Mapping the Herdict on YouTube (Update #3)


With conflicting reports about YouTube access in China tonight, here’s the breakdown from reports to the unfortunately named Herdict (Herd + Verdict, get it? neither did I…) censorship reporting tool:

156 reports from China in the past 26 1/2 hours (March 5 11:30 PM Beijing Time)

125 report YouTube inaccessible

31 report YouTube accessible

Herdict doesn’t yet generate country maps, but the ISP providers usually name the province, and so its not hard to color in a map like the one above. Green means all reports (in every case, only one) said YouTube was accessible, Red means all reports were for inaccessible, and Orange means there are reports of both.

Little Nemo Dreams of China (1912)


From, two Little Nemo strips from consecutive Sundays in December 1912, in which regular characters Flip, Dr. Pill, and The Imp visit China, and Flip attempts to kidnap Emperor Puyi.

Special bonus: Krazy Kat draws a Kue.

It’s All Chinese to the Greeks

Language Log has created a map of what languages are considered by other languages to represent “incomprehensibility”, as in “it’s Greek to me.” Predominantly referring to European languages, Chinese is hands down the big winner. I’d point out, though, that Chinese not only refers to it as “Heavenly Script” for the written word, but as “bird speak” for the spoken word.