Watch “Revolution Trilogy” 睇「革命三部曲」

Friday, 18 March, 2016

Director/producer/independent reporter Kempton Lam has made three Cantonese documentaries with English subtitles (廣東話、英文字幕) in the last decade from 2004 – 2015. Collectively, the three films are known as his “Revolution Trilogy「革命三部曲」. Kempton’s debut documentary Long Hair Revolution 長毛革命 has been collected by the Canadian national archive since 2009.

You can have a watch of the three films on YouTube (projected on your HD TV) or the links here. 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)


CyberbullyTroll, ThankYouCanada, IEX, PokemonGo FeverDying, 葉廣權 JosephIp

Tuesday, 23 August, 2016

*) “Kevin Smith Daughter: Director Responds To Cyberbully In Best Way Possible” //To anyone who has had to deal with comment trolls – or is a comment troll – this is an amazing story, perspective and an even better response.// [HT Sarah Geddes]
//here’s a nickel’s worth of free advice for folks like this Troll: if you hate me (or my kid) this much, the better use of your time is to make YOUR dreams come true, instead of slamming others for doing the same. The best revenge is living insanely well – so if you wanna get back at a 17 year old girl for the grievous crime of enjoying her life, the best way to do it is to succeed in your OWN existence. Show the world WHY we should be paying attention to you instead of anyone else.//

*) Rosie MacLennan pens thank you note to Canada ‘I was proud of my journey … no matter what happened that day, my family would love and support me’

//Dear Canada, The Olympics have come to a close and my hope is that the spirit and the energy of the Games will live on. The Olympics are an incredible celebration of humanity where 207 countries gather in one place, living as one community, share meals under the same roof and have one shared vision and idea: the pursuit of excellence.//

*) Fortune, “Here Are the Stocks You Can Trade on IEX’s New Stock Exchange

//Then the following week of August 29, IEX will begin listing a much wider universe, including all NYSE- and Nasdaq-listed stocks. It’ll begin with all stocks whose symbols begin with the letter “Y” or “Z,” adding later in the week securities whose tickers start with letters between “V” and “Y.” Finally, on Sept. 2 (the Friday before Labor Day), IEX will roll out all other remaining stocks for trading as a full-fledged stock exchange.

IEX’s gradual phasing in of the stocks should reduce the likelihood of any snafus with early trading on the system, as there can sometimes be kinks with new stock-trading technology. Bats Global Markets BATS -0.50% , a rival exchange that made its own transition to a national market in 2008, has experienced serious software glitches that caused it to cancel its own IPO in 2012, but ultimately went public this spring.//

*) Waterloo Record, “WLU grad shook up industry even before his IEX exchange opened

*) android authority “Pokemon Go fever is dying off

*) Forbes, “New ‘Pokémon GO’ Update Will Finally Tell You How Strong Your Pokémon Are

*) HK01 “【Pokemon GO熱】此情不再? 活躍玩家一個月銳減千萬

*) “【專訪】譚詠麟、關淑怡的幕後功臣 葉廣權細說逾 30 年唱片監製生涯” Fascinating read. [HT Pasu]
//返工除了錄歌,就是聽歌,聽落好似好嘆。「其實好辛苦!日日返十幾個鐘頭工!唔使錄音的時候,都要不停聽啲日本歌、韓國歌,搵適合嘅做 cover(改編歌),又要打去搵啲 publishing company 問有冇歌可以畀我聽,日日係咁聽係咁聽」,Joseph 說枱面通常有過千隻歌等住佢聽,有時更要同其他監製爭歌,因為大家 Read the rest of this entry »

Sportsmanship, StrangerThings‬, RickyGervais, PokemonGO, ISIS, Lognon, HyundaiTestDriveAmazon, Windows10‬Malicious‬

Tuesday, 23 August, 2016

*) #‎sportsmanship #‎IOC //The two Olympic runners who helped each other cross the finish line after falling together in the middle of their race have been awarded a prize for embodying the Olympic spirit.
New Zealander Nikki Hamblin and American Abbey D’Agostino were awarded the Pierre de Coubertin award on Saturday night by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) for epitomising the Olympic values of fair play and sportsmanship.//

