Howie Mandel Videobomb Fox LA LIVE Newscast – Why I’m Guilty as an Accessory

Sunday, 6 January, 2013

Howie Mandel #videobomb Fox LA LIVE Newscast

Did you see the talented comedian Howie Mandel (@HowieMandel) #videobomb Fox LA LIVE Newscast on Jan 2nd, 2013?! That was an awesome moment! And we (a few friends and I) were guilty as charged in coaxing Howie to make his impromptu LIVE TV appearance! Here is the funny clip of Howie Mandel #videobomb Fox LA LIVE Newscast!

So why are we guilty as charged?! What roles did we play in coaxing Howie? Well, you are in for a special treat! “Crimes/pranks” have never quite been captured like this, from the inception, to the coaxing, to the actual execution, and then the final we laughing our heads off all over a few short minutes! Have a watch of how we created this magical #videobomb moment right in our Fox LA Google+ Hangout!

I just LOVE Howie in his quick witted spontaneity, you just can’t fake stuff like this. I first met and listened to Howie live when he came to the yearly Banff World Media Festival in 2011 to receive an award of distinction.

Howie Mandel at Banff World Media Festival 2011

You can watch this very entertaining non-stop funny “In Conversation with: Award of Distinction Winner, Howie Mandel” (with transcript). Here is an excerpt,

Everything I’ve ever been punished for, expelled for, hit for, is what I seem to get paid for and now I’m being distinguished for it, but the thing is the people who supported me are the people who love like, and those were few and far between, my family and my friends, but when I got into this business, what’s amazing is it’s such a group effort so any cameraman that I’ve ever worked with, any script writer that I’ve ever worked with, any producer, network executive or anything, they’ve all supported me and made this possible.

All I do really, and this is what Woody Allen says, is “I just show up.” 90% of success is just showing up and I’ve always done that from day one, from when my career started. I didn’t even have a career, I wasn’t pursuing a careers. I’m still not really pursuing a career. I’m not, I showed up at Yuk Yuks in April 1977 I showed up at Yuk Yuks because I don’t dance, and didn’t like going to discos and they’d opened a comedy club in Toronto and I showed up to see a show and I was fascinated […]

I can’t speak more highly of Howie as great comedian and as a frank, blunt and honest person willing to talk about his own life challenges. And if you have time, also watch this insightful interview of Howie by Howard Stern which I watched to prepare my Google+ Hangout questions for Howie.

Concluding Thoughts about our Google+ magic

I’m a Google+ Hangout News Consultant and I’ve been using using Google+ Hangout since the beginning in July 2011 and Google+ Hangout On Air (G+ HOA) since its launch in September 2011. To me, G+ HOA is one of the most powerful new broadcasting tools available. But like in the world of cooking, even if you have a great knife, an awesome mixer, etc you still have to have great chefs and first rate ingredients to create magic!

And in our first 2013 Fox LA Google+ Hangout with Howie Mandel, that magic was created because our guest Howie rocked and we rocked! Who are we? We are our host Maria Quiban, and co-hosts Anthony Ramos, DeAno Jackson, Jimmy Louis, Kempton Lam (me), Kim Beasley, Matt Moore, Paul Roustan, Sheila B. DuBois, Stormy Henderson (screen thumbnail order from left to right).

note: This article is cross-posted by me at examiner.

Two 12/12/12 12:12:12 moments frozen in time

Wednesday, 12 December, 2012

In case you miss these times last night and later today, I time-travelled to freeze the two 12/12/12 12:12:12 moments for your enjoyment.

The two 12/12/12 12:12:12 moments frozen in time

I call these twin 12/12/12 12:12:12 moments, the 12 x 6 moments. Mathematically,

12 x 6

= 72

42 (Answer to the Ultimate Question of Life, the Universe, and Everything)

+ 30 (the smallest Giuga number)

Q.E.D (or QED)

P.S. Hope you enjoyed reading the above as much in I in spending time to create them out of nothing! :)

Tequila Sunrise – a cool step-by-step

Thursday, 29 November, 2012

A Classy Man's Tequila Sunrise - pix 4

I just watched a nice video showing me how to make the above cool looking Tequila Sunrise! The video by Andy is in Cantonese and has clear English subtitles. You should be able understand everything and make the drink yourself. Have a watch of  A Classy Man’s Tequila Sunrise (龍舌蘭日出) video! Thanks Andy for making the great video. (note: The instructional part starts at time code ~3:16 if you want to start learning how make it right away! :)

Subscribe to Andy’s A Classy Man’s YouTube channel for more videos. Like his Facebook and follow his Instagram. Fans of the first video have already asked Andy to make a dessert video! Finally, if you have made your own Tequila Sunrise (龍舌蘭日出), please post a picture to let us share your fun!

