Watch “Revolution Trilogy” 睇「革命三部曲」

Friday, 18 March, 2016

(Watch my trilogy of documentaries.)

Watch my docs Revolution Trilogy 睇「革命三部曲」

Watch my docs Revolution Trilogy 睇「革命三部曲」

20190812 Director new preface re the word “Revolution”:

The title of my debut documentary “Long Hair Revolution 「長毛革命” was decided in 2004, so 15 years ago. The rationale is similar to “industrial revolution” or “internet revolution”, ideas for improvement. Nothing to do with violence.

“長毛革命”在2004, 15年前定名, 其實跟”工業革命”或者”互聯網革命”道理相同, 是嶄新改革的意思, 完全同”暴力”沒有任何關係.

It saddens and pains me that Hong Kong today has deteriorated so badly that the word “Revolution” has now been twisted by both the HK and BJ governments to mean violence and the guaranteed and international recognized free speech right is almost gone in HK.

可憐今天的香港, 還是逃不了中國幾千年以來皇帝”以言入罪”, 沒有”言論自由”的悲哀。

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Director/producer/independent reporter Kempton Lam has made three full-length documentaries from 2004 – 2015. Kempton’s debut documentary Long Hair Revolution 「長毛革命 has been collected by the Canadian National Archive since 2009. The three documentaries are collectively known as “Revolution Trilogy「革命三部曲」 and are in Cantonese with English subtitles (廣東話、英文字幕). You can watch the three films at this YouTube Playlist (beautifully projected on your big screen HDTV or on your computer). Enjoy!

Long Hair Revolution 「長毛革命」 (full-length 2005) (read film & Canadian national archive info)

HKtv Revolution 「香港電視革命」 (full-length 2015) (read Director’s Statement)

Umbrella Revolution: History as Mirror Reflection 「雨傘革命實錄:以史為鏡」 (full-length 2015) (read Director’s Statement)


Dr. Anthony Fauci at Stanford Med Webinar

Monday, 13 July, 2020

July 13, 2020 – StanfordMed LIVE

via CNN //Fauci: In 50 years, we’ll talk about coronavirus “the way we used to reflect on the 1918 outbreak”

From CNN’s Amanda Watts

Dr. Anthony Fauci called the global coronavirus pandemic “unprecedented” and “the worst nightmare.”

“One thinks about the worst nightmare of an infectious disease person who’s interested in global health and outbreaks – is the combination of a new microbe that has [a] spectacular … degree of capability of transmitting, and also has a considerable degree of morbidity and mortality – and here it is, it’s happened,” Fauci said while speaking during a webinar with the Stanford School of Medicine.

“Your worst nightmare, the perfect storm,” he added. “I think 50 years from now, people are going to be reflecting historically on this, the way we used to reflect on the 1918 outbreak,” Fauci said.//

via CNN: //US didn’t shut down entirely, and now country is seeing surging cases, Fauci says Read the rest of this entry »


Dark: Seasons 1+2+3 Recap+Ending Explained+Interviews

Monday, 29 June, 2020

Just watched (almost non-stop Friday-Sunday) the whole Netflix Dark TV series seasons 1+2+3 in the last few days and quite enjoyed it! Here are a few spoiler-filled Recap+Ending Explained+Interviews that I had a lot of fun watching, enjoy (I tried to put the ones I enjoy more first)! BTW, did you watch Dark in its original German audio track or English dub? I think I may rewatch the series finale once more, this time in German, just to see how it goes.

DARK Season 3 Ending Explained! (K’s note: one of the better (or the best?) ending explained of Dark S3 so far)

DARK SEASON 3 Ending Explained Breakdown + Full Series Spoiler Talk Review | NETFLIX

Dark Season 3 Ending Explained | Netflix (Note: I feel like this reviewer, in fact, I skipped episodes 5, 6, 4(?) and jumped right to e7 and e8)

Louis Hofmann – Dark Season 3 Exclusive Interview

Lisa Vicari – Dark Season 3 Exclusive Interview (Note: Same interviewer but this interview with Lisa Vicari, to be frank, wasn’t as compelling/insightful as the last one. I’ve included another interview with Lisa Vicari which started much better. BTW, she is in the 2020 Netflix German romantic comedy film Isi & Ossi (trailer clip), will see if that is any good).

Dark: Seasons 1 & 2 RECAP (K’s note: Love this recap!)

Bonus Interview: Louis Hofmann & Lisa Vicari explain the shocking ending of Dark [FULL SPOILERS]

Bonus**2: Isi & Ossi | Offizieller Trailer | Netflix (starring Lisa Vicari) (film wiki)

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20200624 Kick at the darkness ’til it bleeds daylight

Thursday, 25 June, 2020

Posts from 20200624

1a) #GreatPodcast #LoversInADangerousTime “Got to kick at the darkness ’til it bleeds daylight”
On this Tuen Ng Festival (#端午節), here is a heartbreaking, heartwarming, and insightful podcast to listen.