*) I binge watched the last 6 episodes of ‪#‎StrangerThings‬ on ‪#‎Netflix‬ in one night. Great story telling. Cute pix. [HT Michelle]

*) (with video) This is Canada. And this is wrong and unacceptable. ‪#‎fail‬ “CBC INVESTIGATES Prison guards in N.B. used ‘inappropriate’ force on inmate, report says

*) (with video) Ricky is insightful and funny (most of the time). “Ricky Gervais on Trump, Brent and fame

*) (GREAT photos) Some of the most memorable moments of ‪#‎Rio2016‬! ‪#‎GoCanadaGo‬

*) “爸花錢買了兩次Pokémon GO誘餌” Very well written article by a son (non-gamer) about his Pokemon Go playing father. How they started communicating more. // 爸從來不打遊戲,自從手機裡裝了遊戲軟體,他每天都要藉口出去散步,一去就是一兩個小時。後來我才知道他是跑到家裡附近的公園,跟一樣在玩 Pokémon GO 的年輕人學習遊戲攻略。爸說年輕人都很熱情,樂於指導老人家,他常常找他們聊天 … //

*) “ANALYSIS Chaos could be the reward of victory over ISIS in Iraq: Brian Stewart” //”The moment there is what you might call victory against ISIS, then you are up against all the problems that caused this crisis in the first place,” Yezid Sayid, senior analyst with the Carnegie Middle East Centre, told the Washington Post recently. Read the rest of this entry »

Omran is alive. His older brother, 10-year-old Ali, is dead.

Sunday, 21 August, 2016

#ArcOfTheMoralUniverse Unfortunately, “on Saturday the story took an even more tragic turn when Omran’s older brother, 10-year-old Ali Daqneesh, died from the injuries he sustained in the blast that destroyed their family’s home on Wednesday.

We in the international community (Canada, US, UK, and others) failed the many Alis, Omrans, and Syrians in this war. They died and suffered under our watch. We, the member states of United Nations, love to *talk* Responsibility to Protect (RTP) doctrine but usually end with massive “Failure to Protect” unless our national interests (oil, other resources, our own securities) are at stake. Have we not learned enough from the tragedies in Rwanda and the Balkans in the 1990s? I hope/wish and agree that “Omran’s picture must be a turning point in Syria’s war“. And I will add my voice to urge our Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Minister of Defence Harjit Sajjan to try to do what is right, on our behalf.

At the end of the day, there is no escape that Ali and many other Syrians had died in this war, and Omrans and many other Syrians suffered under our watch and we failed them. Whether we keep on failing our Syrian brothers and sisters, letting them die, allowing the refugee crisis to get even worse, or we say enough is enough and actually commit to stop this massive human atrocity, it is up to us “word citizens” to tell our governments what need to be done.

The arc of the moral universe may be long, but it decidedly and increasingly does not always bend toward justice. Why does that matter? Because it means that too many children will never get to grow up, period. Let alone grow up in a morale universe that bends towards justice.” – The Honourable Justice Rosalie Silberman Abella (1946 – ), Closing Remarks at Nuremberg Symposium – May 4, 2016

Ref1: “Brother of Boy Who Became Face of Syria’s Humanitarian Crisis Dies

Ref2: “Omran’s picture must be a turning point in Syria’s war

A week later another colleague from M10 hospital rang me and told me he had treated Omran, the young boy whose picture had gone viral on social media. To be honest, I had not seen the picture. He simply wanted to tell me that the boy had survived and he had treated his deep scalp wound and he was going to be discharged home.

I asked him whether he wanted to go on television and contacted the BBC and Channel 4. He was willing to do this but not to show his face, as he would surely have been targeted by the regime. To see him talking on my television brought a lump to my throat. He is the kindest and nicest human being I’ve ever worked with. He has been there from the start of the war and his only words on the television were: “Please help us.” […]

The picture of this little boy must be a turning point in this war. It must not be looked at and forgotten within 24 hours. I have pictures on my phone and in my computer of all the cases that I dealt with when I was in Aleppo. These images are far worse than the image of Omran. They are of dead and dying children. I have given lectures showing these pictures and have had people in the audience crying. Why has the world become heartless?

