Hmm.. I used to write bad chinese once. Now I speak none at all. Whatever.
Here is a comment I left on a blog.
12 total hours last night and this evening of 郭德纲 (Looped of course). I'm still counting sleep hours.
I'm definitely beginning to recognize words and phrases left and right. Now to put them all into a whole thought.
My Chinese studies have been too on and off to offer any real opportunity of growth. This semester is relatively low stress for me so.. Log time!
I'm just going to log characters I pick up and stuff I watch. Logging my sentences was too time consuming and probably counterproductive. However I will list the number of sentences I have gone through per day.
Looped 郭德纲 for about a total of 16 hours. I was in the room for 90% of the time so, fu-k it I'm counting it all. I keep the looped media running on all night. Definitely fu-ked with my sleep but my body will adapt (hopefully).
Note: I haven't tallied the characters I know, should do that soon. Put it all in a text file and add whenever I can.
Back in the mid-1990s, Jardine Fleming Securities (now part of JP Morgan Chase) came up with what it variously called the Nike indicator or Swoosh Index, which was essentially its theory that once Nike selects a country for its newest factory site, economic growth, rising stock markets, and other companies follow. This May 5, 1997, Business Week article, entitled, "The Swoosh Index for Emerging Markets," explains it:
Nike first started using Japanese plants in 1964. When labor costs there climbed in the mid-1970s, it gave South Korea and Taiwan a run. In the 1990s, production jumped to Indonesia and China, which now account for two-thirds of Nike output. Nike pulled back from Thailand recently ahead of a collapse in stock and property prices. Next up: Vietnam. While production there is now only 2% of Nike output, that's expected to double within a year.
When choosing factory sites, Nike looks for cheap labor. However, it also picks countries with stable--usually authoritarian--leadership, decent infrastructure, a pro-business government, and a liberal trade regime.
When it decides to leave, that doesn't signal the end of prosperity. It often means that countries are ready to move on to high-end manufacturing. And democracy.
Many companies would watch Nike and then follow.
Starbucks has this same effect. There is even a rival Northwest coffee shop, Tully's Coffee, that, according to Wikipedia, intentionally located its stores next to Starbucks:
Chinese takes up less space than English.