I'd like to thank John Pasden of Sinosplice.com for making up the slick new logo for my website. The font he used is called STXingkai and it's
much more elegant than the clunky bitmapped image I made up a few years ago. Thanks John!
It looks like the Chinese government has begun to block Blogspot,
which doesn't surprise me terribly. The Chinese government isn't known for its encouragement of free expression. It'll be interesting
to see how it all works out. Technology usually trumps tyranny in the end.
Here's a chart of the Nationalist Yuan of China from 1937 to 1948. It's easy to understand how the Communists came to power in China
after glancing at it, and it also helps to explain why the Chinese hoard gold to this day. When we lived in Hongkong I was surprised to see that the bank
still offered a gold passbook account and gold certificates.
Another currency that's interesting to look at while thinking about the course of history is the Deutschemark in the 1920's. (Remember
that Mein Kampf was published in 1923.)
I can't chart it in Metastock since the exchange rate went into the trillions by 1924!
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