Adele – Hello

Sunday, 17 January, 2016

I love Hello by Adele (MV directed by Xavier Dolan). Yes, I’m late to this, I know, I know.

Adele – Hello

Adele Carpool Karaoke

Adele – Hello (Live at the NRJ Awards)

Jimmy Fallon, Adele & The Roots Sing “Hello” (w/Classroom Instruments)

Ref News: “Kate Hudson, Katy Perry, Sam Smith and More Stars Are Losing It Over Adele’s New Single

Kate Hudson

When @adele puts out a new single… She's done it again! 💔😭🙌#Hello #25 #SheHadMeAtHello

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Katy Perry

Jan 28, 2016 Update: Adele interviews video clips Read the rest of this entry »

The Boston Globe Spotlight Team & My Hope for FactWire

Thursday, 14 January, 2016

Spotlight the movie, about The Boston Globe investigative news team Spotlight team, was announced as one of the Oscar nominated best pictures this morning. I have yet to watch Spotlight and I look forward to watching it sometime. Worth checking out how The Boston Globe covered/reviewed the movie. :) (e.g. “Superb ‘Spotlight’ doesn’t turn journalists into heroes“, “How the ‘Spotlight’ movie got made“, etc)

Fairly or unfairly, I am setting the 45+ years old Spotlight team as benchmark for FactWire News Agency 傳真社, a brand new (not yet in operation) Hong Kong based crowdfunded investigative news agency. FactWire just announced it has finished its hiring process yesterday.

I life, I try to benchmark against some of the best examples (as far as I know) around the world as aiming high and falling short is better than aiming low and exceeding the target. Mr. Ng Hiu-tung 吳曉東, CEO of FactWire, is well aware of the expectations people/funders have on him so I don’t think I am adding any extra pressure here. I hope FactWire will bring us insightful, comprehensive, and fully linked/referenced (with original source documents (watch this Q&A)) investigative reports in the coming months and years. I also hope FactWire can work out its business model so it can become a financially sustainable business.

Disclosure: Like many people who helped with FactWire’s crowdfunding project, I made a tiny immaterial contribution as I believe Ai Weiwei’s saying of “A small act is worth a million thoughts”.

Here are some very insightful video clips. Starting with this Globe produced clip entitled The Boston Globe Spotlight Team (~12 mins)

DP/30 @ TIFF: Spotlight, The Real-Life Journalists (~31 mins)

KEYNOTE: A Hollywood ‘Spotlight’ On Award-Winning Boston Globe Investigation (~47 mins)

Michael Keaton Discusses ‘Spotlight’ | The New York Times (~2 mins)

Boston Globe Investigative Journalists: Question Authority (~1 min)

PBS, Journalists put ‘Spotlight’ on church sex abuse in new movie (~6 mins)

2016 Jan 20 Update: “Spotlight: ‘How I made the least fashionable film ever’

Chris Lefteri – Materials for Inspirational Design

Wednesday, 9 December, 2015
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Materials for Inspirational Design – Chris Lefteri

The Materials for Inspirational Design series of books by Chris Lefteri (company) are all fascinating.

(2013, 75 minutes) CCA Craft Forward Symposium: Session 6: Material Craft

(2009) A-Z Lezingen: Chris Lefteri – Interview

(2013) Chris Lefteri – Biggest Trends in Textile

Surprise wedding reception for Syrian refugees – Without waiting to be asked

Monday, 7 December, 2015
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Surprise wedding reception for Syrian refugees

From CBC News Dec 6, 2015, (with video) “Surprise wedding reception for Syrian refugees in Saskatoon – Couple fled Syria 10 days after marriage

From CBC News Dec 6, 2015, “Q&A: How people in Saskatoon rallied to throw surprise wedding for Syrian couple – CBC reporter’s social media post inspires wedding donations

Sometimes, the goodness in us will do something kind to help others without waiting to be asked.

Uli Sigg – Great minds of our time

Thursday, 3 December, 2015

I only knew Dr. Uli Sigg as a collector of Ai Weiwei‘s arts and the donor of his M+ Sigg Collection. I now realize there are so much more to learn about Dr. Sigg (a major collector of Chinese art since 1979 and visited over 1,000 Chinese artists according to this video). Have a read of this NYT article, “A Swiss Champion for the Art of a Rapidly Changing China” and the following video clips. Awesome!

P.S. I am adding Dr. Uli Sigg to my list of “Great minds of our time” and “Friends of China” where I put the likes of professors Milton Friedman and Ronald Coase.

SwissMade: The untold story of Uli Sigg

中国通(3):乌里·希克 Uli Sigg and Art

Jun 2015, ZHdK Lectures on Global Culture mit Uli Sigg: The Sigg Collection and its Public Intermediation (time code 10m19s, skips intro)

Published June 2015 Presentation (~25 minutes) by Uli Sigg en FORO COLECCIONISMO ARCO 2015

Aug 24, 2013, “St. Moritz Art Masters 2013 – Dr. Uli Sigg

Here is a Nov 28 (?), 2015 instagram post of Ai Weiwei with Dr. Sigg.

A photo posted by Ai Weiwei (@aiww) on

#BuyPens Photo of Syrian refugee selling pens to feed his young daughter – Without waiting to be asked

Thursday, 3 December, 2015

Here is CBC News report in August 2015 (with video), “The life of a single father, who just three days ago was spotted selling pens in the streets of Beirut to feed his tired young daughter, has been forever changed thanks to a single photograph.

Abdul Halim Attar is a Palestinian-Syrian refugee living in Lebanon with his nine-year-old son Abdelillah and his four-year-old daughter Reem.

A chocolate factory worker before the civil war broke out in his country, Attar reportedly lived with his family at the embattled Yarmouk refugee camp in Damascus before fleeing three years ago. He is one of 1.1 million refugees from Syria who currently reside in Lebanon.

Icelandic web developer named Gissur Simonarson launched a crowdfunding campaign that tried to help without waiting to be asked. We can’t solve all of world problems but we can try to do something to effect changes.

Note: This 2015 Dec 3 UK Independent report has been RT by Simonarson, “#BuyPens: Syrian refugee photographed selling pens to feed children uses crowdfunding to start businesses

Douglass C. North, Nobel Prize-winning economist, (1920 – 2015)

Wednesday, 25 November, 2015

Douglass C. North, Nobel Prize-winning economist (2011 Nobel video interview), “died Monday, Nov. 23, 2015, at his summer home in Benzonia, Mich. He was 95.” Here is professor North’s obituary from Washington University in St. Louis. News from NYT,, ForbesWashington Post #1 and #2.

Here is professor North’s Nobel bio, lecture, another bio, and I’ve gathered a few interesting videos about and by professor North.

(2012 Jan) An interview with Douglass North

(2010 Jan) Douglas North – Effect of Institutions on Market Performance at FCC

(2008) The Natural State


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