Author Archives: roger henke

About roger henke

Still figuring out the story line that would satisfy myself here. Listening to what my family and friends evoke, what the words I absorb, the images that move me, the movements that still me, point to.

reblogging kinky coffee

Renato Bialetti, the Italian businessman who turned an aluminum coffee pot into a classic global design, died last week at the age of 93. In accordance with his and his family’s wishes, his ashes were interred in an urn shaped … Continue reading

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tourism as an indicator of tragedy

The Kathmandu post recently published a short article on the dramatic downfall of tourism arrivals in Nepal.

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the science business

It may very well be confirmation bias, which would be telling, a strange loop or bootstrapping kinda phenomenon rather than some real change out there, but the science business hanky panky finally seems to be getting more attention in mainstream media. It’s been a … Continue reading

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running movies

One of the trends in the trailrunning scene (to keep up a tradition I should do a 2015 piece but have too much on my plate at the moment) is the abundance of (short) videos being released. Even just a couple … Continue reading

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razor sharp

The day he turns 87 is as good as any other to share some recent words of a sharp mind. I think his views are sometimes too certain about shit being intentional  and planned, or at least predictable. The world’s too messy, … Continue reading

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running the blocks of my neighborhood

The scale of Shanghai is both immense and very manageable. It is very hip to these days to explore one’s immediate neighborhood, walking the block, as Alexandra Horowitz does so eloquently in On Looking.

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biggest Shanghai redevelopment zone I’ve come across so far

When I went out yesterday for an exploratory walk (air quality to bad for a long run) I had expected the last bit of it, on the Pudong side, to be the most boring. I was curious about the ferry … Continue reading

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cityscape esthetics

I’ve rambled quite a lot about urban environments as natural habitats, ecosystems, cityscapes, and on it goes, but high-fly verbiage is a poor tool for helping anyone see. Australian photographer Ben Thomas, of Tiny Tokyo fame, has much better tools:

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city of art

Looking for a destination for my recovery run on the only day this week that is predicted to be dry I decided upon the Power Station of Art. Had seen the building several times already and ran past it during last … Continue reading

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coloured cities, city colours, and the wonders of rain

One of the biggest joys of having time on my hand is the opportunity to wander through cyberspace as if it were a book store or a library, on the look out for finds. When work is calling I (have … Continue reading

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the rock star of data nerds

Didn’t know Hans Rosling, whom I greatly admire, had acquired rock star status but according to the data nerds organizing this ODI event he has. Although I do not share all of his opinions, I find it very difficult to … Continue reading

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Shanghai marathon, age-grading and minimal shoes

Ran the Shanghai marathon today.

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Shanghai Dutch town

As a Dutch expat in Shanghai I can be expected to write about Dutch town, part of the one city, nine towns project. However, although I had read about the project and intended to visit a couple of them,  I wasn’t aware … Continue reading

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Running Shanghai: a great route through old industrial neighborhoods, upper middle class residential areas and the financial district

By now, I have logged quite a few Shanghai routes on my everytrail page. So its time to start sharing a couple more ( for others: check out this category tag) on my blog. Specifically routes that substantiate in various ways my … Continue reading

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Going for green and off-pavement running in Shanghai’s Pudong district

Finding green spaces and non-paved surfaces in Shanghai is a challenge. I live across the river (Pudong, East of the Pu river) from the old city (Puxi ,West…) and even there, in what was fields among villages only a bit … Continue reading

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biggest Shanghai circuit so far

Went out to see how long a long city run/walk can be. Left the house at 9AM and returned by 6PM. I think I got the distance just about right, but have to conclude that an even earlier start would … Continue reading

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ever heard of Saad Lamjarred?

I hadn’t. And I probably never would have were it not for staying somewhat in touch with MENA news since leaving Cairo. It’s a weird ambition, trying to ‘stay in touch’. But I find that scanning newspaper headlines, staying subscribed … Continue reading

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China, foreign pundits, can it be otherwise? reblogging James Palmer

When I read the below opinion piece by historian James Palmer, currently an editor of the Global Times in Bejing, it struck me as refreshingly different, a meta-journalistic reflection, nothing particularly innovative, but a welcome reminder of a truism that … Continue reading

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Shanghai through the lens of Tim Franco and others

Forgot where I came across a Tim Franco reference/link but it must have been about his Metamorpolis project in which he documents the rise of Chongqing, the world’s fastest growing and least known metropolis. Mr. Franco is based in Shanghai, and has … Continue reading

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reblogging Kunda Dixit on disaster journalism

German mountaineer, journalist and Miss Hawley’s Himalayan Database assistant Billie Bierling‘s update on Kathmandu, one month on, linked to the below very insightful piece by Nepali Times publisher and editor Kunda Dixit. After Joris Luyendijk’s Het zijn net mensen on his insights … Continue reading

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thinking your way out is not possible

there is a site out there, which I discovered a while back, that does something similar to what I try to do but with way bigger, grandiose ambitions: Brain Pickings. If the wikipedia article on the author of the site is … Continue reading

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how not to help Nepal

Quartz just published this very sensible guidance on what NOT to do to help Nepal:

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visualizing Nepal’s earthquake disaster: reblogs & links

Nepal earthquake on the radar On 25 April, a 7.8-magnitude earthquake struck Nepal, claiming over 5000 lives and affecting millions of people. Satellite images are being used to support emergency aid organisations, while geo-scientists are using satellite measurements to analyse … Continue reading

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smartphone life in China

There are plenty of short videos around about the effects of smartphone addiction on behavior. But nothing much yet from China (on youtube that is). Film maker Xie Chenglin,  is a student at the Chinese Central Academy of Fine Arts and is … Continue reading

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trailrunning base in Hangzhou

One month after participating in the Hangzhou Mountain Marathon, an informal small numbers foreigners dominated event organized as a training opportunity for those living in this part of China and preparing for the Mongolia Sunrise to Sunset 100k I returned to … Continue reading

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