#FrontBurner //One woman’s fight to free her husband from a Chinese jail//

//In an exclusive interview this week with The National’s Adrienne Arsenault, Michael Kovrig’s wife spoke out for the first time.

Vina Nadjibulla says Ottawa could do more to get her husband — and Canadian Michael Spavor — out of jail in China. Both men were arrested in December of 2018 just days after Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou was detained in Vancouver on behalf of American justice officials.

Today on Front Burner, Arsenault brings us more on Nadjibulla’s fight for her husband’s freedom — and how she is helping him stay resilient.//

1b) 20200622 //Michael Kovrig’s wife on fighting for his freedom: exclusive interview//

//Michael Kovrig’s wife (though separated) Vina Nadjibulla speaks for the first time in an exclusive interview with Adrienne Arsenault about his detention, Canada’s diplomacy and her fears for the future. Nadjibulla also shares letters Kovrig has sent during his 560 days in a Chinese prison.

#MichaelKovrig
#MichaelSpavor
#China
#Huawei//

2) Two great answers from Dr. Mike & Dr. Maria (WHO 20200624 WHO Media briefing on COVID-19)

WHO official transcript PDF link: https://www.who.int/docs/default-source/coronaviruse/transcripts/virtual-press-conference—24-june—covid-19.pdf

38:08 MR (from WHO official transacript) “If I could add on this, we tend to get positive information on remdesivir and we all chase that for a while and then we get stuff on dexamethasone and then we have a discussion about oxygen and then we have a discussion about other things.I think we need to really start seeing this as how do we optimise the clinical management of all patients who become sick; from the very moment that someone feels sick, getting an early diagnosis, being able to see a qualified physician or nurse and understanding, that physician or nurse being able to understand your underlying conditions, your likely risk and being able to put you into a pathway to see and seek and have the right care available. […]”

42:52 MK “That’s really a fantastic question. We are living in a time right now where there’re so many different groups that are carrying out really incredible research, real-time research right now for a new virus that we didn’t know anything about six months ago.We are learning about severity, we’re learning about transmission, we’re learning about treatments, we’re learning about every aspect of this virus and it’s happening at an incredibly rapid pace so that’s very positive. We’re seeing innovation in areas that we hadn’t seen before. You’ve mentioned the use of masks and we talk about different types of fabrics. That didn’t exist a few months ago.”

3) 20200624 Presser – Trudeau addresses calls to intervene in Meng Wanzhou case, announces investments for students | FULL

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20200618 – Dr. Anthony Fauci: “Science is Truth”

Thursday, 18 June, 2020

Learning Curve (Podcast from HHS.gov) Dr. Anthony Fauci: “Science is Truth” Wednesday, June 17, 2020

“AF: Yeah. Well, one of the problems we face in the United States is that unfortunately, there is a combination of an anti-science bias that people are, for reasons that sometimes are, you know, inconceivable and not understandable, they just don’t believe science and they don’t believe authority. So, when they see someone up in the White House, which has an air of authority to it, who’s talking about science, that there are some people who just don’t believe that. And that’s unfortunate because, you know, science is truth. And if you go by the evidence and by the data, you’re speaking the truth.

And it’s amazing sometimes the denial there is, it’s the same thing that gets people who are anti-vaxxers, who don’t want people to get vaccinated, even though the data clearly indicate the safety of vaccines. That’s really a problem. I think the people who believe or people who understand and have trust in someone who has a very, very long track record of always speaking the truth based on evidence, and I’ve done that, as you said, through now six administrations. This is my sixth administration.”

Reuters, 20200618, Chinese fighter jets buzz Taiwan again, stoking tensions


“I opened a door”: D.C. resident #RahulDubey #ArcOfMoralUniverse #OneBend

Thursday, 4 June, 2020

I heard this on my radio podcast last night, wow! “D.C. resident Rahul Dubey gave refuge to around 60 protesters inside his home after law enforcement had pushed them down his street, firing chemicals at them.

Actions of people like Rahul is how our #ArcOfMoralUniverse can be changed #OneBend #OnePerson at a time.

20200603, CBC Radio As It Happens (7 minutes audio segment) ‘You would have kept that door open’: D.C. man hailed as a hero for giving refuge to protesters

20200602 WaPo, “‘I opened a door’: D.C. man shelters dozens of protesters from police”

20200602, NPR (2 minutes), “D.C. Resident Helps 70 Protesters To Avoid Arrests For Curfew Violation”

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More David Cronenberg

Saturday, 30 May, 2020

More video interviews with  David Cronenberg. Quote I LOVE, “To be faithful to the book, you have to betray the book”.

