The Fortune Cookie Chronicles

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  • Blogging Musings

    Another Fortune Cookie Chronicles Blog?

    Wednesday, September 16th, 2009

    I was intrigued to discover another Fortune Cookie Chronicles blog at This one is also written by a Jen, but in Arkansas (I’ve only been there once). It came to my attention through Google Alerts, since I have a search on “Fortune Cookie Chronicles.” Curious what she will write.

    I’m not really speaking in Kyrgyzstan

    Thursday, November 6th, 2008

    View Larger Map I just discovered that due to a missing negative sign in my lat long coordinates, I had one of my appearances mapped to Kyrgyzstan instead of New York City. It was 40.792239, 74.003563 vs. Park Avenue. Which means the New York City is roughly equidistant from Greenwich as Kara Kuldza (the nearest […]

    My Worlds Converge: Fortune Cookies meets City Room

    Wednesday, October 29th, 2008

    This piece by Willie Neuman talks about fortune cookies (protesting the M.T.A.) on City Room. Some of the sayings (none by Confucius, as much as we can see) “If you cut transit service, this cookie will give you heartburn.” “Raising transit fares will wreak havoc on your love life.” “In a tough economy, it is […]

    I was hacked (with WordPress footer Spam) but now am saved

    Saturday, August 23rd, 2008

    In poking around my blog because of layout issues, we discovered I had a bunch of spam links in my footer. Like a hundred links to, with horrible things like cialis and viagra. About a month ago, I started noticing some very strange search queries bringing people to my site, like “pantyhose” and things […]

    Is a sex site? Web Sense thinks it is

    Tuesday, July 15th, 2008

    So my friend at the City Council sent me this screenshot. Apparently my blog (this blog) has been blocked by Websense for being a “sex” site, which I find endlessly amusing. Maybe the “in bed” aspect of fortune cookies is coming to the fore? (I wrote an article about Web Sense and Saudi Arabia back […]

    I’m here. Really.

    Monday, July 14th, 2008

    Sorry for the lapse of blogging. I’ve been coming out of orbit and been busy, well, not doing anything to do with the book for like 10 days (which was lovely)  — this basically included blogging. (Lots of life transition now.) This week book is back in full force. Wednesday at the Harvard Club, Thursday […]

    Sneaking in on Google’s top search page for “fortune cookie”

    Tuesday, July 1st, 2008

    I noticed a few weeks ago that people were landing at my blog with search of just “fortune cookie” so I was curious where the book was on Google’s search results. It looks like I snuck onto the front page of results. I don’t even sell fortune cookies.

    The deluge….just catching up.

    Monday, March 31st, 2008

    If you’ve noticed an insane number of blog posts today (I count at least 10, which is a record), that is because I am hurrying up to catch up with all these events that I have pictures fromt (also the Nixon Library gave me an insane number of separate blog posts). I also didn’t have […]

    My best post on City Room this year

    Saturday, December 29th, 2007

    I was asked to put together a funny highs and lows for 2007 on NYC. Which is interesting, because I had never done that before and had to figure out how to make humor work. I actually kind of came up with a few methodologies, and consulted my friend, Rachel Axler, whose a writer for […]

    Maybe they think “fortune cookie” is a euphenism for mysteries of the Chinese orient?

    Friday, October 19th, 2007

    Ever since this post about my friend Adam’s first successful case on prosecuting a pedophile, I have noticed a lot of people landing at my site because of their search for “chinese porn” or “porn chinese.” (I wonder if these guys think “fortune cookie” really means “in bed”). Fortune Cookie Chronicles, as of this today, […]

    “Jenny from the blog”

    Friday, October 5th, 2007

    My friend, Noam, quipped that last night. (One of those weird world things…Oddly we went to the same elementary, middle school, high school, college, worked on the same school paper, now both work in the same company — but the weirdest part of all. we grew up in the same building in Morningside Gardens.)

    I <3 flickr wordpress widgets

    Tuesday, June 19th, 2007

    I just installed Josh Gerdes’ SimpleFlickr Plugin to display Chinese restaurant photos from Flickr and it was breathtakingly easy. When I saw the line of code I was suppose to drop into the page, I thought, “Is that it? That can’t be it.” It took maybe 10 minutes and it comes back with this beautiful […]

    The chopsticks are no worse than a tattoo

    Tuesday, June 19th, 2007

    My friend quickly threw together a temporary header for the blog (displacing boats, tomatoes and puppies that came with WordPress templates), asking “is it obvious that i had to mirror the chopsticks?” Um, yes. If you look closely, you’ll see the Chinese characters on the chopsticks are backwards. But it doesn’t matter since most of the […]

    If you blog in an empty forest, will anyone hear you?

    Tuesday, June 19th, 2007

    (I wrote this post two nights ago and I guess it’s now irrelevant. I feel like this blog is like a baby born prematurely — you have to work a bit harder a bit earlier than expected, but it will all be okay in the end):  I set up this web site a few days ago […]

    Dreamhost, WordPress and MySQL

    Wednesday, June 13th, 2007

    Okay. I just registered for hosting at Dreamhost and installed WordPress. And indeed, as my friend promised, it was one-click installation + typing in some fields. I had a little stumble with trying to figure out a good nomenclature for the mysql database, as ‘wordpress’ and ‘blog’ (recommended) were being used elsewhere in the Dreamhost […]