A Classy Man's Tequila Sunrise - pix 1

A Classy Man's Tequila Sunrise - pix 2

A Classy Man's Tequila Sunrise - pix 3

President Obama Jimmy Kimmel being funny at 2012 White House Correspondents’ Dinner

Sunday, 29 April, 2012

President Obama at the 2012 White House Correspondents' Dinner

I have been watching these jokes for the last few years now. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do. I can’t stop laughing after watching the first two minutes of Jimmy Kimmel’s beeping and blurring humour! Have fun.

Apr 30 Update: THR, “Jimmy Kimmel Plays It Safe With White House Correspondents’ Dinner Speech

President Obama at the 2012 White House Correspondents’ Dinner

Jimmy Kimmel at the 2012 White House Correspondents’ Dinner

P.S. Jimmy did a great job! If Stephen Colbert’s 2006 WHCD is a 11/10, Jimmy got a 7/10 from me.

Note: At ~24:00 in Jimmy’s bit, Canada gets an honourable mention! :)

BREAKING NEWS: Chicken Dance – The Making of a Soy Sauce Chicken in 4D rereleased

Saturday, 31 March, 2012

BREAKING NEWS: After worldwide success of the Whole Chicken in Pieces Trilogy, Youtube classic Chicken Dance – The Making of a Soy Sauce Chicken has been rereleased in 4D by Studio Gibberish.

Banned: This video is banned in the Vegan State of Salad since exactly one chicken was brutally cooked for audiences’ entertainment.

Awesome FollowMeFoodie Mijune – Will vlog for a great meal – Vancouver Sun

Sunday, 18 March, 2012

Full half page photo of FollowMeFoodie MiJune

(Photo credit: @CoffeeGeek)

Hello foodies, check out this Vancouver Sun article “Will vlog for a great meal” featuring the awesome Mijune (Twitter/Facebook). Here is an excerpt from  “Will vlog” (emphasis added),

“But when it comes to food vloggers — that is, bloggers who post videos — it’s the new order. Vlogging requires crazy commitment and passion. Sure, cellphones and pocket cameras can easily capture video, but scripting, shooting, editing and uploading is another thing. It takes a sizable bite out of one’s life and exquisite patience. Ouch!

One such local vlogger, Mijune Pak, of Richmond, posts on YouTube and on her blog, Follow Me Foodie. “I know the food blogging community is very saturated right now but vlogging hasn’t been touched,” she says.

Here’s the reason in a nutshell. She and her two-man crew shot for three hours, then edited for six hours to produce a 1.5 minute video. Who’s got that kind of time or expertise?

We’re doing it because we’re passionate and it’s a good way of getting exposure,” says Pak, 25. One video, The Things Foodies Say [note: see below], “went crazy,” she says. “It’s very challenging because most viewers click off after two or three minutes. To lock in a recipe in two or three minutes is very challenging.”

Also check out her FollowMeFoodie YouTube channel and this really funny 90 seconds clip. If you love food, I bet you will laugh at recognizing things you or your friends say! Enjoy.

Shit Foodies Say – Episode 1

Disclosure: I’ve known Mijune personally for years and I think she is doing some great creative work with her FollowMeFoodie site and FollowMeFoodie YouTube channel.

Aviation experts vs. Lego man

Sunday, 29 January, 2012

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According to TorStar, “Aviation experts worry about Lego man copycats

“Most weather balloons are launched from known sites, according to Capt. Barry Wiszniowski, chairman of Air Canada Pilots Association’s safety division. If other balloons are being sent up, it could pose a concern to aviation. […]

A pilot might not have enough reaction time if such a balloon popped up unexpectedly, he said. With the speed of a plane, the impact could be similar to a bird strike and could cause damage, especially if something was sucked into an engine, he said.

