don't you all watch The Apprentice? It's not enough to have ideas; you have to execute.

I don't mean to be so critical; I just don't think doing only pictures was enough to illicit this kind of response.

Posted by: Eddie D. at May 4, 2005 4:02 AM

I don't know what the judges were thinking. This post is beautiful and thoughtful. Maybe they are not visual peeps, like Eddie. If so you may be in for abumpy ride, James. Too bad Jona's not a judge as well.

Posted by: Don at May 4, 2005 4:16 AM

We still know nothing more about you now. :P

Like your style though. -j.

Posted by: enjanerd at May 4, 2005 4:42 AM

So do I!

Thought I can imagine an even more direct media : just send us some of the dumplings by snail mail!

Posted by: boggart at May 4, 2005 8:08 AM

I thought it was a great post.

Posted by: ritchey at May 4, 2005 10:01 AM

thanks, and i appreciate your criticism eddie. however, on reflection, i am glad i didn't fuss the post up with fancy little mouse-overs and descriptions, i prefer much more simple and clean designs. somehow, i'm not convinced that i should be concerned about 'teaching' people who are reading my post. in fact, i believe that would make things rather dull. i'd much rather entertain, or maybe intrigue, people... thus opening a dialogue where they can express their interests (and make postal requests, which will indeed be honored ;). Further more, i think the dumplings rather speak for themselves about the concern for aesthetics when composing their meals.

Anyhow, for those that are more curious about me, im much too shy to publicly discuss personal information about myself (i guess thats sort of a contradiction), but your welcome to explore my website, or add me to your friends list on audioscrobbler.


Posted by: james at May 4, 2005 10:39 AM

Psst! James! Yours is my favorite entry. I wanna be your ally. Interested? Email me,

Posted by: WIllow at May 4, 2005 10:54 AM

craig.... i have been thinking about my decision to put the eggplants back on the plate. in chinese culture, as a guest you are always expected to try your best to finish every last bit of food on the plate. however, as the host, you must be determined to never allow this to happen, and if you notice someone preferred snacking on the eggplants (for example), as the host you must do everything you can to ensure that the eggplant dish always remains full, and if a whole family is hosting, then no one in the family will touch that plate so that the guest can be obliged to eat as much as they desire. (of course this all happens very subtly).

anyhow... i was suppose to do that for each plate, but my camera battery died. ha. excuses excuses. i agree with eddie about the execution bit... so i probably shouldn't have mentioned such shortcomings.

Posted by: james at May 4, 2005 11:07 AM

I really liked this! You're gonna have to write next time though to get my imaginary vote. Made me soooo hungry for colorful food :-)

Posted by: Kelly at May 4, 2005 11:17 AM

It's tricky to rock a rhyme, to rock a rhyme, that's right on time, it's tricky. How is it? It's tricky, tricky, tricky.

Nice Try,

PS: Still love ya!

Posted by: Joel Conrad Bechtolt at May 4, 2005 3:17 PM

James, I'm wondering, is it total coincidence that you are a Badger King fan? Or did you find out about this through some Ritchey/K-Recs/other connection?

Not important at all; I'm just wondering how small the world might be.

Posted by: freddy at May 4, 2005 5:31 PM

actually, i just realized she is in dear nora as well, who i also enjoy. I guess im kind of a fan of most bands from sms, srrec, mmrec, or krec (ha... they look funny abbreviated like that). and i do have some obscure connections with states rights records and their artists... though i doubt steve recognized me from my application. I've never met him, mikey or jona in person. oh.... thats not true... i met jona at a show in my friends stairwell in grand rapids, but i had a huge santa clause beard and was 40 pounds heavier (i don't think my peeps back home realize how much weight i've put off here). but actually i was completely ignorant of this contest until i visited the site last week to fix some tags...

Posted by: james at May 4, 2005 11:18 PM

freddy... are you on audioscrobbler? i need more friends... link

Posted by: james at May 4, 2005 11:33 PM

I am, but it doesn't seem to be working right with my can try it anyway if you want.

Posted by: freddy at May 5, 2005 9:04 AM

the badger king loves you.

Posted by: ritchey at May 5, 2005 10:58 AM


I also have this audioscrobbler so if you crave for hot music and a totally stylish and abnormal style, you can also make it yours!

Lyova Lyubov

Posted by: Lyova Lyubov at May 5, 2005 12:19 PM

oh lyova! you have audioscrobbler?! thats awsome!! and i totally dig Ken Laszlo!! not to mention baby's gang, miko mission, the flirts, radiorama and trans-x!!! ahd freddy! so good to see others enraptured by M.I.A. !!! she is incredible!!

Posted by: james at May 5, 2005 1:11 PM

Lyova, I have never heard of most of your musics--how do you discover it? Do you have a hard time finding Russian music in Japan?

Posted by: freddy at May 5, 2005 1:14 PM