Cronenberg on Cronenberg (~1 hr 27m)

David Cronenberg SHIVERS on CBC | David Cronenberg Virtual Exhibition

David Cronnenberg : Lifetime Interview 1986 (The Fly)

2014, “VIGGO MORTENSEN & DAVID CRONENBERG | In Conversation | TIFF Bell Lightbox 2014

David Cronenberg on Jonathan Ross – an episode of Tonight with Jonathan Ross, he interviews director David Cronenberg about his new film Naked Lunch. Read the rest of this entry »


Maya Lin – Great minds of our time

Monday, 25 May, 2020

As I’ve been doing some #ThoughtExperiments for a “Covid19 global memorial”, I can’t helped but be inspired a lot by the amazing Maya Lin‘s design of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial! After learning more about Maya Lin, I’m totally adding Maya to my long list of Great minds of our time  Here in this post, I capture some great videos, etc that I’ve come across and try to learn from.

Posted 2016, American Academy of Achievement, Maya Lin 2000 (interview conducted in 2000) (~62 minutes)

Via “The Film Archives” Youtube channel posted 2015, Maya Lin: Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Architecture, Biography, Design (2000) (~57 minutes)

2017 TIME, Maya Lin On Being A Female Architect: ‘I Didn’t Want My Gender To Become An Issue’ | TIME (~3 minutes)

2018, WoodrowWilsonCenter Youtube Channel, The Battle Over a Vietnam War Memorial (~18 minutes)

2014, Maya Lin, Architect and Artist: Talks at GS Read the rest of this entry »


Ditch #complicated #remdesivir #Patent2017 and focus on #GS441524 #Simpler #Safer #ancestor #Patent2009?

Thursday, 14 May, 2020

The following news is highly technical #Chemical #Pharmaceutical #Covid19 science. If I may share with you my trick and general approach to learning: I often try to read something and understand it as much as I can KNOWING I don’t know a LOT. Knowing what questions to ask and what we don’t know is part way to understanding/”some minor progress in understanding” new cutting edge science. To quote a Quote I LOVE by the Nobel Economist Ronald Coase when he was 100 years old, “You don’t know what you can learn until you try to learn.”

Have a read of May 14, 2020, Stat News, “Gilead should ditch remdesivir and focus on its simpler and safer ancestor” By Victoria C. Yan and Florian L. Muller  [HT Gabriel @gmleunghku for his RT this morning, I saw the STAT News op-ed but his RT put it more on my radar]

Here is an excerpt from //Opinion: Gilead has another antiviral that’s easier to make and safer to use than remdesivir. Why isn’t it giving that drug any attention? The world can only hope it isn’t for the sake of protecting its intellectual property.//

“The attractive profile of GS-441524 from both manufacturing and clinical perspectives raises this question: Why hasn’t Gilead opted to advance this compound to the clinic? We would be remiss for not mentioning patents, and thus profits. The first patent on GS-441524 was issued in 2009, while the first patent for remdesivir was issued in 2017.

We aren’t the only ones questioning Gilead’s strategy. We have spoken with a number of chemists, biochemists, veterinarians, and others who are also surprised that GS-441524 has remained out of the spotlight. Veterinarians we spoke to have noted that the strong antiviral activity of GS-441524 has resulted in a “miraculous turn of events” for cats infected with feline coronavirus, which was once considered a death sentence.

Given GS-441524’s optimal properties, we — along with the millions of people awaiting an effective treatment for Covid-19 — are left to wonder why Gilead isn’t giving it the same attention it is giving remdesivir. The world can only hope it isn’t for the sake of protecting its intellectual property.”

[NOTE: Do NOT take experts’ words blindly but let them highlight potentially interesting questions or where cutting edge science is]

P,S, In the 90s, I, for no good reasons that I can remember and may be I had too much money to waste/spend, subscribed to The New England Journal of Medicine for one full year! May be it was to broaden my understanding of medical science, better armed myself to read medical research, or simply to reduce my fear of reading research papers that I really know very little! I particular enjoy, if I remember right, reading the concluding paragraphs of many research papers talking about what’s “NEXT” for the researchers, what were their “unknowns”!

Gilead should ditch remdesivir and focus on its simpler and safer ancestor - pix

Gilead should ditch remdesivir and focus on its simpler and safer ancestor – pix


#Obit is Never For – Another poem by Kempton Lam – Poem2 inspired by Mr. #JerryStiller (92)

Monday, 11 May, 2020

Obit is Never For – Poem2 by Kempton Lam inspired by Mr. Jerry Stiller (92) (1927-2020) – (version 1.0) (original Tweet thread version 1.0)

Obit is never for the dead as the dead seldom read.
Obit is for us the living
to grieve,
to pause,
to rethink,
to laugh,
to learn,
to redo,
to do,
to learn how to live on forever
in hearts & minds of others.
For what is important is not what we own,
it is what we leave to others.

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* 20200511, NYT Obit:

“Mr. Stiller and Ms. Meara’s swan song as a team was a series of web-only video clips produced by their son and posted from November 2010 until March 2011. Each clip lasts about two minutes and consists of the two of them discussing a single topic. One topic is obituaries.

