Happy New Year 2004

Happy New Year, 2004!!

Do you still remember the fireworks picture I posted the same day at the beginning of 2003? Here is my routine work to post the nice fireworks. The difference is, the pictures of this year is much better since I realized the fireworks mode of my Sony P8.


© Jian Shuo Wang


© Jian Shuo Wang


© Jian Shuo Wang


© Jian Shuo Wang


© Jian Shuo Wang

All the pictures were taken between 0:00 – 0:10 AM, Jan 1, 2003 from my reading room. The fireworks is at Shanghai Ever Bright Exhibition Center.

Happy New Year!

Top Commenter of the Month / Year

Although it is the holiday time, I still didn’t forget to announce the top commenter of the month for December, 2004.

The Top Commenter of the Month Award of December 2003 goes to

Carroll 14

WilliamW 10

Xu 8

Top 10 list:

Jian Shuo Wang 101

Carroll 14

WilliamW 10

Xu 8

tutu 6

Vesna 5

dodo 5

Bethune 5

Hailey 4

Zhang 3

sophie 3

Jason 3

erhuyou 3

elizabeth 3


This is the history of the Top Commenter Award for the year of 2003.

I started the Top Commenter Award from May of this year. At the beginning of every month, I will select the Top 3 Commenter in the past month and give the Top Commenter Award. I also list the top 10 Commenter.

April 2003




May 2003




July 2003





Gary Soup


June 2003





Augest 2003





September 2003





October 2003


WilliamW(combined with previous nickname william)


November 2003




December 2003




Readers with Most Comments

If you are interested in who are the most active participants on this blog, here is the complete list of all readers who has posted more than 10 comments in the year of 2003.

Jian Shuo Wang 878

Caroline 59

luo 54

David 37

Xu 36

tutu 34

Carroll 33

WilliamW 32

anna 31

Nick 27

cuanyu 24

annie 23

Isaac 18

toufu 16

John 15

Mainlander 14

dodo 14

Carol 14

Vivian 13

William 12

Steve 12

Zhang 11

Tim 11

Shanghai Knight 11

Johnny 11

dave 11

Andrea 11

I am trying to add links to people on the list if I know they have a website. Let me know if I missed you

Just as I stated in Thank You For Your Comments, I appreciate everyone’s participation and your comments have been a more and more important part in this blog.

I want to thank everyone for commenting on my blog. I didn’t expect that so many people were involved. At the very beginning, when I have about 50 blog entries, I got about 10 comments. Later, when I completed my first 100 entries, there were about 100 comments. Now this is the 198th article in this blog and I got 478 comments, doubling the number of the blog entries. These comments shows sparkling ideas and timely information about the world. I appreciate everyone’s contribution on this blog which is the source of my passion to continue writing.

Now I have 419 entries and 3312 comments on this blog – the number of comments are almost 8 times of the entries. That means, there are about 8 comments on every entry by average. Wow. I am overwhelmed by your contribution to add your ideas into the thread of my thinking. Thank you for your contribution!

9 thoughts on “Happy New Year 2004

  1. Happy New Year, Jianshuo!

    Nice photos. Did you have to put your camera on a tripod to cope with the slow shutter speed exposures?

  2. Happy New Year, WilliamW!

    I didn’t use a tripod. Here are technical details of the photos:

    ISO Speed: ISO 100

    Flash Mode: No Flash

    F-Number: F-5.6

    Exposure Time: 2 second

    Actually, I pressed the camera to the frame of my window so it does not move during the 2 second. Actually, the building on the background is still blur, but the track of the fireworks are not affected.

    To Billy, I told you the shuttle is about 8 seconds last night. I made a mistake here. The total time to take a picture is about 8 seconds – including much longer time for processing. For Sony, taking pictures with lower shuttle is a two step routine – capturing and processing. Capturing takes about 2 seconds for fireworks and about 6 seconds for the processing.

  3. Ok. Glad that you pasted the detailed info here. really good for my reference.

    I will definitely try it with your spec above this spring festival. :)

    Thank you for point that out and make it clear to me again.

  4. Woo! I completely forgot you were doing this, Jian Shuo. Me and my “big mouth”, eh? ;-) So, by any chance do your top commenters win round trip tickets to come to your next meet-up??? Happy New Year to you and all your readers!

  5. Yeh. Carroll. You are the #1 in term of number of post in November. Congratulations! Thanks for your kind comments! You know what, in the meetup on Dec 26, my other readers mentioned you and were all impressed by your comments. They said you are always posting very good (and long) comment that are to the point. :-D I know people come not just for the entry. A lot of people come to see the discussion at the second half of the page.

    Haha. “Round trip tickets” – good idea. What about after the exchange rate between RMB and USD increases dramatically? Just kidding.

  6. One afternoon a little girl returned from school, and announced that her friend had told her where babies come from.

    Amused, her mother replied: “Really, sweetie, why don’t you tell me all about it?”

    The little girl explained, “Well… OK… the Mummy and Daddy take off all of their clothes, and the Daddy’s thingie sort of stands up, and then Mummy puts it in her mouth, and then it sort of explodes, and that’s how you get babies.”

    Her mum shook her head, leaned over to meet her, eye to eye and said, “Oh, Darling, that’s sweet, but that’s not how you get babies… That’s how you get jewellery.” Happy new year

  7. I have to say that these are absolutely amazing photographs. I guess Ill have to get a camera with that type of setting… I hope its easier to find now in 2010

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