When President Obama talked about crossing the red line after 400 children were killed by chemical weapons outside Damascus in 2013, he was awaiting the outcome of a vote on action in the British parliament. In the end it was close, with 285-272 voting against military action against the Syrian regime. If the west had shown strong leadership, I have no doubt that the Syrian military hierarchy would have collapsed. George Osborne said prophetically: “I hope this doesn’t become a moment when we turn our back on all the world’s problems.” It’s not often that a politician gets it right, but he did then.

I packed my gas mask and spent six weeks in Aleppo just after that statement in 2013.

[HT Zohreen]

Story of Syrian boy moves CNN anchor to tears

Journal of Design and Science (JoDS)

Saturday, 20 August, 2016

Journal of Design and Science (JoDS) launched by Joi Ito, Director, MIT Media Lab is one of my new favourite journals. Check it out.

  1. Design and Science by Joichi Ito is a great read!
  2. The Enlightenment is Dead, Long Live the Entanglement by Danny Hillis
  3. Age of Entanglement by architect and professor Neri Oxman
  4. Design as Participation by Kevin Slavin
  5. デザインと科学 by Hiroo Yamagata and Joichi Ito (I think this is the Japanese version of Design and Science)

Excerpts from Design and Science I found fascinating.

“//MIT Professor Kevin Esvelt who describes himself as an evolutionary sculptor. He is working on ways of editing the genes of populations of organisms such as the rodent that carries Lyme disease and the mosquito that carries malaria to make them resistant to the pathogens. The specific technology – CRISPR gene drives – are a type of gene edit such that when carrier organisms released into the wild, all of their offspring, and their offspring’s offspring, and so on through the generations will inherit the same alteration, allowing us to essentially eliminate malaria, Lyme, and other vector-borne and parasitic diseases. Crucially, the edit is embedded into the population at large, rather than the individual organism. Therefore, his focus is not on the gene editing or the particular organism, but the whole ecosystem – including our health system, the biosphere, our society and its ability to think about these sorts of interventions. To be clear: part of what’s novel here is considering the effects of a design on all of the systems that touch it.//

/Rethinking Academic Practice
MITx and edX are now helping the world by making lectures, knowledge, and skills available online to students everywhere in an organized way. The MIT Press, the Media Lab, and the MIT Libraries could serve a parallel role by creating a new model for academic interaction and collaboration, breaking down the artificial barriers dividing intellectual discourse. Our thinking is to create a vehicle for the exchange of ideas that allows all those working in the antidisciplinary space between and beyond the disciplines to come together in unexpected and exciting ways to challenge existing academic silos. Our aim is to create a new space that encourages everyone, not just academics, to come together to create a new platform for the 21st century: a new place, a new way of thinking, a new way of doing.//

//As participant designers, we focus on changing ourselves and the way we do things in order to change the world. With this new perspective, we will be able to tackle extremely important problems that don’t fit neatly into current academic systems: instead of designing other people’s systems, we will redesign our way of thinking and working and impact the world by impacting ourselves [7] [8].//

//[6]The irony that this feels a bit like an academic paper is not lost on me, but this is sort of like a viral gene therapy designed to penetrate the membrane of the academic system without trigger an immune response and then modify the host system from within.//”

The article “The Enlightenment is Dead, Long Live the Entanglement” is interesting to read but the three videos at the end are just epic cool to watch. Here are their descriptions. Read the rest of this entry »

20160817 Bolt, De Grasse, Spohia Lee (IEX), Susan Cain

Wednesday, 17 August, 2016

[HT CBC News’s video] Yes! These two bros! :) //These two! All smiles between Bolt and De Grasse as they cross the finish line #FriendshipGoals //