Unmanned balloon flights are not governed by the Canadian Aviation Regulations, but Transport Canada should be informed ahead of any such launch to ensure aviation safety is not threatened, said spokesperson Kelly James.”

OK, no one want any plane accidents and I am not disputing Air Canada Pilots Association’s safety division’s and Transport Canada’s concerns. I especially respect their job and duty to worry. But at the same time, I do think there may be a bit of too much worrying here. May be with an added dose of just-in-case cya.

I am not an expert but here are some of my unscientific “justifications”:

* Planes’ engines are designed to withstand the impact of a flying bird or two. In fact, I think aircraft engine manufacturers are required to test their engines to ensure flying birds may destroy an engine but the engine enclosure should hold up, localizing the damage.

* I believe planes are designed to be able to fly and land with lost of one engine. So even in the unlikely event of losing an engine, the plane can and should still be able to land.

* Don’t know if I am close in this guestimate but, in terms of probability, we may be talking about throwing a rock to hit a speeding bullet thousands of feets away. It is possible (like me winning a lottery) but it might be very very unlikely.

* Finally, are we going to have hundreds or thousands of kids rushing out to fly stuff up into near-space? I don’t know but I kinda doubt it. I guess I will worry more when there are many more cases of such attempts.

P.S. I am glad I don’t work for Air Canada Pilots Association’s safety division or Transport Canada! Otherwise I will likely have the same worry and issue the same warning!

Jan 29, 2012 update: TorStar, “The science and engineering behind Lego Man’s balloon voyage

Fortune cookie message as an excuse

Saturday, 6 August, 2011

Fortune cookie message as an excuse

I like fortune cookies and often enjoy its “faux wisdom”. Few days after I got the above fortune cookie message, I saw Kirstine’s tweet which lead to the following interesting and memorable tweet exchange and my idea of using “fortune cookie message as an excuse“.

P.S. So far, my “excuse” is working well. :)

KStewartCBC: So my fortune cookie had no fortune – what could this mean?

Kempton: @KStewartCBC U are too nice to not ask for another fortune cookie! I’ll share mine, “This year your highest priority will be your family.”

Kempton: @KStewartCBC With the fortune cookie, I am using it as an excuse to reach out more to my family and loved ones. Pretty good excuse to me! :)

Kempton: @KStewartCBC [… continue] As my grandma taught me, “Show you love someone when they are around. Not after they are gone.” I did my best.

KStewartCBC: @Kempton nice rules to live by!

Hello to my long lost 3000+ Flickr Photos!

Wednesday, 3 August, 2011

Hello my 3000+ Flick photos! (thanks to my spending spree in upgrading to Flick Pro) It is nice to be reminded of some great memories I’ve created over the years, check them out here.

Chuck Lorre, Creator, “Two and a Half Men”, with Jon Plowman, Head of Comedy, BBC TV

Antony Thomas, Director of documentaries “Death of a Princess” and “The Tank Man” interviewed by Elizabeth Klinck, Researcher

– Wonderful people I met at 2011 Banff World Media Festival
– Cool interview with the award-winning team 5468796 Architecture
– Chinese New Year & V-Day food pix
– Calgary Tea Party
– Bees & Veronica Spicata
– My friend Cam’s Misspent Youth

and more from my Flickr sets.

Happy 10th anniversary The Office (Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant)

Friday, 8 July, 2011

Accounting for time difference and a little bit of cheating, I want to wish The Office a happy 10th anniversary! Thanks Ricky and Stephen for being true to your own sense of what is funny and what is not! For breaking path and redefining what is funny! It will definitely be one of the “classics” that I remember.

Check out this very insightful UK Sun article, “Early audiences hated the fact there were no jokes in The Office but we wouldn’t allow the BBC to change it, Says Ricky Gervais“.

Watch my video interview of Ricky in this 2010 Banff World TV Festival report with his funny award acceptance speech.

Here is an excerpt from “Early audiences“,

“Ricky, 50, is still fond of his iconic comedy creation but admits growing Brent’s trademark goatee for these pictures made him instantly recognisable.
He said: “It feels good to be Brent again – although I left the facial hair to the last minute.
“I get spotted more when I’ve got it – it’s like people need that visual aid to work out where they know me from.