In that clip, Mr. Stiller says he is “shocked” that The New York Times might have already prepared their obituaries and wonders whether the newspaper is “up to date” on his having worked with Veronica Lake in a production of “Peter Pan” (about six decades earlier). And Ms. Meara reveals that years ago Mr. Stiller had persuaded The Times to publish her father’s obituary by falsely claiming that he had written material for their comedy act.

Mr. Stiller’s agitated response: “What you just said is going to get us in trouble with The New York Times! I may never get an obit!”

He needn’t have worried.”

* 20200511 Ben Stiller’s tweet, “Thanks so much for the incredible outpouring of love and appreciation for Jerry. I know how much it would mean to him. And he would have loved this beautifully written obit in the ⁦@nytimes ⁩.”

* 20200511 Jerry Seinfeld’s tweet, “Jerry Stiller’s comedy will live forever.” Another tweet photo of the comedy album “The Last Two People in the World”

* 20200511 “George Shapiro @georgeshapiro So sad that Jerry Stiller left us at the young age of 92. There was no one sweeter than Jerry. He was a joy to work with and brought countless laughs to the set of “Seinfeld”. One memory was so vivid with him & Julia breaking each other up doing “You want a piece of me” bit (Red heart)”

* 20150526, Guardian, “Anne Meara obituary – Actor and comedian who teamed up with her husband, Jerry Stiller, to form a favourite American entertainment duo”

* 19950201, NYT, “THEATER REVIEW: AFTER-PLAY; When the Dinner Conversation After the Theater Gets Crazy”

* 20110105, “Theater Talk: Stiller and Meara Extravaganza, Pt. 1 of 2

* 20100114, “Theater Talk: Stiller and Meara Extravaganza, Part 2 of 2

P.S. In life, it is ALWAYS up to us to learn whatever we want to learn and what we think we can learn. If we think there are nothing new to learn in life after age 60 (or whatever age you think that is), then we will indeed learn nothing because self-fulfilling prophecy is as powerful as you think it is!

Still learning from Ms. Anne Meara and Mr. Jerry Stiller (1927-2020) as their loving words and insights will remind in my heart and mind for the years to come!

P.P.S. SATC S06.E14 “Miranda’ Family
In this clip: Anne Meara, Cynthia Nixon, David Eigenberg, Kim Cattrall, Sarah Jessica Parker and Kristin Davis.

Screen Shot 2020-05-11 at 10.46.01 AM - Stiller and Meara (part 1 of 2)


A Good #Obituary – A poem by Kempton Lam – Inspired by Mr. #JerryStiller (92) (1927-2020)

Monday, 11 May, 2020

#MyManagerHadRetired #IWasCloseTo70YearsOld #NeverGiveUp
Goodbye Mr. Jerry Stiller (92) (1927-2020).

A Good #Obituary – A poem by Kempton Lam – (version 2.0) (original Tweet thread version 1.0)

A good #Obituary is like a good #DryRun for us the living to learn more about a life well lived.

A good #Obituary is a good #ThoughtExperiment (#假想實驗) to help us to try to find out the important things in our own lives from the less than important stuff.

A good #Obituary is a good ending that help us think carefully how better to tell the stories of our own repeated meetings with Triumphs and Disasters and treat these impostors just the same.

A good #Obituary is a good short 3 minutes read to help us briefly reflect and maybe better live our own lives.

Goodbye & thank you Jerry for your 92 years of laughters & services to try to make our world a better place than the one you found in 1927, in the only ways you could!

Note: See also, “#Obit is Never For – Another poem by Kempton Lam – Poem2 inspired by Mr. #JerryStiller (92)

==== Inspiration & References & Thank ====

* Inspired by Mr. #JerryStiller (92)’s AP Obituary, “Jerry Stiller, ‘Seinfeld’ actor and Ben Stiller’s father, dies at 92

* 2012/03/20 “Hannibal and Me – A book Review” (with video) – by Kempton

* One of the above lines is inspired by the poem “If—” by English Nobel laureate Rudyard Kipling (1865–1936)

* My thanks to Mr. Larry McShane (possibly Twitter handle @lmcshanenydn) principal writer of Jerry’s AP Obit.

* 20150526, Guardian, “Anne Meara obituary – Actor and comedian who teamed up with her husband, Jerry Stiller, to form a favourite American entertainment duo”

* 19950201, NYT, “THEATER REVIEW: AFTER-PLAY; When the Dinner Conversation After the Theater Gets Crazy”

* 20110105, “Theater Talk: Stiller and Meara Extravaganza, Pt. 1 of 2

* 20100114, “Theater Talk: Stiller and Meara Extravaganza, Part 2 of 2

P.S. In life, it is ALWAYS up to us to learn whatever we want to learn and what we think we can learn. If we think we can learn nothing in life, we will learn nothing!