[HT IEX Trading] “Woman Behind ‘Flash Boys’ Exchange Approval Preps for Next Fight” //A native New Yorker, [Spohia] Lee graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology with a degree in mechanical engineering, and experience working in cryogenics, solar energy and thermodynamics labs. Long before Lee helped IEX take the first steps toward its biggest goal, she had worked on creating a walking device for paraplegics for her undergraduate thesis. She wasn’t keen on taking an engineering job in a far-flung locale, so she decided to attend law school at New York University. She held jobs at electronic broker Investment Technology Group Inc. and spent 10 years at Liquidnet Holdings Inc., which operates a private trading venue.
‘Stronger Stomach’
“She’s clearly got a stronger stomach than most general counsels,” said Tyler Gellasch, a former SEC official and securities lawyer who heads the Healthy Markets Association, an investor advocacy group. “It’s clear she has helped shape their strategy in a way that says, ‘We’re going to be smart, we’re going to take on a fight, and, frankly, we’re not afraid to lose.’”
The SEC’s approval — which gives IEX license to operate on par with the New York Stock Exchange, Nasdaq Stock Market and other exchanges — comes with several prizes, including the ability to list companies and a greater voice in oversight of the entire $25 trillion U.S. stock market. The regulator’s blessing came against vocal opposition from those large exchange operators, and other market players including Citadel LLC, which argued IEX’s 350-microsecond “speed bump” on orders would amount to putting a pothole on the superhighway of the U.S. stock market.//

[HT Susan Cain]  //During the seven years it took me to write Quiet, I really had no idea whether anyone would read it, once it was published. People often ask me how I dealt with that uncertainty. The answer is Read the rest of this entry »

Fu Yuanhui 傅園慧 – Chinese Olympic swimmer breaks the internet

Tuesday, 16 August, 2016

I want to make a note to remember the awesome Chinese Olympic swimmer Fu Yuanhui 傅園慧 for cutely breaking the internet and breaking the periods taboo.

CBC News report (with video) “Chinese Olympic swimmer breaks the internet“.

正能量爆表! 游泳女將傅園慧:做自己|三立新聞網


Fu Yuanhui all dolled up. :) 【搞笑世界】奧運洪荒之力傅園慧現實對比

While watching Olympics, one must try to remain hopeful of humanity. I will always try to remain a friend of China despite seeing her in her darkest hours (Chinese Nobel Peace Prize 2010 winner Liu Xiaobo (劉曉波) still locked up in prison, hundreds of Chinese Human Rights lawyers still in prison and some were made to confess on TV, etc).

In-depth references: Some of these referenced articles and analysis are so insightful that I won’t mind you reading them *instead* of my commentaries. They are that good!

1) HK01 【里約奧運.有片】會游泳的emoji 傅園慧摘銅爆超強喜劇感


腰部受傷 赴澳洲特訓「生不如死」


2) HK01 “【里約奧運.多圖】傅園慧父母爆「表情女神」不為人知一面Read the rest of this entry »

Loving 《封神傳奇》 League of Gods

Sunday, 7 August, 2016

In the years I have been interviewing filmmakers and talking about films, I’ve tried my best to give fair assessments of the films I’ve watched. So I watched League of Gods 《封神傳奇》 on its global premiere in Calgary on July 29th and I honestly LOVE the film. Just LOVE it!

First of all, I find the io9 Gizmodo interview with Koan Hui (director) and John Dietz (VFX Supervisor, VFX Producer, Associate Producer) in “How a 16th-Century Chinese Legend Transformed Into the Epic Fantasy Movie League of Gods” very insightful. And the movie official Facebook page shared this good, frank and fair Chinese review of the film (local copy here). Great read as well.

Before I give my pictorial review (my brief notes along with screen captures from the trailer) and my other thoughts, here is a trailer of the movie.

The following are some screen captures from the trailer along with a bit of my commentaries. You can click on the image to zoom in.

LEAGUE OF GODS US Trailer (2016) Fantasy Movie - Pix 01 - Collapsing Tower

Beautiful & smooth rendering of the buildings.

LEAGUE OF GODS US Trailer (2016) Fantasy Movie - Pix 02 - 3D model of city

Again, nicely done!

LEAGUE OF GODS US Trailer (2016) Fantasy Movie - Pix 03 - Flying boat

Spoiler Alert: These boats fly. Non traditional for sure but I love them.

LEAGUE OF GODS US Trailer (2016) Fantasy Movie - Pix 04 - Female lead look

I just love all aspect of the styling of the female lead. Nicely done!

LEAGUE OF GODS US Trailer (2016) Fantasy Movie - Pix 05 - Flight scene of male lead

The 3D actions are fast paced and great to watch at times. But at some scenes (and this one for example) did cause my eyes to zone out! I thought it could pace out the 3D actions a little bit more and not pack so much in.

Read the rest of this entry »


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