[…] “None of my characters have been as much fun to play as David Brent. People say he was a b****** and the ‘boss from hell’, but he wasn’t. He was just a twit.
“He was a man whose biggest mistake was confusing popularity with respect.”
When The Office first aired on BBC2 on July 9 2001, it was panned by several critics. Read the rest of this entry »

Calgary Go Club – 2011 CGA Open Tournament report – Go is easy to learn and fun to play (takes time to master)

Sunday, 3 July, 2011

Calgary Go Club - CGA Open 2011 - Pix 07

I played Go (a board game) almost every day for four of my high school years and often skipping lunch to play! The rules of Go are easy to learn and the game is enjoyable even for young kids (some as young as 6 years old can pick it up quickly). Despite Go‘s seeming simplicity, I think Go takes longer (or is harder) to master than Chess (more on this later). Yesterday (July 2nd), I had the pleasure to visit the Calgary Go Club in Chinatown and attended part of the 2011 CGA Open Go Tournament.

Have a watch of the following highlight video. You will also find a series of interviews I conducted with Calgary Go Club Chair Vincent, a Go instructor (Cathy Li), two advanced Go players (Ryan and Jing Yang), and father of the 10 years old advanced Go player Wanshan Gu (Qiang Gu).

Note: If and when I receive the official results of the CGA Open 2011 from Calgary Go Club Chair Vincent as promised, I will post it here.

Update: I searched and found the CGA Open 2011 results on the Calgary Go Club home page so I’m reposting the results (unofficially here),
The results are in for the 2011 Canadian Open Go Tournament:

Division (!) First Place (2) Second Place
Group A (1) Jing Yang (2) Ryan Li
Group B (1) Zu Bai (2) Shan Lu
Group C (1)Miki Ishikawa (2) Tony Adria

Irene Sha and Bill Lin won the pairs tournament.

2011 Calgary Go Club – 2011 CGA Open Highlight

Interview with Vincent Van der Ploeg (Chair of Calgary Go Club)

Interview with Cathy Li (Go instructor)

(note: Here are some info I Googled and found about Cathy (Chen Shuo) Li 李晨硕 online. I don’t know if it is accurate or not.)

Interview with Ryan (an advanced Go player) (Update: Group A Division, Second Place)

Interview with Jing Yang (an advanced Go player) (Update: Group A Division, First Place)

Interview with Qiang Gu (dad of advanced Go player Wanshan) (English subtitles to be added soon)

Complexity/difficulty of Go compare to chess

In 1997, the chess computer Deep Blue won a six-game match against world champion Garry Kasparov. As far as I know, Computer Go is still very far from able to win against even mid-level professionals and let alone Go champions. Have a read of the Wikipedia “Computer Go” page as it is pretty informative.

Some photos from the 2011 CGA Open

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Canada Day Fireworks @ Calgary – 2011

Saturday, 2 July, 2011

Check out the Canada Day Fireworks @ Calgary – 2011 if you didn’t get a chance to see it live. Love the use of Katy Perry’s Firework in the show!

Stay Curious, Be Random, and Learn

Saturday, 2 July, 2011

May be it is the blogger/freelance reporter in me, I am often very curious about people and things. So this morning, while I researched and wrote an article about often being mixed up with Kempton Park (the UK race track) on Twitter and checking my tweets, I ended up following three people I don’t know at all. My “philosophy” is that I believe I can often learn something new and interesting from people I don’t know and often in unexpected settings.

Looking forward to reading some tweets from Vera @w3rkaholic (Vera and I love good interviews),  Simon @SimonPMoriarty, (I am cheering for his firm‘s horse Dawn Story to win at Kempton Park), and Sphhia @SophiaWetherell (M&C Saatchi looks really cool plus I am a long time fan of Kevin Roberts & KR Connect. Thanks @SimonPMoriarty for the serendipitous & unintentional intro.)

Give it a try yourself, follow a few random people on Twitter and try to learn from them.

Note: This idea isn’t by me, I forgot who I learned it from. Also, who you “follow” on Twitter or blogs you read may also change over time, so don’t worry too much of picking the wrong person to follow or read, there isn’t really a right/wrong.