A Good #Obituary - A poem by Kempton Lam - Inspired by Mr. #JerryStiller (92)

A Good #Obituary – A poem by Kempton Lam – Inspired by Mr. #JerryStiller (92)


Colourful Dresses & Colourful Flowers – A 2020 Mother’s Day Poem by Kempton Lam

Sunday, 10 May, 2020

Colourful Dresses & Colourful Flowers – A 2020 Mother’s Day Poem
by Kempton Lam

(彩裙 彩花 – 2020 母親節詩 – 錦堂 敬給 偉大的母親 – 中文版見下)

Mom loves colourful dresses and colourful flowers
I love colourful shirts and colourful flowers

Mom makes friends with restaurant helpers, store keepers, neighbours and strangers
I make friends with restaurant helpers, store keepers, neighbours, and strangers

Mom is stubborn and steadfast with friends
I am stubborn and steadfast with friends

Mom has taught me many things by her actions and by her words
I listen, I filter, and I learn. And sometimes I do

Mom hasn’t often heard the Chinese word for “LOVE” 愛 because my generation of HongKonger parents and children don’t say “LOVE” 愛 to each other
I changed and learned to be better. And I made sure I told mom I “LOVE” 愛 her Read the rest of this entry »


Cheap & Precious Americans’ Lives

Wednesday, 6 May, 2020

20200506 - CNN - Trump pivots hard away from fight against unvanquished pandemic

20200506 – CNN – Trump pivots hard away from fight against unvanquished pandemic

“Wartime” President Donald Trump abandons #WW3 #Covid19 and wants to move on. Meanwhile #Covid19 keeps infecting and killing Americans (71,078 dead) and world citizens (257,818 dead) 24/7 non stop. (see pix at bottom of post)

The #Trump #ElectionMath is simple: How many Trump voting Americans can die and new Trump voting Americans be created in order to win re-election in Nov 2020. The prices of Americans’ lives have never been seen as so cheap and so precious at the exact same time by a sitting POTUS!

Have a watch of Laurie Garrett (writer at Foreign Affairs, and author of “The Coming Plague: Newly Emerging Diseases in a World Out of Balance” warning us of Corona Virus risks decades ago) having a long conversation on @CNN with @andersoncooper talking about #COVID19 and why her most optimistic scenario has it endangering Americans for another 36 months.

Screen Shot 2020-05-06 at 5.12.50 AM - 71,078 Americans deadScreen Shot 2020-05-06 at 5.12.06 AM - 257,818 dead

Ref: 20200506 CNN, “Trump pivots hard away from fight against unvanquished pandemic


Warren Buffett Made money in USAir but not when he sold BRK entire stakes in American, Delta, Southwest, and United Airlines

Sunday, 3 May, 2020

Tap Dancing to Work: Warren Buffett on Practically Everything by Carol J. Loomis - pix 1

 

Good written report of Warren Buffett selling Berkshire Hathaway’s entire stakes in American, Delta, Southwest, and United Airlines from Will Horton @Forbes,

Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway BRK.B has sold at a loss its entire portfolio of U.S. airline stocks comprising American Airlines AAL , Delta DAL Air Lines, Southwest LUV Airlines and United UAL Airlines.

“We put, whatever it was, seven or eight billion into it and we did not take out anything like seven or eight billion,” Buffett said during Berkshire’s annual meeting on May 2. “That was my mistake.”

“We have sold the entire positions,” he said. “When we change our mind we don’t take half measures or anything of the sort.” 

And as I reported in an 2012 post talking about Carol Loomis’ Tap Dancing to Work,

“… the afterword for articles like “Buffett Hits $200 million Downdraft” (Nov 17, 1994) reminds readers that Warren actually made money on the USAir investment (which many people may have an impression of it being a money losing investment).”

Warren Buffett: Why we sold our entire stakes in American, Delta, Southwest, and United Airlines

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Bambi Assassin and my Optional Left Eye

Sunday, 3 May, 2020

 

Smashed into thousand pieces & yes, those are deer hair!

Smashed into thousand pieces & yes, those are deer hair!

Reading my friend thanking her car for 8 years of great services got me thinking of our last car, a very loved & trusted Saturn (we call it Saturn車車). Almost exact two years ago today (May 4th, 2018), Saturn車車 saved me one last time! We are not into getting new cars, so we kept maintaining/fixing it and driving Saturn車車 for an amazing 23+ years! And as my and Saturn車車’s luck had it, in her final days, a young deer (the famous Bambi Assassin) ran into our Saturn車車. Bambi Assassin broke the rear passenger (driver side) window glass into a thousand pieces, bounced off the car, and ran away! Bambi Assassin and me got out of the mess relatively safely with big thanks to Saturn車車!

As my friend said well, it “sounded like a scene in a Nordic film.” Totally, Bambi Assassin on the road in a city with one million plus population! And I totally agree that “Cars might be our angels!”

Yes, that May 4th day might hav been quite an action horror film starring Bambi Assassin & me! I still vividly remember that day! There was a traffic jam that day on the main road near our home with traffic stopped with cars on the road with incoming traffic. Without any warning, Bambi Assassin just jumped out between the gaps in the cars as I was driving in ~50km/hr speed on my side of the road!

