All posts by Erwin – Baidu Net Soars on Increased Traffic – Baidu Net Soars on Increased Traffic:

The Chinese-language Internet-search provider posted net income of 58.5 million yuan ($7.3 million), or 1.69 yuan a share, up from 12.1 million yuan, or 0.39 yuan a share. Revenue more than doubled to 191.6 million yuan from 69.7 million yuan. The number of active online-marketing customers increased to more than 90,000, an increase of 22% from the first quarter.

Bit of a sad story for Google here. Over the past quarter it seems I was quite regularly able to access Baidu, but frequently had trouble accessing Google’s servers. Life in the wild east…

Ads for Adult Circumcision…

It appears there is a market for *everything* in China as even adult male circumcision is widely promoted… It seems that until recently, most infants were not given this operation.

A Must-Read for Men Too long a foreskin wrapped as bark The myriad of forms and shapes Too much toil sets Heaven askew Worms and germs upset and vex.

Offensive odors swollen red Lengthy foreskin is to blame And if yours is so afflicted Dongda Clinic has your fix.

Korean-style circumcision Absent pain and absent wound Awkward maladies will vanish Lovers laugh and beam with bliss

Where is this Dongda Hospital? South of Landao Mansions side 8563-9299 give a call Ensure your lovers happiness

See the discussion of the ad and check out the original Chinese at Danwei

China Dialogue: consumption in China

China Dialogue: consumption in China: This discussion at Danwei discusses the growth of consumption in India/China, and the the effect on the environment.

If by 2030 China and India alone were to achieve a per-capita [resource consumption] footprint equivalent to that of Japan today, together they would require a full planet Earth to meet their needs.

If there is a shortage of commodities the prices will rise. The market will take care of the problem. The real story, is how are the citizen’s of what is today the “rich world” going to compete as the number of people reasonably prepared to join the rich world increases from 1B to 3B over the next 40 years? Earth is already proven to support at least 1B people using today’s technology. 40 years worth of technology development will probably open new resource frontiers including the poles and the oceans.

Don’t worry. The market will probably be able to handle it. In any case, mankind will survive.

ecto bookmarklet

ecto bookmarklet: I’ve just added the “ectoize” bookmarklet to my Camino. Seems to work pretty well. I’ve also got bookmarklets to:

That’s pretty much it. If you want more Bookmark fun, check out Andy Budd’s Bookmarklets. How’s that for a lot of URLs in a little post… 🙂


It looks like all of the mobile software that I’ve tried on my Palm is falling a bit short of expectations. The software I’ve found is relatively beta to begin with – lot’s of reboots. The larger problem is Chinese characters. Whether creating a new message using chinese, or writing 汉子 inside an existing message, clients other than Ecto seem to come up short.

On another note, I’ve tried out Ecto and MarsEdit and even though I was biased toward MarsEdit, Ecto wins out. Better support for “Rich Text” right in the client without having to resort to HTML. Works great!

Time Travel: Battling rhetorical nonsense…

My father forwarded me an email a while back from a crazy friend of his. Being the arrogant son I’ve always been, I sent back a marked up version that I thought represented a more level headed view.

----- Original Message -----
From: Scott Erwin
To: Erwin
Sent: 2006年4月18日 21:14
Subject: FW: (no subject)

A democracy is always EVERYTHING is temporary in nature; it simply cannot NO STRUCTURE can exist as a permanent form of government. THE DECLINE OF A DEMOCRACY WILL OFTEN BE SIGNALED BY THE POINT IN TIME WHERE THE A democracy will continue to exist up until the time that voters discover that they can vote themselves generous gifts from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidates who promise the most benefits from the public treasury, POTENTIALLY LEADING TO A PERIOD OF HIGHER INTEREST RATES AND A LOWER RATE OF ECONOMIC GROWTH. with the result that every democracy will finally collapse due to loose fiscal policy, (which is) always followed by a dictatorship.”

Ever heard the phrase “the only constant is change”? It’s the only constant that I’ve ever found. Our live’s begin. Our live’s end. Life for mankind will go on. During the Roman empire, the Christians were slaves. Some 2000 years later, most of the world uses a calendar based on the birth of Christ. Examples of change are easy, examples of forever are not 🙂

“In aggregate, the map of the territory Bush won was mostly the land owned by the tax-paying citizens of this great country. Gore’s territory mostly encompassed those citizens living in government-owned tenements and living off government welfare…”

Additionally, I believe one of the more fundamental aspects of a Democracy is that each citizen has the right to vote. If only the people that you agree with get to vote, how is that a democracy and not tyranny?

Does the fact that you have more material wealth make you better than others? Or does it mean that God gifted you with birth in the right place, the right time, or with the right abilities? If God’s gift’s to you are more than the rest of us, did he give you those gifts to keep for yourself or did he give you those gifts to share with the rest of us?

Does the fact that the USA was the most powerful country in the world when you were born mean that it will (or should?) be the most powerful country in the world when you pass away? If power never changed hands, how would you explain the romans? The spanish? The french? The english?

We just do the best we can… Oh, and the devil, he’s usually hiding in the details 🙂

Erwin in the WSJ…

From Wall Street Journal, September 12, 2005; Page R6

Sunglasses maker Oakley Inc. also just started using Coremetrics’ first-party product because of higher rates of cookie blocking. They were “unable to track somewhere between 10% and 15% of our user population,” says Erwin, general manager of Oakley Direct, Oakley’s online arm. “It’s been steadily creeping up over the last year, and I’m sure it’s a trend that [would] continue.”

Since implementing the first-party product in late August, Oakley has found that it can analyze the Web surfing of all but about 0.5% of its users. – When the Cookies Crumble2.pdf


Here’s your first Chinese lesson. It’s really simple. I’m going to try writing a new into lesson each week. We’ll see. The first line are actual Chinese characters. The second line is pinyin, phonetic guidelines for each of these characters in the mandarin dialect. Last, a simple English translation of each line.

xiàtiān dào le 
Summer is here!

qǐng duō hē shuǐ 
Please drink a lot of water. 
cháng bǎo jiànkāng 
Guarantees a long, healthy life.


p>So now that summer time is here: • Clean out your body, it’s made mostly of water • Save money, don’t waste money on coffee and tea • Adjust your body temperature, keep cool





There are several things that I’ll catch up on this weekend.

Presentation Notes: • Wo de xiao gushi, Irvine. • Coremetrics, New Orleans. • Coremetrics, Webinar. • AD:Tech, San Francsico. • AD:Tech, Shanghai. • More to come…

And: • Erwin in the news (Marketing Sherpa, Clickz, Etc) • Chinese language discussions including Pinyin vs/ Zhuyin. (Multisyllabic approach to Pinyin pronunciation) • Chinese lessons for you to follow along with. • Open discussion on values, history and philosophy. • Mac OS X, Unix, Linux and other Technology notes. • Book reviews on a variety of subjects • Stories and pictures from travels around the world!

Stay tuned!