Dream and Day Dream @Kempton – My name is Kempton 錦堂 #cool #UnabashedSelfPromo

Saturday, 2 July, 2011

Tweet: Dream: Lucky @Kempton re Horses&Money! Day Dream with open eyes: Betting my life & savings @kempton to live a productive & meaningful life!


Tweet: Since my twitter id @Kempton is same as famed UK horse racing track Kempton Park, I couldn’t resist some wordplay with a Thomas E. Lawrence quote I love.


A short note about my name

First of all, my name’s origin is not UK and really have nothing to do with Kempton Park even I am (as @Kempton) often confused on twitter with Kempton Park. (see here, here, and here just to name a few)

My parents actually named me “Kempton” after their American boss (his last name) because, according to them, they liked how the name sounded. And my Chinese name “錦堂” is actually a phonetic translation of “Kempton” which sounded nice. You see, “錦堂” turns out to be a very traditional name in its Chinese thinking. (see next section)

One way to “literally translate” the two words “錦堂” is “glory to the family”. Yes, a friend with much cooler sounding abstract Chinese name once noticed this literal translation and explained to me and reminded me how “traditional” (implying “not as cool”) sounding my Chinese name is. (big smile)

My twin brother (in name), the famed Cantonese Opera singer

Well, how traditional is 林錦堂 as a name? You see, a famed Chinese opera singer’s name is also 林錦堂! (no relation) How cool is this?!! Being a 林錦堂, I am happy to receive the undeserved deep admiration for skills in operatic singing, teachings, plus many adoring fans (see video as proof)! Very cool.

Have a watch of the following cool videos with 林錦堂 for his performance in 2010 Shanghai Expo and his time in Shanghai with fans and hear him speak!

原創越界音樂劇場《情話紫釵》上海世博會演繹現代愛情故事 (廣東話)


Here is a brief intro, 林錦堂先生簡介


P.S. If my memory serves me, my “operatic twin-brother in name” originally used a different name “林錦棠” in the industry. I remember having to explain to people & friends the slight difference in the last word of our “phonetically identical but different in writing” names. His name being “棠” vs me being “堂” (I like to say “上堂 嘅 堂” meaning “going to school”).

P.P.S. Speaking about names, I also like to mention the famed Chinese/Taiwanese writer Mr. Lin Yutang. His name 林語堂 and my name differs also by one word. In Yutang‘s case, I have been interested in Lin Yutang‘s humourous and deeply insightful writings all my life since I was young in my secondary school days.

How insightful and “cool” is Lin Yutang/林語堂 ? Well, as I quoted extensively here in Chinese “再遇幽默大師林語堂”, Yutang burned his marriage certificate on his wedding day! What?! Yes, he burned his marriage certificate on his wedding day because he said the certificate is only useful in a divorce and he would never divorce his wife so the certificate is useless to him! And yes, he and his wife stay married their whole long life.

Here are some very insightful Chinese quotes by 語堂 (unfortunately unverifiable),

  • 我們並不是愛一個女人美麗的外表,而是她的行為舉止,音容笑貌。
  • 能夢想,這是非常重要的,而同樣重要的是有時能嘲笑一下自己的夢想。
  • 未寄出的信只是一段獨白,而蓋了郵戳的信,卻是談話。

Ricky Gervais Greenscreens and Pre-Records Conan Interview

Sunday, 26 June, 2011

This is some funny stuff from Ricky Gervais. Cool to see Conan and Ricky pushing the boundary of comedy, funny stuff. [HT HuffPost]

P.S. If you don’t “get” the following is comedy, then this type of comedy is not really for you. With no disrespect, some people don’t like abstract art, so no one forces them to go see Voice of Fire.

Corla Rokochy, Snappy Socks, interview at Brett Wilson’s Garden Party 2011

Friday, 24 June, 2011

Corla Rokochy, Snappy Socks

It was my pleasure to finally meet Corla Rokochy (Snappy Socks) in person after watching her pitched on Dragons’ Den and talked about her business in Feb 2011. The following is my video interview with Corla at Brett Wilson’s Garden Party 2011.

The following are a few highlights of my video interview with Corla,

0:00 Corla talks about Snappy Socks and shows us some of her cool socks.

0:35 How much money did Brett invest in the business and what was the story?

0:52 How did the Brett’s money impact the business?