If I was slower by split of a second, Bambi Assassin’s head would have been right inside the glass of my driver’s window. At a minimum, likely taking out my option left eye and adding a few character-building scars to my left face IF I was lucky. If I was NOT lucky, the massive head and body of Bambi Assassin (~200lb easy) could have knocked me out, given me a concussion while bleeding me out, all very cost effective in creating nice scenes in an action horror film. Not that I’m a fan of action horror film, especially one starring me in real life.

I hadn’t shared these pix before because they were a bit too close and scary to look at. But now two years have passed, may be I can be a bit more reflective. Some days I like to think/pretend I was a good man so it was my good karma. Some days I think I was just plain lucky!

Does near death or almost being killed in a car accident or #Covid19 or … change our perspective on life or how best to live our lives? Maybe. At least, I hope so. For nearing death (almost accidents or almost #Covid19 or almost …) sometimes shine light on what are the more important things in our lives.

We each must find our own ways and meanings to our lives. But I do think the two popular “meanings” #fame and #money cannot be the simplistic ultimate goals in our lives because no one, on their deathbeds, ask how #famous they are (e.g. how many Facebook/IG/Twitter/etc etc followers the have) or how much money they have in their bank accounts.

Well try it as a #ThoughtExperiment and ask yourself what would YOU care about on your deathbed? Here writes a man whose better half will confirm he is neither rich nor famous in any measurable way! #LifelongLearning

Yes, those are deer hair!

Yes, those are deer hair!

Auto glass smashed into thousand pieces

Auto glass smashed into thousand pieces


Fuck! 53 is just too young! We are all #STARS of #OurLives

Friday, 1 May, 2020

Fuck! 53 is just too young! May you rest in peace Mr. Irrfan Khan (1967-2020). Link to samples of movies by Mr. Khan below!

We are all #STARS of our own movie that is called #OurLives. Some people chase fame or fortune (or both). I like to say both fame and fortune are NOT enduring as no one on their deathbeds ask these two questions:

Q1) How famous am I (how many Facebook/Twitter/IG followers do I have)?
Q2) How much money do I have in my bank account or how many houses do I have?

Years ago famed investor/philanthropist Warren Buffett (1930- ) (and via his biographer Alice (1956-)) taught me a lesson via his own teachings to his children.

Warren could have gifted millions to his children and let them do nothing! He didn’t! He made sure his children find meanings in their own lives. He would have easily destroyed his three children’s lives if he wasn’t careful. IF he had not taught them to find meanings in their own lives for he had/has so much money that none of his children need to lift a finger to do anything and they would have every material thing they ever want in life.

But is that a good life? Warren taught us, no.

That would be horrible lives to live.

Find meanings in our own lives. Especailly in our #Covid19 age is important. I believe (I might be wrong) that now is the time where we (you and me) are resetting the world, hopefully for the better.

“Make this world a better place than the one we found” was a nice slogan for years. And now we, with luck, can try to “Make this world a better place than the one we found” for real.

So we continue to make the movie called #OurLives. #OurLives may end at 53 (Irrfan Khan), 102 (Ronald Coase), or 23 (Abbigail Cowbrough), … We just don’t know how long we have on this earth. So try to live our lives and treasure each day as if today is our last because some day it just might …

//Irrfan Khan, the Indian-born actor who achieved considerable success in both Bollywood and the west, has died aged 53. During his career he had a string of Anglo-American successes, staring in films like Slumdog Millionaire, Life of Pi and Jurassic World. Here’s a look at five memorable roles//


Jewel talks Art of Mindfulness and sings “Hands,” Discusses Song’s Origin

Wednesday, 29 April, 2020

2020 April 28, great  101.1 CBS-FM radio interview by Brad Blanks, “Brad Blanks Discusses the Art of Mindfulness and Meditation with Jewel “All meditation is being constantly present”

And I googled around and found this GREAT clip “Jewel Sings “Hands,” Discusses Song’s Origin” to watch!

Here is “Jewel – Hands (Official Music Video)”


Gloating? #Covid19 #HongKong vs #Singapore (& #Canada) #You & #Me

Sunday, 26 April, 2020

I know the word “gloating” may be too strong to use to describe how some HongKongers and HK public figures felt when they saw #Covid19 cases grew by a ton in Singapore. But “nearly”, “almost”, “a little bit” gloating might not be too far off in describing how some HKers seemed to think or feel.

I might be wrong but my working hypothesis is that #Covid19 behaves like water (poetically speaking, not for real of course), it will wait patiently to search, look, and seek out the place/country’s weakest links, and then proceed to attack these weak links 24/7 non-stop.

