It has begun

Central heating officially turns on tomorrow. Today the furnaces are “initiating,” i.e., belching coal dust into the air. Last year on this date, the AQI was off the scale at over 500. It’s already at 185 at 7:00am. Happy Halloween!

Night scenery in North Korea

I took this picture standing on the Chinese side of the Yalu River, looking across to North Korea. If you zoom in, you can see a few lights. Other than that, there’s a lot of darkness over there.