1:14 With that money, how many pairs of socks were bought and sold? Read the rest of this entry »

William Shatner speaks with ‘The Big Bang Theory’ creator and showrunner Bill Prady @ 2010 Banff

Sunday, 19 June, 2011

Last year at Banff 2010, I had a great time attending the insightful and fun “in conversation” between William Shatner and ‘The Big Bang Theory‘ creator and show runner Bill Prady. I just discovered the official Banff team had actually uploaded the full video of the session. I’ve finished watching the 7-part video of the chat again and absolutely loved it. Have fun & enjoy.

William Shatner – Part 1

Part 2 Read the rest of this entry »

UBC = crazy awesome!

Wednesday, 4 May, 2011

UBC = crazy awesome! Don’t believe me? Check out this video (viewed over 1 million times since Apr 8, 2011). What a creative way to showcase a school by looking at the 1000+ UBCers involved in making the video. Make sure you watch the last bit for some of the behind the scenes stuff. Great job everyone at UBC (especially director Andrew Cohen for his creative vision). [HT Doug Coupland]

Here is an excerpt from “UBC LipDub to film this weekend – Attempt at viral video to feature cast of thousand” (with behind the scenes photos),

“On Saturday, March 26, filming for UBC LipDub will take over campus in what is sure to be a strange assemblage of over 1000 people out to promote school spirit. “We have a whole lot of people with crazy costumes signed up,” said Andrew Cohen, the event’s organizer. “People come up to me saying, ‘Can I be a Chewbacca on rollerskates?’ And I’m like, ‘Yes, that’ll be fantastic.’ I don’t need to say no to anything.”

In its purest form, a lip dub is a single-shot video in which participants lip-synch along to a song while trying to act as outlandish as possible.

The songs chosen to represent UBC are Marianas Trench’s “Celebrity Status” and Pink’s “Raise Your Glass.” Cohen feels that the latter encompasses the best parts of campus and of lip dub as a form. “It’s got a really great message. It’s about being who you are, it’s okay to be different and to enjoy what makes us different,” he said.”

P.S. I attended UC and UT, and I wish they would do something as cool & fun as UBC to promote school spirit and possibly attract students!

Talking Funny: Ricky Gervais, Louis CK, Jerry Seinfeld, Chris Rock – Really funny (and insightful) stuff

Thursday, 28 April, 2011

Four funny comedians: Ricky Gervais, Louis CK, Jerry Seinfeld, and Chris Rock in a room talking about the business of being funny. I enjoy the show very much even it has some serious discussions about being a comedian and being funny. The four men definitely had lots of fun. And I think there are a few things worth thinking over, enough that I mentioned the show to a comedian friend and I hope she enjoys it as much as I did.

Here is a short clip, Talking Funny – April 22

Talking Funny “We’re Pros” Tease (HBO)

You may find the full program here, “Once in a lifetime? Ricky Gervais, Louis CK, Jerry Seinfeld & Chris Rock talk comedy. [Video]”.

HuffPost, “HBO’s ‘Talking Funny’ Roundtable Of Gervais, Rock, Seinfeld & CK Discuss Draining Jokes (VIDEO)

This reviewer doesn’t like the show but I beg to differ, “‘Talking Funny’ Isn’t Quite The Same As Being Funny”

WSJ, “Stand-Ups Sitting Around“. Here is an excerpt,

“The tone of their armchair summit is informative, but it’s clear the comics’ main agenda is to crack each other up, and the material is decidedly blue.

Among their gleanings: Mr. Seinfeld used the F-word in one bit—a decade ago—before expunging it from his act. Mr. Rock believes jokes often fail simply because the audience doesn’t get the premise, hence his trademark repetition. (“You can be married and bored, or single and lonely. Married and bored, single and lonely.”) Mr. C.K. forced himself to write newer, stronger material by replacing his opening joke with his closer. And Mr. Gervais got into stand-up because he needed to prove himself to other comedians after his instant success with “The Office.”

Mr. Gervais assembled the group. “It was an easy pitch,” Mr. C.K. says. The one-hour show was edited down from nearly five hours of conversation.

Ricky Gervais on The View

Thursday, 28 April, 2011

Ricky Gervais on The View. Fun to watch in a very strange way. Enjoy.

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