Are these cage homes (via CNN) Hong Kong’s weakest links? I don’t know. It is NOT up to me. #Covid19 has and loves time. Maybe HK is perfect. Maybe there are no weak links in HK. Maybe, maybe, maybe … And then #Covid19 just keep looking …

Let me be clear. This is DEFINITELY NOT a case of a silly old man #gloating in Canada. We in Canada are absolutely #GriefStricken of the many many and many deaths of our elderly in nursing and care homes, the ones that build our country. We utterly and catastrophically failed our elders, our grandmothers and grandfathers! So wherever farthest away from #gloating, that is exactly where Canada is right now.

This is not #gloating because #covid19 royally kicked our asses. What I hope is to warn HongKongers not to think too highly of ourselves. Yes, HK so far has “succeeded” against covid19. But like I hypothesize, covid19 is merely waiting, looking, and searching, for those weakest links …

#Covid19 infects & kill our bodies, poisons our minds, and it seems it also spotlights the worse sides of our systemic failures, how shitty we are when we think no one is looking.

So they say, “When life gives you lemons, make lemonade,” I say, “When life gives the world #covid19, make the world a better place.” The world is not going to rebuild herself after this #WW3 #Covid19, a massive catastrophic failure. Who do you think are going to do the real hard work, if not you and me?

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References News:

2020 Apr 26, CNN, “Social distancing in 100 square feet: Hong Kong’s cage homes are almost impossible to self-isolate

2020 Apr, 23 UK Guardian, “‘We’re in a prison’: Singapore’s migrant workers suffer as Covid-19 surges back – Singapore was lauded for its swift action to suppress infections but crisis has shone spotlight on how it treats marginalised migrants

2020 Apr 26, SCMP, “Surreal life in Singapore, from Covid-19 to ‘circuit breaker’ and migrant workers’ plight ** Things are feeling out of place, with local media seeming to bury news of a record number of cases and the enigmatic posts of the prime minister’s wife ** There is perhaps no other place on Earth where life is split so acutely and strangely, writes Tan Tarn How

20200425, CBC, “How the COVID-19 crisis in Quebec’s nursing homes unfolded
Social Sharing – More than 1,000 of the 1,340 Quebecers who have died from COVID-19 were seniors in care


Principal Legal Officer @WHO Steven Solomon talks #Taiwan

Wednesday, 15 April, 2020

In this press conference, Steven Solomon, WHO Principal Legal Officer talks Taiwan starting at the 17:54 mark.

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1:46 Dr Tedros WHO Director-General opening statement and a bit of history of WHO and UN
13:50 Q1 NBC: Exact amount of US funding (minus private contribution from Gates Foundation, etc)
14:25 A1 WHO DG:
15:05 Q2 The Lancet (?):
15:50 A2
16:15 Q3 NHK re Taiwan
16:54 A4a Dr. Mike Ryan: Multiple sources of info on Dec 31, 2019. Including directly from Wuhan Health Authority …
17:54 A4b1 Steven Solomon, WHO Principal Legal Officer talks Taiwan
22:52 A4b2 Steven Solomon: 5 more examples
24:59 A4c Dr Maria Van Kerkhove speaks about her experience briefing Taiwan experts.
26:26 Q5 Russia news agency
26:54 A5 Dr. Mike Ryan

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What If the Slowest Horse Win in a Burning Racecourse Challenge? #Covid19

Monday, 13 April, 2020

Slowest Horse Wiin Tweet Challenge + Co-opetition book

Slowest Horse Wiin Tweet Challenge + Co-opetition book

(#GameTheory Part 1 of 2) The #Challenge: 🔥Fire🔥 struck @KemptonParkRace Course during imaginary (NOT real) 10-horse race! Instead of Fastest horse winning, the SLOWEST horse will WIN this race! 9 horses have human jockeys. 1 horse is ridden by #covid19. Suggest an idea to save ALL humans+determine a winner at the same time?
#TeamHuman vs #TeamCovid19 Challenge #FuckCovid19 (version 2.0)

#MySolution: So my solution is first recognizing the name of the game is suggest ***any idea***. Any idea including changing the “game itself”. So I suggest this (there may be other ways):

Instead of everyone standing there, including covid19, waiting to find a winner (the slowest horse) while being burned. Tell everyone to switch horses. So one of the human jockeys have the covid19’s horse. In fact, send the best of the human riders to ride covid19’s horse to try to “win” the race , guaranteeing it will NOT be the slowest.

And the other 8 human riders’ jobs are, well, think of it, can do anything! Doesn’t matter. I originally think of the 8 riders working together trying to block covid19 from riding to cross the finish line. But then as long as covid19’s horse get pass the finish line the 2nd, then well, it won’t win!
The core #OutOfTheBox idea is to change the game that they are playing. From riders riding their own horse to try to be the slowest. To riders riding others’ horse and to “win” to race fastest.

I saw this idea some years ago but adapted it to this challenge.

If we Think #TeamHuman vs #TeamCovid19 Challenge …
the idea is once we realize #TeamHuman should really work together. who “win” in terms of inventing or discovering a vaccine (making lots of money), who “win” in terms of making a lot of ventilators needed by the world (again making boat load of money), etc DOES NOT matter that much because all humanity wins! We just want to get #TeamCovid19 to lose.

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Think about it some more. Once the idea of suggesting the 9 jockeys and covid19 switch horses. The game is OVER for covid19. It will take super stupid humans to let Covid19 win. Because they have to let covid19’s horse to be the slowest which I hope #TeamHumanity is NOT that dumb to have let happened!

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Yeah, it is game over when covid19 horse is first to finish in this new game! And in fact, it is game over for covid19’s horse to finish from 1st to 9th. Just, please, the human riders don’t let covid19’s horse to go 10th because that means covid19 win.

So by changing the rule of the game, or putting the game in a different mindset, all humans win. Instead of everyone sitting at the racecourse waiting, waiting, waiting to be the slowest …
Kinda like an anology for we different countries (China, Taiwan, USA, Iran, …) fighting each other while covid19 infecting and killing us 24/7 non-stop around the clock and around the world! Super horrible!

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In Game Theory, there is an idea call Non-Zero Sum game. And if we don’t like the game we are play, we can and should just try to change the game! Remember, in real life, we can strive to create Win-Win games and play those instead!

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(#GameTheory Part 2 of 2) Years ago in my MBA school days, I took a class in Negotiation. In the first class, we MBA students were put into groups of two and told to conduct an negotiation exercise. At the end of these group exercises, the professor asked what negotiated outcome we came to at the end.

My classmate J (I don’t want to embarrass J but I think there is nothing to be embarrass of) and I came to a result that has such a massive big differences in the whole class! Basically, I “gained” the most advantage over J on the surface! The professor and the whole class likely came to the simplistic conclusion that I managed to majorly and royally screwed J.

My professor and my classmates were WRONG if they thought I had screwed J. I only play WIN-WIN games even then!

I, at the time, had done some “for fun” studies of negotiation by reading some business books and articles about negotiation. I was NOT merely playing the basic game of the single negotiation task that the professor assigned the whole class.

I explicitly and deliberately CHANGED the game that my classmate J and I were playing by expanding it. I suggested, which J and I agree to expand the figurative “pie” we were playing by making it 30x or 100x times bigger than before.

So effectively J and I were making a ton more $$ (or whatever) when the game itself was expanded massively.

I wish my MBA professor was more knowledgable and recognized that I was playing a different game. But then the professor had a course outline and stuff to cover so she missed a good #TeachableMoment.

Anyway, by me Turning the professor’s Zero-Sum game into a NON-ZERO-Sum game, it makes a world of a difference!

As a funny aside. I was such a rebel that the class paper she assigned us to write, I instead wrote about something else. She scored me badly like a “B-“ or something which is OK. I got to write about the more important things I learn about Negotiation which I LOVE and the ideas were from the great book:

“Co-opetition: A Revolution Mindset that Combines Competition and Cooperation” by business strategy, and game theory professors Adam M. Brandenburger and Barry J. Nalebuff.

I went to MBA school to try to learn, not just to get “good” grades. Good “grades” by themselves are pointless. Anyway, sorry my dear MBA professor for dissing you in this FB post so many years later. I bet you don’t remember me. And I didn’t name name.

Hope you are well and healthy in our covid19 time!


True Face of #Humanity, Deepfake of #Tedros #Covid19 #Avengers #InfinityWar #EndGame #TheEnd

Monday, 13 April, 2020

In “Humanity: Infinity War” against #covid19, Humanity got exactly one out of 14,000,605 futures to defeat #covid19! And we stupid humanity is now looping, wasting valuable #time fighting amongst ourselves so badly, that the movie production of “Humanity: Endgame” is basically being cancelled because we all (you, me, the smart people who made the deepfake video of Dr. Tedros & Xi Jinping, everyone of us) do not really deserve to have a slightly happier ending remotely like what “Humanity: Endgame” could have been.

At this rate, all we deserve is “Humanity: The End” as a sequel. And you know what will that movie show? You see, “Humanity: The End” is not even a brand new movie but just a duplicate copy of “Humanity: Infinity War“, so no one need to waste time doing another deepfake video. We just need to show half of humanity dead like Avengers: Infinity War. We all happy?

I wrote my first-person narrative documentary poetry “I am the F**King Virus” (now a short film), this is how I ended my poem, no one can accuse me of sugarcoating it:

//Unless Humanity stops her infighting and work together as One to end me now
I will be back//

It turns out my documentary poetry has been written based on solid provable science (so far) and too painfully real observations of humanity and how stupid we are!

#FuckingStupid

deep fake of Dr. Tedros, WHO (merging with Xi Jinping)

deep fake of Dr. Tedros, WHO (merging with Xi Jinping)

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Note: I wrote this post originally as a comment for a wise friend but I like it enough to share it publicly.

“I am the F**King Virus” – a #Covid19 Pandemic Documentary Poetry short film

(the “14,000,605” reference) Doctor Strange Looks into the Future| Avengers Infinity War )

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